MEETING MINUTES October 19, 2016 SMILE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE 1. Meeting called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Scott Kelly, Transportation Committee Chair. Others in attendance: Elaine O’Keefe, Steve Szigethy, Edward LeClaire, Will Henderson, Corinne Stefanick. 2. Report from Will Henderson on meeting with the Brooklyn Action Corps. Will reported on his attendance at the Brooklyn […]

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Testimony to add a Design Overlay to our Neighborhood Centers

October 3, 2016 Comprehensive Plan Implementation Portland City Council 1221 SW 4th Ave. Room 130 Portland, OR  97204 Honorable Mayor and City Commissioners: As part of the Comprehensive Plan Zoning map, the Sellwood Moreland Improvement League (SMILE) is submitting the following testimony regarding adding the Design overlay to our Neighborhood Center. As we did in […]

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Transportation Committee Agenda

OCTOBER 19, 2016 SMILE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE MEETING AGENDA SMILE Station, 8210 SE 13th Ave, Portland 6:00 p.m.            Introductions – Scott Kelly, Chairman, Transportation Committee 6:05 p.m.            Report from Will Henderson on meeting with the Brooklyn Action Corps 6:10 p.m.            Report from Will Henderson on conceptual Community Trails project at 18th Ave Community Trail between Reedway […]

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Land Use Committee Meeting Agenda – Tuesday, October 18

Location: SMILE Station, 8210 SE 13th Ave. We will meet in the basement due to a previously scheduled meeting on the main floor. Please enter the basement from the north (Tenino Street) side of the building. Topic of discussion:  the City’s revisions to the Residential Infill Project scheduled for release Monday, October 17. You are […]

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Board Meeting Agenda – October 19, 2016

Agenda – October 19, 2016 7:30p.m. Welcome – Introductions 7:40p.m. Review and pass minutes of September 21st Board Meeting 7:50p.m. Welcome Elizabeth Milner, newly elected SMILE Board Member 7:55p.m. Update re: Old Sellwood Bridge Railing Project – Joel Leib, Board Member and Bridge Railing Committee Chair 8:00p.m. Discussion of Land Use Committee recommendations re: Residential Infill […]

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WomenStrength Self-Defense Training Coming January 2017

WomenStrength is a free self-defense class sponsored by the Portland Police Bureau. It is held on three consecutive evenings open to all Portland female residents who identify as women. Classes are open to ages 13 and above. Young women under 16 must be accompanied by a participating adult. A January training is scheduled at the SMILE Station, […]

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McLauglin Resource Center Fact Sheet

FAQ Sheet for the McLoughlin Resource Center What is the McLoughlin Resource Center? The McLoughlin Resource Center is a low-barrier 24/7 shelter and service center for up to 120 women and couples experiencing homelessness. The program is an intentional, strategic component of A Home for Everyone – a community-wide effort to house homeless Multnomah County […]

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Free Training for Neighborhood Watch Groups

This is a two-hour free training sponsored by the Portland Police Bureau for individuals wanting to start Neighborhood Watch groups on their blocks. The format is designed to help neighbors start a group as quickly as possible. After attending this training, organizers can take this information and training back to their individual blocks. All training […]

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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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