Thursday, July 2, 2015

Welcome new officers!

With a new fiscal year, we welcome new officers to the GHNA. For those who missed our annual meeting in June, Chuck Macklin is our new president and Jeanne Novotny is our new member-at-large. 

Our other officers are Anne Haynes as secretary, Jeff Morris as treasurer, and Claudia Lindman as member-at-large.

We also voted on an amendment to the bylaws to only require 30% of Votes to be present to reach quorum. This amendment passed. The bylaws can be viewed at

Other business discussed included:
  • Proposed amendment to remove the requirement to readopt the bylaws annually. Article VI currently requires the bylaws to be reviewed and re-adopted each year. The officers will need to draft language for the amendment and publicize it ahead of the next meeting so it can be voted on.
  • Proposed amendment to reduce quorum to 20% or 25% of Votes. Those present felt more discussion was needed on this issue. 
  • Introduced possibly adding procedures for proxies to the bylaws. This would be most useful if all items for voting were presented ahead of time, including having candidates for each office announced prior to the meeting. We will start an email discussion and a discussion on Nextdoor on this issue.
  • The idea of holding electronic meetings was considered. This would provide a way for those who are unable to physically be present to join the meeting via some sort of technology. We will start an email discussion and a discussion on Nextdoor on this issue.
  • Meagan Eller spoke to Miah Michaelsen, Assistant Economic Development Director for the Arts, about adding a mural to the railroad underpass on Smith Road. There are two possible ways this could happen: 1) If the neighborhood is interested in making this a neighborhood project, we could apply for a Neighborhood Improvement Grant. (Past grant projects can be viewed here.) The grant would require work and some equity on our part, but we would have more say in the process, including the artwork. Miah would be able to help with a lot of the details, like getting permission from the Indiana Railroad, finding an artist, etc. 2) If the neighborhood doesn't want to take on this project, we can contact her about adding it to the city's long list of improvement projects. It would likely take longer and we wouldn't have as much (any?) say in the artwork, but we would not have any responsibility. There is at least one other railroad underpass on the west side for which there is interest in a similar project. It is possible that beautifying all the underpasses or at least several could be a larger project and might bump it up the list. We will start an email discussion and a discussion on Nextdoor to discuss the pros and cons of each option.
  • Anne Haynes brought up the idea of applying for a Neighborhood Clean-up Grant. While we would provide the volunteers to do the cleanup, HAND would provide dumpsters, a chipper, and other needed equipment. We will start an email discussion and a discussion on Nextdoor on this idea.
  • Molly O'Donnell from the Monroe County Energy Challenge spoke briefly at the beginning of the meeting. They have an Energy Mobile that they can bring to neighborhoods. Here is a description of the Energy Challenge and the Energy Mobile from Molly:
"The Monroe County Energy Challenge ( is a collaboration between several public, private and non-profit partners in Monroe County to compete in the Georgetown University Energy Prize. We are one of 50 communities competing over a two year period for a $5 million award for the community which best: 
"1) fosters innovative approaches to energy efficiency, 2) educates the public on energy issues, and 3) grows the market for products and services which enhance energy efficiency. 
"Our goal is to reach 80% of residents and achieve a 10% reduction in natural gas and electricity use in 2015 & 2016 as compared to 2014. Monthly usage from every resident's gas and electric meter is sent directly to Georgetown by the utilities, so every residentially-metered property is included. With 2/3s of city housing and half of the County being rentals, this can seem a bit daunting. Neighborhood associations have been helping distribute our Task of the Month fliers (sent via CONA Google Groups) and have been inviting us to attend their meetings, block parties and picnics. 
"The EnergyMobile, purchased with a grant from Vectren, is stocked with weatherization supplies and accompanied by trained volunteers (our "energy ambassadors"). We will be going into neighborhoods throughout the county to help people assess their homes, and suggest, and in some cases, remedy issues that cause energy to be wasted. We would let your neighborhood association officers know when that will take place there, and distribute door hangers the week before.  
"FYI: Also included in the Challenge are municipal buildings in Bloomington, Ellettsville, Stinesville and Monroe County and all area public, and several private, K-12 schools. Thanks to a grant from the Joyce Foundation, teachers are being trained to use energy assessment tools, like thermal camera, and will encompass energy efficiency topics into their curricula. And the municipal partners received a grant from the State Office of Energy Development to make infrastructure improvements including converting to LED lighting."

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Need a book to read?

After neglecting the Little Free Library over the winter, I was finally able to rotate the stock today.

Photo of Little Free Library #6788 full of books.
Come find a book!
A list of the current selections is below.

Only so many books will fit in the library, but, as you can see below, I have three boxes of overflow stock to rotate through.

