March 11, 2014 Membership Meeting

TUESDAY, March. 11th, 7 p.m.
Third Presbyterian Church
North 7th Street & Bergen

Neighborhood Police Officer Report

Officer John Dorsey talked about the double murder on 9th St. in 2012 and explained they have made two arrests in connection with this homicide. At the time of the crime, the alleged perpetrators resided at the House of the Rainbow. The zoning dispute surrounding the Rainbow houses continues; there was a hearing on March 5th to determine if the houses are in violation of the current R2 zoning. The ruling should occur before the next meeting. North 4th St developments are coming along, the drug units have some evidence they are reviewing. There have been several burglaries to unlocked vehicles, make sure you are keeping your car locked when parked on the street.

Strengthening Our Partnerships

Rochester Christian Church

Bill Barton explained the church has partnered with Third Presbyterian Church to serve dinner on the 3rd Thursday of every month to try and promote more involvement for the families of the McClernand Elementary students and engage them in neighborhood activities. Also, RCC will hold a work day Saturday May 17th that will include many different areas, there will be help provided to volunteer at one of the neighborhood houses that needs cleaning, volunteers for the library, and for the vacant lot clean up.

Kumler Outreach Ministries

Dawn Mobley explained the efforts going towards providing the garden space that provides nutritious and delicious food. There are two different sites this year for the garden efforts and there are personal plots available or volunteers can just help on the communal plots.

Springfield Green

This is a city wide event, we would like to have a booth set up with an Enos Park presence promoting our efforts to reduce, reuse, recycle in connection with the salvage shop. Saturday, April 26th from 10a.m.-2 p.m.

United Way Springfield Day of Service

Prep work for the SIU work day, need team leaders. Saturday, April 26th from 8-11:30 a.m.

SIU work day

150 med students will be working in Enos Park on several different projects, need team leaders. Saturday May 2nd from 9 a.m.-4 pm.

St. Johns Gotta Dance Classes

Wendy White-Mitter talked about the Gotta Dance classes that have been meeting several weeks now. The kids are doing well and are engaging with a positive momentum. There are two classes with 20-25 kids per group.

Springfield Park District

Dawn talked about trying to clean up the park a little bit, getting a truck load of mulch for the play area, maybe some flowers to plant to bring out the appearance of the park. This is still on going.
Mini O’Beirne Crisis Nursery

Amber Rigor talked about the partnering efforts to hold a 25th birthday party for the crisis nursery and the neighborhood association. The plans for the day are still being worked out. Would like to see multiple snack carts, family fun games, bounce houses, promote the efforts with a radio station and with social media, family photos for $5, policeman/fireman presence, face paintings. This will take place on Sunday, June 29th from 1-5 p.m.

Strengthening our Communication

Ryan Mobley and Andrew Proctor explained the way works. This is a private social media site for neighborhoods. Great way of having two way communication in multiple ways, anything from classified section to suspicious activities. Overall just a great way of keeping communication open between our neighbors.

Spring Cookout

Domnick Juliano would like help planning these efforts. Possible date April 17th. Would like to have this in the vacant lot where we had the the trunk or treat event on the corner of 6th and enterprise.

Guest Speakers

Habitat for Humanity

Colleen Stone explained about the new Habitat home at 727 N. 7th that is going to break ground April 10th. This a youth build that will build on Saturdays unless they get behind and then they will be building on Fridays as well. Kick off on April 10th at Springfield Electric, who are the sponsors for this build. This will be a shotgun house, the new owner is a foster parent, her name is Barbara.

In His Hands Orphans Outreach

Stephanie Barton explained about the remodel happening at 1149 N.7th St. In His Hands is a nonprofit organization that Rochester Christian Church supports and they have a primary focus on helping orphans all around the world. They supply anything from the basic needs to orphan homes. They are having a their annual fundraiser at the Crowne Plaza on Friday, April 4th @ 6:30 p.m.