By Brian Hochhalter

The Richmond Neighborhood Association held our annual Richmond Spring Clean-up on May 18. We filled four dumpsters of refuse, recycled styrofoam & metal, held a U-Price rummage sale, plant sale and offered knife & tool sharpening!  In addition, the RNA committee, Richmond Ready, sold 55-gallon emergency drinking water barrels at bargain prices and also offered emergency toilet systems. It looks like we will break all former fundraising efforts when all is said and done. Thanks to all the volunteers and community participants.

On May 13 the RNA held it’s annual board of directors election and all of the 8 open seats were filled by majority vote. Madeleine Anderson-Clark, Kamal Belkhayat, Clair Cofskey, Peter Forest, Debby Hochhalter, JoAnne Knowles, Brian Hochhalter and Robert Reincke will be joining the board. The new board members will be seated and officers elected in June.

One of the urgent issues discussed in the May meeting involved community outreach via the RNA website. The login credentials to the RNA website as well as the Chair email richmond.pdx.chair@gmail.com, have yet to be handed over from a resigned board member. The chair email was used to reset the password on the RNA website, so the RNA cannot control its own website. Consequently, the RNA has not been able to update its website. Until this issue is resolved, please email all agenda requests to richmondnasecretary@gmail.com. The board is working with SEUL and Civic Life and it appears this should be resolved soon after the June meeting.

Allen Field provided an update on the June 1 Hawthorne-Division-Clinton Litter & Graffiti CleanUp, which is part of the 9 neighborhood Paint the Town Green event. The Mt Tabor neighborhood association is joining up with Richmond at this year’s event.

The Division Design Initiative announced that they relaunched as the Portland Main Street Design Initiative with two events at Design Week including a “Design for Affordability, Resiliency and Sustainability” workshop and a Main Streets event at the Architectural Heritage Center where they gave out Main Street Design Awards to deserving recipients. It was also announced that SMILE had adopted the Division Guidelines for Sellwood-Moreland. PDX Main Streets will be working with more communities across Portland. Learn more about the Main Streets awards and this Richmond initiated project at www.pdxmainstreets.org

Our next meeting will be held at 7-9 pm on June 10 at Waverly Heights Church (Basement), 3300 SE Woodward. You are welcome to join us.