Community Outreach Committee

Community Outreach Committee Meeting

July 26, 2022, 7:00-8:45 pm

Chris Pelly, Christina Maggi, Leslie Morris (Chair), Renate Rikkers, Rick Fornoff

Unable to attend
Debbie Francis, Jim Brunner, Pam Seale, Susan Michael


Reviewed June 4 yard sale, which was successful with gross income of $364.50

Discussed and agreed to move forward with the following events:

Environmental Program 9/19 or 9/20 7pm to feature reducing plastic pollution and invasive plants with MountainTrue and Haw Creek Adopt-A-Storm Drain with RiverLink
Renate will confirm speakers availability and Creekside Taphouse location

Community Conversations 9/27 7pm
Rick will confirm date with Haw Creek Commons

City Council Candidates Forum 10/4 7pm with Evergreen Community Charter School
Chris will follow up as needed

Community Yard Sale 10/1 8am-1pm
Leslie will confirm date with Groce United Methodist Church

BearWise Presentation in October by North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
Rick will reach out to NCWRC about potential dates and agenda details

Haw Creek Elementary School Fall Festival a Friday in Oct/Nov 5-7:30pm
Chris will reach out to the school about HCCA and broader community participation

HCCA Public Board Meeting 11/10 7pm featuring Haw Creek history and dessert social
Chris will confirm date and location
Rick will prepare a presentation on Haw Creek’s history
Christina will prepare membership renewal material

Haw Creek Fire Station Program
Christina will follow up with station staff for CoA approval

Community Holiday Party in December
Date and details TBD

Chris will talk with Jim about the possibility of the Walker Family Band performing at a courtyard concert at the East Asheville Public Library on a Sat or Sun evening

Leslie and Chris volunteered to make connections with local groups and host a HCCA information table at events such as the tailgate market, PTA, Haw Creek Commons, etc.

Christina will ask Krista Gamble to manage HCCA calendar

Christina will schedule an interview with Charlene Noblett for Susan and Rick as the first in a series of articles featuring Haw Creek natives (request old photos)

Chris will follow up with the city to secure a large paper map of Haw Creek that can be laminated and displayed at events

Next meeting August 30, 7:00 pm

May 12, 2022, 6:30-8:10 pm


Chris Pelly, Christina Maggi, Jennie Brunner, Jim Brunner, Leslie Morris, Pam Seale, Renate Rikkers, Rick Fornoff, Susan Michael

Unable to attend

Debbie Francis


Chris and Christina co-chaired the meeting and Chris will work on securing a permanent chair for this committee, which will focus on activities and events

Everyone agreed that there should be a separate committee to focus on communication issues (website, social media, membership, etc.) and Chris will add this item to the agenda for the board to discuss at its next meeting

Jennie shared that her family is involved in several upcoming musical events, which HCCA will promote on its website

  • 5/22 at St. John’s Episcopal Church: Student violin recital
  • 6/4 at Black Mountain Center for the Arts: The Walker Family Band
  • 6/18 at St. John’s Episcopal Church: Fundraiser to benefit Save the Manatee Club

Everyone agreed to supporting a community yard sale on a Saturday morning in June

  • Leslie will check available dates at Groce United Methodist Church, St. John’s Episcopal Church and the ball field
  • Jennie will organize a musical performance
  • Renate will try to secure food and/or ice cream truck participation
  • Chris and Christina will organize publicity/outreach efforts including signage
  • Christina will organize a HCCA membership table

Chris will organize a City Council candidates forum, which will be co-sponsored with Evergreen Community Charter School and held in early October

Renate will try to find out how events in neighboring communities, specifically Black Mountain and Swannanoa, are organized and financed

Jennie and Jim will explore holding a “game night” event with music at Haw Creek Commons

Leslie and Rick will explore holding a “get to know your neighbor” event where people are invited to get together to have one-on-one conversations

Chris will explore holding a “courtyard concert” event with a food truck at the East Asheville Library where there is ample parking

Susan will take the lead in interviewing Haw Creek natives with interesting histories with the goal of sharing their stories on the website and/or in the newsletter

Christina will email members and schedule the next committee meeting

Agenda items for the next committee meeting

  • Hold a family-oriented event featuring local musicians, food trucks, games, face painting, etc. in Haw Creek Park during the summer or early fall (additional parking at Creekside Taphouse and the East Asheville Library)
  • Participation in National Night Out, an annual community-building campaign to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, and neighborhood camaraderie, held annually on the first Tuesday in August