Posted By johntarantino1 on July 25, 2010
Dear Neighbors - For the past year, I have enjoyed the opportunity to put this monthly newsletter together for the neighborhood and the PDNA membership. In 2012, we added 200 more subscribers and maintained an open rate of about 47%, which is stupendous compared to the industry standard of about 20%. I'm not sure where the other half of the mailing list has wandered off to, though. After a couple years with Constant Contact, we switched to Vertical Response because they offer the same service for free to non-profits. Can't beat that, right? That saves us about $230 per month and gives us full access to their tools, rather than paying additional fees. There have also been rumors of a logo and website update. Fear not, these are still happening. We have hired Joy Castiglione to create our new logo. The final 2 versions of the logo will be presented to the board at the January board meeting and then, the project will be finished and we will begin to craft an awareness campaign based on our new identity. One of our first steps will be a redesign of the website, which we intend to turn into a neighborhood resource center. Joseph Krahn has volunteered to help with the redesign. Unfortunately, he was in a bicycle accident and broke his wrist, so the project was delayed. Perhaps it will be better accomplished when the logo is in place, anyway. If you are interested in helping with the website or have suggestions of what to include in the new website, please let me know. This newsletter relies on contributed content and I am especially appreciative of everyone who forwards me emails and reminds me of upcoming events and shares photos. You don't have to be a member to contribute and since this is an electronic format, there's always room. Please continue to share with me so this newsletter can be rich and worth reading. Finally, I want to remind you to share the newsletter, join our Facebook page (and tweak your notification settings so you actually receive our updates) and talk to your neighbors about the PDNA. In a neighborhood of over 6,000 people, only 275 read the newsletter and that is not as inclusive as we should be. It is very important, especially in a mixed-use, mixed-income neighborhood, that we focus on ways we can be inclusive, not exclusive. Thank you for a great year, I've learned a lot and I look forward to branding a new PDNA in 2013. Cheers - Kate Washington Communications Committee Chair
From the Zimmerman Community Center Board of Directors: As a past supporter of the Zimmerman Community Center (ZCC), we wanted you to be among the first to know that we just completed an exciting transition. At the end of 2014, ZCC ceased to exist as a separate entity and started 2015 as part of Friendly House, which shares our vision of creating community in the rapidly growing Pearl neighborhood of Northwest Portland. As some of you will recall, the ZCC concept started in 1995, with a bequest from Isobel Zimmerman, a lifelong Portland resident who taught math and science at Franklin High School. Miss Zimmerman's grandfather homesteaded in Fairview, when it was a rural area east of Portland. She lived all her life in the Victorian farmhouse he built and her father expanded, which is now a Gresham City Park and museum that preserves the 20th Century life of one pioneer family (Zimmerman Heritage Farm at 171st and Sandy Blvd). Just as the Zimmermans were pioneers in East Multnomah County, so the Zimmerman Community Center was a pioneer in the River District, when it was just horse barns, rail yards and warehouses. As The Pearl grew up around us, we served the community first out of an office in Union Station, then sequentially in rented storefronts on Lovejoy, Hoyt and 10th Avenue, while we looked for a partner and permanent home. During those years, ZCC was guided by a talented and dedicated Board of Directors and ably led by Executive Directors Patricia Rumer, George Meier, and Nancy Davis, with Kristina Smock as strategic and tactical consultant. In February 2011 we moved into a permanent home on the ground floor of The Ramona, an affordable family apartment building on NW 14th and Quimby. Kris Moore succeeded Nancy Davis as Executive Director. Ed McNamara, our landlord, was a very supportive partner, as we provided programming for the families in the Ramona and the surrounding neighborhood. Over the years, we've sponsored community gardens, and offered Isobel's Clubhouse for preschoolers and their adults, after school ping pong and chess for middle schoolers, drama classes with the NW Children's Theater, and adult activities like yoga and Creative Outlet. Most recently we offered the popular After School Activities Program (ASAP) for the children from the Ramona and the Early Learner's Academy, a Portland Public Schools program also housed in The Ramona. When our center was not in use, it was available to rent by outside groups, like the Italian Preschool, and by families for birthday parties and other celebrations. Friendly House, a non-profit neighborhood center and social service agency located at NW 26th and Savier, has a long history of serving families, children and adults in NW Portland. For 85 years, they have offered quality educational, recreational and other life-sustaining services for people of all ages and backgrounds. Friendly House will now expand into The Ramona to serve the growing population around the Pearl. Initially, they expect to offer a toddler play group, exercise classes for all ages, support and education for older adults, after school enrichment classes for school age kids, and more, depending on interest and need. (See below for the link to an interest survey by Friendly House.) The facility will also be available for rent, when Friendly House programs are not being offered. To learn more, you are invited to attend an Open House at the community center (now called Friendly House in the Pearl) on Saturday January 31, from noon - 3 pm. It will be a family-friendly event with a musical puppet show by Red Yarn. Two former members of the ZCC board will ease the transition by serving on the Friendly House board. We know you will be interested in following the progress of Friendly House in the Pearl and perhaps responding to opportunities to become involved in their ongoing mission "building community, one friend at a time!" Thank you for all the past support you have provided for ZCC and our programs. It has been a pleasure to serve you and the community for 20 years! Friendly House wants your input. Please complete their survey by clicking on this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FHP_NA15. Sincerely, Kim Sordyl, Chair, and the ZCC Board of Directors
The PDNA has a new Finance/Fundraising Committee. Our goal is to raise funds and bring awareness to PDNA's initiatives and all that we do for the neighborhood. Come join us! Kick-off meeting is tomorrow (Wed 4/23) at 6 p.m. at the Realty Trust Pearl District office (1220 NW Lovejoy St #130). For more information, please contact Yasmine Foroud at Yasmine@realtytrust.com.