Join the Board in May!

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Do you find it hard to watch the news, wishing there were something you could do to change the world? Are you tired of only knowing your neighbors from tiny profile pictures on a screen?  Want to make a difference with just a few hours a month?  Then join the Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association (BDNA)!  

What does a board member do?

As a BDNA board member, you’re asked to attend at least 10 of our 12 monthly meetings, which happen the 1st Thursday of every month from 7:00-9:00PM.  At these meetings, board members discuss and vote on neighborhood issues, appoint committees (as needed), and work on projects pertaining to Brentwood-Darlington.  General members are asked (but not required) to occasionally volunteer at events like the Neighborhood Clean-up, Movies in the Park, and National Night Out.

What about the elected officers of the board?

The BDNA has four elected officers: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer.

  • The Chair is responsible for presiding over meetings, drawing up the agenda, and generally representing the board and neighborhood when necessary. (Average monthly time commitment ~20-30 hours)
  • The Vice Chair assists the Chair and steps in when the Chair is unable to perform their duties. (Average monthly time commitment ~10-15 hours)
  • The Secretary maintains non-financial records and a list of board members, takes minutes at meetings, and answers correspondence. (Average monthly time commitment ~10-15 hours)
  • The Treasurer is responsible for all funds belonging to the BDNA and must maintain records and report on those funds monthly. (Average monthly time commitment ~5-10 hours)

How do I declare my intentions to join the board?

Declare your candidacy using our online form or in-person with this paper form at our annual May meeting, held on the 1st Thursday of the month, 7:00-9:00PM at Brentwood-Darlington Community Center (7211 SE 62nd Ave)Click here for more information and to view our agenda. 

What about committees?

The BDNA currently has three active committees:

  • Land Use and Transportation Committee
  • Events and Communications Committee
  • Equity and Inclusion Committee

Each of these committees are headed by 1-2 board members.  You do not have to be a board member to join a committee!

What if I’m unable to make it to meetings, but still want to volunteer?

You don’t have to be a board member to volunteer!  We know that life is busy and many community members are unable to attend monthly meetings.  Do you have a skill you’d like to put to use?  Maybe you’re amazing at social media, have great contacts in the community, or speak another language.  Email us with your talent and we’ll put it to work for as little as one hour a month!

 

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Aerial In-Progress Photos of Master Gardeners Demo Garden

The Master Gardeners have been hard at work, despite the rain, installing a new demo garden at Learning Gardens Lab.  Check out these great aerial photos taken by intern Pablo Llambias.

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White Ally Toolkit at SEUL

From Southeast Uplift:

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There is increasing scientific evidence that shows that empathy-based dialogues are the way to go if you want to have a chance to change adults’ minds. According to this research, the best way to foster “debiasing” is to first listen empathetically to skeptics so they feel heard, and after that, raise experiences and facts that invite them to a broader and more nuanced perspective.

But you don’t have to simply take this on faith. Ask yourself these questions:

  1. Have you ever observed situations where someone’s views were hardened after they experienced a private lecture from someone who thought they knew “the truth”?
  2. Have you ever observed situations where someone’s views were authentically changed for the better after they experienced a private lecture from someone who thought they knew “the truth”?
  3. Have ever been times when you someone listened to you empathetically (not necessarily about race) and this experience helped expand your view of a situation?
  4. Have been times when you listened to someone closely and empathetically (not necessarily about race) and this experience helped someone else expand their view of a situation?

If anti-racism allies are going to change any minds, empathetic listening will likely be important. But, the anti-racism movement should not expect POCs to empathetically listen to white racism skeptics. White people are in a much better position to execute listening-based strategy with people who are skeptical about whether racism is real.

On a daily basis, POCs must endure the indirect expression of white skepticism that racism really matters, and they must do so as they are they are experiencing overt and subtle racism in many parts of their lives. Some people of color might want to choose to have conversations where white people’s racial skepticism is consciously expressed. But it would not be fair to expect people of color to endure this.

This is a workshop for anyone in the who believes racism still exists and has questioned how to approach the topic of race with other white people in their communities. For more info, check out this website: https://www.whiteallytoolkit.com/

RSVP REQUIRED

If you are unable to pay the $10 cost for the training please contact Muz, muz@seuplift.org, (503) 232-0010 ext 319, for information on how to obtain a scholarship to cover the cost of attending the training.

*Contact Muz at muz@seuplift.org or call (503)232-0010 ext 319 if you require special accommodations.

