About the Greenmeadow Community Association (GMCA)
WHO WE ARE
We are a family-oriented community association and swim club in a historic Eichler neighborhood located in south Palo Alto, CA. We are a warm, open community with much to offer both kids and adults.
As a member at Greenmeadow, you’ll get more than access to our beautiful pool and aquatics programs. Membership includes becoming a part of our broader community with picnics, seasonal parties, discounted facility rental, active online discussion groups and of course our locally famous July 4th Parade and celebration.
We welcome you to our historic neighborhood and invite you to share a true sense of community with us.
From its start in 1954 Greenmeadow was designed to be a family community with easy proximity to shopping, libraries and schools. Inspired by principles of modern architecture conceived by Frank Lloyd Wright, Joe Eichler built homes featuring spacious living areas and lots, floor-to-ceiling windows and three or more bedrooms, which he located around a community center, pool, and park.
However, when Joe Eichler designed the area, he could not have envisioned the spirit that would spring to life as a result of his plans. The community center he built at the heart of the neighborhood was a catalyst for the development of a non-profit civic organization, called the Greenmeadow Community Association (GMCA). More than fifty years later, the Greenmeadow Community Association has evolved into a tightly knit diverse community of neighbors who work together to preserve the spirit of our neighborhood. Greenmeadow is rich with history and is on the National Registry of Historic Neighborhoods. This is a vibrant community of diverse neighbors with wide ranging interests who cooperate on a volunteer basis to organize and run programs that all members and their guests can enjoy.
Greenmeadow was founded as an organization of community volunteers and depends on the participation of each and every member. Committees provide the guidance, creativity and representation required to run an active, evolving and diverse organization. Participation on a committee is one way that members can connect and give back to our community. Each Committee meets regularly, at most once per month. You can make your voice heard, help keep our association strong, and meet some new friends along the way! If you can help, please contact the respective Committee Chair.
Architectural Review & Covenants (ARCC)
Architectural Review and Covenants, Legal Documents
Chairperson: Patrick Everett
Board Liaison: Gabor Foldes
The ARCC committee reviews and assists Greenmeadow residents with architectural and remodeling projects and ensures that all projects are consistent with GMCA CC&Rs.
“CCR” stands for “Conditions, Covenants and Restrictions.” It is a legal document on file with the County of Santa Clara. It applies to all homes in the Greenmeadow tracts whether or not the owners belong to the Greenmeadow Community Association.
Each tract has its own (slightly different) CCR document.
To maintain the unique historic nature of Greenmeadow homes and to promote a cohesive neighborhood homeowners of homes in Greenmeadow should present plans for external modifications to the ARCC for review, suggestions of improvements, and approval prior to submitting plans to the City of Palo Alto. Please allow 2 weeks for review for larger projects.
Some of the functions of the ARCC committee include:
- Complete the review of submitted projects in a timely fashion.
- Notify the board of all findings.
- Maintain contact with the Palo Alto Building Department and stay current on city zoning and regulations affecting residential building and remodeling in Palo Alto.
- Act as a resource for GM residents in meeting GMCA covenants and assist the Board as requested to resolve any conflicts between GM covenants and submitted plans.
- Educate the community on ARCC and CC&R responsibilities.
Chair: Penny Ellson
Board Liaison: Rich Ellson
Overview of Civic Affairs
The Civic Affairs Committee studies and reports on local issues relevant to the Greenmeadow community. On issues where there is a majority position within Greenmeadow, the committee may represent a neighborhood position. We actively work to encourage civic engagement within our community through candidate forums, community meetings, providing information about issues of community interest.
Mission Statement & Goals
To monitor activities of civic organizations which are likely to have impact on GM and to inform Greenmeadow residents and the GMCA Board about local issues relevant to the Greenmeadow community. To discuss, investigate, and (when there is agreement in the community and direction from the Board) to recommend action to appropriate governmental agencies and other bodies regarding matters affecting environment and quality of life within Greenmeadow. Examples of civic organizations monitored include: Palo Alto City Council and Planning & Transportation Commission, Parks & Recreation Commission, and PAUSD Board of Education.
