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Monthly Steering Committee Minutes for 2003


OMVNA Steering Committee Meeting
November 10, 2003

Officers Attending

Chair - Ronit Bryant
Vice-Chair - Monica Smith
Treasurer - Aaron Grossman
Secretary - Claire Silver
Member-at-Large - Ken Rosenberg
Member-at-Large - Erin Sanders

Officers Not Present

Newsletter - Velva Rowell
Community Liaison - David Andrzejek

1. Introductions and Announcements

2. Approval of Minutes

  • Aaron motioned. Monica seconded, motion passed.

3. Non-Profit Status

  • Ronit completed papers. Papers were signed (by Ronit, Aaron and Claire) and will be filed with state.

4. Downtown Committee Update

  • Monica would like more info on the affordable housing being considered by St Joseph’s. She will contact them for more information.
  • The Precise Plan seems to be on hold for the time since City staff is busy with more urgent issues.

5. Treasurer’s Report

  • Oct meeting expenses were slightly less than $200. OMVNA balance is 5358.02 (CERT is 141.44).
  • Discussion of income, (generated mostly from ads). Newsletter is not needing or wanting more ads.
  • Discussion of CERT volunteers. Only 2 of the 24 CERT volunteers are living in the West of Castro area. Erin volunteered to write an article to inspire other volunteers in the West of Castro area.

6. 2004 Budget Planning

  • Overall budget planning has not happened for several years.
  • Current balance of approx $5000 was agreed upon as a good average.
  • Question was raised about giving donations.

7. OMVNA Goals Planning

  • Previously agreed upon goals were neighborhood preservation and support of downtown development.
  • We discussed and reviewed ideas for overall mission including knowing one's neighbors and building and strengthening social fabric.
  • Ideas were discussed regarding planning for future goals and how to solicit neighborhood input and increase participation. Concerns were raised about the lack of participation in the area of the neighborhood West of Castro.
  • It was agreed that neighborhood participation is higher when there are polarizing issues.
  • OMVNA discussed ideas for increasing participation. These included welcome to the neighborhood baskets and improvements to General Meetings. We discussed a possible neighborhood outreach project, which could include assisting those in need with home improvements.
  • Discussion of planning further in advance for General Meetings, better promotion of meetings and improvements of meeting content. We discussed ideas for increased participation and successful General Meetings. Discussion included Cinco de Mayo, neighborhood Olympics, kids' entertainment, ice cream social, bike rodeo, sports competition, garden tour, tree walk, house remodel tour, and house remodel discussion.
  • Ideas for increasing participation and input included increasing or improving newsletter distribution, booths or tables at festivals, summer concerts and city events, working with library programs, working with local schools and PTAs, newsletter articles, advice columns and OMV beat.
  • General Meeting dates were decided for Feb, June and Oct. No specific date set yet.

Meeting Adjourned at 9:00 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,
Claire Silver, Secretary

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Last updated: 12/16/03