September 16, 2020

Annual Meeting & Elections coming October 20

At the September WHO monthly meeting, the membership voted to hold the previously-postponed Annual Meeting and Elections of the WHO Board of Directors on ...

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 (3rd Tues. of the month) @ 7pm virtually over Zoom.

The annual meeting (originally scheduled for March 17) was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.  However, realizing the pandemic would continue to affect our lives for many months to come, and with people becoming more acclimated to using technology like virtual meetings as a means of communication, neighbors decided to reinvigorate the group with a changeover of the board.  

Nominations for all Board positions are open now.  Nominations will close immediately before the elections, during the meeting Oct. 20.  Anyone age 18 and older who either lives in the neighborhood, owns property in the neighborhood, or works here can run for any of the 7 Board seats:  President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and 3 Members-at-Large.

All neighbors are invited to attend the annual meeting to have a vote and say in the future and direction of the neighborhood organization.  

Zoom meeting attendees at the Woodland Heights Org.
Monthly Meeting Tue. Sept. 15, 2020

Besides setting the date for the Annual Meeting & Elections (Oct. 20), WHO meeting attendees heard from Polk County Supervisor, Matt McCoy.  Supervisor McCoy spoke primarily about the county's efforts to assist residents during the public health disaster emergency.  Supervisor McCoy highlighted several resources.

Many resources can be found by calling 211.  Online find (https://www.unitedwaydm.org/211).  

Examples of help includes eviction prevention (DMR news story here), food replacement (if you lost food due to power outage from Aug. 10 derecho storm), and drive-through meals for senior citizens.

Supervisor McCoy concluded with some words of wisdom, encouraging everyone to get a flu shot, and to be looking out for each other, especially those neighbors around us.  

Other meeting highlights included remarks from DMPD's Lt. Larry Davey, NBSD Commander, and voting to send a letter to relevant city staff and leaders regarding continued public safety concerns due to speeding traffic on High Street.  






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The Woodland Heights Organization (WHO) is the neighborhood association recognized by the city of Des Moines representing Woodland Heights. Its purpose is is to stabilize, preserve, and revitalize area homes, enhance the quality of life in the neighborhood, and to promote community within our neighborhood amongst all residents and businesses. WHO is a volunteer organization.

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August 23, 2020

Inspections update at Aug. WHO meeting on Zoom

The August monthly meeting of the Woodland Heights Org. was held over Zoom on 8/18/2020

Neighborhood Inspector, Bob Reynolds; WHO's Phil; and Inspections Supervisor, Chris Heilskov all Zoom into the 8/18/2020 WHO meeting

Meeting attendees heard updates regarding the city's neighborhood inspections from Neighborhood Inspections Supervisor, Chris Heilskov and the inspector for the area of the city that includes Woodland Heights, Bob Reynolds.  

Heilskov and Reynolds talked about procedures being undertaken during the pandemic, and what sort of changes and reorganization the department has undergone.  They also commented on how the recent storm debris has also created a challenges to their normal efforts dealing with junk and debris and junk cars around neighborhoods.  

Other meeting highlights included the Welcome Wagon Committee updating on initiatives and announcing upcoming meetings (virtual on Zoom at 10 AM) on Sat. 9/12 and Sat. 10/3.

Save the date for Tue. Sept. 15.  The September WHO meeting details are TBD with updates coming soon.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.





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The Woodland Heights Organization (WHO) is the neighborhood association recognized by the city of Des Moines representing Woodland Heights. Its purpose is is to stabilize, preserve, and revitalize area homes, enhance the quality of life in the neighborhood, and to promote community within our neighborhood amongst all residents and businesses. WHO is a volunteer organization.

for more information email who50312@gmail.com; view past issues of the email newsletter and subscribe at bit.ly/whoemail; like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/whodesmoines

July 27, 2020

City updates at July WHO meeting over Zoom

The July monthly WHO meeting was held Tue., July 21, 2020 virtually over Zoom.

Virtual WHO meeting July 21, 2020

Much of the meeting was spent hearing updates from and putting questions to Des Moines City Council Member, representing Ward III, Josh Mandelbaum. 

Council Member Mandelbaum spoke on a wide range of topics, many of which can be found in the meeting minutes (bit.ly/whominutes2007).  The minutes also include links to 2 different statements written by Mandelbaum. 

Save the date for Tue. Aug. 18.  The August WHO meeting details are TBD with updates coming soon.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.




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The Woodland Heights Organization (WHO) is the neighborhood association recognized by the city of Des Moines representing Woodland Heights. Its purpose is is to stabilize, preserve, and revitalize area homes, enhance the quality of life in the neighborhood, and to promote community within our neighborhood amongst all residents and businesses. WHO is a volunteer organization.

for more information email who50312@gmail.com; view past issues of the email newsletter and subscribe at bit.ly/whoemail; like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/whodesmoines

June 25, 2020

July 2020 meeting to Zoom, not outdoors

The Woodland Heights Organization will hold its July 2020 monthly meeting:

EDIT 7/13/2020:  July meeting will be online via Zoom on Tue. 7/21 @ 7pm.  This is a change from the previously announced plans to meet outdoors at Chamberlain Park.  The WHO Board made this decision after factoring increased coronavirus spread and the added necessity of virus mitigation.

