DENVER â€“ The East Lincoln Betterment Association has established its new officers for the 2005-2006 year.
Peter Browne, a Denver resident and past vice-president of ELBA, has taken the position of president for a two-year term.
He takes over from Greg Coffey who was co-president for two years with Celeste Renaldo and president for two years.
A plaque was presented to Coffey at the ELBA meeting held on Jan. 11 in appreciation of his dedicated community service.
â€œYour energy has been very successful in making things happen,â€ Browne told Coffey.
Browne takes on the role of president with excitement for the new year.
â€œWe will continue in the areas of progress,â€ he said.
Some of his goals for 2005 include increasing communication and education on issues affecting east Lincoln, continuing to offer social and recreational opportunities and lobbying for road and other infrastructure improvements.
Browne is the owner of the UPS Store in Denver. He has been involved with ELBA since 1996 and was vice-president for a year.
He publishes the ELBA newsletter and was on the board of directors for two years.
Browne is also a member of the Denver Lake Norman Rotary Club and is the founding member and treasurer of the East Lincoln Political Action Committee (ELPAC).
He retired from First Union as the Senior Vice President of Information Security. He also held positions with Motorola and General Electric and has led several consulting organizations.
Lester Poole, who lives in Denver, will serve as vice-president for one year. Other new board members include Diane Hagens, Susanne Sellers, Joe DiPento, Jack LaPointe and Wayne Vinzant.
Current board members are Mary Harris, secretary, Liz Craig, treasurer, Patsy Black, board member and Todd Wulfhorst, board member.
All terms are two years except for DiPento who is serving one year.
The next general meeting of ELBA will be held on March 8. The topic of discussion will be highway/traffic needs and solutions. An update will be given on N.C. 16 and N.C. 73. Governor Easley has been asked to come and speak.
by Amy Wadsworth