Board Meeting Minutes 2011-09-12


1) Introductions
– Allan Rudwick voted as temporary recorder as our old recorder moved away

2) July Minutes Read and approved

3) Courtney from PBOT came to present about leaf collection. We are not in a leaf collection district.
To learn more go to, but there’s nothing to do for now

4) Announcements- Board Business
a) board members will be elected at the general membership meeting in october, officers chosen in november

i) Allan proposed changing the election cycle to line up with the NECN elections, noone else was in support and the board doesn’t have the power to change the election cycle so the issue was discussed and dropped.

b) City Councillor Amanda Fritz is coming to the next meeting. Send Angela questions to ask her if desired. It was noted that she can talk about what she’s done but its not an official campaign event.

5) Vision Retreat proposal-
a) a visioning retreat was proposed for the next board that gets elected. It will be professionally moderated.
Motion passed- Board recommends having a retreat after officers are picked, gives Angela the power to coordinate a date, provided that it doesn’t cost the board anything.

6) Updates
i) giving $1000 for communications, needs access to the board meeting minutes which they currently have, no change needed.
ii) $30,000 for small grants, $4000 per neighborhood available, we need to apply by November 1st.  They are having some classes to help prepare.  Sept 21- basic orientation, Oct 6th – grantwriting workshop 7-830pm.

iii) Basic skills treasurer meeting 9/22 6pm

iv) LUTC and SALT committees didn’t meet in August, meeting in September again.

b) Oral History project.  Marathon sound recording session- 12 hours/day for 3 days at ‘the gathering’.  Recorded 23 people’s stories this year, 18 last year.  Lots of ideas were given on how to get help, where the project should go this year.

c) Land Use Subcommittee met with the Northeast Quadrant planners, they took notes.  Possible Zoning changes coming to Lower Albina as a result of the process.

d)  Williams Avenue Traffic and Safety Operations Project – Laurie asked for board’s opinion of Williams, what should be prioritized.  Mentioned that the project has gained stakeholders, has been restarted.  More information at

7) Summary of July meeting brainstorm. Discussion: we need champions, we might need a zoning change to make something happen on Williams

8 ) Public comment:  Market at Fremont and Williams is closed for the year

Full NECN blast:

2012 Neighborhood Small Grants and Graffiti Abatement Grants: $30,444 Available!

NECN will offer $1000-$4000 per project within the Neighborhood Small Grant program and up to $2,500 per graffiti abatement project. Past projects funded by NECN include community orchards, tours of African American murals, afterschool programs, community outreach projects, website design, murals, graffiti clean-up and multicultural festivals.

The goal of the grant program is to provide opportunities for building community and increasing and sustaining involvement in neighborhood associations, district coalitions and the community at-large. This program prioritizes engagement of historically under-represented organizations representing people of color, immigrants and refugees, low-income families, youth, people with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bi and transgendered people.

Applications available in our offices and on our website.

Application Deadline is November 1st, 2011 at 5:00pm.

NECN offering 2 Different Trainings this year:

Orientation: September 21st, 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

This informational session will answer questions about the application, the committee review process, what funds can be used for and NECN’s unique priorities.

Small Grant Workshop on October 6th, from 7:00pm – 8:30pm.

This workshop is meant to give grant applicants a chance to receive direct feedback on how to make their proposals stronger. Draft proposal in hand, participants will pair up and review one another’s drafts.

RSVP to our offices for either of the workshops: 503-823-4575

NECN Financial Roundtable

Neighborhood Treasurers and Chairs – this one’s for you! On September 22, NECN is pleased to host founder of TriLibrium and green CPA Brian Setzler for a training on financial best practices for neighborhood associations and other small organizations. Brian will provide information and resources from his over 25 years of experience in the field and will touch on basic budgeting, reporting and financial controls. We will also touch on reporting requirements for neighborhood associations imposed by Oregon’s Secretary of State and Department of Justice. This will be an action packed training with lots of information and time for questions and discussion. See you there!

Thursday, September 22, 2011, 7:00pm-8:30pm
NECN at the King School Facility, 4815 NE 7th Ave.
RSVP by September 20th to or 503-823-4135

Land Use and Transportation Committee

September meeting: Wednesday the 28th, 7:00pm, at NECN.
After taking August off, the LUTC is returning this month, and several projects have already been brought to our attention to be addressed. N Williams Traffic Safety Operations Project, N/NE Quadrant planning, food carts, the Portland Plan, non-conforming sewer connections and more await.
Safety and Livability Team
September meeting: Monday the 19th, 6:30pm, at NECN.

SALT is returning from an August break as well, and has several action items to address Livability issues in N and NE Portland. Over the summer, SALT focused on violence in our Neighborhoods and what could be done on a neighborhood level to address it.


Worry Free Advocacy: Understanding the Rules of Nonprofit Advocacy & Election-Related Activities

Join NAO, the Oregon Center for Public Policy, and the Alliance for Justice-the national leader in providing informative and entertaining trainings on the rules of advocacy for nonprofit organizations-for this one-day workshop for nonprofit managers, staff, and volunteers. Attorney-trainers will teach you the rules so that you can answer questions such as:

  • What is the definition of lobbying and how is it different from advocacy?
  • How much can our 501(c)(3) lobby?
  • What are the disclosure and registration requirements for lobbying in Oregon?

When: Tuesday, September 27th 9:00am through 4:30pm
Where: Northwest Health Foundation, 221 NW Second Ave

More details at

2 thoughts on “Board Meeting Minutes 2011-09-12

  1. Please notify me of future board meetings sooner so I have more time to notify people in my apartment building by posting notice in advance. Thank you.


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