General Meeting Agenda – July 6

General Meeting Agenda 7:30p.m.  Welcome – Introductions 7:40p.m.  Review and pass minutes of June 1 General Meeting 7:45p.m.  Presentation and discussion of the 2017 repaving of McLaughlin Blvd. and Neighborhood Pollution Concerns – Nichole Peirce and Rich Watanabe, Oregon Department of Transportation. For more information: http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/REGION1/Pages/99EHaroldHarrison.aspx 8:15p.m.  Park-to-Park Walkway Project Report – Bradley Heinz, Coordinator

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Backyard Habitat Information Meeting, July 18, 6:30p.m.

Are you interested in helping pollinators and birds thrive at Springwater Meadows (AKA the Sellwood Gap)? Did you know you can make a difference in your very own yard? To learn how, the SMILE Stewardship of Natural Amenities Committee (SNAC) invites you to two FREE Backyard Habitat Certification workshop July 18th, 6:30 pm, at the […]

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FAQ Sheet for the McLoughlin Resource Center for Homeless Women and Couples

Transition Projects FAQSheet for the McLoughlin Resource Center  What is the McLoughlin Resource Center?  The McLoughlin Resource Center is a shelter and service center for about 120 people experiencing homelessness. The program is an intentional, strategic component of A Home for Everyone — a community-wide effort to house homeless Multnomah County citizens. Projected opening: Fall 2016  What are the […]

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Sundae in the Park, August 7, Noon-11:00p.m.

SMILE is pleased to announce the free annual neighborhood celebration of Sundae in the Park on August 7th from Noon to 11 p.m. again held at Sellwood Park, S.E. 7th and Miller. At dusk a first-rate free movie for kids is provided by Portland Parks and Recreation. Looking for a free outdoor family event that includes […]

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Comp Plan Testimony Presented to City Council April 14, 2016

The following documents were written by the SMILE Land Use Committee in response to the City of Portland Comprehensive Plan Amendments brought by members of the City Council. We thank the Land Use Committee participants for their many hours spent researching these complex issues and developing cogent positions as our SMILE representatives to the City. […]

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SMILE Station - 8210 SE 13th Ave. Portland, OR 97202

Sellwood-Moreland Improvement League (SMILE) is one of 95 neighborhood associations recognized by the City of Portland. In our official capacity with the City of Portland, we’re effectively a portion of the volunteer aspect of the City that rolls up into the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement.

If you live, own property or run a business in the Sellwood-Moreland boundary, you’re a member of SMILE. If you work here, you can act as your employer’s representative at SMILE. You can see the most recent copy of our bylaws by clicking here.

We meet twice a month on the first and third Wednesdays from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM at the SMILE Station at 8210 SE 13th Ave., Portland, OR 97202. It’s called the SMILE Station because it used to be the Sellwood Volunteer Fire Company #1. Ask to see the fire hose drying racks. They’re still there. You can take a look at the calendar for information on the next neighborhood meeting as well as other neighborhood events.

Oaks Pioneer ChurchThe first Wednesday is our general meeting, where we inform about neighborhood projects such as the bridge, light rail and sewers. We also listen to the needs of neighbors, organize around important issues and plan fun events like Sellwood Sundae in the Park, the Neighborhood Cleanup, the Sellwood Park Concert Series and the Easter Egg Hunt.

One of the ways we fund our activities is by renting out the Historic Oaks Pioneer Church and the SMILE Station for weddings, receptions, baptisms, meetings and special events.

The third Wednesday is our SMILE board meeting (open to the public) where we organize, assign tasks, train on issues and processes and give updates on individual projects and responsibilities.

East Side Support under the Sellwood Bridge

SMILE is involved with Land Use (making sure that uses of land fall within the City of Portland code) and Zoning (long-term multi-year planning for future uses of the city). We act as a clearing house to help get volunteers serving on Citizen’s Advisory Comittees (CAC’s) for long-term projects like the Sellwood Bridge and the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail.

We are a member organization of Southeast Uplift, one of seven neighborhood coalitions serving the different areas of the City of Portland. The neighborhood associations fall under the Mayor of Portland’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement ( “ONI” ).

We are not a “Homeowner’s Association.” We don’t care what color you paint your house, or whether you’ve mowed your grass lately.  But, in our Land Use capacity, we do get to help review new additions to houses for whether or not they comply with City of Portland code for things like height, property line proximity, overall square footage, permeable area for drainage, etc. It’s very hard to make that part of what SMILE does sound exciting, but if you’re a fan of working with city code, it can be the fun bit.

Meetings are usually really informative. We follow Robert’s Rules of Order and it seems to work out well. It’s a good place to connect with your neighbors and get updates on local issues or regional projects. There are lots of opportunities to get involved and make your neighborhood great.

We hold board elections on the first Wednesday in May at 7:30PM. If you’re civic minded and have a strong community spirit, you may be interested in joining the board. If you’d like to be on the ballot, be sure to tell the SMILE Secretary you’re running for a board position by the first Wednesday in April general meeting at 7:30PM at the SMILE Station. That way, your name will be on the ballot in May. Good Luck.

Further Reading:

SMILE Boundaries
SMILE Bylaws
Tacoma Main Street Plan

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