Forest Park Civic Association Meeting Minutes: December 12, 2023

Forest Park Civic Association Meeting

Date: 12 Dec 2023

Location: Casa Mezcal Restaurant (Holiday dinner/meeting)

Meeting called to order @ 6:07PM by Ed Vanasdale 

Attendance was taken via roll call.


President Ed Vanasdale –

  1. Thanks to all of the officers, committee chairs, area reps, and volunteers for their service this past year. We have accomplished some great things and we could not have done it without you. Looking forward to another great year in 2024!
  2. The January meeting will be the election and swearing in of all FPCA officers, committee chairs, and representatives and alternates. Sarah Pomeroy will swear us in. Everyone please attend. 
  3. State Representative Munira Abdullahi (District 9-Northland Area) will be at our January meeting to introduce herself.
  4. The Forest Park sign at the main entrance to FP East off of Karl Rd. was ripped off (literally) by vandals. The Sign Team (Ed, Daryl, and Lou) will be working over the next week to repair or replace it.

Guest Speaker: none

Vice President Trevor Secord –  Absent

Secretary Lou Bernard –

  1. Attendance:
  • Officers/Committee Chairs Present: EV, LB, CL, MS, RW, DVM, KVM, MB, LH, SB, AP, KG
  • Officers/Committee Chairs Absent: TS, SL, DP
  • Area Reps in Attendance: 2, 4, 5, 7, 12
  • Area Reps Absent: 1, 3, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14 (Area 14 remains vacant )
  • Total meeting attendance: 22
  1. Reviewed minutes from November, no changes or corrections needed, minutes have been approved and were entered into the official records.

Treasurer Cheryl Lutman –

  1. We had 4 new household memberships, but had a returned check from October.  No new business memberships in the same period.
  2. Advertising revenue was $1,550.
  3. Our main expenses were a couple of months of security patrols, more bags for the Forester, and some funds for our social committee – notably candy for the wildly successful Trunk Or Treat!  We also renewed our liability insurance for another year.

Public Relations Mary Sguerra –

  1. While decorating the islands at Karl Rd & Sandalwood on Saturday I noticed the large metal Forest Park sign was missing from the stone wall on the East island. I called a few people to inquire if anyone had any knowledge of what happened to it with no success. I spoke with a Columbus Police patrol and asked if they knew of any accident that might have damaged it but still no one had any idea. Later that week, I spotted the sign now resting up on the hill on the east side of the YMCA building and I was able to go with my son and pick it up and keep it in my garage until the Forest Park sign team will be reinstalling it later this month. I was so happy we found it!  Happy Holidays!   🙂

Forester Editor Rita Woeste –

We need articles for the January (ONLINE only) Forester by Dec. 28th.

Supplemental Security Daryl Van Mercetta –

Katie Van Mercetta –

Dan Yandrich (CPD Liaison Officer) – 614.645.1418 Absent

See report in the Forester.

Business Representative Marty Biggs – Marlynabiggs@yahoo.comSheridan Landon –  Absent 

This is Marty Biggs last meeting as Business Rep. We need help in this area. Please contact Erin Materu (Volunteer Coordinator) if you are willing to help find business members to join the FPCA.


Welcome Committee Chair Laura Hayes – No Report

Volunteer Coordinator Scott Biggs –

This was Scott’s last meeting as Volunteer Coordinator. Erin Materu will be taking over his position. Don’t be surprised if you get a call from her asking for your help!

Social Activities Andrea Philipsen –

2023 has been a year to always remember for the FPCA Social Committee! From food trucks, to hot and cold treats (shaved ice and coffee beverages!), to an amazing turn out for Trunk or Treat, we thank you for your enthusiasm, participation and support of these events. 2024 is already shaping up to be an incredible year of memorable, neighborly fun, so please be on the lookout for announcements this winter regarding the 2024 social season in Forest Park.

In December, we enjoyed Breakfast with Santa at the North YMCA, and Andrea Philipsen, Social Committee Coordinator, had the opportunity to represent on behalf of the FPCA at the Naturalization Ceremony that took place on Dec 6th, also at the North YMCA. 148 people became US citizens and selected Columbus, OH to be their home. Wishing all of Forest Park a very happy new year and see you soon!

NCC Representatives Ken Gilbert –, Trevor Secord – Absent

No Report

NCC Development Representative Ed Vanasdale –

No Report

Website Administrators Scott Biggs –, Dave Paul – Absent  

Our website is always – always being updated with new and upcoming info! Please check it out!!


  1. Compost Exchange is trying to make Forest Park a hub. We need 25 neighbors to sign up and commit to the exchange in order for that to happen. Right now we have 10 people interested. If you would like to find out more about it, contact Laura Hayes, our Welcome Committee Chair.
  2. It was proposed that Councilman Remy come as a guest speaker. Ed will contact him.
  3. Andrea is proposing a local craft fair in the Spring.


  1. Sign stolen.

Meeting adjourned at 6:37 PM

Meeting minutes submitted by Lou Bernard, Secretary, FPCA

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