The North Side Health Advisory Committee will be the community partner for this summer's Northland Area Business Association Golf Outing.

The North Side Health Advisory Committee will be the community partner for this summer's Northland Area Business Association golf outing.

Dave Cooper, a member of both the advisory panel and NABA board of directors, made the announcement last week. The vote to extend the partnership offer was unanimous, Cooper said at the monthly meeting of the North Side Health Advisory Committee.

This will mark the sixth straight year a community organization has been a beneficiary of the business group's major annual event. It will receive 20 percent of the proceeds generated by the fundraiser at York Golf Club.

The community partner for last summer's event, the Helping Hands Health and Wellness Center free clinic, received a check for $1,260 from NABA after the golf outing, Cooper said.

At the March meeting of the advisory group, he added, information on signing up golfers and sponsors for the outing will be provided to all committee members. They will be asked to recruit as many in both categories as possible as a means of boosting the amount of "seed money" the unfunded volunteer group could eventually receive, Cooper said.

Also at last week's meeting, co-chair Scott Dowling announced that not much has changed in the committee's quest to achieve nonprofit status. While the committee is already registered as a nonprofit organization with the Ohio Secretary of State's Office, Dowling said some paperwork still needs to be filled out in order to obtain a federal tax identification number, the final step in the process.

He is hoping to find a professional of one sort or another, or simply someone more knowledgeable about the process, to review the documents before submitting them.

"We need to get a little bit of information on nonprofit dos and don'ts," he said.

Planning for the committee's major annual event, the Y Walk Northland, scheduled for Saturday, May 19, is well under way, according to Cooper. He said his business, the Ink Well, would soon be printing flyers inviting people to participate in the event, a combined walk to the North YMCA off Karl Road and health fair inside the facility.

The Rev. Kwesi Gyimah of the Columbus African Seventh-Day Adventist Church, who serves on the North Side Health Advisory Committee, said he and the members of the congregation would once again be offering a variety of free health screenings to people attending the fair.

The organization offered eight or nine different health screenings at the fair last spring, said Columbus Public Health management analyst Mathew S. Baldwin, who advises the committee.

"Which is really remarkable," Baldwin said.

The committee's sponsorship of the Veggie Van program offered by the nonprofit organization Local Matters continues to fall below the required threshold of 50 orders a week of fresh produce, Dowling told the members of the panel. The average of pickups at the new location, the North YMCA, is closer to 30.

The committee could find itself facing a surcharge from Local Matters when not enough orders are placed, according to Dowling.

Members discussed various ways of getting word out to school personnel and others who might wish to participate in the program, and Dowling said that he would work with Local Matters officials on the issue.

"They're committed to this," he said. "They really want to make this work."

The bags of seasonal fresh produce, all locally grown, are available for pickup at the YMCA on Thursdays. Orders must be placed a week in advance by calling (614) 500-3502.

Committee members also discussed a recent meeting regarding possibly reviving a civic association for the Beaumont neighborhood south and east of Northland Village. The advisory panel is among a number of nonprofit organizations that have been participating in a series of summit meetings convened by the Northland Alliance to improve conditions in the neighborhood. Participants recently settled on concentrating efforts in particular sections of Northland, and Beaumont was chosen as the first. Resurrecting the civic organization is the initial goal.

About 30 people turned out for a Feb. 16 meeting to discuss the possibility, Baldwin said.

"I think for them, it's still exploratory," said committee co-chair Sandy LaFollette, who spoke at the gathering. "They had an excellent meeting. I think they really bought into it as a good idea to strengthen the neighborhood."

The challenge now, Baldwin said, will be for the residents to get behind the idea and keep the ball rolling.