President’s Update: EVNA Elections in November

President's Update:

We're almost to the holidays, can you believe it? I love these days of fall temperatures and colors; the shorter daylight hours bring longer shadows and longer nights to be indoors and enjoy the comforts of a cozy home.

October's first ever EVNA Movie Night was a big success- the board hosted the event (thanks to everyone!), setting up and welcoming 75 guests from all over the neighborhood and surrounding areas. COCO  on the big screen and outdoors brought back a lot of fond memories of my own small town, close knit community experience. The kids (and there were MANY!) really seemed to enjoy singing along and watching the story unfold.

Next upon us is elections- the EVNA elections, that is.  As I watch the events unfolding on a national level, I am even more convinced of the importance of local service- where we actually meet each other face to face and engage with one another as neighbors. You can do good by being a part of EVNA, and serving on the board or on a committee is a great way to build relationships and create the bond of community.

To date, we've had a high level of interest in those considering joining the board, but you if you'd like to run, there's still time.

  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Board Member at Large (up to 5 new)

Candidates wishing to stand for election to the Board must have their names submitted by October 31st. You must have a paid EVNA membership, live within the boundaries laid out in the newly adopted Bylaws (under the "About" tab), and be confirmed by the Board before elections at our General Meeting on 11/28. Email me with your questions.

Our next General Meeting meeting is Nov 28th, 2018 in the Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy cafeteria from 7-8:30 (doors open at 6:40-ish). We'll have EVNA elections at this meeting, and then focused our attention on our theme for the holidays: "Good Neighbor."  We'll take a well deserved look at those among us who volunteer for service and give of themselves and their resources to make our neighborhood closer and more caring. There's a LONG list to consider!

See you around the neighborhood!

Mark D McHale

 

 


 

Join us for EVNA Movie Night!

EVNA is hosting our first ever free neighborhood movie night Saturday 10/13 starting at 6:45pm to watch a family fun movie: COCO

Join your neighbors on the grass at the Rikki Streicher ball diamond, corner of 19th and Diamond Streets. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages and the kids and join us- it'll be a lot of fun.

It is free, and we welcome any sized donation!

One way to donate is to go to evna.org/join and sign up as a member ($20 individual or $30 household), you'll also get a free popcorn at the movie AND entered into a drawing to win a copy of COCO!

9/26 Membership Meeting

President's Update:

Our September general meeting focused on Quality of Life issues. Though we had some last minute changes to the presenters list, we managed to put on a very informative meeting.

Thanks to Vietnam Nguyen from the George Gascon's DA's office (who I hear is NOT going to be running for re-election!). Vietnam discussed attempts by his office to reach out to communities across the city to improve communications, crime reporting, and statistics.

The Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza crew provided us with an update on the project with new renderings and a video fly-through of the space allowing us to "see and feel" what was in mind for the site. Members got very excited when Ray Connolly spoke about their efforts to create a world-class memorial to Harvey Milk and give tribute to his impact on so many people across generations and continents. Mr. Connolly has joined in the fundraising efforts about to launch.

A special thanks to our very own Supervisor Rafael Mandelman for making time to join us. Rafael is making good progress with his own comprehensive study and taking steps to unravel the puzzle behind the increase in the extreme conditions we're experiencing on our streets in the Castro. Since his election in June, he's brought together the people involved, spearheaded key legislation, and working closely with police and service providers to get solutions in place (both temporary and long term). Be sure to follow him here on his FB feed..

We had a great turnout  with over 65 people in attendance. For the past several  meetings, more Eureka Valley residents are showing up and taking part. It's been really fun to see so many members and so many new faces in the seats. I did have some good feedback from a long-standing member who felt that the Q&A time (which I kept to 4 minutes after each speaker), was too short and he didn't get to ask his questions- As a result, I think it best to slim down the agenda (it's been pretty packed), allowing more time for attendees to interact, take questions and make comments. Appreciate the advice!

Please mark your calendars for the next Board of Directors meetings: October 9 and then November 13th, 2018 at 7:00pm in the community room at the Chance Bank on Sanchez/15th and Market Streets. You're welcome to attend, observe, and make comments.

