HAPNA Needs Two Things

Information and Leadership

There are several things that are important to an organization like the Historic Atkins-Porter Neighborhood Association. First, it’s vital to have methods to share the organization’s message, and second, the group needs good, solid leadership. Happily, HAPNA has both!

Since the organization began in 2016, FaceBook has served us well, but eventually, there was a need for a website (HAPNA.org) and more recently, a brochure and a message center.


HAPNA has a brochure that was created and printed this summer. Chock full of information, it will be reprinted annually or more frequently if needed.

 In this piece, neighbors can learn ways to connect with HAPNA on FB and soon on Instagram. There’s also information regarding neighborhood attractions, such as the botanical garden, recreation center, dog park and Little Free Library. There’s a bit of history and handy phone numbers, including the City of Paris Public Works Department, the library, chamber of commerce, media outlets and more. There’s also a Neighborhood Calendar of Events.

 These free brochures live in weatherproof holders at the pavilion in HAPNA’s botanical garden and inside HAPNA’s Little Free Library at the dog park. Grab a few and share with your neighbors.

Message Center

Another terrific means of communication is the new message center in the botanical garden at 311 Jackson Street. Here you will find news and helpful information, along with a QR code for the HAPNA website. This kiosk was purchased using a grant from Helping Hand, Inc. We all need to remember this organization’s generosity when it’s time to bake and bid during the Helping Hand Auction this winter.


Leadership is key for an organization like HAPNA. Officers were elected in October, and several of them are new. A few fresh faces, along with other officers who have a long history with the organization make for a good balance and strengthen the group.

The 2022 Officers

New HAPNA officers standing are (L-R): President Rachel Terrell, Treasurer Annette Douglas, Vice-President Vickey Roberts, Secretary Connor Courtemanche, Members-at-large:  Sheree Johnson, Julie Leach, and Kathy Puckett. Not pictured is Susan Jones, public relations support.