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Updates and News, February 2017

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A Few Quick Items …

There are two current Steering Committee Members who have little extra time to be active members . Both would prefer stepping down if there was a Neighbor to take over their position. Contact markruddy55@yahoo.com if you have any questions.

IMPORTANT: The monthly meeting of the Steering Committee for our Neighborhood Association will be Thursday, February 16, 6:30PM, at Spirit Lutheran Church on Main Street, in the basement Fellowship Hall (as usual, the third Thursday of the month). All meetings welcome the public. Note: For the our April and September meetings, as many neighbors as possible are asked to come to give their input and guidance on special issues.

Fantastic ‘Artist-in-Classroom’ Program at Flynn Elementary

In Fall 2016, an Artist-in-Classroom (AIC) endowed fund was established with the Eau Claire Public School Foundation by two Eastside Hill patrons for Flynn Elementary School. The purpose of the fund is to provide support for an artist to participate in the art classes for one semester per year to share her/his art and technique with the students and faculty. The method for selecting the artist will be a “Call for Artist”, and the applicants will be reviewed and selected by the art teacher and non-Eau Claire Public School Foundation representative. Together, the art teacher and the artist will determine the activity, hours and schedule for the artist. The selection of the first AIC artist will be for the 2017-2018 academic year.

At the present, the interest from the endowment will provide for one artist in an academic year. The next goal is to increase the fund to provide an artist for both fall and spring of the academic year. For information about the AIC and fund, please contact :

Sarah French
Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation
(715) 852-3015

Chad Frase
Flynn Elementary School
(715) 852-3327

Offer Input to Neighborhood Group Humankind Eau Claire

You can help humanKIND Eau Claire plan upcoming events by taking their survey. Your feedback will help them focus their efforts. Thank you!

Survery: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CVNXJPW

Profile of a Low-income Household in Our Neighborhood

Our recently formed “humanKIND Eau Claire” project, as part of our Neighborhood Association, offers this interview of a pair of our Neighbors who are each other’s best friend. They had couch surfed or closet surfed in our area for about 4 years. Now they found an apartment that they can barely afford because it is the kind of unit that if you complained about a code violation the owner would evict

Their perception of Eau Claire is that it takes money to participate; money they don’t have. They feel judged as they walk in the community, let alone when they experiment with being more involved. The bike trails are great. No veterinarian in the larger area will accept payments for needed pet care.

These are lovely folks you don’t ask what their favorite ice cream flavor is or where they like to go out to eat. These are luxuries they haven’t afforded for years.

These are folks who have survived living in a tent for the winter. One was born poor so knows how to pinch pennies; the other, also with a disability, quickly learned. One’s disability has prevented gainful work all that person’s adult life, getting by through scavenging. That person avoids police contact due to non-payment of child support from decades ago. Past law enforcement contacts have resulted is a few months in jail, having had no ability to pay for decades. Imprisonment with such a disability makes it hell. Yes, Eau Claire does have a “debtor’s prison”.

These folks find ways to be helpful to the community as best they can. However, they feel judged and/or ignored. They have fallen through many “cracks”. They’d welcome a smile and a welcoming hello when you see them in the neighborhood.

Free Community CPR Session: March 6

Marshfield Clinic is offering an upcoming CPR session, which has been updated to reflect the American Heart Association guidelines for CPR and emergency cardiovascular care.

Date: Monday, March 6, 2017
TIme: 5:30–8pm
Location: Marshfield Clinic, Eau Claire Physical Therapy Center, 1262 W. Clairemont Ave.

This is not a certification course, and all needed materials will be provided to you. It is limited to 20 people per session, and pre-registration is required. To register, go online and sign up using SurveyMonkey® at the link below:


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