Candidates wishing to stand for election to the Board must have their names submitted by October 31st. You must have a paid EVNA membership, live within the boundaries laid out in the newly adopted Bylaws (under the "About" tab), and be confirmed by the Board before elections at our General Meeting on 11/28. Email me with your questions. Open positions include: Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and up to 5 Board Members at Large.

Our next General Meeting meeting is Nov 28th, 2018 in the Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy cafeteria from 7-8:30 (doors open at 6:40ish). We'll have EVNA elections at this meeting, and then focused our attention on our theme: "Good Neighbor."  We'll take a well deserved look at those among us who volunteer for service and give of themselves and their resources to make our neighborhood closer and more caring. There's a LONG list to consider!

See you around the neighborhood!

 

 


 

6 Volunteers Needed for Movie Night October 13, 2018

That's right- Eureka Valley Neighborhood Association is hosting our first ever neighborhood movie night on the lush grass at the Rikki Streicher baseball diamond at the EV Rec Center, 19th and Diamond Streets.
 
Local families, park setting, bring your blankets and beverages (non-alcoholic).
 
We've got the plans coming together, and it's gonna be a lot of fun for the whole family. No, I'm not telling you the movie title just yet!
 
I'm looking for 6 more volunteers to help our current crew with the event. You'll need to be available Saturday 10/13 from 5pm to 11pm (or the better part of it).
 
Duties will include various tasks: set up, info table, popcorn crew, greeters, safety detail, monitors, tear down, trash pick up.
 
Email me: mark.mchale@evna.org or message me via Facebook!

General Meeting This Week- Quality of Life!

I'm looking forward to seeing everyone at the general meeting this week Wednesday at 7:00pm-8:30pm (doors open at 6:40 ish), in the cafeteria at the Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy on 19th at Collingwood Streets. The meeting is open to members and non-members, alike.
 
As I'm out and about walking the dog or going to the store, I talk to a lot of people who have real concerns with what's been going on in our streets and public spaces.
 
The meeting's theme is "Quality of Life"... and we're going to hear from some influential people about what's going on in our streets and neighborhood, what fixes are in place/being developed, and what we can do to do our part to help. You'll have a chance to add your comments/questions, and an opportunity to get involved.
 
Agenda (revised)
  • Rafael Mandelman- Supervisor's Update
  • D-8 Rep from the DA's office, Vietnam Nguyen
  • Proposition C: Our City, Our Home
  • Elections- call for candidates, name submitted by Oct 31st
  • Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza- project update
See you there! Email me if you have any questions...mdm
 
(EVNA's boundaries are: Market Street on the north and west, 22nd on the south, and Church Street on the east...consider joining if you aren't already a member.)

The September Eureka! Newsletter and Our Next Membership Meeting

EVNA Members;

The September Eureka! is hot off the press, and it's our Quality of Life Edition. The challenges on our streets and in our neighborhood get top billing and some desperately needed attention from our QOL committee members, and our elected and government officials.

You've got the newsletter here first... lots of really good content that should be of interest to many of you.

Board Elections are soon upon us- we're looking for a few good souls to join us in our efforts to serve the community, now is the time to put your name in. Elections take place at our November meeting:

  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Board Member at Large (up to 5 positions)

Please mark your calendars now to join us Wednesday, September 26th, 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:40pm), at our next membership meeting at the Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy on 19th Street at Collingwood.

Meeting Agenda!

  • Supervisor Rafael Mandelman
  • Assemblyman David Chiu
  • Mayor London Breed (not yet confirmed)
  • Call for EVNA Elections
  • EVNA's First Movie Night in October!
  • 2 Presentations:

Print copies come out this week, and we're looking forward to seeing everyone at the meeting!

Call for Candidates – Elections in November

 

Members, residents, neighbors;

As president, I can say that we've been blessed this year to have a nearly full contingent of board members who have been working diligently to fulfill the mission, objectives and goals of EVNA on behalf of members and residents of the city's longest running neighborhood association.

