Commitment To Our Community

Wishes for a Happy Holiday season!

It is with great pride, humility, and excitement that I am sending this communication. As the new incoming President of the Old Oaks Civic Association, I just want to say thank you to all who participated in our voting process! This is a position that I will take seriously and I am sincerely excited to work with our other Board members and all of you as our residents in Old Oaks to accomplish important work for our community. Please know that I am a collaborator and feel it “takes a village” to accomplish goals and to “get the job done.” Over the next month, we are hoping to arrange some transition time so that we can all gain a better understanding of our new roles and responsibilities, as well as discuss how we can begin to put together a plan for our work, in cooperation with other Old Oaks residents. I look forward to continuing to serve our community!

Warmest regards,

Geno Smith


Election Results | Next Meeting

Hi Neighbors,
Old Oaks officer elections were held this past Monday.  David Gray, Mike Herman and Latricia Sparks ran the elections and counted the ballots after the meeting.  Please see below for outcomes of the election.

Please thank our out going officers and welcome the new officers at the OOCA Holiday Potluck Meeting on Monday, December 8th.   As a reminder, every December we hold a holiday potluck at a neighbor’s house in place of our usual monthly meeting.  We each bring a dish to share and a $15 gift if you would like to play the white elephant game.  The game is not required – just a fun way to spend an evening with neighbors.  This year the evening will be held at David Fawcett and Wayne Lafaber’s house.   It will be on Monday, December 8th.  I will send another reminder email with their address as the date gets closer.

Old Oaks Election Results:
President:  Geno Smith
Vice President:  Molly Hogue
Recording Secretary:  Jim Cotman
Corresponding Secretary:  Courtney Rowland
Treasurer:  Belinda Morgan
Fundraising Chair:  David Gray
Sargeant At Arms:  Michael Herman
Chaplin:  Keith Early

Thanks to everyone for all that you do to make Old Oaks a better place for each of us to live!
Have a great ending to the week!


Pumpkins are a comin’

Yes friends, it is that time AGAIN!

Come and get your pumpkins, whether for chunkin’ or for your munchkins! Create that beautiful fall display that makes us think of hot apple cider and the colors of our beautiful streets as our majestic trees show off their autumnal glory!

Mark your calendars now!

Date:  Saturday, October 18, 2014

Time:  9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Location:  On the boulevard at the intersection of Newton Avenue and Wilson Avenue.

See you there!



This is just a friendly reminder that we will be having our monthly meeting tonight, Monday, September 8, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the HRSJ Building on Ohio Avenue!…We hope to see you there!!



We want to see you all at the home of Brian Scarpino and Kevin Davis at 1232 Livingston Avenue this week for our final Wednesdays on the Porch of the season.  It has been an amazing season, and we are looking forward to many more events to bring our community together in the near future.  Stay tuned and be sure to get connected to our Facebook page Old Oaks Civic Association for pictures and updates on events!!


It’s time to connect!

Hello Old Oaks Neighbors!

We are going to begin holding our regularly scheduled monthly meeting again which is on the second Monday of every month.  The meeting will be held from 7-8 pm.  It will be held in our usual location which is at the Saint John’s Learning Center next to St. John’s Church on Ohio Avenue.

If you have any questions regarding the next meeting or information included in this email please do not reply to this email as everyone on the listserve will receive your response.   We are trying to be mindful of how much email is generated so that no one feels overwhelmed.  Instead, please send an email directly to:



Old Oaks does it again!

…and in the blink of an eye, our annual wine event has come and gone, and with great success! Once again the community of Old Oaks shows that we all know how to PARTY! Sincere thanks to all of our hosts, runners, shoppers, planners, bakers, and attendees. Without each and every one of you, such an evening just could not happen. That is part of what makes this community so amazing! From the first timers to the long timers, the reaction seemed to be that of all having a great time! The committee met for several hours on Sunday to process and discuss not only their perspectives and experiences, but those opinions that were shared by guests from outside of our neighborhood. Many notes were taken so that lessons learned would not be forgotten. Please, please, PLEASE, feel free to chime in here on this thread, or through an email, however you’d like to communicate your thoughts and ideas about the evening. The feedback is taken seriously, and it is always best to process while things are fresh in your heads and hearts. Once again, a sincere, heartfelt thanks to any and all who played a role in making the evening possible!!…WAY TO GO!!!!


Wine tasting approacheth…

This Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.

Tour starts at La Maison de Shoppe, 725 Wilson Avenue, Cols, 43205!

Yes, your travel agent is sending out one more confirmation for your upcoming itinerary for your tour of world all in one evening in the historic district of Old Oaks!

Our gracious hosts will have you experiencing different sights, sounds, flavors, and frivolity from all around the globe.  This spectacular event is not limited to residents of Old Oaks.  Bring anyone who you feel would love an evening of entertainment, filled with wine, food, laughter, fellowship, and the open arms of our wonderful welcoming community!  Everyone should experience what makes Old Oaks the special place that it is!

From France, to California, back across the Atlantic to Italy, then crossing the Equator to the beautiful South American culture, this evening promises to deliver!  Open your minds and imagination and join us as we jump around our planet all within walking distance…

Please contact Geno Smith at (614) 266-6326 or at if you have any additional questions!



WOW…Wines Of the World!!…you’ll be there!

Close your eyes!…Imagine traveling the ocean and countryside all in one evening!…As you close your eyes, imagine the sight and smell of the fresh baked Brie, and Feta-cheese covered olives in hazelnuts, the californian hummus with guacamole, jalepeno, and tahini and we certainly cannot forget the mexican chicken roll-ups, the Argentinian meat empanadas, and the caprese skewers with tomato, mozzarella, fresh basil, melon, prossiuto, and mint!….YES….these are just a few of the food and fare that are being planned as a part of this years “Wines of the World” event for Old Oaks!  Invite friends, family, co-workers, anyone you know who may enjoy an evening of wine, food, and fun!!….and hey, as is typical of Old Oaks fashion, there WILL be some surprises!!!…Brush up on your pop culture trivia, or just put that different, frosted lipstick item in your purse or man bag or that “hmmm….will this be useful tonight?” item in your pocket!!..We are “Let’s Make A Dealing” it all night long with great prizes and loads of fun!!…August 2, 2014, starting at 5:00 p.m….we hope to see you there!!…$20 is the price for all of the food and drink you can enjoy for the evening….Please contact Geno Smith with any questions!…, or (614) 266-6326!…I am here to help!!…You WON’T want to miss this event!!


In Just About 2 Weeks…

…you will be whisked away to different countries all right here in our Old Oaks community!  Our “Wines of the World” wine tasting event is coming up on Saturday, August 2, 2014!  Save that date and invite your friends, family, and co-workers to an evening filled with all of the food, wine, beverages and fun that you can handle for the cost of $20.00 per person!

Only in our community can you experience the fun and frivolity of France, the carefree craziness of California, the tantalizing tastes of Tuscany, and the sensual sights and sounds of South America all within one block of one another!

This will be an evening that you won’t want to miss!  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Geno Smith at (614) 266-6326 or via email at

RSVP’ing is not necessary, but is appreciated for planning purposes.  You can pay at the door, and our tour will begin PROMPTLY at 5:00 p.m. at 725 Wilson Avenue.  Bring your wine glass and we will be sure to keep it full!