Photo of Little Free Library #6788, plus three boxes of extra books.
Eeny, meeny, miney, moe
If you find a book in the Little Free Library that you want to keep, please feel free to do so. There are plenty of other books and some of these would surely like to find a loving home. Also, because there are so many that don't fit, I would like to share a list of my current inventory. If there is something on the list that anyone would really like me to put in the library, please let me know and I'll make sure to do so.

What's currently in our Little Free Library
  • Murder at the National Cathedral, by Margaret Truman
  • Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte
  • The City of Falling Angels, by John Berendt
  • Daddy's Girl, by Lisa Scottoline
  • The Measure of a Man, by Sidney Poitier
  • Bitsy's Bait & BBQ, by Pamela Morsi
  • A Coffin for Dimitrios, by Eric Ambler
  • The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls
  • Black Diamond: The Story of the Negro Baseball Leagues, by Patricia C. McKissack & Frederick McKissack, Jr.
  • When the Sacred Gimmill Closes, by Lawrence Block
  • Chasing the Night, by Iris Johansen
  • Fatal Burn, by Lisa Jackson
  • Confessions of an Actor, by Laurence Olivier
  • Innocent Erendira and other stories, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • A Swiftly Tilting Planet, by Madeleine L'Engle
  • Dear America: Standing in the Light: The Captive Diary of Catharine Carey Logan, by Mary Pope Osborn
  • Dear America: One Eye Laughing, the Other Weeping: The Diary of Julie Weiss, by Mary Pope Osborn
  • Pippi Longstocking, by Astrid Lindgren
  • The Velveteen Rabbit, by Margery Williams
  • Jungle Moves boardbook (Disney)
  • Cars Little Golden Book (Disney)
  • The Amazing Mumford Forgets the Magic Words! (Sesame Street)
  • The Raggedy Ann and Andy Book
  • The Raggedy Ann Book
  • How Spider Saved Valentine's Day, by Robert Kraus
  • Phineas and Ferb: The Best School Day Ever
  • Scooby-Doo and the Creepy Chef
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit, by Beatrix Potter
  • Rosie's Walk, by Pat Hutchins
  • Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day
  • My Little Pony: Pony Pop Stars
  • Raggedy Ann & Andy: The Mouse Family
  • Ducks in Muck, by Lori Haskins
  • What's for Lunch, Charley?, by Margaret Hodges
  • Splat the Cat with a Bang and a Clang
  • Junk, Sweet Junk, by Molly Wigand
  • Scooby-Doo! Mummies at the Mall
  • Hanging Out with Mom, by Sonia W. Black
  • The Backyardigans: A Merry Fair
  • The Adventures of Snail at School, by John Stadler
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Disney)
  • Cinderella (Disney)
  • Glasses for D.W. (Arthur), by Marc Brown
  • Scared of the Dark (Sesame Street)
  • 10 Rubber Duckies, by William B. Winburn
  • The Little People's Guide to the Big World
  • Counting Kisses, by Karen Katz
  • The Ninth Garfield Fat Cat 3-Pack, by Jim Davis
  • 4 coloring books (please feel free to tear pages out if you color them!)
What's currently in a box and would like to come out
  • Sense and Sensibility, by Jane Austen
  • U and I: A True Story, by Nicholas Baker
  • Revelation, by L. Christian Balling
  • The Sins of the Fathers, by Lawrence Block
  • Midwives, by Chris Bohjalian
  • Killing Fear, by Allison Brennan
  • See No Evil, by Allison Brennan
  • Seduction by Design, by Sandra Brown
  • The Plan, by Stephen J. Cannell
  • Future on Fire, by Orson Scott Card
  • Secrets She Left Behind, by Diane Chamberlain
  • Red Storm Rising, by Tom Clancy
  • Clear and Present Danger, by Tom Clancy
  • Patriot Games, by Tom Clancy
  • My Gal Sunday, by Mary Higgins Clark
  • Lord Jim, by Joseph Conrad
  • Beach Music, by Pat Conroy
  • Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dstoyevsky
  • Open: Inside the Ropes at Bethpage Black, by John Feinstein
  • The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax, by Dorothy Gilman
  • Kinsey and Me, by Sue Grafton
  • Lucky's Lady, by Tami Hoag
  • Still Waters, by Tami Hoag
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving
  • Lost Souls, by Lisa Jackson
  • Shiver, by Lisa Jackson
  • Blood Game, by Iris Johansen
  • Dead Aim, by Iris Johansen
