Shop Small Business Saturday in Waldo & Earn Cash!

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CLICK HERE for Details- http://www.waldokc.org/article/shop-local-shop-small-waldo-during-small-business-saturday-shopping-crawl

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WTHA Neighborhood Meeting Minutes, November 12

WTHA President, Angie Lile, called the meeting to order.

Recent event updates:

  • Dumpster Day, November 5 – good attendance, dumpsters full when event concluded
  • Informational Town Hall event, November 1 – More than 150 people attended this event at Keystone Church to learn more about state and local ballot initiatives. Good feedback was received.
  • KCPS Superintendent Meeting in South KC, November 1 – Superintendent Mark Bidell met with south Kansas City residents at the Waldo Library to discuss district issues, including a proposal for a new middle school to be housed in the Southwest High School building. It would be a public/charter school hybrid model. More than 250 were in attendance, exceeding the room capacity. KCPS is currently conducting a survey.
  • 6th District Informational Meeting, November 11 – See PDF (2nd-friday-111116) for more information about state and federal funding priorities, an upcoming $800 million bond issue, snow preparation, and upcoming events.

Upcoming events:

  • WTHA will host focus groups to shape the identity and goals of the organization and to engage newer residents and those that have not yet participated with WTHA
  • There may be a movie night at Tower Park in 2017, as there is a possible funding source.
  • In 2017, a mailer will be sent to all households in the WTHA boundaries, which has not been done in some years due to cost constraints. This will help get the word out to those unfamiliar with WTHA.

Crime updates/ CPAC– there has been an increase in break-ins through back yards. Residents are encouraged to leave back porch lights on and to lock garages (especially detached garages).

Speaker: Heather Gibbons, Communications Manager, KC Healthy Kids

KC Healthy Kids works on both sides of the state line on policy advocacy and outreach efforts in a 9 county area. For example, they are working to exempt food sales from sales taxes in Kansas, as it disproportionately affects the poor. She came to highlight a program offered by the state of Kansas called the Wildlifer Challenge, which is a fun set of activities to encourage kids to get out of the city and into nature, especially state parks.

Curb Appeal Grant Drawing:

Four winners of grants valued at $250 each were drawn, along with two alternates. The alternates will be contacted if any of the original four winners are unable to complete the project. More information about the annual grant drawing can be found here.

  • Angie Lile
  • Safia Gray
  • Viola Maxwell
  • Cat Larrison

Alternates: John Bozarth, Sara Lott

 

Meeting adjourned at 10:50.

Attendance: 19

Next meeting: Saturday, January 14, 2017, 10:00 a.m. Waldo Library

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Curbside Appeal Grant drawing happening this Saturday!

Join the Sign Brigade and help spread awareness about our general meetings!

Join the Sign Brigade and help spread awareness about our general meetings!

Join us Saturday, November 12th, for our General Meeting where we will be giving away 4, $250 curbside appeal grants to some lucky members!

10am at the Waldo Public Library.

We’ll also have someone out to talk about the Wildlifer Challenge. Mingle with your neighbors, enjoy coffee and refreshments and get caught up on neighborhood news. We’ll see you there!

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Informational Town Hall Recap – Empower Your Vote!

We had a great turnout with well over 100 people at our Town Hall event to Break Down the Ballot issues. Understandably, many people were unable to attend so we decided to video the event so that everyone has the opportunity to empower their vote for November 8th.

Also, and this is very important, the folks at the KC Election Board are cautioning that the length of the Missouri ballot will require patience on the part of all voters and may cause long lines at some polling places. They’re suggesting that those who cannot physically wait in line for extended periods of time can opt for absentee voting.

If you cannot stand in line for an hour because of your physical condition, you can vote absentee before Election Day at:

Suite 750 in Union Station (30 W Pershing Rd, Kansas City, MO 64108) across from the Escape Room.

Park in the West Garage and receive validated parking (8 am – 5 pm, M-Fri)

OR ….There will be three Absentee Satellite Locations:

Center High School – 87th and Holmes
Brush Creek Community Center – 3801 Brush Creek/Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd.
Hillcrest Community Center – 10401 Hillcrest Rd.
(10 am-7 pm, M-Th; 10 am-5 pm, Fri; 10 am-3 pm, Sat.)

You need only attest on the Absentee Ballot Application by checking the box provided.

Following is a general overview of the recommendations made at our Town Hall:

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To see the videos, scroll down to find the video that pertains the issues you are interested in hearing about:

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Informational Town Hall to Break Down the Ballot

Empower your vote on November 8th by understanding the complicated language of our ballot at this Informational Town Hall Meeting. Ask your questions in advance! Forms will be available at the door.

