DINA makes changes to increase resident involvement
In hopes of increased resident participation, the Daniel Island Neighborhood Association (DINA) recently announced an amendment to the organization’s by-laws to reduce the number of required meetings a year from six to four.
“As we looked at our fellow neighborhood associations in the City of Charleston’s Neighborhood Council who have very high membership and participation rates, we discovered they do fewer meetings per year and their meetings are earlier in the evening,” said DINA president Marie Delcioppo. “With our goals of increasing membership, participation and attendance at meetings, we felt it in our best interest to learn from the success of others and have our neighborhood association use some their best practices.”
Along with the change in the number of annual meetings, comes a change in meeting time as well, according to a recent DINA newsletter. For 2018, all meetings will be held at The Church of the Holy Cross on the corner of Seven Farms Drive and Daniel Island Drive from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
“[There will be] a ‘Meet Your Neighbors,’ serving snacks and refreshments from 6 to 6:30, and the meeting from 6:30 to 7:30,” the newsletter states. “…We are working on the agenda for the February meetings now, and know one thing for sure: We will be introducing our 2018 Board members!”
Although many on the island do not realize they can be a part of DINA, Delcioppo explained that all residents of Daniel Island are eligible to participate. All one needs to do is pay an annual fee of just $10.
“Every single resident of Daniel Island is a part of the Daniel Island Neighborhood Association,” said Delcioppo. “We’ve realized that many of our residents who rent or live on the (Daniel Island) Park side do not realize DINA is here for them as well. As we work to improve our communication and increase the outlets through which we communicate, our hope is that more residents will recognize the value DINA adds, want to join DINA and vote for our various initiatives and elections and, ultimately, volunteer for any one of our committees or even run for a board position.”
With participation, residents will gain insight on important happenings within the community, county and city while also having a chance to make their voices heard, added Delcioppo.
“Our purpose is to act as a liaison between all residents and the city and county,” she said. “We communicate information from our governments and strive to keep you informed on significant developments affecting Daniel Island. We also do the reverse and communicate the interests of residents to Berkeley County and the City of Charleston. Our mission is to be a civic voice and to foster a sense of community and cooperation for Daniel Island and all its residents. The strength of DINA rests on the commitment of its membership. Together, we can speak with a louder voice to accomplish more for our community.”
If interested in learning more, to join or to sign up for the organization’s email list, visit dineighborhoodassociation.org. For the most up-to-date information, follow DINA on Facebook and Instagram. The next DINA meeting will be held on Feb. 6.