What is DECA?- Dresden East Civic Association – DECA – is a nonprofit Civic Association created to preserve and enhance our neighborhoods. We are guided in our work by overall community interests dedicated to maintaining and improving the quality of life for residents in the DECA neighborhoods and surrounding areas.
For anyone who has a desire to volunteer and improve our neighborhoods, I am posting this plea of sorts for you to get involved in DECA. We are not a homeowners association with rules for what you can and can't do with your property, but an organization dedicated to improving our community through volunteer efforts, civic engagement, and social events. I've served on the board for the past 4 years (the last 2 as president) and won't be continuing on next year due to other commitments. There are a number of other spots opening up on the board as well. So this presents an opportunity for others in our area who are excited about making a difference for the better to get involved.
You may have heard of DECA or seen our quarterly newsletter on your mailbox and thought, "What the h*ll do they even do?" In response, here's a quick list of some of the things we've accomplished the past couple of years: 1) Supported Dresden Elementary school by donating funds for classroom projects, and most recently by acting as the catalyst to form an Education Foundation dedicated specifically to working on school improvements (higher school ratings = increased property values); 2) worked with local officials on a variety of initiatives, including hosting a city council candidate forum, coordinating meetings with DeKalb Fire Rescue and Chamblee PD on emergency response plans for extraordinary events, hosted GDOT representatives to discuss traffic concerns and remediation plans for the area, etc. 3) encouraged a traffic study via Chamblee City Council for main roads in some of our neighborhoods to determine how to improve safety; 4) worked with other Chamblee orgs to sponsor area "clean-up" events, including Dresden Park and Plaster Road; 5) worked with Chamblee City Council members to implement an improvement plan for Plaster Road including more/brighter street lights, upcoming trash can installations, sidewalk improvements, etc. 6) sponsored annual social events like the DECA picnic and National Night Out events; and the list goes on... (sorry to bore you, but we do quite a bit.)
Please consider getting involved. All board positions are open for the 2017 year, including President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and neighborhood representatives to ensure your neighborhood's voice is well represented on the DECA board. Role descriptions and responsibilities can be found on this website, in the bylaws section under "About Us." Thanks for your support!
If you haven't yet, please join or renew your membership for 2016 so we can continue to improve our neighborhoods. Your $20 Annual Membership Dues helps us:
*Neighborhood Watch programs and National Night Out Against Crime events
*Social events like the annual DECA Picnic
*Fundraisers for local non-profits
*Cleanup events in our neighborhoods and at Dresden Park
*Education programs for residents with Chamblee officials, including police and public works
*Messages with a unified voice for city, county and state officials on issues affecting our neighborhoods
Please contact me, or one of the other DECA representatives, if you have questions or would like more information. Renew or join today! Thank you so much!
Dresden East Civic Association