SUN is the registered neighborhood organization (RNO) for the community located at the site of the old Municipal Airport area of Denver

SUN Name Change Petition




The new name selected by the community is Central Park

Please click here for the regular updates on Change the Name.

How to stay in touch with SUN

Look for the SUN Spot in the Front Porch https://frontporchne.com/article/
Sign up to receive emails from SUN here or (typically sent once or twice a month) in the box on right of this page ---------->

Follow for updates on Social Media https://www.facebook.com/SUnitedNeighbors/

About SUN 

SUN's mission is threefold; to work for the betterment of this community in the City and County of Denver by providing (i) a forum for the residents living within the boundaries of SUN to discuss and resolve issues, (ii) a network of communication and (iii) a means of acting on matters of importance to the community as a whole.

SUN is comprised solely of volunteer neighbors. SUN  provides a working forum for the residents of this community to participate in pursuing the vision of this development by creating developing, and fostering a vibrant urban community dedicated to social equity, environmental responsibility and economic opportunity. At monthly meetings, SUN facilitates the discussion of key issues with neighbors, engages in proactive problem-avoidance, and amicable problem solving. SUN is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our community.

Read more about RNOs in Denver here: 

SUN letter to community 6/12/2020

Dear Community,

The recent protests against systemic racism and police violence have brought a moment of clarity to our world, country, and local community. As your Registered Neighborhood Organization, it is our responsibility to foster and advocate for an inclusive community on behalf of our diverse residents. We want to make clear that we strongly condemn all forms of racism and bigotry. We believe that our actions must match our values. Our desire is to live in a community that is safe and welcoming to ALL that live here and visit. We want to take this moment in time to acknowledge that BLACK LIVES MATTER.
 
We are taking the following steps to make our community a more inclusive place for all residents:

  • We are adding information and resources to our website for residents seeking to learn more about the Black Lives Matter movement and how to support organizations working to end systematic racism and police violence.
  • We are reaching out to the Denver Police Department to discuss what steps they are taking to reduce police violence in Denver so that these steps will infiltrate the two-way communication between our community and DPD, and so that we may reinforce and affirm our support of steps to reduce police violence. 
  • SUN will engage the community to synthesize suggestions, vet options, and recommend solutions for a community-identified name for SUN. A candidate name that emerges from this process will then be voted on by the community.
We understand that ours is a community of diverse perspectives and opinions. While May 25th marked the tragic murder of George Floyd, we hope that the resultant outcries have yielded a collective empathy and desire to try harder to see the world from other's perspectives. What may appear normal to one resident may cause pain for another, and our goal is to foster a community where we all feel welcome and are safe from the threats, risks, and stress of racism. 
 
Thank you,
SUN, Board of Directors


Click here for the slides from the meeting on June 16th, 2020

Candidate Name Identification
As announced 6/12/2020 to the community, SUN is facilitating a name identification and selection process for use in the community. This will be further described at our virtually-hosted monthly meeting on Tuesday.

The link to register for the zoom call is on the meeting page see above for zoom link, facebook event to share is here:

Summary: SUN is initiating a multi-step process regarding the community name. In step 1) names will be proposed, and discussed. A list will be voted on by the community to identify strongest candidates from a field of many. In step 2) In accordance with SUN’s bylaws, 100 residents could petition SUN for a bylaw change which is the mechanism by which the name of SUN would change. Step 3) If a petition is successfully completed, SUN would announce and host a community vote on adopting a new name using the outcome of this process.

Step 1) Name Solicitation and Discussion
SUN has reviewed input given across social media platforms, will soon obtain the write-in responses from the MCA’s vote last year, and is soliciting additional suggestions. (StapletonUnitedNeighbors@gmail.com) The name selection process will culminate in voting (process being finalized). At the end of step 1, a name will have bene identified, however no organization, including SUN, would be bound to use this name.

Step 2) Petition for a SUN bylaw change
SUN's name exists in section 1 of its bylaws, a petition with 100 signatures is needed to initiate a change.
"Section 1: Name. The name shall be Stapleton United Neighbors (hereinafter “SUN”), which is located within the City and County of Denver."
Amendment of the bylaws must be initiated by a petition signed by 100 residents
"These bylaws may be amended at any association meeting by the affirmative vote of at least sixty-six percent (66%) of the members present and voting at the meeting. A member may propose an amendment to these bylaws by submitting the proposal in writing to the Board of Directors accompanied by a paper petition containing the signatures of one hundred (100) individual members. The member signatures are subject to verification by the Board of Directors. "

Step 3) Vote of members of SUN (all adults renting or owning a home in the footprint of Stapleton in Denver)
SUN would adopt this name for our organization name with a community vote with 66% of people voting in affirmation.
When this petition process has been completed, a community meeting would need to be scheduled for a vote to take place. Such a vote would be announced (at least) 30 days in advance in accordance with our bylaws:
"The Board of Directors shall provide notice of any issue which will be put to the vote of the membership at least thirty (30) days prior to the meeting at which the vote will be held. Notice will be provided by such method(s) as the Board of Directors determines appropriate in order to reach the largest number of members."
and
"the Board of Directors may, in its discretion, allow for alternate methods of vote casting, including but not limited to early ballot drop off, electronic ballot submission, or other method(s). If the Board of Directors decides to allow for an alternate method of vote casting for a particular vote, notice of that method shall be provided at least thirty (30) days prior to the meeting at which the vote will be held, along with the notice of the issue to be voted on."

