Category Archives: Quarterly Meetings

Join us on January 19 for MHNA’s Annual Meeting!

The Merle Hay Neighborhood Association will host its annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 19, at the Northwest Community Center, 5110 Franklin Ave. Refreshments will be provided.

Greg Heid, director of the Des Moines Public Library system, will be our guest speaker.
As always, there will be public safety updates and the latest neighborhood news. We also welcome discussion about neighborhood goals for 2017.

Lastly, the 2016 annual report will be given, and officer and board elections will be held.

We look forward to seeing lots of neighbors on January 19. Please spread the word!

MHNA Quarterly Meeting, Annual Supper, & Food/Clothing Drive on Oct. 20!

Please join MHNA for our quarterly meeting, annual soup supper, and food and clothing drive at 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 20, at the Northwest Community Center, 5110 Franklin Ave. We will be joined by a Neighborhood Finance Corp staff member and will announce another guest speaker in the near future.

The soup supper will begin at 6 p.m. The meeting will start at approximately 6:30. If you would like to bring soup, another dish, or dessert, please contact April Beck by email at, or 515.707.6386.

We will also collect food donations for the less fortunate at our October 20 meeting. The food we collect will be donated to the Des Moines Area Religious Council’s Food Pantry Program. For more information about the most-needed food items, please visit:

Once again this year, we will collect winter clothing for elementary school children in the Merle Hay neighborhood. Please help us “Keep the Kids Warm!” We will collect money, coats, boots, stocking hats, gloves, and mittens. We plan to deliver the clothing donations in November. For more information about the clothing drive, contact Kathy Battles by email at, or 515.865.3040.

For more information about the October 20 quarterly meeting, or to request getting an item on the agenda, please contact MHNA President Jason Pulliam by email at, or 515.681.9689.


Learn about commercial corridor improvements at July 21 quarterly meeting

The Merle Hay Neighborhood Association (MHNA) invites you to participate in a discussion we will hold about commercial corridor revitalization at our next quarterly membership meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 21, at the Northwest Community Center, 5110 Franklin Ave. City of Des Moines officials will be on hand to share information and field questions about ongoing efforts to beautify and improve commercial stretches of Merle Hay Road, Douglas Avenue, and Hickman Road.

The anticipated improvements include $1.8 million in City money to widen Merle Hay Road from Boston Avenue to Douglas Avenue between the 2019 and 2023 fiscal years, and $1.3 million in City money to improve the intersection of Merle Hay and Hickman roads between the 2020 and 2024 fiscal years, according to City budget forecasts.

MHNA’s July 21st meeting will be a great opportunity for you to hear the latest details and get even more involved in efforts to improve our neighborhood’s business corridors. Please spread the word!

MHNA Quarterly Meeting on Thursday, April 21

We hope you will join us at 6:30 p.m. this Thursday, April 21, at the Northwest Community Center for the Merle Hay Neighborhood Association’s quarterly meeting.

We are pleased to be joined by Polk County Supervisor Angela Connolly, as well as Patty Gressman from the Neighborhood Finance Corp. Ms. Gressman will share details about NFC lending opportunities that are back in a portion of our neighborhood. More details are available at

Reports will also be given about Tower Park improvements, our upcoming Merle HayDay celebration on Saturday, May 14, and other neighborhood news.

Last, but not least, refreshments will be provided.

Please mark your calendar, and spread the word. We look forward to having a great turnout at Thursday’s meeting!