On February 20, the THNA Block Captains had a meeting with the Membership and Communications committee at EZ’s on Brees. It was obvious there is a lot of renewed energy and excitement brewing in THNA and Terrell Heights.
In all, 18 out of 30 block captains attended the meeting headed up by Monica Cruz, who has facilitated previous block captain meetings. Membership & Communications Committee members Kay Kimbell, Tom Payton, and Anisa Schell discussed agenda details.
The Membership & Communications Committee was formed at the 2013 Annual Membership Meeting with the goal of increasing THNA’s membership and improving the communication betweens THNA, its members and the neighborhood at large. Since the Block Captains are on the front line of communication between THNA and the neighborhood, the THNA Board decided the Block Captains should be part of the Membership & Communications Committee.
One major goal of this meeting was to propose the idea of the “Second Sunday Walk the Block” campaign where THNA board members and block captains will walk one street per month, knocking on doors and introducing themselves to neighbors. The purpose of this initiative will be to connect with neighbors one-on-one, giving neighbors an opportunity to meet their block captains and board members, as well as to build membership.
Kay mentioned that as of September 2013, THNA membership was an all-time low, with only about 52 members. Since then, however, membership has increased to 88. The Membership & Communications Committee would like to double that number by the end of the year.
The proposal was met with a lot of excitement from the Block Captains attending the meeting, and it will move forward beginning in March.
Block Captain, Victoria Bustos, of the 300 block of Larchmont said,
” I will walk with you as much as possible… I think this is a great idea. I will be happy to share some snacks.”
The second major initiative discussed at the meeting was to make the THNA Newsletter available in electronic format. THNA would like to offer neighbors the choice of continuing to receive the paper newsletter, or to receive it electronically. The purpose of this initiative will primarily be to create more efficient means of getting news out to neighbors, as well as saving money on the cost of printing the newsletter, which has increased by 50% since last year.
We encourage neighbors to sign up to receive your newsletters electronically by submitting your email address in the sidebar to the right, under the “Subscribe to the THNA Website” heading. Your email address remains private and will not be shared with anyone. Those who still wish to receive a paper copy of the newsletter will, of course, have the option to do so.
The Block Captains had a chance to share ideas at the meeting. There was a lot of great brainstorming and positive energy. Ideas ranged from a raffle at the picnic that included a block party as the prize, to including Block Captains in THNA board meetings and communications to keep neighbors better informed.
As the meeting concluded (on time, I might add), people continued to talk and share ideas with each other. The members of the Membership and Communication committee received lots of great feedback, as well as thumbs-up from Block Captains as they headed to the door.
After the meeting, Kay even received emails from the Block Captains in attendance, thanking the Membership and Communications committee for the meeting.
“Kudos to all for a great meeting. And many thanks for all the hard work and great ideas! I am excited about the possibilities! Thanks.” – Kathy Reynolds, Captain of the 100 block of Irvington
Additional meetings between the board and the Block Captains are being planned with the goal of continuing this exciting communication!
If you are a Block Captain and could not attend the meeting, or if you are interested in becoming a Block Captain and helping THNA with their goals for the next year, please contact Monica Cruz or Kay Kimbell for more information.