Friday, August 2, 2013

Current selections in the Little Free Library

Thanks to all the neighbors who donated books. The Little Free Library is full! I hope all our neighbors and folks around Bloomington (whether they live here or are just visiting) enjoying using the LFL.

Here's a list of what is currently in the library.
Today's selection

Floors and Stairways, a reference book from Time Life Books
Weatherproofing, a reference book from Time Life Books
It Was a Dark and Stormy Night, Snoopy, by Charles M. Schultz
The Discovery of King Arthur, by Geoffrey Ashe
At Home, by Bill Bryson
Rocket Men: The Epic Story of the First Men on the Moon, by Craig Nelson
Long Way Down, by Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman
Kinsey and Me, by Sue Grafton
The Man from St. Petersburg, by Ken Follett
The Historian, by Elizabeth Kostova
Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson
Survival in Auschwitz, by Primo Levi
Had Enough? A Handbook for Fighting Back, by James Carville
My Quiz Book, by Lizzie McGuire
Green Eggs and Ham, by Dr. Seuss
Hop On Pop, by Dr. Seuss
Anne of Green Gables, by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective, by Donald J. Sobol
Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
Dracula, by Bram Stoker
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
Sense and Sensibility, by Jane Austen
They Wear What Under Their Kilts?, by Katie Maxwell

Selections will change as books are borrowed and new ones left behind. As you can see, we have a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction, classics and with books for various ages. Bring the kids on by to find a book!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Little Free Library

We have a new addition to the neighborhood: a Little Free Library!
Take a step on the path.
As you walk through the neighborhood, take time to stop by. The Ellers at 514 Staats are excited to be stewards for Little Free Library #6788.
And choose a friend for the journey.
The way it works is simple: We've stocked a variety of books we hope will be of interest. There are some reference books, classic fiction, children's fiction, and light reading. Stop by and take whatever catches your fancy. Come back and bring books to contribute.
Or leave a book for someone else to discover.
*Little Free Library is a movement started by Todd Bol of Hudson and Rick Brooks of Madison in 2010 and has grown to include little libraries in most states and dozens of countries. Little Free Library's mission is to promote literacy and the love of reading, foster a sense of community and connection, and build more than 2510 libraries around the world (the number of "real" libraries built by Andrew Carnegie).

Friday, July 19, 2013

Real estate update, July 2013

There are a few properties for sale in the neighborhood. Click the addresses for links to the listings.
As always, it doesn't hurt to pass the word if you know someone in the market.

Updated 7/20/13:
  • Lot on Meadowlark (may include acreage on Grandview next to the power substation).
Updated 7/22/13:

Monday, July 1, 2013

Annual Meeting minutes, June 29, 2013

Grandview Hills Neighborhood Association Annual Meeting, Saturday, June 29, 2013, 4:00 pm

The meeting was called to order by President Meagan Eller, after a two-hour postponement due to rain.  Members of eight households were present, constituting a quorum, according to the amendment temporarily adopted last year that says:  “GHNA meetings shall have quorum of either 10 votes or a majority of voting households present, which is fewer.”

1.  The Bylaws were readopted.

2.  A vote was taken to adopt the Amendment stated above regarding quorum.  The amendment was adopted unanimously.

3.  Elections:  Meagan Eller accepted the nomination and was voted President.  Gillian Field accepted the nomination and was voted Member at Large.

4.  Reports:  The Treasurer, Jeff Morris, reported a balance of $193.13.  $146.13 is in our bank account, the rest is in cash.  Gillian Field reported the Stitching Group has been meeting monthly, the first Monday of the month, with good attendance, including two 10-year-old girls.  The group is making an afghan to give to an as yet undetermined charitable organization.  Ideas offered were Shalom Center, Project Linus, and the Bloomington Hospice House.  Anne Haynes offered to set up a neighborhood garden walk in July. 

Old business:  Signs for picking up after dogs may be posted by individuals in their yards if they wish to do that.  Speeding:  we are supposed to get 25-mile-per-hour signs to replace the current ones; date unknown.

New business:  It was suggested we could propose an amendment to the Bylaws making a quorum for meetings as “any people present.”  Some other organizations do this.  It could be proposed during the year and voted on next year.  There was discussion on this.  Proxies:  there was interest in allowing proxies for people who may not be able to make a meeting but want someone else to vote for them.  This also can be brought up as an amendment for a vote next year.  Little Free Library:  The Ellers have ordered a Little Free Library to put in their front yard near the street.  This little library on a post, part of an international movement, will hold books anyone can borrow. See Little Libraries that can be ordered and plans to build them at:

The meeting was adjourned at 5:15.

Respectfully submitted,

Anne Haynes, Secretary

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Annual meeting and picnic

Join your neighbors for our annual meeting and picnic on Saturday, June 29th, 2 p.m. at the triangular field located between East Grandview Drive and Post Road near the Smith Road entrance to the neighborhood.

Plan to bring a picnic lunch for your family and a dish to share. A blanket or chairs are also recommended. There will be plenty of room for kids of all ages to run around and play games. This is a great opportunity to get to know your neighbors better.

Along with the picnic, we will also conduct our annual meeting. Two major items of business will be conducted at the meeting:

1) Elections

  • Two offices are up for election, president and member-at-large
  • Offices are for a 2 year term
  • Any member of a dues paying household can hold an office
  • Duties of officers are outlined in the Bylaws, but essentially include 2 to 3 meetings (often conducted via email) per year and organizing 1 neighborhood activity.
  • Volunteering for an office is a great way to get more involved in the neighborhood.
2) Readopting the Bylaws
  • Bylaws are posted here
  • We will also be voting on an amendment proposed last year, which reads "GHNA meetings shall have quorum of either 10 Votes or a majority of Voting households present, whichever is fewer." 
Voting members are any member of a household that has paid the voluntary $1 annual dues for the year ending June 30th. Each household has 1 vote. If you have paid your dues, please try to attend so we can reach quorum for the meeting. 

Friday, June 7, 2013

2013 garage sales

The later date seems to agree with lots of folks. I have 16 households that indicated they would be participating this year. Hopefully the weather will cooperate tomorrow.

The garage/yard sale is scheduled from 8-1. Signs will be posted at each entrance to the neighborhood. Each house that is participating should post their own sign at their house.

Sale locations

Thursday, January 31, 2013

January 2013 Real Estate Report

There are currently two houses for sale in the neighborhood.

3640 E Grandview Dr

3615 E Post Rd (This is the original farm house, built in 1827.)