CGA Committees

Our 2016 strategic plan resulted in a new committee structure built around four pillars: Green Spaces & Infrastructure, Community Building & Events, Midtown Relationships, and Operations.

The working committees within these pillars include members of the CGA Board of Directors and other community representatives. We are always looking for volunteers to serve on these committees; you do not have to be a board member to join. Contact the chair of the committee that interests you.

Green Spaces & Infrastructure

Chair: Anne McCarthy, (901) 267-6045

This pillar is responsible for ensuring the historic nature and beauty of the neighborhood. This objective is achieved through management of our tree replacement program and facilitation of community action projects for alleys, sidewalks, medians, etc.

Subcommittees:

  • Arboretum | Responsible for maintaining the Level III Accreditation for the Arboretum. Chair: Lila Beth Burke 
  • Sidewalks | As a part of the 2016 Neighborhood Plan, a team of neighbors have come together to work on the issue of sidewalks. Our goal is to guide and educate neighbors. Learn more on this pageChairs: Ned Dannenberg & Peter Pace.
  • Medians | CGA is working with neighbors to enhance the landscaping, treescaping, and overall aesthetics of our city-owned medians. Together with the neighbors who live on our boulevards with medians, local arborists, and landscape designers, we are developing long-term and short-term improvement plans. Chair: Anne McCarthy
  • Holiday Wreath Hanging | Responsible for hanging holiday wreaths throughout the neighborhood. These weekend activities take place in late November and late January. Chair: Peter Pace

Community Building & Events

Chair: Leslie Goodwin, (901) 335-8555

This pillar is responsible for increasing connections through neighborhood-wide events.

Subcommittees:

  • Annual Meeting | Responsible for planning and executing the Association’s Annual Meeting, which traditionally takes place the first Monday in May. Chairs: Sharon Shipley, Amy Sterling & Sarah Blackburn
  • July 4th Parade | A Central Gardens tradition for more than 30 years, this event attracts 300-400 attendees to the 1500 block of Carr Ave. (between Willett and Rozelle) on Independence Day morning for free refreshments, children’s and pets’ patriotic costume competitions, music, and door prizes. City police and fire departments are typically invited to participate as well. Chairs: Shantih Smythe & Holly Renken
  • Home Tour | An annual event since 1976, the Home & Garden Tour is our neighborhood’s primary fundraising event. Proceeds collected through ticket sales, ads, and sponsorships are used to fund all other Central Gardens Association events throughout the year. The committee is responsible for planning and coordinating all aspects of the event, including advertising and publicity, historical research, securing docents to conduct the tours of each home, cashiers and ticket sales, flowers, printing and tour setup. All CGA board members volunteer for the home tour, but many other volunteers are necessary to support this event each year. Chair: Anne McCarthy

Midtown Relationships

Chair: Mark Fleischer, (901) 654-7583

This pillar is tasked with organizing and developing relationships between Central Gardens and other neighborhoods, schools, retail, and other organizations around common issues.

Subcommittees:

  • Landmarks, Zoning & Compliance | Responsible for addressing issues related to the neighborhood’s architectural heritage and design guidelines, the Memphis Landmarks Commission, and compliance with current City of Memphis and Shelby County Office of Planning and Development and Construction Code Enforcement regulations. Chair: Barbara Sysak
  • Safety | Responsible for promoting awareness of neighborhood safety efforts, including dissemination of security tips to residents, working to strength the Association’s relationship with the Crump Station Police Precinct, sharing information with the Midtown Security Committee, and facilitating subscription to a private security patrol, Central Gardens Patrol. Chairs: Jack Stimac & Sharon Shipley

Operations

Chair: Kathy Ferguson, CGA President, (901) 786-3290

This pillar is responsible for the operations of CGA and management of our business activities and communications.

Subcommittees:

  • Communications | Timely communication of information and events is critical to enhancing a sense of community. To that end, we reach multiple audiences through a dynamic and current website and mobile site, quarterly newsletter, monthly e-news for subscribers, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages, and the Central Gardens neighborhood app. All communications are coordinated by volunteers on the committee and through our style guide, which ensures consistency of message and design to promote and safeguard the Central Gardens brand. Chair: Sarah Blackburn
  • Finance | Responsible for setting financial and budgetary objectives and monitoring budgets. Chair: Dan Reid
  • Legal | Responsible for advising the board and taking legal action in response to issues affecting the neighborhood. Chair: Alan Kleiman

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