Wed 4 March, 2015

At this MWNA general meeting, members will be asked to:

(a) Ratify changes to the make-up of the Executive Committee discussed and accepted by unanimous vote at the Wed 4 Feb, 2015 meeting;

(b) Discuss and vote on changing the process for amending the bylaws.

See “March 4 General Meeting” below for description and explanation of the proposed change to the process for amending bylaws.

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Invitation to vote and stand in the May MWNA elections

Neighbors:

Please plan to vote, and consider standing, in the upcoming May elections of the Midway Woods Neighborhood Association leadership team. Procedures for voting and standing are attached, as are the role descriptions of the leadership team.

Election Flyer,   Leadership Team

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

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March 4 General Meeting

At the Wed 4 Mar, 2015 general meeting, the leadership team will ask the membership to:

  1. Ratify changes to the make-up of the Executive Committee discussed and accepted by unanimous vote at the Wed 4 Feb, 2015 meeting.
  2. Discuss and vote on changing the process for amending the bylaws.

The current process for changing the bylaws requires, “The Executive Committee shall make certain that all members receive at least two weeks notice in writing of any proposed changes in the bylaws. Changes shall be proposed at one meeting, discussed at the following meeting, and voted on at the third meeting.”

The leadership team proposes amending that process as follows. “Notice of proposed changes to the bylaws will be posted to the MWNA website and distributed electronically two weeks prior to the general meeting at which the proposed changes will be discussed and voted on.”

This change in process is proposed for two reasons.

  1. It is not possible that the Executive Committee “shall make certain that all members receive at least two weeks notice in writing.” (Emphasis added.)
  2. The current process requires action at three general meetings. With monthly meetings, that takes a minimum of 10 weeks (two weeks notice plus three consecutive meetings) to execute a change.  If the association moves to meetings every other month, the current process will take a minimum of 18 weeks.
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MWNA Home Security Initiative

The MWNA home security initiative, Get Alarmed, goes live on Mar 2! You qualify for discounts on home security systems through this initiatives, and NOW IS THE TIME to begin reviewing the offers from AMSA, Ackerman, and Vivint . Click “Home Security Initiative” on the far right of the top ribbon, or  go to

http://www.midwaywoodsneighborhood.com/home-security/

Please contact me with questions or concerns.
Michael Hughes
President, Midway Woods Neighborhood Association
president@midwaywoodsneighborhood.com

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Minutes for Wed 4 Feb MWNA meeting

The meeting convened at 7:30 PM with nine community members participating.

Representatives of Ackerman and AMSA security companies presented the discounts on security systems available through the MWNA website http://www.midwaywoodsneighborhood.com/home-security/.

Two proposals to change the MWNA bylaws http://www.midwaywoodsneighborhood.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/BYLAWS-of-MWNA-Updated-08.14.pdf were unanimously approved.  If those changes are ratified at the Wed 4 March MWNA meeting: a) The Executive Committee will be replaced by a seven member Leadership Team of president, vice president, treasurer, secretary and the environmental, safety, and community engagement chairs. b) The term of office for the leadership team will be two years.

The MWNA environmental chair described the upcoming workday (February 14, sponsored by Parks Pride and County) that will be focus on clearing invasive plants and creek cleanup.  The environment chair reported that over 100 neighbors have signed a petition supporting this work. Neighbors interested in participating should contact Rick Baggentoss environmental@midwaywoodsneighborhood.com.

The MWNA president reminded attendees of the upcoming (Wed 6 May) MWNA elections, and asked all to vote in the election and to consider standing for election.

The MWNA president described the work of a community group striving to revitalize the garden program at Avondale ES. He encouraged all to support the initiative by contributing via check, payable to Avondale ES PTA, with “AES garden” in the memo portion, and mailed to Avondale Elementary School, Attention PTA / Garden, 8 Lakeshore Dr, Avondale Estates GA 30002.

The meeting adjourned at 8:15 PM.

