Independent Coalition for Our Neighborhoods

ICON Annual Meeting/Party Monday, December 15, 7pm

ICON members hosted their Annual Meeting and Holiday Party on Monday December 15 at Obed and Isaac’s. About 30 members and guests enjoyed a delicious buffet and good company. Chair Carol Kneedler provided a summary of ICON activity for 2014 and ICON’s plans for 2015.

Download the minutes as a PDF…

ICON presented our First Annual Good Neighbor Awards to an organization and two individuals who embody ICON’s Mission:

  • Vera Garrett from Springfield Community Garden Family Fit Center started in 2009 with one community garden on the lot adjacent to her home and has grown that into a non-profit with 4 gardens that empowers residents by promoting healthy eating, exercise, education, and participation in community activities.
  • Enos Park Neighborhood Improvement Association has taken the initiative in residential revitalization – with a land bank, recruiting urban pioneers to rehab distressed properties and ensuring those rehabs are in sync with the neighborhood’s historic character, and directly litigating problem property owners for faster results. Michelle Higginbotham accepted the award for EPNIA.
  • ICON founding member and Vice-Chair Steve Combs is an individual with a king-sized attitude and voice – an icon, if you will, of community organization.

2015 Steering Committee Members were elected

Chair, Carol Kneedler, 2015-2016
Vice Chair, Steve Combs, 2015-2016
Treasurer, Darrell Riffey, 2015 (to fill vacant 2nd half term position)
Parliamentarian, Karen Jacobs, 2015-2016
At Large (odd year), Polly Poskin, 2015-2016

(Positions not up for election for 2015)

Secretary, Marty Vandiver, 2014-2015 (full 2-year term position)
At Large (even year), Jamie Adaire, 2014-2015 (full 2-year term position)

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