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Tremont West Annual Meeting Results

  One hundred twenty seven members attended this year’s Tremont West Annual Membership Meeting.  Thank you to Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church for hosting us and to Tremont’s newest Catering Company, Cathryne’s Creative Details, for serving our membership a delicious meal.  Tremont West was honored to have many distinguished guests attend our meeting this year including Councilman Tony Brancatelli, Councilman Brian Cummins, Councilman Kerry McCormack, State Representative Bill Patmon, Judge Ron O-Leary, Cleveland Housing Court, Judge Michael J. Ryan, Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court, and Earle B. Turner, Clerk of Court.
  Tremont West Executive Director spoke to the membership regarding our new Strategic Plan Update that will guide Tremont West’s work into 2020, please  visit here regarding the Strategic Plan.  Director Riordan also gave out awards to many deserving community members whose volunteerism helps make Tremont, Duck Island and Irishtown Bend the great communities they are today.

Awards

Resident of the Year - Sue Krosel

Resident of the Year - Shawn Kenney

Keith Sulzer Community Partner of the Year - Walkabout Tremont

Sammy Catania Spotlight of the Year - Jay Demagall

Gail Long Lifetime Achievement - Nancy Hocepl

  Our first resident of the year, Sue Krosel, has been a long time resident and block club chair and although not in the middle of our most contentious development debates, her continued advocacy for the issues and concerns facing the members of the Metro North block club and block club area is unwavering.  From safety issues to the future of the Historic Carnegie library and St. Michael’s School building, her quiet and consistent leadership ensures that her community continues to get the attention of Tremont West and the City of Cleveland.
  The next resident of the year recipient, Shawn Kenney, is new to the Tremont West process.  In fact, his block club didn’t exist until 2016.  Due to the location on the edge of 3 neighborhoods he and his neighbors felt forgotten and overlooked.  So he worked with Scott Rosenstein, started community meetings, wrote a set of by-laws, and now Irishtown Bend block club is engaged not only in the most important conversations effecting the future of their neighborhood such as the Irishtown Bend Park up Franklin Hill from their homes but also in the creation of the bonds that make great neighborhoods.  
  The Partner of the Year Award is named after former 2nd District Commander Keith Sulzer.  This year’s recipient is Walkabout Tremont.  This was not an easy task and took dozens of volunteers hundreds and hundreds of volunteer hours as well as working with businesses to provide funding. We are proud to recognize Walkabout Tremont as the recipients of the Partner of the Year Award.
  The next award is the Sammy Catania Spotlight Award given to highlight an important development in the neighborhood.  As did Sammy, this guy wears his heart on his sleeve and invested his whole life into the Forest City Brewery project.  Always willing to share his opinion, he has also shared his dream with the Duck Island and Tremont community, becoming along the way a community gathering spot and institution in a very short time.  In recognition of his work Jay Demagall is the recipient of the Sammy Catania Spotlight Award.
  The final award of the evening was the Gail Long Lifetime Achievement Award, which is meant to recognize an individual that has spent year after year working to create a better Tremont.  Over the past 25+ years Nancy Hocepl has provided a third place, where people can gather outside of work and their home to share the real neighborhood news.  Nancy deserves to be recognized for her long time ownership of Civilization’s and her long time advocacy for the Tremont community.
  Director Riordan then recognized outgoing Board Members, Andrew Stebbins- Chair of the Governance Committee, Mike Koski- Chair of the Safety Committee and member of the Economic Development Committee and Princess Freeman- who served for the past two years.  Thank you all to your service to the Tremont community.
  Tremont West President, Ann Marie Riley, then introduced many community members and board committee chairs who updated the membership on the many projects that happen in Tremont throughout the year.  The highlight was definitely when the Safety Committee Chair Mike Koski announced that all four of the Safety Micro-Grants offered by Tremont West in partnership with ArcelorMittal were funded.  You can read about the projects on page 3.
  Finally, the Nominating Committee Chair, Vic Selig, announced the results of the election.  The Code of Regulations change passed (117 - Yes, 8 - No) allowing for early voting at next year’s Annual Membership Meeting.  Ann Marie Riley (118) was re-elected as Tremont West Board President.  The following candidates were elected to a 3-year term: Joe Chura (115), Adrienne Linnick (109), LerVal Elva (103), Brad Hauber (94), and Chris Roy (90), and Thom Passek (89) and Brian Hannon (88) were elected to a 1-year term.  Thank you to all the candidates, (Nick White (55) and Guy Templeton Black (13).  Thank you to all who were able to attend the meeting, we are so fortunate to have an extremely engaged community who want to help us fulfill our vision of being an ideal urban village!