January 17, 2017 FOHP Meeting Notes

FOHP held its first meeting of the year. As a reminder, we meet on the 3rd Thursday of every month at 7pm in the field house. Everyone is welcome.
We set a preliminary calendar for 2017:
  • April 8 - Easter Egg Hunt
  • May 20 - Yard Sale
  • August 5 - Chicago Astronomers (rain date, September 9)
  • October 1 or 20 (TBD) - Apple Pie Contest
  • December 2 - Gingerbread houses
Ideas for other 2017 Events:
  • Pet parade in the spring, possibly along the 606
  • Promote Earth Day workday and family learning gardening activity
  • Maybe a children's theater as family learning activity
  • Yard Sale - BCO/Arts Fest might want a table for this event. Food trucks would be great.
Future Marketing/Publicity Projects: 
  • Better publicize Amazon Smile program for FOHP
  • Improve our marketing by, among other things, showcasing park partners and activities at all our events. Can we associate a garden activity with BCO garden walk weekend? Can Zephyr dance perform at yard sale or other activities?
  • Publicize our mission and inform people that we are all volunteer, that proceeds from all our events go to park programming, park maintenance, supplies for kids. Kathy will mock up a design with this message to be printed on a banner (with a stand) that we can take to all events. This message can also go on website
  • FOHP bought a chick hatchery for pre-school (kids watch eggs develop and hatch; chicks are treated humanely and returned)
  • FOHP donates money annually to Zephyr Dance, the Holstein Park Arts Partner