July 18, 2019

7/30: Oakhurst Community Discussion on Homelessness

A message from ONA President Chanin Scanlon:


I have scheduled Tara Perez, manager of Directions Home, to come and speak to our community about the issue of homelessness in Fort Worth and our neighborhood.

We will meet in the Calvary Christian Academy Library at 6:30 p.m. on July 30th. I could not get her any sooner, she is a busy lady, my apologies.

Come and ask her your questions about the influx of homelessness that has seemed to spiked in and around our neighborhood recently and listen to her tell you about her department and how they are tackling this issue that effects many Fort Worth neighborhoods.

I have included a link to the City's "Directions Home" website that also offers a bit more information on this topic. See http://fortworthtexas.gov/directionshome/.

Stay cool, Oakhurst!

Oakhurst Community Discussion on Homelessness
featuring Tara Perez, CFW Directions Home
Calvary Christian Academy Library
July 30, 6:30 pm

July 4, 2019

July 2, 2019

ONA Bylaws - July Update

An update from ONA President Chanin Scanlon:

Summary of Proposed Bylaws Changes
Oakhurst Neighborhood Association

At the June executive board meeting the board voted to move forward with a general membership vote on the proposed changes to the bylaws as presented by the Bylaws Committee. A special general membership meeting will be called to vote on the proposed changes no sooner than 30 days after notice is given to members via a summary in The Oak Leaflet newsletter; posting the proposed changes on ONA’s website; posting in the Oakhurst Neighborhood Association group on Nextdoor; and sent out via e-mail. Additionally, paper copies of the proposed revisions will be hand delivered to members who request a copy. Please either email president@oakhurstfw.org or call 817-757-9977 if you require a paper copy. A digital copy of the proposed bylaws can be found in the sidebar of this website.

The major recommendations include:
  • A general cleanup of gender based language, typographical errors, irregular formatting, and breaking up certain paragraphs so they are more comprehensible but not changing the intent.
  • Changing to individual rather than household membership. This change is recommended for membership tracking and voting purposes. It is difficult for the treasurer or secretary to know who members are when entire households are members and for voting purposes it will be clear who may and may not vote at ONA elections. It is recommended that the executive board and membership vote on single membership dues should this recommendation pass but the bylaws committee recommends a drop in dues per single members.
  • Should ONA be dissolved, the committee is recommending that a change be made that any remaining funds after dissolution of the organization be spent on Oakhurst common areas and park rather than returned as a refund to remaining members as it currently stands. This recommendation is being made as it was seen as a more equitable to all residents of Oakhurst if the common areas and park were to receive the benefit of remaining funds. How those funds will be spent will remain the charge of the dissolving board.
  • General membership meetings would be held six times yearly rather than twice per year in April and October. Officially scheduled meetings would be held in February, April, June, August, October and December. This proposed change is recommended as a compromise between members who wish to meet every month and other members who would like to meet less.  Executive board meetings are currently scheduled to meet quarterly, the proposal would require the executive board to also meet six times per year before general membership meetings.
  • Notice and agenda of both the executive board meetings and general membership meetings was added to include a post in Oakhurst Park at least seven days prior to the meeting. Without this notice, voting may not take place at those meetings. A posting board will be erected in the park to comply with this recommendation. Further, notice of meetings may be posted on Nextdoor and/or e-mail in addition to the posting in the park but are not required. The purpose of this recommendation is to have a consistent and open method for the announcement of meetings and public agendas.
  • Committees – committees and their duties were further defined in these proposed changes. Specifically, standing and special committees were defined as committee organization, membership, and duties was often not defined. More importantly, the proposed changes recommend that each chair of a standing committee will serve as an executive board member with officers of ONA not being allowed to chair any standing committee to keep the executive board number consistent. Proposed committee changes include:
    • The Audit Committee - is to be appointed by the president seven days after the ONA elections in April. We propose to move that back to fourteen days after election to give the president more time to gather a committee as seven days is a very short time after election to appoint any committee.
    • Nominating Committee - absent from the current bylaws is the duties of nominating committee. Those duties, how many members may serve on the committee and how the committee is formed is now defined. There will be no less than 5 members and no more than 7 members and the committee will be elected at the February general membership meeting.
    • Street Representatives – as it stand the executive board consists of 28 street representative and 4 officers for a total of 32 members. The recommendation is to reduce the unwieldy size of ONA’s executive board from 32 to 10 members which is a more appropriate size for an organization of 150-180 members. The recommendation is to change the makeup of the street representatives to a committee wherein they will elect a chair to represent them on the executive board and hold meetings as they see useful and fit in order to communicate matters that pertain to their respective streets. Street representative are a valuable asset to ONA and their other duties will remain relatively unchanged. ONA is the only neighborhood association in Fort Wort with an executive board as large as it is. Gathering 30 plus members of an executive board is a burden for anyone and many of the street representatives have noted that they will not or cannot attend meeting but would rather simply pass out newsletters and communicate with their neighbors. It is believed that more street representatives would participate in ONA if they did not have to be executive board members.
    • Two new committees were proposed to be added to the bylaws and their chair would also serve on the executive board, those include the TPW/Zoning Committee that would be tasked with keeping up with city related issues that affect Oakhurst and bringing those matters to the attention of its members and the Social Events Committee which is currently a very visible and active committee that should be recognized and defined in the bylaws with the chair having a seat on the executive board.
  • Code of conduct – the code of conduct language was removed from the bylaws however language that there is a code of conduct and members should not be in violation was left in the language. It is recommended that the code of conduct be referred to the executive board and ONA members for drafting and approval as a policy of the organization.
  • No amendments will be accepted from the floor during voting as that defeats the purpose of proper notice of amendments to the bylaws. Any updates will go into effect immediately.

