Proposed changes to the EENA Bylaws


Earlier this year, a committee was formed to review the EENA bylaws and recommend changes to update the document. It has been nine years since EENA last modified the bylaws and while the 2007 version of the bylaws have served us well, it is healthy to take time to review. In particular we wanted to focus on ensuring the bylaws supported efficient decision making, inclusivity and matched our current practices.

While most of the recommendations are to correct punctuation and style inconsistencies, there were some minor changes to the content, too. At the next Monthly Membership Meeting, scheduled on September 7th, there will be a vote to adopt these changes.

Below is a list of the most important changes. For more information, here is links to a detailed summary of the changes, the current bylaws and the proposed bylaws.

The proposed changes are listed below, in the order that they appear in the bylaws:

  • Amend the Purpose of EENA to include “to improve the neighborhood and further its social and environmental sustainability.” Article 2
  • Change our description of Emerson East’s Area to reflect the City of Madison’s description. Article 3
  • Decrease minimum age to become an EENA member from 18 to 16. Article 4.1
  • Include “The Association shall afford equal opportunities, as outlined in the City of Madison Equal Opportunity Ordinance” Article 4.1
  • Changing the start date of the membership year from January to the month the election meeting (usually October). Article 4.2
  • Removing the possibility of proxy votes. Article 4.3
  • Adding instructions on maintenance and use of the membership list. Article 4.4
  • Changing authority for making decisions between meetings from the Steering Committee to an Executive Committee (Co-Chairs, Secretary. Treasurer.) Article 5
  • Adding guidelines on creating volunteer positions, e.g. newspaper editor. Article 8.5

Sustainable Madison Committee – Members Needed

The City is looking for members of the Sustainable Madison Committee. I can imagine that we have a few interested people in Emerson East. See the message below for more details.


The Sustainable Madison Committee is looking for more members! Please consider applying.

The Sustainable Madison Committee advises local policy makers and administrators on how to reduce waste, cut costs and protect the environment in city government and across our community.

Our members are residents appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the Common Council who come from all walks of life and professions. Your work on the Sustainable Madison Committee will help Madison remain a healthy, happy, sustainable city for you, your neighbors and everyone else too!

To apply here go to this link.…

For questions, please email Jeanne Hoffman at

Thank you.
Raj Shukla, Chair of the Sustainable Madison Committee

Sustainable Saturday Nights, Aug 27th

It is time to Repower!
27h August, at James Reeb UU Congregation, 6 p.m. potluck and 7 p.m. presentation

RePower Madison is a campaign to make Madison a national leader in clean energy with fair & affordable bills. Learn about RPM’s plans for the fall and how you can take action. You’ll hear how they plan to push MGE to be a utility of the future as well as the City of Madison’s latest actions. We’ll also look at a proposal from Alliant Energy to increase monthly mandatory fees that will reduce customers’ control over their bills and harm energy efficiency incentives. Seniors, minorities, students, and other customers with low usage will be hit hardest by this proposal.


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August EENA Social

A reminder that the Emerson East Neighborhood Social is on tomorrow.

Come meet and catch up with some of your neighbors at our monthly social! We will be at Dexter’s with a nice big sign to identify ourselves. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, August 16, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Dexter’s Pub, North Street, Madison, WI

Originally posted on Nextdoor by Amanda Duesterbeck (EENA Treasurer)