SCH Annual Meeting: Thursday, May 15

Society for Clinton Hill ANNUAL MEETING

Thursday, MAY 15, 2008, 7:00 P.M.

St. Luke's Church, Community Room, 259 Washington Ave. (DeKalb/Willoughby)


7:00 pm Appetizers by Autour du Monde, Fulton/Clinton. Wine by Olivino.

7:30 pm

1. Announcements – Jim Barnes, President

2. Annual Meeting Elections – Linda Scher, Nominating Committee Chair & Jim Barnes

See next page for detail on recommended By-Law change and slate for the 2008-2009 Board of Directors.

3. Garden Tour in 3-D – Roslyn Huebner, Patti Hagan

Greg Dinkins, founder and President of the Stereoscopic Society of NY, will take us through a remarkable life-like tour of last year's Brooklyn Brownstone Garden Tour. You will think you can pick the flowers. Patti Hagan will tell you about the 2008 garden tour. Tickets available: $15 advance, $20 day of tour.

4. Crime Committee update – Dave Haberer, Sunny Argan

5. Membership Development – Steffon Isaac, Brett Truitt

6. Clinton Hill Historic District Expansion – Sharon Barnes

The proposal for an expanded historic district was presented to CB2, Land Use Committee on April 16, 2008. The Committee voted to support the proposal to ask NYC Landmarks Commission (LPC) to review the proposal expeditiously. CB2 will hold a public hearing when LPC has calendared the proposal. The Fort Greene/Clinton Hill Courier reported on the front page of its 4-25-08 edition that LPC said they were reviewing the proposal. That is progress! We are enclosing another copy of the map of the proposed additions for you. It will be distributed to all those in the areas proposed for historic district designation.

Please note items for sale at meeting:

* Original or new Landmark reports - $15 each. (original report available from City for $58)

* Brooklyn Was Mine, book on Brooklyn by Brooklyn authors - $15 each. Great gift!

*Garden Tour tickets: $15 advance sale. Society for Clinton Hill (SCH) Annual Meeting

It is a very busy time in Clinton Hill with so many new residents, new commercial activity including restaurants, shops, the flea market and more, the pressures of over-development and the displacement, traffic problems, and pressure on infrastructure that result, and more and more wonderful activities and events happening.

SCH is a group of people dedicated to Clinton Hill and the attractive, inviting, and stimulating environment that exists here. We work to protect and improve for everyone what is here and we welcome and encourage everyone to participate.

Over time the work of the Society for Clinton Hill (SCH) changes, depending on the needs and interests of the members and community at any given time. SCH is currently working to increase the membership and to involve the members more extensively in the work and activities of SCH. A larger, more representative organization will have more impact in getting changes we all want.

We were successful last year in getting a zoning change that limits height and bulk in our Clinton Hill blocks, and we are now working to extend our historic district to protect more of our amazing historic buildings. We are working to save Admiral's Row so that it can have an adaptive reuse and include a grocery store, laundry and other amenities, but still retain the historic character. We host a huge Halloween Walk for children and parents to keep the holiday safe, exciting and fun. We are addressing issues of crime and illegal truck traffic. We hosted a Breast Cancer Awareness and Examination Van. We co-sponsor many events with other organizations and our elected officials. We hold one major fundraising event every other year, a huge house and garden tour, to fund our activities. We hope you will join us in working to make this great neighborhood even better.

At our annual meeting this year, the board will be recommending some minor changes to the By-Laws in order to make it easier for everyone to participate and vote. We will also present a slate of officers and members-at-large who will lead the organization. This slate was presented at the last meeting. Nominations can be made by any paid up member who has attended three prior meetings. Nominees must also be paid up members, and must have attended three prior meetings. Names should be sent to the Nominating Committee Chairperson, Linda Scher. Please contact her at if you are interested in a board position. Include a resume and a letter explaining your interests and personal information.

Jim Barnes, President