Greetings, and Happy New Year!

What was once only a dream has become a vibrant and growing ministry to our community!  In less than a year, the Acewood Alliance Pantry has distributed TENS of thousands of pounds of food and essentials to neighbors in need, thanks to YOUR generosity and gifts of time and energy and love.  We look forward to celebrating our one-year anniversary in February, continuing to grow, setting new records and meeting new goals in 2014.

There are 5 weeks in January.  It is Team 2/4's turn to take the 5th week this time.  Please let me know if that doesn't work for anyone!

We welcome our newest volunteers, Jordyce Natzke and Philip Marshall, to our day-teams!

Our evening pantry teams are in full swing! January will mark their third rotation of service!  Hooray!

Due to a generous gift from a member of Victory Hmong church, the pantry was able to purchase two locking cabinets to ease set-up and take-down efforts and to provide greater security for our food storage. We are still working out how to best organize and most efficiently store product... thanks in advance for your patience!

Volunteer needs:  Our slots that could use more help are primarily second shift.  My (Terri's) name is in parentheses every second shift because I leave by 2:30 to pick up kids from school.  The resulting staffing shortage is less of an issue on first/third Thursdays because we leave much of the pantry set up for the evening shift, but if anyone is looking for more opportunities to serve, that would be our first priority.  Also, Second Harvest pick-ups (usually scheduled around 10 am) and unloading are currently done by Loreen, who is due this spring.  We will eventually need to train someone (preferably someone with a van or truck!) who would be willing to take over this job or split it with someone.

Many thanks for all you do!

Terri Her
(608) 332-4949

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AuthorWilliam Schuth

ROLLING MEADOWS NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION
General Membership Meeting
September 12, 2013

President Tim Klaben called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

Guest Speakers:
Jeff Berens, Planning Engineer, WI Department of Transportation
Jerry Schmidt, WIDOT Project Manager
Terri Her, Acewood Alliance Pantry

Jeff Bernes provided information and drawings to RMNA members on the US Highway 51 Corridor Study Project from Voges Rd in McFarland to State Highway 19. The Project is looking at the Purpose and Need for a revision of Hwy 51 because of the traffic use as well as safety. The project has three Alternative plans looking at traffic safety and accidents from 2007-2011. The meeting this evening primarily focused on the project from Pflaum Road to Hwy 30. The project will also consider including Bicycle/Pedestrian Facilities. The projected construction start date is estimated to begin in 2020. Contact information can be by phone at 608-245-2656 or jeff.berens@dot.wi.gov. The Study website is http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/projects/swregion/51/index.htm.

Terri Her, Director of the Acewood Alliance Pantry, spoke about the increasing success of the neighborhood Pantry that has served over 1700 pounds of food and hygiene items to over 30 households with 1-2 new neighbors every week. They are currently open the 1st and 3rd Thursday evenings and are hoping to expand to include the 2nd and 4th Thursday evenings. They are in need of more Volunteers in order to expand. Volunteers undergo a background check, letter of recommendation, and a half-hour on-site training session. A large refrigerator was donated by Rose Molz and delivered by Brothers Main.

The 2nd Neighborhood Brat Sale is going to be held on Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 11-5:00 p.m at the Sentry Grocery Store on Cottage Grove Rd. There will be two hour shifts for volunteers and the board is eager to see new faces to come for a fun time.

The Heritage Heights Neighborhood Picnic will be held Sunday, September 15, 2013 from 11-3:00 p.m. at the Kennedy Park Shelter with a $12 donation.

The Annual Election Meeting was held this evening and discussion was made to increase the Members-at-Large from 4 to 6 members. Wyl Schuth agreed to fill the Vice President spot; Matt Ida and Laura Kenny were nominated to fill the open board positions. The Board Members introduced themselves and told a little bit about themselves. Darold Lowe moved to elect the four current Board Members and six Members-at-Large. Matt Ida second it.

Tim Klaben stated that the number of Board and General Meetings will increase to five per year.

In Jordy Natzke’s absence, Maureen Engelberger reported that the balance in the Association checking account is $3253.64.

Pete Natzke suggested that a neighboring Association has a running and walking club and that maybe our Association may want to consider this in a way to meet more of our neighborhood members.

Wyl Schuth will attempt to get an Arborist and Hoticulturist to speak at an upcoming RMNA meeting.

Matt Ida spoke on the Grant Matching Programs to assist in improving our neighborhood parks so that they are more user friendly.

Darold Lowe moved to adjourn at 8:05 p.m. and Will Schuth seconded.

 

Respectfully submitted by Maureen Engelberger, Secretary.

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AuthorWilliam Schuth
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