David Dodge, EFCL District B

David Dodge EFCL Past President and past district rep for Lago Lindo, Kilkenny, McLeod, Evansdale, Northmount, Londonderry, Steele Heights, Balwin, Killarney, Delwood, Glengarry, Rosslyn, Belvedere community leagues in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Photo by Rob Agostinis

Monday, April 9, 2012

April 2012 EFCL Board Package

April EFCL Board Package Highlights

Download the EFCL April 2012 Board Package

EFCL Elections on April 30

My position is up for election this year so we require a quorum of our District B Community Leagues to attend the April 30 EFCL AGM so we can ensure we elect our District B Representative.

I am letting my name stand again this time. If elected this would be my final two-year term since we have term limits at the EFCL. A good thing! 

So whether you support me or not, please come out to the AGM. Dinner is at 5:30 pm and the meeting starts at 6:30 pm. Please RSVP so we can ensure there is enough food.
  • Monday, April 30 
  • 5:30 pm dinner
  • 6:30 pm AGM at Beacon Heights Community League
  • 12037 43 St  Edmonton, AB
I am letting my name stand again this time. If elected this would be my final two-year term since we have term limits at the EFCL. A good thing!

Highlights from the board package:

3.1 Senior's Liaison Position - a few folks from community leagues and one from the City are making a presention to make the case for community leagues to consider including a Senior's Liaison Positon on their boards.  In my mind any new idea that help community leagues adapt to changes in their communities and garner more interest in community leagues is a good idea. And this demographic is certainly growing for the foreseeable future.

5.1 Elevate Report - In our report to the Task Force on Community Sustainabilty the EFCL recommended a permanent multi-jurisdictional Mature Neighbourhoods Sustainability Agency be established with the mandate to sustain healthy, vibrant mature neighbourhoods. This decision item asks the board to write a letter urging four levels of government get together in an innovative partnership. We also suggested create an agency to oversee collaborative community sustainability work in Edmonton. One thing we have learned in the last year or so is when the different levels of government communicate and cooperate and when there is some community involvement to keep them honest - good things can happen.

5.2 Neighbourhood Park Consultations - This is a holdover from our meeting last month when we ran out of time. The City is looking at all sorts of new and some innovative ways of getting better parks sooner in new neighbourhoods. The recommendation to the board of the EFCL is to support this and push for: 1. Consultation, 2. Public Involvement, 3. Resources, 4. Remove a Municipal Govt. Act exemption that allows rezoning of surplus school sites without a hearing, 5. That the CITY require a normal public engagement notification process for planning and development decisions on surplus school sites. See the board package for much more on this. 

5.3 Homeword Trust Plan for Housing and Supports - After a meeting with the Homeword Trust folks four EFCL representatives concluded this plan is not in conflict with the EFCL's position and interests on the distribution of non-marketing housing. A letter is proposed to Homeward Trust that generally supports their plan and repeats our interest in "being at the table" with the non market housing providers. 

9.1 AGM Agenda - For a sneak peak at the AGM agenda look at page 14 in the April Board Package. 
  • Under 40 Social Evenings to being younger folks into Communty Leagues
  • Living Local Arts and Heritage Program renewed for 2012!
  • Appeal of SOCAN Tariff #21 
  • EFCL bylaw changes - nothing too exciting
  • EFCL 100th Anniversary project - A motion is coming to the floor to ask each league for $400 per year for five years to contribute to the EFCL 100th Anniversary project to acknowledge, celebrate and promote community leagues at a major feature in Hawrelak Park
  • Elections will be held in Districts: A, (B) C, D, E< F, G, H, K and L (B should be listed here - this list is suspect and will be checked at the board meeting).
  • Reports on Cell Towers, SOCAN, Portable Signs and more.
9.2 EFCL 100th Anniversary Project - Motion to contribute $400/league/year for  5 years
As leagues have seen in a letter the EFCL is proposing a major Community League Feature in Hawrelak Park that would highlight the achievements of communities and even feature the names of all 155 community leagues on patio bricks or in a display. The project is estimated to cost up to $2 million dollars. The EFCL is proposing to create the project in three phases. 

Links to the digital documents of the proposed 100th Anniversary project.   - 
Download Concept Drawing          

The board decided to propose to the membership (155 community leagues) that each league contribute $400 per year for five years to seed this project. The EFCL would then take that money and add in some EFCL money and use it to raise funds from all levels of government.
Community Leagues will have a chance to vote on this proposal on Monday, April 30 at the EFCL AGM scheduled for 6:30 pm at Beacon Heights Community League. If the motion passes all leagues will be asked to kick in $400 for each of five years to get the program started.
Check out the program description in the board package! It's a pretty exciting project and it would be the first major City feature that promotes and celebrates the work of community leagues. It's our 91 Anniversary this year!

That's about it. There is more, much more in the board package. Use the download link at the top of this blog.

If you have any comments, feedback or input please fire an email off to me or call anytime.

David Dodge president( a t )efcl.org
President and District B Representative

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