The Nominations Committee is tasked with preparing a slate of officers to be voted upon at the Annual Meeting (December 5, 2017). The committee should be chaired by the immediate past president and include 2 additional members at large. Since there is no immediate past president, Vicki Jones, the current president, convened committee members that were voted on by the members at the October community meeting. Committee members are Minister Anderson, Amber Gregory, and Carol Ward.

The bylaws state that the Belmont Community Association (BCA) shall be governed by a board of directors consisting of no less than three (3) members. Board members must be members in good standing prior to and during the service term(s). The makeup of the board should strive to be a majority of residents with representation from the other membership types – non-resident property owners, organizations, and businesses. The term for all offices is one year, starting in January, or until their successors are elected and qualified. Officers can be elected for 3 consecutive terms. After that, they must sit out for 1 term before running for the same office again. Upon exception, term limits can be extended if vetted and recommended by the nominations committee.

The committee presents the following slate of officers; however, nominations will be accepted from the floor at the Annual Meeting. The committee will continue to work to fill the open positions (Treasurer, Quality of Life, and Social) and bring a slate to vote in January 2018. The number of years noted below are the number of years the individual has served on the board.

  • Executive Committee
    • President – Vicki Jones (7 years)
    • Vice President – Curtis Bridges (1 year)
    • Secretary – Lindsay Olson (filled vacated position in 2017)
    • Treasurer – OPEN
  • At-large Directors
    • Advisory Board Liaison – Minister Anderson (new position)
    • Business Liaison – Kevin Giriunas (1 year)
    • Communications – Kristen Paulet (1 year)
    • Community Engagement – Lauren Nguyen (filled vacated position in 2017)
    • Fundraising / Grants – Diane Adams (7 years in various roles)
    • Land Use – Lorna Allen (2 years)
    • Quality of Life – OPEN
    • Social – OPEN (new position)

2018 Candidates

These candidates were asked to complete a series of questions so you could learn more about their interest in Belmont and serving on the board. Their responses are on the following pages.

President – Vicki Jones (7 years)

  1. How long have you lived in Belmont? 10 years
  2. What is your favorite aspect of Belmont? While the location and skyline views brought me to Belmont, the neighbors are what keep me here and passionate about the work of the Belmont Community Association.
  3. What changes would you like to see happen in Belmont? How could you be helpful with those changes? I want to serve all our residents and work to blend the needs of both long-term and new residents. I recognize the general changes and development challenges Belmont is facing so I strive to have the best and most knowledgeable people involved to serve the best interest of our community.
  4. Tell us about your skills, ie. writing, event planning, finance, relationship building, etc. I am a planner/organizer at heart, as well as a life-long learner. I seek opportunities to learn how to better serve Belmont.
  5. Are you able to commit to monthly board meetings, neighborhood meetings, and volunteering at BCA events? Yes

 

Vice President – Curtis Bridges (1 year)

  1. How long have you lived in Belmont?  I’ve lived in Belmont for 4 years, as of this December!
  2. What is your favorite aspect of Belmont?  I love that Belmont is a true urban neighborhood, with neighbors who walk around and know/talk to each other, and buildings which have history and character
  3. What changes would you like to see happen in Belmont? How could you be helpful with those changes? I would like to see old and new residents of Belmont continue to become comfortable with determining how Belmont grows while remaining “home” for all of us.
  4. Tell us about your skills, ie. writing, event planning, finance, relationship building, etc. My professional life involves quite a bit of leading/facilitating group efforts, planning, writing, budgeting, and communicating.
  5. Are you able to commit to monthly board meetings, neighborhood meetings, and volunteering at BCA events? Yes, I currently participate in monthly board and neighborhood meetings and volunteer or attend most BCA events.

 

Secretary – Lindsay Olson (filled vacated position in 2017)

  1. How long have you lived in Belmont? Just over four years. I moved in October 2013.
  2. What is your favorite aspect of Belmont? There is so much! I love my neighbors, the location, walkability, and the architecture. 
  3. What changes would you like to see happen in Belmont? How could you be helpful with those changes? Seeing our community work together towards common goals to promote inclusiveness, a safe and welcoming neighborhood and to make sure everyone has a voice. A neighborhood in which we support and care for one another. I already see this happening and it is amazing to watch and be a part of!! I am very proud to call Belmont home!!
  4. Tell us about your skills, ie. writing, event planning, finance, relationship building, etc.
  5. Are you able to commit to monthly board meetings, neighborhood meetings, and volunteering at BCA events? Yes

 

Advisory Board Liaison – Minister Anderson (new position)

  1. How long have you lived in Belmont? I have lived in the Belmont neighborhood for approximately twenty years
  2. What is your favorite aspect of Belmont? My favorite aspect of Belmont is the older houses and memories. 
  3. What changes would you like to see happen in Belmont? How could you be helpful with those changes? I would like to see more community events with the involvement of neighbors. I could be helpful with those changes by reaching out to new and old neighbors as often as possible.
  4. Tell us about your skills, ie. writing, event planning, finance, relationship building, etc. I worked as the supervisor of Seventh Street Detox Center for approximately ten years. In 1986 our family organized Generations of Change Ministry of which I was the president. I facilitated big events in the Belmont neighborhood at Cordelia Park, Hawthorne School, and the Belmont Center. These events were done under Generations of Change Ministry.
  5. Are you able to commit to monthly board meetings, neighborhood meetings, and volunteering at BCA events? I am now retired and available to attend monthly board meetings, neighborhood meetings, and to volunteer at BCA events when needed.