SUN Meetings are typically held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.





Each meeting will start at 6:30 and will be our community outreach hour.  The agenda will focus on:
  • Announcements and instructions
  • ​Updates from Denver Police
  • Updates from elected officials and other community partners
  • Featured speaker / discussion 
The second hour will be our SUN Board hour where the Board will conduct more official SUN business and the agenda will generally include:
  • Approve minutes from last meeting and agenda for this meeting
  • Neighborhood Concerns
  • Committee reports
  • Other business
  • Upcoming communication needs
The Board encourages community to attend all meeting and hope the new format will make it easier to get involved in SUN!  Please email us at stapletonunitedneighbors@gmail.com, if you have any questions.

The SUN page on facebook is used to provide community announcements and updates: 
www.facebook.com/StapletonUnitedNeighbors 

The SUN Group on facebook is a place where community members can share information directly with each other: 
www.facebook.com/groups/111286848924347 

Please read the monthly SUN spot in the Front Porch Newspaper for current information from SUN, excerpts from the April SUN spot are below. 
https://frontporchne.com/article/may-sun-news-events/

SUN survey is live 3/10/2020 - complete during the month of March 

Link to survey instrument:  http://surveys.verticalresponse.com/a/show/461957/2955c6104b/0

Community Safety Forum Presentation, August 15, 2019

The notes and presentation from Denver Chief of Police can be found here.

Every Day Sustainability

Earth day in 2018 has passed, but every day is a good day to think about sustainability.  The SUN Sustainability Committee would like to encourage everyone to create Earth-friendly activities throughout the year, for brainstorming ideas:

When you plan an event, be sure to submit it to the Sustainable Neighborhoods Program! Through the City of Denver’s Sustainable Neighborhoods Program, every resident has the power to register a sustainability-focused event on the city-hosted web site It's really easy - just fill out this simple form: https://www.sustainableneighborhoodnetwork.org/proposals-and-credits

Block Party Planning, Block Directories

Block parties are fun and can improve safety through collective efficacy: where social cohesion among neighbors increases willingness to intervene on behalf of the common good. 

  • Denver Days: SUN encourages blocks to host a block party during Denver Days (early august), a city program encouraging neighbors to get to know each other by ‘hosting block parties, picnics, and service projects with the focus on small, organic gatherings’. During Denver Days, fees for street closures are waived, barricades are available for free, and the MCA will waive fees for reserving parks. 
  • National Night Out: The Tuesday during Denver days is National Night Out, an annual community-building campaign aimed to make neighborhoods safer and more caring. 
  • Sustainability: Whenever your block holds its block party, consider making it a sustainable event as part of our neighborhood’s participation in the Denver Sustainable Neighborhoods Program: ask neighbors to bring out recycling and composting bins, to avoid Styrofoam, and to reduce waste.
  • Celebrating DiversityAttendees at the April SUN Outreach meeting considered how to celebrate diversity within homes on each block. Pot-luck events were considered as a mode of highlighting family recipes and cultural diversity, and bringing people together over food. A paper-quilt was considered as a way that children could engage in an activity to celebrate diversity- where paper quilt squares could be taped together. If your block will be including a celebration of diversity, please share the experience with SUN: StapletonUnitedNeighbors@gmail.com.

If you need help connecting with new neighbors, SUN has door hangers to help you start or update your block directory. Please email (StapletonUnitedNeighbors@gmail.com) with the number you will need. Door Hangers will be available for pick up at the Annual Forum (5/15, 6pm at the Cube).

An open letter to the community

 

Dear Neighbors,


We are deeply disturbed by the escalation of hateful sentiment and shocked and horrified by the events one week ago in Charlottesville Virginia. We unify in condemning all forms of hateful acts, violence, racism, anti-Semitism, bigotry and xenophobia, and efforts by alt-right and white supremacy groups, the Ku Klux Klan, and any other group espousing hatred and violence. As we collectively send condolences to the family and friends of Heather Heyer, the woman who was killed, and share our prayers and thoughts for those injured in Charlottesville, we together say clearly, that there is no place for these displays of hatred in our neighborhood nor anywhere.


Stapleton is a strong, diverse, and vibrant community, and we share the hopeful wish that we all can come together to support each other and engage in a productive dialogue.

 

Sincerely,

 

Amanda A. Allshouse

President, SUN 

Nick Callaway

Lead Pastor, Go Church

 

Representative James Coleman

Colorado General Assembly, District 7

 

Dr. Rachele Espiritu

Denver Public Schools Board of Education, District 4

 

Tom Gleason

Vice President - Public Relations Forest City

 

Councilman Chris Herndon

Denver City Council, District 8

 

Representative Leslie Herod

Colorado General Assembly, District 8

 

Rabbi Mendel Popack

Director, Jewish Life Center - Chabad Denver North

 

Ron Thomas

Police Commander Denver Police, District 5

 

Senator Angela Williams

Colorado State Senator, Senate District 33

 

Matt Wolf

Lead Pastor, Stapleton Fellowship Church




Community Input

SUN is always looking for input from the community.  If you have questions about the community, please send an email to StapletonUnitedNeighbors@gmail.com or complete the form below. We will do our best to answer your questions.  It is important to provide an email contact so we can answer your question.






 
 



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