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CHCA seeks website/newsletter editor and website administrator

From the CHCA Board: The CHCA board is seeking a volunteer or volunteers to replace retiring CHCA website/newsletter editor and website administrator Tim Bryson.  A content editor for the website and newsletter finds relevant news, posts it on the website, and distributes a digest of those posts weekly via Mailchimp.  They also administer CHCA's Facebook and Twitter accounts.  This takes on average about an hour a week.

CHCA Neighborhood Survey Summary

From the CHCA board: CHCA volunteers conducted a survey of our neighborhood during the second half of September, 2014: September 13 - 30. We left information sheets at each home and solicited your opinions by sending volunteers door-to-door, accepting completed surveys via email, and taking responses at our most recent CHCA Community Meeting. A team of 15 volunteers worked to steadily over the two week period, contacting 455 homes and ultimately achieving a response rate of 45%.

Clairmont Heights Neighborhood Survey

From the CHCA Board: Neighborhood Survey - Look for CHCA Volunteers this weekend and next week (Friday, 9/12, through Saturday, 9/20).  Clairmont Heights Civic Association volunteers will attempt to contact each household in our neighborhood this weekend to gather information about your opinions. Annexation and city creation plans are forming very quickly in central DeKalb County, and the neighborhood association is striving to represent your interests in a strong, effective way.

CHCA Community Meeting – Annexation Survey Results

Event Date and Time: 
09/25/2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

From the CHCA Board: Clairmont Heights Civic Association meeting, Thursday, September 25, 2014, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, North Decatur Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 611 Medlock Road, Decatur, GA 30033.  Please mark your calendars! CHCA will hold this special informational meeting to discuss the findings from our neighborhood survey and share annexation updates. A very tight timeline applies to this process, so we feel that it is critical to discuss the important choices we face as a community. We hope to see you there! Questions? Email:  Additional details will be posted at

CHCA elects new board, discusses future of schools and government

Last Friday, August 29, over 100 members of the CHCA community met at the North Decatur Presbyterian Church to elect a new board and discuss issues centering on the future of our schools, esp. Fernbank and Druid Hills High School.  Members of the new board are the following.

CHCA Community Meeting

Event Date and Time: 
08/29/2014 - 7:00pm

Notice of CHCA Community Meeting to elect new officers, discuss annexation issues.

When: Friday, August 29 at 7 p.m.

Study: Georgia residents less involved

From Georgia Public Broadcasting: "A new study says Georgia has one of the nation's lowest levels of civic involvement in activities such as voting and volunteering.  The University of Georgia's Carl Vinson Institute of Government headed the project with several partner organizations to measure how much the state's citizens participate in their communities.  They came up with a Georgia Civic Health Index that found communities in the state tend to lag below the national average when

CHCA Annual Meeting notes

About 20 people attended last night's annual meeting at Melton's.  The current Board -- with mixed emotions -- accepted re-election.  Residents who would like to work with the board ex officio are welcome to join us (email us here: info AT  

There were three presentations: Al Fowler from the county police; Tanya Myers from MANA on the Druid Hills Charter Cluster, and Jim Smith on cityhood proposals.  There were also comments offered by a representative from Senator Jason Carter's office, Hayden Brooks.

CHCA Annual Meeting at Melton's

Event Date and Time: 
05/30/2013 - 7:00pm

CHCA members, renewing members, and wannabe members are invited to join the current board at Melton's App & Tap, Thursday, May 30, at 7 p.m. for our annual meeting.  We are meeting at Melton's in part to support them as a local business, so we encourage attendees to order food and drinks while there.  The nachos will be on us, though.  The only required meeting agenda item is a vote for a new or renewed CHCA Board for 2013-2014.  In addition, we invite members to help us shed light on neighborhood issues -- schools, development, cityhood, parks, crime, communications, etc..  Al Fowler, the new public education specialist for the county police, will be there to answer questions.  We will also graciously accept annual dues, still only $10.  The current board encourages others to take their place.  The load is very light, but some of us on the current board have been on duty probably way too long.  The offices and incumbents are as follows:

Article on importance of neighborhoods

Of possible interest from Harvard professor Robert Sampson in the Discover Magazine: ".... If you let loose a kid who appears to be lost on a street, will an anonymous stranger ask, “Can I help you? Are you lost?” If a stamped, addressed envelope is found on the street—something we actually tested—will someone pick it up and put it in a mailbox? A neighborhood that does these things works, because its people are willing to help one another.

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