Upcoming Meetings / Events:
Note: General membership meetings start at 6:30 at Ainsworth; SWHRL Board meetings at Ascension Chapel start at 7pm
Save the Date!
SWHRL Annual Picnic in the Park – Sunday, 13 August 2017
4:00 – 6:00pm – Portland Heights Park next to Strohecker's
· Face painting
· Children’s craft market
· Get to know your neighborhood at information tables for community organizations
· Learn more about your NET (Neighborhood Emergency Team)
SWHRL (SW Hills Residential League Neighborhood Association) is hosting a Kids' Market at the neighborhood party at Portland Heights Park on August 13th. Do you have kids who would like a chance to sell their handmade items or raise money for a good cause?
Kids from kindergarten to 12th grade are invited to come to the park with their handmade crafts to sell, and a small table or blanket to set up at the Market during Party in the Park. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info and to sign up for the Kids' Market by August 11th.
SWHRL Board Meeting:
Wednesday, (TBA) July 2017, 7:00-8:30pm
Ascension Episcopal Parish
1823 SW Spring St.
(To be rescheduled per availability of Board members. Check with email@example.com for new date.)
SWHRL Board Meeting:
Wednesday, 20 September 2017, 7:00-8:30pm
Ascension Episcopal Parish
1823 SW Spring St.
Next General Membership Meeting:
Wednesday, 18 October 2017, 6:30-8:30pm
Ainsworth School Auditorium – 2425 SW Vista Ave.
The agenda will include:
· Strohecker’s Update - Discussion of community vision for the site
· Updates on Land Use, Transportation, Public Safety issues
· Final vote on Bylaws Revision
Are there other topics of interest you'd like to see on the agenda? Let us know: firstname.lastname@example.org
SWHRL Bylaws Revision needs your attention:
We will hold the second and final vote at our general meeting on October 18, 2017, to adopt new, amended SWHRL Bylaws to bring our 2008 SWHRL Bylaws into synch with the city's Bylaws template. Since it's not practical to read the complete Bylaws at the meetings, we ask that members review the draft Bylaws prior to the meetings where it will be considered. Note: Some of the changes appear in bold for easy recognition. In places alternative wordings are given for your consideration, in particular the SWHRL Purpose. The existing 2008 SWHRL Bylaws and the new Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI) template are available on Portland's website. Please send comments/suggestions to email@example.com. And most importantly, we need you there October 18 for a quorum so we can vote to adopt the new Bylaws!
Continuing Need for SWHRL Board Members, Other Volunteers:
SWHRL can only carry out its mission to look out for the interests of our community if we have help from all corners of the neighborhood. Are you retired, and willing to take on some rewarding activities? Or not retired, but care greatly about the quality of life in your neighborhood? It’s time to let new volunteers to take their turns. Please join the SWHRL Board or any of its committees to make an impact on the future of your neighborhood.
Please step up now and volunteer for:
- The SWHRL Board (at large members representing different areas of the neighborhood)
- Transportation Committee (especially those with an interest in bike, pedestrian and transit issues):
- Tracks transportation issues relevant to SWHRL & formulates SWHRL positions & responses;
- Meets with representatives of other neighborhoods on issues of mutual interest
- Land Use Committee:
- Responds to the City’ Land Use notices of proposed development in the neighborhood;
- Tracks land use issues relevant to SWHRL and formulates SWHRL positions & responses;
- Crafts SWHRL Neighborhood Plan
- Meets with representatives of other neighborhoods on issues of mutual interest.
- Schools Committee
- Outreach Communications:
- Website, newsletter and membership list maintenance
- SWHRL History:
- Help with documentation and archiving of SWHRL history – oral and written
- Reps to SWNI Committees, e.g. Land Use, Transportation, Public Safety, Parks, Communications, etc.)
We are so pleased to have John Neumann sharing the SWHRL President duties with Nancy Seton this year. John and Nancy will also manage SWHRL communications, including the newsletter and website, but they would be happy for help, if you're so inclined. Kim Silverman is our new Treasurer, and Aesha Lorenz Al-Saeed will try out the Secretary role. We could still use help with membership list maintenance and all of the above.
Interested in getting together with neighbors to discuss issues, such as the future of Strohecker's? Schools? Trails? Emergency Preparedness? Let us know your email address so we can contact you.
Please attend our general membership meetings to let us know your views and concerns, and even sit in on our monthly SWHRL Board meetings – they are open to the public.
Sign up for our E-Viewpoints newsletter via our email below or our website: on the main SWHRL web page click on the words “Join Our List.”
Contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteers Welcome: SWHRL "Invasives to Natives" Restoration Project to Beautify Corner at SW Vista Ave. at SW Spring Street
We’ve been made great progress during the winter and spring, removing invasive, non-native species from the City’s right of way at the corner of SW Vista and Spring Street. With the help of dedicated volunteers, we've weeded, added a seating area with boulders, and paths (courtesy of Boy Scouts). There will be ongoing weeding and replanting with native and hardy plants. We're exploring ideas to add a little public art - a book kiosk/little free lending library and ceramic art from Ainsworth students. Any ideas?
To join future work parties, contact SWHRL: email@example.com or Nancy Seton at 503-224-3840 to get on the email notification list. All ages - students, parents, Boy/Girl Scouts, and any others welcome. This will be a beautiful spot we can be proud of!
Comprehensive Plan Update Events
(Chaise Johnson, Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability)
Want to track progress on the 2035 Comprehensive Plan Goals, Policies and Land Use Map?
Check the project calendar.
More about the different parts of the TSP update work can be found on the TSP website.
What’s in Stage 2 is also covered here.
Local Publication - Portland Heights Living:
Have you seen Eleni Kehagiaras' neighborhood social magazine, Portland Heights Living? The magazine will be written entirely by Portland Heights residents about their kids, pets, homes, businesses, events, recipes, and more. For more info, to get involved, or to send in your news, email Eleni, Portland Heights Living Publisher, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Join Southwest Hills NextDoor.com for neighborhood news:
Join the discussion on what's happening at the Strohecker's site. See announcments for upcoming SWHRL meetings. Find recommendations for contractors, babysitters, piano teachers. Read about the latest coyote sightings. Look for the Southwest Hills Moms Group and women's biking group on social networking site NextDoor. NextDoor is a great way to find out what is happening in our area and connect with neighbors. The more of us who use it, the better tool it becomes.