Meeting Agenda - Jan 15, 2014

Agenda for Arbor Lodge Neighborhood Association meeting, Thursday Jan 15, 6:30, Kenton Firehouse

All who live and/or work in Arbor Lodge are welcome to join us for this meeting.

6:30   Introductions, ask if any additions to Agenda by those present
6:40   Minutes and Treasurer's reports/updates
6:50   Update from Bob on neighborhood chair meeting
7:00   Discussion of the creation of an education chair/subcommittee to stay informed and advocate for                        neighborhood schools
7:20  Update on Spring Neighborhood Clean Up event - Volunteers needed!, 
7:40  Movie in the Park - Ideas for this summer's event - Volunteers needed to help plan!  
8:00  Other goals for upcoming year....


Want to help hungry kids in Arbor Lodge?

Sure.  How?  Take some apples, oranges or tangerines to Ockley Green School today or Thursday.  The front door is on Montana, just north of Ainsworth.  This fresh fruit will go out in backpacks on Friday the 19th, the last day of school for 2 weeks!  You can help feed a hungry kid is Arbor Lodge, 70 kids benefit from the backpack program.  Other shelf stable food also accepted, yet emphasis is on the fresh fruit this week.  Thank you!!!


Fa-la-la Along with Us!

Help us spread some holiday cheer this winter! We are getting neighbors together for a caroling event on the evening of Thursday, Dec. 18th in lieu of our meeting.

We will start at 6:30 at 6730 N Wilbur Ave and head east - just listen for the singing and leave your lights on if you'd like to have some carolers! Bring a flashlight and a singing voice. Neighbors will invite us in to their homes for refreshments along the way and people are invited to bring some cookies or snacks to share.

We look forward to seeing you there, and please feel free to bring a friend!


Arbor Lodge Tree Team Planting on N Omaha 12/20 - You're Invited!

The removal of large several diseased large elms along N Omaha in 2009 spurred Arbor Lodge neighbors to come together around a common cause: replacing the trees. Read more here.

We now have a date for getting those new trees in the ground:

December 20, 9-11AM
6421 N Omaha 

Join us for planting day - we will gladly put eager volunteers to work. 

Planting day schedule:

9:00 Welcome - meet at tent at 6421 N Omaha for coffee, fruit and introductions
9:10 Safety talk and planting overview 
9:20 Split into three groups for planting
10:30 am meet back at 6421 N Omaha for wrap up


November Meeting Agenda

Our next neighborhood meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 20th, 6:30pm at the Kenton Firehouse. You're invited to join us for information sharing, thoughtful discussion and relationship building in the community.

Topics we plan to cover include:
  • A request from United Neighborhoods for Reform (UNR) to consider supporting their Demolition Resolution. Here's a link to the UNR website for more information about the group and the resolution language itself: http://unitedneighborhoodsforreform.blogspot.com
  • Discussion on how the association wants to handle notifications we receive in regards to people who lease part or all of their home as a Short Term Rental (Like AirBnB or VRBO)
  • Opportunities for archiving our records in the City Archives, along with storage of other ALNA "stuff"
  • Holiday Caroling - Seeking singers, and volunteers to plan and host the pre-carol gathering
Do you have a topic you'd like help with? Bring it to our meeting on Thursday and we'll see if we can help!


Did you sign up at the October meeting?

The sign up sheet for new volunteers for the Clean Up, Movie in the Park Committees, and the School Backpack program has been lost!  It was worth its' ink in gold, but phooey, I lost it. 

If you still want to volunteer to help plan either the Clean up in April or the Movie in the Park for next summer; or if you want to join the School Backpack Donation Network and you signed up at the meeting, please pop me an e-mail so I can direct you to the Committee or Network.  New volunteers always welcome too.  Thanks, Ginger - ginger.edws@gmail.com


Have you ever wondered if hunger exists in Arbor Lodge?  It does.

56% of the children attending Chief Joseph Elementary and 77% of those at Ockley Green qualify for free or reduced lunch.  Sometimes these kids come to school hungry on Monday mornings, not having had enough food to eat over the weekend.  Study after study shows school success is tied to nutrition - having enough to eat so students can focus on class, not on being hungry.

How can you help?

Arbor Lodge Neighborhood Association has a "Donation Network".  We encourage folks to sign up to donate fresh fruit for the weekly backpacks that go out with kids.  Right now, the PTA is packing 15 backpacks each week to give a hungry child enough food to get through the weekend.  fyi, other food is either purchased on donated from other groups. 

What is expected of you?  When it is "your week" you are asked to bring 15 (we hope that will go up to 20-25) individual pieces of  fresh fruit to Ockley Green by noon on Wednesday.  All backpacks are put together at Ockley Green, then brought to Chief Joseph for distribution.    Right now we have 12 families contributing.  That means donating 2 1/2 times a school year.

If interested, please send an e-mail to ginger.edws@gmail.com
I'll add you to the list, send it out to you,  and do my best to remember to remind you on Sunday nights that "this is your week".  Thanks for considering helping hungry kids in your neighborhood!


Arbor Lodge Neighborhood Association Happy Hour tonight, October 24th, 5:30 to ?
Lucky Lab on Killingsworth.
why tonight instead of the last Friday?  Next Friday is Halloween.  Come meet the new ALNA Board, some neighbors, enjoy a rainy Friday night with friends.  


Please join us for Elections and more this Thursday, October 16th, 6:30, Kenton FireHouse


*  Welcome/introductions
*  Year of ALNA in review, opportunity to sign up for next years' big events and suggest your ideas- it will be fun
*  Elections
*  By Law changes?
*  brainstorm of ideas for next year
*  maybe Guest presentation, Clean Energy.

If you are interested in being part of the Arbor Lodge Neighborhood Association Board, come and let us know.  We are eager to include everyone and all ideas and energies in ALNA.


Put your hands in the air - ALNA's October E-news

Just in case we don't have your email address in MailChimp yet, here's a link to our most recent quarterly newsletter. Hope to see you at one or many October events!  Click Here for the News.