Last Month’s News. This Month’s Plans.

Endorsement Policy, Inner Southeast Action Follow-Up, and New Meeting Structure

On Oct. 14th, the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association had a very productive board meeting. The board voted on a new endorsement process which we will work into the SNA bylaws and post to the SNA website in the coming month(s). Vincent Dawans, SNA Treasurer, provided a very thorough financial report of the SNA funds. A vote passed giving committee chairs the authorization to oversee budget spending for committee’s finances (with clear limitations). The organization hosted Doug Klotz from Inner Southeast Action! to follow up his September presentation on the petition to “Save the Fred Meyer Hawthorne Pedestrian Entrance!” Fred Meyer has reopened the Hawthorne Blvd. entrance. If you’d like to support ISEA’s efforts to ensure that the doors stay open, you can sign their petition at change.org (Save the Fred Meyer Hawthorne Pedestrian Entrance!). Lastly, we have restructured our monthly meetings. Starting in November, the general meeting will be from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m., followed by the board meeting from 8:00 – 9.00 p.m.

Join us at our November’s SNA general meeting when Johanna Brenner will talk to us about the Portland Committee on Community-Engaged Policing (PCCEP). An article is provided in this issue which further speaks on the endorsement request. The November meeting will be on Thursday the 11th. Meeting details and the agenda will be posted on the SNA website (https://sunnysideportland.org) on Monday the 8th. We encourage you to join us and get involved with your local community. Civic duty is a lot of fun!

Sunnyside Piazza Update

If you haven’t recently walked, strolled, or driven on 33rd Ave. and Yamhill St. be sure to visit soon. A wonderful team of volunteers came out on the first weekend of October to help us paint the new Sunnyside Piazza design. The SNA wants to give a big shout out and thank you to Will Grim and James Brackenhoff from First Forty Feet (@firstfortyfeet). They were key in helping us coordinate, design, and bring back to life this 21 yearr old city landmark. It feels great to have the lively painting back and we hope it brings a bit of joy and playfulness to all who pass by. A huge thank you to everyone who participated in the process – from coordinating, donating, and painting. Your acts of service are what makes a community thrive.

Sunnyside Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Committee Updates

The DEIA Committee reviewed the outreach templates which are still a work in progress. The committee will spend the next few meetings in an educational format reviewing DEIA materials to align on building a Culture Values Statement. Our next meeting will be Tuesday, Nov. 2nd at 6:30 p.m. Virtual meeting details will be posted on the SNA website on Monday Nov. 1st. We look forward to new attendees and welcome ideas on ways to build a more diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible community.

SNA Newsletter Coordinator Request

Sunnyside Neighborhood Association is looking for a volunteer to take the reins as the Sunnyside Newsletter Coordinator. The role is a monthly project management opportunity to facilitate workflow processes of rounding up article submissions by the targeted deadline, draft a work-in-progress document for the copy editor to review, and sign off to the newsletter format coordinator who sends the monthly issue to the printers. This is done with Google Shared Drive and Google Docs. This is a great opportunity for someone looking to get involved on a local level, aspiring journalist and communications professional especially, or for an individual who would like to get involved and connect with awesome folks in the community.  All ages are encouraged (15 years+). If interested email board@sunnysideportland.org to learn more.

Sunnyside Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Committee

The DEIA Committee attended the Belmont Street Fair on Saturday, Sept. 11th with great success. The fair had a strong turnout and our committee members engaged with lots of folks in the community, signing up 20 fairgoers to help volunteer for upcoming projects. We have a good list of ideas of what the community of Sunnyside would like to see from the organization. Our next meeting will be Tuesday, October 5th at 6:30 p.m. Virtual meeting details will be posted on the SNA website on Monday October 4th. We look forward to new attendees and welcome ideas on ways to build a more diverse, equitable, and accessible community.