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September 24, 2019

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Attendees: Kathryn Warren, President; Carol Rybarski, Social Chair Michelle Touchet, Secretary; Kenda North, Past-President and Communications; Ellie Hajek, Heritage Oak Cliff Rep; Heather Perlowski (new Old Orchard resident)

  1. Treasurer’s Report, Senour sent report via email
    1. No new memberships, Total as of today 67
    1. SPE grant check cleared ($700)
    1. Current balance ~$1500
  2. Nominee Ideas for 2020 Board
    1. Nathan Cox for Treasurer—Kenda spoke with him @ a cocktail party and “he didn’t run.”
    1. Kat Davenport for Social Media
    1. Pittengers are not interested at this time
    1. Michelle to ask Rhea
  3. Neighborhood Association 101
    1. Doing things nice for the neighborhood
    1. Doing things nice for the greater community
  4. Octoberfest (October 4)
    1. Location: 1800 and 1802 front yards
    1. Middlebrook neighbors are invited
    1. Semi-BYOB
    1. Needs 3 6’ tables (Cheryl, Michelle)
    1. Yard Lights (Michelle), Twinkle lights (Cheryl R., Kenda)
    1. Folding Chairs (bring them over Thursday prior)
    1. Food
      1. Carmelized onions, sauerkraut, brats (Cheryl R.)
      1. Weenies, buns, and brats (Ellie)
      1. Potato something (Kenda)
      1. Dessert (Kathryn)
      1. Something German/Polish (Heather)
      1. Pretzels and mustard (Michelle)
  5. New Neighbor Brunch, October 13
    1. 11:00-1:00 pm
    1. Cheryl Auckman’s house
    1. Cheryl A. (egg casserole), Ellie (cinnamon rolls), Kathryn (bacon), and Cheryl R (whatever) will bring food
  6. Talk to Chad about possible future of Christian Science church
  7. VII.         Halloween
    1. Dues to pay for police patrol (Lindsey Patterson to take care of ordering this)
  8. Operation Beautification, November 2
    1. Park clean up (right after Halloween)
    1. Kathryn to register our neighborhood
    1. City to provide trash bags, grippers, and trees

The next Board Mtg will be October 22 at Michelle Touchet’s House, 1909 Old Orchard Dr.

Respectfully submitted, Michelle Touchet.

August 27, 2019

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SPENA Meeting Minutes 8/27/19

Present:  Carole Somers-Clark; Alicia; Cheryl Aukeman; Carol Rybarski; Ellie Hajek; Kathryn Warren; Kenda North

Discussion:  Kenda’s suggestion for a paragraph for how to question something with the CD ordinance; it was edited and will be published.

Ged Dipprey asked about inviting Middlebrook community to our First Friday; Kathryn asked if they would need to join First Friday and be on our mailing list.  To do:  is there a contact person for the Neighborhood; can he facilitate.

Discussion on Kessler Townhomes between Hampton and the new development at Fort Worth Ave.  Decided it was not in SPENA and not in our interest. The developer asked us for input; Kathryn and Carole thought that they architecture did not match our neighborhood.  Ellie commented that is a ‘single mass’, seems too large for the lot. 

New Neighbor Brunch-

Discussed new neighbors; trying to find addresses. 

Combined our listed addressed.

Pickett’s put their house on the market; many offers. 

New Neighbor Brunch:

October 13th  Sunday

Mail Invites:

Sept 30th  11:00

Oktoberfest:  October 4th

Ellie’s front yard

And neighbor

Looking for contributions; need food for kids. 

Bring your favorite beer.

INVITATION children encouraged.

