Lest you think the German Village Society is at rest during the summer months, our committees are hard at work making sure that our wheels keep turning and that the society is out in front of any hot-button issues relevant to our neighborhood.

Lest you think the German Village Society is at rest during the summer months, our committees are hard at work making sure that our wheels keep turning and that the society is out in front of any hot-button issues relevant to our neighborhood.

Here are just a few highlights from our many and diverse committees:

The historic preservation committee is dedicated to fulfilling the mission of the society and serving as a link between the society and the German Village Commission, a sounding board for educational programming and a tutor when it comes to getting information about the commission into the hands of our residents and members.

The membership committee is increasing the society's roster of members every day and keeping volunteer coordinator Bob Jackson busy in the process. The benefits of membership are many, and this committee is in charge of making sure all residents know what they enjoy by having an active and membership-driven civic association "in haus" at 588 S. Third St.

The streetscape committee is processing several years worth of information in the form of the Third Street Plan and has been on top of the project every step of the way. Regular meetings with consultants and the city have resulted in a plan that this committee is processing inside and out. This is on top of creating educational brochures about street trees, ironwork, and brick sidewalks, all of which tend to confuse us when there is work to be done.

The parks, public spaces and community events committee is busy making sure that Schiller Park and Frank Fetch Park look their best. They look great and are neighborhood hot spots this time of year, so enough said.

The website committee is improving www.germanvillage.com. The site has a ton of helpful information, is easy to navigate and questions are answered quickly by our webmaster. No doubt there will be more changes and improvements in time as this committee hasn't stopped since it got started. Please do your part to make sure the forum is truly a forum. Post information, comment on articles and refer to the site whenever a German Village question comes up.

The civic relations committee is meeting with Columbus police officers from the 11th Precinct for lunch each month to have an open discussion about what's happening in and around German Village. These lunches are open to the public and local restaurants generously sponsor the meals for our officers. If you plan to attend, please plan to bring a lunch and get an hours' worth of information from the men and women working so hard to keep German Village safe. This committee is also staying on top of the I-70/71 interchange project and keeping the German Village Society in the forefront of downtown and city issues as they develop. These topics are not glamorous, but they are vital to our success as a civic association.

The 50th anniversary committee is still hard at work as the society begins to wrap up its golden anniversary celebration. A few more events are still to come and, judging from the group's history, we'll close out the year with a bang. This has been an incredible year of celebrations, galas and vintage 'base ball' games, to name a few. When this year is up, we need to find more work for the committee to do since its members are obviously good at getting things done and having fun while they do it!

Hands-on groups like the "Go Green, Go Gruen" committee, the community farm committee and the "Adopt-a-School" program committee are always looking for more volunteers to join the ranks (though I suppose if you're interested in "Adopt-a-School," you should wait until the school year starts), so get out and explore all that these committees have to offer.

The bottom line is this: The society's committees keep our members vibrant, in front and in the know.

Each and every one is always looking for new members to bring new conversations to the table; new blood is always a good thing, so find your niche and stay active.

Visit www.germanvillage.com to learn more about what our committees do and which is the best fit for you.


Jody Graichen is director of Historic Preservation Programs for the German Village Society.