Thanks to the local organizations that came out to meet the neighbors and share information about their programs and services at the start of our meeting .
- West Coast Dog and Cat Rescue Foster Program
- Community Veterinary Center
- Lane Transit Disctrict 1PASS
- Edgewood Elementary PTA
- SE Eugene CERT Team
- Master Gardeners
- Luminara Serdar
- Brahma Kumaris Meditation Center
Refreshments were provided courtesy of Chapala Mexican Restaurant, Roberly Hearsch, and Len Epstein. David Saul played classical guitar during the the tabling period, his music was enjoyed by all.
Meeting convened 7:15 pm
Board members present: Leonard Epstein, Emily Fox, Pavel Gubanhikin, Deborah Noble, David Saul, Heather Sielicki (president)
Total attendance: 46
Dennis Hebert reminded us about the urgent fundraising effort underway for city acquisition of the Civic Stadium. Visit the Freinds of Civic Stadium web site at http://www.savecivicstadium.org/
A neighbor announced the annual Open House at the Wayne Morse Farm on May 18 from 1 -4 pm. Visit their web site at http://www.waynemorse.org/
Heather announced upcoming events of interest
- City Council hearing on South Willamette Street Improvement plan May 19 7:30 – 8:30pm
- NUSA (Neighborhoods USA) Conference May 22-24
- South Eugene CERT Team Meeting with the Fire Dept on May 22
Pavel presented a complete accounting of SEN finances. View the presentation here.
Heather summarized SEN accomplishments over the year. We have expanded our focus and we’re working to build a sense of community and improve the neighborhood.
- Annual picnic in Tugman Park was very well attended.
- Marched with the Eugene Celebration Parade
- Adopted Tugman Park and organized 2 park maintenance work parties
- Worked with Parks and Open Space dept and Beyond Toxics to minimize herbicide application in Tugman Park. SEN volunteers covered about 3,000 square feet with shade cloth to suppress invasive Canada Thistle.
- Continued legal efforts to deny the Deerbrook PUD application and organized an effective petition campaign to urge the City council to acquire the Deerbrook property for parks and open space.
- Expanded communication efforts. E-mail newsletter subscriptions grew from 120 to 448. Maintained an active website and facebook page.
Deborah Noble announced that she had been informed that the City Council had unanimously authorized the City Manager to submit a purchase offer for the Beverly (Deerbrook PUD) property.
“Ideas for Creating Neighborhood Economy & Culture” presentation by Ravi Logan
Ravi spoke about how his neighborhood is growing more resilient and interdependent in several dimensions. They have applied permaculture designs such as rain water catchment and passive solar energy in developing infrastructure to supply basic needs. They are growing more food locally and established a CSA to supply high quality garden starts to neighborhood gardens. They have undertaken projects to support and encourage human powered transportation. Presentation available without narration here.
Heather Sielicki has accepted another term as Board president.
Madronna Holden has returned to the board and was elected Vice President.
William Zwicker, Lealan Swanson, Leonard Epstein, Deborah Hebert, and Steve Chadick were elected to serve 2 year terms on the board.
The revised charter was approved.
Sue Liberty won a 1PASS card, good for admissions and discounts on Willamalane programs, SkateWorld, Timber Bowl, Eugene Emeralds games and unlimited LTD bus rides — all summer long. Roberly Hearsch and Sandy Weintraub won tickets to attend a special screening of “Growing Cities” or “Dreammakers.”
Meeting adjourned at 8:30pm.