June 25, 2019

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Attendees: Kathryn Warren, President; Erik & Christine Kulstad, Vice President; Michelle Touchet, Secretary; Cheryl Aukeman, Greenspace Rep; Kenda North, Past-President and Communications

  1. Treasurer’s Report, Senour sent report via email
    1. Peggy and Brett interested in joining SPENA
      1. Are the interested in joining the board, too? Ask Alisha
  2. Nominee Ideas for 2020 Board, Warren
    1. Alisha does not want to run for treasurer again
    1. Nathan Cox for Treasurer
    1. Kat Davenport for Social Media
    1. Frank Pittenger for Secretary (co-office holders with Michelle/wife)
  3. Mess on Colorado
    1. City? Park Dept? Water?
    1. Ruined the ‘park’ area
    1. How can we get that creek area cleaned up?
    1. Neighborhood group trying to pull together a cleanup crew (Cheryl to investigate)
  4. Methodist Hospital, Warren
    1. Fitness center to be in a NO BUILD zone
    1. Methodist to sell hospital? Petition?—bd decision-not on spena site
  5. Social Chair Report, Rybarski via Warren
    1. Checks from HOC in support of events
      1. Cinco de Mayo
      1. Equipment at Stevens Park Elementary
    1. Ged Dipprey to host August First Friday
  6. Fundraiser, Aukeman
    1. GOAL: have them for membership mtg 1/2020
    1. Order by September
    1. Bags $3/cost
    1. Goal to sell 500
    1. Kayli to help design, open to a broad audience (not exclusively SP)

The next Board Mtg will be July 23 at a location TBD.

Respectfully submitted, Michelle Touchet.

March 26, 2019

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Attendees: Erik Kulstad, Vice Presidents; Carol Rybarski, Social Chair; Cheryl Freydberg, Greenspace Rep; Alisha Senour, Treasurer; Kenda North, Past President; Ellie Hajek

  1. Discussion of recent demolition on Colorado Blvd. 
  2. Social Chair Report, Rybarski
    1. Next First Friday at Douglass Klahr and Arlan Miller, 2020 Marydale, April 5, 2019
    1. NEED: August First Friday host
      1. Lindsay and Forest Patterson-possible?
    1. Block Party Cinco de Mayo-4th of May, noon-4:00 @ Annie Stevens Park
      1. Band lined up
      1. Bounce House lined up
      1. Face Painter (Kathryn to contact her)
      1. Hamburger Man lined up (too late to change to Damian/Lockhart, but aim for next year)
    1. First Friday, 3 of May—move to second Friday? Move to August? Move to July? (Kenda emailed Mike Argy to see which he prefers)
  3. Treasurer’s Report, Senour
    1. ~$8880 balance (7 new households joined, for 57 total, last year ended with 77)
    1. $100 donation from Calvos (need to write a thank you note still?)
    1. Melissa Jordan gave $100 – also need to write thank you note
    1. IRS 990 post card has been filed by Alisha, previous year filing appears to be pending, for unclear reason
  4. Survey Report, updates
    1. REQUESTS: Creek clean-up – golf course workers mentioned that they aren’t required to clean up now after new superintendent arrived – will reach out via golfer(s)
    1. More Art: See Greenspace contributions
    1. Progressive Dinner: Monty & Mary Alice interested in participating
      1. Fundraiser
      1. Food donated from local businesses
        1. Cooper’s Meat Mkt
        1. Cretia’s
  5. April 27th is It’s My Park Day- Spring 2019 – TBD contact person, Carol Rybarski volunteered
  6. Fundraiser
    1. Cheryl looking into shopping bag
    1. Possibly ask Kaylee to design an image/saying
  7. General-Annual Business Meeting – Set for Wednesday 22nd of May
    1. Realtor:
      1. Crystal not able (per Alisha), Ged (Kathryn)
    1. City Councilperson: Chad-? (Kathryn to talk to him at Cheryl F.’s fundraiser)
  8. Heritage Oak Cliff, Somers-Clark (not in attendance)
    1. Stevens Park elementary project – upcoming grant cycle, can we apply, and for how much?
  9. Beautification Projects, Warren (as per Ellie)
    1. Operation Beautification is May 18, after the May 4th block party, so will focus on It’s My Park Day
  10. Membership, Warren
    1. Welcome Baskets
      1. Across from Erik & Christine (Matt and Mary)
      1. Kathryn’s across the street neighbor (?)
      1. need to be invited to new neighbor brunch
      1. New person next to rock lawn house
      1. Mayflower across Monty and MaryAlice
  11. Social Media-FB, Constant Contact “tweaking” – check if SJ is on SPENA email?