June 30, 2019

Get Your July Oak Leaflet!

This month's issue of The Oak Leaflet is now online.  This month's edition recalls the "Liberty Bell" parade of 1915, features Chanin's President's Message, highlights July's Yard of the Month, recaps the Memorial Day Service at Mount Olivet, and includes a summary of proposed changes to the ONA bylaws.  Look closely and you'll even find a recipe from Phyllis for peanut butter cookies!
Also be sure to check out upcoming activities and events, including info on our upcoming 4th of July Parade!

As always, you may visit our newsletter archive to view or download past issues.

June 8, 2019

6/13: Special ONA General Membership Meeting!

A special general membership meeting of the Oakhurst Neighborhood Association will take place on Thursday, June 13th, at 6:30 pm in the Calvary Christian Academy cafeteria.

Speakers for the meeting will include David Collyer, presenting the Audit Committee report; Neighborhood Police Officer Doug Gilfour, who will address the uptick in gunfire and garbage dumping along Watauga and Oakhurst Scenic; and representative(s) from the City of Fort Worth, who will present "City Hall 101", a briefing on city departments and what they do.

Attendees will also be voting on a proposed sign variance (read it here).  The variance has been withdrawn by the applicant, as the owner will have to go through the zoning commission and City Council to amend the PD to allow for the proposed sign, rather than just getting a variance.  However, ONA's vote will alert the City to Oakhurst's position on the matter.

May 31, 2019

June Oak Leaflet - Online Now!

This month's issue of The Oak Leaflet is now online.  Inside, you'll find info on the ONA Walk of Honor, Chanin's President's Message, ONA officers' reports, June's Yard of the Month, an Editor's Message on the "Hidden Gems" of the area, pictures from the ONA Annual Garage Sale, and more!


Be sure to check out upcoming activities and events, and remember that you are always welcome to explore past issues in our newsletter archive.

April 28, 2019

The May Oak Leaflet is Here!

May Oak Leaflet

This month's issue of The Oak Leaflet is now online!  Click on the image below and/or scroll down to the Upcoming Events below to view details on all of the activities and events slated for the month of May.
As always, you may visit our newsletter archive to view or download past issues.

