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Gladwyne Civic Changes Leadership

Karen Aydt led the neighborhood group for four years.

Gladwyne Civic Association President Karen Aydt presided over her final session Tuesday night—the group's annual meeting at the Waverly Heights senior community—and received several statements of praise and enthusiastic rounds of applause as she handed over the reins to Robert Foulk Jr. after four consecutive one-year terms.

Aydt told the audience of well over 100 people that she would remain involved in the association as a director, helping represent Gladwyne residents' and businesses' interests in a variety of scenarios.

"What I've learned is, no one really knows they need a civic until you have an issue," Aydt said. "Together, we (in the civic) come up with ideas and solutions."

Lower Merion Commissioner Scott Zelov joked that it seemed Aydt had been civic president for 15 years, rather than 4. Fellow commissioner Dan Bernheim attested that Aydt invested significantly more time into her duties than the average civic president.

Foulk, the new president, also praised Aydt's leadership. The father of five said he grew up in Gladwyne and graduated from Harriton High School; he has spent six years as a civic director and two years as a vice president.

Also at Tuesday's meeting:

  • Treasurer Mickey Shumway issued the annual financial report. It showed $20,962.28 in receipts and $20,647.63 in expenses in the year ending Sept. 30.
    The association reduced expenses almost $5,000 from year to year, mostly by cutting down on printing and mailing costs, the report showed. Its bank account has more than $22,000.
    "We're in a healthy situation, but we need you to be a member," Shumway told the audience. Memberships cost as little as $20 a year.
  • This year's $1,000 scholarship winner, Hannah Cooper, was introduced. Cooper, a Harriton senior in the midst of applying to colleges, thanked the association for the financial help. In her application for the scholarship, she described her desire to become a clinical psychologist and help curb online bullying among teens.

Check back later in the week for more Patch reporting from the Gladwyne Civic Association meeting.

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