Standish-Ericsson Neighborhood annual meeting and a new Big Idea

Participants at the SENA Annual Meeting on Nov. 13 listened to several proposals for improving the Standish and Ericsson neighborhoods and then voted on the one they liked best. “Ski Hut” was the winning Big Idea for 2013.

This idea is to work with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board to open the clubhouse at Hiawatha Golf Course on Sunday afternoons so that the public, especially families with children, will have a place to warm up and get refreshments after cross-country skiing. It was put forth by John Saunders, Pete West, and Matt McKinney, neighborhood ski enthusiasts who have already founded a children’s ski race called the “Hiawatha Hustle.” They will have $1,000 from SENA to pursue their Big Idea.

‘Of the four other ideas offered, two of them “won” in a different way. After the vote, SENA staff member Shirley Yeoman announced that an anonymous donor would give $1,000 to fund a non-winning idea focused on improving the environment. “Save the Beach” and “Adopt a Storm Drain,” both of which addressed improving the water quality in Lake Hiawatha, will share in this award.

Before the meeting started, attendees were treated to music by a jazz trio from South High School. A Baker’s Wife Pastry Shop (4200 28th Ave. S.) donated baked goods, and Angry Catfish Bicycle and Coffee Bar (4208 28th Ave. S.) donated coffee for the event.

Outgoing SENA President Sam Newberg opened the business meeting by introducing Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin, newly elected Park Board Member Stephanie Musich, and City Council Member-Elect Andrew Johnson. Sam also thanked outgoing City Council Members Gary Schiff and Sandy Colvin Roy for their service to our neighborhoods. Sam, who is leaving the SENA Board after serving the maximum three terms (nine years), was given an award for his service.

Seven candidates ran for election to the board. Current member Amy Lawler was reelected. The new board members elected are Marcie Golden, Melissa Hysing, Katherine Pederson, Betsy Born, Charlie Christopherson, and Luis Morales. After the meeting, board members elected officers for 2014: president, Chris Lautenschlager; vice president, Molly McCartney; secretary, Susan Fall, and treasurer, Owen Braaten.

Photo: Three skiing families presented a plan that became the Big Idea.

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