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 group.
In 2004 the name was changed to the
James A. McKee Association to honor our founder and
better reflect our mission.
James A. McKee Association (Jim's Group) has a
membership of nearly forty men and women of diverse
cultural and ethnic background and welcomes additional
members who are interested in working hard for a better
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.
Website- The James A. McKee Association has created a
website to foster interactive communication between the
group, community organizations and residents of the
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.
here to view the constitution as a PDF document..