 

Business Liaison – Kevin Giriunas (1 year)

  1. How long have you lived in Belmont?  I have owned Advent Coworking in Belmont for 2 years.
  2. What is your favorite aspect of Belmont? The intention of keeping it special.
  3. What changes would you like to see happen in Belmont? How could you be helpful with those changes? Businesses mixed into the neighborhood (Belmont Ave. specifically). Help support the businesses with marketing and unify all the business owners in Belmont.
  4. Tell us about your skills, ie. writing, event planning, finance, relationship building, etc.  We plan events almost every week, I run my own business which forces me to do finance, facility management, and lots of writing. I own and run a coworking space which is focused on building community, so we are always connecting people.
  5. Are you able to commit to monthly board meetings, neighborhood meetings, and volunteering at BCA events? Yes!

 

Communications – Kristen Paulet (1 year)

  1. How long have you lived in Belmont? 2 years this December!
  2. What is your favorite aspect of Belmont? The community and neighbors; the way people will come together to help a cause or fellow neighbor.
  3. What changes would you like to see happen in Belmont? How could you be helpful with those changes?      I would like to see longtime residents and senior neighbors have more access and awareness to resources and value. We have so many well connected and well-informed residents, and I can help leverage their knowledge and skills through communication channels (both in print and digitally).
  4. Tell us about your skills, ie. writing, event planning, finance, relationship building, etc. My career is sharing communication in all formats and connecting resources to those in need. I can bring new ideas while also creating communication formats that connect our “disconnected” residents.
  5. Are you able to commit to monthly board meetings, neighborhood meetings, and volunteering at BCA events? Yes.

 

Community Engagement – Lauren Nguyen (filled vacated position in 2017)

  1. How long have you lived in Belmont? 2 years 
  2. What is your favorite aspect of Belmont? The people and location
  3. What changes would you like to see happen in Belmont? How could you be helpful with those changes? More community events to get neighbors to interact with each other. Bridging gaps between old and new. Sharing ideas on what they want to see in the community, giving a voice for those that don’t get heard often
  4. Tell us about your skills, ie. writing, event planning, finance, relationship building, etc. I do a little event planning, I can be organized when focused (haha), relationship building, and a want to establish trust. 
  5. Are you able to commit to monthly board meetings, neighborhood meetings, and volunteering at BCA events? Yes 

 

Fundraising / Grants – Diane Adams (7 years in various roles)

  1. How long have you lived in Belmont?  9 years
  2. What is your favorite aspect of Belmont? Neighbors and walkability.
  3. What changes would you like to see happen in Belmont? How could you be helpful with those changes? Cleaner streets. I can help by participating in street cleanups.
  4. Tell us about your skills, ie. writing, event planning, finance, relationship building, etc. Grant writing, implementation, event planning and housing.
  5. Are you able to commit to monthly board meetings, neighborhood meetings, and volunteering at BCA events? Yes

 

Land Use – Lorna Allen (2 years)

  1. How long have you lived in Belmont? 3 years
  2. What is your favorite aspect of Belmont? I love how many people in the neighborhood care and want to work together to make this a wonderful place to live in Charlotte. From the neighbors who have lived in Belmont their entire lives to the neighbors who moved in just this year – our neighborhood has a strong sense of pride and is comprised of people who care about their neighbors. 
  3. What changes would you like to see happen in Belmont? How could you be helpful with those changes? My goal for Belmont is to encourage positive development and investment that is mindful of the history and integrity of the neighborhood. 
  4. Tell us about your skills, ie. writing, event planning, finance, relationship building, etc. With my background in planning and urban design, I volunteered to co-chair the land use committee to identify, research, and inform on land use issues that impact the Vision of the Belmont Community. 
  5. Are you able to commit to monthly board meetings, neighborhood meetings, and volunteering at BCA events?  Yes

 

Open Roles

Please consider serving Belmont in the following roles. Email belmontcharlotte@gmail.com if you are interested or want to learn more.

  • Treasurerapproximately 1-2 hrs / month
    • Manage the checking account: deposit money, write checks, monitor statements
    • Report to board and community of account status
    • Track membership, send notice when membership is expiring
    • Support audit committee needs
    • Submit annual tax returns and 501c3 reports
    • Monitor Gmail account
  • Quality of Lifeapproximately 2-3 hrs / month
    • Work with the neighborhood police officers, code enforcement, residents and stakeholders to promote a safe community
    • Act as a liaison with governmental bodies and other institutions / entities in and around the neighborhood
    • Promote neighborhood beautification projects (including quarterly clean up coordination).
    • Monitor Gmail account
  • Socialapproximately 1-2 hrs / month
    • Manage a committee to plan and execute social events throughout the year (including block party, meetups, National Night Out, etc.)
    • Recruit event committee and lead planner for each event. Role does not have to plan each event, but work and support the lead planner
    • Monitor Gmail account