September 2011 Archives

Community Engagement in 140 Characters or Less


twitterrace.pngThe Calhoun Area Residents Action Group (CARAG) and Waite Park Community Council will challenge each other next month in a race to 300 Twitter followers.

Twitter has become an increasingly important supplement to the organizations' neighborhood outreach efforts. More than 200 people have subscribed to each neighborhood's Twitter stream, making them two of the most followed accounts among all Minneapolis neighborhood organizations on Twitter. Next month, both groups will try to break the 300 follower mark before the other one. 

The goal is to build awareness for Minneapolis neighborhood organizations, as well as show how social media can help create stronger neighborhoods.

The contest will kick-off on October 1 and continue until one organization reaches 300 followers. The winner will receive a small prize from the other organization, to be presented at a future neighborhood meeting.

CARAG (@CARAGmpls) represents the heart of Uptown in southwest Minneapolis. The neighborhood is bounded by Lake Street and 36th Street to the north and south and Hennepin Avenue and Lyndale Avenue to the west and east.

Show your Northeast pride and help our neighborhood reach 300 in the coming weeks. Follow us on Twitter at @waiteparkcc

    

Neighborhood Garage Sale, Saturday, September 17

This year's Waite Park and Audubon Park Neighborhood Yard/Garage Sale is set for this Saturday, September 17th from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Over 40 households are holding sales with a wide variety of merchandise. You can view the participating addresses on the interactive map below and download a list of sales hereFinalSaleList.pdf


View Audubon/Waite Park Garage Sale in a full screen map

Waite Park Community Council Meeting Notes

August 3rd, 2011



7:00 Call to order

7:01 Introductions and sign in: Mary Farnham, Ann Kastensen, Anthony Beard, Tia Karelson, Connie Stauffer, Gary Arntsen, Lorraine Dodd, Jeffrey Martin, Jim Stillman

7:05 Financial report (Financial Report Approved)

7:10 Reports - Committee and Special -- 2 minutes or less per speaker:
  1. Minneapolis Parks and Rec Scott Gagnon:
    Fall Program registration & rec plus upcoming. New C.S.A. being added to WP Parks & Rec staff, Scott will move his office to another location.
  2. Community Education Sandy McDonald: N/A
  3. Northeast Chamber of Commerce Rpt Gabe Nelson: N/A
  4. Public Education NE Alita Bergan: N/A
  5. Communications Committee Amy Softich: N/A
  6. Waite Park Community Garden Connie Stauffer:
    Saturday is Community Garden Day event from 6:30pm - 8:30pm. All are welcome.
  7. Waite Park Voice / Web Site Anthony Beard: Next issue deadline August 5th
  8. NRP/CPED Steering Committee Gary Arnsten:
    Remaining NRP phase I money needs to be verified and potentially reallocated.

MOTION: WPCC will amend NRP plan for Home Security Rebate and Block Club Grant programs to extend until 2014. (Motion Approved)

Fall Festival Mary Farnham:
'Be the Match' cross promotion to begin. WP Wesleyan has distributed 400+ handbills to promote Fall Festival 2011. August 13
th workshop on schedule. Minimum age for participation may be lowered to 10 years old for Push Cart Derby.
MOTION: Allocate $200 for Fall Festival Banner (Motion Approved)


7:40 New Business:

WP Housing Program Update: $19,367.55 available for program income to be rolled back into loan programs or by way of NRP plan modification to be used elsewhere. $121,813.70 still available in WP Revolving Loan program and $32,990.00 available in WP Emergency Repair program. Board needs to evaluate best course of action. Will request attendance of GMHC staff at next WP board meeting to further discuss options.


