Committees

Old Southwest, Inc. is comprised of several standing and special committees that oversee the projects and objectives of the organization. These committees are chartered in the bylaws of the corporation. Standing committees are permanent committees of the organization. Special committees are chartered by the President or Board of Directors, and are created for special purposes over a limited period of time.

Standing Committees

Executive Committee: The Executive Committee is chaired by the President of the corporation. It consists of the President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The Executive Committee prepares notices, prepares agendas, recommends actions to the Board of Directors and the membership, recommends budgets to the Board of Directors and the membership, and recommends work plans and objectives to the Board of Directors.
Alexander-Gish House Committee: The Alexander-Gish House Committee is chaired by a director of the organization, and consists of appointed committee members from the membership. The committee is responsible for the care and upkeep of the Alexander-Gish House property, which is maintained by Old Southwest, Inc. The committee is tasked with maintaining liaison with the City of Roanoke concerning the property, administering the annual budget for the Alexander-Gish House, managing the rental of the studio apartment and special events areas of the property, recommending capital investment plans and budgets, and creating other recommendations/plans for the maintenance and improvement of the Alexander-Gish House.
Parlor Tour Committee: The Parlor Tour Committee is chaired by a member of the organization and consists of appointed committee members from the membership. The committee is tasked with the organization, administration, and execution of the Annual Holiday Parlor Tour of Homes. The committee recruits volunteers and house docents for participation in the tour, solicits corporate and private sponsorships and support, schedules and promotes the Parlor Tour, prepares Parlor Tour budgets and recommendations to the Executive Committee.
Newsletter Committee: The Newsletter Committee is chaired by a member of the organization and consists of appointed committee members from the membership. The committee is tasked with preparing and distributing a newsletter at least bi-monthly to the general membership. The committee is also responsible for administering the newsletter budget and preparing newsletter recommendations and budgets to the Executive Committee
Neighborhood Preservation Committee: The Preservation Committee is chaired by a member of the organization and consists of appointed committee members from the membership. The committee attends to local government actions which affect the Old Southwest neighborhood, acts as a liaison between Old Southwest, Inc. members and government authorities, recommends actions to the Board of Directors designed to protect the character of Old Southwest and the H-2 historic district, and reports to the membership annual concerning neighborhood preservation.
Nominating Committee: The Nominating Committee will consist of three voting members elected by the Board of Directors. The Nominating Committee is responsible for preparing a full or partial slate of nominees for Officer and Director positions within the organization for action by the membership at the corporations annual meeting in November. The committee is also tasked with holding annual elections to fill vacancies within the Corporation, and prepares recommendations for action by the Board of Directors to fill vacancies on the Board of Directors.
Membership Committee: The Membership Committee is chaired by a voting member of the organization and consists of appointed committee members from the membership. The committee is tasked with maintaining membership information, ensuring that membership status is kept current, advising the Treasurer about status of member dues, and recruiting new members.

Special Committees

Grants Committee: The Grants Committee is chaired by a member of the organization and consists of appointed committee members from the membership. The committee is tasked with writing grants and soliciting public monies that will benefit the organization and neighborhood, working with local and state authorities during the grant solicitation and procurement process, and creating reports and recommendations to the Executive Committee and Board of Directors about the status of grants and grant opportunities.
Spruce Up Your Historic Home Grant Program Sub-Committee: This committee is tasked with administering funds related to the Spruce Up Your Historic Home Grant Program, which was established in 2007 with Federal grant funds through the Community Development Block Grant program. Funds from this program are used for owner-resident exterior home repair and improvement in the Old Southwest Historic District.
Public Relations Committee: The Public Relations Committee is chaired by a director of the organization and consists of appointed committee members from the membership. The Public Relations Committee is responsible for preparing a comprehensive communications program that will keep both members and non-members aware of the benefits and opportunities offered through membership. In addition, the committee will work to improve the overall public perception of the Old Southwest Historic District, working with media, local businesses and realtors, as well as residents to project a positive image of the neighborhood and Old Southwest, Inc. The committee works directly under the supervision and guidance of the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors.
Safety Committee: The Safety Committee is chaired by a member of the organization and consists of appointed committee members from the membership. The Safety Committee is tasked with working as a liaison between the membership and local authorities regarding public safety issues in Old Southwest. The committee prepares recommendations and budgets to the Board of Directors concerning Old Southwest, Inc. safety projects and educational campaigns. The committee is also responsible for notifying the membership of any safety and security hazards within the neighborhood in a timely manner.
Special Events Committee: The Special Events Committee is chaired by a member of the organization and consists of appointed committee members from the membership. The Special Events Committee schedules, organizes, and conducts various neighborhood activities that support neighborhood growth, encourage resident participation in Old Southwest, Inc. and strengthens neighborly relations. The Special Events Committee will work with the Public Relations Committee to ensure that information about planned events is distributed in a timely manner to the membership.