The Brooktondale Community Center: a vibrant social center for more than six decades
The BCC is situated in the hamlet of Brooktondale, NY, near Cornell University and Ithaca College in the heart of New York’s Finger Lakes region. It serves residents of the hamlet as well as residents of the surrounding Town of Caroline. It hosts many volunteer-led social, recreational, educational, and charitable activities, including a Youth Summer Camp, twice monthly Food Pantries, a Farmers Market, the monthly Caroline Seniors lunch, AA meetings, sewing and quilting days, exercise classes, and so forth.
The Center has two indoor facilities, each with its own kitchen and meeting rooms, and a new outdoor Pavilion. In the main building, a large multi-purpose space hosts occasional town meetings as well as indoor recreational events like table tennis, Wii, and community movies. Outside, the BCC hosts a weekly Farmers Market in the summer under the pavilion, while children play on our updated and improved playground. The BCC also has a regulation-sized asphalt-covered basketball court, and a community-maintained perennial garden area.
If you’re interested in using the community center for your own gathering, please consult the link for “rentals.”
Annual Meeting January 25, 2020
Please join us on Saturday January 25th at the Brooktondale Old Fire Hall for the BCC annual potluck (6 pm) and meeting (7 pm). The BCC will provide lasagna from Brookton’s Market and attendees are encouraged to bring a dish to pass.
The Bylaws of the Brooktondale Community Center Corporation specify a particular “Order of business” to be followed at all Annual Meetings of the Corporation, as well as other details (below). The main purpose of this meeting, however, will be to elect new board members to fill open seats. These include the seat recently occupied by Carol Barra, the seat occupied by Matt Velasco, who wishes to retire, the seat occupied by Barbara Perrone, who wishes to step back to only serving on committees, and the seat
occupied by Emily Adams, who is willing to run again.
A. Introduction of continuing and departing members of Board of Directors.
B. Roll call of Officers.
C. Report of the Chair or Co-Chairs.
D. Report of the Treasurer, including a presentation of the Annual Financial Report.
E. Report of the Secretary.
F. Reports of Committees of the Board.
G. Reports of Committees of the Corporation.
H. New Business.
I. Concerns of the Community.
J. Report on new Members approved by the Board per Article 1 Section 3.
K. Election of Directors.
The procedure for the election of new Directors at the Annual Meeting is based on Article III of the Bylaws.
New Directors will be elected by means of a paper ballot with which all Members in attendance will be asked to vote on nominees presented by the Nominating Committee. They may cast votes for those nominees only. (Instead of nominations from the floor or write-in candidates, the Bylaws provide for “voluntary” nominations, as explained below.) For a nominee to be elected to the Board of Directors, he or she must receive a YES vote from a majority of voters. If there are more nominees than vacancies on the Board, the nominees receiving the most YES votes will be declared Directors. In the event of a tie, voters will be asked to choose from among the tied candidates.
Elected nominees will serve as Directors for three years, from January 2020 to January 2023. Anyone 18 years old or older residing in the Town of Caroline or within a three-mile radius of the Brooktondale Community Center, 526 Valley Road in Brooktondale, is considered a Member of the Corporation and entitled to vote. In keeping with provisions of the Bylaws, the Nominating Committee will also present “voluntary” or self-nominated candidates who have informed it, in writing or by email, of their willingness to serve three-year terms. Such a notice along with a biographical sketch must be received by the
Committee at least a week before the Annual Meeting – that is, by January 15th for the meeting on January 25th.
Community Photos Wanted! If you have photos of Caroline community events, particularly those associated with the BCC, or scenes of historical interest, or perhaps simply a beautiful sunset over Caroline’s rolling hills, we would be happy to display them on a rotating basis in the blank space on the bottom of this webpage! Please email them as an attachment of 5 MB or less to BrooktondaleCCBoard@googlegroups.com