Broadmeadow Neighborhood Association (BNA) says 2012 was the year of coming together. And their new president, Wade Thompson, says he wants to continue that mission. “We’ve begun to branch out and work with other organizations,” Thompson says. “As a neighborhood association, we have established a presence (and show that) we are involved and we work together.”
Thompson says during his 2013 term as BNA president, his vision is to connect better with Broadmeadow’s neighbors and reach beyond their borders. “The stronger we are…it makes for a stronger Fondren,” he explains. “The stronger the city and Fondren is makes us a better place. That’s what I think is important.”
Broadmeadow, often called the Top of Fondren, hosts four major events and one fundraiser each year. At large board member Terry Neyland says their next event, chaired by Barbara Park, is the return of their crawfish boil. “It was fantastic last year, even with dreary weather,” Neyland says. This year’s date is Saturday April 6. Neyland says BNA will be recruiting people to plan and execute the boil.
Other events include the neighborhood’s Fourth of July Parade, coordinated by Anna Purvis Frame, and their October block party on Montbrook called Blocktoberfeast. A Halloween potluck and then January’s 2nd annual Soup’s On, a new event this year, round out the list.
With the addition of an adjunct kids committee and talk of the return of Munch Out, a monthly time to gather and eat at an area restaurant, Thompson predicts a great 2013. “I’m not going to stand up here and tell you I have all the answers but we are going to continue to build on our success,” he says. “If we all work together, we can accomplish so much.”
The 2013 BNA board is:
Wade Thompson, president
Beth Autrey, past president
Vice president slot is open
Linden Potts as treasurer
Maureen Smith, secretary
Helen Napier, Broadmeadow UMC liaison
Mary Purvis, communications
Barbara Park, Anna Purvis Frame, Chuck Wise, Terry Neyland, Catherine Lee, Traci Johnson, and Nathan Clark serving as at large members
Broadmeadow Neighborhood Association is a non dues paying organization. All neighbors are members just by being in the neighborhood. Their boundaries are Meadowbrook to North Side Drive and I-55 to the railroad on the west. BNA calls for more residents to join their email and volunteer at topoffondren.com.