Committee Descriptions with Chairs & Directors
Cultural and Social Programming/Development
Directors: Cary Anderson, Bruce Eisenberg, Renee Hill, Harriet Lam, Frances Quinn, Dave Rutzel
Develop and promote cultural programs for the community and for dedicated Board of Director events including the annual meeting. Maintain relationships and collaborate with the educational institutions in the community such as the local public and private schools, universities and the Barnes Foundation. The Committee organizes the Annual Flag Day Concert held at the Merion Tribute House. The committee is also responsible for planning fund-raising events for the civic association.
Land Use, Zoning and Community Relations
Chair: Leslie Greenberg
Directors: Brian Gordon, Scott Kalner, Robert Marmon, Kevin Murphy, George Ross
Monitor proposed land development projects in the community and associated zoning issues. Attend and participate in hearings by the Lower Merion Board of Commissioners, the Lower Merion Planning Commission and the Zoning Hearing Board and various Township planning and legislative workshops. Maintain contact with local media concerning activities and issues of interest to the Civic Association.
Chair: Dave Rutzel
Treasurer: Robert Marmon
Directors: Bruce Eisenberg, Scott Feuer, Scott Kalner, Frances Quinn, Kevin Murphy
Prepare the yearly budget; recommend investments; recommend changes; and oversee financial transactions.
Directors: Scott Feuer, Brian Gordon, Scott Kalner, Harriet Lam, Adena Potok, Frances Quinn, George Ross, Michael Seiden
Maintain liaison with the Lower Merion Historical Society, Lower Merion Conservancy and the Lower Merion Township Historical Commission and promote the history of Merion. The History Committee organizes guided walks and tours around the neighborhood to focus on a particular aspect of Merion’s rich heritage. Continue dialogue with neighbors and the Lower Merion Conservancy on the development of an historic architectural district.
Chair: Renee Hill and Kevin Murphy
Directors: Michael Seiden
Welcome new residents and promote community participation in the Civic Association.
Chair: Michael Seiden
Directors: Scott Feuer, Scott Kalner
Members: Helen Guy
Publish the biannual newsletter and maintain and update the Civic Association website, www.merioncivic.org.
Chair: Scott Kalner
Directors: Bruce Eisenberg, Scott Feuer, Kevin Murphy, Francis Quinn
Select and present nominees for election to the Board of Directors and the Executive Board. Members of this committee must be past presidents.
Train Station/Post Office and Grounds
Chair: Scott Feuer
Directors: Carol Lavoritano, Frances Quinn
Assist in the maintenance and beautification of the Merion train station and surrounding landscape. Maintain liaison with SEPTA, Amtrak and Lower Merion Township. Collaborate with the Merion Botanical Society on the development and maintenance of the park adjacent to the train station.
Streets, Lights & Traffic
Chair: Renee Hill
Directors: Robert Marmon
Identify and collect information from neighbors on poor street conditions, parking and traffic issues and street light outages for reporting to the Township for remedial action.
Merion Community Coalition/Saint Joseph's University Ad Hoc Committee
Chair: Tami Fratis
Directors: Leslie Greenberg, Scott Kalner, Michael Seiden
In conjunction with the Merion Community Coalition, meet on a regular basis with representatives of Saint Joseph’s University to address issues related to construction and operations on the Maguire Campus and associated external effects on the surrounding community.
Barnes Foundation Ad Hoc Committee
Chair: Scott Feuer
Directors: Dave Rutzel
Provide continuing dialogue with Barnes for updates on developments on its Merion campus.
By-Laws Review Ad Hoc Committee
Chair: Leslie Greeenberg
Directors: Scott Kalner
Members: Bill KatzEx-Officio: Michael Seiden
Review the current by-laws, research the by-laws of other civic associations and related non-profit groups and develop proposed changes to the by-laws to improve MCA’s operating efficiency.