Midway Woods Neighborhood Watch

The public safety chair of the Midway Woods Neighbor Association, who serves as the watch coordinator, has resigned. The watch is now without a coordinator.
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The Watch is a crucial asset to our neighborhood. If we want to keep that asset, someone must step up and assume leadership until the next round of elections in May 2016.
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The leadership team set the goal of increasing the number of watch captains and participants by 20% between June ’15 and May ’16. Also, the DeKalb County Police Department strongly encourages that participant sign-up be repeated every two years. We are fast approaching that two-year point, and we need to begin prepping to re-sign participants.
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Given the 20%-increase goal and the need to re-sign participants, we must, as soon as possible, begin verifying the continued service of current captains and the recruiting of additional captains.
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Bottom line: There is a significant amount of important work to be done if we are to maximize the positive impact of the Watch on our community.  Please consider taking on the leadership of coordinating that work.
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Please contact me with any questions/suggestions/concerns and to volunteer  to take on leadership.
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Michael Hughes, President
Midway Woods Neighborhood Association
president@midwaywoodsneighborhood.com
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Support Avondale Elementary School

The Midway Woods Neighborhood Association has adopted support for our public schools as a priority for 2015-16.   Our goal is 100 hours of volunteer service and $1,000 in donations.  You are invited and encouraged to help our neighborhood meet and exceed that goal.

The attached flyer identifies a variety of ways to support Avondale ES.

AES Support Flyer

Michael Hughes, President
Midway Woods Neighborhood Association
president@midwaywoodsneighborhood.com

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Out of stock on Midway Woods banners

We are sold out on Midway Woods banners.  We are ordering more, but until we post that they are available, please do not submit payment for banners.  Rather, email <treasurer@midwaywoodsneighborhood.com>, and he will notify you when banners are back in stock.

Michael Hughes, President
Midway Woods Neighborhood Association
president@midwaywoodsneighborhood.com

 

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Friends of Dearborn Park

Revitalizing the Friends of Dearborn Park (FODP) is a priority of the Midway Woods Neighborhood Association. Our goal is, by May 2016, to develop and adopt a mission statement for the group and enroll 25 members. In addition, we want to update the FODP priorities.

Membership is now open to all willing to participate, at least on-line, in defining the mission and identifying the priorities of FODP and then contributing to the work to fulfill that mission.

Please sign up to revitalize the Friends of Dearborn Park at:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/87NX955 .

Michael Hughes, President
Midway Woods Neighborhood Association
president@midwaywoodsneighborhood.com

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Hooper Alexander DRAFT Proposal

One MWNA Leadership Team Priority is to develop a community-endorsed plan for the Hooper-Alexander site, with the goal of receiving feedback on the plan from 50 residents and/or homeowners, with 67% support.

The attached documents provide a description and drawing of a DRAFT proposal for the development of the Hooper Alexander site.  This is a STARTING point, and many questions are unanswered.  Indeed, many questions have not even been asked!

We invite you to submit comments/suggestions/questions via email to atticusleblanc@yahoo.com with cc to  zdwalters@gmail.com and president@midwaywoodsneighborhood.com.

We will follow up with more structured opportunities for the community to provide comments and suggestions.

 

Hooper Alexander Description     Hooper Alexander Drawing

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Priorities and Goals

Midway Woods Neighborhood Association

Leadership Team

Priorities and Goals, June 2015 – May 2016

 

  1. Priority: Incorporate the MWNA as not-for-profit

Goal:             Incorporation as either a 501c3 or 501c4

Lead:             Steve Saggus, Treasurer

 

  1. Priority: Increase participation in MWNA events and meetings

Goals:           Fifty adult participants at events such as National Night Out and Halloween

Ten not-leadership-team participants at business meetings

Lead:             Susan Burns, Community Engagement

 

  1. Priority: Increase participation in the MWNA Neighborhood Watch

Goal:             Twenty percent increase in number of watch captains and participants

Lead:             Monica Beshara, Safety

 

  1. Priority: Develop online input/feedback to the leadership team

Goal:             Twenty-four member input/feedback team

Lead:             Michael Hughes, President

 

  1. Priority: Increase support of the public schools that serve Midway Woods

Goal:             One hundred volunteer hours and $1,000 donated

Lead:             Michael Hughes, President

 

  1. Priority: Revitalize Friends of Dearborn Park

Goal:             Mission statement and 25 members

Co-Lead:      Alex Kambar, Environment, and Michael Hughes, President

 

  1. Priority: Continue removal of  invasive plants from Dearborn Park

Goal:             Fall and spring work days, with 12 volunteers at each

Lead:             Alex Kambar, Environment

 

  1. Priority: Complete Chevelle-Catherine trail  in Dearborn Park

Goal:             No blind corners and two stream crossings

Lead:             Alex Kambar, Environment, and Michael Hughes, President

 

  1. Priority: Clean up key Midway Woods street/roads

Goal:             Fall and spring clean-ups at three stretches of road, with four volunteers at each

Lead:             Alice Stovall

 

  1. Priority: Develop a community-endorsed plan for the Hooper-Alexander site

Goal:             Feedback on plan from 50 residents and/or homeowners, with 67% support

Lead:             Atticus LeBlanc

 

 

 

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Minutes July 1, 2015 meeting of the MWNA Leadership Team

Minutes of the Midway Woods Neighborhood Association Leadership Team Meeting

Date: July 1, 2015

Attendees: President Michael Hughes; VP Sydney Lilly; Treas. Steve Saggus; Secy. Martha Miller; Community Chair Susan Burns;; Safety Chair Monica Beshara Also attending: Alice Stovall
Not attending: Environment Chair Alex Kambar

The meeting was called to order by the President shortly after 7 pm.

