Greetings, Sligo Woods

Spring seems to have finally gotten around to showing up.  It’s great to see all the flowers coming out, as well as friends and neighbors.

In terms of program-meetings and Board meetings, the Civic Association has been in a holding pattern for the last year.  The 2020 annual meeting was cancelled, and there was no summer picnic or other social gatherings—thus our only expenditures have been for the website and the PO Box.

Because of this, the board has decided on two things:
Membership dues
There will be no dues for the 2021 year.  If you have already paid dues in 2020 or 2021, those amounts will be credited toward your 2022 dues.
The terms of Board members all have been extended for one year and, with one resignation, that means there are four positions coming open.

The President will continue to March 2022 (incumbent Todd Sleeman), as will one of the At-large positions (incumbent Doug Grove).  Three 2-year terms will be open for election: the VP position (Sandy Hinman concluding her service in this position), Treasurer (Glenn Moller concluding his first term), and one of the two At-large positions (Frank Andruzzi concluding his service in this position).  In addition, one 1-year term for Secretary is up for election (Emily Sudbrink retiring from this service).  If you are interested in running for office, please reach out to me so I can tell you more about the open positions.   There is also some basic information here.

Our current plan is to hold elections in late June, and we are exploring ways to conduct the election in a safe manner.  These could include online survey, via e-mail, or the collection of paper ballots.

While the last year has felt like treading water in organizational terms, I believe we have a good base of knowledge and enthusiasm to ‘restart’ the formal workings of the civic association.  Until guidance indicates it is safe to do so, however, we will not be holding any larger events (neighborhood yard sale, summer picnic).  If you have ideas for events that we could host, please send me an e-mail.  Also, if you have any questions, concerns, comments, please reach out to me via e-mail.

Todd Sleeman, President

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2020 Winter Holiday Decorating Contest

Thank you to the many Sligo Woods households who brightened up 2020 with holiday lights.  And congratulations to winners.  This year it was especially hard to choose–so many wonderful lights and decorations!  In fact, the judges made the decision to round up some of the award-winner yard-signs from earlier years so that we could increase the number of winners for this year.  After all, it is 2020!
Special thanks to our judges, who had to drive on slippery roads, walk on icy sidewalks to read house numbers, and brave the cold.  And a shout-out again this year to Justin Way’s Mary Moore, who organized this popular event for our neighborhood.

Best Nighttime (tie) – Gabel

Best daytime (tie) -Laredo (here the night-view)

Best Daytime (tie) – Dryden

Best Overall (tie) – Kerwin

Honorable mention – Snure

Honorable Mention – Dennis

Honorable Mention – Calumet

Best Theme – Procter

Best Nighttime (tie) -Tenbrook

Best Overall (tie) – Gable Ct

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2020 Halloween Winners

The moment that you’ve all been waiting for…. The winners of the 2020 Sligo Woods Civic Association Halloween Decorating Contest… Best Overall—1008 Kerwin Best Nighttime—10411 Procter Best Daytime—10413 Procter Best Theme—10907 Breewood Court Honorable Mentions—1108 Carson Street, 906 Laredo, 704 Orange Best … Continue reading

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2020 Halloween Decorating Contest — Sligo Woods’ 3rd Annual

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Celebrate Halloween and join in a friendly decorating competition—fun and full of beautiful community spirit.  You are invited to take part either by decorating your house/yard or by volunteering to serve on the team of judges.  Winners earn a certificate and … Continue reading

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October 2020 Activities

I can hardly believe that it is the first day of October already!  The leaves are falling, and there are way too many pumpkin flavored items at the store (Pumpkin Twinkies, Pumpkin Pringles!). Halloween Decorating Contest     It is terrific … Continue reading

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Coronavirus Mask Project 2020 — March to May

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Scroll down for May 15th update Here’s the story!  On the morning of March 19th, the 160 people signed-up on the Sligo Woods Civic Association’s listserv got an email from one resident, asking if maybe others in the Sligo Woods … Continue reading

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Tree Rescue for the Sledding-Hill Woods

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Ten Sligo Woods neighbors successfully rescued a number of trees along the south side of the sledding hill.  These threatened trees—mainly maples and tuliptrees—had been overgrown by porcelainberry, an invasive vine that climbs up the trunk and branches, and eventually … Continue reading

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An all-member email sent Friday, March 13, 2020

With the continuing developments with the Covid-19 situation, and following suit of local, state, and national government, the Board has decided to postpone the Sligo Woods quarterly program.  The program, originally scheduled for Thursday, March 26th, we expect will now take place on Thursday, April 30.