Lane Middle School 3rd Annual Beautification Event THIS WEEKEND

April 21, 8:30AM-1:30PM
Lane Middle School, 7200 SE 60th Ave

Put on your work clothes and show up to beautify the center gem of our neighborhood, Lane Middle School!  At nearly 100 years old, Lane MS is still standing tall, but could use a little tidying up.  Help shake off those winter blues by pruning, weeding, raking, and cleaning.  (Then enjoy some fun down the street at the Learning Gardens Lab Earth Day Festival.)  

Neighborhood Clean-Up 2018!

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Join us for our annual neighborhood clean-up event!

Bring your bulky waste, scrap metal and wood, furniture, yard debris, and more!

Suggested Donation: Car $20, Truck/Van $30, Trailer $15, Mattresses $5. NO COMMERCIAL LOADS! We accept cash, checks, and cards. Please make checks out to, “BDNA.” Look for our flier in the May issue of the The Bee to save $5!

So what is “bulky waste”? Things like chairs, sofas, lamps, mattresses, old doors, piles of cardboard or bales of old newspapers, or anything else that cannot be left curbside for regular waste pick-up. We also accept scrap metal like old metal chairs, poles, wire, cable, ducts, and locks. Plus, drop off your yard waste that can’t go in the compost bin; like branches, vines, bushes, small trees, and stumps.

As per Metro, we cannot accept:

  • Building/construction/demolition materials, including:
  • Flooring: vinyl tiles, vinyl sheet, mastic
  • Walls: Painted wood, plaster, decorative plaster
  • Siding: cement siding, shingles, “Transite
  • Ceilings: acoustical tiles, “popcorn” and spray-on texture
  • Insulation: spray-applied, blown-in, vermiculite
  • Electrical: wire insulation, panel partitions
  • Other: fire doors, fire brick, fire proofing
  • Home and office appliances
  • Computers/components, monitors or TVs
  • Kitchen garbage/food waste
  • Refrigerators/freezers or air conditioners (containing Freon or ammonia)
  • Hazardous waste
  • Batteries (all kinds)
  • Paint
  • Chemicals
  • Toilets
  • Tires
  • Railroad ties
  • Barrels
  • Propane tanks
  • Explosives
  • Lead containing materials
  • Oil, mercury, or PCBs
  • Fluorescent bulbs & ballast

RSVP for this event on Facebook or NextDoor to stay up to date!

Want to save $5?

Download and print our flier or look for it in The BEE newspaper.

Video from the Candidate Debate on April 14, 2018

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Thank you to everyone who attended our event!  It was great to see so many neighbors come out to vet their potential elected officials.  If you missed our Portland City Council Candidate Debate on Saturday, April 14, 2018, you’re in luck!  Andrew from Village Portland made a great recording of the event, complete with marked time stamps to make it easier to get to the issues that matter most to you!

Events like these don’t happen overnight.  They take hard work and dedication from many volunteers, as well as contributions from the community.  Which is why we  have so many huge thank yous for this event!

-Thank you to our hard working volunteers from Brentwood-Darlington, Montavilla, Lents, and Foster-Powell!
-Thank you to The Gathering Church for letting us use their space and equipment!
-Thank you to Andrew Wilkins from Village Portland for recording our event!
-Thank you to Signing Resources & Interpreters for providing our ASL interpretation!
-Thank you to AlmaLuna LLC for providing our Spanish translation!
-Thank you to New Seasons MarketPuddletown Bagels, and Bee’s Cakes for donating refreshments!
-Thank you to Philip Wolfe, Julia DeGraw, Nicholas Sutton, Corky (surrogate for Nick Fish), Felicia Williams, Loretta Smith, Stuart Emmons, Andrea Valderrama, and Jo Ann Hardesty for participating in our event!
-Thank you to everyone who attended this event!

Love what we do? JOIN US!  Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association is having board elections on May 3rd at our monthly meeting, 7:00-9:00PM at Brentwood-Darlington Community Center (7211 SE 62nd Ave, 97206). For more information, click the link above or visit us on Facebook.

Hazeltine Park Nature Patch Concepts

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Artist rendering of what the Hazeltine Park Nature Patch could look like.

If you attended our April 5, 2018 meeting, then you’ve already seen the excellent concepts for the Hazeltine Park Nature Patch.  Eric Rosewall of Portland Parks and Recreation presented two concepts for consideration.  View those concepts below and then CLICK HERE TO VOTE.  This poll will remain open through April 20, 2018.

Concept A

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Concept B

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