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Brentwood Darlington was among neighborhoods holding an April meeting online -- using 'Zoom'

SAM POWERS  - BDNA Chair Chelsea Powers paused for a photo before beginning the first-ever online Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association Board Meeting. Since the Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association (BDNA) board couldn't meet in person, due to COVID-19 coronavirus precautions, they were one of the first neighborhood associations in Inner Southeast Portland to host a "virtual board meeting" on April 2.

"Setting up the group meeting on the 'ZOOM' [online] platform was relatively easy, but running the meeting itself was another matter – we learned to remove offenders who hacked in during the meeting," Chelsea Powers, the association's Chair, commented. "Top in importance is that all BDNA events are cancelled through June, including the popular Bulky Waste Clean-up.

"But, depending on whether or not social-distancing mandates are lifted by then, we may or may not hold our 4th of July Parade and Party; and the July 24th Movies in the Park, for which we have "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker"; and our summer festival, planned for August 8th; and an expanded Fall E-Recycling event on September 12," remarked Powers. "Also our annual Spooktacular and Trunk-or-Treat, scheduled for October 24th."

The eight online "attendees" of the meeting also heard from special guest community members from Leach Botanical Gardens, David Porter and Mary Davis, who spoke about improvements still underway in the Upper Garden, including the new "Tree Walk", and changes to their current operating procedures.

"Despite the challenges at the beginning of the meeting, we had a robust conversation," Powers told THE BEE. "We learned a lot about hosting meetings online and working with technological limitations.

"This is a less than ideal format, as it excludes those without the privilege of Internet access," she added. "Understanding the limitations of this format, we will be looking for additional ways to connect with our community via our website, social media, and e-newsletter."

Stay in touch with BDNA by going to their website – brentwood-darlington.org


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