WNA Board Welcomes New Members

Thirty neighbors total turned out for WNA’s annual election night, June 5th. A handful dropped by during the first hour to socialize a bit and enjoy the delicious Chicago-style pizza generously donated by Bridge City along with a bountiful salad made with freshly harvested lettuce and radishes from 47th Avenue Farms. Twenty-four folks stayed on for the meeting, and of these, six were voted in as first-time WNA board members! A warm welcome to Elisa Edgington, Ben Ierien, Nicole Craigmiles, Jacky Jarrahzedah, Scott Smith and Dan Chin. In addition, it was noted that Trina Marmarelli has stepped down as Woodstock What’s Up e-news editor (thank you, Trina!), with Ruthann Bedenkop picking up the reins. (See the full board roster on our Contact page.)

Click here to download a PDF of our June Meeting Minutes. Announcements include:

  • National Night Out falls on August 6  this year (first Tuesday of August), but any block party scheduled between Aug. 2 and 11 will qualify as an official NNO event, with the benefit of having certain permits and fees waived by the city’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement. Registration deadline is June 23. See the National Night Out website for more info and to register: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/55345
  • Woodstock Librarian Carol Uhte noted that Joan Smith, a “rock star of a children’s librarian” is retiring after 33 years. Also, the Summer Reading Program kicks off Friday, June 14th. Colorful t-shirts are available for $12 in all sizes.
  • Volunteers Wanted! for the annual Woodstock Community Cleanup taking place this coming Saturday, June 22 from 8 to 10 am. Meet in front of the Woodstock Community Center. Muffins, coffee and water will be provided. Bring gloves. The boulevard cleanup will include sweeping, litter pick-up, and replanting flower pots. WNA Chair Becky Luening is organizing a “No Butts Brigade.” Click to view flyer.
  • Ann Crowder, financial manager for the Friends of the Woodstock Community Center, reported a net profit $3295.85 for the annual Plant Sale benefit for WCC. Way to go!
  • Sustainability member Elisa Edgington reported at least ten neighbors have stepped forward to participate in this summer’s Urban Forestry Woodstock Tree Inventory to help identify and assess the health of all street trees in the Neighborhood. More help is needed; volunteers are not obligated to work all four of the work days which are listed on the Sustainable Woodstock website
  • Media Committee Chair Kenny Heggem announced Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is the feature film for this summer’s Movie in the Park event at Woodstock Park. This city-sponsored event, slated for Friday, August 16 includes live music before dusk, plus free popcorn and several other snack options for sale by local vendors. The committee plans to meet with Portland Parks & Recreation staff on July 9 at 7pm at the WCC to discuss fundraising and logistics. If event planning is your cup of tea, please feel free to join in. Ads will be available in the event program; for more information please call Kenny at 408-603-6252 or email info@woodstockpdx.org.
  • Tabling anyone? Woodstock Neighborhood Association will have a table at the Woodstock Farmer’s Market on Sunday, August 4 and again at the Woodstock Community Business Association Sidewalk Sale on Sunday, August 11, to sell t-shirts, hand out literature, and collect email signups. Volunteers interested in helping out on either of these days are encouraged to email info@woodstockpdx.org.

WNA Bylaws Changes

It has been brought to the attention of the Woodstock Neighborhood Association, and announced at our last three or four general meetings, that certain changes need to be made to the wording of specific sections of our association’s bylaws in order to come into compliance on voting and decision-making criteria per the district coalition, SE Uplift and the Office of Neighborhood Involvement.

Click here to review the proposed changes [doc format].

The General Membership will vote on these changes at our June 1, 2013 meeting.

WANTED: Co-creators of the best neighborhood possible!

2012-13 WNA Nominations (so far)

Nominate yourself, or a friend, for one of the following positions. You may also nominate to be an “understudy” for any of these positions, and be ready to hit the ground running in 2014. Nominations may be made as late as election night, June 5th. For more information about any of these volunteer opportunities, please email info@woodstockpdx.org.

Becky Luening
Vice Chair:
Elizabeth Ussher Groff
Michael Chacon
Coalition Rep:
Moshe Lenske
What’s Up E-News Editor:
OPEN (training available)
Web Administrator:
KD Henderson

Area 1 – OPEN
Area 2 – Ann Crowder
Area 3 – Jan Elliott
Area 4 – Virginia Petersen
Area 5 – OPEN

Land Use:
Terry Griffiths
Friends of the Woodstock Community Center:
Lonnie Port
Kenny Heggem
Becky Luening

(Whether or not you are ready to take on a leadership position, all of these committees warmly welcome your participation.) 

