President’s Message


Happy New Year to all! This past year seems to have sped by.  It feels like only yesterday we were filled with great excitement in getting ready for the 2019 Art Fair to open…and what a wonderful fair it was!  Lynn Smith and Sasha Mayoras did a downright fabulous job of organizing our most important fundraiser.  The net proceeds from this annual event are what allow us to keep the good works of the OTTA ongoing.  In August, we welcomed our new 2020 Art Fair Chair Sasha Mayoras and her Vice Chair, Shelly Murphy as approved by the Board of Directors.

Our facility got a wonderful facelift with the addition of a new lighting and acoustic system in our north room.  Our art classes were filled to capacity each session, and we were treated to wonderful events through the efforts of our Events Committee.  The Communications Committee continued to offer our members a wonderful newsletter thanks to the organizing efforts of Diane Sokolofski, Nancy Jordan, graphic designer Deanna Clark and ably assisted by Michael Warnick, Lynn Smith, Lucy Baldwin, and contributing writers. We saw the completion of the wonderful new LaSalle Playground which

provided a well-groomed appearance to that corner of our Triangle and did much to increase the property values of the surrounding homes.  Our Neighborhood Improvement Committee worked overtime to replace bricked sidewalks and parkways at the same time working with the city on our tree planting agenda.  We thank Christy Weber Landscaping for the terrific service they provide in maintaining our Triangle parks.

We said goodbye to Emma Rahme, our wonderful office assistant, as we welcomed her replacement, Anna Rachel Troy.  We also want to wish Barb Guttmann a speedy recovery from her hip replacement surgery on December 26, 2019.  We bid farewell to Robert Jones and Jordan Matyas who are retiring from the Board.  They have provided exceptional leadership to their respective committee Grants, and Historic District/Planning and Zoning.

OTTA continues to be a pivotal organization within the Old Town Triangle.  We will continue to do our best to be as responsive as possible to the needs of our unique community.  On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very happy and healthy New Year!

Karen Pfendler
President, OTTA