ALLIED PARTNERS: - MAY 17, 2011
Present: Susan Corrado, Sina Davis, Eileen Dresser, Ruth Hoffman Hein, Linda Ketcham, Dorothy Krause, Marge Lyford, Gloria Menadier-Farr, Selena Pettigrew, Shirley Robbins, Jack Tiffany.
-----Signed a contract for the message center and set up a schedule for its maintenance by several organizations.
------Plan a home buyers' educational workshop by Project Home and others.
------Mothers Day brunch was good.
------Mobile Food Pantry going well, will have a Welcomers' blood drive during this.
------No community meal in May or June; Festival being planned for the end of July, letters going out to service organizations for help with this.
------Coffee Cafe is open at the Boys and Girls Club on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 to 11 a.m., a place to meet and get to know neighbors.
------Neighborhood Watch Program is being started, since safety and behavior problems tend to get worse as summer begins (bike path, parties, gun shots).
------The Association meets on June 4 at noon at the Revival Ridge community room. All invited.
MEETING DAY AND TIME: After considering expressed preferences, the group's consensus is to move to the fourth Tuesday and keep the 4:00 to 5:30 time.
ALLIED PARTNERS BROCHURE
---The brochure has been sent to the churches, but no pledges have come in. It was noted that spending decisions are made at varying times. Jack said donations have been steady. The Wellness Center is in better shape than last year, the Food Pantry is doing OK, and Eviction Prevention is nearly empty - as always, since what comes in goes out immediately.
Ideas: make available speakers for the churches and a list of topics, explaining where money is needed. Susan and Gloria will work on a power point showing what can be done with funds. Ideas will be pooled at our next meeting. Pictures of neighborhood activities are wanted.
-----The written report detailed programs and activities of Welcomers', Walk N Talk, continuing education, Breakfast Club, leadership development, and other programs and projects. Oakwood is helping to develop programs for seniors, exploring their needs in the community.
---Discussion of funds: Since the "School Supplies Fund" at Good Shepherd is not needed for that purpose, it was decided by consensus to transfer that fund and the Special Projects Fund to MUM, with Special Projects money still split 50-50 with the Neighborhood Association. (MUM holds the ADMNA account.) Jack will compose a paragraph for the By-Laws to reflect this, and it will be discussed and finalized at our next meeting. It was moved by Susan and seconded by Marge to transfer the School Supplies money to the Neighborhood Association Fund. Motion carried.
---Discussion of pantry rules and decision-making. Based on the history of the Food Pantry, Mike Bodden still has the final authority on rules and decisions. Sina suggested that Mike should meet with Allied Partners about this. She will develop a list of neighborhood people who want to be committed volunteers and could also participate in decision-making.
------Jack 's computer developed a problem, so we had a half-report this time. LInda noted that there has been a lot of activity in Eviction Prevention recently.
NOTE: Linda gave out an information sheet comparing Gov. Walker's budget (destructive to the lives of the middle class and the poor) and the Wisconsin Values Budget (a balanced approach with fairly-shared sacrifice) developed by the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, Citizen Action of Wisconsin, and other co-sponsors.
NEXT MEETING: JUNE 28 (FOURTH TUESDAY) at 4:00 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club.
Shirley Robbins, Recording Secretary