About Us

Welcome to the Arden Community Association!

The Arden Community Association, or ACA as we call it, was formed in 1955 by neighbors living in the community who realized that many improvements were necessary in order to make this a really desirable area in which to live. Its formation was intendeded to create an informal organization of associated interest groups through which residents and/or property owners could meet to discuss and protect the best interest of Arden while maintaining and encouraging a strong sense of community. With that goal in mind, throughout the years, much has been done to enhance our community. However, without the participation of its dedicated members, ACA would not be the success it is today.

Charter members of the Association included almost all the families living here at the time. One of the first accomplishments of the organization was the securing of a few street lights on corners where they were most needed (since then, a few additional lights have been added each year, largely through the efforts of the Association, and we hope this will continue until our needs have been fulfilled). Learning that the area was formerly known as Arden, the members of the first civic association worked to change the name of the community from Sunrise Beach to Arden on the Severn. This effort was undertaken because several lot owners who wanted to build homes were unable to secure mortgages; their lenders were telling them that the name ‘Sunrise Beach’ carried the connotation of a beach community in which the lenders could not be certain that the proposed homes would retain their value if surrounded by beach cottages. The name Arden On The Severn was adopted following approval by a majority of lot owners and the name of the Civic Association was changed accordingly. The new name was accepted by the Post Office and others concerned with addresses in the area. No legal action has been processed through the County Government because of the cost involved; hence all property deeds still read Sunrise Beach.

Originally the Civic Association conducted all its business meetings and social activities in the home of a member. It soon became apparent that a community building would be a necessity if the community continued to grow. Following negotiation by a committee from the Association, Beach Shores, Inc. donated four lots on Omar Road (Drive). Once the land was available, every effort was bent toward the construction of a building which would be useful to the community for all types of activities. Ultimately, the building was completed and a calendar of the regularly scheduled activities in the Community Building is published each month in the Arden NewsBuoy.  It should be noted that, as always, the building may be rented for private parties when it is not in use for a community function.

In essence, what the Civic Association exists for is the betterment of the community. Some of what has been achieved might have happened even if we had no formal organization, but we believe the community needs a Civic Association, and the Association certainly needs YOU. Even if you have not been approached by your Section Delegate, please consider attending one of our meetings or participate with your neighbors in planning for future improvements that YOU would like to see. You are not required to be a member in order to attend the meetings, but you must be a member in order to vote on any motions which are brought before the body.

In the 2000's, Arden Civiv Association was incorporated as the Arden Community Association and now serves as the official governing body that organizes the community into activity groups, meets to determine the focus of community interests, and oversees the publication of the NewsBuoy (the official publication of Arden), but is not a part of Arden Beaches, Inc. ACA acts independently of the beach association, collects its operating budget through donations from community members, and maintains its own independent financial and operating records.

The members of the ACA Board are selected from the community and elected to their positions wherein they determine the focus of ACA. All residents in Arden, both full and part time, lot owners, and property owners of adjacent properties of Arden, age 18 and over are eligible for ACA membership. Each of the five sections within Arden are represented on the ACA Board by a Section Delegate. Also included on the board are a president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer. It is the responsibility of the Executive Board to oversee the organization. All members, in good standing with ACA, are eligible to run for a position on the Board. The Executive Board strives to maintain good communication with other local organizations and county government officials in an effort to represent the community's view on specific issues.

The single goal of ACA is to keep Arden a desirable place to live for its residents regardless of age, sex, color, religion, etc. With that in mind, ACA encourages all the residents of Arden to support the various community associations, whether it be financially or through volunteer work.The annual membership contribution is $10.00, but most people see their way to send a little more as the money goes a long way to improving the community in which we all live.

ACA meets on the third Wednesday of every month except July, August, and December. All meeting are held in the Arden Town Hall on Omar Drive.

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