Thursday, June 18, 2009

Ice cream social grant application description

I thought folks might be interested in reading the lovely piece Gillian wrote for our grant application, which was accepted. Below is the text with minor revisions to meet all criteria of the application (particularly, notification).
The Grandview Hills Neighborhood Ice Cream Social will take place on Sunday, Aug 16, 2009. The date is carefully selected to include as many neighbors as possible. We like to choose a date after school starts so parents can chat and school children will be connected and possibly sharing the same schools and teachers. Under the shade of a very old Locust Tree we will gather together and meet and visit. Some older folks are sure to be guided to chairs, while teenagers will linger and joke in clusters to the side. Many couples will introduce themselves and smile, and all of us will line up for helpings of ice cream. Generous contributions from neighbors will include watermelon, peaches, zucchini bread, chocolate bars and chocolate strawberry dip and will all be placed on a table to be shared. Even contributions of daffodil bulbs and other plants will be offered and shared with eager gardeners.
The Neighborhood Association will provide ice for cooling, lemonade, napkins, toppings and fourteen gallons of various flavored ice cream, including homemade varieties. Other items including drinking pitchers, tables, tablecloths and ice cream scoops will be provided by neighbors, as well as a canopy for shade. Everyone is encouraged to bring a bowl and spoon to cut back on disposable waste and a washing station is provided for clean up. Croquet will be set up on the lawn and Frisbees will fly in the street, while younger children will laugh and run and yet some even smaller children will watch from the safety of holding a friendly hand.
The Association will notify all neighbors via flyers approximately one week prior to the social, as well as through our email list, which 57% of the neighborhood is on, and a notice on our neighborhood website.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

2009-06-13 Annual Meeting

The annual membership meeting was held prior to the block party on June 13. Below are the minutes as recorded by Claudia Lindman, Secretary.
The meeting was delayed due to a lack of a quorum. By laws state that we need 10 households represented in order to conduct the meeting. As we had only 8 we started with a steering committee meeting. Jeff moved that we temporarily suspend the requirement to have a minimum of 10 present. Claudia seconded. The motion passed.
Chris called the meeting of the GHNA end of fiscal year to order at 2:30. 9 members were present , Lindman, Eller, Novotney, Garraghty, Satterfield, Morris, Crable, Fox. and Andrews. Later Rozycki joined us to make 10 present.
Chris thanked Lori and Jeff for their efforts arranging for the Block party which followed the meeting. He thanked Megan for her help assisting him as president these past two years. We all thanked Chris for his leadership as president of the association. Chris recommended that the upcoming steering committee review the association By-Laws in the coming year.
The secretaries report was read by Claudia Lindman. Harold moved acceptance, Mike seconded and the motion passed without dissent. Jeff gave the treasurers report. He said there was $41.04 in the account. The expense of advertising the yard sale was $ 40, the magnets which were delivered to each house cost $42. There were no questions.
Member-at-large: Lori had nothing to report.
Neighborhood watch: Jeannie asked if action needed to be taken regarding reports of speeding in the neighborhood. Contact Jeannie Novotney for concerns. Mike recommended that we join with other neighborhood associations to ask the city to lower the neighborhood speed limit from 30 to 25 miles per hour. This is a recurring concern across the city.
Old Business: None
New business: Claudia noted that there is a rumor that Bell Trace is considering building a road into the neighborhood through a lot (purchased from Marge Toole) by the owner of Bell Trace for his daughter. The daughter has recently moved into the house. Mike noted that any plans for a path or drive would have to be taken before the Plan Commission and that neighbors would have to be notified by law. He suggested someone call the Plan Commission and ask who would be notified of such a plan if it exists.
The issue of the multitude of cars, a boat, a trailer and a car for sale at the entrance of the neighborhood was raised. When this was brought to the HAND group a couple years ago the reply was “inconclusive”. The house was found to be rented by no more that 3 unrelated adults. Since there are usually many more than 3 cars on the premises including several that park on the grass, we feel this is an issue. Chris said that anyone can contact Sergeant Oldham of the police department for assistance. He is assigned as liaison for our neighborhood.
The third question discussed was the lack of a sidewalk on the SW corner of Pete Ellis across from the Post Office. Mike said the sidewalk was torn up in order to cut the tree roots so that the trees might be moved when the street was widened. Then the City ran out of money. The State plans to widen 45 (10th) but we don’t know when. It didn’t make sense to build a sidewalk then have to tear it down. Julie suggested they build it where they planned to when Pete Ellis is widened.
Ice Cream Social: Gillian will be hosting this event August 16th. Megan noted that there is an Ice Cream Social grant through HAND. Julie agreed to submit a grant application.
The election of officers for President and Member at Large was held. Lori nominated Megan as President. Megan accepted the nomination. The motion to elect Megan was made by Lori and seconded by Harold. Megan was elected President unanimously.
Claudia nominated Julie Fox as Member at Large. Julie accepted. Megan made the motion, Harold seconded. Julie was elected unanimously. Thank you Megan and Julie!!!!
Jeannie moved to accept the current By Laws for the coming year. Harold seconded. The motion passed. We may decide to amend the By Laws at the June meeting 2010.
Mary Alice moved to adjourn the meeting at 3:30. Harold seconded. The motion was passed without descent.
Respectfully submitted,
Claudia Lindman, Recording Secretary.

