April, 2002
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Parkwood Resident's Association: News Update

Thanks to all of the folks that attended the March 12th meeting. With over 60 people in attendance it was a huge success.

Communication Tool: List-Serve Available:
The most exciting news is that we have already created a listserve to assist with communication . This should greatly enhance our ability to inform residents about upcoming meetings, post minutes from past meetings and share issues of relevance to the Parkwood Community. It should also serve as a great tool to facilitate committee work. To subscribe to the listserve, send an e-mail to parkwoodresidents- subscribe@yahoogroups.com. Many thanks to Heidi Lipson for volunteering to set-up this list-serve and doing it so quickly.

Block Captains Needed: Kathy Byars has volunteered to chair the Block Captain Committee. If you are interested in helping out, please contact Kathy at 301-530-9441. Block Captains will be responsible for providing print copies of important flyers/information to those Parkwood residents that do not have access to the list-serve and to identify newcomers to the Welcoming Committee.

PRA 2002 Meeting Schedule: At the March meeting, it was decided to increase the PRA membership meetings from 2 to 4 annually. The dates for the meetings for the rest of this year are: June12th, September 17th and December 10th. We will be meeting at new location, the Kensington Parkwood Elementary School. It was determined that the cost to rent this room was similar to the library, and offers the option for many of us to walk to the meetings.

Membership Information Needed: Attached to this flyer is a survey and membership application. If you have not already completed these important forms, please take the time to fill them out and return them to PRA Treasurer, Chris St. Clair at 4616 Saul Rd., Kensington, 20895.

Committee News: One of the goals of the March meeting was to resurrect many of the more active committees the PRA has benefited from in the past and to identify new activities for the neighborhood. We have had many volunteers step forward and still are in need of volunteers. Below are the current committee chairs, if you are interested in participating, please contact them. We have tabulated the survey from the newsletter and have lots of people interested and energized to start new programs from book club to creek clean-up days. If you can volunteer to chair one of the many activities/events/issues listed in the survey, please contact either Liz Brennan 3/530-3615 or Jan Rothman so that you can get the list of interested neighbors and begin planning.

Committee Chairs:

Block Captain Kathy Byars 301-530-9441
Welcoming Karen Schuler 301-896-0011
Directory Kitty Stone 301-564-6340
*Traffic Tom St. Clair 301-897-8415
*Sound Barriers Rick Warren 301-530-8809
Baby Sitting Co-op Valerie Gottron 301-493-9002
*Gardening Jean Wirsching 301-493-8667

*co-chair needed for this committee

Next PRA Meeting: June 12, 2002, 7:30 pm at Kensington Parkwood Elementary School:

This is a call for agenda items for this meeting. Currently scheduled is a review of a new dues structure, an update on issues voted on at the March meeting and committee reports. Please forward any additional items to Liz Brennan via phone 3/530-3615 or email Brennanhouse@covad.net

PRA Directory:
We will begin work shortly on a directory for PRA members. Collecting and confirming permission and contact information will be handled primarily via the membership applications and the list-serve. If you do not have access to the list-serve and would like your information included in the directory you may either call or write to Kitty Stone, 4314 Clearbrook Lane, 564-6340.

Web Page Under Development:
A PRA website is currently under construction. If you have any interest or ideas for this project, please contact Peter Mansbach at pmansbach@aol.com . [note added by webmaster: the site is in progress, but is usable. Visit it at: http://www.parkwoodresidents.org/. But since you're reading this, you already knew that!]

County Council Candidate's Forum: June 6th at the Kensington Armory: The Coalition of Kensington Communities (CKC) is hosting a Candidate's Forum for District 5 in Montgomery County. District 5, which includes the Parkwood area, has been represented by Derrick Berlage for many years. Mr. Berlage is stepping down and there are currently three candidates running for this position: Cynthia Rubenstein, Tom Perez and Sally Sternbach all from the Silver Spring area. The Forum will be a question and answer format with questions developed and posed by the CKC. If you are interested in representing Parkwood with regard to the development of questions, please contact Liz. Brennan.


Parkwood Resident's Association - Membership Application
Please mail or drop your membership application along with a $5.00 dues payment for 2002 to Chris St. Clair. PRA Treasurer, 4616 Saul Rd., Kensington, MD 20895. Please make check payable to: Parkwood Residents Association. [note: most browsers let you download the file by right-clicking the above link and selecting "Save Target As..." or something like that.]