Description of the Bay Creek Neighborhood Association

Read about who we are and learn about our unique organizational structure.

Who We Are

The Bay Creek Neighborhood Association (BCNA) is a collection of folks (Neighborhood Council members, committee members, and others) who live or work in Bay Creek and are trying to maintain and improve the quality of life within the neighborhood. While the term Neighborhood Association sounds rather formal and business-like, we're actually quite informal, and are more like a group of friends than a business.

We meet on the second Monday of odd months. At meetings, we:

All are welcome at meetings, and this is the place to bring up a neighborhood concern or idea.

We'd like you to join us! Whether you have an hour per week or just an hour per year, your contributions of time are valued and appreciated.

If you don't like meetings, many projects are done outside of the monthly meetings, usually within committees (OK, this can be like a meeting too, but it's much more focused). Much of the work can also be done alone on your own time. Come to a monthly meeting or contact any committee chair for information.

Organizational Structure

The BCNA has a somewhat atypical organizational structure: we have no president!

Bay Creek had a president from our formation in 1990 through 1994, but we now divide the functions of a president up like this:

Leadership, Planning, Decision Making This is shared among all who are interested. Leadership and planning usually take place at the committee level, but occasionally we brainstorm at a general meeting. Decisions are made at the monthly meeting.
Chair Meetings We all take turns chairing neighborhood meetings.
Contact for Press, City, Other Organizations On a yearly basis, we rotate a Contact Person position. Their primary function is to bring mailings to the next meeting, alerting key people beforehand if time is tight. If necessary, the contact person refers other organizations to committee chairs.

Not having a president has had several benefits for us: everyone is more invested and empowered, people gain experience facilitating a meeting, and it spreads out the load otherwise imposed on a single person.

While we have had success with this model, it is not without its faults. It can be hard for some people to accept a "leaderless" organization; they feel as if nobody is in charge and nothing will get done. Also, at the end of a meeting the chair asks for a volunteer to lead the next meeting, and there is this awkward moment -- or minute -- of silence. But overall, we feel this has been successful for us.

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