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Glen Ellen Forum Board of Directors elections scheduled

Glen Ellen Forum Board of Directors elections scheduled

By Melissa Dowling

The Glen Ellen Forum, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, will hold scheduled elections for its board of directors at its April 15, board meeting. The Glen Ellen Forum’s mission is to benefit Glen Ellen and surrounding communities, and inform those who live or work in the area on an always-changing variety of interesting topics.

The Glen Ellen Forum is best known for its community meetings held on the first Monday of each month. The typical agenda for the monthly meetings includes updates on the work of each of the forum’s five committees and guest speakers. Recent guest speakers have shared information on emergency preparedness, arts education at Dunbar Elementary, local mountain lion activity, Sonoma Creek, and the new North Valley Municipal Advisory Council.

Prior to the pandemic, the lively monthly meetings were held at Dunbar School after the group outgrew the space at the Garden Court Cafe. All meetings are now held via Zoom until it’s safe to gather again.

Most of the work of the Glen Ellen Forum happens within its committees. Anyone who’s even just driven through Glen Ellen has probably noticed the artful, cheerful, and helpful signs, murals, and posters crafted by the Projects Committee, as well as their work acquiring and maintaining bus stop benches and beautification of the Post Office parking lot. The Projects Committee is also responsible for the new community bulletin board at the Glen Ellen Market. The Commerce and Tourism Committee brings businesses and residents together to help each other thrive and promote responsible and sustainable tourism in Glen Ellen.

The Emergency Preparedness Committee has assembled a valuable library of resources and links on the “Ready Glen Ellen” pages of the organization’s website — www. [email protected] They have also helped to start neighborhood emergency preparedness groups.

The Landscape and Environment committee works to educate the community about wildlife friendly landscaping that at the same time is fire and water wise.

The Engagement Committee, which is currently not active due to COVID-19 safety protocols regarding events, holds community meals and community building activities.

The SDC committee has worked tirelessly to keep community members informed about the future plans for the Eldridge property and advocate to protect open space and promote responsible development. Visit their website, www.eldridgeforall. org, to stay up to date.

The Steering Committee consists of the chair of each of the operating committees and a handful of hard-working volunteers who plan and facilitate the monthly Glen Ellen Forum community meetings on the first Monday of each month. The Communications Committee maintains the group’s website, Nextdoor and Facebook pages, and publishes a community newsletter.

The board of directors oversees the business of running the Glen Ellen Forum and meets once a quarter to review financials, discuss and approve large projects and expenditures, maintain the organization’s non-profit status, and ensure that the committees have what they need to do good works and reach their goals.

Anyone who lives, works, or owns property in Glen Ellen can submit a letter of interest to serve on the Glen Ellen Forum board or nominate someone else by emailing [email protected] For more information, visit www.glenellen.org.

As the outgoing president of the Glen Ellen Forum Board, I can attest that involvement in this organization is a great way to make friends, build community, and make a positive impact on Glen Ellen.

For more informatio visit www. glenellen.org or send an email to [email protected]

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