Sunday, February 12, 2012

Notes from the SGNA Board Retreat - February 11, 2012


(Editor's note: The annual SGNA Board Retreat replaced the normal Board meeting in February.  No business was transacted at the retreat so these notes simply reflect what emerged as priorities for  those attending the meeting for 2012.  Thanks to Shoshana Cohen and Katy Asher of the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN) for their able assistance during the retreat. - Dave Brook)

SGNA Retreat February 11, 2012 - Notes

Words/Phrases to Describe SGNA if it were wildly successful

  • Truly representative
  • Inclusive
  • Economically-sustainable community
  • Energizing and exciting
  • Realistic
  • Leader in community involvement
  • Powerful two-way communication
  • Celebrate diversity
Committee Activities and Ideas
Listed in order of priority/number of people interested in helping
P = number of priority dots, H = number of dots from people interested in helping
(Listed in general order of priority)

Land Use and Transportation
  • Broadway/Weidler Corridor – 4 P, 7 H
  • Safety crossing at 28th – 4 H
  • N/NE Quadrant SAC – 3 P, 1 H
  • Sullivan’s Gulch Trail – 3 P, 1 H
  • NECN Land Use and Transportation Committee  – 1 P, 1 H
  • NECN Community Economic Development Committee – 1 P, 1 H
  • Tree removal and zoning adjustment reviews
  • Parking study
  • Cross committee work with emergency preparedness
  • Holladay Park
Lifestyles
  • Support to local businesses (coupons, etc.) – 4 P, 2 H
  • Gulch-O-Rama – 2 P, 3 H
  • Mulch in the Gulch – 2 P, 3 H
  • Neighborhood Night Out, 3 H
  • Clean-Ups – 1 P, 2 H
  • Gulch garage sale, 1 H
  • Neighborhood upkeep such as the overgrown sidewalk on NE 24th – 1 H
  • Leaf collection – 1 H
Garden Committee
  • Gulch garden/community garden – 3 P, 1 H
    • Community beds to share food
    • Beds for food programs
    • Collect food for NE Community food pantry
    • Room for gardeners $50 month for returning gardeners and $80/month for new gardeners
  • Chickens (need chicken keeper) - 1 H
Communications
  • Quarterly newsletter – 2 P, 2 H
  • Celly – 1 P, 3 H
  • Direct mailing of a calendar year of events – 2 P, 2 H
  • Outreach to people at Holladay Park Plaza – 2 P
    • Lew announcements
    • More newsletters to Holladay Park Plaza
    • Post agenda
  • Flyers in apartment buildings and businesses – 1 P, 1 H
  • Yard signs for events/issues – 1 P, 1 H
  • Synch activities and events – always the same time/date to make it easier to communicate – 1 P, 1 H
  • Canvassing – 1 P
  • Website – 1 year old, 5 members – want more members
  • Get content of meetings in advance for outgoing meeting announcements
  • Online bulletin boards
  • Local bulletin boards
Safety/Preparedness
  • Mock emergency – 2 P, 4 H
  • Neighborhood Emergency Teams (NET) – outreach and management challenge – trying to get people to “get it” to do the basics – 2 P, 1 H
  • Preparations for other emergencies – 1 P, 2 H
  • Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM)/Fire and rescue/NET Training – 1 P, 1 H
  • Create blocks of neighbors working together – 2 H
  • NET Forums – Feb. 22 and 26 – 1 H
  • Monthly NET classes – attracting people -  1 H
  • Lloyd District Public Safety meetings – 1 H
  • More committee members – 1 H
  • NECN Safety and Livability Team (SALT)
  • Holladay Park
Board Administrative Work
  • Revise bylaws – 4 P, 1 H
  • SGNA board recruitment – 3 P, 3 H
  • Address board attendance – 3 P, 2 H
  • Consider the role of Holladay Park – 3 H, 1 P
  • Address term lengths – 2 H
  • Committee structure – 1 P, 1 H
  • General meeting times/recurrence 

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