Fall is a great time to be a resident of the District. As we get past the summer heat, more neighbors are out enjoying our beautiful neighborhood. I am one of those early morning dog walkers and it is amazing how many neighbors you get to know by walking our neighborhood.
The District’s annual meeting in September had a huge turnout and I think we have a great slate of officers and directors in place for this year. Many of our neighbors have stepped forward to head up our committees and anyone who would like to get involved should let me know. I am pleased to report that Lee Jones is our Home Tour Chair for the 2017 Mother’s Day Home Tour. This will be the Districts’ 44th home tour. Please consider including your home on the tour, even if you have done it before and if interested, contact Lee Jones. Revenues from our home tour go primarily toward funding our neighborhood improvements, additional police protection and our outreach program.
Our Beautification Committee, led by Marilyn Waisanen, has done a great job over the past years with improvements to Savage Park, our medians, and landscaping for the gates at Fitzhugh and La Vista. In addition to continuing with plantings, fertilization, irrigation repairs, and replacing the donor signs that were removed from the Fitzhugh Gates, we are also instigating a program this year by which the SAHDA will provide parkway tree trimming that will be organized by resident Gary Ahr. Additionally, SAHDA will also provide funding whereby SAHDA will help subsidize sidewalk replacement costs in connection with the City’s 50/50 Cost Share program. Let Marilyn know if you are interested in any of these programs.
Our Board also voted to increase spending this year for our Alliance Against Crime
Committee, which will continue to be led by Robin Marin. With recent concerns about a shortage of officers for the Dallas Police Department and some increase in activity, particularly towards Fitzhugh, we want to do what we can to keep this a safe neighborhood. However, the AAC Committee cannot provide for sufficient patrols without our individual contributions and I would encourage you to continue to support the AAC.
Our Social Committee, headed by Natalie Kinvig, and our Children’s Committee, headed by Kim McCrea, continue to plan activities that provide us opportunities to get together with our neighbors. A Halloween Party for the children has been scheduled for October 30 (Contact Kim McCrea for details) and our SAHD Holiday Party has been tentatively scheduled for December 11.
Our Planning and Zoning Committee provides the important function of monitoring land use or zoning plans that could potentially have an impact on the District and it develops proposals or responses for the Board’s consideration that are in the best interest of the SAHD. Tom Bonifield has ably led this committee for several years but is not able to continue. Jim Dunkerley, who has considerable experience in such matters, has agreed to step in and lead this committee.
Robyn Schaub will head up our Outreach Committee. This committee’s responsibility is to review and support projects to benefit the district and surrounding neighborhood.
Finally, I hope that everyone has had the opportunity to visit our website at SAHD.org, which has a wealth of information about the District and ongoing activities, and is a key resource in marketing and managing the Home Tour. If you have not done so, you should sign up on the residents only section of the website. We have been fortunate to have Bob Cox who has devoted a considerable amount of time and expertise in making this an excellent website.
Aside from our officers, directors, and committees, we have so many neighbors that do so many things for the neighborhood that we take for granted and often go unrecognized. I do not even want to attempt to list names at the risk of leaving someone out. However, know what you do makes this such a great place to live.
Bob Ruckman President, SAHDA