Posts Tagged ‘Town Hall’

Woodhaven Residents To Play Santa for Developmentally Challenged Adults

November 15, 2010

The WRBA is asking residents of Woodhaven to buy small Christmas gifts for developmentally challenged adults to be handed out at a Christmas Party for the Aktion Club, to be held at the Woodhaven Volunteer Ambulance Corps on Saturday, December 11th at 5:30 PM.  All are invited to attend.

The gift should be somewhere between 5 and 10 dollars — socks, gloves, winter hats — these are all good items to purchase.  For the men, deodorants and after shave, and for the ladies, makeup and perfume — these are also all small gifts that will be appreciated.  Don’t wrap them. You can drop them off at the offices of the WRBA (84-20 Jamaica Avenue) — if the office is shut, you can leave the gifts with Spirare Cleaners next door.  If you don’t know what to get, or if you don’t have time — yet you still want to contribute — you can make a donation in an envelope and we will get something and wrap it for you.

Note: This party is on the same day — in the same room — as the next Woodhaven Town Hall meeting.  So you can also bring the gift to the meeting that day if you are attending.  If you plan to do that, let us know as we are keeping count to ensure that every adult gets a gift.  We need to buy small gifts for 30 men and 15 women.

We went to this party last December — our full coverage is here — and it was wonderful.  Here’s a young man who is blind and wanted to meet Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer — he’s feeling Rudolph’s face —

Here’s a woman who was thrilled to be getting a gift —

If you have the time, please stop by on December 11th — and please help us spread the word — help us bring a little extra happiness to these men and women this Christmas.


WRBA Town Hall Meeting – Guest Speaker SOP

July 9, 2010

This week, the WRBA reviewed their Guest Speaker SOP – written guidelines as to how we handle the order of selection of speakers at the WRBA meetings. We fully appreciate the time our representatives take to speak with us and by having written guidelines, there is less room for error – and less chance of the board accidentally offending any parties.

For this SOP, we have broken up the parties into the following groups which will also serve as a hierarchy:

(1) Elected Officials

(2) Representatives of Elected Officials

(3) Officially Declared Candidates for Public Office

(4) Members of Recognized Organizations

(5) Private Citizens

And within Categories (1) through (3) we will have a secondary hierarchy:

(a) Federal

(b) State

(c) City

(d) Borough

Item 1. Any person belonging to one of the above categories can request the opportunity to speak beforehand, via email or telephone. Also, at the sign-in desk, there will also be a separate Pad where people can sign in, asking for the opportunity to address our residents. Once the meeting has begun, the list will be delivered to the person running the meeting.

Item 2. All speakers will be asked to limit their remarks to around 5 minutes. We should discreetly keep track of the time and gently let them know when they have 1 minute left.

Item 3. After the speaker is finished, the Board Members should be given first chance to ask questions. Then it should be opened to the residents. The board members should always try to limit their questions to ensure that the residents get to speak.

Item 4. The Elected Officials are recognized and asked to speak first, in order of the hierarchy, as described in the note above. Next, the representatives of Elected Officials (in order of the hierarchy). Then, the Declared Candidates (in order of the hierarchy). This is followed by the Members of Recognized Organizations, and then Private Citizens.

Item 5. Should any persons that fall within Group 1, 2 or 3 show up late, and their turn has passed, they will be slotted into the very next available slot (i.e. they will speak next).

Item 6. Only persons from Groups 1, 2, 3 and 4 — and invited guests — will address the residents from the front of the room. Private citizens shall address the residents from the audience.