Manchester Main Street (MMS) held its Annual Meeting on May 5 at the Main View in downtown North Manchester. 2014 MMS Board President, Tim Brauch, welcomed the Board, committees and members in attendance, and highlighted several MMS town improvement projects from the 2013 Annual Report that have made positive impacts. “Manchester Main Street accomplished a lot in 2013,” said Brauch. “We hosted the first-ever Eel River Arts Festival which showcased our local talent and attracted residents and tourists to downtown. The Community Trail Network was installed and will officially open this year. And, the hanging flower baskets, sidewalk planters, and storefront artwork add an additional beautification touch to the Town’s now completed downtown streetscape renovation project.”
MMS Annual Meeting attendees (L to R) Christa Kolster-Frye, Lark Killingbeck, Michelle Calka and Tim Brauch (MMS 2014 President) discuss town improvement ideas.
In 2013, MMS grew its member base to 107, and has over 50 volunteers serving on six active committees – America in Bloom, Economic Restructuring, Historic Preservation & Design, Manchester PATH Group, North Manchester Garden Club, and Promotion & Art. ”I applaud the efforts of Manchester Main Street to host quality events [like the Eel River Arts Festival and Holiday Gala] that effectively connect participants to the mission and purpose of the organization,” said Christine Flohr, Executive Director of Tourism for Wabash County. “This piece is often neglected by other non-profits that host events but miss their mission.”
MMS Annual Meeting attendees (L to R): Joan Fahs (foreground in blue shirt), Richard Livingston, Andrew Duffy (MMS Board Member ; Economic Restructuring Chair), Stacey Jarrett (MMS Board Member ; Treasurer), Linda Richards, Todd Richards, Charles Boebel (table head at far end), Ed Miller, Susan Manwaring (MMS Board Member ; Secretary), Dan Manwaring.
During the Annual Meeting, Renata Robinson, MMS Executive Director, facilitated a creative brainstorming session listing town assets upon which to build the “buzz” about all North Manchester has to offer. Each asset was then developed into an engaging project, event or promotional strategy to help generate community awareness and encourage involvement. “At our Mid-Year Planning meeting in March, we discussed the 25 year history of the organization and why Manchester Main Street exists,” said Robinson. “We came up with ‘Manchester Main Street exists to empower our community to embrace its potential.’ This brainstorming exercise is a translation of our ‘Why’ into our ‘What’ – action items that carry out our purpose and mission.” Annual Meeting attendees generated over 20 new project ideas and identified several key goals to incorporate into MMS’ 2014 Scope of Work.
To support Manchester Main Street’s town improvement efforts by becoming a member, visit our website to download a MMS 2014 Business or Individual Membership Form. Click here to view MMS’ 2013 Annual Report and 2014 Scope of Work. Get regular updates on upcoming events, projects and accomplishments by following MMS on Facebook. For additional information and ways you can become involved, contact Renata Robinson, MMS Executive Director, at 260-901-6045 or firstname.lastname@example.org.