Sherwood Forest Crier, August 1, 2023

Sherwood Forest Neighborhood Association Crier August 1, 2023

Hear ye, hear ye!
Here is your

August 1, 2023

Letter from Your President
Please attend our quarterly meeting this coming week. I understand that there are a hundred reasons you might have to not attend. But I ask you to take just an hour to see the things which are blooming in your community. Attendance and membership are up. We are embracing our forest and our neighbors. We have started a campaign to include more art in our spaces and lives. Our volunteers just need you to say yes. Just an hour of your time, from 6:30 to 7:30 on Wednesday the 9th.

If our camaraderie is not enough to draw you then come for the Duck Donuts and coffee. And better yet, bring a neighbor with you. Peer pressure is the strongest force on earth. We are better together.

Taking Pride. Nurturing Roots.
Gail Wojtowicz, President SFNA

SFNA General Meeting
Wednesday, August 9, 6:30pm-7:30pm
Sherwood Forest ARP Church

We will have a Police update from MPO David Gibb, updates on social events, and news from the Branding Task Force.

If you have an issue you would like discussed at the meeting please let us know!

Here is the current meeting agenda…

The meeting will also be available on Zoom. Zoom ID: 863 8990 6648, Passcode 649565

Draft minutes from the 2nd quarter general meeting…

National Night Out Reminder
Tuesday, August 1, 6-8pm

Shandon has invited us to a NNO event at Sims Park with freshly grilled hot dogs, an ice cream truck serving cones, with music and mingling with elected officials, CPD officers, CFD firefighters and games for the kids.

Forest Friends
Free Trees and Watershed Champions!

Our Forest Friends group is working with the Midlands Chapter of the Native Plant Society to coordinate another native tree giveaway for this fall. The tentative plan is for an event around South Carolina Arbor Day, which is December 1 this year. Planting trees later in the fall is best for SC. A list of tree options will be available in the next month or so – stay tuned and be thinking of where you’d like to add a new native tree!

Meanwhile, several of our neighbors have recently qualified as Watershed Champions, a program just launched by Gills Creek Watershed Association that encourages sustainable yards and awareness of our own property’s impacts on the watershed. I’m sure many of you could qualify for this certification without doing another thing, and others by taking just a few simple steps. The application is FREE and anyone in Sherwood Forest who applies before the end of this year will get a free sign, as well, if you notify Valerie Marcil. Take a look at the program and open up the application to see how to qualify (easy peasy).

USC Belser Arboretum Open House
Sunday, August 20, 1-4pm

Open House is always the 3rd Sunday of every month. Open for walkers and volunteers Wednesday and Saturday 10am-noon, Thursdays from 4-6pm.

Follow the Arboretum on Instagram and see Facebook for event info.

Mail Theft and Fraud

Unfortunately, the Forest has seen a few instances of mail theft from our mailboxes, both incoming and outgoing. Outgoing is more problematic since you are likely mailing checks and the red flag is a signal to thieves!

Mail theft can lead to financial issues and identity theft.

For that reason, it is not recommended to place outgoing mail in your mailbox.

The Forest is lucky to have a blue United States Postal Service (USPS) collection box at the heart of our neighborhood!

A few tips include:

  • Try not to leave letters and packages in your mailbox or at your door for any length of time.
  • Hold delivery if away or ask a neighbor or friend to collect your mail for you.
  • If you do not receive a check, credit card, or other valuable mail you’re expecting, contact the sender as soon as possible and inquire about it.
  • Consider using one of the USPS’s certified mail services for large checks or valuable documents.

For USPS online services…

Report mail theft or fraud to the United States Postal Inspection Service…

Of course, having a neighbor pickup up delivered packages from USPS or other delivery services off your porch if you are going to be away for the day or longer can help foil the thieves as well!

SFNA Adopt-A-Highway Clean Up
Saturday, November 18, 9:30-11am

Mark your calendars!

Contact Dave Nelson at 803-447-4793 or for more information.

Join the Sherwood Forest Neighborhood Association

Become a member or renew your membership now for 2023!

The SFNA is a volunteer organization of neighbors working to create a greater sense of community in the Forest.

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