Show your support for the Rio Nido Community Post Office

Most importantly, click to fill out USPS Form 4027 “Petition for Change in Rural Delivery”

We suggest that once you’ve filled out the form, take it to Joe Mills at the Guerneville Post Office and explain that you would like to petition for delivery of mail to your house (just as the rest of Guerneville has). Or you can email your form to frnboard@rionido.net and we will make sure it gets delivered.

NOTE:

  • you only need to fill out one row on page 1 (i.e. ignore page 2);
  • in the “Distance From Nearest” column, the column “Post Office” applies to mail for Rio Nidans (the distance is how far it is from your house to the Guerneville Post Office)
  • in the “TO” field at the top, reflect USPS Postmaster Joe Mills, and the Guerneville Post Office address (14060 Mill Street, Guerneville, 95446)
  • the Guerneville Post Office would also apply to the “Office Through Which Service is Now Received” field

HERE IS THE LINK to the Postal Regulatory Commission website, where you may view the filing of our Appeal A2017-2 to stop the closure of the RN Community Post Office. 

SUBSCRIBE FOR ALERTS by entering your email address in the upper right-hand corner.

Board Directors of both RNHOA and FRN continue to receive the support of County Supervisor Lynda Hopkins, Congressman Jared Huffman and private attorney counsel.

You can support the effort by joining our online petition at www.change.org

There are many social media sites where you can share your support, and if you have ideas or suggestions, you are welcome to email frnboard@rionido.net

  • Don’t hesitate to pickup your mail regularly at the
  • Guerneville post office
  • (so that the added burden of our PO boxes is accurately felt).
  • Protest at the Guerneville Post Office often!  
  • Anytime works, though you may reach the
  • greatest numbers during lunchtime and just before closing,
  • when there is the most traffic.

2017 Member Meeting Dates

Here they are — our 2017 FRN Member meeting dates.  Mark your calendars!  Locations and agenda will be announced through our email list as usual.

Here’s when we will have the FRN Member meetings

  • Sunday Feb 5th, 11am-noon, Rio Nido Roadhouse
  • Sunday March 26, 11am-noon
  • Sunday May 14, 11am-noon
  • Sunday June 18, 11am-noon (FRN Board election day!)
  • July TBD (Special Event! )
  • Sunday August 20, 11am-noon *changed from 08/13
  • Sunday October 8, 11am-noon *changed from 10/01
  • Sunday November 19, 11am-noon *changed from 11/05

2016 Meeting Dates

Here they are — our 2016 FRN Member meeting dates.  Mark your calendars!  Locations and agenda will be announced through our email list as usual.

Here’s when we will have the FRN Member meetings

  • January 23, 11am-noon
  • March 19, 11am-noon
  • May 14, 11am-noon
  • June 11, 11am-noon (FRN Board election day!)
  • August 7, 11am-noon (Moved to Sunday)
  • September 25, 11am-noon (Moved to Sunday)
  • November 6, 11am-noon (Moved to Sunday)

It’s Election Time

There will be three FRN Board seats available. The three candidates with the highest vote counts will be elected to the FRN Board and will serve two year terms. (One of the current FRN Board members will not be running again, so we need new candidates to step up!)

Interested voting Members are invited to fill out and submit their candidate application form to: FRN Election Committee, PO Box 184, Rio Nido, CA 95471. The candidate filing period is open from April 11th to May 9th. After the close of the filing period, candidate applications will be available for review on the FRN website. The Membership will have an opportunity to meet the candidates before the start of the FRN Member Meeting on May 14th, 2016.

Election ballots and voting instructions will be sent via this email distribution list no later than May 10th, 2016. All ballots must be received by the FRN Election Committee no later than June 10th, 2016. They will be counted at the June 11th FRN Member and Election Meeting. No ballots will be accepted at the election meeting.

Russian Riverkeeper Cleanup this Monday and Next–Can you help?

Are you able to help clean up our riverbanks along the river in Rio Nido for the next two Mondays? We need your help. Please meet up at the Rio Nido bus stop at 11am.

Wear protective clothing, dress warm, and bring work gloves.
Any questions? Call Chris at (707) 322-8304

NOTE – Given the steep banks, and the bulky nature and weight of the debris being lugged, make sure you have strong knees, hips, and ankles!

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2015 FRN Election information

Time is running out! PLEASE CONSIDER SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION before May 11th to the independent FRN Election Committee (who is picking up mail from the FRN post office).

There will be three FRN Board seats available. The three candidates with the highest vote counts will be elected to the FRN Board and will serve two year terms.

Interested voting Members are invited to fill out and submit their Candidate Form to: FRN Election Committee, PO Box 184, Rio Nido, CA 95471.

After the close of the filing period, candidate applications will be available for review on the FRN website. The Membership will have an opportunity to meet the candidates before the start of the FRN Member Meeting on May 18th, 2015.