Friday, June 12, 2009

2009 Block Party

The block party was once again a success! Pictures from the event are attached below.
When: Saturday, June 13th
What: Annual Meeting 2 – 3 pm; Neighborhood Party 3 - 6 pm
Where: Staats between Grandview and Post

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Why do you live in Grandview Hills?

For our table at the Blooming Neighborhoods Celebration, we would like to put together a poster of why folks choose to live here. Let's advertise our neighborhood and give people a reason to watch for properties to come on the market here.
So, why do you live here? Why did you choose this neighborhood and why do you stay? If you can think of a few sentences, a poem, a top ten list, whatever, please share it.
Here are the responses used on the poster at the Blooming Neighborhoods Celebration:
As you know, my house was on the market last year. I didn't move because I couldn't find a house I could afford and liked as well as 501. But I wasn't at all disappointed; rather, I was GLAD not to leave this neighborhood. Here's why: there's space and privacy, yet a sense of congeniality and community. It's a quiet and attractive area, too -- two attributes that are really important to me. It's close to everything commercial and cultural, but has a feeling of separateness and seclusion.
– Bonnie Fisher
There are lots of reasons I love Grandview Hills. We have lived here for nearly 15 years now and raised our sons here. 

- Safe, small neighborhood

- People are friendly and take time to get to know each other

- Neighbors were kind and patient with our sons when they delivered the newspaper for 3-4 years

- With definable boundaries, it is easier for kids to stay in the neighborhood when riding bikes. (They know where Grandview Hills ends!)

- Interesting people live here!

- Beautiful trees, lawns, open green spaces

- Active neighborhood association

– Terri Arnold
I love the fact that we live so close to the University that I can bike to work and around town!
I love the fact that there are 3 bus routes that are less than 1/2 mile from our front door!
I love being able to walk to Target or Marsh or Bloomingfoods!
I love having the Indiana Rail Road travel past our backyard!
I love that there is a mix of IU students, individuals, families with young and older children and prime timers and we all seem to gel!
I love that our houses look vastly different from each other--no cookie cutter houses here!
I love that our daughter is able to attend an amazingly diverse elementary school--less than a mile from our front door!
I love that we help look out for each other!
I love that our neighborhood is quiet!
I love that our neighbors are friendly and care about us!
I love that we have the Grandview Hills Neighborhood Association to encourage us to be more neighborly!
I love the get-togethers we have and getting to know each other!
Most of all, I love the sense of community and ownership we have living in Grandview Hills.
– Rachel Wheeler
This is why I like living in the Grandview Hills neighborhood.
Great neighborhood
Red, orange, and yellow trees each fall
Annual block party
Nice neighbors
Dogwoods and daffodils bloom in spring
Variety of home styles
Indiana University just minutes away
Everything close by
Winter beauty
Helpful neighbors
Ice cream social in summer
Lovely lawns
Location, location, location
Shady streets
– Judy Wagner
My husband and I moved into Grandview Hills in 1969, 40 years ago! Here we raised our family and conducted our lives in a safe and friendly neighborhood. Everyone has always pulled together when there were issues that affected us. Having a train run past our back yard has been a blessing as well. Our children learned to count with these trains. We have always proudly said that we live on the "right side of the tracks".
– Claudia Lindman
Top Ten Reasons to Live in Grandview Hills
10. Affordable houses on good size lots, a Bloomington rarity
9. University Elementary district
8. No homeowners association, but a great neighborhood association
7. Lots of mature trees and open spaces
6. Individuality of neighbors and houses – we’re not all the same!
5. Quiet, with little through traffic, safe for the kids to play outside
4. Wildlife – deer, chipmunks, rabbits, birds, foxes, squirrels, ground hogs and more
3. Walking distance of College Mall, Post Office, grocery store, 2 parks
2. Convenient location near 3, 6, 8 bus lines, so we don’t have to drive
1. Great neighbors, the very best reason to live here
– Meagan Eller