Outdoors Tue. July 21 @7pm @ Chamberlain Park.
Inclement weather plan is for a virtual meeting over Zoom.
For the meeting at Chamberlain Park, neighbors will be encouraged to bring their own chair/blanket, keep physically-distant from other attendees (recommended 6 feet), wear a face mask or shield, and to not attend the meeting if they are feeling ill or otherwise quarantined after exposure or travel.
The July meeting will NOT include officer/board elections and the annual meeting/elections continues to be postponed.
More details TBA.

June 2020 Zoom meeting
of the Woodland Heights Org.
The June 2020 Woodland Heights Org. virtual meeting via Zoom was successful, featuring 1 guest, 13-16 neighbors in attendance, and good discussion and updates.








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The Woodland Heights Organization (WHO) is the neighborhood association recognized by the city of Des Moines representing Woodland Heights. Its purpose is is to stabilize, preserve, and revitalize area homes, enhance the quality of life in the neighborhood, and to promote community within our neighborhood amongst all residents and businesses. WHO is a volunteer organization.

for more information email who50312@gmail.com; view past issues of the email newsletter and subscribe at bit.ly/whoemail; like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/whodesmoines

June 1, 2020

June 2020 Meeting will be virtual

The June WHO monthly meeting will be held virtually Tue. June 16. 
After cancelling regular meetings in March - May, the WHO will hold a membership meeting online via Zoom conferencing technology over the internet.  

When: 7pm on Tuesday, June 16
Where: online using Zoom
How: internet link to Zoom meeting TBA.  Link to draft meeting agenda here.  
- The annual meeting, featuring officer and board elections continues to be postponed and will NOT occur during the June 16 Zoom meeting. -


The WHO Board continues to monitor official guidance regarding the COVID-19 Public Health Disaster Emergency.  The WHO Board will take a careful, reasoned approach to planning for meetings in July and later (including the postponed annual meeting).  Thank you for your patience and understanding.  






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The Woodland Heights Organization (WHO) is the neighborhood association recognized by the city of Des Moines representing Woodland Heights. Its purpose is is to stabilize, preserve, and revitalize area homes, enhance the quality of life in the neighborhood, and to promote community within our neighborhood amongst all residents and businesses. WHO is a volunteer organization.

for more information email who50312@gmail.com; view past issues of the email newsletter and subscribe at bit.ly/whoemail; like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/whodesmoines

May 6, 2020

May 2020 meeting CANCELLED


The Woodland Heights Organization is cancelling its regular May business including cancelling the May monthly meeting.  The annual meeting (including officer and board elections) is postponed to a later date.
The WHO Board met by phone Tuesday, May 5 and reviewed the Iowa Governor's latest COVID-19 disaster proclamation extending the State Public Health Emergency Declaration until May 27 while lifting certain restrictions on May 15; and also reviewed the latest City of Des Moines announcement that the city will extend both the closure of its administration buildings (until June 15) and a freeze on permits for public events and activities (until July 1).

The WHO Board is monitoring conditions and will regularly communicate with Woodland Heights neighbors regarding upcoming meetings and events.

Thanks to all for your patience and understanding.  The WHO Board encourages everyone to stay safe and abide by the rules and recommendations including social distancing and good hygiene practices.





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The Woodland Heights Organization (WHO) is the neighborhood association recognized by the city of Des Moines representing Woodland Heights. Its purpose is is to stabilize, preserve, and revitalize area homes, enhance the quality of life in the neighborhood, and to promote community within our neighborhood amongst all residents and businesses. WHO is a volunteer organization.

for more information email who50312@gmail.com; view past issues of the email newsletter and subscribe at bit.ly/whoemail; like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/whodesmoines

April 7, 2020

April 2020 meeting CANCELLED

The Woodland Heights Organization is cancelling its regular April business including cancelling the April monthly meeting.  The annual meeting (including officer and board elections) is postponed to a later date. 
The WHO Board met by phone Monday, April 6 and reviewed the Iowa Governor's latest COVID-19 disaster proclamations closing many businesses and barring public gatherings of 10 or more people until April 30.
The WHO Board is monitoring conditions and will regularly communicate with Woodland Heights neighbors regarding upcoming meetings and events. 

Thanks to all for your patience and understanding.  The WHO Board encourages everyone to stay safe and abide by the rules and recommendations including social distancing and good hygiene practices. 





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This post typed by Phil.

The Woodland Heights Organization (WHO) is the neighborhood association recognized by the city of Des Moines representing Woodland Heights. Its purpose is is to stabilize, preserve, and revitalize area homes, enhance the quality of life in the neighborhood, and to promote community within our neighborhood amongst all residents and businesses. WHO is a volunteer organization.

for more information email who50312@gmail.com; view past issues of the email newsletter and subscribe at bit.ly/whoemail; like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/whodesmoines