Friends, The Directors and Officers of the Riverview Association for 2019 will be Rick Eagleton (President), Melissa Fields (Vice President / Secretary) and Ray Luth (Treasurer). Please extend your condolences. We have tentatively nominated three others to serve, but since they weren’t in attendance last night and because we are decent folk, we didn’t formally elect them.

As to the most interesting part of the Annual Meeting, Karen Gilbert, Executive Director of Tulsa Crime Stoppers, gave a very helpful presentation on the Alert Neighbors program. We gather that it is based on a program developed in the 70’s, sometimes known as Neighborhood Watch. Many of our neighbors will be familiar with it. Now that we have had three formal meetings addressing Crime and Safety in Riverview and have heard from a variety of stakeholders (neighbors, businesses, landlords, City and law enforcement personnel, and Ms. Gilbert), we have decided to see if we can get the Alert Neighbors program up and running. It won’t be overnight, but we are excited by the prospects of this and the opportunity to make our neighborhood even better.

An essential part of the success of this program is that neighbors become involved. I have read a fair amount of literature on similar programs in other neighborhoods, and Ms. Gilbert will provide us with training and information as to how we can succeed here. I’m willing to serve as Neighborhood Coordinator (until such time as someone wants to replace me—hint hint) and now need to put together a steering / planning committee. There are tasks we need to accomplish and training materials to guide us. We already have a few volunteers for this and need some more. I anticipate meeting in the next few weeks. Please feel free to call me at the office at 918-878-8091 or on my cell phone at 918-845-0637, or you can email me at reagleton@rjeoffices.com, to volunteer or with any questions you may have.

“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”
― Oprah Winfrey

Rick Eagleton

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