January 2018 Newsletter

Hey Neighbors,

Welcome to 2018! Below is the January newsletter. Our neighborhood had a wonderfully active Holiday Season. It was so fun to meet new neighbors. There are plans for new events in the New Year. First, and foremost, is our Jan. 18th neighborhood meeting. Followed by a Valentines Pancake Brunch in Feb. CGNE would love your input and ideas. Get involved this year.

Happy New Year.

Town Crier – January 2018 – Volume 2 Issue 1

Minutes – Annual Meeting – CGNE – 2017

Minutes of CGNE Meeting

The meeting opened with the treasurer’s report, which reflects a bank balance of $1082.53. There was some discussion about how keeping track of donation amounts, sources and dates might help officers to determine the most efficacious fund raisers etc. Colleen reported that Elizabeth is going to work on a data base to track these factors.

A report on the Little Free Libraries revealed that there is a shortage of children’s books so all are expected to look for resources.

Gardening Club report was that a meeting is scheduled November 20th and there is some thought about a Garden Tour perhaps in February.

The Neighborhood Cleanup went well with one right of way cleared entirely and another partially. There was discussion of doing another cleanup, but having a lottery for where to clear based on property owner participation, or donation.
Brush and bulky is scheduled 1/8/18 and 7/2/18.

Wilson Wash is being regularly picked up and Steve reported that he is going to find time to pursue the Dept of Transportation about a footbridge.

A review of the winter picnic was a unanimous success with more people attending and some donations received, even one of $100!

Holiday activities scheduled for CGNE include; Walking caroling (near Bill and Jana’s) on Dec 2 at about 5:30pm, Caroling in the Conner Park on Dec 9 6:00pm-8pm), Holiday Bazar on Dec 10 (10am-12pm) on 2004 Spring St., Pot Luck on Dec 16 at Bill and Jana’s.


President – Bill Halvorson
Vice President – Steve Collen
Recording Secretary – Elizabeth Nielsen
Corresponding Secretary – Chris Janton
Treasurer – Jana Guyman

Meeting Minutes – 09/21/2017

Minutes of CGNE Meeting



The President (Bill) agreed that he would work on finding a location for the November meeting and get the word out.  The October 19th meeting is set at Ward 3, and there will not be a December meeting.

At the next meeting any nominations for officers will be accepted and there was discussion about making term limits of one year for all positions


The Treasurer’s report was submitted and our balance on hand is $741.39 with $95.00 received from our supporters since the last meeting.  There was discussion about acknowledging all “supporters” after the Holidays and the new officers are in place.  It was pointed out that membership is established with residency so that any labor or money given by CGNE members are seen as contributions in support of the neighborhood association.


The welcome packets are being distributed to our new neighbors and Bill reported that two donations were received as a direct result of the welcome packets.  Elizabeth has thus far donated the welcome packet materials and labor and discussion was had about paying our way going forward.  It was not concluded but all present agreed that the product was worth the benefit derived in new members and donations.


The Door Hangers are ready!  Bill and Jana completed, printed and brought to the meeting 600 of the door hangers for distribution.  Colleen agreed to get them to the street “walker” representatives for distribution between this weekend and next.


A report on the Little Libraries found that they were being consistently used and then replenished by Robert (Plummer location) and Sue (Conner Park location).  There is some concern that books may be disappearing (particularly kids) en mass, but generally those present agreed that whatever reason the books are taken they end up serving the intended purpose.  The libraries appeared to weather the monsoons well though the Park location may need some touchup paint.


The Garden Club, Cindi, reported that the Garden Club had a good second meeting in September and has scheduled its third at Mo’s house in October to discuss water harvesting.


Fall Cleanup-A roll-off will be placed at the corner of Norris and Spring on the weekend of 11/12 for the collection of bulky items.  There is no home pickup so you must bring your items over.  Bill also proposed that we have discussion at our next meeting about what alleys need cleanup and who is willing to donate time.


Bill distributed materials on, Adopt-A-Park and suggested that we adopt Wilson Wash, which means a sign will be posted saying that CGNE has adopted it and a picture of those involved will be taken.  TC agreed to headup an ad hoc committee for scheduling regular wash cleanup.  Chris mentioned that you can get an app called “cclickfix” and you can take a picture of graffiti, garbage left on road, shopping cart, and it will be taken care of.


