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Next General Meeting and the Toy Drive!

Our next general meeting is this Thursday, 11/28/18.  Members, guests, and residents are invited to come together to hear the latest, get educated and provide input on what's going on in our neighborhood.

Our meetings are held in the cafeteria at the Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy located at 4235 19th Street at Collingwood.

Door open at 6:45pm and our meeting goes from 7:00pm  to 8:30pm. Arrive early, get signed in, and say hello to a few neighbors.

Our topic is "Good Neighbors" and I have a personal request for those attending the meeting- bring a new toy or two (in original packing) to donate to the Mission Station Toy Drive- we're making an effort to help kids in need to have a brighter Holiday. If you can't make the meeting, there are barrels stationed at Cliff's Hardware at 479 Castro Street all holiday long- shop local and donate local, too!

Our Agenda:

  • Update from State Assemblyman David Chiu
  • Update from District 8 Rafael Mandelman
  • EVNA Board Elections
  • Update from the EVNA President
  • Community Input

 

Meet the Candidates- Board Elections at November Meeting

For members attending our board meeting on Nov 28th, we will be electing candidates to the Board of Directors. Please be sure to identify yourself as a member upon signing in, and grab your ballot along with the agenda.

The Board of Directors is pleased to present the following candidates for your consideration. Board members serve for two year terms, and half are up for re-election each year. You must be a member to cast your vote.

Vice President- Alex Lemberg (current board member at large)

Alex Lemberg has lived in the Castro on Caselli Avenue with his now-husband Kevin since 2013. Serving on the EVNA Board of Directors for the past year has been a highlight of Alex's year and he wants to keep building up the Castro community through service, events, collecting meaningful community feedback, and strengthening community bonds. He is also proud to serve on the board of the GLBT Historical Society, another amazing nonprofit that serves the Castro, and works as a staff attorney at Open Door Legal in the Bayview/Hunters Point neighborhood of San Francisco, helping SF residents keep their homes. Alex would be honored to have your vote as Vice President of the EVNA.

Secretary- (currently filled by Leila Decker) No candidate

Treasurer- Kevin Cureton

Kevin Cureton has lived in Eureka Valley since 2003 and in San Francisco since 1997. He lives with his husband Alex, and their roommate Steve, in a cozy condo on Caselli Avenue that Kevin has owned since moving into the neighborhood. Kevin has worked as a software engineer since moving to San Francisco and is currently employed with Netflix. Kevin is concerned about the quality of life issues that impact our neighborhood and he feels the neighborhood association is uniquely positioned to help positively influence policy on these issues. Kevin will bring a high-degree of transparency to the role of Treasurer, simplifying financial processes and reporting, and using best practices for the EVNA.

Board Member at Large- Desmond Morgan

Desmond Morgan has lived in San Francisco for over 20 years with his husband of one year, Romwald Connolly.  They are new to the Castro Neighborhood.  Recently, Desmond and Romwald (Ray) purchased 3987-3989 17th St.; and Desmond is looking forward to getting involved in the community.  If elected to EVNA Board of Directors at Large, he looks forward to helping out in any capacity. Desmond Morgan has been in the BioTech industry for over 15 years.  Currently, he's a Territory Account Manager at Relypsa, Inc.

Thanks to ALL the candidates for offering to be a part of the board. We are only as strong as our volunteer base, and we are grateful for your time and efforts.

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!

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