Ardis Wood (Schmidt) Elected to Scenic America Board of Directors Print


Oct. 9, 2013:  Former Bronxville Planning Board member Ardis Wood (Schmidt), now of Savannah, Georgia, has been elected to the board of directors of Scenic America, the only national nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing the visual character of America.

Based in Washington, DC, the group carries out its mission with the help of 41 state and local affiliates spread throughout the country. "We are thrilled that Ardis has joined our board of directors," said Ronald Lee Fleming, board chair. "Our organization will be well served by her passion for beauty in public spaces and her strong belief in the importance of community character." 

Wood is a longtime proponent of beauty in civic spaces. She created the Victorian Lady Tours and Talks and for 20 years has dressed in period attire while showing off Savannah to visitors in the "hostess city of the South." "I've been fortunate enough to have a tour of Savannah from Ardis," said Mary Tracy, president of Scenic America. "Her knowledge of the city’s history and culture is astounding, and she shares it with such style and grace. We will benefit greatly from having her passion and skills on our board of directors.”

Wood is also on the board of Scenic Georgia, an affiliate of Scenic America, and has served as president of Ardsley Park/Chatham Crescent Neighborhood Association, Ardsley Park/Chatham Crescent Garden Club, Savannah's lighting task force, and the Victory Drive Plan overlay.

Ardis served on the planning board for seven years in Bronxville, where she was also a founding member of its beautification council, and was presented with an American Legion award and a village proclamation for community service.

Scenic America is the only national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing the visual character of America's roadways, communities, and countryside. For more information, contact Max Ashburn, Scenic America communications director, at 202-463-1294 or CLOAKING

Pictured here:  Ardis Wood (Schmidt).

Photo courtesy Max Ashburn, Communications Director, Scenic America