The Reynoldsburg Community Association will hold its second annual meeting with an election of officers at 7 p.m. tonight (Oct. 1) in the city's safety building, 7340 E. Main St.

The Reynoldsburg Community Association will hold its second annual meeting with an election of officers at 7 p.m. tonight (Oct. 1) in the city's safety building, 7340 E. Main St.

Vice president Mary Hudson said anyone who is interested in knowing more about the RCA and in volunteering should attend. The nonprofit group currently has 15 members, all volunteers, and needs more, she said.

The RCA was created mainly to bring traditional events back to the city and to sponsor new events.

Hudson said it all started when current RCA president Chuck Cochran approached former mayor Bob McPherson in late 2007 and asked how they could bring back the Fourth of July parade.

As a result, Cochran and volunteers held their first official meeting as the RCA in January 2008 and began to plan fundraisers for the parade, which returned in both 2008 and 2009.

In addition to the parade, other highlights of the RCA's efforts within the last two years have included taking over sponsorship of an annual community Halloween event held Kennedy Park. Last year's party drew about 2,000 people, according to Hudson.

The association also started "Family Nights in the Park" at Huber Park to present family-oriented movies and entertainment, participates in the Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival, Christmas on the Towne, Reynoldsburg Community Day and the Farmers Market.

As a result of their success, Hudson said the volunteers have spread themselves pretty thin and need more help going forward.

"We've probably raised $20,000 in the last two years, and turned around and funded all these events, and we run it all out of our homes. Now we need more volunteers for next year," she said.

The RCA's next big event is the annual Community Halloween Party to be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24, at Kennedy Park.

The party is free and includes food and refreshments, hayrides, a haunted house, games for children and a disc jockey for music entertainment.

A spaghetti dinner fundraiser will be held in the fellowship hall at Messiah Lutheran Church, 1200 Waggoner Road, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7.

Hudson said anything new for next year depends what ideas RCA members can come up with at their annual meeting tonight.

"We also want to see the family nights expanding with more entertainment to offer and, hopefully, anyone who wants to volunteer is welcome to bring new ideas to us," Hudson said.

Anyone interested in more information about the RCA or in volunteering can call Hudson at (614) 866-4888.