Never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.Margaret Mead
SSCO provides a respectful forum for community involvement and leadership that builds on neighborhood strengths to promote and improve Stevens Square-Loring Heights as a fun place to live, work, and play. SSCO works to strengthen Stevens Square-Loring Heights by initiating, integrating, and implementing key priorities:
- Economic development (housing and commercial development)
- Community safety
- Clean green environment
- Building community through the arts
- Community Involvement
Who Is Eligible to Serve on the Board of Directors?
Anyone 16 years of age and older who lives, works, oris a designated representative from a business or institution in the neighborhood is eligible to be on the Board with the one exception that the chair of the board needs to be a neighborhood resident.
The number of non-resident Board Members is limited to 4, with a maximum of 2 non-residents on the executive committee.
Ideally, in July each committee will choose one of their co-chairs & submit a recommendation to the Board that this person be appointed as their representative Board Member
Board of Directors
-Staffed by the Executive Director (Scott Artley)
-Run by the Chair
-Made up of 18 Members maximum:
9 Members-At-Large elected by community members to serve a 2-year term.
This group includes the Executive Committee, made up of 4 officers:
- Chair – Zan Angoli
- Vice Chair – Shauna Dee
- Treasurer – Karen Ives
- Secretary – Lulav Arnow
The elected Members-At-Large choose appointed Board Members as the seats become available, usually the month following the Annual Meeting where the Members-At-Large are elected.
Up to 9 Appointed Members to serve a 1-year term.
Appointed Members should include at least one of the chairs of SSCO’s standing committees
Oversees SSCO’s crime prevention efforts.
Staffed by Safety Coordinator:
Michele McGaughey & John Littlejohn
Neighborhood Development & Events Committee
Serves as a forum to discuss neighborhood issues related to residential and commercial development, gardening and greening, and neighborhood-wide social and civic events.
Committee Chair: Zan Angoli
Board Member Duties
- Attendance – All Board Members are required to attend monthly meetings of the Board of Directors
- Currently held on the 1st Monday of the month at 7pm
- In the event that a Board Member is unable to attend a monthly Board meeting, they should contact the SSCO office prior to the meeting
- Board Members must participate in at least one committee meeting or special project per month in addition to the regularly scheduled board meeting.
- Voting – Each Member has 1 vote on each matter submitted for a vote at any organization meeting
- One exception: Appointed Members may not vote on questions concerning the appointment or removal of any Appointed Member.
- Votes by proxy are not allowed
- Board Members are responsible for educating themselves regarding issues brought before the board. This involves, at a minimum, reading the materials offered in the Board Packet that is mailed out prior to the monthly Board meeting.
- Outreach – Board Members are responsible for helping to build the capacity of the organization by helping to recruit new participants & volunteers. At each quarterly meeting, Board Members will be asked to report on their activities in this regard, to present any recruitment successes, and to indicate any prospects. Outreach can include, but is not limited to:
- Bringing previously uninvolved community members to SSCO meetings or activities
- Persuading a somewhat involved community member to step up their level of commitment
- Recruiting through door-knocking or by staffing an SSCO information table
- Posting flyers to promote attendance at community meetings or other SSCO activities
- Fundraising – Board Members are responsible for contributing to the fundraising efforts of the organization. Help with fundraising can include, but is not limited to:
- Making a personal contribution
- Helping to identify funding prospects
- Participating in a foundation site-visit
- Staffing a booth or event table that is bringing in money for the organization
- Helping to draft or edit a grant proposal
- Communication – Board Members should not purport to represent SSCO positions unless directed to do so by the board or by an SSCO committee. Copies of any relevant SSCO correspondence should be sent to the office for filing.
Interested in joining?
Elected seats, with 2-year terms, can only be elected at a Community Member meeting, which we hold quarterly (every three months or so). To learn more about elected positions and how to be nominated, please contact us.
Appointed seats, with terms up to 1 year, are available throughout the year, and appointments can be made at any regular Board meeting (which are held monthly). If appointed, you will hold that seat until the next Community Member Annual Meeting, which is held in June each year. Appointments are a great way to try out Board leadership with less commitment. The application for Board appointments are available online here: https://forms.gle/1nSSep3yYqN6bD669. Please contact us with any questions.