Clark joined by 2 newcomers on OWN board

       Incumbent Welling Clark will stay on the Organization of Westside Neighbors (OWN) board of directors, joined by new members Bob Keating and Joel Beck.

Incumbent President Welling Clark (center) won a third three-year term on the OWN board by acclimation Jan. 26, along with new members Bob Keating (left) and Joel Beck.
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       With no other candidates, the three were chosen by acclimation to conclude OWN's annual election Jan. 26. Each will serve a three-year term.
       OWN is the city-recognized advocacy group for the older Westside.
       Numbering nine members in all, the OWN board will decide on its officers for the year at the monthly OWN board meeting, Thursday, Feb. 9.
       Clark is a seven-year OWN member who's been president for the past six years. His wife Sallie had been active with OWN before being elected to the Board of County Commissioners in 2004 (she's running for a third four-year term this year). “When Sallie was elected, she asked me to protect the neighborhood,” Clark said. “And as long as she's an elected official, I will.”
       In general, he said, “If we all work together to improve things, it makes it a little better for everyone.”
       A 39-year Westside resident, Beck is a retired contractor who built several houses (including his own at 825 N. 25th St.) and also specialized in heavy equipment. He believes that being on the board will give him a chance to “make a difference.” With his years in the building industry, he said he has a particular interest in looking out for “unscrupulous contractors,” who sometimes are “allowed to do whatever they want to.”
       Retired after more than 30 years in sales and marketing, Keating moved to the Westside last May to be near his son and daughter and other family members. “I have been on many boards in the past, so I wanted to use those experiences as well as my career to contribute to the community,” he said.

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