By Peter Keller | CNA Chair
Hello neighbors. I’m writing this as we just slammed the door on 2020 — like a scary monster was chasing us! 2021 is off to a frightening start too, but I think we can see the light. There’s so much to say about 2020, but let’s move on to 2021 and focus on our corner of Portland, Concordia.
You might be asking why I volunteered to be the CNA board chair. Well, I’ve enjoyed reading the CNews since 1997 when I bought my first home in Concordia and I’ve always found it to be informative, interesting and a great way to feel connected to the neighborhood.
Over the years I’ve often considered getting involved but didn’t feel like I had the time. Like many of you, I found that I have some extra time… and I decided it’s time to get involved.
The CNA chair position could have gone to anyone in the neighborhood who met the qualifications.
If you’re interested in getting involved with the board, visit ConcordiaPDX.org/2020/11/chairscorner-dont-forget-to-also-vote-in-cna-election, where outgoing chair Astrid Furstner outlined the process and qualifications in her column.
We have filled all positions for 2021 as of our Jan. 7 board meeting and special election. I’d like to welcome Joseph Fraley to the East 2 position and Matt Boyd to the Southwest 2 position! I look forward to serving with the 2021 CNA board, and we look forward to serving you.
While I am charged with writing this column, it’s not about me. It’s about we, Concordians. My plan for this column is to cover topics that come before the CNA board and other neighborhood topics of interest. I also plan to have other board members pen this column periodically so you can hear some other perspectives.
I’d like to thank Astrid Furstner, our departing chair. She has made this transition seamless and has worked tirelessly as CNA chair for the past year in addition to her full-time job and full-time job as a mom. I’d also like to thank Ali Novak, Donn Dennis and Steve Elder for their service on the CNA board.
I’m excited to take on this challenge, and I look forward to serving the neighborhood and the opportunity to meet and interact with more of you, my neighbors.
“There is a crack in everything.
That’s how the light gets in.”
– Leonard Cohen
Native Portlander Peter Keller has lived in Concordia since 1997. He runs a small marketing agency with partner Max, out of their home studio. He loves exploring outdoors with and without his dogs.