Upcoming Events

5/9, 9:30 am:  Mother-Daughter Tea
5/9, 6:00 pm:  Foodscaping
5/9-12, 6:00-10:00 pm:  Lanterns in the Garden
5/11, 11:00 am-5:00 pm:  Race Street Rollick
5/17-18:  ONA Garage Sale
5/23, 4:00 pm:  Memorial Day Cookout
5/27, 6:30 pm:  90th Annual Mount Olivet Memorial Day Service

See your May Oak Leaflet and our event calendar for more details!

April 14, 2019

ONA Election Results

A note from Chanin Scanlon, our newly-elected ONA President:

With the April general membership meeting behind us, I would like to thank Judge B. Glen Whitley for speaking to us about county taxes—how they are being spent and what the future looks like as far as tax necessities go.

We elected new officers at the April meeting as well, and they are as follows:

     President: Chanin Scanlon
     Vice President: Jonathon Zimmerer
     Treasurer: Jan Bass
     Secretary: Debbie Mitchell

I would also like to thank the past officers: Jan Buck, Freda Calabrese, and Burney Dickinson.  Jan Bass is continuing on as our treasurer for another year.

April 6, 2019

View the April Oak Leaflet

This month's issue of The Oak Leaflet is now online!
As always, you may visit our newsletter archive to view or download past issues.

March 2, 2019

March Oak Leaflet Online

This month's issue of The Oak Leaflet is now online!  Click on the image below to read Jan's President's Column, make note of upcoming activities and events, and more.
As always, you may visit our newsletter archive to view or download past issues.

February 3, 2019

Check Out the February Oak Leaflet!

Be sure to check out this month's issue of The Oak Leaflet...available online now!  Learn about the upcoming vote on ONA's bylaws, more info on the potential redevelopment of the Riverside Baptist Church property, the latest update on traffic signage at Daisy and Sylvania, and more.
As always, you may visit our newsletter archive to view or download past issues.

January 18, 2019

ONA Proposed Bylaws Revisions

On behalf of the ONA Bylaws Committee, we would like to share the final version of the proposed bylaws amendments for the Oakhurst Neighborhood Association.  Click on the links below to view them in two ways:

Proposed ONA Bylaws (clean copy)
Proposed Changes to ONA Bylaws (formatted table)

See below for more details from ONA President Jan Buck:

ONA members,

Attached you will find the final version of the proposed bylaws amendments for ONA...this latest version of revisions includes changes based on recommendations of members at the October meeting.  This has been a lengthy process, but members will get the opportunity to vote on the revisions at the February meeting, which is being moved to 2/21/18 because the 2nd Thursday is Valentine’s Day.

ONA’s current bylaws require members be notified of proposed revisions 7 days prior to the vote, but I want members to have more time to review because there are some significant changes proposed.  The current structure of ONA consists of a 31-member Executive Board, including officers and street representatives, and few committees, with membership limited to 7.  The new structure creates more Standing Committees, allows more committee members, and has the Standing Committee Chairs serving on the executive board along with the Officers; the board would have 9-10 members.  According to Robert’s Rules of Order for Dummies (I don’t want to wade through the formal version), “committees are the organizational units in which the real work gets done."  I seldom meet people who like lengthy board meetings, but I find plenty of dedicated members who don’t mind devoting time to a committee focused on a specific project or goal they find interesting.

Having the Committee Chairs on the board will improve communication and cohesiveness within the organization.  The overall intention for the changes are to create more opportunity for members to get involved and for ONA to get more done.

Please a take a look at the proposed revisions and come ready to vote on Feb 21st, 6:30 pm in the Calvary Academy library.  Members will decide how ONA functions moving forward.

Jan Buck
ONA President

January 3, 2019

January Oak Leaflet Online Now!

This month's issue of The Oak Leaflet is now online.  This month's edition discusses the fate of Riverside Baptist Church and features pictures of both Santa in the Park and the ONA Holiday Decorating Contest.

Also be sure to check out upcoming activities and events, including information about the (rescheduled) public hearing regarding the scheduled demolition of Riverside Baptist Church.

As always, you may visit our newsletter archive to view or download past issues.