German Village Gazette

Village Notebook

The Village wants you to serve on the board of trustees

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Would you considering being on our team?

We're looking for a few good trustees to help us live the mission of German Village Society and protect and advocate for this great neighborhood.

Over the past 21/2 years in the job, I've had a chance to meet so many of you who are throwing your energy into the passion you have for German Village.

You're a volunteer. You're a member. You're an event chairman or chairwoman. You talk up your neighborhood wherever you go.

You, my friend, are the right person for the trustee job. I want you to consider running this summer.

Here are a few things you need to know:

* Ours is a working board. We're looking for people willing to bring their time and talents to the table for the good of the neighborhood.

So maybe you know planning/preservation; or you could help on our Finance Committee with your accounting training; or you have skills as a copyrighter or technology guru; or you like to network us to the rest of Columbus.

You would make an excellent board member.

Don't be scared of what you've heard -- this has for many years been a VERY hard-working board, but I am working very hard at present to rebalance expectations so you can have your life and serve your community, too!

No one wants this to be fun and productive more than me. Let's do it together.

* It helps to have served the German Village Society before.

Not every new board member needs to have been on a committee for years to understand the Society's work, but some previous experience with a project or event will help you get up to speed faster.

Or, if you've served on other nonprofit boards, ours will quickly feel like something in your wheelhouse.

* We're particularly looking for folks who want to train up into the leadership -- folks who will work most closely with me as an officer.

* We have an elected Board, so if you step forward to be nominated there will be a vote by the members this summer to determine final seating.

For now, all you need to do is express your interest and I or a member of the Organizational Development Committee will take you to coffee and help you understand the process fully.

Should you choose to serve, you will be helping to lead a team with 350 regular volunteers, 3.5 staff, six successful annual events, and a high profile with city, regional and state leaders who want German Village to thrive for the good of neighbors and all of Columbus.

Here is just a taste of what we accomplish together:

* Set a goal to rehire a historic preservation advocate on staff to help residents with their preservation and commission questions.

We successfully raised the money within 18 months of setting the goal to make the hire.

* Garnered a half-million dollar grant from the Columbus to move our decade-old plans for Third Street forward.

* Partnered with Columbus to begin seeking parking solutions for German Village.

* Created a regular art exhibition calendar for Villagers to continue to have a reason to gather and another place to appreciate art.

* Garnered city funds to restore the Schiller Statue, a crown jewel of the beloved park our volunteers work so diligently to beautify and maintain.

Call me. Let's go have coffee. I would LOVE to talk more about our amazing team. contact me at 614-221-8888; or Todorov@germanvillage.com.

German Village Society Executive Director Shiloh Todorov submitted the Village Notebook column.

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