MACC Vice President Opening

The Morningside Area Community Council is accepting nominations for the July slate to serve out the 2014 term of Vice President of MACC. Given MACC’s summer meeting schedule, the nominee would serve during the last four General Meetings of this year (September – December 2014). The regularly scheduled VP election will occur in December for the 2015-2016 term.

Duties of the VP include assuming the duties of the President in his or her absence, maintaining and upholding the bylaws, and acting as final authority in all matters dealing with parliamentary

All interested parties can email Ira Mabel at to have their names included on the slate.

The Executive Committee would like to thank Ben Kelley for serving as interim Vice President until the next VP is elected.

MACC Secretary Opening

The Morningside Area Community Council is now accepting names for the April slate to serve out the 2014 and 2015 term of Secretary of MACC. All interested parties can email Garrett Cooper at to have their names included on the slate.

Duties include taking minutes of each meeting, and reporting those minutes within 10 days of the completion of each MACC meeting. Also, working with the President and Vice President to prepare an agenda for each meeting, and sending agenda to the communications committee 5 business days prior to the next meeting.

August MACC Meeting: Potluck & Barbecue

The Morningside Area Community Council invites you to a potluck dinner and barbecue during their monthly meeting at the Morningside VFW. The main course will include barbecued pork, ribs, and chicken and is generously being donated by a fellow MACC Member. The meeting is open to the community and we invite anyone in attendance to bring a side dish or dessert of their choice to share. If you haven’t attended a council meeting before, join us as we celebrate good food and good neighbors. Please e-mail Jared Delaney ( if you plan to attend along with any sides you would like to bring.
WHEN: Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 7:00PM
WHERE: Morningside VFW – 1820 Morningside Ave.

MACC Leadership Changes and Committee Vacancy

Leadership Changes

Thank you to our outgoing board members Nan Pischke, past Treasurer, and John Santore, past Vice President. They have generously given their time and talents to the MACC Executive Board for the past four years. Their involvement has helped to make MACC the stable, strong organization that it is today. Thank you, Nan and John!

Introducing our newly elected Board Members:

Garrett Cooper, Vice President

Garrett lives on Bishop Street and works at the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management. Garrett said, “I wanted to join the MACC Board because I have experience serving on, and working with, non- profit boards and organizations, and can’t think of a better way to apply my time and talent than assisting friends and neighbors in making Morningside an even better place to live.”

Jared Delaney, Treasurer

Jared is a resident of the 1600 block of Duffield Street and works at PNC Bank in Treasury Management. Jared likes “living in Morn- ingside because it’s a great little neighborhood located in the middle of everything, maintaining its own identity, and still flying under the radar.”

Committee Vacancy

The Beautification & Greening Chair is responsible for organizing tree plantings and maintenance, litter pick-ups, park beautification, and other small duties. If anyone is interested in learning more about this position or wants to volunteer, please contact MACC President Grant Ervin at 412-445-1564 or

MACC Elections

2012 MACC elections will be being held at the December 5th meeting. The open positions are for Vice President and Treasurer, and the term is 2 years. To be eligible to vote, you must be a paid member of MACC 90 days prior to the election.  Nominations can be made up until the actual vote. Anyone wanting to submit a nomination ahead of time is welcome to contact John Santore.

MACC Ride Sharing Transportation Survey

In response to concerns within Morningside about the loss of weekend transit service, the Morningside Area Community Council (MACC) is trying to understand what the real needs are for neighbors who do not have access to weekend transportation.  Through this survey, we hope to know what types of trips are taken and needed, where people are going, and whether they would support a service – for a small fee – that connects them to transit in Highland Park or at the Busway.  Please note that MACC is not currently undertaking any ride sharing program, but is trying to gauge the demand for such a program if it did decide to start one.

Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey, and also, please share it with your neighbors.  It will better help MACC determine what kind of a ride sharing solution, if any, can be found.  Also, we have paper copies if you would like to share those with others or would prefer one yourself.  Please contact us for paper copies. Thanking you in advance for your time.


 Chris Sandvig,

Secretary of MACC

Morningside Strategic Planning Retreat

Developing a good game plan is a key to any successful team. Recognizing your challenges, building from your strengths and using your resources wisely are critical components to such a plan.

On January 14th from 9am-2pm in the St. Raphael School Multipurpose Room (1154 Chislett Street), MACC will hosted its fifth annual open strategic planning session. Attendees will identify past successes and areas where improvements are needed and will begin to chart a course to tackle these challenges. We hope you can join us as we continue to support and shape our neighborhood.

What Will 2011 Bring? You Decide.

Dear Neighbors,
Developing a good game plan is a key to any successful team. Recognizing your challenges, building from your strengths and using your resources wisely are critical components to such a plan.

On January 8th, MACC hosted its fourth annual strategic planning session. Attendees took the opportunity to recognize achievements over the last year, things like developing the communications and membership plan, installing new welcome signs and working with our neighbors in Stanton Heights to preserve over forty acres of wooded hillside by implementing the creation of the Allegheny Greenway. While it’s fun to think about the positives, attendees also identified areas where improvements are needed and began to chart a course to tackle these challenges.

Participants separated into two groups. Group one focused on building on success in the business district. Meanwhile, group two concentrated on connecting residents through events and activities. Both teams developed creative ideas and action plans to achieve their identified goals.

Please take a look at the MACC Strategic Plan.  Let us know if you have any suggestions or issues that you would like to include. If you see something of interest and would like to lend a hand please contact us. As playwright John Heywood said, “Many hands make light the work.”  Here is to a successful 2011.

Grant Ervin
MACC President

MACC Strategic Plan 2011

The 2011 MACC Strategic Planning Retreat was well attended and the level of participation lead to some great discussions on the past year’s challenges and achievements, and the goals and objectives for MACC in the coming year.  Areas of focus for 2011 will include Events, Communication, the Business District and Transportation.  Please review the MACC Strategic Plan 2011 draft for more details.

Strategic Planning Retreat

The annual MACC Strategic Planning Retreat is Saturday, January 8th, from 10am-2pm at the St. Raphael’s Multipurpose Room.  The retreat is open to all and we welcome creative participation from our community and stakeholders. Coffee will be provided and pizza will be ordered for lunch lunch. Snacks and goodies are encouraged 🙂


  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Framing the Day
  • Setting the Community in Context – Council Patrick Dowd
  • Review of 2010 Accomplishments
  • Setting Goals, Developing Priorities, Identifying Activities, Assigning Responsibilities
  • Spreading the Word: Print and Electronic Newsletter Calendar and Social Media Guide
  • Building a Budget
  • Fundraising Goals and Opportunities