James A. McKee Association
The Yellow Springs Men's Group was organized in the fall of 1993 by
retired Police Chief James A. McKee, known to many as "Chief."
Our organizational purpose, as stated in our by-laws, is to carry out
research and education The three primary areas of interest have been
support of public information, education and participatory democracy.
Specific topics in village affairs in which we have expressed interest
and concern include: the affordability of living in Yellow Springs,
protection and expansion of our economic base, equality of opportunity
for all sectors of the community, protection of public health through
rational government policies including a workable water supply
protection program and the health and welfare of public education. In
all of these areas of interest, members have been and still are
dedicated to discovering, defining and promoting the long-term benefits
to the village as a whole rather than some specific sector or interest
In 2004 the name was changed
to the James A. McKee Association to honor our founder and better
reflect our mission.
The James A.
McKee Association (Jim's Group) has a membership of nearly forty men and
women of diverse cultural and ethnic ackground and welcomes additional
members who are interested in working hard for a better community.
Guest Presentations-At most of the bi-monthly meeting a speaker is
invited to help keep the group informed about some element of the
community. Examples of guest speakers are: the president of Antioch
College, a representative from Community Resources, representatives
from the Senior Citizens, Small Business owners, and representatives
from other community organizations. The regular meeting agenda includes
updates on the Village Council meetings, Chamber of Commerce meetings,
and local business and community news.
The James McKee Scholarship Fund- The Group holds an annual
fundraising event to support the James McKee Scholarship Fund. For
three years the event has been a Magic Show but more recently we have
presented a social evening of Casino style games, music and food. McKee
Awards have been made to several students over the last 4 years for
their academic and leadership achievements.
The James A. McKee Association has created a website to foster
interactive communication between the group, community organizations and
residents of the village.
Support of Community-wide Efforts- The group supports community
efforts such as the annual Lions Club Fireworks Fund, High School Track
Fund, and the Yellow Springs Chamber of Commerce.
Community Economic Planning Forum- This initiative was based upon the
Cost of Living Study (see below) and brought together over 70 community
leaders to begin to develop a coordinated plan for revitalization of
our economic base. The effort is ongoing with members of the group
active in various ways.
Cost of Living Study- This study includes cost of living comparisons
with similar communities in the area. A follow-up study is in progress.
Candidates Night- In past years this was sponsored by the League of
Women Voters. This event is now hosted by the Men's Group
Water Supply Protection Forum- A town meeting held to help the
community learn about issues related to our public water supply.
Historic Perspective Committee- This committee was created in 1998 to
produce a series of articles suitable for publication by the YS News
concerning the economic history of the village. Several articles have
been planned and three have been completed and published.
Communications Network Research- A committee has been investigating the
feasibility of bringing a high speed cable network to Yellow Springs
and the results were published in 2004.
Click here to view the constitution as a PDF document.