Do Businesses Belong in Bala Cynwyd Civic Association?
Neighborhood Club leaders are torn over a proposed membership-rule change.
The Neighborhood Club of Bala Cynwyd had a more contentious meeting than usual Tuesday night, as supporters and opponents of a proposal to relax membership requirements went at it.
The proposed change to the civic association's bylaws would make eligible some owners of Bala Cynwyd businesses and residents in the "vicinity" of the neighborhood, rather than only Bala Cynwyd residents.
Some supporters suggested the move could mitigate the club's reputation for being tough on the business community. Some opponents considered the move shortsighted and said residents could regret ceding part of their neighborhood's voice in government to business owners.
Club president John Grugan tried to keep the discussion civil, saying, "Let's let the other civics be the ones that tear at each other. Let's instead resolve to believe in each others’ sincerity. Generally speaking, we always come out in the right place."
Before the meeting ended, the proposal was diverted to a subcommittee for further examination.
The Board of Directors also nominated its 20 members for the year ahead, including three newcomers—Joseph Farah, Mike Utkus and Shifra Vega—who qualify for membership under the existing bylaws, club officials said.
Elections are set for the annual meeting in November.
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Board of Directors nominations
Officers: Terms expiring December 2013
Amara M. Briggs, President
Jerry Skillings, Vice President
Meredith Toole, Secretary
Casey O'Bannon, Treasurer
Robert Zimmerman, Solicitor
John C. Grugan, Past President
Directors: Terms expiring December 2013
David I. Haas
Directors: Terms expiring December 2014
Anne M. Greenhalgh
Sara Pevaroff Schuh