1. Your participation in neighborhood decisions fosters a community spirit important to everyone who lives in the Claremont-Elmwood neighborhood.

2. As our CENA membership grows, it gives our neighborhood greater impact with City Council and strengthens our voice in solving neighborhood concerns.

3. CENA is a California non-profit corporation whose stated mission is to make our neighborhood a safe and desirable place to live.

4. CENA members can serve on the Board of Directors and help define policies. Members of the Board of Directors are elected at the annual general membership meeting, which is usually held in June. Board members attend 8 or 9 evening board meetings per year.

5. CENA membership dues are a modest $10 per year and affordable for everyone.

6. CENA mails its members a newsletter to keep current on neighborhood and City issues.

7. CENA consults with our District 8 City Council member.

8. CENA members can include their e-mail address in our databank to receive important news about our neighborhood as it happens.

9. CENA members can request the Board of Directors to allow the use of CENA's name to promote their projects.

10. Anyone can use our website www.claremontelmwood.org to find local stores, post office, schools, library, houses of worship, links to newspapers such as Berkeley Daily Planet, Daily Californian and CENA's newsletter archive, and links to City of Berkeley police, fire, mayor, City commissioners and City Council people and to e-mail CENA with questions.

To join: Send a $10 check made out to CENA and send to: P.O. Box 5108, Berkeley CA 94705. Include your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address (optional).