January Board meeting

The next board meeting is this evening, Thursday January 17 at 7 pm at Swantown Inn. (My apologies for the late notice.)


  • Garden grant status
  • 1000 Trees in a Day (city forestry project)
  • Newsletter
  • February general meeting

Important Notice

The next general meeting has been rescheduled from its usual date on the 2nd Thursday in February, which this year happens to be February 14.

Instead, the meeting will be held on Thursday, February 21 at 7 pm. Location TBA, but probably the Light and Life Church on Fairview & 7th.

Mailing list update

I’ve tweaked the settings for the ena-olympia Google Group. Now anyone may post a message to the group, and you can decide whether to reply to the group address or to an individual.

For right now, all messages sent to the group will be moderated. If people are civil and helpful, then I’ll probably turn moderation off.

1000 Trees in a Day!

On March 29, the city’s Neighborwoods program will be planting 1000 trees throughout the city. At least some of those trees will be planted in our neighborhood, and you can help! Visit the city’s website to learn more about this project. Lucy Coffman can put you in touch with a volunteer liaison close to you. Volunteers can help identify locations, pick trees, or plant on March 29.

November General Meeting

All are welcome!
Thursday, November 8, 2007 at 7 pm
New Bridge Community Church (Old Madison School)
812 Central St SE

Please note the meeting is being held in a different location then in the past. There’s a lot going on this fall on the Eastside, at our meeting we’ll discuss a variety of topics and have speakers from United Methodist Church, St. Micheal’s Catholic Church and other neighborhood organizations. We hope you’ll come to the general meeting on November 8.

  • Open mic – at the beginning of the meeting, we throw the floor open to you. Share your concerns, dreams, and kudos.
  • Camp Quixote
  • Community Garden
  • Construction projects in the neighborhood

The Eastside Neighborhood Association is nothing without you. All of our projects are run by volunteers who live right here in the neighborhood, with help from your dues. The next newsletter comes out in late January—but you can send stories, story ideas, photos, and ads now!

October Board Meeting

Tomorrow, Thursday October 18, 7 pm, Jessica Archer’s house.  Email jessiearcher at yahoo dot com for address. Agenda is very simple: review newsletter content and November general meeting agenda.

September Board Minutes

ENA minutes from the board meeting on Thurs Sept 19, 2007  at Luke’s House.

People present

  • Ginny Smith
  • Eddie Willingham

Board members present

  • Nathan Allan
  • Casey Allan
  • Jessica Archer
  • Luke Bowerman
  • Carol Wilson
  • Elaine Nelson

Meeting was called to order at 7:05 by president Elaine

Update on the sign project. It is moving forward Elaine will go look at the location sights and decide on the final ones. She will meet with the city and they will get installed. We will have extra signs and posts. A decision will be made on what to do with them.

The grant deadline for the neighborhoods is approaching. The maximum is $4,000 and needs to be applied for asap. We would like to pursue the possibilities for Madison Scenic Park.  It was decided that we would talk to the Pea Patch group and get their ideas.  The school district needs to be approached about selling the property to the city of Olympia. Nathan and Elaine will talk to Willow with the pea patch group and work on the grant. Perhaps it could involve fencing and raised planting beds. The grant could be written to state that the school district needs to move forward with the city.

The next general meeting is in November  on the 8th  and the upcoming newsletter. Ideas for both:

1. Scott Homes could come and address the concerns about cutting down the woods for their development and the increase in freeway noise as a result. Jessica will put together an article for the newsletter and approach them about come to the general meeting.
2. Elaine will give a final sign report. Hopefully with pictures and progress.
3. Information on the grant submittal and explain what we are trying to do. Perhaps Willow could come and help explain the plans for the Madison scenic park pea patch.
4. Update on the neighborhood churches.  The progress on the St. Mike’s project, the opening of New Bridge at old Madison, and Camp Quixote at United Methodist.
5. Something about the completion of the new walking trail off of Eastside Street.

The general meeting will be at New Bridge. Elaine will contact Light and Life  Church and let them know of our location change.

Carol will bring the Ralph’s rebate cards to the general meeting.

Jody gave a report on the Active Community Walking project. All kids at Madison will get a map of the safe walking routes to the school, a water bottle and a pedometer. There are also 2 new banners put up at the school and on Legion. It looks like we will get funding for another year of this project. Christine Watts will continue with the active lifestyle project. A motion was made to donate money ( not to exceed $100.00) toward the cost of 8 blowup maps (one for each class) to use in the classrooms. Nathan made the motion and Luke seconded it—the vote was unanimous to donate the money.

Ginny Smith, from the United Methodist church on Legion across from Madison School came to answer questions about the arrival of Camp Quixote ( a homeless tent city) at the church’s property. She explained to us that it will be a fenced in area by their lower parking lot.  The camp will operate with very strict rules. It is a well managed resident ran camp. Everyone will have background checks. There will be a screening process for each tenant. There will be no one under the age of 18, no pets, no weapons, no violence, no loitering, no littering and no drugs or alcohol. Lights are out at 10:00. There will be an average of 20 people living there. The gathering will be there for 3 months and there will be port a potties but no shower facilities. She is looking for volunteers to help man the common area. It will be manned 24 hours a day and guests must check in and out.  She asked if any of us would like to volunteer to call her at 491-1540. The camp will move in the first of October.

Eddie wanted to announce that New Bridge Church was moving in on Sept. 30,2007 and the grand opening service would be on Sunday October 7th.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:00.

Respectfully submitted
Carol Wilson