Serving our neighborhood is a privilege and honor, and the rewards are obvious and many. Each member forges deeper relationships as they work closely with other board members and volunteers who are as committed to our neighborhood as they are. The knowledge and skills so graciously shared among our board members makes each of us wiser and smarter than before we joined. Our service is also a conscious  investment in the continuation of the Castro/Eureka Valley's unique character and our historical place within the larger network of neighborhoods in the city. And most importantly, service on the EVNA board is a testament to our belief in personal responsibility in our legacy as a community.

This November, we are seeking a few good souls to join our board. We seek a handful of selfless, generous and passionate people who are willing to step up and take an active role among a team of passionate people. Are you willing to join us?

The following positions are open for new candidates to consider:

  • Vice President (new)
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Board Members At Large (up to 5)

As a board, we welcome all qualified candidates, and our arms are especially wide open for candidates who are willing to bring to the table their diverse experiences and unique perspectives, and are willing to add their voices to our collective song.

Calling interested candidates now. You must live within the Eureka Valley boundaries and be an active member of EVNA to run for election. If you are interested and want to know more, please give me a call or drop me an email (415.735.8037 or mark.mchale@evna.org). You can also check out our newly updated ByLaws under the "About" tab above.  I'll be happy to discuss details, position responsibilities and expectations.

Elections will be held at our November general meeting.

President’s Update…

Hello EVNA'ers!

Was that last meeting was a DISASTER, or what?? Yup, just like we planned- it all came off without a hitch.  Kudos to our board members for getting into the spirit and making the meeting fun and a great success.  Those hardhats and emergency vests were a nice touch. Not only did we have an outstanding attendance (52 souls), considering we changed the date AND the location on everyone for this one meeting, but the speakers all showed up and made really engaging presentations, all having to do with disaster preparedness. Especially informative were Zoe and Ellen's from Civic Edge team telling us about the differing plans to retrofit the seawall along the Embarcadero, and Sean Gallardo, our Eureka Valley NERT representative, breaking the attendees into small groups and coming up with supply lists suitable for home evacuations, go-bags, first aid kits, and earthquake drills. The drawing at the end of the meeting was a lot of fun and a real hit- congrats to the winners, Luke, Terry and Chris for having the lucky tickets!

The board also made good progress on our membership drive- in June, after an audit showing a high number of expired memberships, we set a goal to get people renewed and non-members signed up for the fist time. While the numbers will be revealed in the Treasurer's Report this coming week, it looks like we increased the roll by a dozen dues paying members! Many thanks to those who signed up and renewed, it's a pleasure to have you on board!

This month, we will continue to focus on membership drives, as we begin to discuss two important issues: volunteer opportunities this fall, and a call for candidates to run in the next election at November's meeting. Stay tuned for details to come!

See you at the next General Meeting, when we'll be back at Harvey Milk Academy in the Cafeteria:

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

7:00pm to 8:30 pm (come early, stay late)

Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy (19th at Collingwood)

 

Members: Review Our New Bylaws Before 7/26!!

On July 10, 2018, the EVNA Board of Directors voted to approve refreshed, renewed, and thrilling bylaws for our 137-year old organization.

Please review: Proposed Bylaws - July 2018.

If you are an EVNA member, you will be voting whether to approve these new bylaws at our July 26 general meeting. Please review this document so you can be a prepared voter. You can directly help move the EVNA forward this month!

Any questions or comments? Email Alex Lemberg at alex.lemberg@evna.org

You Gotta Join If You Want to Win!

We're looking forward to seeing you at our next "Disaster Edition!" pubic meeting coming up on Thursday, July 26th at the Eureka Valley Rec Center, doors open at 6:40 pm, and the meeting starts to 7:00 pm.

We're also looking forward to our first member's only drawing for 3 lucky members to win some cool emergency gear. You'll have roughly a 1 in 25 chance to win!

If you're not a member- it's not too late. You can join now and your membership fee of $20/individual or $30/household, and you can enter.

I'm looking forward to seeing you there- we're going to have some fun as we learn about how best to be prepared for a disaster when it happens!

*You must be a member with your dues paid. You must also be present to win. Only one prize per member.

 

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