September 2016 Newsletter

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September, 2016 DMA News
Ann Ereline, Editor

Rain dampens Festival but not spirits

By Ann Ereline



Despite the heavy rain, the Festival of Nations beamed with smiling faces, said Lorelei Young, the volunteer chairwoman of the event. “Cha Cha the Clown kept the youth, and the young at heart in high spirits.”

The event on that rainy and a bit chilly Saturday, Sept. 17, celebrated the diversity of Outer Southeast Portland and was organized by the Division Midway Alliance. Read More

DMA Bids Fond Farewell to Sue Spencer
By Kem A. Marks, JD

Only one DMA person loves Tater Tots more than Kem Marks, and that is Susan Spencer, DMA’s secretary.  Kem will need to find a new person to eat tots with, because Sue is leaving the Board of Directors, DMA announces, sadly.

Sue has served on the Board of Directors for over two years and was elected secretary in June 2016.  However, Mt. Hood Community College made her an offer she couldn’t refuse (not the “Godfather” kind).  Sue took early retirement from MHCC and will work at a community college in Southeast Washington.

Sue will be living closer to her mother and to a number of great vineyards -- plus at least one good beer pub where college kids hang out.  She’s not sure if there were any good tater tot places in her new hometown.  If not, she might come visit us and eat tots here.

DMA thanks Sue for all of her work on the Board of Directors and the past two East Portland Jobs Fairs.  Everyone at DMA will miss Sue’s great smile and laugh, as well as her great taste in music and food.


Members Needed for DMA Board
By Kem A. Marks, JD
In the classic Agatha Christie story Ten Little Indians, a group of people at a party are murdered one by one.  Nothing nefarious like murder has happened to them, but several members of the DMA Board of Directors have needed to resign.  DMA started the  year with seven members, and now we have four with the recent resignation of Susan Spencer and addition of Rick Barkto.

A well “staffed” board is imperative for any grassroots-led community nonprofit, and DMA is no exception.  DMA has 11 available slots  to be filled.  Read More

Town hall will focus on Fixing Our Streets

Make your voice heard at the Fixing Our Streets’ Town Hall and Open House on Oct. 5. The event, hosted by Commissioner Steve Novick and the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT),  will run 6 to 8 p.m. in the South Cafeteria at David Douglas High School, 1001 SE 135th Ave. Funding for the projects was approved by voters in May.

Commissioner Novick, who oversees PBOT, Director Leah Treat and project managers want  learn about what is important to East Portlanders. Although the main topic is Fixing Our Streets, you will have an opportunity to talk about other transportation concerns.

Please turn out and give a warm East Portland reception to Novick, Treat and the managers. This is your chance to have a real impact on specific transportation projects and policies.
What do you want the park at 150th & Division to look like?

Portland Parks & Recreation invites East Portlanders to give input on the proposed park at Southeast Division Street and 150th Avenue at an Oct. 6 meeting. Community members and organizations have advocated for new parks in East Portland for a long time.
This is your chance to let Portland Parks know what we want the park to look like so that it serves our area.

Please turn out for the meeting, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 6, at the Franciscan Montessori Earth School gym, 14750 SE Clinton St., Portland. The school is next to Fred Meyer; you may take either bus 9 or 4 and get off at 148th Avenue. 

For more information, you may contact Hun Taing, Community Engagement Coordinator for Portland Parks, at or by phone, 503-823-5596. |


Volunteers needed for Fall Civics classes for Myanmar community

Ten weeks of Fall Civics classes for the Myanmar community begin Oct. 12 and run through Dec. 14. The Wednesday classes are at the Midland Library, Southeast 122nd and Stark, 6-7:30 p.m. These classes help immigrants and refugees prepare for U.S. citizenship.

We need volunteers to:

•Help in the classroom

•Work with students on basic literacy, reading skill development, and citizenship vocabulary development

•Assist students learning how to use a tablet to expand their learning options

•Practice interviews with students (by appointment)

•Help with program administration

•Help with childcare
Read More

Thank you to all of our 2016 Festival of Nations Sponsors. Your generous suppor makes the festival possible.
Silver Sponsors:
Inter West Properties
Hazelwood Neighborhood Assoc.
Keepsake Family Tree Video
Day Chiropractic
Disc Golf Depot
Northwest Priority Credit Union
Centennial Community Assoc.
Powellhurst Gilbert Neighborhood Assoc.
Midway Business Assoc.

Bronze Sponsors
Craft 3
Oregon State Parks
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