2017 FOFP Easter Egg Hunt scheduled for Saturday, April 15th at 11am

The 11th annual Friends of Five Points Easter Egg Hunt will be held at Memorial Park at 11 AM on Saturday, April 15th. Bring your family to see the Easter Bunny and take part in our neighborhood tradition. Everyone is welcome to this free family event, which is co-sponsored by Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services. Please come to the lower field next to the children’s playground. We need volunteers to arrive early (9:00AM) for set-up; please send an e-mail if you can volunteer (lmmccalvin@gmail.com).

P.S. Note for parents making plans: Hunting area to be divided into 4 sections by age group: 0-2, 3-4, 5-7, and 8-10 year olds.


Annual 2016 FOFP Member’s Meeting

Friends of Five Points will hold its annual FOFP Member’s Meeting on Thursday, October 20, 2016 at the Five Points Fire Station at 6pm.

This meeting is for all Friends of Five Points members to attend, and is an opportunity to meet the board and learn about the organization.

Bruce Lonee of the Athens-Clarke County Planning Department will be present to provide an update to the Infill Housing proposal. This is an opportunity to learn what changes have been made since the spring meeting and what steps are being taken to incorporate the plan.


FOFP Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday March 26th at 11 AM

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The 10th annual Friends of Five Points Easter Egg Hunt will be held at Memorial Park in Athens, GA at 11 AM on Saturday, March 26th. Bring your family to see the Easter Bunny and take part in our neighborhood tradition. Everyone is welcome to this free family event, which is co-sponsored by FOFP and Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services. Please come to the lower field next to the children’s playground.

We also need volunteers to arrive early (9:00AM) for set-up; please send an e-mail if you can volunteer (info@friendsoffivepoints.org).

Please note: The egg hunting area will be divided into 4 sections by age group: 0-2, 3 -4, 5-7, and 8-10 year olds. If you have    an older child (11+) who is too old to participate in the hunt, but would like to be involved, please encourage them to arrive at 9 am sharp to help with egg-hiding!


May 2015 News

Five Points

Friends of Five Points News

May 2015

Dear Friends of Five Points,

Happy Summer! I hope that everyone is having a fun, relaxing, and safe holiday weekend.

Your Friends of Five Points Board has been busy this spring, hosting two major neighborhood events. The first one, the tenth annual FOFP Easter Egg Hunt, was held on April 4. This event, organized by Board member Sara Beresford with help from a number of community volunteers, continues to grow in popularity. Thank you so much to all of our volunteers who helped to make this event a success!

Last week Friends of Five Points hosted its first Five Points Pub Crawl, and it was a huge, sold-out success. Many thanks are in order to our business partners — Marker 7 Coastal Grill, The Pine, and Your Pie — for providing wonderful drink and appetizer specials. We also appreciated the live music from Louis Phillip Pelot ofLeaving Countries on Your Pie’s lovely back porch. Special thanks go to Board members Sara Beresford, who handled the ticket sales, Kevin Florence, who handled event insurance, and Paige Cummings and Kristen Nielsen, who managed the check-in. Extra special thanks go to Hank Qadir, past FOFP Board President, for coordinating with the businesses.

There was much consensus among those in attendance that we need to have neighborhood gatherings like that more often, so I hope more members will come forward to help organize them!

Finally, if you haven’t already done so, I encourage you to become a member of Friends of Five Points. Dues are $10 per year per family or $25 for three years. If you would like to check the status of your membership, there’s an easy link to do so at our website, www.friendsoffivepoints.org.  Just click on the “Membership” tab and scroll down to “Check Your Membership Status.”  You can look up your address and see when your membership is up for renewal.

Sincerely,
Alice Kinman
FOFP Board Chair

P.S. A reminder to Pub Crawl attenders: use your red bracelet to get 15% off over-the-counter items from Hodgson’s Pharmacy! Thanks Hodgson’s!


2015 Inaugural Friends of Five Points Pub Crawl on May 21 at 6pm

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Join the Friends of Five Points Neighborhood Organization for our Inaugural Friends of Five Points Pub Crawl!

Thursday, May 21, 2015, 6pm!

