Dunwoody Homeowners Association Honors Residents for Service to Community
The Dunwoody Homeowners Association held its annual meeting on January 26 and recognized several people for their contributions to the city.
The meeting, held at Dunwoody United Methodist Church, drew about 50 people. The meeting kicked off the 50e anniversary of the non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that the city is âpreserved for high quality residential useâ.
DHA President Adrienne Duncan presented the awards.
Bill Robinson, DHA member since its inception and board member for 30 years, received DHA’s first annual Dick Williams Citizenship Award, named after the former owner and editor of the Dunwoody Crier.
Michelle Fincher, Despina Lamas and Leah Marques received the Community Service Awards, which founded the Facebook group, Educate Dunwoody, to organize residents to speak out for better schools in DeKalb County.
Duncan said Williams chose the first recipient of the award named in his honor and chose Robinson for his years of dedicated service to DHA and to the city.
Robinson’s accomplishments include establishing some of the city’s most honored annual traditions, Duncan said. Robinson revitalized the city’s annual July 4th Parade in 1991 and it is now one of the city’s biggest events, drawing tens of thousands of people to the city each year for Independence Day.
Robinson, an Army veteran, also hosted the first Veterans Day ceremony which is now held annually at Brook Run Park, Duncan said. He also supports the Dunwoody Woman’s Club and its annual home tour and has been instrumental in the development of the original district of Dunwoody Village Overlay.
âBill, we want you to see that your efforts which have led to this day will not be forgotten,â Duncan said.
Robinson received the DHA Citizen of the Year award in 2015.
The Community Service Awards were presented to Fincher, Lamas and Marques, who founded the Educate Dunwoody Facebook page in 2019 to inspire dialogue about the issues facing the DeKalb County School District and encourage community engagement among students. residents and school administrators, Duncan said.
âYour efforts are the perfect combination of learning about our past history with a very new perspective on the future,â Duncan said.
âYou have continued to build bridges with other communities who are also affected by DeKalb schools and organized more actions and contributions than anyone over the past few years,â she said.
The Educate Dunwoody Facebook page was created shortly after DeKalb Schools added more trailers, or portable classrooms, to Dunwoody High School last year during the July 4th holiday, surprising and angering many. people in the city.
The Facebook group has led to many online conversations about school conditions and funding. The group was also used to organize Dunwoody’s parents to show up at DeKalb board meetings to express their desire for better facilities and greater accountability from school administrators.
Other issues the group is working to resolve with school officials include overcrowding, maintenance of facilities and budget deficits. These are many of the same issues Dunwoody has faced for years, Duncan said, but Educate Dunwoody has been successful in engaging the community like no other movement in recent years.