All four of the current officers for the Northland Community Council are willing to serve an additional term.
Some were a little more enthusiastic than others in responding to a Nov. 22 email sent by John Kirkpatrick, the council's one-person nominating committee, asking people interested in being president, vice president, treasurer and secretary to respond by Dec. 15.
"I told John if no one else wanted it, I would do it," NCC Vice President Roger Davidson said. "The usual."
"I will be putting my name in for that," said Alicia Ward, who became NCC president after Emmanuel V. Remy was appointed to Columbus City Council. "I believe all of the officers are."
"I'll be interested in staying on as treasurer for NCC," Felix Quachey said.
"I'm throwing my hat in for another year," said Alice Foeller, who took over as secretary from Davidson in March. "It has been really great to be more aware of the role of NCC in the city as a whole. Being an officer takes you up a level in your view of things."
Others interested in becoming an officer for the community council, a coalition of 26 civic associations, homeowners associations and other civic groups, should contact Kirkpatrick via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The names of those running will be announced at the first meeting of 2019, falling on Jan. 8 instead of the usual first Tuesday of the month. Nominations also will be accepted from the floor at that meeting, Kirkpatrick said.
The election will be held in February and the officers are seated at the March meeting.
"Obviously, I'm stunned that more people aren't interested in doing it," Quachey said of being a council officer. "It's nice to build relationships with people who are passionate about the community. You learn something almost every month you come through at one of those meetings.
"It just makes for a better community all the way around."
Ward said she is especially interested in serving another term to continue the "Elevate Northland" campaign she, Foeller and Jenny Lin of the Northland Alliance have launched.
Their idea is to create a combination of a community center and business incubator, particularly for the immigrant and refugee populations in the neighborhood.
"We've been starting on that and working really hard," Ward said. "It seems to be really gaining speed and taking hold."
"That's been a really dynamic process," Foeller said of Elevate Northland. "It's been important that we've had so many layers in the Northland community, including the refugee community, so we can respond to what the need is as opposed to what I think is a good idea."
Foeller noted that the Elevate Northland team recently met with officials at Experience Columbus.
"People are taking notice of Northland as a place for cultural, shopping and dining experiences, and that's what we're hoping to create," she said.
Although the three community leaders initially focused on The Continent as a location for Elevate Northland, Ward said they are now "leaning away" from that site and looking elsewhere in the area.
"We do have a lot of ideas," Ward said. "We're still looking for a place, but in the meantime, we're not going to let not having a brick-and-mortar place stop us."
A class aimed at helping people start new businesses is being organized by Jan. 23, Ward said, and Ashland University officials have offered space in the building on East Dublin-Granville Road.