The first item on the agenda was a discussion of plans for National Night Out on August 4 at Dearborn Park. Michael will send the Midway Woods logo out to committee members for use on signs. Monica will arrange for signs to be posted both in advance and on the day of the event. She has invited Lt. Scott Meredith to attend and will invite Al Fowler as well. Susan and Monica will be in charge of activities and of procuring needed food and drink items to support the potluck supper. The MWNA will solicit RSVPs from the neighborhood. Plans for the evening include displays by the Neighborhood Watch program and by various neighborhood service providers, including real estate, landscaping, and security businesses. Michael will be in charge of a table on Avondale Elementary. We will also encourage donations to the MWNA by providing a jar or receptacle for these.

Sydney will continue to pursue contact with the Columbia Presbyterian Seminary regarding collaboration with the MWNA.

The meeting schedule proposed by Michael for the rest of the 2015-2016 term was reviewed. The leadership team approved October 24 as the date of the next general meeting. On that day, park cleanup in the morning will be followed by a Halloween party in the evening. The December meeting will be a holiday-themed social event that might include caroling and viewing of yard decorations, followed by a cookie exchange. In February a business meeting will be held to review progress on 501c3 or 501c4 status and a discussion of other goals and of the spring elections. We will also try to include a presentation on spring gardening (possibly by Walter Reeves). In April, we will have a park-cleanup in the morning and a potluck in the park and/or a movie showing (Monica and Susan will organize the event). On May 4, elections for the offices with terms ending this year (vice-president, treasurer, public-safety chair, and community-engagement chair) will be held with Michael presiding.

The rest of the meeting was devoted to a discussion of priorities for the MWNA, based in part on Michael’s recent survey of residents. The following areas of commitment and specific goals for each area were identified:

• Incorporate the MWNA as a non-profit organization with either 501c3 or, alternatively, 501c4, by May, 2016. (The By-laws Committee headed by Steve Saggus is currently examining the advantages and disadvantages of each.)
• Wider neighbor participation in MWNA. Our goal is at least 10 members at general meeting beyond the members of the Leadership Team; and at least 50 adults at National Night Out potluck. In addition, Michael has signed up 24 neighbors who are willing to participate in periodic surveys on neighborhood issues.
• Increase participation in Neighborhood Watch, with a goal of increasing the number of block captains and participants by 20%. Michael will work with Monica on achieving this goal.
• In the area of Environment:
1. Revitalize the Friends of Dearborn Park. Goal: 25 members.
2. Complete the trail from Catherine and Oldfield to the park through resolving any stream protection issues and having 2 bridges constructed where needed.
3. Support for public schools. Goal: 100 hours of volunteer work by neighbors (not including Michael) and $1000 donation.
4. Street cleanup. Alice will head the street cleanup effort. Goals: Identify critical areas. Recruit 3 team members to take on one area each. Contact county about their participation in cleanup, especially of Oldfield Road beyond Catherine.

Time frame was not specified for all the goals, but the general focus is on what can be accomplished during the term of the current leadership team.

The next planning meeting of the of the leadership team will be on Wednesday, September 2.

The meeting was adjourned at approximately 8:20.

Respectfully submitted,
Martha Miller

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Minutes: June 2015 MWNA general meeting

The minutes of the June 2015 general meeting of the Midway Woods Neighborhood Association are attached.  The minutes were prepared by the Secretary.

Minutes June 2015

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Priorities Questionnaire Results

Our thanks to the 42 neighbors who provided the attached results from the Priorities Questionnaire.

Priorities Numbers    Priorities Comments

Additional Info

Hooper Alexander Site    Chevelle-Katherine Trail   Frisbee Golf Course

501c3 status will be discussed at meeting tonight (Wed 10 Jun, 7:00 PM, Columbia Presbyterian Church), with further info on 501c3 to be posted.

 

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Suggested Priorities

I am the president of the Midway Woods Neighborhood Association.
However, the following are my PERSONAL suggestions for priorities for the association.
They have NOT been endorsed by the leadership team or members.

I invite and encourage you to identify YOUR suggested priorities and indicate your support, ambivalence, or opposition to my suggested priorities using the questionnaire at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JHQLYQB .

I will leave the questionnaire up through Tue 9 Jun, the day before the MWNA meeting at which members are invited to discuss association priorities.

Your responses will be used only to guide discussion by the leadership team and membership.

I ask that only Midway Woods residents respond, they respond only for themselves, and they respond only once.

Thank you

Michael Hughes
president@midwaywoodsneighborhood.com

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