April 29, 2018 at 4:43 pm #59694
As I hope everyone is aware, the Wallingford Community Council Annual Meeting is Wednesday May 9 at 7:00 pm in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd Center (4649 Sunnyside Avenue N). I’d encourage all Wallingford residents to attend, even if you aren’t a member. Our state representative Nicole Macri will speak after we elect our Board of Directors. (You can get more details here: https://www.wallingfordcc.org/2018/04/28/annual-membership-meeting-election-with-representative-nicole-macri-may-9/)
In support of the Wallingford Community Council goals to encourage the participation of the neighborhood in activities that affect the social, educational, recreational, economic, and physical betterment of the community, I intend to propose a number of amendments to the Wallingford Community Council By-Laws at the Annual Meeting.
In summary, these amendments are intended to attract more neighborhood residents to join the WCC so that our neighborhood organization better reflects make up of the community, to encourage a higher level of involvement by residents, and to improve communication to and transparency with the membership.
As required in the by-laws, I am making the proposed amendments publicly available here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/105h_Yy_JSZMrM6QjK8mvaZzBzY9ViERJ/view?usp=sharing
If you have any questions, I’m happy to answer back on this thread.
PaulApril 30, 2018 at 7:27 am #59698
You have your own group, which theoretically should represent everything you believe in for a community group. Why don’t you simply advocate for that group? Tell us how wonderful it is, how it represents everyone in the neighborhood, how it is doing a variety of good things for the neighborhood? Instead, you regularly attack, denigrate, misrepresent, and possibly slander the Community Council and its members. I would not for a second consider voting for any amendment or person put forward by you, because I know you and your proteges have a history of nasty attacks on the organization. You are trying to undermine the Community Council so that you can silence its voice in favor of a view that you disagree with. You have missed your calling – you would have made a grade A member of the Inquisition.April 30, 2018 at 8:09 am #59699
Margie — the WCC claims to speak for the neighborhood; Welcoming Wallingford makes no such claim.
I do understand that we may disagree about housing advocacy in Seattle, but have you read the proposed amendments? They include
* encouraging students to be involved
* ensuring that the officers better reflect the demographics of the neighborhood (*not* the viewpoint, but the demographics)
* requiring officers to attend board meetings (today some board members have skipped most meetings)
* improving the communication between the board and the membership.
You might find several items among the proposed amendments with which you can agree, just as I find myself in agreement with a number of things the WCC does despite our differences on housing.April 30, 2018 at 1:03 pm #59700
I like these suggestions and the spirit of trying to help existing organizations and institutions better reflect the values and sentiments of their identified constituencies. In that spirit, I’d also add a few more amendments…
I’ve wanted to attend WCC meetings since I moved to this neighborhood years ago, but between work and kids it is virtually impossible to get to a 7pm meeting on Wednesdays.
– in order to better reflect the surrounding community, especially those who have inflexible schedules, WCC should allow voting by proxy/remote ballot.
– in order to better inform constituents who are unable to be there on Wednesdays at 7pm, WCC shall livestream all meetings and make them available as an archive (this should be relatively easy and straightforward with freely available technology these days).April 30, 2018 at 7:38 pm #59701
” in order to better inform constituents who are unable to be there on Wednesdays at 7pm, WCC shall livestream all meetings and make them available as an archive (this should be relatively easy and straightforward with freely available technology these days).”
Hm that’s a really good idea especially since (I think) childcare isn’t provided for the meetings.April 30, 2018 at 10:20 pm #59706
I agree that recording or live-streaming meetings would be a big benefit for the community, and I think we should figure out how to do it. I’d recommend we see if we can accomplish that without a by-law change.
I do like the idea of absentee ballots to help expand the participation across the neighborhood.April 30, 2018 at 10:35 pm #59707
If you look at the WCC website, the wording is “a voice for the greater neighborhood”, not “the” voice. I don’t want to get into that, Paul as usual is putting his spin on things.
Also the term constituents is inappropriate, and shows a misunderstanding of the organization. It’s a volunteer group, not a government agency. Yes, a lot of the time it’s hard to make time for an evening meeting or a weekend meeting or a daytime meeting. We all have demands on our time. But considering that my elected “representative” doesn’t make any effort to consider my point of view (and my taxes help pay his salary), why do you expect representation from a group of volunteers if you don’t in anyway participate in or support the organization. Write letters if you can’t show up in person. However….Miranda has scheduled some very good speakers this year, people from the police, the urban forester, reps from Rob Johnson’s office, and others. People who don’t attend miss the chance to hear from these folks in an informal setting where it’s easy to ask questions. Having a record of the speakers available for people who can’t attend could be a service.May 9, 2018 at 5:34 pm #59765
Update: these issues are going to be discussed at the June General Member Meeting.
Save the Date:
The next Monthly Meeting is Wednesday, June 6th, 7pm. In addition to an update on Stone Way, etc. by SDOT, we will be having a special general meeting the latter half of the time period to discuss potential by-law changes, outreach and inclusion.
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