My name is Gary Koloski, and in February I became the proud new President of the Lansdowne Improvement Association (LIA). I am serving along with the following dedicated community activists on the Board of Directors: Chris Koloski, 1st Vice President and Recording Secretary; Ernie Bailey, 2nd Vice President; Dixie Yankulov, Treasurer; John Yankulov, Sergeant-at-Arms; Alverta Dockins, Corresponding Secretary; Barbara Conti, Member-at-Large; and Betty Knox, Shirley Kraushofer, and Karl McGovern, Trustees. Lansdowne is a diverse community with a rich history and we are all committed to seeing it continue to improve as a place to live, work and play.
About myself: I am retired from the United States Coast Guard having enlisted in Nov 1973. I retired in Jun 1995 and have been employed as a civilian with a total of over 38 years and building. I have been married for 37 years to Christine Wickless Koloski and have lived in Lansdowne for over 20 years. I served as the LIA 1 ST VP for over 7 years. After a brief respite, I returned to be the 1ST VP in 2011. I am the 27 Flags Director at Dewey Lowman American Legion Post 109. I am also a member of the Wilkens Police Community Relations Organization (WPCRO).
I am writing to invite you to the next meeting of the LIA on Monday, September 10th at 7:00 PM at Sisters Academy Hall (St. Clement I Catholic Church) at 2nd and Washington Avenues. Refreshments will be served. Meetings occur every second Monday of the month except during the months of July and August.
These meetings serve as a chance for residents to discuss and voice their concerns on issues affecting our community, meet with and receive informational updates from our local public safety and elected officials, as well as participate in a variety of initiatives designed to improve the quality of life in the greater Lansdowne area. They are a wonderful way to meet your neighbors and become involved in your community.
For those residents that wish to renew their yearly membership or join for the first time, membership in LIA is offered at a reasonable $8 per individual or $10 per family residing in the same household. Membership forms will be available at the next and all subsequent meetings of the LIA. LIA is dedicated to promoting community pride in our neighborhood by providing a forum for neighborhood activity. The LIA Board of Directors is committed to fostering a vibrant, competent, engaged, harmonious and professional community association that will:
- Promote homeownership;
- Act as a conduit to deliver useful information to homeowners regarding Baltimore County codes and regulations;
- Solicit input from and devise strategies with residents on issues that concern them;
- Support our business owners and assist in efforts to improve our local business and commercial districts;
- Undertake initiatives that improve residents’ quality of life; and,
- Collaborate with surrounding communities, other influential groups, businesses, state and local elected officials, public safety officials, churches, and schools.
If you have not had a chance to visit our website please do so at www.LansdowneOnline.com for up-to-date information. If you have questions or concerns please do not hesitate to e-mail me at
or call at (410) 247-3775.
I hope you will take the opportunity to join us on September 10th.
See you soon.