Overlook Neighborhood Update (Oct. 8)

1) OKNA board selects officers and committee chairs
2) OKNA seeks two volunteers for the Grievance Committee
3) Overlook NET meeting (Oct. 9)
4) Latinx Festival at Trillium Charter School (Oct. 14)
5) Earthquake practice (Oct. 16)

1) OKNA board selects officers and committee chairs

The 2017-18 Overlook Neighborhood Association Board held its first meeting last week. At the meeting the board chose its officers and committee chairs for the year. If you’re interested in volunteering for one of the committees, send an email to info@overlookneighborhood.org.

Chair – Chris Trejbal
Vice Chair – Dannielle Herman
Secretary – Alexandra Degher
Treasurer – Kristina Kern (backup Melissa Castor)

Committee Chairs
Homeless Outreach – Noelle Smith
Sustainability – Leslee Lewis
Public Safety – George Spaulding
Overlook Views Newsletter – Noelle Smith
Parks – Cynthia Sulaski
Land Use – Mike Shea
Data Management – Danielle Herman
Events and Marketing – Addie Humbert
Transportation – Alexandra Degher

2) OKNA seeks two volunteers for the Grievance Committee

The Overlook Neighborhood Association maintains a Grievance Committee of one board member and two non-board members. Board member Danielle Herman has volunteered to fill one slot, so we still need two non-board members.

From our bylaws, “The committee’s responsibility shall be to hear complaints of persons adversely affected by decisions of OKNA or the Board, and to make recommendations to the Board and OKNA for resolutions of the complaint.”

No complaint has been lodged in recent years, so volunteers potentially will not be called upon to meet in 2017-18. However, the city and our bylaws require OKNA to have the committee ready to go in case a complaint is filed. If you are interested in volunteering for the grievance committee, please send an email saying as much to info@overlookneighborhood.org.

3) Overlook NET meeting (Oct. 9)

Overlook’s Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) will meet on Monday, 6:30-8 p.m. at Lucky Lab Taproom. This is the team’s usual even-month (indoor) meeting. Arrive early to get any food or drink, and as always non-NET members are encouraged to attend, satisfy their curiosity, and bring questions and suggestions. If you want to know more about preparing your family for an emergency, this is a great chance to learn.

The agenda will include any continuing items from the NET’s recent Fire Station 24 visit plus a preview of radio and Incident Command Structure (ICS) in advance of the Earthquake Practice on Oct. 16 (see below). Please check-in by radio (FRS channel 5) on your way in.

OKNA NET meeting
Monday, Oct. 9, 6:30-8 p.m.
Lucky Lab Taproom (1700 N. Killingsworth St.)

4) Latinx Festival at Trillium Charter School (Oct. 14)

October is Hispanic Heritage Month. Trillium Charter School will host the first Latinx Festival on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 5 to 8 p.m. There will be music, food and plenty of entertainment. Students and teachers in all classes are dedicating the month of October to work on cultural projects on different aspects of Latinx culture that will decorate our building.

General admission tickets are on sale now: $5 per individual or $15 per household (family of 3+). Proceeds will benefit the school.

Latinx Festival
Saturday, Oct. 14, 5-6 p.m.
Trillium Charter School (5420 N Interstate Ave.)

5) Earthquake practice (Oct. 16)

The Neighborhood Emergency Teams (NETs) in North and Northeast Portland invite residents to help test community emergency plans during deployment exercise on Monday, Oct. 16, 7-8:30 p.m. NETs are made up of neighborhood volunteers who have been trained by the Bureau of Emergency Management and Portland Fire & Rescue to provide emergency disaster assistance.

During this deployment exercise, participants will conduct a practice run of the NETs’ operations pans for what to do in an emergency. They will test radio communication and practice using gear. They will respond to fake scenarios in which community members are trapped or in danger and will deploy search and rescue teams to them.

Plans are interesting in theory but need to be practiced occasionally and revised as people learn new skills and as site conditions and neighborhoods change. The NETs need you to help test their plans. Please stop by to see the NETs in action and to ask questions. Your presence — and especially your questions — will help them to practice communicating with the public and working under pressure. Learning how to do this is vital to success, and you might have important information about the neighborhood or skills and training to consider in planning.

Earthquake practice
Monday, Oct. 16, 7-8:30 p.m.
Beach Elementary School (1710 N Humboldt St)


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