Dates: Aug. 2-Sept. 7 (5 weeks)
Who: Students from Bunkyo University in Japan studying English at Concordia University
Host Responsibilities: breakfast and dinner; make student feel welcome and treat them as a member of your family.
Concordia will offer an honorarium of $100/wk. per student placed in your household.

If you are interested and/or would like more information please

Erika Wiescher 

During the summer, students from Bunkyo University in Japan will be learning about American culture and the English Language at Concordia University. We are seeking quality homestay families to house the students. Students can be housed alone or in twos. Students will be in class from 9-4pm Monday through Friday. Mostly, the students will have evenings and weekends to be with their host families and do whatever the family does – church, hikes, shopping, etc. Concordia will provide a bus pass for students to travel to campus. Also since it is summer, if a host family needs to be gone for less than one week of this homestay it is possible we could find a “temporary” homestay for a couple days if needed. Thank you for considering this opportunity to share your home and life with an
international student.


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Summer Concerts in Fernhill Park!

The Summer Concerts in Fernhill Park are just around the corner
 and we continue to need your help to raise money for this wonderful free series!
What better way to help fundraise then to join friends and neighbors on 
Thursday, June 5th for a Benefit Concert featuring the musical sensation of 
Pete Krebs and His Portland Playboys in the Kennedy School Gymnasium!
Your individual donations at the door will help fund the Fernhill Concert Series
as will the purchase of raffle tickets for fabulous prizes from local businesses!


If you cannot make the June 5th Benefit concert, we hope you will consider making an individual donation to the Fernhill Concert Series by going to the link below:
* Choose FERNHILL PARK from the Pull Down Menu
* Click ‘Donate Now’ & Get an Immediate Tax Receipt
Any contribution is greatly appreciated!
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CNA Board Meeting May 13

Concordia Neighborhood Association
Board Meeting
May 13, 2014
Kennedy School Community Room
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
DRAFT Agenda

7:00 – 7:05pm Establish a quorum, approve agenda, review and reconfirm the meeting rules (listed below)
7:05 – 7:06pm Consent Agenda:         Minutes of April 8, 2014 Board Meeting
7:06 – 7:15pm Treasurer’s Report
7:15 – 7:30pm Public Comment (additional comment/discussion if time allows)
7:30 – 7:50pm Old Business

  1. By-Laws Update – ADOPTED (Katie Ugolini)
  2. Community Room Management (Daniel Greenstadt)
  3. Neighborhood Cleanup – Call for Volunteers (Robert Bowles)
  4. CNA Website Update (Daniel Greenstadt)
  5. Concerts in the Park Funding (Robert Bowles)
  6. Dekum Boyz Club Grant Update – Success! (Katie Ugolini)
7:50 – 8:10pm New Business

  1. Concordia News Format and Future (Isaac Quintero)
  2. June 5th Benefit Concert – Call for Volunteers (Katie Ugolini)
  3. July Meeting Schedule – Hiatus?
8:10 – 8:30pm Community and Committee Reports

  1. Nominations/Elections
  2. NECN
  3. Media Committee
  4. Land Use Committee
  5. Social Committee
  6. Roles & Responsibilities Committee
  7. Policies and Procedures Committee
  Meeting Guidelines

  1. Stay within agreed time (Option: Decision to add time)
  2. Stay on topic (Option: Parking lot)
  3. Voice a solution if you voice a concern (Upgrade: Seek solutions to address ALL concerns)
  4. Avoid personal attacks (Upgrade: Notice and care about the effect your words have on others)
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CNA General Membership Meeting May 6th

CNA General Membership Meeting
Tuesday, May 6th, 2014
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
McMenamin’s Kennedy School Community Room

It’s the first Tuesday of an odd-numbered month and that means it’s time for a CNA General Membership Meeting. Important topics abound. Come one, come all.

Last Thursday on Alberta is Just Around the Corner!
Come hear about the City of Portland’s plans to support Last Thursday this year! Share your perspectives & concerns and help be part of developing creative solutions.

And for the truly tantalizing part of the evening, come cast your Vote on the proposed revisions to the CNA Bylaws! We have had several general meetings to discuss the proposed changes to our bylaws, and the proposed revisions were posted in the February Concordia News and have been on our website since that time. The Board has received excellent feedback from the neighborhood over the past several months and these suggestions have been incorporated into the latest draft which can be viewed HERE (hard copy can be requested from Katie Ugolini at 503-449-9690). Board and neighbors seem pleased with the current draft, but we want to hear from as many neighborhood members as possible and need a quorum of the general membership to approve the bylaws at our May 6th General Meeting.

