Jamal Harrison, Deputy Director of Operations for the City was our keynote speaker at our Annual Membership meeting held on Tuesday, March 21 at the Brennan Pools Bldg. He presented the City's exciting new plan to manage Rouge Park as a stand-alone unit instead of just another park on the west side. This means we will have staff based in, and focused solely on, Rouge Park for the first time in decades. This should greatly improve the quality and efficiency of mowing, trash pick-up and other maintenance of the park (See his presentation here).
Annual Membership Meeting Celebrates 2022 Successes
(See the full Annual Meeting presentation here.)
Over sixty people enjoyed dinner and a glass of wine while board members took turns reporting on our accomplishments over the last year, and awarded the Best Friend and Best Partner of Rouge Park awards to Kenyetta Campbell and Chris Romeo respectively (see below for details).
It has been another banner year for the Friends of Rouge Park, reaching new record highs in memberships, donations and sponsorships. We had record participation in events and volunteer work days in all four seasons. We hired two programming interns to plan and organize the ever-growing number of events.
Finally, we held our elections for the Board of Directors. We welcomed our newest board member, Rachel Meeker. The elected members of the Board of Directors are as follows: Sally Petrella - President, Arthur Edge - Vice President, Paul Stark - Recording Secretary, Chris Jackson - Treasurer, Paula Trilety - Membership Chair, Lorraine Harris - Corresponding Secretary, Cara Beld - Trustee, Garrett Dempsey - Trustee, Kenyetta Campbell - Trustee, Rachel Meeker - Trustee. If you are interested in serving on the board, contact us at [email protected].