Weekly Newsletter for March 15

It’s going to be SHiNA – We think that’s the best acronym for our new name. (Think of the possibilities: “SHiNA on Harvest Moon”, “Can America compete with SHiNA?”, “SHiNA adapts new Foreign Policy ”

From now until April 2, your editor will be traveling, so this newsletter will not be appearing until early April. I’m sorry for the interruption but am looking forward to our trip south.

A reminder: The next general meeting will be in April, focusing on garden advice and events. We will have expert gardeners to answer your questions, we’ll have displays, and we’ll have music, too!

One item we will delay until June. This is the issue of private roads in the city, which came up at our January meeting. We will try to find a speaker from the city to address this, and we will provide more accurate information on our neighborhood’s private streets, including Horizon Rd.

Progress on our new charter:

We have sent off the text approved by our general meeting to the City, which is examining it. If there are small changes requested we will make them. Larger changes would require another vote. Presuming all goes well, the charter will be submitted to the City Council for approval within the next month or so. That will mark the official name and border change, although we have already started using the new arrangements.

We are hoping to find new members for our board from the area to the south which is being transferred from Southeast neighbors to Southwest Hills. If you might be interested or if you know of anyone who would be, or if you belong to an organization or homeowners association whose concerns should have representation on our board, please contact me at dkolb@bates.edu.

We haven’t received any new local crime reports in the last week.

From the City:

1) Building a Culture of Preparedness in West Eugene
When it comes to being prepared for the unexpected, we need to take a community approach. As CERT volunteers, we have the ability to make a difference. Here in West Eugene, we have the training and resources to build a culture of preparedness.

During this workshop, we will discuss how to improve upon our communication in everyday life and in emergency situations. You will also have the chance to learn about the 5-step program for neighborhood preparedness, pioneered by the City of Los Angeles.

March 21, 2015
5:30 – 7:30 PM
2nd & Chambers, 1705 W 2nd Ave, Classroom 6

For more information, email cert@ci.eugene.or.us

2) Northwest Permaculture Convergence

The 2015 Northwest Permaculture Convergence will take place at the River Road Park Recreation Center August 28-30. Join us for a coming together of people from all over the Northwest who are making their homes, neighborhoods and communities safer, more healthy and green.
The Convergence will include presentations and site tours featuring front yard gardens, solar design, edible landscaping, green preparedness, collaborations between neighbors and much more. A priority for the event is to bring neighborhood leaders together from all over the Northwest to compare notes about greening their neighborhoods.

Jan Spencer is one of the core organizers and would be glad to make a presentation for Eugene Neighborhood Associations to show and tell about permaculture, the Convergence and what can be done with an average suburban property for taking care of more needs closer to home.

Take the Survey to help determine the most useful and practical presentations you might like
https://docs.google.com/a/northwestpermaculture.org/forms/d/19JeUSeOh7mdB5DM45NMlO83daBTXU4xB9KUSvs8TC8c/viewform