Senseless acts of violence continue to devastate our nation. Fifty-three people died in mass shootings in August alone in the U.S. Even in our own Riverside neighborhood, the fatal shooting at Spivey’s nightclub on Blodgett, along with a rash of other shootings, on the same weekend as the El Paso mass shooting further illustrates the need for more vigilant policing and stricter enforcement.
We have had many meetings, talks and conversations over the past two years with business owners, law enforcement and political leaders about bar establishments in our area that generate noise, trash, traffic, crime and even violence in our neighborhoods. We are committed to taking a stand against all of these nuisances, especially violence, and will be working with law enforcement and related entities to ensure our neighbors are safe as we go about our daily lives.
We are a neighborhood association of volunteers here to support our community to be a safe place in which to live and do business.
Here are important resources that we all should have:
HPD’s Positive Interaction Program (PIP) Meeting:
3rd Tuesday at 7 pm.
South Central Division
2201 St. Emanuel
Johnnie McGee, Sergeant
South Central Community Service/DRT
Houston Police Department
Harris County Constable Precinct 7 Patrol Alert Form: https://constable7.harriscountytx.gov/Pages/PatrolAlert.aspx
Non-criminal activity, such as illegal dumping, and other nuisances: Call 3-1-1.

GetFIT in Riverside Park!

Join us for a morning of fun, FREE fitness events designed to promote a strong community and healthy lifestyle. Hour long classes for beginners to advanced attendees. We encourage you to invite your friends, family and neighbors to participate in this event featuring area fitness, health and wellness professionals. FREE PRIZES and drawings too!

Attendees will receive a registrant goody bag. This event will also expo 3rd Ward health, fitness and wellness businesses including: www.feastwithbeasts.com, www.bodywithco.com, www.thewomansearth.com, juiceeasyonline.com, among others!
Classes will offer a complimentary gift via ticket drawing.

Moms come exercise and bring your kids. We will have a “kids fitness corner” while you exercise.

Event Schedule:
Yoga provided by The Woman’s Earth
8:00 – 8:55 am

Soul Aerobics provided by Body With Co
9:00 – 10:00 am

High Intensity Interval (HIIT) provided by Feastwithbeasts Fitness
10:05 – 11:05 am

Now accepting vendors!

H-E-B Shopping Carts

Hi Neighbors!


With the new H-E-B coming soon to our community, many of you have voiced concerns that the store’s shopping carts might become a nuisance in our area. We know carts from other stores have been used by residents and homeless populations to transport groceries and personal belongings, then the carts are often left to litter the community.


We are happy to report H-E-B shopping carts will be equipped with Carttronics wheels that lock if a cart leaves the store’s parking lot.


We appreciate H-E-B’s quick response on the issue and look forward to the new store. We also thank Washington Terrace Civic Association President Jason Hyman and our Super Neighborhood President Tomaro Bell for their support on the matter.


There are many critical issues in our community, so we really need your voice. We invite you to attend the next Riverside Civic Association general meeting at 6 pm. Thursday, July 11, at Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 3015 N. MacGregor Way. We will return to the Energy Institute High School, 3501 Southmore, beginning in August.


(The Riverside Civic Association is bounded by N. MacGregor Way, Highway 288, Blodgett and the Columbia Tap Bike Trail.)


Have a great day!