As our annual meeting, there is certain business to be taken care of, including voting in new board members for the positions coming open, and approving the budget for the upcoming year.  All board members serving in a vacating position have agreed to stay on until elections can be held.  While the budget still requires approval for the upcoming year, we will continue to pay for items that fall under our normal operating expenses (PO Box, website, etc.).  Think of it like the continue resolutions that we are all too familiar with; we honor existing commitments without taking on any new ones.

All of us will experience some difficulties in the upcoming weeks: physical, mental, emotional, and financial.  Some will be staying home from work, some will be working more (and under adverse conditions); some will be taking care of ill family members; some will not be able to visit friends or families; some will lose income because of business closures.

The neighborhood has an established communication mechanism.  Official info is emailed to all members who have provided an e-mail address.  Postings and replies and e-discussions among members are possible via the listserv–a googlegroups arrangement.  If you are not on the listserv but now want to sign up, just email the civic association’s e-office and ask for info to be sent to you so you may join.  Make use of these resources.

There has been a lot of talk of ‘social distancing’.  I don’t care for the term.  I feel a more appropriate term is ‘physical distancing’.  The primary way to avoid contracting (and spreading) the virus is to not be around someone who has it.  It stands to reason that if we can minimize close contact with other people, the odds go down that we will run into someone who has the virus.  We, as families, neighbors, and a community, can certainly remain social and remain safe.

Our community has held some great events: The Winter Social, the Summer Picnic, the Halloween Parade, and many great quarterly programs.  We’ve put faces to names, met new people, learned about our local community (and eaten some really good food).  Let’s keep this momentum going.

Wave to someone (everyone) when you’re out walking; check in with people by phone or e-mail; see if a neighbor needs some extra help in these trying times.   Find other ways to keep the community spirit strong.  Virtual book club, recipe swaps, online meeting software to host a cocktail party (and you don’t need to clean the house!).  These are just a few ideas.

Be patient with people and show a little extra consideration, especially when it’s the hardest; we’re all stressed about this and may not be at our best.  A little extra kindness or a thoughtful gesture goes a long way.

Todd Sleeman, President
Sligo Woods Civic Association


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Forecast was right: 100% neighborly fun at Chili Social

by Todd Sleeman, President

This year’s Winter Chili Social was a great success, with more than 30 people taking part.  We enjoyed meeting several people new to the neighborhood, and also welcomed a couple established neighbors new to the civic association.

To see how much fun we were having and the gorgeous food we shared, take a look at this

two-minute video.

Cheers for Nathan Ochole of Calumet Drive:  he’s a professional videographer and has generously donated his time and skills to offer this to our neighborhood.  Thank you, Nathan!

The evening started with a very brief (but efficient) business meeting.  Doug Grove of Snure Road was elected by acclamation to the open at-large position on the Board.  Doug’s is already known to some, as he has served since 2016 as an election judge—including, for the past two years, at our own precinct.  He said,

I have become interested in the Sligo Woods Civic Association as a way to meet some of my neighbors and to learn of matters of local concern.  I don’t come to the Board with any specific platform or agenda, but do offer an ability to listen and to give a modest amount of time to the association’s efforts.  We all gain when we can interact socially at the neighborhood level.  When issues arise, an active association makes it easier to garner and distribute information, and to have an established forum where alternative views may be presented.

Join me in thanking Doug for stepping up!

If anyone feels left out (or inspired), there’ll be three Board positions coming open in March.  More info will be coming on those soon, and if you think you may be interested, don’t hesitate to contact me.

End of meeting, start of eating.  The spread was absolutely amazing.  There were six different chilis, ranging from white bean to vegetarian.  I can say with authority that they were all very good (I had seconds to make sure—I think that’s one of my job duties).  We also had rice, beans, chicken, corn bread, beer bread, sourdough bread, and salads.  And the dessert table!  Cheesecake, brownies, the chocolate stick things (sorry, Audrey, I didn’t catch their name despite enjoying several), pistachio cake, the mint fudge.  I apologize if I missed naming your dessert; I’m pretty sure I tried them all though.  We have some great cooks in Sligo Woods!

Thank you to all who came and shared the evening and their dishes with neighbors.

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Winter chili main course–with a side of business–on January 12th, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Come eat, come talk!  Some of the eating will be chili, some will be other dishes.  Some of the talking will be with neighbors sitting at the same table, some will be afterwards–for those who can stay for a bit of business.  We will vote on a nomination to fill an at-large Board position, as well as discuss project ideas for 2020.

What a congenial way to have Sunday supper!  Bring a dish, if you can (or just your appetite, if you can’t).  Serious planners can coordinate with others via a sign-up here.  If you can bring a mug/cup for your own use, we’ll lessen our landfill.

The civic association sponsors this event, which is open to anyone who lives in the Sligo Woods neighborhood.  All are welcome.   Questions?  Email < >

Sunday, January 12th, starting at 6:30 PM
Sligo-Dennis Park Building
10200 Sligo Creek Parkway

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