Quorum for Village Elections Achieved, Ballot Questions Passed

The River Hill Community Association held Village Elections on Saturday, April 23, and despite it being an uncontested election this year, many residents still turned out to cast their vote. Two seats were open for the Board of Directors, and Kevin Bruening, the only candidate running, will retain his seat on the Board for another two years as the term runs from May 1, 2022 – April 30, 2024. The other open seat will be filled by appointment at the upcoming Board meeting, tentatively planned for May 10.

Last year’s election saw record turnout, and this year’s election had strong turnout as well. The quorum for the election was 83 valid ballots from members. 131 valid ballots were received of which 121 residents voted in person and 10 valid absentee ballots were returned. In addition to re-electing Kevin Bruening, voters also passed the two ballot questions for the proposed amendments to the Articles of Incorporation and the By-Laws. The amendment to the Articles of Incorporation establishes a requirement for all members of the Association’s Board of Directors to be residents of the Village of River Hill. The amendment to the By-Laws establishes that the date for Candidate Statements to be submitted to the Village Manager for publishing will coincide with the deadline for nominations. Here are the final results:

Proposed Amendment to Articles of Incorporation for RHCA: The River Hill Community Association, Inc. Articles of Incorporation, Article EIGHTH: The affairs of the Corporation shall be managed by a Board of Directors of five (5) directors, all of whom shall be members of the Association except as herein provided with regard to the initial Board of Directors.

PASSED: FOR 123; AGAINST 5.

Proposed Amendment to By-Laws of RHCA: The River Hill Community Association, Inc. By-Laws, Section 8.04 Candidates’ Statements: Each candidate meeting the requirement for nomination, as set forth herein, may prepare a written campaign statement of not more than one hundred fifty (150) words. This statement, in order to be reproduced and distributed at the expense of the Association, shall be submitted to the respective Board Manager no later than the deadline for nominations under Section 8.3.

PASSED: FOR 128, AGAINST 1.

Thanks to all the residents who voted in this year’s elections. We hope the trend of increased participation in village association affairs continues!

Association Seeks Teens Interested in Making a Difference

The River Hill Community Association, which has a strong history of engaging local teens, is currently seeking high schoolers interested in serving on the Association’s Student Member Committee of the Board of Directors and the Teen Advisory Committee (TAC). Applications are now available for youth interested in serving on both committees for the September 1, 2022 – August 31, 2023, term. The association needs one or two motivated student leaders from the Village to fill the position of Student Member(s) of the Board. Student Members attend the monthly Board of Directors meetings, have an advisory vote on issues, act as a liaison between their schools and the Association, and chair the TAC. Applicants must be rising juniors or seniors.

Membership on the TAC is open to local high schoolers who want to work with other teens and contribute to the River Hill community. The TAC can consist of up to 10 members, including the chairperson(s). This years’ graduating seniors include Trinity Cheng and Maddie Lynott. Other current members are Serena Goyal, Arthur Wang, Jennifer Gao, Elinor Tu, Hailey Goldstein, Rahul Goyal, and Sydney Lynott of River Hill High School and Eric Key of Loyola Blakefield. We appreciate their contributions over the last year and look forward to welcoming new members to the TAC.

The Village Board will appoint the members of both committees following an application and interview process. Applications are available below. Applications are also available at Claret Hall.

2022 River Hill Student Member Committee Charter_Rev 6-18-12

2022 Student Member Application

2022 River Hill Teen Advisory Charter_Final Revised 4-27-18

2022 Teen Advisory Committee Application

Applications are due June 1, 2022. For more information call 410-531-1749 or email events@villageofriverhill.org.

Plans Underway for July 4th Independence Day Parade

The River Hill Community Association is planning to hold the long-popular Independence Day Parade. This year will mark the parade’s twenty-second year, and it will take place on Monday, July 4th, beginning at 9:00 a.m. The parade follows the length of Great Star Drive starting at Pointers Run Elementary School and will end at the Columbia Gym parking lot behind the Village Center. Dignitaries, scout troops, businesses and groups from the community are invited to join the fun as this year’s parade is expected to be better than ever!

The Parade Registration Form and Parade Guidelines are below. If you’d like to sign up, please return the registration form to Claret Hall, fax it to 410-531-1259, or email it to events@villageofriverhill.org by June 17, 2022.

Parade Guidelines 2022

Parade Registration 2022 Form

Additional information will be announced in The Villager and will also be posted to this page as it becomes available. Stay tuned! Questions may be directed via email to events@villageofriverhill.org.

 

Age 55+ “Lunch & Learn” with The Village in Howard

Calling all residents aged 55+! Meet up on the back patio at Claret Hall on Wednesday, May 18 at 11:30 a.m. for a “Lunch & Learn” with The Village in Howard (TVIH), a member-based, non-profit organization serving 55+ residents in Howard County. Their mission is to assist older adults to age-in-place in their own homes for as long as possible. TVIH was founded in 2015 and now has 180 members. Several of the members are residents of River Hill, and new members are always welcome. The group recently began meeting up in front of Claret Hall on Monday mornings for “Sneakers & Coffee,” a casual walking group that walks about 1.5 miles along pathways in River Hill.

A presentation by the membership committee of TVIH at the “Lunch & Learn” event will provide information about their mission, membership categories, personal services, Zoom and in-person programs, and volunteer opportunities. A 10-minute video will show the social, educational, cultural, and well-being activities organized by their members in the past 7 years. An explanation of how anyone can take advantage of activities that are open to the public will be provided.

TVIH is a member of the network (VtVnetwork.org) of senior villages. The senior village movement started in Boston 20 years ago. Today, there are 268 such villages with more than 40,000 members in the U.S., and an additional 70 are in development.

Bring a bag lunch & drink to the “Lunch & Learn.” No RSVP necessary. For questions and more information, call 410-531-1749 or email events@villageofriverhill.org.