What Do the Dues Do?

What kind of Neighborhood Association charges only $20 dues — PER YEAR? This kind. The Southern Gables Neighborhood Association. The kind that donates to support organizations that make our community a better place to live, such as these during the past year:

    • Green Gables Elementary School – Needy Family Fund: $1,488
    • Senior Resource Center: $750
    • Westwoods Community Church Youth Fund: $750
    • CASA – Court Appointed Special Advocates: $1,200
    • Action Center – $500.00 plus $500.00 Matching: $1,000
    • Lakewood Police Toy Fund: $250
    • Carmody Middle School, during their Chili Cook-Off Fundraiser: $500

The dues money we collect doesn’t cover all of that, of course; we do a fundraiser with Chipotle specifically for Green Gables Elementary, and we have a good number of neighborhood business supporters. And not all our money goes to community organizations. For example our annual Leaf Raking and Leaf Gathering, with volunteers raking leaves for neighbors who can’t do it on their own, costs us $650 for the two large dumpsters that take the collected leaves for composting. Then in August (on Friday August 23 this year) we have Neighborhood Night Out where we pay for a live DJ and provide free hot dogs and drinks, and draw for prizes which amounted last year to over $1,000 in value. Local business supporters set up booths with games and giveaways, and it’s an old-fashioned good time with friends and neighbors.

There are other things too, the kind that it’s easy to take for granted. The Association organizes and advertises an annual neighborhood garage sale, arranges monthly Southern Gables neighborhood luncheons (with a raffle for $10) and evening get-togethers, and maintains the neighborhood entrance sign (“The Rock“) at Jewell & Estes. We publish and distribute a newsletter too, twice a year (Hey, do you like to write or edit?) and then there’s the popular Southern Gables Neighborhood Tote Bags with goodies from our local business supporters. Discounts and free stuff! National Junior Honor Society students at Carmody Middle School pitched in to assemble the contents for the Tote Bags, earning $450 for their club programs in the process.

We hope you’ll see the benefit of supporting the Southern Gables Neighborhood Association. At the annual meeting of the association (Tuesday, May 7, 6:30 at the school) we will have Mayor Adam Paul, our Ward 5 City Council representatives, and representatives from the Police Department to update us on issues of concern to the community, and, as always, a chance to socialize with Southern Gables neighbors. More info here.

You can pay your dues there too. Or here if you’re busy that night. Good deal, right?

Let’s Do Lunch!

The Southern Gables Neighborhood Association sponsors monthly luncheons for neighbors to get together and enjoy each other’s company. Carol Lally organizes them, and they are (almost) always on the first Thursday of the month. Friendships are formed, new people are welcomed, and it’s just one of the nice things about living in Southern Gables. Our January luncheon was at Nicolo’s Chicago Style Pizza. Maria La Breche handed out hard copy photos of the last time the group ate there, back in August. Everyone agreed that no one looked any older. The Neighborhood Association always holds a free raffle at the monthly luncheons, with the prize being a free lunch. Tom Cummins had the lucky ticket, but he has won so many that he declined the prize and then it went to Janet Zietz.

Linda Reyd missed being in the picture, but she brought a loaf of homemade bread (apple-craisin-pecan-banana bread!) for which another drawing was held and won by Maria La Breche.

The next luncheon is scheduled at the Zest Restaurant on February 7 at 11:30. You can find that and other monthly events of local interest on our Events page, here. And by the way, if you have suggestions to add to our Southern Gables Events page, use the “Contact Us” tab and let us know!


Supporting CASA

As you may recall from reading our March 2018 article on volunteering, Volunteer Opportunities, there’s a lot of good work that goes on every day here in the neighborhood. One of the organizations that provides an important service for society — you might say it performs necessary miracles — is CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates. These earth angels watch out for, guide, mentor, and inspire children who are “in the system” of legally required non-parental care.

They train volunteers to do this vital and sensitive work — amazing, right? It takes good-hearted people, like you and people you know, to be involved. Volunteers! They don’t just turn people loose on the job though; it costs about $1200 to properly train a new volunteer.

One of the things the Southern Gables Neighborhoos Association does with your dues money, the money from our fundraising efforts, and money from our valued business supporters is to help those who help. With that in mind, we have supported CASA for several years now. One of our Board members, Lisa Huntington-Kinn, suggested that an appropriate amount would be that $1200 figure, and the Board agreed. We presented a check the other day, for just that.

L-R: Bruce Loftis, Kerrigan Stubbs, Leah Varnell, Doug Whitten, Bruce McDonald, Barbara Bourque.

CASA of Jefferson and Gilpin County supports volunteers who advocate for abused and neglected children. Volunteers, who are assigned a case by the court, are always needed. These cases require a lot of effort. But there are many other ways to support CASA. More information at: