South Main Association
invites you to the
Annual Meeting & Election of Officers
Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011
The Green Beetle
327 S. Main
Below is the slate of recommended 2012 SMA Board of Directors, which will be presented and voted on at this meeting. Only members in good standing will receive a voting ballot, so if you’re not currently a 2011 member (or your dues are not up to date), you can easily take care of that here: SMA MEMBERSHIP
VOTING PROCEDURES ACCORDING TO THE CURRENT BYLAWS:
The mission of the South Main Association is to inspire passionate involvement
in building sustainable community growth.
1.All Board members must have a physical resident or business address within the South Main Association boundaries. Boundaries are:
South: E.H. Crump
West: Mississippi River Shoreline
2. In addition to the presented slate of officers, nominees will be accepted from the floor.
3. Election of Board members shall be by majority of those present at the meeting who are members in good standing. The quorum for membership meeting voting will be 15 members in good standing.
4. Members in good standing are those eligible to vote whose membership has been paid prior to the start of any meeting.
5. Members may vote by proxy, designating in writing the person to so vote for them if the member cannot attend the meeting. Said proxies shall be in hands of the President (email@example.com) at least 24 hours prior to the meeting. Simply email your proxy choices for each office to the president at the email address above.
Votes will be counted the night of the meeting and results announced at the conclusion of the count.
RECOMMENDED SLATE OF 2012 SMA OFFICERS
PRESIDENT: Cynthia Grawemyer
Rev. Cynthia Matthews Grawemeyer was appointed Senior Pastor at St. Timothy United Methodist Church in 2005. In addition to her lifelong commitment to the church, she has also worked for various law firms and in executive positions with international corporate companies. She has served on various nonprofit boards and holds several academic degrees. Cynthia is the president of CMP Restaurants Inc., which currently owns Rizzos Diner on G.E. Patterson, and is president of The Cartwriter Co. Inc., which is opening Sir Samuel’s and Everleah’s on South Main. She is married to property owner and developer Mark Grawemeyer, and together they are opening Grawemeyer’s eatery at 520 S. Main. They own and manage various commercial and residential properties in Memphis.
VICE PRESIDENT: David Williams
A native Memphian, David joined Leadership Memphis as president and CEO in 2004. He holds an MBA in health administration from the University of Colorado at Denver and served as president of the University District for four years. He has organized and served on the boards of four different community development corporations in underserved neighborhoods in Memphis, is past board chair of Playhouse on the Square, and is current chair of the Memphis Public Library and Information Center board of trustees. He is also president and CEO of his own private consulting firm, The Williams Company, which assists nonprofit organizations that serve disadvantaged populations. He lives in South Bluffs with his wife, Penney, and enjoys a wide variety of cultural and social activities.
TREASURER: Sarah Worden
Sarah is the owner of Charlotte Fine Jewelry at 526 S. Main. She moved her customer-customized fine jewelry store from its former location in Germantown to South Main because she thinks that the “fun, funky, artsy neighborhood is a great fit for Charlotte.” The former vice president of the Executive Women’s Golf Association worked for the PGA Tour for six years and did merchandising, tournament operations, and teaching for private clubs. She is also involved with the development of the Shop South Main initiative, a voluntary organization of business and property owners/managers working together to better their businesses and the South Main Community.
SECRETARY: Robin Revier
Robin is a longtime South Main resident and supporter. She served as secretary for the South Main Association in 2006 and is currently a Carnival Memphis Ptolemy Duchess nominee, a krewe that strives to present an array of festive events during Carnival Week and presents community service opportunities throughout the year. Robin works in sales for Bayer HealthCare, a subsidiary of Bayer AG, one of the world’s leading, innovative companies in heath care and medical products.
BUSINESS REPRESENTATIVE: JOHN SYLVESTER
John is founder of JMS Strategies, an organizational effectiveness firm. He holds an MBA from Mercer University and co-founded Sache, a new clothing boutique at 525 S. Main that is known for their “cut-up designs” that make every piece of clothing unique. He has chaired various boards and philanthropic committees, including Junior Achievement, Leadership Troup, Volunteer Memphis, and The Boys and Girls Club. He is one of the organizers of the Shop South Main initiative, a voluntary organization of business and property owners/managers working together to better their businesses and the South Main Community.
