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Save the Center - Perrysburg Heights Community Association Center

 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 the Perrysburg Heights Community Association Center’s director, Stephanie Serda, requested an emergency meeting with the board of directors, which included members of the community and other organizations.

 

The reason for this emergency was to review the vote of few of the members from the board of directors, who in the previous meeting, expressed the desire to eliminate the positions of paid staff and also to close the center.

 

More than eighty people from the community, including children, teens, young and older adults, as well as families were present. Many gave testimonies, shared experiences from the center, and others wrote letters. The attendees had questions. The level of anxiety and fear for the closing of the center pushed people to their tears.

 

During the meeting it was very clear that behind the uncertainty, the community was also unhappy with few of the members of the board. And it didn’t seem to be as a result of the vote to close the center. Even people from the neighborhood asked and claimed for those members to be removed from the board. But no decision was made about their request.

 

It was understood by everyone that organizations are impacted as much as individuals and families by the current financial instability. But it was also clear, that in this case, the bigger impact was going to be taken by the children who benefit from the Perrysburg Heights Community Association Center (PHCA).

 

As the neighbors became united, they also decided to support every fundraising effort needed in order to keep the doors open. And the focus still as strong as it was, the children and the youth of the community. The South of the Border Festival, which is one of the main funding sources for the center, was still in planning and was experiencing the same enthusiasm as previous years.

 

But when the meeting seemed to be ending, the board of directors asked for a closed executive meeting, in which non-members were not included.

Soon after, it was announced that Ms. Anita Serda, one of the founders and strong promoters of the center since its beginning, was asked to resign from the board of directors. This decision was not well taken or received by neighbors and others from the community. “Definitely, she was not the one that we wanted to be removed,” said one of the neighbors.

 

Today, the Perrysburg Heights Community Association Center keeps serving the children who attend the programs. And neighbors, parents, friends and supporters of the organization come together and are committed to help to “Save the Center”

 

To find ways to help or to contact the PHCA called 419-874-4529

 

Save Our Center”  
 
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Revised: 06/11/13 20:47:15 -0700.

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