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Download the flier here- http://towerhomesassociation.org/wptha/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/2016-town-hall.pdf

Ask your questions in advance! Featuring the following Guest Speakers:

  • Karen Englert, Government Relations Director for the Missouri chapter of the American Heart Association Midwest with Erin Kiekbusch, Community Health Director for this area. They will be presenting information regarding Amendment 3, a $.60 sales tax on cigarettes, and Proposition A, a $.23 sales tax on cigarettes.
  • Robert Hill, community engagement coordinator of What U Can Do, speaking in opposition to Constitutional Amendment 6 to amend the Missouri constitution to authorize requiring currentgovernment-issued photo IDs to vote.
  • Councilman Scott Taylor, to speak about upcoming City questions that will be appearing on our ballot, such as Question 3 regarding the Light Rail.
  • Derek Ramsey, Vice President, Realtor Advocacy & Commercial Division, Kansas City Regional Association of Realtors will be speaking about Amendment 4, meant to preemptively ban a sales tax on services we use.
  • Steve Roling, Honorary Chair of Children’s Services Fund Campaign will speak on Question 2, Jackson County to approve an 1/8 percentagesales tax to support children’s services and may mention the Mid-Continent Library for anyone living south of 85th
  • Jackson County Executive Frank White and COMBAT Director Stacey Daniels-Young talking about the extension of the COMBAT quarter-cent Jackson County sales tax. 
  • Mike Dean, a founding member of the new national organization American Promise, which is engaged in the movement to amend the U.S. Constitution and reverse the Citizens United decision, will take the position that Amendment 2 is a small step forward.
  • Missouri State Senator for the 7th District, Jason Holsman will be speaking about issues on the ballot affecting our state.
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Fall Dumpster Day – Saturday, November 5th

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This event is for members only and is first come, first served.

You may join the association for $30 which includes the rest of 2016 (and Discount card) and all of 2017.

You may come more than once, but you must have your membership checked the first time. Once the dumpsters are full, the event will be over. We cannot get more dumpsters.

Click here for information on what you can and cannot bring to the dumpsters- http://towerhomesassociation.org/?p=16

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Get your problem solved at this “Problem Solving Session”

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Residents are invited to attend this “Problem Solving Session”, a one-stop shop of all City and Neighborhood Services that you might be wanting to call for your “problem”. Bring a description of your problem and/or pictures if you can. Sidewalks, blighted houses and yards, even if your own property needs help with peeling paint, etc. You can find all of the resources to help you.

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WTHA membership meeting, Sept. 10, 2016

 

Outgoing President

WTHA President Kurtis Marinez called the meeting to order. Further, he indicated that he would not be running for re-election after three terms. He will be focusing on the Waldo Tower Historical Society. The tower will have its 100 year anniversary soon. The historical society will be focused on events to bring people to the tower, such as movie nights, events using the tower as the backdrop, and future potential tourism-based plans, including a proposal to add an elevator for the tower to serve as an overlook). On behalf of the WTHA board and membership, Elizabeth Hollins presented Kurtis with a thank you gift and card for his years of service to WTHA.

Angie Lile introduced herself as a long-time WTHA board member, expressing her interest in running for WTHA president for 2016-2017. Her interest in running is contingent on it being a year of rebuilding the organization, focusing on building the sustainability of the organization, finding new volunteers, avoiding volunteer burnout, and soliciting the input of residents for the future vision of the organization.

All meeting attendees then introduced themselves to the group.

Speaker

A potential speaker from HCA Midwest Health was unable to attend and removed from the agenda.

Border Star Montessori students

Maggie and Sophie LileBorder Start Montessori is a Kansas City Missouri Public Signature School located in the heart of Brookside.

Each year, many of the 6th grade students take an important trip to New York City to participate in the Montessori Model United Nations  program for one week.

The costs associated with such an important program can be quite high for many of our school families, so this fundraiser has been created.

Our goal will be to raise $35,000 through this platform as well as through local fundraisers throughout the coming year.

Please follow our fundraiser to keep up to date on our progress, to hear about our local events and to learn more about what these amazing kids will get to experience as a result of their hard work and determination.

Many of the students will be checking in and updating you on this platform, so please share with your friends and family and show them how strong our community is in our dedication to seeing these kids succeed.Maggie and , 6th grade students from Board Star Montessori, a KC Public Signature School, came to speak about their fundraiser to attend the Montessori Model United Nations Program in New York City. The 30 students attending aim to raise $35,000 this year. Students will be interacting with donors using the online fundraising platform: https://www.gofundme.com/2017mmun

Waldo Fall Festival

Volunteers are needed to support the WTHA booth at the Waldo Fall Festival, Saturday, September 17, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. in 2-3 hours shifts. The event is in the CVS parking lot at 75th and Wornall. Volunteers explain the work of the association and encourage membership. Contact Angie Lile to sign up.

