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BLOCK WATCH PLUS: Stepping down

Posted by Elwin Green on January 14, 2014 at 6:45 PM

I just sent this to my email list of Homewood residents:

Hello neighbors,
Is it too late to say Happy New Year? Oh well!
The first monthly meeting of Block Watch Plus for 2014 is to be held Thursday, Jan. 16, at 6 p.m. in the South Conference Room at the Homewood-Brushton YMCA.
I ask you to make a special effort to attend this meeting, for two reasons:
1) As you probably know by now, Jose Diaz, the staffer who served as BWP's primary point of contact at Operation Better Block, is no longer with the organization, so that bit of outside assistance is gone (OBB as an organization may still be supportive, but I don't know that any particular person on staff has been assigned to the group).
2) I am stepping down as chair of Block Watch Plus. After nearly three years of seeking to grow BWP into a group of residents so united that no one can go around us, and having no success, I want to give someone else a shot at leading the group. I think the decision about who that person will be should be up to the residents of Homewood.
I propose that we devote Thursday's meeting to discussing the issues that you want Block Watch Plus to address, and to forming a nominating committee to seek out candidates for the position of chair, so that the group can vote for a new chair in next month's meeting. But that's just my proposal. If you folks choose to do something different on Thursday, that's fine.
In any case, I hope to see you at the meeting.
Elwin Green, chair

Block Watch Plus


Minutes after sending it, I wanted to rewrite the paragraph about me stepping down as chair of Block Watch Plus. It's accurate, but terribly incomplete. I am also stepping down to devote more time to my three (yes, three) businesses - my Legal Shield franchise, if franchise is the right term (see ad at right); Homewood Capital Partners, an LLC formed for investing in Homewood real estate (some of you have heard about this, and I owe some of you an email); and Luminaria Productions, the company behind Homewood Nation (which I need to take to a higher level). Even if things were going great guns with BWP, I would likely still step down around this time to handle my businesses.

Where do you think Block Watch Plus should direct its energies in 2014? Whom do you think might make a good chair for the group? Let us know in the comments below.

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Reply JoanPD
12:59 PM on January 15, 2014 
You might want to separate the task into three tasks. Web work, generating / collecting news, and head of BWP.
Reply Toni McClendon
1:22 PM on January 21, 2014 
My name is Lois "Toni" McClendon. I am the new Senior Community Organizer at OBB. I look forward to working with Block Watch Plus and would love to introduce myself to BWP and finding out how I can better serve the Homewood Community. As a long-time community activist in Pittsburgh, I will continue to work diligently for peace and justice.
I hope for a great turn-out at the upcoming Homewood Monthly Community Meeting on Thursday, January 23rd at 6:00 pm @ Community Empowerment Association, 7120 Kelly Street.
Be blessed, be well and be safe.
Lois "Toni" McClendon
[email protected]
(412) 708-8734 (cell)

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