Sherman Park Community Association Records, 1971-2002


Six west side families concerned about the future of their community began the Sherman Park Community Association in the autumn of 1970. Three primary concerns at this time were a wave of real estate blockbusting, solicitation, and racial steering; a plan to extend a freeway through the residential and commercial areas; and an increasingly segregated school system.

Some early accomplishments were to help stop the Park West Freeway and to contribute to redevelopment plans; to audit racial steering and discriminatory real estate practices resulting in a lawsuit against four real estate companies; to prepare the groundwork for the formation of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council; to help form more than 125 block clubs; and to publish the monthly Sherman Park News to inform the neighborhood of important issues.

The SPCA developed a comprehensive affirmative marketing plan for neighborhood houses. It surveys homes every spring to identify properties that have deteriorated and are in serious need of maintenance. The Education Committee expanded its work to advocate metropolitan school redistricting for school desegregation. The Business and Economic Development Committee oversaw a market feasibility study for the Sherman Theater. SPCA organizes and provides assistance to area business associations, serves as a site for the Milwaukee County Summer Youth Employment Program and administers a project serving at-risk youth in an area middle school. The Sherman Park Yacht Club was created by the SPCA to keep the neighborhood "shipshape."

The mission of the SPCA is to identify and publicize the advantages of the geographical area in which the association operates; to educate the Milwaukee community to these advantages; to seek to improve communication within and outside of the community concerning schools, housing, public safety, businesses, and innovative projects which will initiate action designed to promote integrated living.

The committees and projects involved in carrying out this mission include block clubs, bingo, business and education, fund raising, housing, mass transit, membership, newspaper, promotions, volunteer services, and special projects. These are all volunteer committees, though some of the projects include paid staff members.

The board of directors is composed of fifteen directors; ten are elected and the remaining five are appointed by the president and subject to confirmation by the board. The elected directors serve a two year term with five directors being elected each year, and the appointed directors serve a one year term. The board provides leadership to the organization, manages the general affairs of the SPCA, and provides direction to and receives recommendations from the committees.

The executive committee consists of the officers of the SPCA which are the president, 1st vice president, 2nd vice president, secretary, and treasurer who are elected to a one year term by the directors. The function of the executive committee is to conduct business on behalf of the SPCA between scheduled board meetings.

The executive director reports to the board of directors and is responsible for the overall administration of the SPCA including fiscal, personnel, and reporting functions. The executive director provides technical assistance and advice to the board of directors and committees in setting goals for the SPCA and developing and implementing short and long-range strategies for meeting the SPCA's stated purposes. The executive director serves as a representative of the association and acts as its spokesperson on behalf of the board of directors.

Executive Directors

1982 William Malone
1983 Joan Stanford
1984-1985 Carole Malone
1985-1986 Robert Nicols
1987-1989 Corinne Cahill
1989-1990 James Freeman, acting director
1990-1991 James Freeman
1991-1992 Bill Adams, acting director
1992-1993 Bill Adams
1994- Greta Hansen