Neighborhood Garage Sale

Angie Lile has obtained yard signs to promote neighborhood garage sales. She is collecting the names of those that might be interested in participating in a fall sale, with the date to be determined by those that may participate. The sale will be promoted via email, web, Facebook, and NextDoor. Contact Angie Lile to sign up.

Community Focus Groups

Angie introduced the concept of WTHA facilitating a series of community focus group discussions centered around the future of our homes association and how we can best serve the residents within our boundaries. The idea would be to have meetings in different venues to solicit the input of different types of residents, to build connection and a robust discussion. The dates, times, locations, and framing questions are to be developed. Other visioning/planning models will be researched. There was also a discussion of the final logistics and branding of the merged Tower Homes Association and Waldo Homes Association.

Election of officers

WTHA secretary Elizabeth Hollins officiated the election of officers for the 2016-2017 year. According to by-laws, elections occur at the September meeting. Five percent of the membership must be present, which was accounted for. The floor was opened for nominations, and none were made. A slate of officers from the existing board was suggested:

President – Angie Lile

Vice President – Tammy Gay (long-time board member of Waldo Homes Association)

Secretary – Elizabeth Hollins (continuing into second year in the position)

Treasurer – Jeff Highfill (continuing after nearly ten years of service)

WTHA member Carol Gibson moved to approve the slate of offices above. Larry Roth seconded. The vote was unanimous. Angie noted that the board would work to find a future successor for the treasurer role, as it requires an exception to the bylaws due to term limits.

Community Police Action Committee (CPAC)

John Bozarth reported back to the group from the last CPAC meeting. The committee meets at Southtown Council and monitors crime trends.

  • Police caught a group of 4-5 robbery suspects that had been moving back and forth across the state line, and likely hit Waldo many times.
  • Encouraged the use of the Waldo Neighborhood and Waldo Watch Facebook pages as well as NextDoor Waldo for real-time reporting and monitoring of crime and posting of videos of suspicious activity.
  • Try to obtain the license plate number of suspicious vehicles, not just a description.
  • CPAC data now reflects WTHA boundaries, all the way east to Troost.
  • More gunshots have been heard in the area of Tower Park, likely due to celebratory shooting into the air in many cases.

2nd Friday Meeting with 6th District Councilmen

Tammy Gay reported out from the 2nd Friday community meeting with the Kansas City councilmen representing the 6th District, Scott Taylor and Kevin McManus. From the South Kansas City Alliance, there was great news regarding Cerner’s growth and an upcoming Economic Development Summit. The shopping center at 85th and Wornall, including the Price Chopper, will receive a $5 million + renovation. Updates were given regarding incentives that the water department is providing for participation in a storm water run-off diversion program.

Curb Appeal Grants

Angie Lile reported that the next drawing for the Curb Appeal Grant will be at the November meeting, Saturday, November 12, 10 a.m. at the Waldo Library. Guidelines will be distributed prior to the meeting.

Dumpster Day

John Bozarth reported that the date for the fall dumpster day will be announced shortly. As usual, there will be two dumpsters from trash and two for yard waste.

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Volunteers Needed at Hale Cook Elementary School

linc-volunteersLINC at Hale Cook Elementary is a before and after school program that offers enrichment opportunities for students in kindergarten through fourth grade. This year, we are looking to enhance our program by offering club activities for students to explore new things. Cue: you!  CLICK HERE FOR ALL OF THE DETAILS

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Come see us at the Waldo Fall Festival

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Now taking entries for Curbside Appeal Grant Giveaway

It’s that time again, well actually we are a little late this year, but that just means we have been trying to fine-tune our giveaway so more people enter to win.

We will be giving away $250 grants to 4 lucky members by drawing their names from all of the available entries at our General Meeting, November 12th.

Now is the time to enter, but you can also enter at the time of the drawing.

NEW THIS YEAR- You do NOT have to be present at the drawing to win!

(But you still have to be a paid member)

Of course, we’d love to see you on November 12th (Saturday) at 10am when we do the drawing and our meetings are pretty fun and informative so why not come on out?

Learn all about it and enter to win by clicking right here.

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KC Water Community Discussion on Town Fork Creek Sewer Rehabilitation

kc-water_eKC Water is hosting a meeting on Tuesday, September 20 at 7 p.m. at St. Peter’s Legacy Chapel to discuss the Town Fork Creek Sewer Rehabilitation Project that is set to begin this fall. Your neighborhood is in the Town Fork Creek Basin and construction is expected to be ongoing from November 2016 to August 2018.