Land Use Committee meets Wednesday, May 15

WNA Land Use Committee Meeting
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 – 7:00 PM
Upstairs at the Woodstock Community Center
5905 SE 43rd Ave., Portland

Tentative Agenda

  1. Introductions
  2. Vic Remmers of Everett Custom Homes will present a project update on the development of the “gateway” block at the southeast corner of 39th (Cesar Chavez) and Woodstock.*
  3. Comprehensive Plan update on timeline (pending information from Matt Wickstrom, SE District Liaison at BPS).
  4. Woodstock as Neighborhood Center: Do we already have the capacity for 3,500 households w/in half-mile radius of the neighborhood “core,” as per 55.22.e of the Working Draft of the Comp Plan? Michael Cerbone will present his research on the number of households that currently exist, and how many can be accommodated, within a half-mile radius of the Woodstock Village Center.
  5. Determine neighborhood representation at City of Portland District Mapping Conversation and Discussion. This is a two-part discussion scheduled for Saturday, June 1 AND Saturday June 22. Both meetings are scheduled to take place at SE Uplift from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
  6. Discussion of WNA Land Use Committee’s comments on the Comprehensive Plan Working Draft. Terry Griffiths and Michael Cerbone will present draft comments based on past LUC discussions and backed up with feedback obtained from the April 3rd Woodstock Visioning session.
  7. Set June meeting date.

*As most of you have probably already noticed, there are “For Sale” signs on the two historic houses in the Gateway Block facing Woodstock Boulevard. I called Vic Remmers last week to inquire about that. He said that he would prefer to sell those houses to someone with an interest in restoring or remodeling them, since his company “isn’t really in the business of remodeling.” The current line is that if the houses don’t sell w/in 30 days, Everett Homes NW will remodel or restore them themselves. This is notably different from what we were told in December. Remmers will have no more 20-30 minutes on our agenda, but for those who are interested in continuing a conversation with him, they can break out to do that downstairs or in the front entry area.

Terry Griffiths, Land Use Committee Chair

Plant Sale Coming Soon!

Woodstock Neighborhood Association


a benefit for Friends of the

Woodstock Community Center



at the 

Woodstock Community Center

5905 SE 43rd Ave., Portland

{the day BEFORE Mother’s Day}

FWCC Volunteers: We appreciate you!

I want to take a moment to acknowledge the four volunteers who have been faithfully holding up our end of the Woodstock Community Center’s partnership agreement with Portland Parks and Recreation—the agreement that ensures our small neighborhood center is maintained and keeps its doors open for our community’s use.

Lonnie Port, Terry Griffiths, Ann Crowder and Elizabeth Groff have carried out our part of this agreement, including fundraising to cover cleaning and maintenance costs, for at least ten years, as the core members of the committee known as Friends of the Woodstock Community Center or simply FWCC. They have established a great working relationship with city staff and figuring out how best to manage the center, and are now looking to recruit new volunteers to the committee to continue and build on that groundwork.

This blog post was spurred by my discovery that our WCC “Friends” received special recognition this past week when Southeast Uplift featured an article about FWCC’s annual plant sale as part of their 2013 Seeds of SE Uplift volunteer appreciation program. The attention and appreciation is very much deserved!

You can help celebrate the work of these star volunteers and support the FWCC by coming out for the May 11th plant sale, 9am to 3pm at the Woodstock Community Center. Be sure to tell your neighbors about it too, and share the announcement via your social networks. The “Friends” and I look forward to seeing you there!

—Becky Luening, WNA Co-chair

Neighborhood Meeting, Wednesday, May 1st!

That’s right: We’re meeting tomorrow night! 

Meet at the Woodstock Community Center, 5905 SE 43rd Ave, at 7:00 PM

The May meeting agenda includes all the usual neighborhood reports plus:

  • last-minute planning for the May 11th plant sale benefitting FWCC
  • planning for the June 5th WNA Board Election*
  • ideas for WNA participation a Woodstock sidewalk sale event this summer

The Sustainability Committee meeting at 6:00, is dedicated to Tree Team business, as we prepare for our summer Woodstock Tree Inventory.

Interested in continuing conversations or refining ideas floated at the April 3rd Visioning?  Arrive at the Woodstock Community Center by 6:30 for a half-hour of face-to-face social networking. Topics to be determined by whomever shows up….Did someone say Oktoberfest?

*Article VI, Section 4 of WNA’s Bylaws spell out the duties of our board member positions. At the June election we will also vote on proposed bylaws changes, clarifying what WNA’s general members may vote on. View the proposed changes here.

Remembering Dee Auld (04.14.1920 to 02.06.2013)

A memorial service will be held at Moreland Presbyterian Church on April 7 at 1:30 p.m. for Dolores “Dee” Auld, one-time active participant in the Woodstock Neighborhood Association. Interment has already taken place, at Willamette National Cemetery. Memorial donations may be sent to Leach Botanical Garden, PO Box 90667, Portland, OR 97290-0667.

Read Dee’s Obituary, published in The Oregonian on February 17, 2013

[Thanks to Moshe Lenske for letting us know about Dee’s memorial.]