Bill brought up that the small child swing was taken down at Conner Park as it violated code (an adult swing and small child on the same cross-bar) and that CGNE might consider installation of a new small child swing as a special project.  Steve agreed to reach out to Manny of Park and Rec regarding that process for CGNE to vote.


The neighborhood picnic is November 5th.  We are planning on having more yard type games.


Colleen reported that the Holiday Bazaar was still scheduled but they are having difficulty getting participants.  All present agreed to speak with neighbors they know with crafting talents.  In addition outside parties may be invited to participate.


Holiday Caroling is still in the works.  Bill said he would contact his neighbors who normally carol through the neighborhood.


There is a Rock Painting Party scheduled for 10/7 at Vicki’s.  The idea is to paint smooth 6-8 inch stones with positive messages like, “You Rock,” or “Good Neighbor” and leave them at various homes (much like Ben’s Bells) to acknowledge positive people or actions.


Elizabeth asked it to be brought to the meeting that we look at all the entrance signs coming in to our neighborhood.  The city will replace them for $50 each, but we have to do the artwork.  Everyone thought it was a good idea, but maybe only a few at a time.


Colleen suggested that it might be interesting for our neighborhood to put out a, “Minamalist Challenge,” for people to de-clutter over a one-month period.  All present thought it would be a good idea.  Colleen will send out the challenge within the week.


Finally, we talked about having a neighborhood barter system where we volunteer time at whatever we are good at in trade for people doing things for you that they are good at.  This idea is still in the thought process.

Welcome Package for CGNE Neighbors

Hello, neighbors!

Our neighborhood association has created a welcome folder for new residents. We’ll be distributing these in person starting later this month.
We put together a packet with a bunch of useful information that might be handy whether you’re new to CGNE or have lived here for years. I’ve attached the packet to this email so you can take a look!
The welcome folders also include info about the Grant Road expansion project, recycling schedule, Lend A Hand, and some pet owner resources. If you have any other info you’d like us to include in the folders, please let me know!
Have a great weekend,

Notes from May 17, 2017 Meeting

Hey Everyone,
Bill and Jana are on vacation and asked me to send the notes from the last meeting. So they are below.

Lots happening since then. Robert and Sue are doing their thing with the libraries, Sue got a bunch of books from Tucson Friends of the Library. YAY! Elizabeth is going crazy with the welcome packet. It looks great, and we have several homes that will be with new owners soon to give them too. Bill set up another neighborhood meeting for July 20th, 6 PM at Ward III. I hope most of you can attend. Our first garden meeting is June 20th at Cyndi’s, and Bill has some cleanup dates for alleys so we can take advantage of the next brush and bulky. The next Newsletter will be out in about a week or so. And lastly, Lend a Hand is having a furniture sale this weekend. Check your email from Vicki if you are available to help.

First of all I want to thank all of you for being at the meeting tonight. We accomplished so much more then I imagined. Here is a brief overview.

Monthly Activities

January – Newsletter and door hanger

February – Garden Show ???

March – Lend a Hand Garage Sale /Newsletter late in month

April – Neighborhood Picnic / Plant Swap

May – Roll-off / Progressive Dinner

June – Newsletter late in month

July – next meeting, around July 19th

August – go on vacation, get out of the heat

September – Newsletter and door hanger

October – Yearly Newsletter goes out

November – Neighborhood picnic and roll-off

December – Jana and Bill will host the neighborhood Christmas Potluck

Welcome Packet Committee – Elizabeth and Debbie. Elizabeth took the packet to look through it, Colleen will send copies of any of the forms in the packet that she has, some can be found at Ward three. Vickie will get Elizabeth updated Lend a Hand handout.

Libraries – Robert will take care of the Plumer library and Sue will take care of the park library. Colleen will send the template for the cards to put inside the books. I have some extra business card blanks, but after they are gone the association will buy more.

Gardening Club – Cindi will head up the gardening club. She will let us know when the first meeting will be. She is thinking end of June.

Clean up committee – Bill, Steve, Cindi, Kris, Umberto, Sue, Doug

Elizabeth is looking in to grants that we can apply for to possibly beautify our park and maybe help solve some water issues. It was also suggested we build a bridge over the Wilson wash.

We voted to raise our dues and possibly allow people to use PayPal . We also voted to give $100 to Lend a Hand.

Chris is willing to put any business card on our website of people who have businesses.

Agenda for next meeting – door hanger design/information, deciding what to put on the city newsletter that goes to everyone (4 pages)

Let Bill or I know if you have other topics.

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