May 7th Meeting is Annual WNA Board Election

We’re lining up some extra goodies to entice neighbors to our May 7th neighborhood meeting…Thank you Cloud City!

Doors open at 6:00 pm. Feel free to come for the social hour, even if you can’t stay for the meeting, which starts at 7:00.

This is the time of year we traditionally elect or re-elect the volunteers who make up the Woodstock Neighborhood Association Board—the Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, Area Reps (from the five different sections of Woodstock neighborhood), and Committee Chairs.

Interested in getting your hands dirty and being a part of the month-to-month decision making? Then board or committee service might be for you. Feel free to join in the conversation at our May 7th meeting and ask questions of current board members. Or, if you’re ready to get to work, step on up and offer to fill one of our vacant seats—we’d love to have you on the board! Even if you’re not ready to join our board, just by showing up and participating in the election process, you can gain a sense of who we are and what we do, and how you might plug in.

So Who’s Running?
Here are the people who have put their names in (so far) to fill the following WNA Board positions for the next year: 

Chair: Becky Luening
Vice Chair: Elisa Edgington
Secretary: Nicole Craigmiles
Treasurer: Merrilee Spence
SE Neighborhood Coalition Rep: Moshe Lenske

Area Representatives: These folks represent the five defined Areas of Woodstock Neighborhood. (Our neighborhood is quite large, with almost 4,000 mailing addresses within our boundaries!) Basically, Area Reps are encouraged to attend monthly WNA meetings, bring issues to our attention that may be specific to their section of the neighborhood, and generally serve as a “connector” between neighbors. Currently serving [not sure yet if all these individuals will continue after May 7th, but WNA allows more than one person to serve in this role]:

  • Area 1 – Nicole Craigmiles
  • Area 2 – Ann Crowder and Scott Smith
  • Area 3 – Jan Elliott and Dan Chin
  • Area 4 – Virginia Petersen
  • Area 5 – Jacky Jarrahzedah

Committee Chairs:  In addition to the administrative roles involved in keeping an organization together, a whole lot of stuff is accomplished in committees, and committee chairs are responsible for steering that work—convening committee meetings, participating with the WNA board, and helping broadcast information to the wider neighborhood.

  • Land Use – OPEN (Terry Griffiths currently serving) 
  • Friends of the Woodstock Community Center – Lonnie Port (new members wanted)
  • Outreach and Communications – Kenny Heggem
  • Sustainability Committee – OPEN (Becky Luening currently serving)

You don’t have to be elected to get in on the action. We count on neighborhood volunteers to jump in and help, whether for a one-time project or event, or ongoing committee work. Here’s a brief description of WNA committees:

  • Friends of the Woodstock Community Center works to keep the community center open and maintained and ensures WNA’s compliance with the partnership agreement WNA has with Portland Parks and Recreation (a successful relationship now in its 11th year). The WNA’s annual plant sale (coming up Saturday, May 10th!) is a benefit for FWCC. The Friends also maintain a Woodstock Community Center blog.
  • Communications & Outreach Committee (formerly known as the Media Committee) spreads the word about WNA meetings and other neighborhood happenings via social networks, and helps organize and promote special events and projects (e.g., the Mural project, Movie in the Park) sponsored or cosponsored by WNA. [WANTED: WordPress expert to help redesign our website.]
  • Land Use Committee studies, informs neighbors, and weighs in on plans, proposals and policies pertaining to our neighborhood’s built environment (residential and commercial). The committee interfaces with the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability through a SE District Liaison, and often sends representatives to southeast- and city-wide Land Use meetings on special topics.
  • Sustainability Committee focuses on improving the health and livability of our natural environs and, by extension, the health and happiness of Woodstock inhabitants. Under the umbrella of this committee is our own Woodstock Tree Team, a.k.a. Treestock, which spearheaded our neighborhood’s street tree inventory last summer in collaboration with the Portland Parks and Recreation’s Urban Forestry division. The Sustainability Committee maintains the Sustainable Woodstock blog and will be ready to consider new projects as soon as our “Woodstock Community Information Kiosk” project has been completed (soon…soon…!). 

Remember, WNA is not the kind of group you have to join. If you live, work, or own property in Woodstock Neighborhood, you are considered a member, and we welcome your involvement. Even if you can’t make it to meetings, you can keep tabs on what’s going on via our Facebook pages (Woodstock Portland Oregon, a friend page designed for neighbor-to-neighbor interactions and Woodstock Neighborhood Association, our official organization page) or via the Nextdoor.com network.