June 2018 Neighborhood Night Recap

Every month the Folwell Neighborhood Night hosts Neighborhood Night where residents come together to share a meal, get to know each other, and organize around the topics they care about. To learn more about this pilot program, click here.

Below you will find the notes taken from the evening.

Each evening starts with a living document of how to create a safe space for everyone to speak their truth and show up in their fullest self. These are the agreements the group created. It is a living document and shared each month with the ability to add or expand.


  • No hitting
  • Mindful listening
  • OK to Disagree
  • Respect
  • “And” rather than “No”
  • Try no to interrupt
  • Cell phones outside of space
  • Don’t feel chained to a chair

After going through agreements, everyone discussed how the evening could go.  Ariah spoke to “Open space” philosophy where everyone can move around the room and participate in the work they are drawn too. Here is a link to more about this concept that was widely agreed upon in the room. http://openspaceworld.org/wp2/what-is/

After setting the stage for the casual and open feel of the room and schedule, we discussed what each team will be focusing on. We then broke out into small groups for the next hour. We regrouped at the end for a 20 min recap, next steps, and evaluation. Here is what came out of the small groups.

Housing: Dani Tietjen – danielle@folwell.org

  • What has the Housing team been working on:
    • $10,000 Engagement grant (CURA) Empty Lots
  • Community Owned Properties
    • Rentals
    • B&B
  • Survey:
    • Bring renter info to help assist
    • Bring housing support info
  • Empty Lots: These were ideas residents had for what they want to see on empty lots
    • Playgrounds (Parkets)
    • Roller Skating rinks
    • Bike Shop
    • Pet Store
    • Boutique with different vendors
    • Multipurpose retail space
    • Dog Park
    • Pop up cafe – use restaurants already here that close early
  • Names of residents who want to be added to the email/team:
    • Mikile Baker
  • Next Steps:
    • None. The committee didn’t meet as all focus was on getting ready for door knockers. We will be meeting at next NN.

Communication Team: Debbie Tallen debbie@folwell.org

  • What has the Communication team been working on:
    • Facebook
    • Email
    • Folwell Flyer
    • Camden News
    • CRM
    • Ice Cream Social
  • Ideas people would like to see/work on:
    • Welcome Packet
    • Multiple Languages to diversify
    • Folwell Bucks – Beryl Ann is spearheading this
  • Folks who want to be added to email/team:
    • Mikile Baker
  • Next steps:
    • Ice Cream social was the main focus of the team. No next steps for Team stated at meeting.
    • Beryl Ann will be developing Folwell Buck platform and bring to board
    • Chad is interested in Welcome Packets

Crime and Safety Team: Joe Bell s.joesph@folwell.org

  • What has the Crime and Safety team been working on: Attending CARE meetings
    • CARE team as has been disbanded
    • Utilize 4pack meetings
    • Block Parties: How To
  • National Night Out (Aug. 7)
    • Permit deadline July 24
      • Mary Lind works for the permit department and can help with this
      • Connect with the Communications team to promote this
  • Who would like to join the email/team:
    • Mikile Baker
  • Next Steps:
    • Joe to contact Bill to get BLock Captain list
    • Dani to find out if it will be promoted in Camden News
    • Communications team to put it on Social Media, Folwell Flyer, email, website

Policy and Civic Engagement Team: Josh Ney josh@folwell.org

  • What has the team been working on:
    • Bylaws
  • Ideas from Community: what they want to see
    • Voter Registration
    • Citizenship Education
      • How to engage
  • This team did not meet as Josh was out of town
  • There are no next steps currently

Folwell Farmer Coalition: Dani Tietjen danielle@folwell.org

  • What has the team been working:
    • Planting
    • Watering
    • Getting the step up kids situated with the gardens
    • Hosting events
    • Submitted tool resource list to the city who is offering funding to outfit new garden’s.
    • Bee Hives have been added to the Penn Ave Garden.
  • The garden team didn’t meet this night as all of our energy has been on creating and building the community gardens.
  • Who would like to join the email list/team:
    • Mikile Baker
  • Next steps:
    • Work with the Penn Ave Safety Strategy grant to host events
    • Put forth a proposal for a $4000 Thrivent grant to help build the Penn Ave Space

