Restructuring SUN’s Monthly Meetings
SUN meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm in the Central Park Rec Center, however SUN will not meet in July. Starting in August, SUN will consolidate both the Outreach Meeting (previously 6:30pm-7:30) and the SUN Board Meeting (7:30pm-9), shorten the total duration to 6:30pm-8:30, and refer to the entire time as SUN’s monthly meeting. The first hour will continue to begin with updates from Denver Police, followed by other community partners (e.g. Northeast Transportation Connections, Denver Public Library, Councilman Herndon’s Denver City Council District 8, other elected officials and more), and then focus on a topic of community interest for discussion. A short break will occur at 7:25pm. During the 7:30-8:30 hour, the SUN board will focus time on themes among the following set:
Building community culture around increasing inclusivity, celebrating diversity, and promoting kindness,
Sustainable neighborhoods program – weaving these principles into all RNO function,
Getting the word out and collecting feedback: how to reach all residents, and hear from all residents,
Supporting healthy infrastructure, healthy minds, and healthy bodies,
Safety and conflict prevention, resolution, and connection with mediation services, and
Connectivity to surrounding communities.
Committees with work related to that theme will discuss ongoing or planned efforts.
Food Bank Support at SUN’s Monthly Meetings
The East Colfax Neighborhood Association (ECNA), SUN’s counterpart to the south in the East Colfax Neigihborhood in Denver, in collaboration with Counterpath, has been hosting a food bank. The foodbank is operated weekly on Fridays from 3-5pm. At SUN’s monthly meeting (3rd Tuesday of each month, 6:30-8:30pm at the Central Park Rec Center), starting in August, donations for the Counterpath/ECNA foodbank will be accepted. All donations that SUN receives will be transported by a SUN board member to Counterpath. Acceptable donations include: non-perishable food, books, and other household items. Please check with SUN prior to each meeting to learn of specific needs that have been requested.
For direct drop-off at Counterpath (7935 East 14th Avenue, Denver): donations are accepted during the ECNA monthly meetings, held every third Tuesday of the month at Counterpath, with donations also accepted there on Fridays from 3-5pm. Direct drop-offs at other times can be arranged by emailing Eastcolfaxneighborhood@gmail.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall Reflection Days
SUN is seeking to shift the spring day of reflection to occur in the fall, and to partner with local schools and other organizations to bring more minds and bodies into the planning process. For 2019, targeted dates include the range September 14-22. Tentative talks have included partnership with the Student Government at Northfield High School for events at schools on weekdays. Planning discussions are taking place around efforts in community building around a culture of kindness, inclusivity, and diversity. If you are interested in participating in SUN’s efforts to promote community reflection or are part of an organization that would be interested in partnering in these efforts, please contact: StapletonUnitedNeighbors@gmail.com
Stapleton United Neighbors Officers and Committees
Officer elections and committee chair appointments took place at the June SUN board meeting. For 2019-20, SUN officers remain the same as the previous year: President Amanda Allshouse, Vice President Geoff Horsfall, Treasurer Bryan Penny, and Secretary Mark Mehringer. Committee chairs of Transportation are Carol Hunter and Rick Leuthold. Additionally SUN plans to investigate the application process to the Vision Zero program with the City of Denver. Education chairs Jea Arzberger and Geoff Horsfall plan to host a Denver School Board election forum in the fall. Inclusivity, Diversity and Kindness chairs Mandle Rousseau and Jeff Ederer plan to host fall days of reflection. Outreach and Communication chairs Tally Lawing, Mandle Rousseau, Bryan Penny and Damon Knop plan to improve on SUN’s efforts in getting word to and collecting feedback from all residents and community organizations in the community. Sustainability chairs Mark Mehringer and Geoff Horsfall will continue planning and carrying out programs, and encouraging grass-roots participation in Denver’s Sustainable Neighborhoods Program. Safety and Conflict Resolution chairs Jeff Barron and Ben Whitney plan to continue SUN’s strong partnership with the Denver Police Department, and to promote conflict avoidance and peaceful resolution. Park space chair Tally Lawing will be working with Denver Parks and Rec as a liaison for projects and needs within the community.
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