For the past year, Larchmont Village Neighborhood Association board member Amy Vangsgard has passed out welcome bags to new area residents. “It’s my Midwestern roots,” she said with a laugh. “My parents were meeters and greeters and so am I.”
Vangsgard was brainstorming with other LVNA members about ways to increase membership to the 250-person group when the idea of membership cards came up. “I went to a few Village store owners I knew, and they were so enthusiastic. In fact, Filis, the owner at Chevalier’s, said ‘we want it and we want it in time for Christmas.’”
The goal is to get everyone in the neighborhood to join, come to the Association meetings and have a better sense of community, said Vangsgard, an illustrator who designed the welcome bag and membership card and is currently redesigning the LVNA brochure.
The cards will offer new residents as well as existing, dues-paying LVNA members discounts, gift or punch cards or discount days at participating local stores. “I’m just letting businesses make their own deal,” said Vangsgard. “They can come up with whatever works for them, or if they’re stumped, I tell them what other store owners are doing.”
So far, the idea has been met with nothing but enthusiasm, and the LVNA is getting ready to roll out the cards.
But it’s only the beginning for Vangsgard, the mother of two grown daughters who resides on Beachwood Drive with husband, Charles Klasky, a founding member of the LVNA. “I’m working on putting together a Larchmont Village kids’ club… wouldn’t a parade though the neighborhood be great?”