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Occasional November 2014

November 2014

SAHD Elects New Officers and Approves 2014-2015 Budget

At the annual meeting of residents in September, new officers were elected for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. Newly elected officers are:

President: Joanna Hampton; Vice President: Bob Ruckman; Secretary: Michelle Manners; Treasurer: Peter Loh; Parliamentarian: Cameron Kinvig

Directors at Large: Bob Bracken, Jeff Bryan, Roger Carroll, Linda Solomon

Committee chairs for the coming year are: Planning and Zoning: Tom Bonifield, Beautification: Marilyn Waisanen, Children's Committee: Kim McCrea, Social Committee: Natalie Bodak, Community Outreach: Lanc Parker and Pauline Mayfield, Website Committee: Bob Cox, Occasional: Larry Waisanen. The District is still seeking committee chairs for Alliance Against Crime and the 2015 Home Tour and a co-chair for the Children's Committee.

The Nominating Committee for next year was also elected by the membership at the September meeting. Members of next year's nominating committee are: Jeff Bryan, Linda Solomon, Bob Ruckman, Debby Rogers, Jody Bowers, Allan Moore, and Anja Woodson.

Newly elected President Joanna Hampton presented a draft of the 2014-2015 Budget to the membership. The District is in a very strong financial position as a result of the financial success of the Mother's Day Home Tour for the past several years and the proposed budget for 2014-2015 reflected significant increases in spending in a number of areas. The Beautification Committee proposed that the Budget include $80,500 for median maintenance, Savage Park renovations, completion of the landscaping at the Fitzhugh Gates and tree trimming. Final plans for Savage Park and the Fitzhugh Gates landscaping, as well as contractual arrangements with the City of Dallas, will be presented to the Board for approval prior to proceeding with the projects. The draft Budget also included a provision of $12,000 which is the estimated cost of retaining a contract bookkeeper to work under the supervision of the Treasurer. Community Outreach (donations) was budgeted at $22,500 including a $6,000 donation to Long Middle School that was carried over from the previous year. Other significant items in the Budget were $4,600 for the SAHD Website and $10,000 for Alliance Against Crime (to be supplemented by contributions from SAHD Homeowners carried forward from the previous year of $46,000). Total budgeted expenditures for the 2014-2015 fiscal year are $153,200. Following discussion of the proposed Budget, the membership voted unanimously to approve the 2014-2015 Budget as presented.

Following approval of the 2014-2015 Budget, President Joanna Hampton led a discussion regarding planning for the 2015 Mother's Day Home Tour. The discussion included a brief review of the 2014 Home Tour, and in particular the use of an event planner who handled fundraising and coordinated all aspects of the tour. The Members were asked to consider whether the District should move forward with an event planner for the 2015 Home Tour. The consensus of the Members was that, given the growth of the tour, the complexity of the event, and last year's experience with using an event planner, the District should engage an event planner for the 2015 Home Tour. Authority was delegated to the Board to select and engage an event planner for the upcoming tour. Subsequently, the Board met and approved a proposal to engage Gaye Jackson as the event planner for the 2015 Home Tour. In accordance with the SAHDA Bylaws, a Home Tour Chair (or Co-Chairs) who is a resident of the District will be named to work with and to oversee the work of the event planner. 

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