NBCA's 2009 Annual Meeting

NBCA President Gordon Certain

Author/historian Susan Kessler Barnard

Susan Barnard with image of
Judge Clark Howell (Howell's Mill fame)

Author/historian Henry Hope

Major Robert Browning

Major James Sellers receives
Outstanding Citizen award

Rep. Ed Lindsey

Recycling Program Manager
Mary Harrington

School Board Member
Katy Pattillo

School Board Member
Katy Pattillo

Sarah Smith Elementary Principal
Dr. Sidney Baker

Sarah Smith Project Manager
Al Scenna

Al Scenna
with artist's conception of school

Artist's conception of new school
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Baker, Pattillo and Scenna
during Q&A

NBCA held its annual meeting on Thursday night, March 26, 2009.  An estimated 130 attended, which was a little stronger attendance than we anticipated.  The food was wonderful, thanks to the efforts of Piper Harris and Rita Christopher (our Social Committee co-chairs), Carol Cahill and former NBCA President Patti Brennan.  We apologize for running out of some food items.

NBCA held elections for its board.  All candidates were elected including new board members Tishann Brown, Carol Cahill, and Suzanne Loyd.   

Our outstanding speakers included the following people.

Susan Kessler Barnard narrated a large collection of historical Buckhead photographs which has never been viewed before.  It was a special treat.  Susan is author of the fascinating book Buckhead: A Place for All Time and will soon be publishing a book of historical Buckhead photographs.  The items covered included the naming of Ivy Road (from the Ivey family), the Peachtree Gardens Club (a dance hall that stood at North Ivy Road), and an early photo of Lenox Square Mall.  

Henry Hope, grandson of RL Hope, a figure in early North Buckhead history, told us that his grandfather, a Fulton County commissioner, operated an almshouse (poor house) on Piedmont at Peachtree before it was relocated to Chastain Park.  R. L. Hope Elementary School once stood on Piedmont where parts of the Terminus complex stand today.  Henry Hope is author of a book entitled The Poor Houses.

Major Robert Browing, new APD Zone 2 Commander, introduced himself to the neighborhood.  Major Browning asked me to make sure that everyone has his email address: rbrowning@atlantaga.gov.  He also fielded questions from the attendees, especially about speeding on neighborhood streets.

Major James Sellers, outgoing APD Zone 2 Commander, received an "Outstanding Citizen" award from NBCA for his years of dedicated service to Buckhead  neighborhoods. 

Representative Ed Lindsey,  our representative in the Georgia House of Representatives, spoke about recent developments in the Georgia Legislature.  He made it clear that he wanted to be in touch with residents in his district.

Mary Harrington, Recycling Program Manager for the City of Atlanta, told us about the City's recycling program.  She stressed that recycling saves the City (and residents) money.  She asked that if recycling pickups were missed that we not call her but rather contact her by email.

School Board Member Katy Pattillo, Sarah Smith Principal Dr. Sidney Baker, and Project Manager Al Scenna all spoke about the new Sarah Smith School on Wieuca Road which is slated to open to grades 3-5 in January 2010.  They fielded questions, especially about sidewalks and traffic calming on Wieuca (also a common theme with speakers Browning and Lindsey).  Al showed a artist's conception of the new buildings and also spoke about efforts to save mature trees at the school site along Wieuca Road.   

Attendees donated food for the homeless.  Twenty-seven pounds of food and a $5 donation were delivered the next morning to Crossroads Minisitries on Courtland Street near downtown Atlanta.  Some of our contributions went into the soup they were making that morning for Friday lunch.

We will have additional coverage of this meeting in our next (July) printed newsletter.  Please also look for coverage of this meeting in the Northside Neighbor newspaper and in the Buckhead Reporter.    

Thanks to all who attended this excellent meeting and those who made it possible.