GHG Meeting Minutes, April 19th

Regular Monthly Meeting, Britannia Centre Board Room, 7:00-9:00

1. We began with a lively slide show and presentation by Michael Kluckner, a teaser for his new book, Vanishing Vancouver: The Last 25 Years, which he is launching on May 3 at People’s Co-op Books on The Drive. We also got to see a sneak preview of the gorgeous book itself, Michael’s own advance copy.

2. We agreed to apply for a $500 Neighbourhood Small Grant to get start-up funding for our Century signs. Michael and Jak filled out the form and Penny will take it in to Kiwassa.

3. We agreed on dates for two GHG Heritage Walking Tours over the summer. Details to follow  (which will include cost and publicity plans … Erick said he would advertise the tours on the Spacing Vancouver site.)

Jak will conduct a walking tour of Commercial Drive on Saturday, June 9, 10-noon, and

Michael will conduct a walking tour of the area just east of the Drive (including Jeffs Residence) on Saturday, July 7, 10-noon.

4. We will set up information tables at some or all of the following Grandview events: Stone Soup (May 12), Italian Day (June 10), Car-Free Commercial Drive (June 17, which is also Father’s Day and the East Van Garden Tour)…

5. We agreed to set up an account at Vancity, with two cheque-signers per cheque and five signing officers (Jak, Bruce, Michael, Judith, Penny). Signers will meet at Vancity Friday April 20th at 1:00.

6. There were inquiries about “Paint the Drive” campaign. It turns out that no one seems to know much of anything about it; the only place it’s mentioned is on the Commercial Drive BIA Web site, and the coordinator there, Rolando Cardeno (info@thedrive.ca), knows nothing about it.

7. We discussed the York Theatre (and how little of its heritage is being preserved in its renewal). We also talked about the possibility of getting a second opinion re the viability of the trees at the Robertson Church site, which are slated for demolition.

Meeting adjourned at 9:00.

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