The next meeting will be held at the home of Carole Somers-Clark on April 23rd @ 7:00 pm.

Respectfully submitted, Erik Kulstad.

February 26, 2019

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Attendees: Kathryn Warren, President; Christine & Erik Kulstad, Vice Presidents; Michelle Touchet, Secretary; Carole Somers-Clark, Heritage Oak Cliff (HOC) Rep; Cheryl Freydberg, Greenspace Rep; Alisha Senour, Treasurer; SJ Sellers, Social Media Consultant (sjsellers@pobox.com)

  1. Social Chair Report, Rybarski
    1. Second Friday-@ The Cliff House hosted by Deavon and Baineses
    1. NEED: August First Friday host
      1. Lindsay and Forest Patterson-possible?
    1. Block Party Cinco de Mayo-4th of May, noon-4:00 @ Annie Stevens Park
      1. Band lined up
      1. Bounce House lined up
      1. Face Painter (Katherine to contact her)
      1. Hamburger Man lined up
    1. First Friday, 3 of May—move to second Friday? Move to August? Move to July? (Kathrine to talk to Mike Argy to see which he prefers)
  2. Treasurer’s Report, Senour
    1. 50 Households Paid (25%- about 2% higher than this time last year)
    1. ~$8000 balance
    1. $100 donation from Calvos (need to write a thank you note)
    1. P. O. Box payment
  3. Survey Report, Kulstad
    1. 18 reponses (9% response rate)
    1. REQUESTS: Creek clean-up
    1. Creek Clean up mentioned—Cheryl F. to talk to Greenspace about this
    1. “Older kid” playground equipment (ideas from Flagpole Hill park)
      1. Need to investigate city impact
    1. More Art: See Greenspace contributions
    1. Progressive Dinner: Monty & Mary Alice interested in participating
      1. Fundraiser
      1. Food donated from local businesses
        1. Cooper’s Meat Mkt
        1. Cretia’s
  4. Fundraiser
    1. Cheryl to look into shopping bag
    1. Possibly ask Kaylee to design an image/saying
  5. Dash for the Beads-water station
    1. Cheryl, Kenda, Carole, Kathryn and Eleanor (volunteers)
    1. Water Station to be staffed by 9:00 am to receive supplies
    1. Race starts at 9:30 am
  6. General-Annual Business Meeting
    1. Realtor:
      1. Crystal(Alisha), Ged (Kathryn)
    1. City Councilperson: Chad-? (Kathryn to talk to him at Cheryl F.’s fundraiser)
  7. Heritage Oak Cliff, Somers-Clark
    1. Home Tour didn’t generate as much income
    1. Had been “eating into” their savings
    1. So…grant monies available have significantly decreased
  8. Beautification Projects, Warren (as per Ellie)
    1. Operation Beautification
      1. May 18
      1. Park clean up (pinchers and bags provided by The City)
      1. Can we clean up the creek? (Warren to ask if this is possible)
    1. All Things Beautification Workshop
  9. Membership, Warren
    1. Welcome Baskets
      1. Across from Erik & Christine (Matt and Mary)
      1. Kathryn’s across the street neighbor (
      1. need to be invited to new neighbor brunch
  10. Social Media-FB, Constant Contact “tweeking”

The next meeting will be held at the home of the Kenda North (1824 Mayflower) on March 26 @ 7:00 pm.

Respectfully submitted, Michelle Touchet.

