By Allen Field

Richmond Neighborhood Association held its April meeting on at Waverly Heights Church at SE 33rd and Woodward St. Meetings are held the second Monday of the month in church basement (enter from the east-side door).

The meeting started off with discussion about nine board members having stepped down leaving three remaining members who confirmed they are still on the Board and will continue the Spring Cleanup, Graffiti and Litter Clean Up, and other RNA projects. The Bylaws set no minimum number of board members, but a voting quorum is five board members which will be met after the May 13 election.

There was discussion about frustration with management of the RNA listserve with posts and replies being selectively blocked from the listserve. Until the Board votes to enact a listserve policy and guidelines, it will be limited to announcing events in or directly affecting Richmond.

The May 13 Board election, from 6 to 8 pm at Waverly Church, will be supervised by SE Uplift. Nine candidates announced for eight seats. The bylaws set elections at either seven or eight seats, in alternating years. The candidates are Madeleine Anderson-Clark, Kamal Belkhayat, Clair Cofskey, Peter Forrest, Brian Hochhalter, Debby Hochhalter, JoAnne Knowles, and Robert Reincke. All candidates will be invited to give statements on May 13. The general discussion and candidate introductions were upbeat and optimistic about the election being a fresh restart for the RNA.

Candidate statements will be posted to the RNA Listserve and NextDoor Richmond. Unfortunately, statements cannot be posted to the RNA website. After the website was updated with Election information, the former webmaster(s) reset the password so, at the time this went to press, the RNA cannot access its website account as it had still not been given the login for the RNA Chair gmail account.  Please send agenda requests to richmondnasecretary@gmail.com.

RNA’s annual Spring Cleanup/U-Price-It Rummage and Plant Sale is May 18, from 9-1 pm at Central Christian Church. See the ad in this issue for details. Mobile Tool and Knife Sharpener is a new feature of the Cleanup. Richmond Ready disaster-preparedness team is giving away two-bucket emergency toilet systems (while supplies last) and people can pick up pre-ordered water storage containers. Order a fifty-five gallon water storage container for $30 by the May 13 deadline at bit.ly/2INzVmM.

Annual Hawthorne/Division/26th & Clinton Graffiti & Litter CleanUp is June 1. Signup at bit.ly/2L8o7gT. See the ad. The next RNA meeting is Monday, May 13, 7-9 pm, with voting from 6-8 pm.