Do you live west of the university? Do you want to make a difference in your neighborhood?
If you are a resident of West University, you are eligible to vote and to serve on the WUN Board of Directors. West University Neighbors is a City of Eugene-recognized neighborhood association. The WUN Board is often asked for comments on issues affecting the neighborhood, especially relating to student housing. You can make your voice heard by serving on the WUN Board. Elections are held at the November general meeting: November 7, 2013 from 7-8:30 at Central Presbyterian Church, 555 E. 15th (enter via the alley). We will be electing the Chair, 2 Vice-Chairs, the Secretary, and 3 members-at-large. WUN consists largely of students, and the WUN Board would like student representation.
About the Board
Members at large serve for two years. Two or three are elected each year. All other positions are Executive Committee officers who serve for one year, with a maximum of two years in a row in any one position. Regular general meetings are held the first Thursday in November, February, May, and August. Board meetings are generally held the Tuesday before the general meeting (or another day mutually-agreed on by the Board).
Chair: The Chair is the public point of contact for the neighborhood association. A great deal goes on by email and phone, so the Chair should be willing to have his/her email and phone number made public. The Chair runs WUN meetings and works with the Board to set the agenda. The Chair or another Board member represents the neighborhood on the Neighborhood Leaders Council. This position has about 5-6 hours of work per month, on average, in addition to the Board and General Meetings.
1st Vice-Chair: The 1st Vice-Chair is a member of the Executive Committee. This person runs meetings and generally takes over when the Chair is not available. This person will serve on committees and have duties as needed, such as being the person in charge of a Neighborhood Matching Grant.
2nd Vice-Chair: The 2nd Vice-Chair is a member of the Executive Committee. This person will serve on committees and have duties as needed, such as being the substitute for the Chair on the Neighborhood Leaders Council.
Secretary: The Secretary is also a public point of contact for the neighborhood association. Like the Chair, the Secretary needs to use email and have his/her email and phone number made public. The Secretary is responsible for taking and publishing minutes of WUN meetings, writing letters of support or opposition as decided by the association (for example, for or opposing City actions, thanking neighborhood businesses for their support, etc.), and creating WUN publicity – postcards and newsletters. The Secretary or another Board member updates the WUN website/Yahoo Group regularly. This position has about 4-5 hours of work per month, on average, in addition to the Board and General Meetings.
Members at Large: There are five members at large, serving for two years. Two or three are elected each year to provide continuity and change. Members at large attend Board and General Meetings. They serve on committees and take on duties as needed.
Duties that may be taken on by Board members include:
• Neighborhood Leaders Council representative (4th Tuesday of the month, 7-9pm). Any Board member can represent the neighborhood on the Neighborhood Leaders Council (NLC), which meets once a month. Considerable work goes on via email for the WUN and the NLC.
• WUN Facebook page updates (http://www.facebook.com/WUNeugene)
• WUN website updates (http://www.thewun.org)
• Membership in other City of Eugene committees or ad hoc groups
WUN boundaries go roughly from the University on the east, to 18th Avenue, to the west side of Oak Street, to 14th Avenue by downtown and to Franklin east of High Street.
See http://www.eugene-or.gov/index.aspx?NID=1489 for exact neighborhood boundaries or WUN map.
Make a difference – serve on the Board!
For more information, contact current Board Chair Pete Knox, firstname.lastname@example.org, 541-357-7661; or Secretary Deborah Healey, email@example.com, 541-510-0501 (phone or text).