5492 Castle Glen Avenue, San Jose, CA 95129

A General meeting was held, August 2, 2005, at Murdock Park. Board Attendees: Judy Boehm, Trixie Johnson, Mori Mandis, Steve Chell, Larry Murchan, Doris Livezey, Bob Fanjoy and Steve Chell. Meeting was called to order at 7:40 p.m. by President Steve Chell.

Old Business

  1. Nominating Committee sought for October elections of new board members. The Chairman of the committee will be Larry Murchan (Sergeant of Arms). If interested in participating on the board or a committee for next year, please contact: We encourage members to consider running for a MNA board position. In order to participate, you must be a paid member in good standing (paid member at least one quarter before elections) by August 2, 2005. Election will be held in October, 2005. (Membership renewals will begin in January 2006)
  2. If there are any by-law changes to be made, pleases send to the Board by mid-September. (Will need a proper notice on web-site and in the newsletter/flyer before October meeting and voting on the changes).
  3. Trixie Johnson suggested: strongly advising that we delay our application for a Community Grant with the SV Community Foundation. That is due the end of this month, and to date no ideas have surfaced that I think would get us any money. We will have a hard time with this one anyway, since it is really aimed at neighborhoods with much lower socio-economic profiles than ours. The SJ Beautiful grant due at the end of September is more probable -- and the art piece is one good suggestion, along with improving the park sign area at the corner. Other ideas welcome, but we are really at the time to research costs and making decisions.
  4. Attached is President Steve Chell’s introduction of board and committee chairs with highlights of the past MNA year (this letter is in the MNA newsletter, August issue, posted on the web and emailed to members).
    It has been an exciting first year for the Murdock Neighborhood Association. Here’s a look at a “Top Ten” list of the organization’s accomplishments that I shared with attendees at the National Night Out gathering in Murdock Park:
    1. We organized the association, elected a Board of Directors, drafted and adopted by-laws;
    2. We formed several committees that already have made contributions: Traffic, Hospitality, Neighborhood Watch, Block Captains, Dumpster Days, and Emergency Preparedness;
    3. Working with Murdock-Portal Elementary School, the Traffic Committee developed a traffic flow process and pattern and was instrumental in having signs posted and “No Parking” curb areas painted red;
    4. Webmaster Sigi Illes has given us an outstanding website. If you haven’t already, check it out:;
    5. Under the leadership of Secretary Mori Mandis, we have a newsletter and a Block Captain network to help distribute flyers and other information;
    6. Held several general meetings at which we had guest speakers: District 1 Councilperson Linda Lezotte, City-wide Trails Yves Zsutty, FUHSD & CUSD officials about the Parcel Tax, Comcast’s Eddie Garcia, and Kim Gaddis of the Neighborhood Watch Program. Two of those “meetings” were the Summer Picnics chaired by Margie and Larry Murchan;
    7. We’ve been active in the landscaping business, too. Led by Doris Livesey, we’ve had a daffodil planting at the park, organized and conducted a successful street planning session (14 new trees), had a dead tree removed from the park, and we passed along a successful (by all reports) method for the folks in the area to keep their tulip trees from dripping tar;
    8. We’ve organized a Dumpster Day. Bob Rolufs is heading the effort, working with Maria Le of Councilperson Linda Lezotte’s office. Look for a flyer in the mail concerning the Saturday, September 24, event;
    9. Tom & Mary Carson have agreed to head up the Emergency Preparedness campaign, and they are in the process of developing a program for our October general meeting. Respond to the MNA through the website if you’d like to give them a hand;
    10. 2nd VP Trixie Johnson is heading a Grants Committee that aims to go after grant money from the San Jose Beautiful organization for beautification projects. Trixie would like more committee members to brainstorm ideas. Contact her through the website.

    There is more to do – and the need is for new people to join in and take a role on the association’s leadership team. The Board election is in October; if you have an interest in running – or simply want information about the offices and what is required, please contact the association through the website. If you know of some outstanding people in the neighborhood that you’d like to see get involved, consider joining Larry Murchan’s Nominating Committee. Contact Larry through the website as well.

    Stay well…and stay involved,

    Steve Chell, president
    Murdock Neighborhood Association

Meeting adjourned at 9:40 p.m. Next Board meeting will be on August 10th at the residence of Larry Murchan.

Respectfully submitted by Mori Mandis, recording secretary

NOTE: General Meetings to be held on the 4th Wednesday, once per Quarter. 2005 dates: August 2 and October 26. Board Meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month.