The ELNCA was founded by a group of concerned residents who wanted to better their community, increase communication between neighbors, and speak about issues that were affecting their lives. We now have a large membership that is comprised of a diverse group of individuals with different races, religions, and lifestyles.
We hold monthly meetings and encourage all future residents and businesses to attend. At these meetings we socialize, discuss issues of general concern, and vote on questions that require the neighborhood’s attention. Some subjects are regularly discussed, such as ongoing issues related to taxes, crime, and zoning. Also, there may be other issues that come up less frequently such as elections, improvements to public property, and social events. Anyone who wishes to bring an issue before the ELNCA membership at a meeting should contact the ELNCA President and describe the issue that they would like to present.
But the ELNCA does much more than just hold meetings. We participate on your behalf at the NPU-O, publish the East Lake Sun, and conduct events in the neighborhood.
The Structure of the ELNCA
A Board of Directors, made up of 12 residents, governs the ELNCA. Each of the 12 Directors serves a 3-year term and their terms are staggered. Therefore, the membership elects 4 new board members every year. Furthermore, there are three Officer positions – President, Vice-President, and Secretary – that the membership must elect from among the Directors, each of which serves a one-year term. Reelection is possible and there are no term limits. Elections are held in accordance with the ELNCA By-laws. Basically, any ELNCA member in good standing can vote.
Becoming a member of the ELNCA in good standing is a fairly painless process. First, you have to pay your dues of $10.00 to our Treasurer. Then you just have to show up and sign in at two monthly meetings during the year. That is it!
ELNCA meets to socialize, discuss issues of general concern, and vote on questions that require the neighborhood’s attention on the second Monday of every month (except June and December) at Drew Charter School, located at 301 East Lake Blvd SE, Atlanta, GA 30317; (right next to the East Lake YMCA) Meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. and run anywhere from one to two hours, depending on the number of issues to be discussed. We encourage anyone considering moving into or doing business in the neighborhood to attend.
If you would like to request that you be added to the agenda, please contact the ELNCA President explaining who you are and describing the issue that you would like to present to the membership. Under the rules of the City of Atlanta, any East Lake resident or business with a zoning issue must present their case to the ELNCA before they can present it to the Neighborhood Planning Unit O (and to the Zoning Review Board and City Council thereafter).
We do not have meetings in June and December because we have special events those months. In June, we have our ELNCA Picnic in East Lake Park where you and your family can come out and play games, eat, or just enjoy the fantastic Georgia weather. In December, we have our ELNCA Holiday Party where we get together to revel in the spirit of the holidays.