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HNA Board Meeting Minutes for February 9, 2019

HNA Board Meeting

Saturday, February 9, 2019

The Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Board met on Saturday, February 9, 2019, at 11 a.m. at the home of Joan and Timothy Hamilton; 1163 SW Florida Street; Portland, OR 97219. To view the meeting, click on this link.

 President Matthew DeRosa chaired the meeting.  Those in attendance included Board Members Matthew DeRosa, Joan Hamilton, Robert Hamilton, Eric Wilhelm, Andrea Wall, and Don Baack.  HNA Member Timothy Hamilton also attended.

Since only six of 13 Board Members were in attendance, one short of a quorum, no official Board motions could be offered, nor official action taken.  Chair Matt DeRosa reviewed the results of a recent survey (included in these minutes) which he conducted among Board Members as well as a separate one consisting of HNA Members but not including the Board.  The surveys were meant to determine preferences relating to meeting sites, dates, and times and the results will be posted at the HNA website. Please note that the two surveys are similar but not exactly the same; this was done so that the responses from members and board members could be separated while remaining anonymous.

Eleven (11) Non-Board Members voted, with 10 of those choosing to hold monthly meetings at the Hillsdale branch of Multnomah County Library.  Eleven (of 13) Board Members voted:  six (6) voted to meet monthly at St. Barnabas Church, and five (5) voted to meet at The Watershed.  Discussion also included the advantages and disadvantages of 90 versus 120-minute meetings.  The live-streaming capabilities and parking characteristics of each site were evaluated.

Since Vice-President Jose Gamero has moved to Spokane and Rupert Ayton has also relocated outside of Hillsdale, only Adam Light remains as a representative of the Bylaws Review Committee (however, Matt does serve on the committee in a non-voting capacity).  The Board discussed options regarding how to proceed and the need to consult with Adam, who has indicated that a “total re-write” of the Bylaws will probably not be necessary.  The Board also discussed Communications Committee options for communicating with Hillsdale residents.  The discussion broadened to include how to exercise influence, if not power, relating to various City-wide and Hillsdale-specific issues important to the neighborhood.  Matt suggested that we try to identify more “fun events” like National Night Out, which we sponsor each August, which we could host to help Hillsdale residents meet one another as well as representatives from HNA, the police and fire department employees, and Hillsdale Business & Professional Association members.

The meeting adjourned at 1:00 p.m.

Submitted by Robert Hamilton