MHNA President’s Message

By Tory Kress

Saying goodbye to summer is always difficult, but the promise of fall helps me look forward to the new season. There is so much I love about autumn—the sights and smells of the leaves turning, the crisp air, the rich abundance of the fall harvest, and the back-to-school excitement for students young and old. To those new student residents that are joining our community—welcome! We hope you enjoy and appreciate our neighborhood for all its diversity and we encourage you to reach out to your neighbors and introduce yourself.

For those residents who were unable to attend our August meeting focusing on maintaining a peaceful transition into the fall semester, I’d like to summarize a few take-home messages from our guest speakers representing UWM and MPD District 1. The close coordination between MPD, the UWM Police Department, and the UWM Dean of Students office will continue this year, despite some staff turnover within these organizations. A good system is in place between these agencies to follow up on incidents, but the foundation of the system is an engaged citizenry that is willing to report nuisance violations. So please take action if you encounter problem properties (414-286-CITY) or problem situations (MPD non-emergency: 414-933-4444).

Fall is also the season that brings us annual board elections! This October we will be electing the following board positions: vice-president, treasurer, and two directors. Many of you know Gerard Capell, our former board president and long-time resident and neighborhood advocate. He will be embarking on an exciting new chapter in life that is taking him to faraway places! Sadly for us, we will be losing him from the board. Are you that person that could jump into the role of vice-president and be a future leader of our organization?

Perhaps you have some new ideas for us? Please reach out to me if you have interest in filling one of our board positions. Or maybe you are interested in getting involved, but aren’t sure about the vice-president role—would you consider assisting as treasurer or a director? We have many dedicated long-time volunteers on our board, but nearly all of them would prefer to step aside to encourage new members!

I would like to introduce you to our new editorial team for the Murray Hill News newsletter. Mike Varney has assumed editorial duties for the thrice-yearly neighborhood newsletter. Mike was a former newspaper reporter and photographer before embarking on a 24-year Air Force career. He has been a career counselor for the past 14 years. Kevin Walzak has stepped up to provide layout and design services. Kevin is a veteran of the ad and marketing world here in Wisconsin. He and his wife, Toni, have operated their marketing and communications design $rm in Milwaukee since 1980, providing web development, social media and traditional design services. Both are longtime Murray Hill residents and we are so pleased they have volunteered their time to help carry Murray Hill News forward!

Again, please reach out to me if you have any interest in joining our board in any capacity. I’d love to hear from you about your interest and share with you what is involved in serving on the board.

—  September 2017  —