It is that time of year when we start thinking about next year and the board.  This year the nominating committee consists of Gloria Arecchi, Shawn Campbell, Gretchen Garceau-Kragh (chair), Margaret Leeds and Robin Raquet.  

The nominating committee will recruit KWA members to serve on the board. This year is a little different than in past years in that the committee will be recruiting only one new board member, in addition to nominating a new president.  This past year, we had three board members leave the board mid-term.  According to the bylaws, board members vote to fill vacancies and the newly-elected board member may serve three years in addition to the partial year they filled.  As a result, we have only one board member moving off the board this year.

This year’s King William Fair was a great success! The weather was beautiful, the parade was fabulous, and we had a record number of attendees!  The fair vendors were elated by the response and turnout.  I want to thank Syeira Budd, the King William Fair staff, and all the volunteers whose hard work and dedication make the Fair so successful.  In the coming weeks we will have the final numbers to report.

Welcome to 2018, a year of change for the King Williams Association.  Last year we said goodbye and good luck to Cherise Bell, our first Executive Director.  In her five years with the KWA she took a wholly volunteer organization and turned it into a professionally run association with influence beyond its borders and throughout the city.  We wish her luck in her new role as a historic preservation consultant.