Role of the SWNA Single Member District Representative

Founded in 1964, the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly (the Assembly) is the local civic organization in Near Southwest Washington, DC (zip code 20024). Governed by by-laws and an elected board president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and eight single member district representatives (SMD), its mission is to improve the quality of life for its more than 12,000 residents. The Assembly consists of The Southwester, Youth Activities Task Force, Education Task Force (formerly Scholarship Committee), History Task Force, Technology Task Force and the Emergency Preparedness Task Force. Board members serve for two years; Task Force Chairpersons are appointed by and serve at the pleasure of its members with board approval. Annual Reports on the Assembly and its activities can be found on the SWNA website.

The Assembly’s Board currently meets monthly on the first Monday at 7:00 pm at the Assembly’s Office located at Waterfront Station, 1101 Fourth Street, SW, Suite W110, Washington, DC 20024, unless it’s a holiday. Rescheduled board dates are agreed upon by the Board and announced in advance. Board members are expected to attend all Board meetings unless excused for emergencies, travel or work-related reasons. Attendance and participation in Board meetings are crucial to both the overall success of the Assembly as well as a member’s role as a District Representative. SMD Representatives missing three Board meetings will be automatically requested to tender their resignation.

Normally, the Assembly holds monthly community forums/meetings on the fourth Monday (except in July, August and December) at 7:00 pm in designated locations in Southwest to discuss topics of interest and concern to the community-at-large. Advance forum/meeting notices are sent via an Eblast from SWNA.  SMD Representatives are expected to attend the monthly forums/ meetings and bring issues or topics of concern to the attention of the Board so that they can be considered for discussion.

In addition to attending Board and monthly forum/community meetings, SMD Representatives are expected to:
1.   Work collaboratively with other Board members to ensure that the Assembly’s mission is achieved;
2.  Consult with constituents and formally report on or bring issues and topics of concern to the attention of the Board;
3.  Disseminate information, notices, and announcements on upcoming meetings and events to constituents and encourage their attendance and participation.
4.  Assist in identifying grants or funding opportunities for the Assembly;
5.  Submit articles or information of importance to The Southwester; and
6.  Serve on or actively support the task forces.

The Assembly’s Elections are held every two years on a designated Saturday in March outside of the Safeway. The next elections will be in March 2017. Individuals interested in running for a position should submit a bio of 100 words or less by the designated deadline for inclusion in The Southwester and send it to the editor@southwester.com.

For more information on the elections or the role of SMD Representatives, please email SWNA President Bruce Levine or Board member Thelma Jones