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Check out SJNA's new bylaws, including a revised purpose statement

Coming up:

December General meeting

Monday December 13

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DECEMBER BOARD MEETING

(MAY BE RESCHEDULED BECAUSE OF HOLIDAY.

PLEASE CHECK IN LATER.)

Board Meetings are held

on the last Wednesday of every month

General Meetings are held

on the second Monday of every month

Check the calendar for links and other meetings

things worth knowing...

ST JOHN'S ROADWORK AUGUST 2021-MAY 2022

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  • Build 52 ADA curb ramps

  • Add curb extensions and bus stop extensions

  • Repair/replace roadway base and pavement

  • Remove streetcar tracks (installed in 1903)

  • Add concrete bus pads for durability

  • Remove aging traffic signals (John, Philadelphia)

  • Upgrade stormwater facilities

  • Add rapid flashing beacon across from James John

    Elementary

  • Upgrade signals/striping for better TriMet bus routes.

     Find more information on this here: 

ST. Johns Net officer elections
 

St. Johns NET, the emergency response team that can make a big difference if disaster hits our neighborhood, has four positions on the officer board open for election and is collecting nominations. (Yes, you may nominate yourself.) Nominations will be open until our next NET meeting on December 7th.  At that time we will hold elections for the open positions.  Please note that not all of the positions require you to be a trained NET.  So if you know someone who would be a good fit, but who isn't a NET, please do let them know.

 

Positions Up for Election
 

Whip

  • Keep list of ongoing officer team projects and their status. Update the project list in the shared google drive.

  • Report on projects for the board meeting. Coordinate with the secretary.

  • Check-in with other officers to get updates on projects' status.

  • Keep the board meeting on the agenda, re-center the discussion if it gets off topic, and act as timekeeper.
     

Operations Officer

Requirement: Active member of the St Johns NET.

  • Update the Operations plan (what to do in case of disaster)

  • Make sure the St Johns team have the resources and plan in place to be ready in case of disaster.

  • Make sure the trainings are aligned with the operations' needs. Coordinate with the Training officer.
     

Resource/Logistics Officer

Requirement: Active member of the St Johns NET

  • Keep the St Johns NET Cache List up to date.

  • Perform a full cache inventory once a year.

  • Coordinate with training officer for any needed training supplies.
     

Outreach Officer

  • Organize the St Johns NET social media (Website, Facebook, Newsletter, Mailing List, Calendaring).

  • Organize St Johns NET communication in the local newspapers.

  • Organize St Johns NET communication with the local schools, community center, Library, wayfinding academy, etc.

  • Organize St Johns NET communication with other local organizations (Neighborhood associations, Local business associations, churches).

  • Organize Portland NET participation at St Johns local community events (St Johns Parade, St Johns Market, Fixit fair).

  • Help identify a place for the St Johns in-person NET meeting
     

How to Nominate

Simply send an email to stjohnsprepares@gmail.com with the subject line "SJNET Officer Nomination" that includes:

 

  • the first and last name of the person being nominated

  • the position they are being nominated for

  • the best contact information for them (email address, phone number, etc.)

Also, at any time during the nomination period, we encourage all of the nominees (this is not a requirement) to send to the same email address a personal statement about your background, qualifications, or any other information about yourself that you would like to share with the people who will be voting.  We will coordinate disseminating that statement to our mailing list with you.

St. Johns Boosters has a great new website, with an interactive map showing where their members are, and links to their sites. Very well done, and useful!

St. Johns Clutter Busters organizes neighborhood cleanups to help keep our little corner of the world fresh and clean. Help them in their efforts whether you bust clutter alone on your street or at an official event.

Frog Ferry promises to be an alternative to polluting traffic jams. They expect to begin ferry service (people, bikes - no cars) from the Cathedral Park dock to the RiverPlace dock in a little over a year from now. They are in the process of writing their federal grant application now. Their website contains a lot of information - recommended!

Portland Trash Cleanup Resources The City of Portland is committed to providing meaningful access.  For accommodations, modifications, translation, interpretation or other services, please contact at 503-823-7700 or use City TTY 503-823-6868. Find out more information here.

 

HELP US FUNDRAISE FOR ST JOHN'S!

Bottle Drop  Our SJNA Treasurer Bernadine will deliver bags to anybody interested. Please email Bernadine at minimouse1950@outlook.com with the subject line "SJNA Bottle Drop", and she will provide two bags to start. Words from Bernadine-  we are looking to fundraise to continue providing services to our community. Our goal is to revamp our forms of communications to meet community needs better. Ideas, but not limited to enhancing our subscriptions Zoom/Mail-Chimp, Multi-Language captions, polling accessibility, membership enrollment, etc. -Bernadine Le, SJNA Treasurer

Equitable Giving Circle is a Black + Brown women and femme led organization that is making positive community impact focusing on: food justice, wellness, and housing for our local BIPOC community. We serve over 325 BIPOC families with direct produce and grocery weekly delivery as well as we are piloting a free food pantry that we hope to grow into a free store. We have ongoing programming and special projects that need your support. We are always looking for monthly donors and one time givers to sign up and support today. EGC serves folks in almost every zip code across the Portland metro area. Upcoming we will be supporting thousands of school kids with backpacks, clothes, shoes and other supplies. Want to lend support or donate? Please visit this link for more information! https://www.equitablegivingcircle.org/

 

UPCOMING community EVENTS to mark on your calendars!

st john's get ready to celebrate día de los niños/El día de los libros! (Children's Day/Book Day)

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About this holiday: El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Los Libros (Children's Day/Book Day), commonly known as Día, is a celebration every day of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Día is a nationally recognized initiative that emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children from all backgrounds. It is a daily commitment to linking children and their families to diverse books, languages and cultures.

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The common goals of all Día programming are to:

● Celebrate children and connect them to the world of learning through
books, stories and libraries.
● Nurture cognitive and literacy development in ways that honor and
embrace a child’s home language and culture.
● Introduce families to community resources that provide opportunities
for learning through multiple literacies.
● Recognize and respect culture, heritage and language as powerful tools
for strengthening families and communities


Details: SJNA will partner with children-friendly and BIPOC organizations to plan this event with the intention for these organizations to set up a booth to share information with the community. 

Location: St. John's Community Center, (inside/outside of the building).

Date & Time: Saturday, April 30th 2022, 11am-6pm


● Organizations will have booths sharing information about their agencies
with families.
● We will offer free books to families.
● We will have a play area for children sponsored by participating
organizations
● Multiple pinata breakings throughout the day!
● Children characters will be available for pictures and
interaction
● Face painters
● Dance party
● Food!

COVID CONSIDERATION: Our event will comply with State and Federal mandates
as it pertains to COVID safety and precautions at the time of the event. Masks, hand sanitizer and physical distancing will be recommended or required depending on guidance from our
governing parties.