We are so appreciative of these founders and all the board members of the last 50 years which helped make the Willow Glen Neighborhood Association a vibrant neighborhood organization committed to beautifying and improving the life of residents in Willow Glen.
Willow Glen Neighborhood Association was founded by Dave Fitting, Jack Stallard, Hannah Kennedy, Becky Worsham, Margie Schumb, and Charlene Bunas in 1973. "WGNA was formed to “fight city hall” and the plans to cut thoroughfares through the neighborhood just to improve access to the suburbs".
Carol Ditting, Dave Ditting’s wife remembers that “Dave & Jack were prepared to lie down in front of bulldozers should they have begun construction to further widen Cherry Ave”.
After WGNA’s founding in 1973, it became a thriving and integral part of the community with many accomplishments.
WGNA was instrumental in establishing the first Founder’s Day festival in 1983.
Then in 1984 WGNA was involved in the “Lincoln Avenue Study” taskforce. The resulting Study has guided the street’s transition from “a commuter thoroughfare lined with second-hand shops” into the tree-lined shopping and dining destination it has now become. The Study’s impact has extended for decades, influencing the designs of new buildings.
WGNA was involved in the City’s 1985 General Plan, pushing against urban sprawl that would have spread city services too thin; and WGNA has remained involved in the subsequent General Plan updates
During the 1990s the board worked on the Mid-town project, fought a number of battles against 24hr drive-thru fast food restaurants, very late hours for bars along Lincoln and other proposed developments that would adversely impact our neighborhood.
They also started a booklet about walks through Willow Glen. They wanted it ready for Founder's Day in September and worked on it the summer before by walking around the neighborhood in the evening before garbage pickup day. As folks put out their garbage cans, they would ask them about the history of their house.
in 1993, Tiralisa Kaplow and the WGNA Board applied for and won a grant from the California Dept. of Water Resources to undertake the Los Gatos Creek Urban Stream Restoration Project. They coordinated 200 volunteers to plant a thousand native trees and shrubs in 1995-1996. It was one of WGNA’s most ambitious projects.
In 2002, when the business association was unable to host Founder’s Day, WGNA stepped up and hosted it all by themselves. WGNA also gave guided walking tours during those festivals, and years later Joan Bohnett transformed the tour notes into the “Touring Historic Willow Glen: Ten Walking Tours” book.
Since then, WGNA has organized a number of Beautification projects, candidate forums for state and local candidates and had a pivotal role in the downtown Willow Glen Lane reconfiguration.
More recently, WGNA hosted a very successful and one of the largest Neighborhood Night Out events to date, as well as the Illuminated Clock installation in DTWG, and 12 Art Box installations.
WGNA has an amazing history with many accomplishments that will impact generations to come.
The New 2019-2020 WGNA Board
— Results from the WGNA Annual Board Meeting & Election
On Thursday 23 May 2019, the Annual Board Meeting & Election for the 2018-2019 term was completed. The incumbent WGNA Board President, Elizabeth Estensen, will continue for a second term that starts June 1, 2019, to May 31, 2020. Konstantin Voronin, incumbent First Vice President, and Rod Brittner, incumbent Second Vice President, will also serve a second term within that same duration.
The new WGNA Treasurer will be Mitchell Ehrlich as of June 1, 2019. Archie Moore completes his term as Treasurer on May 31, 2019, and will continue as a regular board member and director.
The new WGNA Secretary will be Kathleen Almoslino as of June 1, 2019. Silvia Filipponi completes her term as Secretary on May 31, 2019, and will continue as a regular board member and director.
To see the rest of the new board officers, directors, and the Nominating Committee, click here to open the attached PDF document. The new term for all Board Members and the Nominating Committee begins June 1, 2019, and continues to May 31, 2020.
|WGNA bylaws at http://www.wgna.net/by_laws_and_policies|
WGNA News (blog) page at http://www.wgna.net/news;
or see the specific news entry for on the Annual Meeting & Election at http://www.wgna.net/annual_meeting_2019
|Agenda for the Annual Meeting & Election on May 23, 2019, in PDF format document here.|
Election Ballot — Annual Meeting & Election Ballot for May 23, 2019
(Membership Elected – Nominating Committee Recommendations) here (PDF format).
|To see a copy of the meeting agendas, see our web page at Meetings > Meeting Agendas and then click the link for that month. This provides a document in PDF format that can be viewed online, as well as printed. Agendas are posted once we come closer to the meeting date.|
Results from the WGNA Board Election for the 2018-2019 Term
On Wednesday 16 May 2018, the Annual Board Meeting & Election for the 2018-2019 term was completed. The new WGNA Board President is Elizabeth Estensen. Richard Zappelli will step down as President and continue as a simple board member/director. To see the rest of the new board officers, directors, and the Nominating Committee, click here (on the attached PDF document). The new term begins June 1, 2018 and continues to May 31, 2019.
WGNA Board Election Ballot — Download & Print Document
The Election Ballot for Willow Glen Neighborhood Association's "Membership Elected – Nominating Committee Recommendations" is available for download and printing here, in PDF format.
For the eligibility to vote, see the WGNA Bylaws and Policies on our website, and particularly "ARTICLE III: MEMBERSHIP; Section 4. VOTING RIGHTS".
NOTE: We would need members to print the ballot and return it in person at the Election on WEDNESDAY 16 MAY 2018, 7:00 PM at the Willow Glen Public Library inside the Community Room, at 1157 Minnesota Avenue.
The Annual General Meeting and Board Election for the 2017-2018 term was rescheduled for Thursday 25 May 2017 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, but a Nominating Committee Report was made by Ed Rast, Chairperson on the 11 May 2017 monthly meeting.
- Below, see an image of the information poster used for public notice of the Annual Board Meeting & Election for the 2017-2018 term; or, click here to view it as a downloadable PDF formatted document.
- Click here to view the Agenda for the Annual Board Meeting & Election for the 2017-2018 term, which has been expanded from what's seen on the poster.
- Click here to view to Minutes for the Annual Board Meeting & Election for the 2017-2018 term. [Note: minutes will be posted when approved by the board and nominating committee].
[EDITOR'S NOTE to the original article: The Annual General Meeting and Board Election for the 2017-2018 term were rescheduled for Thursday 25 May 2017, but a Nominating Committee Report was made by Ed Rast, Chairperson at the 11 May 2017 monthly meeting. May 11th was the originally scheduled date for the Annual General Meeting, but it was moved to May 25th because a number of board members were away from town, or on sick leave; therefore, the board could not meet a necessary quorum.]