January 8, 2019

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Attendees: Kathryn Warren, President; Erik & Christine Kulstad, Vice President; Michelle Touchet, Secretary; Carole Somers-Clark, Heritage Oak Cliff (HOC) Rep; Carol Rybarski, Social Chair; Kenda North, Past President

  1. Treasurer Report, Senour
    1.  
  2. Membership Party, Warren
    1. Location: Rybarski’s
    1. Sign Up Table
    1. Annc New Board Members
    1. Intro/Explain Upcoming Survey-include suggestions
    1. First Friday Sign up Sheet
    1. Basket for Dues Checks (Dues increased to $50 for 2019)
    1. Distribution of Invitations
      1. Thanks to Cheryl for printing the invitations!!!!!
  3. Social Chair Report, Warren
    1. New neighbors
      1. 1025 N Oak Cliff (Creepy clown house)
      1. 2007 Mayflower (Matt and Mary)
      1. 1139 Plymouth (huge picture window)
      1. 2036 Mayflower (across from Kathryn)
    1. General Business Meeting
      1. Possible Dates: May 22 or May 15 (prefer 22nd)
      1. Possible Speakers: Elba Garcia, County Commissioner; other suggestions; Jerry Nisel, Turner House Board Member; Joe Whitney, Artist; Professional Arborist
      1. Location: SP Golf Course Club House
  4. HOC, Somers-Clark
    1. HOC Grant Application due end of May/first of June
    1. 311 Complaints regarding refuse in Coombs Creek, include specific information on location, type and size of refuse collection.

POSSIBLE PROJECTS: Reserve budget for 1 yr expenses; improve more sidewalks; paint street lamps; more community outreach-schools; family programming), artwork for “triangle” (triangle=N Oak Cliff @ Plymouth)

POSSIBLE RESOURCE: SJ and D, SJ said she is interested in helping with SPENA social media

The next meeting (4th Tuesday of the month) will be held at the home of Kenda North (1824 Mayflower) on Tuesday, February 26 @ 7:00 pm.

Respectfully submitted, Michelle Touchet.

November 13, 2018

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Attendees: Kathryn Warren, President; Erik & Christine Kulstad, Vice President; Michelle Touchet, Secretary; Alisha Senour, Treasurer; Carole Somers-Clark, Heritage Oak Cliff (HOC) Rep; Cheryl Freydberg, Greenspace Rep

  1. Treasurer Report, Senour
    1. Spent money on Halloween security
    1. About break even revenue v expenses (including the grant money)
    1. One additional member joined since last month
  2. Fundraising, Warren
    1. Ideas:
      1. Silent Auction during Membership party
      1. Bumper sticker (OCTX)
      1. Iris bulbs
      1. Tshirts, shopping bags/totes (75208)
      1. Leave fliers/constant contact
    1. New Meeting Night
      1. Switch to 4th Tuesday of the month
      1. Starting February 2019
    1. New Board Members
      1. Everyone want to keep positions?
      1. Who do we know that may want to participate? Bring them to the January 8 mtg.
  3. Social Chair Report, Warren
    1. Holiday Party, December 7– Freydberg
      1. Solicit donations for Promise House
      1. Kenda to include this in Constant Contact (still working on it, use list from website)
      1. Kenda to connect with Harriet RE logistics
    1. Membership Party, January 19 – Rybarski
      1. Sign up First Friday Hosts
      1. Dues increased to $50 for 2019
      1. Invitation to include what dues are for
        1. Divide up the streets for flier distribution
  4. HOC, Somers-Clark
    1. School closure stance? Help promo meetings

POSSIBLE PROJECTS: *Green painted lamp posts—need painting, city property*Fundraiser Possibility? (reserve budget for 1 yr expenses; improve more sidewalks; paint street lamps; continue current projects while meeting rising costs; more community outreach-schools; family programming), irrigation for “triangle”

POSSIBLE RESOURCE: SJ and D, SJ said she is interested in helping with SPENA social media

The next meeting will be held at the home of Michelle Touchet (1909 Old Orchard) on Friday, January 8 @ 7:00 pm.