We hope to see you all there for a lively discussion on Last Thursday and to vote on the blueprint for running the CNA!

The formal Draft Agenda is as follows:

7:00 – 7:05pm Establish a quorum, approve agenda, review and reconfirm the meeting rules (listed below)
7:05 – 7:10pm Introduction to CNA
7:10 – 7:30pm Public Announcements

  1. Whitaker Property Proposal (Clarence Larkins, Sr., Straight Path Inc.)
  2. Aging at Home (Anne Foley, NE Village PDX)
  3. Portland Food Project – GREEN BAG project (Chris Lopez)
7:30 – 8:00pm Bylaw Revision Discussion and Adoption
8:00 – 9:00pm Last Thursday Street Fair Update and Discussion
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Annual CNA Neighborhood CLEAN-UP – May 17

Saturday, May 17th from 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM
(Tool Sharpening available to 3:00 PM)
PCC Workforce Training Center on NE 42nd Ave & Killingsworth!

Tired of seeing all the clutter & junk in your closet, basement & garage? Drop it all off at the PCC Workforce Training Center on May 17th for CNA’s BIGGEST FUNDRAISER OF THE YEAR! Spring Cleaning has come to Concordia and the CNA will dump, recycle and find a new home for your household items! Your trash may just be your neighbor’s treasure!  WE WILL TAKE: Household Waste, Metal, Furniture, Electronics, Lamps, Styrofoam, Light Bulbs, Batteries, Mattresses, Clothes, Bicycles, Non-curbside Plastics and other Household Stuff.

WE WON’T TAKE: Food Waste, Yard Debris, Tires, Rocks, Concrete, Paint, Oil, and other Hazardous Waste!


  • “You Price It” Yard Sale for reusable household goods! You see something you like, tell us what it’s worth to you, and it’s yours!
  • Professional Tool Sharpening (8 AM – 3 PM): Bring in your Knives and Garden Tools and have them professionally sharpened by 1 SharpTool Edge Service. 25% of tool-sharpening profits go to the CNA (see below for details).
  • Collecting household items for Community Warehouse, a nonprofit organization that provides essential household furnishings to low-income people. Their high-priority items, in order of importance, are as follows: 1) Pots and Pans; 2) Silverware 3) Dishes/Bowls/Drinking Glasses (not mugs); 4) Blankets; 5) Toasters; and 6) Alarm Clocks. Items for Community Warehouse must be clean & in useable condition, & free of stains or tears.       


$10/car                        $15/truck, van, & SUV                       $20/large truck                       $30/oversized load

Extra $5 Donation for Electronics & Batteries


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to help organize event, & unload vehicles and direct traffic the day of the event. If interested, please email:
Katie Ugolini at or call 503-449-9690!


1Sharptool    Edge Service

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Knife & Tool Sharpening Benefits CNA

This year’s neighborhood cleanup (see post above) will feature knife and tool sharpening by 1SharpTool Edge Service. If you haven’t had things sharpened in a while, you will be AMAZED at the difference. Proceeds benefit CNA! For pricing, click HERE.edgeposter1HERE.

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The Portland Food Project Seeks Volunteer Donors to Help NE Pantries!

In December 2012, The Portland Food Project, an ALL VOLUNTR organization, welcomed two Northeast food pantries into our program: “NE Emergency Food Program” and “Cas ATrinidad Food House”.  These pantries are providing an additional 80 pounds of non perishable food an additional volunteer to help with this much needed program in our community. There are several options you can contribute:

Step 1) Call 503-775-2110 or visit and click for your Green Bag

Step 2) Add 1 or 2 extra non-perishable food items to your cart each time you go shopping.

Step 3) Store the extra items in the green Food Project bag you will receive.

Step 4) Every 8 weeks, a volunteer Neighborhood Coordinator picks up your Green Bag and takes it to a local pantry. When your bag is picked up, you get a replacement bag with the next pick-up date!

