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Halcyon Neighborhood Association E-News December 2018


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Items appearing in the HNA E-News are deemed to be of general interest to neighbors but do not necessarily reflect the views of Halcyon Neighborhood Association (HNA), its Steering Committee, or the Editor. The EditorÕs introductory comments express her personal viewpoint.

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1. HNA Planning Meeting for 2019: Sunday, 12/2/18, 3:00-4:45 p.m.

2. HNAÕs Annual Fundraising Appeal!

3. Volunteer Needs for 2019

4. Halcyon Neighborhood AssociationÕs Guiding Principles


EditorÕs Introductory Note:


Thanks to everyone who helped with or attended any of our neighborhood events in 2018, from crime watch to disaster preparedness, from social potlucks to work parties in the park. As we get ready for 2019, we hope to keep on nourishing community and neighborly relationships in Halcyon neighborhood. We welcome your participation.


Wishing you all happy holidays and end-of-the-year celebrations!


—Nancy Carleton, HNA Co-Chair and E-News Editor,



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1. HNA Planning Meeting for 2019: Sunday, 12/2/18, 3:00-4:45 p.m.


EditorÕs note: Each year, the HNA Steering Committee meets in December to map out rough dates for neighborhood activities for the following year, including work parties to maintain Halcyon Commons and social events, such as our popular neighborhood potlucks, celebrations in the park, and more. Given our information infrastructure and willing volunteers, it doesnÕt require much time on your part to make a big difference as a lead convener (or co-lead) for an event or activity. So much is possible in our neighborhood, but we depend on new neighbors getting involved to help keep us moving forward. The HNA Steering Committee uses a Yahoo listserv group for most of its planning to spare us from too many meetings in our already commitment-full lives (weÕll likely have just two or three Steering Committee meetings in all of 2019). We would very much welcome your participation!


Please email if you want more information. All neighbors willing to work in the spirit of HNAÕs Guiding Principles (see item 4 below) are welcome to join the Steering Committee. WeÕre very much open to new projects, so if you have an aspect of the neighborhood youÕd like to see addressed, please step up! And we especially need your help if you have an interest in crime watch, disaster preparedness, or kid-friendly activities. For a modest investment of time, you can make a big difference right here where you live.


HNA Planning Meeting for 2019

Sunday, December 2, 2018, 3:00-4:45 p.m.

Meeting will take place at a home in the neighborhood. Email for details.


This meeting is open to Steering Committee members plus interested members of the HNA CERT group and others who are willing to work together in the spirit of HNAÕs Guiding Principles (again, see item 4).


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2. HNAÕs Annual Fundraising Appeal


EditorÕs note: Your contributions are crucial to realizing HNAÕs 2019 priorities! Please give generously.


HNA doesnÕt have a formal membership structure or require annual dues because we wanted to keep participation as broad as possible. At the same time, we incur various expenses during the course of a year, including:

            * Flyer production

            * Supplies for special events in park

            * Supplies for work parties

            * In-fill and replacement plants for Halcyon Commons and nearby landscaped features

            * Graffiti removal peripherals

            * Small projects in Halcyon Commons (including refurbishing the mural on the backside of our bulletin board, new boulders for the park and nearby landscaped features, plus adding some paver stones at common crossways into the park).


WeÕre asking neighbors who appreciate all that HNA does to improve and beautify our neighborhood, to keep us safer (on both crime-watch and disaster-prep levels), and to facilitate communication and help create a more convivial place to live to give generously this year, and do your part.


(1) Make a financial contribution directly to HNA (not tax-deductible, but allows us maximum flexibility) by writing a check made out to ÒHNAÓ and mailing or dropping it off in an envelope to HNA Treasurer Susan Hunter, 3044 Halcyon Court, Berkeley, CA 94705.


(2) Give to HNA online! Go to to make your contribution. (Again, contributions to HNA arenÕt tax-deductible but allow us maximum flexibility.) PayPal keeps a fee of approximately 3 percent.


(3) Make a tax-deductible financial contribution by writing a check made out to ÒBerkeley Partners for ParksÓ (BPFP, our nonprofit fiscal sponsor, which charges a 7 percent overhead fee), earmarked Halcyon, and mailing or dropping it off in an envelope to HNA Treasurer Susan Hunter, 3044 Halcyon Court, Berkeley, CA 94705.


No contribution is too small (or too large!). If youÕd like to receive a copy of our year-end financial report, contact Our neighborhood associationÕs health and vitality depend on your ongoing support! Please pitch in!


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3. Volunteer Needs for 2019


EditorÕs note: While there will be event-specific volunteer needs that will be announced during the course of the year, below is a list of some of the ongoing needs where we could use some fresh help in 2019. If you can help with any of these volunteer needs in the neighborhood during 2019, please email


* Photocopy our neighborhood flyer (let us know if youÕre willing to do this once, twice, or three times a year) and divide into packets for approximately twenty flyer distributors.

* Serve as backup to drop flyer packets off to distributors (sometime our primary volunteer has to be out of town); this is ideally done via bicycle and takes about an hour.

* Distribute flyers to a regular stretch in the neighborhood three to four times a year (each stretch takes about half an hour, and alternates are available if youÕre out of town).

* Serve as an alternate to drop flyers along when a regular distributor is out of town (each stretch takes about half an hour).

* Compile crime stats for the neighborhood every month or two.

* Join the HNA CERT group and help take our neighborhood disaster preparedness to the next level.


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4. Halcyon Neighborhood AssociationÕs Guiding Principles


EditorÕs note: Given our upcoming Planning Meeting for 2019 (see item 1), this is another good time to highlight HNAÕs Guiding Principles (which can always be found on our website,


HNA is a community group dedicated to stewardship of the Halcyon Neighborhood in South Berkeley (bounded by Telegraph, Ashby, Adeline, and Woolsey). We encourage positive, proactive, partnership-oriented approaches to improving the well-being of our neighborhood, with an emphasis on the following goals:


* Community building (such as regular potlucks, special events in the park, mutual support among neighbors, and multiblock yard sales);


* Ongoing care of Halcyon Commons (a park conceived of and created by the neighbors who founded HNA) under the nonprofit umbrella provided by Berkeley Partners for Parks and in partnership with the City of Berkeley;


* Continued greening and care of the neighborhood (planting trees, cleaning litter off streets, graffiti removal, and helping maintain public landscaped features);


* Strengthening neighborhood watch (crime watch, community safety walks, emergency preparedness, and disaster supply cache);


* Networking with the larger Berkeley community (nearby neighborhood groups, neighborhood businesses, City staff, and elected officials);


* Sharing information and empowering residents to become proactive in addressing neighborhood needs and in expressing individual viewpoints regarding civic affairs (spreading news through meetings, flyers, and the HNA E-News, and providing contact information).


To fulfill these goals, HNA provides a sanctuary from partisan politics so that neighbors with diverse viewpoints feel welcome to participate. Thus, HNA only takes stands on larger issues when there is near-unanimity among neighbors. By focusing on immediate local concerns, we find we can have a greater impact and get better results from the time we invest. Guided by these principles, HNA invites neighbors who are willing to work together in a spirit of partnership to participate at whatever level makes sense for them. Opportunities for serving on our volunteer Steering Committee and project-oriented committees are available to neighbors who are willing to roll up their sleeves and work together in a nonpartisan spirit. Neighbors are invited to step forward into leadership positions defined by the work they do in accordance with HNAÕs primary goals and guiding principles.


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