  • The Court-Martial of George Armstrong Custer, by Douglas C. Jones
  • Pigs in Heaven, by Barbara Kingsolver
  • The historian, by Elizabeth Kostova
  • Last Child in the Woods, by Richard Louv
  • Under Her Skin, by Susan Mallery
  • They Wear What Under Their Kilts?, by Katie Maxwell
  • 'Tis, by Frank McCourt
  • The Ladies of Missalonghi, by Colleen McCullough
  • Blue Truth, by Cherokee Paul McDonald
  • Long Way Down: An Epic Journey by Motorcycle From Scotland to South Africa, by Ewan McGregor & Charley Boorman
  • Six Seconds, by Rick Mofina
  • Night Ferry to Death, by Patricia Moyes
  • Desperately Seeking Mary, by Duncan Newcomer
  • Strong, Sleek and Sinful, by Lorie O'Clare
  • Eragon, by Christopher Paolini
  • Three in Death (Interlude in Death, Midnight in Death, Haunted in Death), by J.D. Robb
  • Cut Throat, by Sharon Sala
  • Murder in Gray and White, by Corinne Holt Sawyer
  • Beyond Reach, by Karin Slaughter
  • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, by Alexander McCall Smith
  • Floors and Stairways, Time Life Books
  • Weatherproofing, Time Life Books
  • Mama Makes Up Her Mind, by Bailey White
  • Sleeping at the Starlite Motel, by Bailey White
  • War and Remembrance, by Herman Wouk
  • Scottish Girls About Town, various
  • Raggedy Ann: A Thank You, Please, and I Love You Book
  • Tarzan Jungle Adventure (Disney)
  • Thomas & Friends: Thomas' ABC
  • Raggedy Ann & Andy Second Giant Treasury, by Johnny Gruelle
  • Arthur's Tooth, by Marc Brown
  • The Sesame Street Library Volume 2, Featuring the Letters C and D and the Number 2
  • The Sesame Street Library Volume 3, Featuring the Letters E and F and the Number 3
  • The Sesame Street Library Volume 4, Featuring the Letters G, H, and I and the Number 4
  • Walt Disney Volume 1, Alphabet A-Z
  • Walt Disney Volume 13, Seasons and Holidays
  • Walt Disney Volume 19, A Guide to Fun and Learning
  • Walt Disney Circus Lights, Circus Tights
  • The Backyardigans: Cops and Robots
  • The Twiddlebugs at Work (Sesame Street)
  • Bread and Jam for Francis, by Russell Hoban
  • Three Little Kittens
  • Peter Rabbit Went to the Circus
  • Mary Had a Little Lamb
  • The Soapsuds Fairy, by Candida Palmer
  • My First Book of Opposites
  • Puss in Boots
  • Goldilocks & the Three Bears
  • The Sleeping Beauty
  • My Little Book of Mother Goose Rhymes
  • Sesame Street 1, 2, 3 Count with Me
  • The Backyardigans: Jungle Colors
  • The Backyardigans: Super Senses Save the Day!
  • The Backyardigans: A Is For Adventure
  • The Backyardigans: Deep-Sea Countdown
  • The Backyardigans: Time for a Snack!
  • The Guardians of Toothiana part one: A Tooth Is Lost, by William Joyce
  • The Guardians of Toothiana part two: A Queen Takes Flight, by William Joyce
  • Phineas L. MacGuire Gets Cooking, by Frances O'Roark Dowell
  • Phineas L. MacGuire Gets Cooking: Brownies Soothe the Savage Beast, by Frances O'Roark Dowell
  • Phineas L. MacGuire Gets Cooking: A Recipe for Disaster, by Frances O'Roark Dowell
  • Dragon Slayers' Academy #1: The New Kid at School
  • Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Disgusting Sneakers, by Donald J. Sobol
  • A-Z of Horror, by Virginia King
  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, by Mildred D. Taylor
  • The House of Dies Drear, by Virginia Hamilton
  • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, by Barbara Robinson
  • The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster
  • Dear America: My Name Is America: The Journal of James Edmond Pease, A Civil War Union Soldier, by Jim Murphy
  • The Monsters of Morley Manor, by Bruce CovilleAmy Moves In, by Marilyn Sachs
  • How To Eat Fried Worms, by Thomas Rockwell
  • The Upstairs Room, by Johanna Reiss
  • Scorpions, by Walter Dean Myers
  • Phone Calls, by Ann Reit
  • Just a Summer Romance, by Ann M. Martin
  • The Babysitter, by Daniel Ransom
  • Best Friend, by Shirley Simon
  • Ghosts and Witches Aplenty: More Tales Our Settlers Told, by Joseph and Edith Raskin
  • Haunted Playground, by Shaun Tan
  • Blue Willlow, by Doris Gates
  • Boys Are Dogs, by Leslie Margolis
  • The Magician's Nephew, The Chronicles of Narnia book 1, by C.S. Lewis