Joy Sewing, President

Riverside Civic Association

2019 RCA Board Elections

We will be conducting elections for the 2019 RCA Board on November 8 at our general community meeting. Please email info@riversidecivicassociation.org if you’d like to run for any of the positions listed below. If you are unable to email/contact us, write-in submissions will also be taken at the meeting. Please keep in mind only paid active members may cast a vote and/or run for office.
The affairs of the Association shall be managed by the Board of Directors. The officers of the Association shall consist of a President, Vice President, Treasurer, Financial Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, Recording Secretary, Parliamentarian, Membership Director, and Programs Director, all of whom must be members of the Board of Directors. Such other officers, assistant officers and agents may be appointed as may be deemed necessary by the Board of Directors, but such other officers, assistant officers and agents shall not be directors. No person shall hold two offices at the same time.
Officers shall be elected by the members at the annual November meeting of members and shall hold office for a one-year term and until their successors are duly elected and take office. No officer shall be permitted to serve in the same office for more than three (3) consecutive terms.
Whenever any vacancies shall occur in any Officer position by death, resignation, removal, or otherwise, the same shall be filled by the Board at a regular Board meeting or a special meeting duly called for that purpose, and the Officer so appointed shall hold office for the remainder of the term of his/her predecessor and until his/her successor is chosen and qualified or until the Annual November Meeting. Candidates for Officer positions must be current Board of Directors members.
A. President – It shall be the duty of the President to preside at all meetings of the Association; to enforce the Bylaws; to preserve order and decorum; to encourage all officers and members of committees to perform their duties; to appoint all committees not otherwise provided for; to sign all official documents together with the Secretary; to be an ex officio member of all committees and to decide all questions on procedure and order. The president shall sign all written contracts and obligations of the Association after same has been adopted at a regular meeting of the members or the Board of Directors and he or she shall perform such other duties as the Board of Directors may prescribe. The president shall also engage and partner with other civic clubs and associations in our area and attend super-neighborhood meetings and other similar meetings/events in an effort to further Association goals and objectives.
B. Vice President – It shall be the duty of the Vice President to aid the President in the performance of his/her duties, and in the absence of the President to act in his/her stead, and to perform such other duties as the Bylaws or the Board of Directors may prescribe. To shadow the President and further establish connections with other organizations and individuals in an effort to further the Association goals. The vice president oversees all committees, collects all committee reports and is the link between the committee chairs and the Board of Directors.
C. Recording Secretary – It shall be the duty of the Recording Secretary to attend all meetings of the members and Board of Directors and to keep a complete record of the proceedings of such meetings; to keep, or cause to be kept, like records of all standing committees appointed by the Board of Directors when required; and to perform such other duties as the Bylaws or the Board of Directors may prescribe. The Recording Secretary shall also take minutes at all regular, special and annual meetings publicly available for review by the members. The Recording Secretary shall prepare the prior meeting minutes for distribution with the next meeting’s agenda.
D. Corresponding Secretary – It shall be the duty of the Corresponding Secretary to be responsible for assembling, editing, and publishing approved communication, conducting the correspondence via social media networks, maintaining appropriate signage for events and meetings, and organizing and securing venues for such meetings. The President, Recording Secretary and Corresponding Secretary as the Facebook page administrators, Next Door leads, and any other point people for social media and other forms of communication.
E. Financial Secretary – It shall be the duty of the Financial Secretary to collect and deposit monies, including membership dues and assists the Treasurer in preparing financial reports. This also role leads the fundraising committee.
F. Treasurer – It shall be the duty of the Treasurer to keep correct and complete records of the Association’s financial account showing accurately at all times the financial condition of the Association, to receive all vouchers and invoices for payment and, make all payments and reconcile the accounts, and to keep such bank account in the name of the Association and to prepare all checks for two signatures of either the Treasurer, President or Vice-President.
i. Check Signing Authority – All checks of the Association shall bear the signature of any TWO of the following officers: treasurer, president, or vice- president. The organization shall not use credit or debit cards for any purpose. The treasurer shall prepare and present a proposed budget at the January Board of Directors meeting.
ii. Bonding – The Treasurer may be required to furnish bond in such amount as shall be determined by the Board of Directors, and shall within fifteen (15) days after each year’s service and within fifteen (15) days after leaving office deliver to the Board of Directors all papers and other property coming into his/her possess ion and belonging to the Association.
iii. Audits – An annual audit of the books and records of the Association shall be made by a three-member committee appointed by the Board of Directors. The Committee shall not include the President, Vice- President or the Treasurer. The treasurer shall present a financial report, which has been audited as set out herein at the annual business meeting of each year.
G. Parliamentarian – The parliamentarian is an expert in Robert’s Rules of Order and the proper procedures for the conduct of meetings of deliberative assemblies. The parliamentarian will assist with the formal procedures and rules of order at meetings and the planning and conducting of elections. They will also be in charge of the bylaw changes, amendments and revisions procedure. The Parliamentarian is the de facto chair of the Bylaws Committee.
H. Membership Director – Directs and oversees membership activities for the association. Develops programs, initiatives, and policies designed to increase membership. Membership Director will be in charge of sign-in sheets during events and meetings and will provide copies to the Recording Secretary, immediately after. Creates and updates information to current members as well as prospective members in coordination with the Corresponding Secretary. Capable of resolving escalated issues arising or any concerns the members have. Provides a biannual membership update. Maintenance and manages a spreadsheet with all current members contact information along with the Corresponding Secretary. Does not distribute information directly to members without the approval of the Board of Directors or the President. Will conduct an annual membership drive to increase Association membership and awareness.
I. Programs Director – The Program Director shall identify, schedule and coordinate speakers and special guests for all meetings and events, as directed by the board officers. Manage volunteers and members as necessary to assist with the coordination and planning of specials events and workshops.

October Community Meeting

Be sure to join us this Thursday at our monthly community meeting! We will be voting on the proposed bylaw amendments, which you may review HERE, from 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Please keep in mind you must be an active paid member to vote. If you’d like to purchase a membership visit: www.riversidecivicassociation.org/membership

This month’s guest speakers include Council Member Dwight Boykins who will be discussing several community issues and initiatives. A representative from the Houston Food Bank will also be speaking to us about the services they provide and ways we can give back to our community.

Click HERE to view our full meeting agenda.

If you have any questions or comments, please email them to info@riversidecivicassociation.org

Upcoming September RCA Community Meeting

RCA Proposed Bylaw Changes

Please read and review the proposed bylaw changes before our next community meeting on September 13th at 6pm at the Energy Institute High School cafeteria located at 3501 Southmore Blvd.

Click here to download the document.


RCA Meeting Agenda

Click here to download a copy of our upcoming September Meeting Agenda, we hope to see you there!

July RCA Community Meeting

What did you miss at our July general meeting? Cupcakes! Thank you to Cupcake Kitchen Houston for donating the delicious treats for our meeting on Thurs. We’re hoping to spotlight a small business in our community each month. If you know a great one, let us know. (Carolyn McCall is our small business committee lead.)

Also, sincere thanks to guest speaker Melonie Curry with Park Houston who addressed our questions and concerns about residential permitted parking. (Veso Kossev is our parking/transportation lead.)

Other guests included representatives from Emancipation Economic Development CouncilHouston Southeast and Metro.

We’ll be launching a new and improved web site soon and have some great initiatives and programs in the works.

If you missed our Riverside cleanup a few weeks ago, Rachel Cooney-Paxton, our beautification committee lead, reported that we had 91 requests for street-number painting with 42 house numbers completed. We had 22 community volunteers, 45 students volunteers with 5 heavy-trash truck loads and 29 trash bags filled. (It was pretty amazing.)

Please join us for our next general meeting 6 pm Thurs, Aug. 9, at Energy Institute High School on Southmore.

RCA Participates in Clean-Up Day!

Thank you to all of the neighbors, board members and student volunteers who came together today to help us beautify our neighborhood in the heat.

Also, a special thanks to Rachel Cooney-Paxton for coordinating RCA’s involvement in Team-Up 2 Clean-Up 3rd Ward. This was the largest ever organized cleanup in the 3rd Ward area. So awesome.