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

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Proposed change to MWNA bylaws

A proposal to change Article VI of the bylaws , which describes the Executive Committee of the MMNA will be made at the MWNA General Meeting on Wed 4 February, 7:30 PM Columbia Presbyterian Church.  The revision will specify a seven-member leadership team, as follows:

President

  • Sets agendas for and chairs MWNA general and planning meetings
  • Coordinates communications between government and school system officials, business owners, and neighborhood/homeowner associations
  • With Treasurer as primary, serves as the second signatory on the MWNA bank account

Vice President

  • Assumes responsibilities of the president in event of president’s unavailability or resignation
  • Assists president in effectively performing duties of that office
  • Schedules, handles logistics for, and publicizes MWNA planning and general meetings and manages MWNA elections

Secretary

  • Records and posts minutes of MWNA general meetings

Treasurer

  • Serves as the primary signatory on the MWNA bank account
  • Collects all revenue and donations and reimburses invoices pre-approved as per MWNA policy
  • Maintains MWNA financial records

 Public Safety Chair

  • Leads the MWNA Neighborhood Watch
  • Coordinates communication within the neighborhood on issues related to public safety

Environmental Chair

  • Chairs Friends of Dearborn Park
  • Supports neighborhood clean-up activities and environmental improvements beyond Dearborn Park
  • Leads efforts to ensure code compliance throughout the neighborhood
  • Coordinates communication within the neighborhood on issues related the environment

 Community-Engagement Chair

  • Meets & welcomes new residents
  • Fosters community engagement
  • Collaborates to plan, host, and publicize community events
  • Coordinates communication within the neighborhood on issues related to community engagement

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

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Support student learning at Avondale Elementary

A community group is working with the Avondale Elementary School PTA and the Wylde Center (http://wyldecenter.org/) to revitalize the Avondale Elementary School (AES) garden program so it becomes a valuable learning tool for students. The first step in that process is to contract with the Wylde Center to conduct a Site Visit/Consultation and develop a Site Drawing. The fee for those services is $125.

We ask and invite you to support student learning by making a tax-deductible contribution to the Avondale ES PTA garden fund.

Contribution exceeding the $125 needed for the Visit/Consultation & Site Drawing will be held and used only to develop the garden program. We will keep the community informed as to contributions received and progress on the garden project.

We are working to set up online contributions, but at this time we ask you to contribute by check payable to Avondale ES PTA. Please write “AES garden” in the memo portion, and mail to Avondale Elementary School, Attention PTA / Garden, 8 Lakeshore Dr, Avondale Estates GA 30002.

Please contact me to join the AES garden team or to ask questions about this appeal.

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

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Dearborn Park Clean Up – Feb 14th

Park Pride and Dekalb Parks have engaged a community service group to help clean up Dearborn Park on February 14th from 10am -1pm. Please join the effort!

Our focus will be on removing invasive privet and ivy along Deerwood Drive and cleaning trash from the creek.

We’re expecting a large turnout, so apologies in advance for the cars and crowds on this normally quiet street!

Please let me know if you can help out! Bring clippers, loppers, gloves and energy!

See you then!
Rick Baggenstoss
environmental@midwaywoodsneighborhood.com

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Support Avondale ES when shopping Krogers or Publix

Kroger Shoppers:  Please join in supporting Avondale Elementary School by registering your Kroger card for the Community Rewards program.
. Sign in to your Kroger account: https://www.kroger.com/signIn
. In ribbon across top of page, select “Community.”
. In drop down menu, select “Community Rewards.”
. Enter email and address.
. Enter AES number 32768. (At this point, “Avondale” is misspelled, so use that number rather than searching)
Each time your Kroger card is scanned, AES will benefit.

Publix Shoppers:  Please join in supporting Avondale Elementary School by using a AES Publix Partner card. These are available at customer service at the Emory, Shamrock, & East Lake Publix. Each time you use your Publix Partner card, AES will benefit.

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

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Get Alarmed: Wed 4 Feb

Neighbors

To support the ongoing work to decrease the incidents of home burglaries in our neighborhoods, the Midway Woods Neighborhoods Association (MWNA) is announcing a home-security initiative.

Get Alarmed is one component of that initiative. Its purpose is to encourage neighbors who do not now have a home security system to consider installing one and to make significant discounts available for installation and monitoring of alarm systems. 

Neighbors are encouraged to diligently research the effectiveness of alarm systems in reducing home burglaries. In an article addressing that issue, the New York Times reported:

  • Researchers at Rutgers University found that security systems protect the particular homes in which they are installed and that the rate of residential break-ins decrease as the density of alarms in an area increases.
  • Researchers at UNC Charlotte interviewed 400+ convicted burglars about their decision making process when selecting targets. The researchers reported that 83% of the offenders said they take steps to determine if a targeted home had an alarm, and only 13% said they would continue the burglary attempt after discovering the home was protected by an alarm.
  • The Insurance Information Institute said the average discount from having a security system ranges from 15% to 20%.

Discounts will be available to Midway Woods & nearby neighborhoods.

Additional info and Q&A at Wed 4 Feb MWNA meeting.

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

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