Be a part of a new neighborhood tradition! We’ll start at 6pm (sharp!) at Marker Seven Coastal Grille and will move as a group to The Pine and then Your Pie. We will spend ~40 minutes at each location. Each restaurant will provide a drink and appetizer and our last stop – Your Pie – will feature live music on the back patio! Tickets are $25 per person ($20 per person for FOFP members).

Ticket Information:

Tickets are $25 per person ($20 per person for FOFP members).

Ticket quantities are limited; we encourage buying tickets early.

You can buy tickets on-line here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/inaugural-friends-of-five-points-pub-crawl-tickets-8973372599

FOFP membership is only $10 per household per year. If you’re unsure of your membership status and/or would like to join/renew, see http://friendsoffivepoints.org/membership

Questions may be directed to info@friendsoffivepoints.org


FOFP Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday April 4th at 11 AM

The 9th annual Friends of Five Points Easter Egg Hunt will be held at Memorial Park in Athens, GA at 11 AM on Saturday, April 4th. Bring your family to see the Easter Bunny and take part in our neighborhood tradition. Everyone is welcome to this free family event, which is co-sponsored by FOFP and Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services. Please come to the lower field next to the children’s playground. We also need volunteers to arrive early (9:00AM) for set-up; please send an e-mail if you can volunteer (info@friendsoffivepoints.org).

 


February 2015 Newsletter

Dear Friends of Five Points,

Happy New Year! I hope that everyone survived the ice storm this week. If you’ve been out and about around the Five Points neighborhood you’ve no doubt heard the sounds of many chainsaws at work.

The Friends of Five Points Neighborhood Association held its first meeting of 2015 on January 15 at the No. 3 Fire Hall in Five Points. Our primary agenda item was a discussion of ideas for an event that Friends of Five Points can sponsor that would be focused on our adult members and would also benefit the Five Points businesses.

There was consensus that a “pub crawl” featuring Five Points restaurants would be a fun event to bring the neighborhood together. We are in the very early planning stages for this event, but we are looking at a week night in the second or third week of May. If you would like to help plan this event, please let us know by sending an email to board@friendsoffivepoints.org.

In other news, Board member Sara Beresford has announced that the hugely popular Friends of Five Points Easter Egg Hunt will be held Saturday, April 4. Mark your calendars now!

Finally, if you would like to check the status of your membership in Friends of Five Points, there’s an easy link to do so at our website, www.friendsoffivepoints.org. Just click on the “Membership” tab and scroll down to “Check Your Membership Status.” You can look up your address and see when your membership is up for renewal. If you are not yet a member, we encourage you to join us! You can do that from the same “Membership” page through our secure server, or you can print out the membership form and mail it in with your dues.

Our next Board meeting is this Thursday, February 19, in the Community Room of the Five Points Fire Station. We invite all members to join us!

 

Sincerely,

Alice Kinman
FOFP Board Chair


December 2014 Newsletter

Dear Friends of Five Points,

The Friends of Five Points Neighborhood Association held its Annual Meeting on November 18, 2014, at the No. 3 Firehall in Five Points. We heard reports from each of our committees (link here to full minutes), then we elected our officers for 2015. They are as follows:

Chair:                          Alice Kinman

Vice Chair:                  Kevin Florence

Secretary:                    Paige Cummings

Financial Officer:        Joyce Kitchens

Because Hank Qadir, Chair for 2014, had to step down, Sara Beresford graciously agreed to stay on another year as Past Chair.

The meeting included a lively discussion about what Friends of Five Points does and can do to further our mission “to enhance the quality of life in Five Points by facilitating communication among our neighbors.” As Chair, I shared two goals that I have for Friends of Five Points for the coming year:

  • To sponsor at least one adult-friendly activity centered on our business district
  • To structure future Board meetings, which are open to all members, around information sessions about government and other community services.

I invite your ideas and suggestions for these programs.

The Friends of Five Points Board would like to wish all of our members and neighbors a very merry holiday season!

