June 2014 Notes

Dear Residents and Friends of Five Points,

 As I write to you, summer is beginning to nudge out our long, cool spring.  We see this change in our neighborhood as the hustle bustle of the students, the festivities of the fraternities/sororities and the lines outside Yoforia give way to more family centered activities. This is the time to savor the very different mood of the Five Points in the summer. 
 
FOFP has a new Treasurer – Joyce Kitchens was voted in by the Board to this position, replacing John Wolfe who has served the organization in an outstanding fashion over the past several years, but will be leaving to work in Atlanta. We thank him and hope to see him at our Annual meetings and other Five Points events when he can join us.  Joyce is a local attorney and we are delighted that she will be joining the Board.
 
Our Annual meeting is slated for Wednesday, October 15th. We shall provide more information about the Annual meeting in late August after the FOFP Board meets in June/July and finalizes the agenda. The Annual meeting is a time to bring in new leadership to the FOFP Board. Currently, all Board members are serving their term until December 2015, but as per our By-Laws, the Board Chair and the Secretary need to be elected each year. We will post a copy of our current By-Laws on the website in the near future.   (Thanks to the excellent work of John Weatherford, our crack website coordinator, along with the assistance of Susan Field, our website is now much easier to navigate.) http://www.friendsoffivepoints.org
 
We welcome your ideas and suggestions for the issues that you would like to see us discuss. We would also like to hear from our members as to any activities that you would like the FOFP to organize. At our last two meetings, we brainstormed on ways of how our community can get together and opportunities for local businesses to host or sponsor neighborhood events. 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.
 
We thank each of you in participating in our listserv and adding to the dialogue. I wish you a safe and pleasant summer.
 
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/.


FOFP Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 19th at 11 AM

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The 8th annual Friends of Five Points Easter Egg Hunt will be held at Memorial Park at 11 AM on Saturday, April 19th.

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 (8:45AM) for set-up; please send an e-mail if you can volunteer (info@friendsoffivepoints.org).

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From the archives: Newsletters December 2007-April 2011

Per the wonderful suggestion of Board Member Susan Field, we’ve added some categories to our News section: Newsletters, Events, and History. These new categories will allow us to keep better track of the materials we post to the site, and hopefully it’ll help guests find what they’re looking for more quickly.

As part of adding these categories, we’ve moved older Newsletters over from the Resources page to this post. If you haven’t yet, take a look at these documents from our recent past!


March 2014 Newsletter

Dear Friends of Five Points,

We trust that you are enjoying the Spring Break in Athens and enthusiastically awaiting the return of the students.  The Friends of Five Points Board has been busy this month!  Here are the highlights.

First, we welcome Kevin Florence, pharmacist and owner of Add Drugs, as the Five Points Business Association Representative on our Board. Kevin, along with the entire Five Points business community, can count on our support for anything that will help that community to continue to thrive.

Recently, the Board approved a new Listserv policy.  Many thanks go to Board member Jill Gambill, who serves as listserv administrator, for developing this policy with Board input.  Over the years, the listserv has worked very well for the overwhelming majority of the folks who participate in this forum.  While the listserv is largely a self-governing community, the Board does define policies to keep it the great resource that it is. In addition, we stop spam and inappropriate advertising attempts on a regular basis. All in all, our members have self-regulated so that what is expressed is done so in a respectful way, and we hope that continues. This self-regulation depends on common sense and a little give and take.  As we all know, a perfect policy cannot be construed for public listserv, but we hope the new one provides appropriate guidelines. It is important to note that this policy is subject to revision, if we see that more detail or clarification is needed.

Another project that the Board is working on is to gather materials that are pertinent to the history of FOFP.  Board member Susan Field is spearheading this effort.  If anyone has copies of past minutes from FOFP committee meetings or reports done by a committee, please contact Susan.  The purpose of this effort is to make these documents available for future use or research.  Once the inventory is complete, Susan will contact the Heritage Room in the Athens Regional Library to see if these materials could be housed in its archives.

As everyone knows, we are in an election year, and we can expect that issues important to FOFP will be discussed by candidates seeking office at every level.  FOFP will support all efforts by the Federation of Neighborhoods to hold forums and debates for candidates for the various elected offices that are up for election. We thank Susan Field, our liaison with the Federation, for keeping our membership informed about these events on all related activities.

The Board is always working to improve communications within the FOFP community.  To this end, Board member John Weatherford has recently repaired some broken links at our website, www.friendsoffivepoints.org.  If you experience any problems with our website, please let us know so that we can fix them.

Finally, we shall be holding our Annual meeting in late Spring, with the date to be announced soon. At this time, I would like to urge each of you to consider serving on one of the Committees: Government and Community Relations, Business Relations, Membership, Listserv, and Website.  Each committee is chaired by a Board member, and you can visit www.friendsoffivepoints.org for more information about each Board member’s role. We are specifically looking for folks who have expertise in the following areas: bookkeeping, updating the website, and managing the listserv. If you are interested in joining us in any of the areas where our Board members serve, please contact us. We would be delighted to have you join us. An organization such as ours can only thrive if we have broad participation from our members. We have a hard-working Board, but it would be comforting to know that we have folks to back up each position.

We thank each of you in participating in our listserv and adding to the dialogue.