2014 Pickup Dates:

  • Saturday, April 12th
  • Saturday, June 14th
  • Saturday, August 9th
  • Saturday, October 11th
  • Saturday, December 13th

It’s that simple!  It is not a Food Drive, but a DONOR DRIVE with neighbors feeling a sense of pride as well as a sense of community! Continue reading

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Announcing Proposed Revisions to our Bylaws

Our Bylaws are the blueprint for running CNA. Every once in a while we must revisit and refresh them. Sometimes it’s to reflect new changes in Oregon law, or changes in Portland’s Neighborhoods System; sometimes the changes are solely to make our organization more effective or to allow for expansion or contraction in size, or in programming areas. These current proposals are a combination of both.  Come to our Membership meeting on March 4th to vote on the proposed changes. The first 10 Concordia Neighbors to arrive at the meeting get a free beer on the CNA!

For full details:Proposed Draft CNA Bylaws Revisions

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Neighborhood events for November and December!!!

Thanks to our media crew we are now able to provide you with a downloadable version of our monthly newspaper.  Simply click on the blue button “Download the CNA News” for your personal copy of our soon to be award winning newspaper.

This Week on 42nd Ave! Nov. 4-10: Comp Plan Meeting, Career Fair & more! | Our 42nd Ave

 November events:

Community Kitchen: Cook and Freeze Event

Where: St. Michael’s Lutheran Church  6700 NE 29th Ave (corner of 29th & Dekum)

When: Thursday November 21st 6-8:30 PM

What: Dinner and 3 kinds of soup to take home.  We will be making Curried Lentil Soup, African Peanut Soup (Vegetarian and Chicken options), and Butternut Squash Soup.

Items to bring: 3 (1 quart containers) to take your soup home.

Cost: Sliding scale

For more information contact: Rachel Schweitzer at


Mark your calendars for these exciting events in December!!

Community Kitchen Holiday Cookie Bake and Exchange

Sunday, December 1st  2:00 – 4:00 pm

St. Michael’s Lutheran Church  6700 NE 29th Ave (corner of 29th & Dekum)

Join us in baking cookies and take some of the tasty morsels home with you. We will save some of the cookies we bake for the CNA Holiday Party 2 days later!

We will also be holding a cookie exchange that same afternoon, so bring a couple dozen of your homemade cookies to the event and exchange them with other bakers!

Questions? Contact Rachel Schweitzer at


Tuesday, December 3rd

6:00 – 8:00 pm

St. Michael’s Lutheran Church

6700 NE 29th Ave (corner of 29th & Dekum)

All residents and business owners of the Concordia Neighborhood are invited to the free Holiday Festivities!

Plus, come have a look at the home base of our new community kitchen.
We will be serving a variety of culinary delights & plenty of nonalcoholic beverages.
Festive holiday music will also be provided by pianist, Kevin Johnson.
There will be a Cookie Decoration Station for the tykes so that they can create their own tasty treats.


How to Start a Backpack Program!

Thursday December 12th 6PM

NECN (King Neighborhood Facility | 4815 NE 7th Avenue | Portland,OR 97211

Backpack Programs in northeast Portland send food home with hundreds of kids in need on weekends throughout the school year. NECN will host a presentation from the NE Portland Backpack Program founders on how to start and manage a backpack program for your local school.


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Concordia Neighborhood Association (CNA) Board of Directors Election November 5th 7 pm


Seeking candidates for Concordia Neighborhood Association (CNA) Board of Directors Election

 Tuesday November 5th, 7 pm in the Kennedy School Community Room!

Do you have a passion for community engagement?

  • Would you like to gain some experience serving on a Board of Directors for a nonprofit?
  • Would you like to add a skill to your resume?

If your answer is yes then contact Paul Wilkins at


Some of our past year’s achievements have included:


  • Saved TriMet Bus route number 9
  • Raised 17 thousand dollars for hosting 5 concerts in Fernhill park
  • Taken an official position against CRC and coal transport
  • Influenced T-Mobile’s abrupt change in plans to install cell phone antennas


Board members attend one monthly meeting, participate in CNA-sponsored events, as well as serve on at least one working committee of their choice. Terms begin January 2014 and run 1-2 years depending upon the position being filled.

Opportunity Requirements:


  • Be a resident, own property, or a business within our boundaries. You will be asked to sign in at the meeting and confirm your membership in the Concordia neighborhood association.

There is no age limit for election, but nominees under 18 must attend with a parent or adult chaperone.

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