Southwest Hills Neighborhood Association (SHiNA) General Meeting

Sunday, February 18th, 2 – 5pm Youth House, 3350 Willamette St


Meeting Agenda:

1:15 – 2:00pm Board Members Set-Up Room.
Sign-In & Name Labels, pick up Card & Pencil – (45 mins)

2:00 – 2:05pm Meeting Starts:
Welcome Southwest Hills Neighbors – 1 of 3,671 addresses.
SHiNA Boundary Map with this location & 2 possible future subdivisions.
(Here we are at the new Youth House, on Willamette St, here’s City View & McLean Blvd.) Introduce SHiNA Board & Vote on 12/14/17 Board Meeting Minutes.
Please visit the SHiNA Website, Facebook & Nextdoor – (5 mins)

2:05 – 2:15pm Refreshments are in the kitchen area. Any Announcements or Public Comments? (2 minute maximum for 5 people) – (10 mins)

2:15 – 2:30pm Intro to Youth House & Hosea Speakers: Paul and/or David speak.

Youth House tour and Q & A time will be at 4:30pm outside this hall – (15 mins) 2:30 – 4:30pm Thank Southeast Neighbors Land-Use Sub-Committee.

Intro Clay Neal, UO Architecture Grad Student with presentation & questions about housing, density & rezoning options for SW Hills neighbors – (2 hrs) 4:30 – 5:00pm Announce Youth House tour and Q & A outside the meeting hall.

Please sign-in, leave your cards & our pencils on the table.
Also any & all SHiNA donations are greatly appreciated!
Take a voter card if you’ve moved or are unregistered for the May elections.
Next General Meeting Topic: Discuss the City Auditor measure on the May ballot. Newsletter, Website, Facebook & Nextdoor will announce the Sunday in April, time & place. Contact the SHiNA Board through our email:
Next Board Meeting: Thursday, March 8th, 6-8pm, Wayne Morse Family Farm.
Board Members please stay to Clean-Up Room.
Meeting Adjourned – (30 mins)


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20th Annual SHiNA Potluck Picnic

Sunday, August 13th 2017, 2 – 6 pm, 595 Crest Drive

We had over a hundred attendees who signed-in, some came with added partners, children and friends. There were three groups of musical entertainers, fourteen tabling booths, air rocket building, the fire truck, games, art & raffle items galore, six SHiNA Board Members and the Wayne Morse Family Farm Manager/SHiNA Liaison, that all helped to make it a successful neighborhood event. Thanks to those that marked their households on the Southwest Hills Neighborhood Association boundary map. Please check out the picnic raffle results, all winners have received their gifts. Picnic photos will be posted later.

The day at Wayne Morse Family Farm was overcast and perfectly cool for August. A few people brought potluck dishes to share. Food provided by Sundance Natural Foods and Papa John’s Pizza purchases were rapidly consumed. SHiNA supplied lemonade refreshments and made available popsicle treats.

The musical entertainment by GRRRLZ Rock and Kutsinhira’s Mhondoro Marimba Ensemble was enjoyed by all and we thank them for giving such wonderful performances.

Thanks goes out to those that were so generous:
Sundance Natural Foods, at 748 East 24th Ave, that gave a $25 gift card to purchase food for the potluck.
Papa John’s Pizza, at 30 West 29th Ave, that gave a $40 gift card to purchase four large pizzas for the potluck.
Mecca: Material Exchange Center for Community Arts, at 449 Willamette St, that supplied colored pencils, markers and paper for the art table.
Harlequin Beads and Jewelry, at 2833 Willamette St, that supplied wooden beads and stretchy string to make bracelets.
Genie H. and Erin B., for the use of their hand-painted cornhole games. They both were connections through and are in two nearby neighborhoods.

Thanks to the Tabling Booths that attendees visited which included:

  • City of Eugene, Council Member’s Emily Semple of Ward 1 & Betty Taylor of Ward 2 that represent the Southwest Hills Neighborhood and were present to answer questions.
  • City Accountability’s George Brown & David Monk that discussed the proposed initiative for an Elected, Independent City Auditor to be placed on the May ballot.
  • Voter Registration Cards that SHiNA Board members had available for you to register or to update your voter registration information with a current mailing address for the next election in May 2018.
  • Kid’s Art Table with Alida Bevirt supervising, provided a place to be creative with colored pencils and markers on her printed drawings.
  • Wild Birds Unlimited, at 2510 Willamette St, with Barbara Gleason and helpers, who displayed wonderful products to support wildlife within your yard including bird food, feeders, nesting boxes and baths. They handed out their hobby guides full of information and did bird identification of bluebirds, chickadees, finches, hummingbirds, woodpeckers, etc. They also discussed birding activities & behaviors, feeding basics & solutions and other outdoor critters.
  • Wayne Morse Historical Park Corp, Johnny Earl informed inquirers of the past Senator’s free speech history and the Family Farm property we all enjoyed during the picnic.
  • City of Eugene, Urban Forestry, Scott Altenhoff answered questions about your trees, offered tree selection and planting recommendations, power line friendly tree options and urban forest information.
  • Oregon State University (OSU), Lane County Extension Service, Master Gardeners & Master Food Preservers were available to supply gardening and food preserving knowledge. They also had a fun snail and slug wheel game with questions and gave answers as to the importance of these two gastropod molluscs.
  • Chinese Language Immersion: K – 1st Grades in 2017–18.
    & Family School (Elementary): K – 5th Grades, both located at 1155 Crest Dr.
    The Chinese Language teacher present was very excited about their new school beginning this year that will expand a grade each following year. The Family School teachers present discussed their fundamental ideals, that the responsibility for learning is shared by children, teachers and families, and that an effective learning community is based upon mutual respect.
    Jennifer Hebard, Principal:
    Vicky Wilson, Secretary:, Phone: 541-790-3700
  • Eugene Waldorf School: Toddlers – 8th Grade, located at 1350 McLean Blvd.
    The teacher present discussed their school’s mission, to educate the whole child for the future, equally engaging body, mind and spirit.
    Valerie Perrott, PR,, 541-683-6951, Ext 103
  • Youth House, at 3350 Willamette St, is a joint effort between St. Vincent de Paul, Hosea Youth Services and school liaisons with the goal of providing homeless, at-risk students (ages 16 to 18) with the secure housing, resources, casework and mentoring needed to stay in high school until graduation. Paula Berry, SVDP Director of Development and Ashley Hensley, SVDP Community Engagement Coordinator, displayed the project’s building design and shared materials about the new Youth House opening in December.
  • City of Eugene, Police Department, Police Officer’s Paul Bishop (assigned to the SHiNA area) & Margaret Mazzotta provided Crime Prevention information and free Bike Registration.
  • City of Eugene, Human Rights & Neighborhood Involvement, Rene Kane discussed the Police Chief Recruitment Outreach and other issues. The HRNI’s office provides SHiNA’s city funding and is located at 99 West 10th Ave.
  • Science Factory, Talal Alajmi interacted with kids in making and launching Air Rockets in the playing field.
  • City of Eugene, Fire Department, two Fire Fighters at the Fire Truck showed people their fire equipment in the parking lot.

Thanks for all the City and Local Business People with their great Free Giveaways and Fundraiser Donations.

A special thanks goes to the SHiNA Board Members joint effort in planning, setting up and cleaning up after this special neighborhood/community event. For the Boards presence at the SHiNA Welcome table and booths, by helping with sign-in, handing out smiley dots for household map marking and dealing with the raffle tickets, etc.

We appreciate all that attended the 20th Annual SHiNA Potluck Picnic. We would like you to join the SHiNA board and the special event planning committee for next year’s event because with more assistance it will be even better. We have 3,660 households and are asking for at least 10 people to volunteer for our neighborhood community. Also if each household donated at least $1 we could have more free food and entertainment to really improve the picnic. Please contact the Southwest Hills Neighborhood Association Board email:

Together we all made a fun Southwest Hills Neighborhood Association picnic happen!

Learn about us by visiting the SHiNA website:
or communicate via SHiNA facebook:

2017 SHiNA Picnic Raffle Winners of Free Giveaways & Fundraiser Donations

We had 24 different winners!
With over $450 in donations, we raised $102 for SHiNA.
Please participate next year so the fundraiser is more successful.

Free Giveaways

Two Spearmint Plants
Winners: E-8 Cat, E-9 Shannon

1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
Peacock Garden
$15.00 Value
Winner: D-10 Larry

1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
$15.00 Value
Winner: B-2 John

1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
The Kiss
$15.00 Value
Winner: D-9 Annemarie

Science Factory Shop
Cyclone Tube Magnifying
Bug Viewer
60 Glow Mini Stars
2 Wacky Whirler Flying Propellers
$14.00 Value
Winner: E-12 Jenifer

Kid’s Art/School Kit
24 Colored Pencils Wide Rule Notebook
Drawing Pad
20 Super Tips Markers Pen & 4 Pencils
$20.00 Value
Winner: D-6 Wendy

Five Reusable Bags from Lane County – Ditch the Disposables!
Lane County Recycler’s Handbook
Grocery Bag Pocket Towel Metal Water Bottle
Cotton Bandana
Bamboo Utensils
Stainless Steel Straw Bike Chain Keychain
Winners: A-2 Tawny, B-15 Nanci, C-12 Emily, E-3 Marlyn, G-1 Alida