Respectfully submitted, Michelle Touchet.

October 9, 2018

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Attendees: Kathryn Warren, President; Christine Kulstad, Vice President; Michelle Touchet, Secretary; Carol Rybarski, Social Chair; Carole Somers-Clark, Heritage Oak Cliff (HOC) Rep; Cheryl Freydberg, Greenspace Rep; Kenda North, Past President; Ellie Hajek, Membership Chair

  1. Brunch, Warren
    1. 0 positive RSVPs
    1. Skip it this year and re-invite this year’s neighbors again next year.
    1. Troy Charcon—email bounced back, Ellie to follow up with him
  2. Social Chair Report, Rybarski
    1. First Friday, November – Kulstad
    1. Holiday Party, December 7– Freydberg
      1. Solicit donations for Promise House
      1. Kenda to include this in Constant Contact
      1. Kenda to connect with Harriet RE logistics
    1. Membership Party, January 19 – Rybarski
      1. Sign up First Friday Hosts
    1. Cinco de Mayo ideas
      1. Band
      1. Dance contest (with kids), musical chairs
      1. Pinata
      1. Adult Pinata, charge
    1. Halloween
      1. Emphasize money SPENA puts into this evening
      1. PERSONALLY Invite neighbors to participate
  3. Survey, Warren/Kulstad: To send it out in January
  4. New Directory, may wait until 2020 or simply distribute supplemental pages
  5. GreenSpace Golf Tournament, Freydberg
    1. Rained out at the 6th hole
    1. A good time was had by all
    1. Continuing to pursue funding for artwork in the medians
  6. New Neighbor Welcome Baskets, Hajek
    1. Corner of N Oak Cliff and Mayflower
    1. Ellie will follow up on home Ged mentioned
    1. What will be done with the double lot across from Toddler park
  7. HOC, Somers-Clark
    1. Home Tour, October 20-21
      1. 2 homes in Wynnwood North
      1. Tickets available at Tom Thumb, $20 advance, $25 day of event
    1. New folks in the HOC board for next year
    1. Candidates Forum, October 16, 6:00 pm @ Bishop Dunne Auditorium
      1. 13 candidates for District 4 (Caraway’s position)
      1. Election Day: November 6
      1. Forums for future elections forthcoming

POSSIBLE PROJECTS: *Green painted lamp posts—need painting, city property*Fundraiser Possibility? (reserve budget for 1 yr expenses; improve more sidewalks; paint street lamps; continue current projects while meeting rising costs; more community outreach-schools; family programming)

POSSIBLE RESOURCE: SJ and D, SJ said she is interested in helping with SPENA social media

The next meeting will be held at the home of ? (?) on November 13 @ 7:00 pm.

Respectfully submitted, Michelle Touchet.

September 9, 2018

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Attendees: Kathryn Warren, President; Christine Kulstad, Vice President; Michelle Touchet, Secretary; Carol Rybarski, Social Chair; Carole Somers-Clark, Heritage Oak Cliff (HOC) Rep; Cheryl Freydberg, Greenspace Rep; Kenda North, Past President; Ellie Hajek, Membership Chair