Election ballots and voting instructions will be sent via this email distribution list no later than May 20th, 2015. Voting will be open until June 12th, 2015, and ballots will be counted at the June 13th FRN Member and Election Meeting.

For questions or additional information, please contact FRN Committee Chair Barbara.

Thank you for your participation,

The FRN Election Committee
Barbara, Elena, & Steve

The Sign is Here–Join us Sat at 1pm

  

HUGE thanks to all of our generous donators for helping us get across the goal line! We could never have done it without the three grants provided by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors through the Advertising Program.

A special thanks to all our donors!

Another round of thanks to the folks who stored the sign for us all these years… Larry and Elena most recently (for a year or more, whilst we sorted out funding, grant applications, and various committee processes). And even more unbelievably, for more than twenty years Vicki and Jim Cronander stored the sign in their little wooden shed, waiting for the right opportunity to have it return to use in
our community.

The sign is installed and we’re having a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, April 18th at 1pm at the site where the new sign will be installed (along River Road, between Canyon 7 and Rio Nido Roads). Join if you can!

 

 

You can donate to the FRN general fund by clicking on the “donate” button below or sending a check to FRN at PO Box 184 in Rio Nido.

(Video by John Uniack and photos by Elena Chronis and M Henon)

Tracking Fundraising for the Historic Rio Nido Sign–Any donation counts!

(modified photo - RN sign in its future home)

(modified photo – RN sign in its future home)

The community of Rio Nido and FRN have a fundraising task in front of us to close the gap between the generous grants we received from the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, and our total sign costs.

Some excellent progress has been made on fundraising, and some updates on the not-yet-quoted costs that were anticipated to be $2,000 or more…

As of our previous email from December 21st, we had received $655 in donations, and needed more than $4,200 in donations. Since that time:

  • The official estimate for the lane closure has come in at an affordable $400, thanks to the generosity of the owner of Von Renner, Jeff.  (We had been warned by others to  anticipate possibly more than $2k for these costs!)  A huge thanks to Von Renner!
  • The estimates we have for the re-installation of the sign (on a pole, in concrete, big trucks and augers involved) put us at $4,275.47 over our remaining grant funds.
  • Additionally, there are two more estimates pending (one for lane closure, the other from the refurbisher for storage fees given the extensive time it took us to obtain the County permit) which could total another couple of thousand dollars.

We have received a strong showing of support already in donations for the sign.  Given the latest details on our total costs, we have already achieved 24% of our fundraising goal!  HUGE thanks to our generous donators.

We need some additional assistance to fund the final phases of this project — even just $10 or $20 each counts towards the goal. Here’s an updated chart with more details on what is included (since this project involves quite a lot more than many not on the Sign Committee would expect):

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A REMINDER ON THE GOODIES, If you donate…

  • $50 or more, you’ll get an FRN patch,
  • $100 or more, you’ll get a women’s or men’s FRN t-shirt,
  • $250 or more, you get both, and we will thank you publicly at the dedication ceremony and in associated announcements!

Feel free to email us with questions, or you can donate by clicking on the “donate” button below, going to our RN sign website, or sending a check to FRN at PO Box 184 in Rio Nido.

FRN is a 501c3  so your donation is tax deductible.
Please help us track your donation properly by mentioning “Rio Nido Sign” either on your check, or on paypal, in the link for “Special instructions to the seller“.
Finally, another shout out to our sign refurbisher, Dick, from Econoline Signs, who made a generous donation by way of reducing the prices for his professional services (i.e. an in-kind donation).
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The 2015 FRN Calendar

Here they are — our 2015 FRN Member meeting dates.  Mark your calendars!  Locations and agenda will be announced through our email list as usual.

Here’s when we will have the FRN Member meetings

  • January 24th, 11am-noon
  • March 28th, 11am-noon
  • May 16th, 11am-noon
  • June 13th, 11am-noon (FRN Board election day!)
  • August 1st, 11am-noon
  • September 12th, 11am-noon
  • November 7th, 11am-noon

Join in on the FRN parade fun!

Friends of Rio Nido (FRN) is making a last-minute entry in the Guerneville Parade. Here’s the latest if you’d like to join us:

We’re making a late-breaking end run to get an FRN entry for the Guerneville Festival of Lights Parade. The parade is on Saturday, down main street, and starts at 7pm.

If you are available to help us string some lights, blow up some balloons, make signs, etc. meet us at 3pm on Saturday at the Rio Nido Post Office.

If you want to skip the labor, and just join in on the fun and walk in the parade with us, to hand out candy, meet us at the dark green 1967 F100 Ford pickup truck sometime before 6:30pm on Saturday.

EITHER WAY bring a fake beard (or your real one 😉 since we’re playing off the “Miracle on 34th Street” theme, which is the theme of the parade this year. Though we may have a few extra beards if you don’t have access to one.

And regardless, ENJOY THE SEASON (AND THE RAIN) EVERYONE!

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