Category Archives: Quarterly Meetings

Quarterly Meeting on July 20 & National Night Out on Aug. 1

Here are details for MHNA’s upcoming events this summer. Please make plans to join us. All are welcome!

MHNA Quarterly Meeting on July 20 – Our Namesake’s Birthday!

Please join MHNA for our next quarterly meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 20 at the Northwest Community Center, 5110 Franklin Ave. The meeting happens to fall on the birthdate of Pvt. Merle D. Hay, the first Iowan killed in World War I. We can think of no better way to honor Merle Hay’s service, sacrifice, and legacy than to come together to work on ways to make our neighborhood and city stronger and better for everyone.

We are still working out details, but we plan to spotlight a neighborhood business. We also plan to provide updates on the recently completed Merle Hay Corridor Plan.

As always, we will have public safety updates, neighborhood news, committee updates, and information on how you can help out around the neighborhood. And don’t forget, we’ll have REFRESHMENTS!

National Night Out on August 1

Please join the Merle Hay Neighborhood Association for our annual observance of National Night Out, America’s night out against crime, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 1 at the Northwest Community Center, 5110 Franklin Ave.

There will be games and crafts for kids, family-friendly entertainment, door prizes, and great tips and information from public safety personnel about how to safeguard you, your loved ones, and your property. Cold refreshments and snacks will be provided!

National Night Out is a great way to meet your neighbors and learn more about safety within your home and while you’re out and about. Please help spread the word! We look forward to having a great turnout. Contact April Wyss at 515-707-6386 to volunteer, donate, or have a booth. We can always use more helping hands, so please consider volunteering!

MHNA Meeting on April 20

MHNA’s quarterly meeting is this Thursday (April 20) at 6:30 p.m. at the Northwest Community Center on Franklin Avenue. Here is some of what’s slated:

-Business spotlight: University Vacuum (formerly Windsor Vacuum)
-Updates from Hillis Elementary School staff
-Polk County Treasurer Mary Wells
-Merle Hay Corridor Plan update from Chris Albrecht of Bolton & Menk
-Public safety updates from MHNA’s Neighborhood Based Service Delivery Officer

Please join us and bring a neighbor!

MHNA’s Annual Meeting on Jan. 19

Please join the Merle Hay Neighborhood Association for its annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 19 at the Northwest Community Center, 5110 Franklin Ave. We plan to be joined by Stephanie Murphy from the Neighborhood Finance Corp. to hear the latest about home lending opportunities (some forgivable!) in our neighborhood. We also hope to receive an update on the Merle Hay Corridor Study, and we’re working on having a neighborhood business join us to tell us a little about their business and answer questions.

We’ll also have public safety updates, President April Wyss’s annual report, neighborhood news, and officer and board elections. As always, we welcome ideas and
suggestions from residents and businesses on what we should focus on in 2023. Feedback may be submitted in advance by email to
Please mark your calendars and invite your neighbors!