2019 Board of Directors
Elections are held at the Annual Meeting in February. Board members are elected by the active members in attendance and serve 1-year terms. There is no limit on the number of terms. Open positions may be filled by vote of the board.
|Vice President||Jim Mullins|
|North District||Hans Steuch|
|South District||Liz Marantz|
|West District||Linda Lorenz|
|West District||Ralph Thonstad|
Board Member Handbook
Bylaws, Adopted December 8, 2015
Articles of Incorporation (October 6, 1993)
City of Portland
Neighborhood associations recognized and supported by the City of Portland agree to follow the City's Standards for Neighborhood Associations.
City Code Title 3.96 is the authorizing language for Portland's neighborhood system and directs the city to develop Standards.
The Standards for Neighborhood Associations document contains regulations Neighborhood Associations follow to be recognized by the City.
Open Meetings and Public Records: Meeting Minutes
Minutes shall be taken at all meetings. Minutes do not have to be a verbatim transcript of the meeting but shall at least summarize discussion and actions. Minutes shall also include the following:
Members in attendance,
All actions, including motions, proposals, and resolutions stated in full and their dispositions; and,
Results of all votes taken, and a summary of minority opinions on all topics on which a vote is taken.
Minutes shall be put in writing and made available to the public, except for minutes from executive sessions, within a reasonable time after the meeting. Neighborhood Associations are required to forward copies of their meeting minutes to their District Coalitions.
State of Oregon
Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc.
Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. (SWNI) receives grant funding from the City of Portland to provide training, orientation, information and support services, facilitate communication between people and government and promote public participation within the 17 volunteer-based neighborhood associations in southwest Portland on issues of livability, safety and public policy.
NonprofitVOTE.org advises that 501(c)(3) nonprofits may not support or oppose candidates for public office. However, these organizations can conduct a broad range of activities on a nonpartisan basis to help their community participate and vote. The IRS tax code contains a single sentence related to the political activities of 501(c)(3)s. It states 501(c)(3) nonprofits are “prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office.”