On Monday, April 29th, Summit Neighborhood Association held its annual membership meeting at the Highlands on the East Side. Roughly 45 neighbors attended and enjoyed refreshments from Rhode Island’s own Foolproof Beer, Diamond Hill Winery, and My Daddy’s Pizza.
SNA President Ethan Gyles reviewed the past year’s activities and shared SNA’s plans for projects, events, and programs for the coming year. Audience members each had the chance to review a list of ideas and return a checklist to indicate whether they were interested in leading or volunteering for one or more of them, along with suggestions for additional ideas.
One of the main events of the meeting was the election of the Board of Directors and its officers for the coming year. The officers are Ethan Gyles, President; Thomas Schmeling, Vice-President, Britt Page, Treasurer, Laura Ramsey, Secretary; Erik Christiansen, Newsletter Secretary. Returning Board members are Anneliese Greenier, Anna Highsmith, Read Porter, and Sharon Lee Waldman. New Board members are Ariel Pittner, Torin Mathieu, Zachary Barnes, and Christopher Lowe.
We heard from our first-term State Representative Rebecca Kislak. She updated us on current issues and outlined her legislative agenda, then engaged in Q&A with the audience.
The Sheila Perlow Award was presented to Greg Gerritt for his long and dedicated work on behalf of the environment and on issues of social and economic justice. Greg is a longtime Summit resident who has continually showed a strong spirit of civic engagement and volunteerism. The award is named for Sheila Perlow, a long-time Summit Neighborhood Association board member, dedicated community volunteer, vibrant personality, and kind friend to many.
Thanks to The Highlands on the East Side for hosting us!