Charter – Chair, Co-Chair, GM resident members as needed.
Chairperson: Glenn Story
Board Liaison: Suman Rangaswamy
PURPOSE: The purpose of the Communications Committee is to foster communication between the Greenmeadow Community Association and its members and the residents of the Greenmeadow neighborhood.
We intend to fulfill this purpose in three ways:
Planning: As mentioned above, this has historically been the role of this committee. We intend to continue that role by discussing, proposing, and (when appropriate) implementing new methods of interacting with various groups of people within Greenmeadow to foster better communication.
Support: Provide points of contact for various individuals and groups of people to express concerns, problems, and ideas to others within Greenmeadow. Provide technical, graphical and editorial support and advise to anyone wanting to publish information in or about Greenmeadow.
Outreach: Find ways of pro-actively soliciting input from various groups and individuals within Greenmeadow.
The communications committee consists of the following subcommittees:
Publications: to support the Meadowlark (the Greenmeadow community newsletter); to give advise to other committees in Greenmeadow wishing to publish information about Greenmeadow, etc.; to assure the visual appearance and content of publications provide a consistent message.
Blockheads: To promote communication between the blockheads and the rest of the Greenmeadow organization. (“Blockheads” refers to representatives from each block in the Greenmeadow neighborhood.)
Online: To support and continue to improve the use of internet resources such as the google groups, website and social media to provide communication tools to the Greenmeadow community.
(This website is hosted on wpenngine.com.)
Emergency Preparedness Committee
Chairperson Sam Kempton and Karen Pauls
Board Liaison Rich Ellson
The Greenmeadow Emergency Preparedness Committee is a group of your neighbors who have volunteered to help our neighborhood be better prepared for disasters by encouraging individual households to prepare and by assisting them with information on how to do it. Another focus of the committee is to take an active role in emergency response. Most committee members are active in the city’s Emergency Services Volunteers Program. In the case of a large-scale emergency (like a major earthquake), this group of trained volunteers work as a team to assess the immediate needs of the neighborhood, respond directly when appropriate and communicate critical needs to the city’s Office of Emergency Services.
For additional details, see this page.
Chair Person: Position Available
Board Liaison: Jeff Kmetec
The Facilities Committee is the combination of two original committees, the Buildings Committee and the Grounds Committee. The committee is responsible for developing and maintaining both short (1-3 yr) and long (3-5 yr) plans for GMCA buildings and grounds.
Some of the functions of the committee include:
- Prepare and update the documents describing the short and long term plans pertinent to all building and grounds features necessary to keep them in good working order or to repair or replace them at a given future time. This document should identify all assets of GMCA and estimate the amount of funds for repair and replacement and the likely time frame for action within a 5 year time frame.
- Work with finance committee in establishing estimated costs for major repairs and replacements an to recommend the necessary level of reserve funds in each year’s budget to insure adequate funds for the upkeep of GMCA’s buildings and grounds.
- Work with the manager to assist in implementing repairs or replacements as authorized by the Board.
Chairperson Mitch Rosen
Board Liaison Gabor Foldes (Treasurer)
The Finance Committee provides financial guidance and advice to the GMCA Board. Some of the functions and responsibilities of the committee include:
- Advise on proper financial procedures and controls.
- Perform and annual audit to assure appropriate financial procedures and controls.
- Review the proposed budget annually for consistency, appropriateness and integration with the long range financial plan, including a projection for major repairs and capital expenditures.
- Establish the necessary level of reserve funds in each year’s budget to insure that there are adequate funds to provide for the repair and/or replacement of GM’s physical assets.
- Carry out the financial projects requested by the Board.
Chairperson: Sonya Bradski
Board Liaison: Josh Feira (ex officio)
Volunteers also welcome.
