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Get involved in your neighborhood; learn more at TETNA annual meeting

TETNA board meeting

Scott Shelnutt of the North Avenue business Tosa Block Party speaks at TETNA’s January meeting. The monthly meetings are held in the Center Street Park pavilion on second Mondays. Our annual meeting will be 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at Red Dot. Photo by David Paulsen.

I’ve never met anyone who hated living in our neighborhood. Sure, we grumble sometimes about parking or traffic or maybe our neighbors’ peculiar habits. But overall, we live here because we’ve come to love it. And I suspect for many of us, a big part of why we love it traces to the countless hours of volunteer time that residents give to neighborhood organizations, such as the PTA, Cub Scouts or Girl Scouts or your neighborhood association.

With TETNA’s annual meeting set for April 18 at Red Dot, I’d invite you to consider attending and, more importantly, taking on a more active role with your neighborhood association.

Events like the nighttime Trick or Treat, Spring Egg Hunt and Run Tosa Run only happen because of volunteers like you, and the help you can provide may only require a few hours. It also might turn into something you look forward to each year.

We also are looking for residents interested in taking on leadership roles:

  • Board members
  • Board officers (such as treasurer)
  • Newsletter editing
  • Event planning
  • Scholarship review

And we’re always looking for new ideas. Maybe you have a few, about how to make our neighborhood even better. Share them with us and learn more at our annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at Red Dot, 6715 W. North Ave. If you want to learn more in advance, email us at info@tosaeasttowne.org.


Residents interested in helping seniors invited to upcoming training

The Neighborhood Association Council and the Wauwatosa Senior Commission are teaming up to provide older residents with a new way to obtain and share information with their neighbors. TETNA’s senior representative, Mary Cook, is looking for folks who might be interested in volunteering their time to be an important cog in their neighborhood’s workings, as a senior liaison.

There will be a training for all interested participants on Monday, Jan. 22, at a site yet to be chosen. Please call Mary at 414-870-3362 to let her know if you’d like to join the senior liaison team and take part in this training. This program will follow roughly the same path as the safety liaison program that the NAC has recently implemented.

All are welcome, though much of the information distributed will pertain to older residents.

Senior Liaison Program Description

The Senior Liaison Program is designed to create an environment of inclusion for all older adults that will encourage them to remain in Wauwatosa as they age. The senior liaisons will connect our older adults to the community: its people, its activities, its resources.

To accomplish this, each neighborhood association is recruiting at least one or two senior liaisons who will reach out to their neighborhoods’ older adults to make that connection. At the Jan. 22 training, they will receive information folders to distribute to seniors at neighborhood and citywide events.

This program will be a partnership between the senior liaisons and the neighborhood association. They will work together to tailor their efforts to the particular needs of the neighborhood’s older adult community. The Senior Commission will oversee this program and be an active partner in its support.


TETNA raises $1,000 in fundraiser at Metcalfe’s Market

Metcalfe’s Market Store Director Rich Lewandowski holds a jumbo $1,000 check with TETNA Board President David Paulsen to mark the close of the neighborhood association’s November fundraising partnership with the grocery store.

Tosa East Towne Neighborhood Association is grateful to Metcalfe’s Market for choosing us as its community partner in November.

Residents who used our coupon saved 5% percent on groceries all month, and Metcalfe’s matched that 5% with donations to TETNA.

The results are in, and we succeeded in raising the maximum of $1,000, which will be used to support the events and activities that TETNA brings to the neighborhood.


Design a new Tosa East Towne logo for our lamppost signs

You’ve seen the signs attached to lampposts in neighborhoods around Wauwatosa. Have you thought, “Wow, TETNA should totally get some of those too”? Well, we agree!

In addition to launching a fundraiser for the Tosa East Towne signs, we need your help coming up with a design. We are calling on all graphic designers, amateur or professional, to submit their vision for our new signs and logo from now through Dec. 1.

Spread the word to friends and family members, or try creating your own design. Full submission guidelines are below. If you have any questions, email us at info@tosaeasttowne.org. We hope to choose a design from the submissions we receive by the end of the year and install the signs in the spring.

Complete Street Sign Design Request


TETNA launches fundraising campaign to add neighborhood signs to lamp posts

Inglewood and Pabst Park

Tosa East Towne will follow neighborhoods like Inglewood and Pabst Park in purchasing signs for display on cross streets.

Residents of the Tosa East Towne neighborhood share something in common: the desire to make this a better place. To show our unity – and to bring awareness to the safe, fun and exciting events happening here – the TETNA board has moved forward with the process of designing an updated logo for display on new lamppost signs throughout the neighborhood.

To get started, the TETNA board has been in conversations with nearby neighborhoods that already have purchases signs, such as Inglewood and Pabst Park, and with the City of Wauwatosa to better understand the process and cost of creating and installing about 80 signs up and down the streets of Tosa East Towne. Exact sign specifications and locations are still being decided upon. Updates will be communicated through our various communications, including our website, emails and Facebook page.

As a wholly volunteer organization committed to creating a sense of community throughout our neighborhood, this exciting opportunity cannot be accomplished without the financial support of residents like you.

A fundraising campaign for this project will begin in October to coincide with our annual membership drive and will continue into the spring, or until we reach our goal of $2,500. To support this effort today, you may send your donation by check to TETNA, P.O. Box 26721, Wauwatosa, WI 53226. Include “Sign fund” in the memo field. Any money raised above our goal will be added to our TETNA scholarship fund. An option to donate online also will be available during membership renewal in late October.

Join your neighbors in uniting our neighborhood and displaying our Tosa East Towne pride!

CALL FOR DESIGNS

TETNA will be accepting submissions for proposed designs of our updated logo to be used on our lamppost signs. Visit tosaeasttowne.org/signs for more details.