2014 CHCA Scholarship – Applications are being accepted

Each year, CHCA awards a scholarship to a neighborhood resident who is graduating from high school. The scholarship seeks to reward a graduating senior who has performed 10+ hours of service for the neighborhood during his or her high school years. The award may be used for all types of post-high school educational programs: college, vocational, technical, business institute, etc.

Applications are due by April 15, 2014, along with a high school transcript and other supporting documents (entries sent by mail must be postmarked by Thursday, April 11, 2014).

Download the application using one of the below links to learn more and to apply!

Download application in .pdf format.

Download application in Microsoft Word format.

Good luck seniors!

2013 Holiday Decoration Winners

Congratulations to our 2013 Holiday Decorating Contest winners, with judges’ comments:

MOST ARTISTIC
435 Park. “Dramatic use of evergreen. Love the ornaments and lighting!”

MOST ILLUMINATED
287 Loveman. “Enormous Rudolph is ambitious and festive.”

MOST ORIGINAL
175 Loveman. “Eye-catching rainbow trees shine from afar.”

BEST DOOR
1st: 445 N. Selby. “Snowman door was creative with understated charm.”
2nd: 5610 Indianola. “Joy and Peace sum it up nicely.”
3rd: 385 Park. “Warm and wonderful white lights. Loved the lanterns.”

BEST HOME
1st: 143 Lake Ridge. “House on hill decorates whole neighborhood with ambitious lights and music.”
2nd: 244 Colonial. “Most charming of them all. Love the colored lights.”
3rd: 363 Loveman. “Loved the candy canes and lighted drive.”

Consider checking out these addresses while enjoying Luminary Night this evening. And please thank our judges, WOSU’s Ann Fisher and The Dispatch’s Cathy Candisky, for taking time out of their busy schedules to pick the winners.

-Julie Smyth, 2013-2014 CHCA President

Luminary Kit Distribution (or: what is this bag of pea gravel doing on my porch?)

Luminary kits were assembled today, thanks to Will Pearce and his crew! Trustees will distribute them to the houses in the upcoming days; people on corner lots receive two kits. Instructions for setting up the luminaries are inside the bags and you can see p2 of your December Colonial Hills Courier, for more information. We ask that you set up the luminaries and light them on Sunday, Dec 15, at 7pm. PRO TIP: the pea gravel in the grocery bags is damp and usually soaks through, so store the bags in a garage or unfinished basement where you won’t mind the moisture.

The luminary distribution is the beginning of a busy week for our neighborhood:

  • Saturday, Dec 7: Luminary kit bundling, with distribution ongoing through the week
  • Sunday, Dec 8: CHCA holiday party at the Selby shelterhouse 3-5pm. Fun for all ages!
  • Tuesday, Dec 10: CHCA monthly meeting @7:30 at the Selby shelterhouse
  • Wednesday, Dec 11: Annual holiday decorating contest. Leave your lights on 7-11pm for our judges to evaluate and determine award winners!
  • Sunday, Dec 15: Luminary Night! Assemble & light your luminaries and put them out. Wander the streets to enjoy our neighborhood on what is a truly beautiful celebration. Check out the holiday decoration award-winning houses. Join neighbors at the Selby shelterhouse to celebrate.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact a CHCA officer (see “Contacts” page) or your trustee (see “Trustees” page). Happy holidays!

Food Drive

Today (Sat, Nov 16) is the pickup date for CHCA’s food drive. Just leave the food on your porch and the pickup team will pick it up between 9am-11am. Donated items will be split between the Worthington Food Pantry and St. Michael church to be distributed to those in need.

We are in need of all kinds of canned and dry foods, as well as personal hygiene items:

  • Canned fruits & vegetables
  • Grains (rice, cereal, oatmeal) and pasta
  • Canned soups, stews
  • Boxed foods & meal kits (mac & cheese, meal helpers, flavored rice/pasta sides, etc)
  • Dairy (shelf-stable & canned milk)
  • Proteins (peanut butter, canned meats)
  • Miscellaneous & condiments (ketchup, mustard, jam/jelly, oils, baking items, etc)
  • Personal items: bar soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, detergents, toilet paper, feminine hygiene items, tissues, baby items (diapers, wipes), etc
  • Baby food
  • Pet food

Let’s show our spirit of generosity!

(on a related note, if you keep food on your porch that you don’t intend to donate, please move it for today :) )

CHCA 2013 Election Results!