Chairperson: Lisa Knox
Board Liaison: Raquel Schwab
The committee is composed of GMCA members, our GMCA manager and board liaison. This committee plans and carries out social activities for all GM members to promote community closeness and build a strong community spirit. Some of the functions of the committee include:
- Develop a schedule for social events.
- Organize and select event chairs and support the chairs and their committees in carrying out their specific event.
- Insure that social events are operated within budget.
- Maintain good communications with the manager on planned events and ensure that GM facilities are available for the events.
Swim Team Committee
Chairperson: Fatima Giffen
Board Liaison: Josh Feira
The Swim Team Committee is tasked with organizing and overseeing all matters pertaining to the GM Swim Team. The committee works closely with the Board and the manager to coordinate pool use and schedules for practices and team events. The manager has the ultimate authority over pool safety. Swim team coaches must have, as a minimum, the same qualifications that GMCA requires of its lifeguards. Coaches must be approved by both the committee and the manager.
Some of the functions of the Swim Team Committee include:
- Organizes swim team and community-building events.
- Setting and collecting of Swim Team dues.
- Establish an annual budget for the team and maintain accurate financial records.
- Coordinate with the Board and manager the hours of use for team practices and meets.
- Oversee the operation of the swim team and represent the team with the Junipero Serra Swim League.
- Ensure adequate insurance is maintained and provide paperwork to GMCA prior to swim season.
Chairperson: Lisa Steinback
Board Liaison: Michel Frei
Committee Members: Claudette Klein, Lisa Knox, Karen Pauls, Nancy Karp, Virginia Feira, Belinda Ryan.
The Membership Committee is tasked with stimulating new and current Greenmeadow residents in becoming active GMCA members and in attracting additional members from outside Greenmeadow to maintain a sustainable roster of members.
Some of the Functions of the Membership Committee include:
- Welcome new residents, inform them about GMCA and encourage them to become members.
- Supply new residents with information concerning GMCA such as the Membership Directory, upcoming social events, quarterly meetings and committees.
- Pursue GM residents who are not members and encourage them to join.
- Investigate and respond to membership issues, making recommendations to the BOD when appropriate.
- Organize New Member BBQ at the pool
- Organize Holiday Open House to celebrate the end of the year and to acknowledge retiring board members.
GMCA contracts with Santa Clara Swim Club to provide the staffing and much of the management of the association activities. Our aquatics director is Stephen Hockemeyer.
My name is Stephen Hockemeyer and I am a San Jose State University graduate. I have taught swim lessons for over ten years, coached competitive swimmers for over eight years, helped create a summer camp program and so much more. My love of water started at an early age through surfing and swimming at my local cabana pool with my family. I have never forgotten how supportive the cabana pool’s community was and how many lifelong friends I made there. My goal over the years has been to create the same atmosphere that inspired me to love swimming and to create a second home for families. Other hobbies that I enjoy, include, rock climbing, playing Ukulele, playing piano, writing, watching/playing any sport and reading.
I am very excited to be a part of this community and look forward to meeting all of you.
THE GMCA BOARD
The Board of Directors consists of seven members elected by the membership, each to a two-year term. Four members are elected during even number years and three members are elected on off numbered years. The Board positions are President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. The remaining positions are Assistant Vice President, Assistant Secretary and Assistant Treasurer.
2019 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President: Josh Feira
Vice President: Jeff Kmetec
Asst. Vice President: Michel Frei
Treasurer: Gabor Foldes
Asst. Treasurer: Raquel Schwab
Secretary: Rich Ellson
Asst. Secretary: Suman Rangaswamy
Contact the Board at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Responsibilities of the Board
- To represent the views and wishes of GMCA members
- To uphold the GMCA by-laws
- To promote community closeness and positive spirit
- To establish committees to carry out specific functions. It is the responsibility of the Board officer who is the liaison of the committee to recommend to the Board the Chair, Co-Chair and members of the committee.
- To establish an annual budget for the operations of GM programs and GM facilities and submit to membership for approval.
- To direct the operation of the GMCA and establish policies needed to carry out GM’s mission.