By Kamal Belkhayat and Allen Field

Richmond Neighborhood Association held its monthly meeting on June 10. The meeting started with an orientation for new board members. Board member’s fiduciary obligations to the Membership, were discussed and going over the ONI Standards (Office of Neighborhood Involvement, now called Office of Community and Civic Life). Open Meetings rules, RNA Bylaws and Code of Ethics, Donations and Letters of Support Guidelines, were covered to discuss the best practices for board member communications and the need for transparency and providing notice to the community. The Board’s Mission as stated in the Bylaws is: “to provide a forum to develop neighborhood cohesiveness and improve livability by coordinating neighborhood projects, disseminating information and promoting active involvement in neighborhood activities.”

The Board also elected officers. Debbie Hochhalter was elected Chair, Allen Field was voted in as Secretary, and Jonathan King was elected Treasurer. Committee chair/liaison vacancies were voted in and sitting committee chairs/liaison confirmed continuing in their role.

New Committee Chairs/Liaisons: Heather Flint-Chatto and Karen Peinl will co-Chair Land Use and Transportation; Heather will be the representative to the PDX Mainstreet Design Initiative (formerly Division Design Committee); Kamal Belkhayat will be the Sustainability Chair. Allen Field will share the seat with Brian Hochhalter as RNA representatives to the SE Uplift Board, and Joanne Knowles will help with the Richmond Newsletter.

The Newsletter Editor position, , is still open and is open to non-board members and even high school students. Non-board members can serve on and even Chair any RNA committee. All Richmond residents, property owners or business owners/representatives are welcome to attend meetings and to participate in any committee of interest.

The Board discussed the dilemma of not having passwords for the Chair gmail account or to its website account that have not yet been passed on by the previous Chair. Without the password, RNA has not been able to update or revise its website or receive agenda requests via it. The new Chair is hopeful this problem will be resolved by the July meeting. Send agenda requests to richmondnasecretary@gmail.com.

The Good Neighbor Agreement the RNA has with Salt and Straw and the neighboring apartment buildings will be revisited since the three neighboring apartment buildings were sold by UD+P to Sentre.

The next RNA meeting will be Monday, July 8, at Waverly Heights Congregational Church (basement), 3300 SE Woodward St., at 7 pm. RNA meetings are held in the basement, Enter from the east-side door.