What does this mean for you? 

When complete, the collection system in your neighborhood will be restored, with a life expectancy of up to 80 years of service.

All citizens are invited to attend the brief 45-minute meeting. Refreshments will be served. 

Tuesday, September 20

7 p.m.

St. Peter’s Legacy Chapel

815 East Meyer Blvd, Kansas City

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9-9-16 – 2nd Friday Meeting Recap by Tammy Gay

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Click here to read the complete handout.  

Click here to read the summary that was given at our General Meeting (coming soon).

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Fall Women’s Defense Course being offered by KCPD.

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September 2016 General Meeting Minutes

General membership meeting, September 10, 2016

Attendance: 20

Outgoing President

WTHA President Kurtis Marinez called the meeting to order. Further, he indicated that he would not be running for re-election after three terms. He will be focusing on the Waldo Tower Historical Society. The tower will have its 100 year anniversary soon. The historical society will be focused on events to bring people to the tower, such as movie nights, events using the tower as the backdrop, and future potential tourism-based plans, including a proposal to add an elevator for the tower to serve as an overlook). On behalf of the WTHA board and membership, Elizabeth Hollins presented Kurtis with a thank you gift and card for his years of service to WTHA.

Angie Lile introduced herself as a long-time WTHA board member, expressing her interest in running for WTHA president for 2016-2017. Her interest in running is contingent on it being a year of rebuilding the organization, focusing on building the sustainability of the organization, finding new volunteers, avoiding volunteer burnout, and soliciting the input of residents for the future vision of the organization.

All meeting attendees then introduced themselves to the group.

Speaker

A potential speaker from HCA Midwest Health was unable to attend and removed from the agenda.

Border Star Montessori students

Maggie and Sophie Lile – Border Star Montessori is a Kansas City Missouri Public Signature School located in the heart of Brookside.

Each year, many of the 6th grade students take an important trip to New York City to participate in the Montessori Model United Nations  program for one week.

The costs associated with such an important program can be quite high for many of our school families, so this fundraiser has been created.

Our goal will be to raise $35,000 through this platform as well as through local fundraisers throughout the coming year.

Please follow our fundraiser to keep up to date on our progress, to hear about our local events and to learn more about what these amazing kids will get to experience as a result of their hard work and determination.

Many of the students will be checking in and updating you on this platform, so please share with your friends and family and show them how strong our community is in our dedication to seeing these kids succeed.Maggie and , 6th grade students from Board Star Montessori, a KC Public Signature School, came to speak about their fundraiser to attend the Montessori Model United Nations Program in New York City. The 30 students attending aim to raise $35,000 this year. Students will be interacting with donors using the online fundraising platform: https://www.gofundme.com/2017mmun

Waldo Fall Festival

Volunteers are needed to support the WTHA booth at the Waldo Fall Festival, Saturday, September 17, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. in 2-3 hours shifts. The event is in the CVS parking lot at 75th and Wornall. Volunteers explain the work of the association and encourage membership. Contact Angie Lile to sign up.

Neighborhood Garage Sale

Angie Lile has obtained yard signs to promote neighborhood garage sales. She is collecting the names of those that might be interested in participating in a fall sale, with the date to be determined by those that may participate. The sale will be promoted via email, web, Facebook, and NextDoor. Contact Angie Lile to sign up.

Community Focus Groups

Angie introduced the concept of WTHA facilitating a series of community focus group discussions centered around the future of our homes association and how we can best serve the residents within our boundaries. The idea would be to have meetings in different venues to solicit the input of different types of residents, to build connection and a robust discussion. The dates, times, locations, and framing questions are to be developed. Other visioning/planning models will be researched. There was also a discussion of the final logistics and branding of the merged Tower Homes Association and Waldo Homes Association.

Election of officers

WTHA secretary Elizabeth Hollins officiated the election of officers for the 2016-2017 year. According to by-laws, elections occur at the September meeting. Five percent of the membership must be present, which was accounted for. The floor was opened for nominations, and none were made. A slate of officers from the existing board was suggested:

President – Angie Lile

Vice President – Tammy Gay (long-time board member of Waldo Homes Association)

Secretary – Elizabeth Hollins (continuing into second year in the position)

Treasurer – Jeff Highfill (continuing after nearly ten years of service)

WTHA member Carol Gibson moved to approve the slate of offices above. Larry Roth seconded. The vote was unanimous. Angie noted that the board would work to find a future successor for the treasurer role, as it requires an exception to the bylaws due to term limits.

