More than 120 Reservoir Hill residents, partners from Central West Baltimore organizations and city agencies, and political leaders including State Delegates Barbara Robinson and Antonio Hayes, City Council President Jack Young, City Councilman Nick Mosby, and Councilman-Elect Leon Pinkett, came to celebrate another year of exciting work in Reservoir Hill at RHIC's Annual Meeting, held on Monday, November 14 at Beth Am Synagogue. Attendees reconnected with old friends, learned about various efforts of RHIC and its partners, enjoyed food catered by Liam Flynn's Ale House, and heard poetry by contest winners from the the Baltimore Poetry Society's competition at the Whitelock Harvest Festival in October.
City Councilman Nick Mosby, who always reminds Reservoir Hill that he is not only their Councilman, but also a neighbor, received a standing ovation after his final neighborhood speech as our Councilman.
Neighborhood residents Eric and Rebekah Rose Cherryhill opened the night with a wonderful performance.
Long time board member Trudy Robinson, and State Delegate Barbara Robinson (no relation) were excited to see each other!
Ms. Juanita can't help but look at the camera.
Anthony Pressley of Druid Heights CDC is also the President of the Baltimore Poets Society. He read a poem of his own, and introduced the winners of October's competition, including Reservoir Hill resident Wykeem Franklin.
Area youth from Jubilee Arts displayed their mosaic pots and address placards, as well as t-shirts they designed, which they sell to support their programming.
Former RHIC Organizer Frank Patinella is now a Senior Advocate with the ACLU of Maryland's Education Reform Project, as well as co-chair of the Baltimore Education Coalition. Frank spoke of the importance of education and Reservoir Hill's new school, the power of Reservoir Hill residents, and thanked political leaders for their continued efforts in supporting Baltimore City youth.
Chateau Apartment resident Wykeem Franklin read a powerful poem to a captivated crowd.
RHIC board members - (left to right) Don Akchin, Michael Felner, Alan Pressman, Jonathan Bettle, Joyce Richardson, Trudy Robinson, Joel White, Wendall Holmes, Randi Woods, Ruthie Wilder, Chrystal Harris, Reverend Dr. Karen Brown, and Pamela Patterson
Don Akchin received this year's Lenora Hewitt Award, which recognized his commitment to building connections across cultures in Reservoir Hill, through his work as a board member at RHIC, board chair of In For Of, and as a Beth Am congregant.