My name is Mark Morrison, and I am excited to have been elected as the next president of the Cooper-Young Community Association. Thanks to each of you who took time to vote in the CYCA elections. I appreciate you putting your trust in me and Caroline Smart, who was elected as the new treasurer. Also, I want to express my sincere gratitude to June Hurt for admirably serving as president for the past five years. June has left some pretty big shoes for me to fill, and I am up for the challenge. I just hope I can do so without having to wear those high heels of hers.
I have lived on Young Avenue with my wife, Leslie, for almost 11 years now. I am a native Memphian, but I moved to Knoxville to attend the University of Tennessee and lived there for about 10 years before a job brought us to Cooper-Young. We chose this community for our home because we love the historic houses, the vibrant commercial district, and the lively residents of this beloved neighborhood. It’s the kind of place where people say, “Hello,” when they pass you on the sidewalk, and that means a lot to us. The sense of community is one of the main reasons that keep us living here, and it’s what has inspired me to become involved with the CYCA over the years.
I have been involved in the planning of the Cooper-Young Beerfest since the first event in 2010 and have been on the CYCA Board since the beginning of 2012. Due to my experiences over those past six-plus years, I can tell you honestly that I think the organization is in a great position. We have purchased and paid off our building on Young Avenue. In that space, we have excellent tenants, and the income received from their leases helps pay for our office and meeting space. We have a wonderful fulltime executive director in Kristen Schebler, and she is a huge help in serving as a liaison between our association and the neighborhood. Finally, we have two terrific fundraisers that Memphians love and support, and those events raise tens of thousands of dollars for our community each year.
Cooper-Young is known widely throughout Memphis and beyond thanks to our fantastic residents, businesses, the Cooper-Young Business Association, and the CYCA. In short, I am proud to have the opportunity to lead this board, and I’m excited for what the future holds for us. Life is good in Cooper-Young!