The Brandon Neighborhood Association (BNA), a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting, preserving and enhancing the Brandon Neighborhood as a desirable, high quality residential area, has marked its first anniversary this fall and commenced on a second annual membership recruitment campaign.
The association covers more than 300 homes in Atlanta’s Brandon Neighborhood in the vicinity of Brandon Elementary School. It includes within its boundaries portions of Moores Mill Road, Howell Mill Road, West Wesley Road, Peachtree Battle Avenue, Peachtree Battle Circle, Arden Road, Battle Overlook, Carmon on Wesley, Hawick Drive, Nawench Drive, the Chatsworth and Old Wesley neighborhoods and Dawn View Lane.
The BNA’s first annual meeting was held Sunday, September 23, at the Atlanta Speech School with 33 members in attendance. Presentations were made by Atlanta City Council Members Yolanda Adrean (District 8) and Aaron Watson (Post 2 at Large). Major Van Hobbs, Commander with the Atlanta Police Department, also provided a comprehensive report on Zone 2 activities.
“We are really pleased with the momentum we experienced in year one with more than half of the residents joining the association,” said Doug Healy, newly installed president of the BNA. “We are currently in the midst of our annual membership drive and our goal is to exceed that number in the coming year, and to continue to provide other valuable benefits, such as connecting our neighbors with one another, be it online or in person at the various BNA committee meetings and social outings.”
The BNA Board of Directors consists of 18 resident members serving staggered one and two year terms. The new officers in the coming year will include Doug Healy as president, Beth Beskin as vice president, Susan Perry as secretary and Ashley Crosier in her second year as Treasurer. They replace Eric Ranney as President, Sarah Falgoust as Vice President and Becky Brown as Secretary.
Membership costs $350 annually, and the membership year runs from October 1 to September 30. Last year more than 90 percent of expended revenues were dedicated to the Brandon Security Patrol, overseen by led by Sergeant Barry Miller (Atlanta Police Department - retired)
In addition to providing the neighborhood security patrol, the BNA is seeking additional volunteers to serve on its working committees and to assist with website development.