Mission statement - proposed
The Glen Ellen Forum is working on
- Building a stronger community for the benefit of us all.
- Working together from a positive frame of mind on common goals.
- Valuing all our experiences, with a shared sense of civic discourse and respect of participants.
- Carrying out all of our work with elements of tolerance, co-operation, compromise, diversity, preservation and inclusiveness.
There is always more that brings us together than what divides us. We are all volunteers.
5 year Strategic Plan - proposed
The draft 5-year strategic plan is intended to start a conversation around how our community might enhance village life, while ensuring the charm and rural character are not sacrificed.
Short Term Plan & Initiatives
Short Term Plans
The proposed short-term plan & initiatives list is intended to outline what we are actively working on or can work towards together. See individual committee goals by visiting "Committees" menu tab above.
GLEN ELLEN FORUM LEADERS
Co-Founders: Leslie Vaughn & Jim Shere
Chair Poppy Darby
Treasurer Margie Foster
Communications Chair Shannon Lee (Interim)
Communications Team Laura Schermeister, Melissa Dowling (Interim)
Committees (see Menu above)
Board of Directors
President Melissa Dowling
Vice President Angela Morgan
Secretary Jim Shere
Director Rob Barnum
Director Graham Hommel
Director George Merrick
Director Tracy Salcedo
- Nominations for the 2019 elections are now open and will next take place at the Board Meeting in April 2019. Please review the Board of Directors and Steering Committee role descriptions and find a nomination ballot here: Glen Ellen Forum Leadership Positions
- Other Committee Chair elections take place within the regular committee meetings.
- Please email email@example.com if you would like to get involved in any committee or if you have any questions about the elections.
Monthly Meeting Agenda - March
- WELCOME & INTRODUCTION
- COMMITTEE UPDATES and OTHER COMMUNITY BUSINESS
- Traffic & Safety
- SDC/Eldridge Transition
- Board Meeting
- Business Group
- Sonoma Valley Homeless Task Force
- Jim Burch and Ana Dominguez - The Jack London Yacht Club
- ANY OTHER BUSINESS
- THANK YOU FOR COMING
- Next Month's Meeting: Monday 4/1/19 @ 7pm, Garden Court Cafe or Dunbar School (the date and place are tentative. Confirmation coming soon)
Next Board of Directors Meeting
The April Board of Directors Meeting Saturday, April 13 1:00-5:00pm
FUTURE BOARD MEETINGS
Thursday, July 18, 2019
Thursday, October 17, 2019 - TBD
Meeting Minutes & Video
2018 - Video
(open the link and scroll to the bottom)
2019 - Minutes
January February - no meeting March April May June July August September October
October- no meeting November December
Future Goals for Glen Ellen
The Forum would like to share three energizing ideas that we believe will greatly enhance our community.
Downtown Maintenance Person 1 day/week
Proposed by Leslie Vaughn
Glen Ellen Plaza (pending update)
Proposal by Jim Shere
Proposal by Arthur Dawson
- We strive to inform you, the public, about all that is going on in our community.
- The Forum does not necessarily endorse all that is posted on our website, monthly newsletter and Facebook page.
READY GLEN ELLEN
The Ready Glen Ellen Emergency Plan was created by the Glen Ellen Forum Traffic and Safety Committee and other members of the Glen Ellen community. We encourage all residents, businesses and employees of Glen Ellen to have an emergency plan and hope this document helps you.
Click here to access the Ready Glen Ellen website.
UPDATE: The Forum is happy to report that it was able to fill ALL fire victim shed applications received by the lottery deadline, instead of the 10 we anticipated funding. The sheds were funded through the United Way Wine Country Sonoma County Wildfire Recovery & Resilience Neighborhood Grant. Additionally, with support and help from discounts by Home Depot and a deep discount from Friedman's Home Improvement, along with a very generous donation from Beltane Winery's Wine Club Members, the Forum was able to fulfill ALL 20 of the shed requests received earlier. We are very grateful to all who made this possible. For those needed assistance in assembling the sheds, the Forum will organize some shed-building work parties in January. Notifications for application information were found in the Kenwood Press, Glen Ellen Forum's Facebook, the Glen Ellen Forum's website, posted on Nextdoor.com, posted in the kiosk in front of the Glen Ellen Post Office, posted inside the Glen Ellen Post Office, and announced at the December 3rd Forum meeting.
NEW BYLAWS DRAFTED
The AD HOC BYLAWS COMMITTEE convened during the week of Thanksgiving, for the purpose of drafting new bylaws to be presented at the January 17, 2019 meeting of the Board of Directors. To ensure inclusiveness, input was invited from the public by direct email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The current draft of the updated bylaws as well as a manual of policies and procedures is available for your review and comment here: BYLAWS & MANUAL COLLATION 1_15. Please forward any feedback to Jim Shere using the email link above. The Board of Directors will vote to adopt the new Bylaws and Policies and Procedures in April of 2019.
Jim Shere reported on the progress at the January 7th Town Hall meeting of the Glen Ellen Forum. See existing bylaws (adopted 02/14/18).
Do You Need Help?
Fill out this form to tell your neighbors how they can help you.
CAN YOU OFFER HELP?
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Support and Recovery Information
GOT HOUSING? NEED HOUSING?
Please visit Facebook's Keep Them In Sonoma Valley - Homes For Fire Victims set up by Glen Ellen's Ed Davis. Ed is keeping a running inventory of housing needs and availability in Sonoma Valley!
Another Opportunity to Help
A growing number of Sonoma County residents, especially older adults are without a home. Thanks to the ongoing efforts of SHARE (Shared Housing and Resource Exchange) living arrangements are being made between two or more unrelated people, who agree to share a home or apartment for their mutual benefit. As part of SHAREfire, SHARE has broadened their scope to allow for all kinds of housing. Whether you can provide a home, are seeking a home, or interested in making a donation, for more information email them at email@example.com.
Please view the links below.
If you would like to host a Social Event at your house contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for further details. It's a Pot Luck of hors d'oeuvres and drinks. Get better acquainted with your neighbors and community members. We send out the invitations, you provide the location, and everyone brings their favorite food and drink to share.
FREE RIDES FOR SENIORS
LIMO - Local Independent Mobility Options for Seniors is offered the Vintage House.
It's designed to provide seniors 60 years and better who can no longer drive with FREE door-to-door rides for non-medical purposes. Rides are available within Sonoma Valley Monday – Friday, 9am. to 4pm (excluding holidays). Typical destinations include grocery shopping, hair dresser, post office, banks, library, Farmers Market and of course Vintage House! For rides to medical appointments please call FISH at 707-996-0111.
A notice of Five (5) working days is required to reserve your ride.
To schedule a ride, contact us at 707.996.0311 x308 or go to email@example.com
We'd Love to Hear from You!
Please use the contact form below to send us your ideas, suggestions, or any topics you'd like to add to the agenda for the next meeting.