Community Police Action Committee (CPAC)

John Bozarth reported back to the group from the last CPAC meeting. The committee meets at Southtown Council and monitors crime trends.

  • Police caught a group of 4-5 robbery suspects that had been moving back and forth across the state line, and likely hit Waldo many times.
  • Encouraged the use of the Waldo Neighborhood and Waldo Watch Facebook pages as well as NextDoor Waldo for real-time reporting and monitoring of crime and posting of videos of suspicious activity.
  • Try to obtain the license plate number of suspicious vehicles, not just a description.
  • CPAC data now reflects WTHA boundaries, all the way east to Troost.
  • More gunshots have been heard in the area of Tower Park, likely due to celebratory shooting into the air in many cases.

2nd Friday Meeting with 6th District Councilmen

Tammy Gay reported out from the 2nd Friday community meeting with the Kansas City councilmen representing the 6th District, Scott Taylor and Kevin McManus. From the South Kansas City Alliance, there was great news regarding Cerner’s growth and an upcoming Economic Development Summit. The shopping center at 85th and Wornall, including the Price Chopper, will receive a $5 million + renovation. Updates were given regarding incentives that the water department is providing for participation in a storm water run-off diversion program.

An extensive re-cap is provided here.

Curb Appeal Grants

Angie Lile reported that the next drawing for the Curb Appeal Grant will be at the November meeting, Saturday, November 12, 10 a.m. at the Waldo Library. Guidelines will be distributed prior to the meeting.

Dumpster Day

John Bozarth reported that the date for the fall dumpster day will be announced shortly. As usual, there will be two dumpsters from trash and two for yard waste.

 

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2016 Citizen Work Sessions by the City of Kansas City, Missouri

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From City Hall:

Who says no one at City Hall is listening?

Well, that’s certainly not the case in Kansas City, Missouri, where officials are inviting residents to help shape the City’s priorities and objectives for the next five years.

Councilmembers are gathering information they’ll use to set the next annual budget. A big part of this process is the feedback collected from citizens.

With that in mind, the City is seeking creative, solution-minded people to participate in one of four work sessions which start Sept. 13. The interactive forums will forgo formal presentations so the focus can remain on suggestions offered by residents.

Participants will enjoy a lively, entertaining experience that includes the all-new “Pick Your Priorities’’ game that will allow attendees to have fun selecting the best ways to allocate the City’s limited funds.

“The Citizen Work Sessions offer residents direct access to City officials and an excellent opportunity for them to provide input on the areas that should be our top priorities over the next five years,’’ said Mayor Pro Tem and Finance Committee Chair, Scott Wagner. “These forums are designed to focus on high-level prioritizing, rather than line-item debates.’’

Participants can also expect:

  • Focus groups on topics ranging from finance and housing to public safety and transportation
  • Access to department directors, assistant city managers and others who can field questions about the programs that relate to Council goals
  • An opportunity to record a 30-second message to the City Council about their views on City priorities

The input will be used to finalize the five-year Citywide Business Plan, which must be adopted by Nov. 1, 2016.

The four identical sessions are:

Tuesday, Sept. 13 | 6 p.m. -8 p.m.
Northland Neighborhoods, Inc.
4420 N. Chouteau Trafficway

Thursday, Sept. 22 | 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Avila University, Whitfield Conference Room
11901 Wornall Rd.

Saturday, Oct. 1 | 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
Mohart Multipurpose Center
3200 Wayne Ave.

Thursday, Oct. 6 | 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Kansas City Health Dept., Multipurpose Room
2400 Troost Ave.

Space is limited so reservations are encouraged. Please RSVP to reserve your seat at one of the four sessions:finance@kcmo.org or 816-513-1173.

For information, contact Chris Hernandez, City Communications Director, at 816-513-3474 orchris.hernandez@kcmo.org.

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Crime Stats 9/5/16 to 9/11/16

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Click here to read the full report.

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2016 Economic Development Summit by South Kansas City Alliance

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CLICK HERE to learn more.

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Crime Stats 8/29/16 – 9/4/16

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Click here to read the full report.

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Neighborhood Meeting on Saturday September 10th

Join the Sign Brigade and help spread awareness about our general meetings!

Join the Sign Brigade and help spread awareness about our general meetings!

Mark your calendars! Saturday, September 10th from 10:15am to 12:15pm at the Waldo Public Library (75th and McGee).

We’ll be enjoying coffee and refreshments while discussing neighborhood news and it’s time to vote for our new slate of Officers already!

We’ll update this event soon with a more specific agenda for our meeting so if you have items that you would like to see discussed, please comment on this post.

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