Submitted by Environment Officer John Skach
At CPNO’s Jan. 19 Members Meeting, the Environment Committee plans to introduce a formal motion to establish the Candler Park Conservancy. The motion will recognize the Conservancy as a stand-alone nonprofit entity — independent of the CPNO.
It also will make the Conservancy’s “purpose statement” official: “To serve as an accountable organization responsible for engaging stakeholders and for formulating, prioritizing and implementing a collective vision for Candler Park park, in partnership with the city.” Volunteers developed that purpose statement during an facilitated brainstorming in October, which was open to all CPNO members. We’ve gotten positive feedback from CPNO members on the purpose statement.
Since then, a group of about 20 volunteers has been searching for commitments from neighbors who’d willing to give their time to serve on the Conservancy’s founding board, and we’ve strategized on the best approach to move things forward. We settled on the idea that CPNO — which has supported the Conservancy idea as a priority in the Candler Park Master Plan — should be asked to offer the Conservancy some initial guidance and its official blessing.
The motion that I’ll introduce in January is intended to fulfill that purpose. Its draft (which is attached) includes the following specifics:
- The 11 members of the founding board and their positions: Stacy Funderburke (chair), Amy Erwin (vice-chair), Randy Pimsler (treasurer), Amy Stout (secretary), Ben Klehr, Lauren Welsh, Michele Allen, Charles Hooker, Jack White, Ken Edelstein and John Skach
- The four principal duties the board will take on over the coming year: 1) Implementing the formal tasks necessary to establish and build the 501c3 entity; 2) building the foundation for Conservancy policies and procedures related to marketing, communication fundraising, governance etc.; 3) initiating and overseeing a community visioning process for the Conservancy and the park; and 4) establishing a permanent Board of Directors
- The structure of the permanent board so that it has both flexibility and accountability.
The Environment Committee will meet 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 8, at Dr. Bombay’s Underwater Coffee Shop. Please feel free to join us or to send comments and ideas to me before that meeting at email@example.com. And plan to attend the Jan. 19 Members Meeting so that you can participate in the discussion and the vote.