Friends and Neighbors of Swannanoa (FANS)
Friends and Neighbors of Swannanoa (FANS) is a coalition of citizens dedicated to strengthening the Swannanoa Valley community by engaging in activities that encourage participation and cooperation, and through joint efforts with other organizations that have compatible goals.
FANS was formed in 2011 and consists of 12 board members.
Current Board officers are:
- Chair: Andrew Belz
- Vice-Chair: Betsy Warren
- Treasurer: Melanie Wilder
- Secretary: Kay Wise-Denty
In addition, Board members are: Maureen Dillow, Sandy Drake, Carol Groben, Doug Lebbon, Bethany McKinney, Sophia Papadopoulos, Robert Randolph, Valerie Taylor and Katherine Cross.
“Swannanoa has some of the richest history in Western North Carolina. We also have a boundless future,” said Board Chair Andrew Belz. ”I’m a part of FANS because I want to help arrive at that future in a beautiful and considerate way. We are working hard to preserve a treasured way of life, while responsibly planning for the growth that is coming our way.”
We invite you to look at “Our Projects” (on navigation bar above) to see some of the great work that’s being done by our citizens — work that strengthens our community by giving residents the opportunity to make connections with their neighbors and work together cooperatively. Community members have given us many great ideas for new activities, including an outdoor movie series, Swannanoa history and storytelling events, and a community potluck.
We’re working for a strong and vibrant Swannanoa by encouraging active involvement, fostering community spirit, and honoring our unique history and natural heritage. And FANS invites YOU to join us in that mission.
Contact us if you want more information about FANS or to find out how you can participate in enhancing Valley cooperation, collaboration and community.