The Central Gardens Association's Annual Meeting is held on the first Monday in May and kicks off the fiscal year. During this meeting, CGA elects it's new board for the upcoming year, shares it's Annual Report, introduces the new president and bids farewell to the outgoing president. All CGA members and Central Gardens residents are invited to attend. Besides being a meeting, it is a premier social event for all members, neighborhood residents, sponsors and community partners. CGA hosts a VIP reception in advance of the meeting.
In 2020, The Central Gardens Association's Annual Meeting was released remotely on May 27. See full digital annual meeting below.
The 2019 Central Gardens Association's Annual Meeting was held on May 6, 2019 at Grace-St. Luke’s. Residents of Central Gardens were invited for refreshments prior to the annual meeting and to mingle with the Central Gardens Board. Community support organizations, like Phelps Security and Ballet Memphis were on hand to provide information about their services and resources.
Eddie Hutchison, the outgoing President of the Central Gardens Board, gave a quick overview of the efforts of the board on behalf of the neighborhood. Eddie highlighted the work that the Central Gardens Board does – roughly 3,500 volunteer hours in all – and thanked the members present. Project Manager Nancy Knight, who helps the board accomplish its goals, apply for applicable funds, and generally run more smoothly, was also singled out for recognition.
The overview included the accomplishments the three core pillars: Green Space and Infrastructure (Median cleanups, Sidewalk replacements, Holiday Wreaths, Perimeter signage, and maintaining Arboretum status); Midtown Relationships (working with other neighborhood associations, upholding Landmark protections, continuing security efforts, and updating the Architectural Guidelines); and Community Relationships (Home Tour, July 4th Parade, National Night Out, Block Parties and New Neighbor Receptions).
The guest speaker was Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris, who has lived in Central Gardens with his family for four years. Mayor Harris spoke on the challenges he is tackling in the county, such as making sure pre-K is available to all children, strengthening our MATA system, and focusing on the core of the city to improve the density.
The meeting ended with the introduction of Mark Fleischer, who is taking on the role of President of the Central Gardens Association. Mark spoke of his plans for continuing to focus on alley cleanup, sidewalk improvements, security, and community relationships. He also plans to solicit volunteers to create a follow-up to the Central Gardens book, Stories of a Neighborhood.
Thank you to CGA Annual Meeting Supporters:
Ballet Memphis * Joe's Liquors * Renasant Bank * Off The Square* Fastsigns
Central Gardens AssociationP.O. Box 41382 • Memphis, TN 38174-1382
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