Hank Qadir

FOFP Board Chair


February Newsletter

Dear Friends of Five Points,

As I walked my dog on Wednesday evening along the Fire Station, it seemed like Christmas Eve with most of the businesses closed. The snow on the ground added to that Holiday feeling. Waffle House seemed to be doing brisk business as usual. But, it was the sound of music, laughter and the savory smell coming from the Royal Peasant that gave that feeling that this is a special place. There were just a few cars in the adjacent parking lot which indicated that some of the residents had walked over to one of their neighborhood pubs.

There is no doubt that it is these local retail businesses, the mixed-use developments, and the diversity of the residents that make Five Points such a desirable place to live in Athens. At our last Board meeting, we discussed Business memberships and how neighborhood businesses and the residents may benefit joining our organization – we are also awaiting the Five Points Business Association to appoint a person to our Board so we may work with them to help us determine how we may structure this without seeming biased towards any establishment.

This week on the listserv, we had an interesting exchange of thoughts on the fine line between endorsements and ads. Over the years, the listserv has worked out very well for the overwhelming majority of the folks who participate in this forum. Also, the Board does define policies and pay attention so that we keep our listserv as the great resource that it is. We stop spam and advertising attempts fairly often. When I introduced our Board last year, I indicated that Jill Gambill had the most difficult job of monitoring the site, and I believe it could not have gone any better. All in all, our members have self-regulated so that what is expressed is done so in a respectful way, and we hope it continues. Coming up with a comprehensive policy that looks like our tax code is not the solution, as much of this self-regulation depends on common sense and a little give and take. Besides, a perfect policy cannot be construed for public listserv. We will bring this up for discussion again at our next meeting as we did at our last meeting. I invite your input on any caveats that should be considered when we put together a policy.

The listserv has allowed many residents to connect with each other for support at various times. It has provided some of us with a sense of our local community and it has kept us informed of events and issues that we may not have come across so easily. We trust that you were warm, safe and dry during the ice and snow. The sun is out as I write, but it will be a while before the slush is gone.

Hank Qadir

FOFP Board Chair



December Notes

Dear Residents and Friends of Five Points,

We trust that you had a safe and relaxing Thanksgiving Holidays. On Sunday, November the 24th, The Five Points Business Association held its Annual Holiday House. Fleet Feet sponsored the Meridian Women’s Chorus for spreading a little holiday cheer, the Chefs from Cinco and Diez treated the visitors with a cup of hot chocolate, Athens Running Company and Earth Fare provided cookies for children, Up n’ Away Balloons treated the children with balloons and we, the Friends of Five Points, sponsored the visit from Santa, courtesy of Hodgson Building which allowed the Santa a place to have pictures taken on a cool breezy afternoon. It was a joyous afternoon as we enter the Christmas season. We thank the FOFP Business Association for their efforts and without the success of the Five Points Businesses; our neighborhood would not be the most desirable place to live in Clarke County.

Over the weekend, you should have received our Membership mailer; FOFP has initiated a membership drive so that we can bring in the new residents of Five Points Neighborhood.

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It is the participation of our residents that makes us a vibrant community. Membership in our organization allows us to maintain a structure in place that can be mobilized at any time the neighborhood sees a need to protect our property values or enhance our quality of life. It is with your continued support and participation that we can make our organization relevant so that the residents can do what it takes to preserve our neighborhood’s uniqueness and vibrancy.

We ask each and every household on this listserv to reach out to your neighbors and ask them to join our listserv – www.FriendsofFivePoints.org – This would help us tremendously with our membership drive. If you have student renters in your neighborhoods, please reach out to them also. We want to make them feel part of our community and help them in their issues dealing with absentee landlords and deteriorating properties.

We will continue to send out frequent updates as to what the Board is doing, introducing you to new Businesses and giving you some history of our neighborhood.

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Next year, there will be elections for mayor and commissioners and we will seek opportunities where our residents can participate to get to know our candidates well and where they stand on the issues. We look forward to your participation and hearing from each of you.

The FOFP Board wishes each of you a safe and festive Christmas season.

Hank Qadir – Board Chair


From the archives: Memorial Park History

From Paige Cummings:

History is such a wonderful thing, and the memories of our Five Point’s history lies in the hearts of those who lived here when Five Points was first being developed. For several years, the Five Points community was fortunate to have the late Charlie Rowland serving as our neighborhood historian. He was born here, lived here, died here, and was full of great stories about growing up in Five Points. For several years, Charlie was our historical guest columnist for the Friends of Five Points Newsletter.  Did you know that the big building at Memorial Park was originally built as a Tuberculosis Sanitarium?  Charlie did.  Please enjoy!

Memorial Park History (PDF)


Five Points Holiday Open House Details

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The Holiday Open House is this Sunday, November 24, from 1-5pm. The schedule of events is as follows:

  • 1-3pm, Kids with Guitars at Appointments at Five
  • 1-3pm, Vince Dooley Book Signing at Appointments at Five
  • 1-5pm, Photos with Santa in lobby of Hodgson Building
  • 1-5pm, Horse and Wagon Rides at Barberitos
  • 2-4pm, Up n’ Away Balloons in front of Stiles Properties
  • 2:30pm, Meridian Women’s Chorus at Fleet Feet
  • 4pm, Rose of Athens Victorian Carolers in front of Stiles Properties, then strolling

We hope you come join us!