“What’s the Big Idea” this year? Standish-Ericsson Neighborhood Association annual meeting set for October 8, will feature neighborhood-improvement ideas contest


SENA’s annual meeting is coming up on Mon., Oct. 8. We’re going to reprise our idea auction from last year and ask residents to help determine “What’s the Big Idea?”

Here’s how it works:

SENA Annual Meeting
Monday, October 8, 2012
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Lake Hiawatha Park Building,
2701 E. 44th Street

Agenda for the evening:
6:30 – 6:45 Pastries and coffee
6:45 – 7:00 Introductions and recognitions
7:00 – 7:30 What’s the Big Idea? presentations
7:30 – 7:45 Election of SENA Board members
7:45 – 8:00 Announcement of winning Big Idea, meeting wrapup

All children are welcome to participate in the meeting; however, there will be a special activity for children aged 2 to 6 (limited to 10 children; contact SENA by Thurs., Oct. 4, to reserve a space). Games will be available for older children (with limited supervision), and the computer room will be open on its regular schedule.

  • You (alone or with a group of neighbors) think of a great idea for a neighborhood-improvement project.
  • You attend the SENA Annual Meeting, and sign up to present your idea to the attendees. You have two minutes to “pitch” your idea.
  • At least four other residents agree to help you implement your idea. If you get this support, you move on to the final voting.

After all ideas are presented, those residents in attendance vote for their favorite idea. The winning Big Idea will receive up to $1,000 in implementation assistance from SENA.* Last year, six people presented some great ideas. The winning idea was to build raised garden beds at the Southside Star Community Garden to make gardening accessible to people with disabilities or mobility problems. (See photo at top)

Another idea presented at the meeting was to make American flags available to local businesses. Even though this idea wasn’t the “winner,” some community members who liked the idea donated money to SENA to purchase flags. Four local businesses asked to have the flags. SENA is excited to reprise our Big Idea auction, and we can’t wait to hear your ideas. If you’d like to get more information, or discuss your idea in advance, please call the SENA office at 721-1601.

*Money cannot be used to pay for volunteer time. The winner must provide receipts or purchase orders for materials and supplies.