RESIDENT REPRESENTATIVE: SHARON STRAIN
Sharon lives on G.E. Patterson and is actively retired from IBM Company after a 36-year managerial career there. A Memphian by choice and a longtime involved member in both the Downtown Neighborhood Association and the South Main Association, Sharon also participates on the board of Memphis City Gardens at Central Station. She is a “fanatical fan” and season ticket holder for the NBA Memphis Grizzlies, and you’re likely to see her cheering at many Memphis Redbirds baseball games. She and Paul, her husband of 25 years, are also season ticket holders at the Orpheum Theatre and Playhouse on the Square, and they’re both enthusiastic supporters of the local arts, restaurants, and businesses.
ARTS REPRESENTATIVE: BERT SHARPE
Bert, who has an MFA from Illinois State University, was a founding board member of The Memphis Center for Contemporary Art, which was the catalyst for the South Main Historic District becoming the arts district in Memphis in the 1990s. He has taught ceramics at various area institutions, and his work is exhibited in museums and corporate and private collections around the Midsouth. He spent 21 years at Memphis Brooks Museum of Arts as chief of design and installation, and he currently operates Memphis Arts Services, doing art installations for private collectors, museums, and companies in the region. Bert and his wife, Patti Lechman, have lived on South Main for more than 23 years.
DIRECTOR AT-LARGE: BEAUTIFICATION: BECKY BEATON
Becky is a retired software developer from Hewitt Associates LLC. This lifetime Chicago-area resident now proudly makes the South Main District her home. She is an active subscriber, supporter, and volunteer for various organizations around town, including active membership in Downtown Neighborhood Association and South Main Association, serving four years on the SMA board. Becky’s passion has always been beautification of our Downtown neighborhoods. It’s not unusual to see her and recruited volunteers performing various beautification and clean-up projects, as well as implementing long-term enhancements, such as the South Main parking meter painting project by local artists.
DIRECTOR AT LARGE: EVENTS/FUNDRAISING: JOAN ROBINSON
Joan is an associate realtor for Keller Williams Realty on South Front. This Harbor Town resident is a longtime South Mainer by choice, and she is an active supporter and participant in the neighborhood’s growth. An event planner extraordinaire, Joan has contributed her enthusiasm and energy to a long list of community organizations, including the Downtown Neighborhood Association (secretary/home tour chair), the South Main Association (special events/public relations chair), Memphis Farmers Market (marketing and communications committees) and other untitled positions for various events, programs, and endeavors.
DIRECTOR AT LARGE: MEMBERSHIP: OPEN
DIRECTOR AT LARGE: TONYA TITTLE
Tonya is owner/director of training of Energy Fitness, a private personal training studio that started in the South Main district in 2002. She and her husband, Mark, create personal fitness programs that fit clients’ motivations and budgets. Tonya holds a masters degree in exercise science and is an ACSM-certified personal trainer with more than 19 years’ experience in the fitness industry. She holds numerous certifications and achievements in this field and has been an active neighborhood supporter and contributor since moving to the area nearly 10 years ago.
DIRECTOR AT LARGE: OPEN
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT: HANK COWLES
A founding member of the South Main Street Historic District in 1986, Hank served as president of the newly formed Downtown Neighborhood Association in 1986 and 1987. He was an active member of the Main Street Trolley Task Force in 1988, which brought the Main Street Trolley system to Downtown, and has been a Downtown resident since 1985, currently living in a historic home on South Front that he and his wife, Barbara, extensively renovated. Hank has restored four historic buildings, has been active in preservation efforts in the neighborhood for decades, and owns one of the neighborhood’s most popular businesses,The Corkscrew liquor store.
NOTE: Qualified members interested in the two open slate positions should contact Marcy Siebert, SMA Nominating Committee Chair: firstname.lastname@example.org.
THANK YOU TO THESE VOLUNTEERS
FOR AGREEING TO LEAD SMA IN 2012!
Each meeting attendee receives a raffle ticket
for six drawings to win a bottle of wine from The Corkscrew’s vast selection!
THANK YOU, HANK COWLES!
SEE YOU TUESDAY, NOV. 8!
YOUR VOTE IS IMPORTANT TO OUR NEIGHBORHOOD!