POSTPONED! Due to COVID-19, the Annual Meeting will be rescheduled for after May 11. A new date has not yet been determined and will follow CDC and MN Department of Health guidelines for safe gatherings of people. We will post a new date once it's set.
6:00 - 8:30 pm at Summit Brewing Company, 910 Montreal Circle, St. Paul, MN
This is the annual meeting of the West 7th / Fort Road Federation and will be held on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. You're welcome to arrive as early as 6:00 pm and the event should end at 8:30 pm.
Again, this year's event will feature conversation tables early in the evening and a kid activity corner throughout the event (NOT childcare, but a space for kids to do kid things while parents stand close by being adults). Agenda: 6:00 Doors Open - Visit conversation tables 6:30 Welcome, introduce Board candidates 7:00 Call to order Featured Guest: Sean Kershaw, West 7th neighbor and Vice President of Wilder Center for Communities 7:30 President's Report Bylaw change reminder Update on strategic plan accomplishments 8:00 Introduce candidates for West 7th / Fort Road Federation Board Voting for Board members Announce Board member election results 8:30 Adjourn
Invite your neighbors and friends via our Facebook event page. About Featured Guest: Sean Kershaw, West 7th neighbor and Vice President of Wilder Center for Communities Sean Kershaw is the Vice President of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation’s “Center for Communities”. Prior to joining Wilder, Sean was Executive Director of the Citizens League 14 years where he led initiatives that looked at higher education and workforce reform, mental health reform, immigration, and aging. Sean has served as Project Manager and Deputy Director for the City of Saint Paul’s Department of Planning and Economic Development (PED). In this role he also chaired then Mayor Norm Coleman’s e-government initiative and coordinated the Mayor’s information technology, charter school, and education initiatives. Before coming to Minnesota, Sean was Planning Coordinator for the Public Housing Authority in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska.
Sean, his husband Tim and their neighbors produce the “Grand Oak Opry” concert series, hosted in Sean and Tim’s backyard, every summer. Started as a way to support emerging artists and welcome people into their neighborhood, the series will start its seventh year this summer.
Sean and Tim live in the Uppertown neighborhood of West 7th with their children Aidan and Grace and their English Bull Terrier Pearl.
Interested in running for the West 7th / Fort Road Federation Board?
NEW! Starting with this election, we have three board seats dedicated to residential renters for each of three geographic areas (see map). Also, the minimum age to be a Board member has been lowered to 16 years old, except for officer positions who must be 18+; officer positions include President, Vice Presidents, Secretary, and Treasurer.
Each position is up for re-election. This is a transition election after changing the bylaws in April 2019 to create staggered terms. So, this year some positions are one-year and some are two-year terms. In 2021, about half the positions will be up for re-election and all terms will be two years long.
Vacancies Secretary Area 1 Coordinator Area 2 Coordinator - 2 seats Area 3 Coordinator - 1 renter seat
Important Dates (updated due to COVID-19 rescheduling)
Submit Board Candidate Form - April 9
Nominations officially made by Federation Board to be on ballot - April 13, 7pm
Nominations made by petition - by TBD
NEW! Voting on-line and in-person at the office begins - TBD
Election at Annual Meeting - TBD
First Board meeting of elected members and orientation - TBD