Organizational Meeting of Saturday October 6, 2007
Written by NSN Coordinator   
Date: Sun, 7 Oct 2007 15:20:10 -0700

Yesterday, Saturday October 6, the Neighborhood Support Network (NSN) had a successful beginning to its existence through a meeting that was held at Freedom Park Center in Tucson. The first of two organizational meetings, this gathering from 1 PM until 4 PM, brought 28 people from 19 neighborhoods together to begin connecting with one another and forming links that will help them be better neighborhood leaders.

Those participating included:

Neighborhood Name
Arroyo Chico Les Pierce
Barrio Kroeger Lane Carlos Ochoa
Cabrini Mark Haberman
Campus Farm Mary Schlentz
Catalina Vista Colette Altaffer
Colonia Del Valle Donald Houghton
Colonia Del Valle Nick Weaver
Colonia Del Valle William Holden
Colonia Solana Anne Gomez
Colonia Solana Bill Dupont
Colonia Solana Robin Gomez
Desert Aire/Loma Linda Jennie Meyer
Desert Aire/Loma Linda Laura Roth-Shepherd
Dietz Kathy Van Horne
Dietz Linda Howell
Doolen-Fruitvale Helen Garfinkle
Harrison East-South M. J. Yee
Limberlost Carlos Nagel
Limberlost Michael Ray
Midtown Caroline Rondeau
Miramonte Charles Casey
Mitman Sandy Paris
Palo Verde Linda Poag
Palo Verde Ronni Kotwica
Palo Verde Wood Sanders
Peter Howell Donald Ijams
San Clemente Tres English
Vista Del Monte Katy Brown

After a round of introductions, the participants were broken into three groups for discussion of topics central to the initiation of this network:

  1. When you think about your most successful efforts as a neighborhood leader, what factors contributed to that success?
  2. What can we do together to make each other more successful leaders?
  3. What three wishes do you have for the creation of the Neighborhood Support Network?


The makeup of the three discussion groups was change three times, in order to expose leaders to more faces on a direct basis. The discussion was spirited with everyone contributing.  At the end, highlights from each group's recorder were summarized. These summaries, and suggested next steps, will be made available shortly.

This sort of gathering appeared to be what people were after as they left the meeting with smiles on their faces and were continuing conversations as they filed out. They took with them a listing of participants with full contact information for continued networking.

A similar meeting is planned for Tuesday, October 16, 2007, 6 PM - 9 PM, at the Northwest Center. For those who were unable to attend yesterday, and others who may be interested in helping the NSN gain strength, please let Wood Sanders know. See the invitation for RSVP information.

NSN is still interested in receiving surveys with neighborhood priorities, talents and projects. Please print out and send/bring them to me for compilation with those from other neighborhoods.

And finally, for those who haven't joined, I would appreciate it if you would join our discussion group, Tucson Neighborhood Leaders Discussion Group. Over on the right of this page is a link Join this Group. If you click here and Create a Google Account (with your current email address), you can participate fully in the discussions to come. You can also send an email to the group by addressing just the group ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ) and you will be assured of getting your message to all who have signed up.

NSN Website

Donald Ijams, President
Peter Howell Neighborhood Association


Last Updated ( Friday, 07 December 2007 )
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