Our Hillcrest Town Council (HTC) meeting on March 8 was certainly a busy one! The meeting opened with a very special recognition of longtime chair Luke Terpstra, who presided over his last meeting on Tuesday night.
Terpstra, who has lived in San Diego since 1995, has been involved with HTC since 2007 when he saw a flier announcing a meeting to discuss a parking situation on his street. In 2011, Terpstra was elected chair of HTC, and since then he has presided over the organization with grace, humor and fairness.
Terpstra explained why he stuck around for so long.
“I felt welcomed by the members of the HTC board, the Steering Committee, the subcommittees, and members who are the residents of Hillcrest, the most important members,” he said. “Many of the board members were founding members because the HTC was only a few years old at that time, and many of the founding members are still active in the HTC to this day in one form or another. Impressed with the hard work that the founding members had put into the HTC, the bylaws and the mission statement: ‘to provide a voice for the neighbors,’ I decided to embrace the work and mission and submerged myself into the monthly and yearly activities of the Hillcrest Town Council.”