Guest: Chad West, City Planning Commissioner

  1. Chad West
    1. Red brick apartment complex, Virginia Manor, has been sold
      1. Interested in apartment development and/or townhomes
      1. Find out residential proximity slope?
      1. Primary ingress street? Ft. Worth Ave?
      1. Plymouth thoroughfare plans (Griggs got bond money for streets)
      1. Townhomes in front of Khan Elementary
      1. Methodist Health and Wellness Center (AKA Fulsome Fitness Ctr)
        1. Tripling the size
        1. Olympic size pool
        1. Open to outside membership
        1. Pecan grove
  2. Treasurer’s Report, Warren (for Senour)
    1. 2 new members
    1. $60 donation
  3. Social Chair Report, Rybarski
    1. First Friday-October 5 @ Susan and Dennis Vrana
    1. New Member Brunch
      1. October 14, 2018 @ Cheryl Fredberg
      1. 24 attendees (at the most)
      1. To invite past SPENA board presidents
    1. Halloween
      1. Lindsey & Forest Patterson are taking on this project
        1. Kenda to send draft of Halloween email [Service/participation]
  4. Membership Report, Warren
    1. Many homes for sale that aren’t selling
  5. Heritage Oak Cliff, Somers-Clark & Hajek
    1. Home Tour October 20-21, noon – 6:00 pm (9 homes)
    1. Call for nominations for
      1. Ruth Chenoweth Award (suggestions: Friends of Oak Cliff Parks; Oak Cliff Society for Fine Arts/Turner House; Chicago Title house across from Sunset HS; GreenSpace)
      1. Neighborhood Champion Award (suggestion: Rachel Stone)
  6. GreenSpace Report, Freydberg
    1. Golf tournament: October 8, 2018
    1. Improved website-easy to donate
    1. SPENA website now has a link to the golf tournament
  7. SPENA Survey created to be sent out via Constant Contact (results will be on the next meeting’s agenda)
  8. Nominating committee needs? If you are NOT interested in running for your current position, please notify Kathryn to determine a need for nominations.

The next meeting will be held at the home of the Kulstads (2000 Mayflower) on October 9 @ 7:00 pm.

Respectfully submitted, Michelle Touchet.

August 14, 2018

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Attendees: Kathryn Warren, President; Eric Kulstad, Vice Presidents; Alisha Senour, Treasurer; Michelle Touchet, Secretary; Carol Rybarski, Social Chair; Carole Somers-Clark, Heritage Oak Cliff (HOC) Rep; Cheryl Freydberg, Greenspace Rep; Kenda North, Past President; Ellie Hajek, Membership Chair

  1. Treasurer’s Report, Senour
    1. Cash on hand: just under $6k
    2. We’re eating into savings and waiting for grants to come in
      1. Block party ($500)
      2. sidewalk
    3. 4 checks for sidewalks have cleared, missing one check
    4. Dues increase to $50
  2. Membership Report, Senour/Hajek
    1. Total: 74 members
    2. Directory/Constant Contact data merge
      1. Ask Sloan to “clean” up the duplicates
      2. How do we deal with deletions?
        1. Neighbors can unsubscribe
        2. Kenda (or other) can delete neighbors who have died
      3. New Neighbors-9 in 2018 so far
      4. New Membership Brunch
        1. Date: October 14, 2018, 11:00 – 1:00 pm
        2. Location: Cheryl Aukeman Freydberg’s Home, 1915 W Colorado
  • Kenda to print invitations
  1. Cheryl will reach out for donations closer to the event
  • Social Chair Report, Rybarski
    1. Next First Friday
      1. September 7, 2018
      2. Michelle & Kassie’s, 1909 Old Orchard Dr
    2. SPENA PROMOTIONS FOR CONSIDERATION
      1. Questionnaire (Warren & Kulstad)
        1. How have you participated in SPENA events?
        2. What else would you like for us to do?
      2. Provide “invoice” to serve as a paper reminder to join SPENA (Senour)
        1. Combine with membership party invitation
        2. Different card stock and/or shape than invitation
      3. Signs in yards of those who are having sidewalks repaired (Hajek)
    3. GreenSpace Report, Freydberg
      1. East Kessler Island-Combs Creek Trail, art piece installed
      2. Golf tournament: October 8, 2018
      3. Improved website
    4. Heritage Oak Cliff, Somers-Clark
      1. Home Tour Reveal at Bishop Arts Theater, September 10, 6:30
      2. Home Tour October 20-21, noon – 6:00 pm

The next meeting will be held at the home of Carol Rybarski (1935 Colorado) on September 11 @ 7:00 pm.

Respectfully submitted, Michelle Touchet.