It is time again to prepare for election of the Board of The Rosedale Conservancy. With this letter, I am forwarding the proposed slate of nominees for the Board. Those elected will serve two-year terms.
Note that our By-Laws provide that a member may nominate anyone not nominated by the Nominating Committee by means of a written nomination delivered (by email, USPS mail, or hand delivered) to the President (Jill Hall) and the Secretary (Erin Sears) within fifteen days of this notice. Note also that only Designated Property Members may nominate people to the slate of seven Designated Property Member Directors, and only Annual Members may nominate people to the slate of three Annual Member Directors. (For further information on the Board structure, see below.)
** After the nominations period is closed, you will receive a final ballot by email so that you can vote on the slate of your class of board members.**
We will hold the bi-annual meeting of the Conservancy’s membership at which the Board of Directors will be elected. We hope you will all attend, as your support for the Conservancy’s mission goals and future is essential.
Rosedale’s Bi-annual Meeting
Tuesday, April 23
Cleveland Park Library
Elin Haaga will give a slide presentation, “Early Gardens in the Chesapeake.” Elin is a garden designer and teaches History of the Landscape at George Washington.
I look forward to seeing you at the annual meeting.
Jill H. Hall
Slate of Directors for the Election at the 2017 Bi-Annual Meeting
Background: The Rosedale Conservancy’s Articles of Incorporation provide for two classes of membership in the Conservancy:
- Thirty-seven property owners on property adjacent to or immediately surrounding the Rosedale Conservancy (on Newark, 36th, Ordway, and 34th Place) are Designated Property Members, and may elect seven of the Conservancy’s Directors. All other dues-paying members are Annual Members and may elect three of the Conservancy’s Directors.
- Three other members of the Conservancy Board are appointed by three neighborhood organizations: the Cleveland Park Citizens Association, the Cleveland Park Historical Society, and Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3C.
Designated Property Member Nominees
Ross Ain and his wife Judy have lived in Cleveland Park across from Rosedale since 1977. They have two grown children and three grandchildren who all live in New York and two black Labradors, Chelsea and Brody. Judy has been involved in managing the use of the property by dogs, and Ross has been an active member of the Grounds Committee, helping to manage the various contractors that the Conservancy uses to maintain and enhance the grounds.
Alyse lives with her husband and three kids on Ordway Street. They are an active family that treasures the outdoors and being part of a strong local community. Alyse has enjoyed becoming involved with Rosedale activities, including the pumpkin carving party, the annual picnic, and the fundraiser. She is delighted to share in helping to preserve and continue community enjoyment of Rosedale.
Jill Hall and her husband, Ridge, live at 3500 Ordway Street. They have three grown children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. The whole family enjoys the Conservancy for games of sardines and picnics. Jill is involved in a variety of community projects. Jill serves as president and Ridge serves on the Grounds Committee.
Jim Manzi lives at 3501 Newark Street with his wife, Jane, their son, daughter, two cats and dog, all of whom enjoy playing on the Conservancy grounds. Jim moved to Washington 30 years ago, and has resided on Newark Street for the past decade.
George and his wife Karen have lived at 3503 Newark Street on the north side of Rosedale since 2003. George and Karen have two boys, George (21) and Jack (19). George has done a great deal of volunteer work, including fundraising for various schools, Guy Mason Park and Rosedale.
Erin Sears lives at 3529 Quebec Street and has been a Cleveland Park resident since 2006. She has two young children, Harrison (7) and Oliver (6). A member of the Rosedale Board since 2015, she has helped organize and plan the family and kid-friendly activities, including the Annual June BBQ, Pumpkin Carving Party, laser tag, and Reptiles Alive presentation.
Katie and her husband, Hack, moved to Ordway Street in 2016 with two children now ages 12 and 14. Also, they are very excited to get their first dog as a family. They will pick a mini Australian Labradoodle from a litter being born in March. Katie has always enjoyed volunteering for both her children’s schools and the community and looks forward to working on a committee to expand the kids’ activities at Rosedale.
Annual Member Nominees
Bruce Johnson is a native Washingtonian who graduated from the University of MD with a Bachelors in Historic Preservation and Architecture. He has run his own construction and design company, Dupont Design and Construction, for over thirty years and is also knowledgeable in landscape design. He has been commissioned to restore a number of DC landmarks and historic homes. He has been living in Cleveland Park for about 8 years living at 3512 Porter St. where he is restoring a 1922 American Foursquare. Bruce is also known for his fundraising activities; he was on the Board of Directors for “Arts in Action” where he helped to raise over a million dollars for various local charities. He was also on the Board of Directors for the “Opera Camerata” and helped to organize operatic fundraisers to benefit charitable organizations. He is currently the owner of Izzy and Milo, two young weimaraners and is an enthusiastic and regular visitor to Rosedale.
Danna and her husband John have lived on Porter Street since 1999, with her two sons, Will (20) and Connor (18), and two dogs who all enjoy Rosedale. She is the owner of DLM Web Development, creating websites for local businesses and non-profits. Danna has been involved with the Conservancy since its inception in a variety of capacities and currently serves as treasurer.
Roger Pollak lives at 3501 Ordway Street. He grew up in Cleveland Park, went to John Eaton School, and spent a lot of time playing at Rosedale. Roger was deeply involved in the efforts to purchase and permanently preserve the Rosedale lawns. He is a founding member of the Conservancy Board and served as Board Chair and Conservancy President from the organization’s inception to 2015. Roger is married to Whitney Pinger and has four children, Eli (29), Jesse (26), Robin (22), and Rosie (18).