8:00 Adjourn



Next Agenda Setting Meeting: Thursday, August 25, 2011

Next WPCC Meeting:  Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Meetings Held at Waite Park Community Center

Waite Park Community Council Meeting Notes

July 6, 2011



7:00 Call to order

7:01 Introductions and sign in: Gabe Nelson, Alita Bergan, Mary Farnham, Ann Kastensen, Anthony Beard, Amy Softich, Tia Karelson, Connie Stauffer, John Harriss, Gary Arntsen, Chris Shepard, Lorraine Dodd, Liz Wielinski, Eric Gilbertson

7:05 Additions and corrections to agenda (Agenda Approved)
Approval of previous month's minutes (Meeting Notes Approved as Amended)
Financial report (Financial Report Approved)

7:10 Guest Speakers and Standing Guests:

Liz Wielinski, Park Board Commissioner: The park board is in the process of figuring out what is affected by the state shutdown.  Rec Plus is not being funded by the state, but is being funded by the park board until the state funds come in.  Mississippi Dev Project is progressing.  Recently hired a new planning chair, Bruce Chamberlain.  Liz will be back in November 2011.


7:40 Reports - Committee and Special -- 2 minutes or less per speaker:
  1. Minneapolis Parks and Rec Scott Gagnon: N/A
  2. Fall Festival Mary Farnham:
    We discussed splitting up the responsibilities for the Fall Festival.  On Saturday, August 13th @ 1:00, Mary is going to teach a push cart clinic.

MOTION: WPCC will donate a swag item for 2011 registered national night out events in the WP Neighborhood. (Motion Approved)
  1. Community Education Sandy McDonald: N/A
  2. Northeast Chamber of Commerce Rpt Gabe Nelson:
    On 7/11/11 from 4:30 to 7:00pm: Volunteer opportunity with Loaves and Fishes. This is at the Creekside Community Center, in Bloomington. On 7/11/11 from 11:00 to 1:00pm: Power networking. This is at the Bloomington Chamber of Commerce, in Bloomington. This cost $20 for members and $40 for non-members.
  3. Public Education NE Alita Bergan:
    There was no PEN meeting until August.  Increasing enrollment meeting had about 200 people attend.  NE needs to find room for 300 students by 2015.  Our ideas were to make Sheridan from k through 5 vs. k through 8.  They also thought to open Webster as a community school vs. an open school.  There was talk of opening the 807 building or adding classes in Edison, but it is fairly full.  Other things coming up is the community barbecue on August 5.
  4. Waite Park Voice / Web Site Anthony Beard:
    The last issue will be showing up shortly.  The next issue's deadline is August 5.
  5. Communications Committee Amy Softich:
    There hasn't been a meeting since the last board meeting.  the shopping bags, magnets have shown up.
  6. Waite Park Community Garden Connie Stauffer:  
    The steering and communications have met.  The garden is going to participate in the community garden day on August 6 from 6:30 to 8:00.
  7. Correspondence Committee Gary Arnsten:
    Bywood's carnival is on Saturday July 9th from 9:00am to 2:30pm.  On Thursday July 28th, from 7:00 to 9:00pm What's up on the upper riverfront is happening at Bottineau Park Rec. Center.
  8. NRP/CPED Steering Committee Gary Arnsten:
    The contract between the community ed has approximately $2k available to spend until next year.



8:10 Announcements:

Eric Gilbertson is moving to Roseville, where he has bought a house.  This will be his last meeting.

Motion: WPCC thank Eric for three years, when Eric took of the newsletter.  (Motion Approved)


8:15 Old Business:

None


8:20 New Business:

Push Cart Derby Prize Money: At our agenda setting meeting we discussed giving cash prize to first and second place finishers, along with the most creative.  The third place finisher would win the swag welcome package.  In order to qualify for a cash prize you must build your own cart. If you don't build you can donate the prize to a organization that serves the WP neighborhood. We would use big fake checks and would use income from fund raising for this prize give away.  

Motion: Allocate cash prizes of $400 total from Fall Festival profits for the push car prize moneyy.  $200 for the first prize, $100 for the second prize, and $100 for the most creative.  The third place finisher will receive a bag of swag.  In order to qualify for the cash prize the winner must build its own cart.  If the winner uses a pre-built borrowed cart (WPCC push carts), the WPCC will denote the winnings to a organization that serves the WP neighborhood. (Motion Approved)

9:00 Adjourn



Next Agenda Setting Meeting: Thursday, July 28, 2011

Next WPCC Meeting:  Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Meetings Held at Waite Park Community Center



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