We had a nice turnout for our CHCA meeting & elections on Tuesday. After a tough campaign season for our candidates, here are the 2013 CHCA election results (100% of districts reporting):

  • President: Julie Smyth
  • 1st Vice President: Leo Kowalyk
  • 2nd Vice President: Jenny Kendall
  • Secretary: Kelly Jaeger
  • Treasurer: Kelly Calhoon
  • Courier: Eliza Thrush
  • Webmaster: Leo Kowalyk

Julie Smyth (President) also had these kind words for outgoing Treasurer John Drago: “A special thank-you to outgoing treasurer John Drago. John’s professional and pleasant contributions to the Civic Association these past two terms will be missed. Thanks for your hard work, John! Hopefully, you’ll stop by and see us sometimes.” Thanks from all of us John, and best wishes!

And good luck to our CHCA officers for 2013-2014!

CHCA Elections 2013

CHCA officer elections will occur at our meeting on Tuesday, Nov 12, 7:30pm @ Selby Shelterhouse. All residents of Colonial Hills are welcome (encouraged!) to run.

All positions are up for election: President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Our biggest needs this year are a new Treasurer and a 2nd Vice-President, since nobody has declared their intention to run for those yet.

All positions are for 1-year terms. Officers are responsible to attend the once-per-month CHCA meetings, held the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:30pm. Plus each officer is responsible for doing (or finding someone to do!) the following duties:

  • President: Lead monthly meetings. Secure chairpersons for each CHCA event. Recruit sponsors for Courier and events. Edit/publish Courier.
  • Vice-President: Administer this website. Coordinate the 4th of July celebration. Assist in editing / publishing Courier.
  • Treasurer: control and report on CHCA finances.
  • Secretary: record and report meeting minutes.

We currently have incumbents running for President (Julie Smyth) and Secretary (Kelly Jaeger). For Vice-President Leo Kowalyk has declared an interest running; we are looking to elect two VP’s this year since Leo’s work situation may require him to move in the upcoming year. As mentioned above, the Treasurer position is wide open, since the current Treasurer (John Drago) is unable to serve again. We welcome candidates for any and all positions!

I hope you will consider running– the CHCA does a lot for our neighborhood, but it is only through the work of our officers and everyone else who helps out through the year.

I look forward to seeing some new faces at the meeting on Tuesday, ready to run for office and help the CHCA keep moving forward!

November 2013 Courier

The November 2013 edition of the Colonial Hills Courier is out! This month’s Courier contains information about:

  • CHCA elections to be held at the upcoming CHCA meeting on Nov 12
  • Upcoming CHCA events: Food Drive, Luminary making & lighting, Holiday Party
  • Colonial Hills elementary school news: recap of walkathon, pancake breakfast on Nov 2, cross-country meets for elementary school children
  • Available baby, pet, and house-sitters in the neighborhood (book now for your upcoming holiday plans!)
  • City of Worthington’s new CodeRED Emergency Notification System
  • Details about the CHCA Annual Food Drive in November
  • Business sponsors / advertisers

Sorry, no silly jokes this month!

Trustees will be distributing the Courier door-to-door the first week of November. It is also available electronically in the Courier section of this website.

Have a great November!

October 2013 Courier

The October 2013 edition of the Colonial Hills Courier is out! Please give it a read to learn more about:

  • Upcoming CHCA events: Halloween Party (10/27), Food Drive (11/16), and Holiday Party (12/08)
  • City of Worthington October events
  • Colonial Hills elementary school news
  • Opportunities to help out with upcoming CHCA events (FYI, we already have people chairing these events, we just need people to help!)
  • Available baby, pet, and house-sitters in the neighborhood
  • Nearby construction projects and road closures
  • Colonial Hills Blockwatch
  • CHCA elections to occur in November
  • Business sponsors / advertisers
  • Silly Halloween jokes!

Trustees are distributing the Courier door-to-door this week; it is also available electronically in the Courier section of this website.

Have a great October!

July 4th 2013 Race Results

The official results from Thursday’s race are in!

New! Photos

Neighborhood Garage Sale June 15

Participate in our annual Neighborhood Garage Sale:

  1. Submit a Garage Sale Permit Form to the Worthington City Clerk, 6550 North High Street (City Hall).
  2. Let Rachael Dorothy know what you are featuring for sale so she can put you on the map. rachaeldorothy@gmail.com, 614-406-6391 by June 7th.
  3. On the day of the sale, pick up a map at the Selby Park Shelter House to find the location of all the goodies!