Woodlawn Neighborhood Association General Meeting – September meeting minutes (draft until approved at next meeting)
September 1, 2021, Online only at Zoom

This is your neighborhood. This is our neighborhood. Together, we have the power to make it a beautiful place to live for everyone.


7:00 – 7:10 Welcome and Introductions-Meeting is recorded

  1. Please introduce yourself in chats: name, pronouns, favorite interest to share with neighbors

Board members present: Melody, Anjala, Beth, Dennis, Thelma, Nancy, Chida, Shirley; not present: Maija, Keith

Community: Erin, Krista, Rick, Liz, Barbara, Francisco, Chris, Aimee, Dan, Kiley, Gyorgyi, Kathy, John, Adam, Michael


  1. Approve July meeting notes; Approve September agenda – all in favor  

7:10 – 8:00 Guest Speakers

  1. 7:10 Kylie Yuthas, Transition Projects
    1. https://www.tprojects.org/ or email volunteer@tprojects.org or events@tprojects.org newsletter: https://tprojects.org/newsletter-signup 
    2. What they do: Helping our neighbors go from houseless to housed
  1. How we can help people experiencing homelessness through Transition Projects:
    1. Volunteer in a wide range of roles
    2. Cook a meal in one of the shelters – they cook and serve 100,000 meals per year. A group can sign up to adopt a shelter for a night or on an ongoing basis, and purchase, prepare, and serve the dinner. 
    3. Join a potluck – combine with other persons/groups to produce a whole meal
    4. Attend events that support Transition Projects 
    5. Host an event to support Transition Projects
    6. Coordinate a donation drive 
    7. In general: show compassion 
  2. Questions: 
    1. What’s your main funding mechanism? Most of it is through the city of Portland’s joint office of homeless services 
  1. 7:25 Commissioner Mingus Mapps

Intro: He’s a newer member of Portland’s city council, with 8 months’ service so far; his bureaus are water, environmental services, emergency communications. 

Council has been focusing on several issues:

Questions/conversation with the community: 


  1. Upcoming Events  
    1. October Elections
      1. Board Member roles/responsibilities, procedure
      2. Review of roles and duties: 
  1. If you are interested in being on the board, please speak with a member 
  1.  8:00 – 8:20 Board Business
  1. Treasurer’s Report-Dennis Kennedy – nothing new – $7294 in the bank
  2. Land Use and Transportation-Anjala Ehelebe
    1. City denied permit to have Zenith tank farms take in oil trains
    2. Emanuel displaced persons situation is still in limbo – pending federal reimbursement
    3. Humboldt has a proposed development building market-rate ecologically-sensitive housing on a vacant lot/current community garden that is vigorously opposed by residents of Falcon Arts building and other neighbors.. 
    4. Portland harbor superfund cleanup sponsored by NECN and looking for a paid coordinator to help with activities; also looking for participants
    5. City is offering a training for transportation advocates 
  3. Farmer’s Market update: Erin – they’ve got the permanent loan of a vehicle to help them manage their gear storage and transportation. They’re looking for grant money to extend the employment of the market manager into the off season to help achieve some goals and projects. 
    1. Comment: the WNA board would love to get some specific requests from the market for ways we could help raise funds or contribute energy. 
  4. NECN-Dennis Kennedy – Jessica Rojas has resigned and is moving to work for Metro; NECN is hiring a new director
  5. NET-Erin Cooper – NET = Neighborhood Emergency Team; is now pausing the in-person portion of training new volunteers, but the online training is available.  

8:20 – 8:30 Final thoughts, announcements, other upcoming events

SOLVE is doing their annual beach & riverside cleanup on Sept 25 and need volunteers. https://www.solveoregon.org/?layoutViewMode=mobile


8:30 Meeting adjourns

Thank you for coming! Hope to see you Wed, October 6th at 7pm for our next Meeting AND ELECTIONS!