The German Village Society will kick off a long-term effort to get young, energetic people involved in the organization.
The Society is inviting the neighborhood's young professionals to a public meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 31, at the Athletic Club of Columbus, 136 E. Broad St.
The meeting is free and open to the public. Food and refreshments will be served.
"One of the biggest things is that we have a lot of young professionals in German Village," said Matt Eshelbrenner, chairman of the society's long-range planning committee.
"We have anecdotally heard they want to contribute and want to get involved, but don't feel they have an avenue to do so."
Eshelbrenner said half the residences in the Village are rental properties.
"And part of it is we're battling the misconception that the German Village Society is a homeowners' organization," he said.
The Society reached out to young people using the Franklin County Auditor's website, said Sarah Marsom, historic preservation advocate for the society.
She said officials were able to determine 500-plus rental property addresses in the historic district. Using that information, officials mailed event postcards to all of the addresses, and have been handing them out at events and various committee meetings.
"The goal is to provide information as to who we are as the German Village Society and recruit a small number of young people who want to customize programming over the next couple years," Eshelbrenner said.
The society also has lowered the annual individual membership dues for those 35 and younger to $35, as opposed to $50.
Eshelbrenner said it's not uncommon for charitable organizations, museums, country clubs and other organizations to give price breaks for younger people.