SHNA Board of Directors Minutes

June 16, 2009, Himmel Park Library Meeting Room

Present: Rick Bell, Janett Carbajal, Doug Donahue, Wallis Downer, Kathi McLaughlin, Sylvia Mungaray, Gail Schuessler, John Wilder.

Absent: Carolyn Classen, John ODowd, Steve Gilsdorf, Frank Soltys, Ed Stokes.

Guests:, UAPD Officer Jasen Mueller, Robby and Don Laidlaw, Sister Joan Ridley/Benedictine Monastery, Peter Norback/One Can a Week.

Meeting called to order by Rick Bell at 7:12 p.m.

Approval of 5/19/09 BOD Minutes: Motion/second/passed.

Call to Audience: Don Laidlaw provided additional information regarding the Sinex DDO denial: So. AZ Rain Gutter (who installed the cisterns) were advised they did not have to get a permit; not until 2/19/09 did the City established guidelines for cisterns. Motion/second/passed that the Board rescind their original position of opposition to neutral regarding the request. (Later in the meeting, it was suggested that O'Dowd discuss the DDO's via email with the Board for review.)


1.       Sister Joan distributed materials regarding the Benedictine Monastery's preservation/renovation needs: replacement of 70-year-old heating/cooling system and roof; electrical updates, concrete cracking at the main entrance. Financial assistance or free labor is needed for minor repairs, included railing and main door termite damage in the chapel.

2.       Norback presented materials regarding the One Can A Week Program, which benefits the Community Food Bank. His neighborhood (Miles) has collected 2,492 lbs. of food in 2009. Information will be posted on the website in hopes SHNA volunteers might augment the program in this neighborhood.


Neighborfest - Emailed report from Classen about the event, promoting community and neighbors helping each other, scheduled on 10/25/09. Seven neighborhoods have signed on, the Board is requested to identify organizations/institutions within the neighborhood that seek volunteers. Rick Bell is researching insurance concerns. Next meeting 7/20/09, 5:30 pm at Trinity Pres. Church library.

Sam Hughes Cares for Seniors - Emailed report from Coordinator Mills: a) Oktoberfest planned at the Kinnison home on 10/18/09, 4-7 pm; b) 8 volunteers assisted 6 seniors on 17 occasions with yard work, errands, rides, phone calls; c) estimated 28 hours spent, 110 miles driven.

Membership - Bell: Needs .eps or .cdr file to imprint logo on T-shirts, discussed quality of T-shirts to stay within budget; "Membership cards" distributed; a number of merchants are participating in special offers for members.

Traffic - Donahue: Donahue suggested that a special meeting be held to discuss the City's Safe-to-Schools program.<

Schools - Waller: SH Principal candidates have been interviewed but no selection announced yet.

Elderly Housing - Carbajal: Groundbreaking to commence 7/1/09; waiting for final review from HUD. Project attempting to fulfill "LEED Gold certification" requirements, would be one of its kind in the nation. Tom McQuillen was invited and will make a presentation at the July meeting.

Quality of Life Survey: Written report indicated that the Committee is tabulating findings and recommendations and would like to make a presentation at the July meeting.

Meeting adjourned at 8:43 p.m.

Minutes prepared by Maxine Fifer, Tucson Office Professionals, 5250 E. Pima #131, 325-7721,