When Tom Tidwell took over as the new chairman of the Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods about a year ago, he said the organization needed to work on boosting its membership.

Over the past year, the BCN did pick up several new members, Tidwell said. But once in office, Tidwell realized the group didn’t really need to add a lot of new members, after all.

The BCN, he said, covered the “overwhelming majority” of Buckhead’s homeowners as it is. “[Adding members] was my initial goal, but it was not a goal going forward,” he said.

The BCN is an organization made up to represent other neighborhood groups. Its members are homeowners associations, not individual residents. There are about 40 neighborhoods in Buckhead, Tidwell said. The BCN includes 26 of them, secretary Gordon Certain said.

Most of the groups that are not now members are small organizations, he said.

“I believe 75 percent is still a good estimate of the [portion of Buckhead’s residents] living in BCN neighborhoods,” Certain said.

Joe Earle

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