Sincerely,

Alice Kinman
FOFP Board Chair


2014 Annual Meeting Minutes

Minutes of Friends of Five Points Annual Meeting

November 18, 2014

No. 3 Fire Hall

  1. Welcome from Interim Board Chair, Alice Kinman
  2. Reports on Activity for 2014:
    1. Financial Report: Interim Financial Officer Joyce Kitchens provided a Financial Report showing a current balance of $5,995.18 (as of October 15). The biggest expenditure of the year was the Easter Egg Hunt ($889.75). There was some discussion about finding a way to reduce the bank charges, which are currently nearly $10/month. Joyce agreed to work on that.
    2. Website: Website Coordinator John Weatherford reported on various updates and improvements made to the website this year, making it much easier to navigate and also adding a feature that allows neighbors to sign up for or renew memberships online, as well as check their membership status.
    3. Listserv: Sara Beresford, who replaced Jill Gambril as Listserv Coordinator during the course of 2014, reported that the listserv is running smoothly. She noted the update to the listserv policy that the Board approved, under Jill’s leadership, earlier this year.
    4. Membership: Membership Coordinator Kristen Nielsen reported on the current state of our membership. After a successful membership drive earlier this year, Friends of Five Points has 279 household members. Kristen suggested that in the upcoming year the Board look into providing some sort of service that reminds members when their membership is up for renewal and perhaps even allowing for an opt-in automatic renewal service.
    5. Business Relations: Business Relations Coordinator Kevin Florence (owner, Add Drugs) reported on successful partnerships between the Friends of Five Points and the Five Points Business Association, most notably the Holiday Market, which was a success despite bad weather. He reported that the FPBA is in discussions about how the two organizations can work together to provide ways for residents and businesses to interact.
    6. Government and Community Relations: Government and Community Relations Coordinator Susan Field reported on her efforts to keep the FOFP community informed of important events, government announcements, community meetings, etc. She reported that our membership in the Federation of Neighborhoods is up to date and that FOFN has had some very successful forums in 2014.
  1. Election of Board Officers for 2015-17

The following slate was presented:

Alice Kinman              Chair
Kevin Florence            Vice Chair
Secretary                     Paige Cummings
Financial Officer         Joyce Kitchens

The slate was approved unanimously.

  1. Some discussion was held about the Board Meeting Calendar for 2015. Since one Board member was absent, it was agreed that the Board Chair would poll members by email and report on the Meeting Calendar at a later date.

 


September 2014 Notes

Dear Residents and Friends of Five Points,

I hope you’ve had a delightful summer and a relaxing Labor Day weekend. If you were out of town, you missed the many tailgate parties in the Five Points neighborhoods prior to the Clemson game and the busy scenes at Five Points businesses.  Along with the presence of the University of Georgia, the Milledge Avenue fraternities and sororities, restaurants and retailers alongside graceful and historic homes contribute to the truly unique energy and atmosphere that we enjoy at Five Points.  Let us all enthusiastically support more new businesses and renovations of some old structures to newer fraternities and sororities.

Although my term as Chair of the FOFP board continues until the end of this year, due to a hectic travel schedule this fall I have reluctantly decided to step down effective immediately.  Chair-elect Alice Kinman will serve out the rest of my term as the interim Board Chair. The next Chair will be elected at our annual meeting in October.  I am deeply grateful to her for her willingness to take over as Chair ahead of the regularly scheduled transition.  I thank you all for the opportunity to Chair such a committed Board.  The work of the Board is often invisible to residents, but you should know that the members of the Board: Alice Kinman, Sara Beresford, John Weatherford, Joyce Kitchens, Paige Cummings, Susan Field, Kevin Florence, Kristin Nielsen and Jill Gambill go over and beyond the call of duty in working for the interests of the neighborhood.

Alice Kinman will be writing to you in the near future with more information on the FOFP Annual meeting, which is slated for Wednesday, October 15th. Time and location will be announced soon.

Meanwhile let’s look forward to another great year for the Dawgs – perhaps matching their accomplishments from the early 1980s!

We are a volunteer organization and we will always count on your leadership and participation on committees for such events. Please send your ideas and suggestions to info@friendsoffivepoints.org.

Sincerely,

Hank Qadir
FOFP Board Chair

P.S. If you would like to check the status of your FOFP membership and/or renew, please see: http://friendsoffivepoints.org/membership/.