Dear Rosedale Conservancy Members,
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 the attached listing of Board nominees.)
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 Monday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m. on Zoom (Zoom link will be sent to you in an email) 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. After a brief membership meeting and election of a new board, Shari Wilson will give a short slide presentation, “Why Plant Native.” She lives in Cleveland Park and has a wealth of information that she will share. She also has a great website, www.nutsfornatives.com.
I look forward to “seeing” you at the membership meeting.
Jill H. Hall, President
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 are Designated Property Members, and may elect seven of the Conservancy’s Directors. All other current 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
Erica has lived in Cleveland Park since 2011 with her husband, Andy Jones. They have two children, Henry (5) and Wellesley (2) who enjoy the family actives at Rosedale and attend neighborhood schools. Erica looks forward to continuing to support her community and welcome new families and opportunities to Rosedale.
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. Jill is involved in a variety of community projects. Jill serves as president and Ridge serves on the Grounds Committee.
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 (9) and Oliver (8). She has been a member of the Rosedale Board since 2015 and is the current Secretary. She helps organize and plan the family and kid-friendly activities, including the Annual June BBQ, Pumpkin Patch/Carving Party, laser tag, and Reptiles Alive presentation.
James (Jamie) Wickett
My wife Jessica, daughter Helen (age 17, at NCS), and I moved from Georgetown to Newark Street in Cleveland Park in 2015. Since then, we’ve added daughter Liza, now almost 3, to the family. We also have a dog, Lucy, and cat, Sylvester. We love living in Cleveland Park particularly because of the community of great neighbors, the beauty of the area, the convenience of the location, the Cathedral and of course Rosedale. I am a partner at the DC/London based law firm Hogan Lovells where I specialize in tax policy. I currently sit on the Board of the Cleveland Park Citizens Association. I have volunteered for many nonprofit organizations in DC over the years and appreciate the chance to help promote the conservation and enjoyment of our amazing village green.
Katie and her husband, Hack, moved to Ordway Street in 2016 with two children, now ages 14 and 16, who attend the Cathedral schools. They got their first dog, Riley, a couple years ago and she brought a tremendous amount of joy to the children after (and between!) last year’s daily Zoom classes. Katie has always enjoyed volunteering for both her children’s schools and the community. She has been involved in helping to organize a number of activities at Rosedale and looks forward to working on a committee to expand 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. Their two sons and two dogs have all grown up frequenting 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 (31), Jesse (28), Robin (24), and Rosie (20).