Thank you for your vote of confidence in electing me the new King William Association president.  I look forward to working with the 2013-2014 Board of Directors, KWA members and businesses in our community.  Much was accomplished in the previous administration, as we heard at our last general meeting from Deb Mueller, our past president.  I would like to thank her, her board, committees and program managers for their many contributions.  And, let us not forget our Executive Director and staff who represent us so professionally every day. 

Recently, some of last year’s board members participated in a Core Capacity Assessment Tool (CCAT) exercise that presented us with opportunities for improvement in our core program development.  But we also want to hear from you; therefore, we have organized a Member Input Meeting to be held this month on Tuesday the 15th at SAY Si.  This meeting will support a KWA Strategic Plan to be developed over the next several months. 

As we look in the mirror, I hope we see an organization striving to become an agent of change that balances our individual “wants” with the “objectives” of our charter.  For that reason, we need more than just a talented group of directors doing the thinking – we need your participation.  I don’t mean just raising issues; I mean actively participating on reaching balanced solutions that will serve the common good.  Volunteering is not a science; you don’t have to be an expert in the area that interests you (see article this issue).  The only requirement is your interest in improving our neighborhood.  I encourage you to take ownership, get involved and add your voice in developing expected outcomes for our association. 

I look forward to meeting you and working with you.  Call our office tell them you are ready to be an active contributor toward the success of our Association.  

Every August my family goes to the beach for a week before the girls have to go back to school. As I walked along the Atlantic coast this year, I thought about King William, both my neighborhood and our Association. Perhaps it was related to the high and low tides, or what washed up on the shore. Perhaps it was erosion of shoreline with dune restoration efforts to preserve it, or sand castle creations washed away with the next tide. Perhaps it was the diversity of marine life we encountered, from periwinkles to sand dollars, from nesting turtles to varieties of crab (including horseshoe, hermit and ghost), and from pods of dolphins to a shark!

Ah, summer is here – or is it ugh, summer is here? On Sunday, June 2 at 6:30 p.m. on the banks of the San Antonio River, it was definitely “Ah, summer is here!” The Mission City Hot Rhythm Cats were performing for the KWA concert series at the San Antonio River Authority and the weather was fabulous. The temperature stayed under 90 and cool breezes wafted across the grounds. I settled in to my portable travel chair, poured a glass of pinot grigio and took in the sights and sounds.

Behind the scenes, it is a busy summer for the KWA. In the last issue I mentioned the Board of Directors will work on and approve a 2014 budget which will include funding for many of the activities we support throughout the year: concerts at SARA, artists at the office, graffiti clean-up, tree planting, the home tour program, sidewalks, socials and scholarships. The budget also includes general operating expenses from salaries to staples. In addition, we budget for building maintenance of our office on S. Alamo. After accounting for what the KWA needs to operate and complete programs or approved projects we look to the remainder of the KW Fair income to award grants to organizations throughout our community.

1974, 1976, 1987, 1997 and 2009…what do these years have in common for the King William Association? The KWA By-Laws were revised and adopted by the membership in each of these years. Over the course of my time serving on the Board of Directors, it became apparent that the By-Laws needed to be looked at once again. There were standing committees with no members; some By-Laws sections had to be read two to three times to understand them clearly; and the nonprofit consultant leading our Board orientation this year agreed revisions would be prudent. Therefore, one of my goals as President was to revise the By-Laws.