November 2013 Brainstorming
Thursday, January 9, 2014 5:20 PM

NRSO Committee Planning Ideas
  1. Turkey Walk-Off
Have a community walk around the lake the weekend after Thanksgiving.
  1. Safety Event
A safety event (or two) for the year. Last year we did the bike rodeo. Safety topics; fire, home, bike, walking
  1. Comofest
  1. Garden Tour
Discussion around having this as a separate event from Comofest – perhaps not in the middle of July which is so very hot. 
  1. Front Door Photo Contest: Doors of Como – Make it a calendar – limit of three entries per person – written permission for any front door pictures.
  1. Documentation: D10 Council Strategy Communication Branding – revise the Como neighborhood brochure
  1. BBQ and meet the D10 Board – volunteer recognition
  1. Raffle Event
  2. One allowed for 501C per year. Possible timing with Comofest or Garden Tour. If with Garden Tour D10 has a bit more control. Selling of tickets is a concern – ideal to have them available / promoted at each garden site. This would require D10 to have representatives at each garden site or at a designated site if several in walking distance.
  1. Garage sale
  1. Plant exchange
  1. Monitor monthly column – how can we make better use of this
  1. Spaghetti Dinner Event
Job Corp has proposed doing this event with us. Good family orientated activity. Possible to do raffle with this event. Silent auction was good – we could consider that again but do need to be careful to hit up all of the same sponsors as they may not like multiple in a year. Could consider a different theme for the silent auction. 
  1. Como Neighbors at the Saints
  1. Listening session – here’s what D10 is about – tell us your thoughts
  1. Business Association
Restart this group and promote involvement with South Como businesses too.
  1. Traffic Calming – paint the pavement
  1. Winterfest Event
A variety of smaller events / activities to get people out and about and enjoying the neighborhood Winter wonders – perhaps not the walking in your Winter underwear!
  1. Summer Book Club for kids
  1. Guest Blogger
  1. Master Gardner presentation – potential to tie in with Environment Committee
  1. Holiday light contest – on Facebook and/or D10 webpage
  1. Block Club leaders – how to make it a meaningful group – who are we? Networking opportunities within neighborhood
  1. Revenue enhancement ideas – such as ads in the e-blast
  1. Historic preservation ideas
  1. Communication role – what is the role of a sub-district rep vs an at large rep – this is more for the larger D10 board than this committee
  1. Welcome South Como
  1. Q&A with St Paul police
  1. Block Party thru neighborhoods – block party with a purpose
  1. Sunday Series (need to coordinate with Environment Committee) – bird guy – energy efficiency – Jerry from State Fair
  1. Ideas for how to better utilize the station – coffee clutch – a hot cocoa machine – lecture or walk through park / neighborhood with overview of points of interest

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