Fundraiser Donations

Sunrise Asian Food Market
(Since 1999 at this Location)
70 West 29th Ave, Eugene, OR 97405 (26 years in Business)
Three $20.00 Gift Certificates
Winners: D-5 Sarah, D-11 Juan & Alice, G-1 Alida

76 Gas Station – Tycee Oil
(54 years of Service)
2910 Willamette St, Eugene, OR 97405
$25.00 Gift Card
Winner: A-12 Danika

Cafe Yumm! (Since 1997)
Meridian Building: 1801 Willamette St, Eugene, OR 97401
$25.00 Gift Card
Winner: B-9 Annabelle

Chapala Restaurante
(Since 1994)
68 West 29th Ave, Eugene, OR 97405
$25.00 Gift Card
Winner: E-4 Paula

(39 years in Business)
Meridian Building: 1801 Willamette St, Eugene, OR 97401
$25.00 Gift Certificate
Winner: E-2 Pat F.

MOD Pizza
South Eugene (Since 2017)
77 East 29th Ave, Eugene, OR 97405
$25.00 Gift Card
Winner: A-4 Pat B.

Science Factory
(Founded in 1961, Incorporated in 1977)
2300 Leo Harris Parkway, Eugene, OR 97401
4 Guest Passes to Exhibit Hall & Planetarium Show
$32.00 Value
Winner: D-12 James

BRING Recycling
(46 years of Service)
4446 Franklin Blvd, Eugene, OR 97403
$35.00 Gift Certificate
Winner: E-6 Janet

Crest Massage Center
(32 years in Business)
420 Crest Dr, Eugene, OR 97405
Gift Certificate for 1/2 Hour Massage & Hot Tub
$60.00 Value
Winner: B-14 Kathleen

The Kiva Grocery
(Locally Owned & Operated since 1970)
125 West 11th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401
$30.00 Gift Certificate
Winner: A-12 Danika

Uncommon Scents (Since 1974)
Meridian Building: 1801 Willamette St, Eugene, OR 97401
$25.00 Gift Certificate
Winner: G-5 Ryan

SHiNA Annual Picnic Signs Missing

Dear Neighbors,

The Southwest Hills Neighborhood Association (SHiNA) had it’s 20th Annual Potluck Picnic on Sunday, August 13th from 2-6pm at Wayne Morse Family Farm, 595 Crest Dr.

The weather was pleasant and the event was enjoyed by many adults and children. Thank you to everyone who came by and made the event possible.

As part of The SHiNA Annual Picnic advertisement we have put up signs a week before the event and picked them up on Monday evening. 18 of the 24 signs placed were retrieved and can be reused next year. 

6 signs were missing at:

  • City View & Shield (Found & Returned)
  • Chambers & McClean
  • 29th & Portland
  • Willamette & 30th
  • Willamette & Crest
  • Willamette & 37th

The signs cost $25 each to print and can be reused with a date change for next year.

If you picked up one of the signs please send us a message via our contact page.

Let’s reuse rather than waste, it would be much appreciated!

Janet Bevirt, SHiNA Secretary

SHiNA Picnic Sign 2017

SHiNA Potluck Picnic Raffle

This Sunday August 13th 2017 we are having our SHiNA Potluck Picnic. Part of the event is a giveaway Raffle with lots of interesting prizes.

Every Picnic Attendee will Receive a Free Raffle Ticket for a Chance of a Free Giveaway. You will also be able to receive additional Raffle Tickets for donations to the Neighborhood Association.

$1 = 1 additional ticket
$5 = 5 additional tickets
$10 = 13 additional tickets

The list of Free Giveaways contains:

  • Spearmint Plant
  • 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle “Peacock Garden” $15.00 Value
  • 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle “The Kiss” $15.00 Value
  • From the Science Factory Shop $14.00 Value
    • Cyclone Tube
    • Magnifying Bug Viewer
    • 60 Glow Mini Stars
    • 2 Wacky Whirler, Flying Propellers
  • Kid’s Art/School Kit $20.00 Value
    • Scissors
    • Drawing Pad
    • 24 Colored Pencils
    • 20 Super Tips Markers
    • Wide Rule Notebook
    • Pen & 4 Pencils
  • Lane County – Ditch the Disposables! x 5
    • Lane County Recycler’s Handbook
    • Bike Chain Keychain
    • Grocery Bag
    • Cotton Bandana
    • Pocket Towel
    • Bamboo Utensils
    • Metal Water Bottle
    • Stainless Steel Straw
  • Jung’s Alteration & Boutique (5 years in Eugene)
    30 W. 29th Ave., Eugene, OR 97405
    15% Off Any Order

The list of Fundraiser Donations includes:

  • Papa John’s Pizza (Since 1999)
    30 W 29th Ave, Eugene, OR 97405
    $20.00 Gift Certificate
  • Sunrise Asian Food Market (Since 1999 at this location)
    70 W 29th Ave., Eugene, OR 97405 (26 years in business)
    $20.00 Gift Certificate x 3
  • 76 Gas Station – Tycee Oil (54 years of service)
    2910 Willamette St, Eugene, OR 97405
    $25.00 Gift Card
  • Cafe Yumm! (Since 1997)
    Meridian Building: 1801 Willamette St, Eugene, OR 97401
    541-686-9866 (YUMM)
    $25.00 Gift Card
  • Chapala Restaurante (Since 1994)
    68 West 29th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97405
    $25.00 Gift Card
  • Folkways (39 years in business)
    Clothing, Jewelry & Gifts
    Meridian Building: 1801 Willamette St, Suite 100, Eugene, OR 97401
    $25.00 Gift Certificate
  • MOD Pizza, South Eugene (Since 2017)
    77 E. 29th Ave., Eugene, OR 97405
    $25.00 Gift Card
  • Science Factory (Founded in 1961, Incorporated in 1977)
    2300 Leo Harris Parkway, Eugene, OR 97401
    4 Guest Passes, Admission to Exhibit Hall & Planetarium Show
    $32.00 Value
  • BRING Recycling (46 years of service)
    Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – Rethink
    4446 Franklin Blvd, Eugene, OR 97403
    $35.00 Gift Certificate
  • Crest Massage Center (32 years in business)
    420 Crest Dr, Eugene, OR 97405
    Gift of Health Certificate for 1/2 Hour Massage & Hot Tub
    $45.00 – $60.00 Value


All money from the fundraiser will go towards financing the Southwest Hills Neighborhood Association expenses that include:

  • Neighborhood website hosting
  • Domain name registration
  • Neighborhood event financing not supported by the City of Eugene
  • T-Shirts for volunteers at events
  • Neighborhood bank account fees
  • Neighborhood Association EIN registration
  • Neighborhood PO Box registration
  • and much more …

Please join us for a wonderful afternoon of fun and entertainment.                                       We appreciate every visitor as well as your generosity.

Free Bicycle Registration at the SHiNA Picnic

The City of Eugene Police Department Crime Prevention Specialists, Paul Bishop, who is assigned to cover the Southwest Hills Neighborhood Association area (SHiNA) and Margaret Mazzotta will be at the SHiNA picnic providing information about crime prevention in our area.

They are offering free bicycle registration for those who would like to bring their bikes to the SHiNA Potluck Picnic on Sunday, August 13th from 2:00 – 6:00pm at Wayne Morse Family Farm on 595 Crest Drive.

Information will be provided for those who want to register their bikes in the online Lane County database.

To report a stolen bike you need a serial number, so get your bikes registered! Your bike is more likely to be recovered if its tagged.

Ride on over and register your bike at this fun free neighborhood picnic!

It’s also free to register your bike online and receive a sticker, go here to sign up:

If you are a resident of the Southwest Hills Neighborhood follow us on Facebook.

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General Meeting Thursday Jan 12, 2017

I apologize for this very late notice.  

There has been some confusion over the neighborhood General Meetings. Last year we met monthly at Good Sam at 3500 Hilyard on the 3rd Sunday, 2pm.

The Board has scheduled less frequent meetings and is trying to move to a week night. We are still narrowing down a venue so this is still being worked.

For January, the meeting is tonight, Thursday 1/12 starting at 6pm at the Wayne Morse Family Farm. There is a limit of 30 people allowed, but we have not seen this number of people in a few months so hopefully we will be within the fire code regulation limit this evening.

We are moving to a weeknight as Sunday afternoons were hard for folks weekend schedule. Once we secure a venue I will share the calendar with you and on our website, which is also in transition.

I apologize for the confusion. We are working to have this rectified shortly.

I am also hoping with a more mobile society that we can incorporate some of the discussions on NextDoor. Being able to communicate when convenient and without a 2 hour time commitment seems to make more sense these days.

The decisions being discussed and voted on are important for everyone in this neighborhood. I hope to encourage more of that with this tool.



During the October 23 General Meeting, the following nominations for the 2016-2017 Executive Board were approved unanimously by the General Membership:

  • Chair: Vic Hariton
  • Vice Chair: Ralph McDonald
  • Secretary: Janet Bevirt
  • Treasurer: Vic Hariton

At Large volunteers, to be appointed by the Chair at the November 20 General Meeting include:

  • Colleen McCaffrey
  • Ann Miller
  • Francina Verrijt

Please plan on attending the November 20 General Meeting to elect the Executive Board.  The meeting will be at Good Samaritan Society, 3500 Hilyard Street, at 2:00pm.