Annual Meeting Recap – The Future is Bright!

This past Tuesday, the Capitol Hill BID held their Annual Membership Meeting at The Hill Center (921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE). Held every year in February, the meeting allows all members (Commercial Property Owners and Tenants) in the BID area to elect new members of the Board of Directors or reelect those whose terms have expired, and to consider such other business as may properly come before the Annual Meeting. It is also a great opportunity to reflect on the past year and get a preview of upcoming BID initiatives.

Attendees were welcomed by the “men in blue” (above) as they made their way into The Hill Center and the evening began with a reception catered by Toscana Cafe (601 2nd Street, NE). Board Chairman Paul Pascal welcomed the group as the program began. After reviewing the proxy ballots, Board Secretary Carol Quillian announced a quorum for the meeting and shortly thereafter President Patty Brosmer welcomed our three new board members along with the renewal of six board members’ terms.

The following board members were elected for a three year term:

David Ball, Union Station Redevelopment Corp.

Robert Braunohler, Property Group Partners

Don Denton, Coldwell Banker Real Estate

Gary Jankowski, Hugh Kelly Real Estate

Brad Johnson, Johnson Law Group

Dr. Michael Kim, Grubbs Pharmacy

Paul Pascal, Esq., Pascal & Weiss

Chris Robertson, BB&T Bank

Bill Rouchell, Maison Orleans

Perhaps the most anticipated portion of the evening was the debut of our newest video, The Future is Bright produced by Matthew McClain of OkTake5 Productions. The video highlighted the impact of the BID in the Capitol Hill neighborhood since its inception in 2003. To watch The Future is Bright, click here or on the YouTube link below. The BID would like to extend a big THANK YOU to Heidi Johnson (and her adorable children), Bart Vandale and Don Denton for their participation in the video.

Following the video presentation, Clean Team Lead Man Bernard Addison was asked to speak about his experience working for the BID (right). Bernard struggled with addiction, homelessness and spent years in prison for crimes he committed to support his drug habit. “My life became so bad that there were times when I would go days without bathing because I could only think about where my next hit would come from,” he said.

Bernard had a cousin who was working for the BID through the Ready, Willing & Working program. His cousin had faith that Bernard could turn his life around with steady employment, and was able to refer him to the program. “I began the way everyone does, pushing the blue bucket as a clean team member for the Capitol Hill BID,” Bernard said. “Behind the bucket I gained self-confidence, self-respect, and bonded with guys who have also struggled with a life of drugs and crime…I’m not sure where my life would be right now had it not been for the Capitol Hill BID.”

Today, Bernard is a loving, supportive father. He’s a good son who can take care of himself and pay his own way because of the supportive services provided through Ready, Willing & Working. After ending his remarks, the audience roared with applause and as Bernard returned to his seat he received a loving embrace from his fiance Monique. The future is truly looking bright for Bernard!

If you couldn’t make it to the Annual Meeting, copies of our 2011 Annual Report will be sent in the mail to all BID Members this week and are also available upon request. The Capitol Hill BID Board of Directors will meet for their next quarterly meeting on Friday, March 23rd at 8:30am at National Capital Bank.