Targeted Investment Neighborhood (TIN) Launch

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Meeting Minutes of the Martin Drive Neighborhood Association


The mission of the Martin Drive Neighborhood Association, through its programs and projects, is to embrace and foster a sense of belonging and common purpose, in order to create a neighborhood that is beautiful, diverse, secure, and fun for everyone!


The meeting started at 10:15 a.m.

1.   Introductions - Neighbors introduced themselves and where they live.

2.   Overview of Meeting

Mary explained the setup of today's meeting and the fair at approximately 11 a.m.

Neighbors signed a get well card for Al.

3.   Mission Statement Activity-Mary asked neighbors what the mission statement meant to them.


Neighbors participate in Night Time Trick and Treating, Caroling, Outdoor Movies.


Safe neighborhood. The police department is close, active neighborhood.


Ages, ethnic groups, income, families, and people.

Belonging and common purpose:

Neighbors cleaning up our neighborhood, many flowers to enjoy, and working together.

4.   Year in Review / What's Coming Up in Our Calendar-Mary talked about the different events on the calendar and how those events continue to build a community. We looked at problem solving and created priorities to continue to move forward as a neighborhood.

Jim received a plant as our thanks for helping neighbors over several years  as we hosted meetings at the Washington Park Senior Center.

5.   Annual Financial Statement 

Pat Mueller gave a financial report. Last year we took in $2,200 through donations for bows and coffee fund, Bloom & Groom, Halloween and t-shirt sales.  We also received in kind donations like the community sign board, reduced printing cost by Caradero Club or sponsorship of newsletters and garden enhancements.

Last year we spent $2,750, for meetings and food, t-shirts, newsletters & fliers and the rummage sale.   The current balance in the checking account is $2,454.  

We have an opportunity through the TIN to use $5,400 of unmatched funds for neighborhood projects that engage residents and physically improve the neighborhood.  This site will give ideas of projects. entation2014.pdf

Pat talked about the Bloom and Groom. Flowers will be picked up on May 31st. 10 a.m. at the Washington Park Senior Center. Flowers that were not ordered in May 17th, can be bought and picked up on May 31st. Brew City Gardens will give demonstrations and MMSD will talk about rain barrels.

Sharon talked about the Annual Neighborhood Rummage Sale. Sharon also talked about the fundraising activity, 10$ at the Washington Park Senior Center Friday September 26th, 6-9 p.m. There will be several musical acts.

6. Good Neighbor Award: Raymond explained how the Arias family, did simple but meaningful activities to be good neighbors like helping to shovel a neighbor's driveway, cut grass, and help create a welcoming neighborhood. A coffee cup was presented that said MDNA Good Neighbor”. 

Throughout the meeting, Sharon read ticket numbers and neighbors won door prizes from donated rummage sale items from last year.

A neighbor talked about Urban Ecology Center Camps and other activities in Washington Park.

7. Neighborhood Fair started at the conclusion of the meeting (11:15 a.m.)

Guests included local businesses, President Murphy, State Representative

Goyke, Safe & Sound and the Vliet Street Business Association.                                                                                                               

The 11th Annual Martin Drive Neighborhood




SATURDAY, July 19th 

8:00 am-4:00pm

The Martin Drive Neighborhood Association will be posting signs, running newspaper ads, and internet advertising about the Rummage Sale.

1.   Get a banner for your yard by registering on or before July 17th at 933-6800 or fill out the form at Leave your  name, address, and phone number.  

2.   Please donate one gently used (or new) item for the Annual Meeting raffle table. 

Someone will come around on the day of the sale to collect. 

3.   We are pleased to offer participants a place to donate any unsold or unwanted “left over” items. When you register, let me know if you are interested. 


Be a seller or shopper, just don’t miss the fun!

(Next pages: PICNIC and MOVIE NIGHTS information)

Sixth Annual

 Martin Drive Neighborhood Association

Summer Sizzle Picnic

Saturday, July 26 from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM Neighborhood Community Gardens

 46th and Vliet St.

Hot dogs, hamburgers and a grill are provided. 

 Please bring a dish to pass, a lawn chair(s) to sit in,

and enjoy the best thing about your  Martin

Drive Neighborhood, neighbors enjoying community.


Martin Drive Neighborhood Under the Stars Movie Series

Friday June 20th

Friday July 18th

Tuesday August 5th - National Night Out

At Sunset (about 8:30pm) enjoy a movie at our  Community Garden (46th & Vliet). Bring a blanket,  snacks, and enjoy a movie with your neighbors.


A reminder to also make sure the kids use the bathroom before leaving the house. We recommend keeping liquids to a minimum. If there is a problem with the weather, you'll get an email via by 7:30 p.m. on the day of the event. It'll also be announced on Facebook and Twitter.