CLEAN Team: Kathleen Acaso kacaso@mail.com

  • What has the team been up to:
    • Clean sweep in June got 79% of the streets clean
    • Bus Stop garbage containers
    • City “Clean Up” Notices
    • Dumping
  • Who wants to be added to the email list/team:
    • Mikile Baker


  • Next Steps:
    • Adopt a Trash can at the Resource Fair
    • Organize Clean Sweep after July 4
    • Connect with metro Transit/Lowry Business – Heidi


Finance Team: Beryl Ann Burton berylann@folwell.org

  • What has the team been working on:
    • Preparing for the audit
  • New Idea:
    • Folwell Bucks
      • July 15 – Nov. 15 Pilot Program
      • Will work with any group
      • Boys to Men will start
      • Long Term App
      • Work with local business
  • Next Steps:
    • Beryl Ann is putting together the details for a proposal to the board
    • Nate is working out the details for how this can be launched with Boys to Men

Evaluation: Everyone gave a one word evaluation of how the evening went.

  • Too short
  • Hopeful x 2
  • Welcome
  • Happy
  • Energized
  • Motivated x 2
  • Excited x 2
  • Positive
  • Engaged
  • Encouraged
  • Connected
  • Informed
  • It felt like jazz

Introducing Neighborhood Night

IMG_8779The Folwell Neighborhood Association has been working towards creating open dialog, providing opportunities for connection and involvement, and building community power. We have taken a step forward in this process by launching Neighborhood Night. Through the end of the year, the FNA will be hosting dinner, large group discussions and committee meetings once a month at Folwell Park. The goal is to create easy on ramps for involvement in the work of the neighborhood. We understand that there are challenges with this program idea, but we are confident that through working together, we can find a way to build systems that support the work that needs to get done.

The first Neighborhood Night will be Monday June 18, starting with dinner at 5:30pm. Program starts at 6pm, with the evening closing at 8:30pm. A set schedule for the remainder of the year will be determined at the first gathering. If you would like to help volunteer, or have questions, please contact Dani at danielle@folwell.org.

Please see a sample schedule below.

Neighborhood Night Sample Agenda – June 18, 2018
5:30pm    Dinner

6:00pm    Community Time

  • Introductions
  • Agreements
  • Discussion around format for Neighborhood Night
    • Large Post it’s for input around the room
    • List Positives
    • Find Hurdles
    • Address questions and concerns from survey and audience
    • Create sample schedule
    • Finalize dates/times

6:45pm    Committee Agendas presented

7:00pm    Break out into small groups

  • If committees aren’t presented, but residents are interested in the work, collect names and info
  • If residents are available and don’t want to join a committee, they can continue casual conversation if they would like to stay
  • Committees present will break out into small groups and discuss their agenda items.

8:00pm    Regroup and Recap/Next steps

8:20pm     Evaluation

8:30pm    Close and head home

** This is a sample schedule for a pilot program. The FNA board, staff and community will continue to work towards the healthiest version of engagement. This will be accomplished through open dialog, evaluation, diverse communication, board meetings, committees, and board meetings. Thank you for being apart of this work.


Introducing Your New Board of Directors

We are so happy and excited to announce the new board of directors for the Folwell Neighborhood Association!

William Bates
Joe Bell
Beryl Ann Burton
Mysnikol Miller
Earl Milton
Kassaundra Mullen
Josh Ney
Marcia Phillips
Nate Streeter
Debbie Tallen

Danielle Tietjen

Thank you to everyone who came out to the meeting and those who came to volunteer from other neighborhoods. It was amazing to see so many be engaged in our community and involved in the future of Folwell.
We expect a lot of updates soon, so please keep coming back to find out about information, events, and announcements.

Meet Your Candidates

This post will be updated weekly with information on the candidates who have turned in their applications to be on the Folwell Neighborhood Association Board of Directors. Please check back as new names and information will be added.

Folwell Residents hold the voting power to decide who will represent our neighborhood and help direct the future of Folwell. 10 seats are up for election on November 13th, please come out to help decide who will fill them!

Meet your candidates! Updated 11/12/17

More information on the Annual Meeting can be found here.