The final luncheon meeting of 2013 for the Northland Area Business Association promises to be an eventful one.
The Dec. 10 gathering at Monaco's Palace, 4555 Cleveland Ave., will feature the announcement of officers for next year, the presentation of annual awards and the formal unveiling of a new website for the organization that is already up and running, according to Dave Cooper, acting president.
The presentation of a check to a representative of the North YMCA, the association's charitable partner for the annual golf outing, is also on tap, Cooper said.
The executive board will meet at the restaurant starting at 10:30 a.m. to elect new officers. That part of the session is open to all paid members, and Cooper encouraged as many as can to attend.
"Of the 150-odd members, this is something where they can come and see the board in action, because during that time, we will elect new officers," he said.
The announcement of who will be serving in what office will take place after the board meeting adjourns at 11:30 a.m., he said.
Candidates for president, vice president, secretary and treasurer were to be interviewed by the board members in late November.
"I anticipate we'll have a full slate of officers," Cooper said. "There will be some returning, some new."
Cooper was chosen vice president at last December's election session, but he was forced to step up as acting president when Mohammad Ashraf resigned in June, after a motel he co-owned was shuttered by Columbus city officials as the result of numerous code violations and other issues.
Awards to business of the year, nonprofit of the year and volunteer of the year will be presented based on nominations received in those categories, according to Cooper.
The check to the North YMCA will represent 20 percent of the proceeds from September's annual golfing fundraiser, the major such effort for NABA.
"We will also be unveiling officially our new website, which is up now," he said. "I think it's going to be a real asset to the Northland business community."
The new version of NABAColumbus.org is more interactive, he said, with members able to register and pay for luncheons, the golf outing and more online.
"We haven't had that capability before," Cooper said.
The new site will include a directory of all businesses in the Northland area, with group members highlighted. It will enable site visitors to view a map, get directions and link to the websites of these various enterprises.
Members also will be able to offer coupons and discounts on the site, Cooper said.
"It will have a really nice calendar and we'll put all the events of all the Northland organizations on that calendar," he added.
The overhauled website also has links to NABA partners in the neighborhood, including the Northland Community Council, Northland Alliance, SR-161 Task Force and North Side Health Advisory Committee.