The Parkwood Civic Association has a new president.
Marge Philippi beat the group’s current vice president, Bill Neveil, 1512 on April 23 in the first election for board seats in quite a while. John DelRicci was elected vice president. Sarah O’Neill was elected secretary. Both were unopposed and were elected by acclamation. O’Neill, graduating that night from Holy Family University, was not present for the vote in St. Anselm’s R.C. Church. No one ran for the posts of corresponding secretary, treasurer or public relations officer.
Neveil had said last month that he believed the association had not had a leadership vote for about a decade.
Members had decided at their March 19 meeting to hold elections last week, and nominated candidates for president, vice president, treasurer, recording secretary and zoning officer. According to Neveil, longtime president Mike Hatala and treasurer Joe McCarthy have seen work and business demands on their time increase in the past year and couldn’t continue in their board posts.
In March, Neveil and Philippi were nominated for president; DelRicci and Neveil were nominated for vice president; Philippi also was nominated for treasurer. O’Neill was nominated for recording secretary. Lou Farinella was nominated for zoning liaison.
However, a quick look at the organization’s bylaws showed no candidate could run for two offices, that there were posts for recording and corresponding secretaries, but no elected zoning position. Neveil and Philippi then decided to both run for president.
Members decided to address filling the vacant board seats at their next session. However, a May meeting date is uncertain, Philippi said. ••