Neighborhood Meeting Minutes – January 28, 2009, 7:15 p.m. – Susan Bailis Center
About 16 people attended this snowy, wintery, wet-weather evening meeting, despite winter storm warnings, A second e-blast was sent just before the meeting to alert people that the meeting was still on. The meeting was held in the general lounge area, not the meeting room, so that chairs had to be set up as people arrived. The meeting room is no longer available, only the lounge.President Dan Munson introduced the Guest Speaker, Emily Wolf, Preservation Planner and representative from the Landmarks District Commission,
Neighborhood Meeting Minutes 2008 – November 13, 2008, 7:15 p.m. – Susan Bailis Center
The Neighborhood meeting was held at The Susan Bailis Center, Mass Avenue and St. Botolph Street. About 20 people were in attendance.President Dan Munson called the meeting to order at 7:45 mentioning the following topics to be covered:
Neighborhood Updates, including development plans for Prudential and Copley Place.
An overview of various citizen-watch committees such as PruPac and CAC
Improved website information, where residents can read our mission: to inform about local activities and a sense of history including the success getting involved in the long-contested 116 Huntington Avenue project that ultimately resulted in improved neighborhood awareness and resolution of zoning, height, parking, traffic and other issues.
September 24, 2008, 7:15 p.m. – Susan Bailis Center
About 25 members gathered at 7:00 to visit and collect neighborhood information.
Newly elected president, Dan Munson opened the meeting at 7:15 by thanking retiring Vice President Chris Coffin. He introduced himself as the new President of the SBNA, Tara Wilstein as the new Vice President, Gary Dwyer, ongoing Treasurer, Helen Powell, continuing Clerk/Secretary and Clair Dargan, Membership Chair.
The neighborhood’s first Welcome Brochure was printed and distributed to each building early September. The goal of the brochure is to give residents, old and new, basic information about the Botolph area and names of helpful agencies, websites and city services. Dan called attention to Landmark’s restrictions to our handsome, desirable and historic neighborhood, particularly: paint colors, windows and doors, masonry, decks, and roof additions. These are the areas that neighbors and Landmarks observe to be sure that improvements conform to neighborhood standards in this historic district.
Neighborhood Meeting Minutes – February 13, 2008, 7:30 p.m. – Susan Bailis Center
About 30 members gathered for refreshments and conversation while speakers were setting up. Vice President, Chris Coffin, introduced both speakers, mentioned that the next neighborhood meeting is April 9th, Election Night, when it is hoped the neighborhood will add a President and a new Vice President to the existing Board:
Chris Coffin, Retiring Vice President
Helen Powell, Clerk, running for the same office in April
Gary Dwyer, Treasurer, running for the same office in April
Claire Dargan, Membership Chair (not a board office), volunteering again in April, etc.
Nancy Restuccia, Past President, volunteering again in April, etc.
April 26 is the date set for the Spring Clean up. It is a Saturday morning.
Other dates are posted on the bulletin board and on the stbotolph.org website.
Speaker: Park Volunteer Representative, Franco CampanelloFranco Campanello, President of the Southwest Corridor Park Conservancy, represents a group of volunteer gardeners who are concerned about the condition of our one-wonderful park. The Conservancy has recently gotten non-profit, 501-C3 status and a grant of $26K with which it hopes to make modest improvements to save the rapidly deteriorating park:
Replace dead trees from West Newton to Carleton, est. $2-3K.
Establish a butterfly garden at Mass Avenue T stop area, est. $8K.
Install 24” fencing at Rutland Square, est. $8K.
Install Carleton Court planting bed, est. $1K
Neighborhood Meeting MinutesDecember 12, 2007, 7:30 p.m.
The Holiday Party was held at The Marriott Hotel, 3rd floor Atrium, 7-9 p.m.
Two entry tables were set up: one for membership renewal ($10/year) and one for party admissions ($10 for members, $15 for non-members). The second table was set up for raffle tickets, to fund the Big Belly program.
Revenue: We took in $1762 between admission, dues and raffle tickets. From this we paid $150 in server tips, leaving a balance of $1612. From the info we had on the raffle tickets, it looks we sold 89 raffle tickets. (Averaging 3 tickets per person, that would be 30 people buying raffle tickets. We need to increase this number in the future and have a longer lead time to sell tickets) About 80 people attended, a few less than last year, perhaps due to the later date conflicting with office parties. Gary estimates that we took in about $1200 for admission and membership and $562 for raffle tickets. Gary will get final numbers when Nancy has turned in her expenses.
The food was very good and the bartender excellent. There were no sweets, but the nibbles were good enough to make a little meal out of. Good mingling, some nice little comments by Chris Coffin and Peter Jones. Ambient music from the jazz group downstairs filtered up to the party and made it seem very lush. The board “worked the room” and tried to cultivate future board members and officers.
The last guest left at 9:30.
Helen took pictures and will post on the bulletin board.
Helen Powell, Clerk
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