Powderhorn 

Community Gathering

Thursday, October 14th, 2021 

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Virtual on Zoom

(Zoom access information will be available on October 14th.)

Our annual community gathering brings together the people of Powderhorn to elect members to the Board of Directors and learn more about the work of PPNA in the previous year.

Due to COVID-19 our Annual Gathering will take place virtually.

Interested in Board Service?  Learn more and complete a nomination form here

Accessibility

Spanish interpretation and closed captioning will be available at the Annual Gathering.

If you need assistance accessing the gathering or other accommodations please reach out to us at info@ppna.org or 612.722.4817.

We can connect you to resources that may assist you with securing a computer and low-cost/no-cost internet access. If you need any accommodations, such as interpretation to participate please contact us at info@ppna.org.

 

Early & Absentee Voting

PPNA is proud to enter our fourth year of offering early and absentee voting in our annual Board of Director's election to increase participation and access. Early and Absentee Voting will open in September 2021.

 

Sign up to give Public Comment

If you would like to give a public comment at the Annual Gathering we ask you to sign up to schedule a slot here. We aim to give each speaker an equal amount of time while retaining time for the election and program.  A staff person will confirm your slot time with you the week of the Annual Gathering.

Thanks for signing up! We'll be in touch the week of the Annual Gathering with your slot time confirmation.

 

Two Proposed Bylaw Amendments are slated for a community vote at the 2021 Annual Gathering.

 

Proposed Bylaw Article: VI

Proposed Bylaw Section: 7. Reprimand, Suspension, and Removal [Note: The “Proposed Bylaw Amendment Language” will become the 1st paragraph in this section]

 

Proposed Bylaw Amendment Language:

All Board of Directors are required to behave in a manner that aligns with the association's Board of Directors' Code of Conduct policies in discharging their duties. If any Board of Director behaves or communicates in a manner outside the guidelines of the policies, this may initiate the process of a reprimand, suspension, or removal based on the recommendation of at least 3 out of 4 Board Officers. Upon initiating the process to advance a reprimand, suspension, or removal of a Board of Director, the recommendation will be put forward to the entire Board of Directors for a vote. For the vote to pass in the case of a reprimand or suspension, this will require 50% of all eligible Board of Directors to vote in the affirmative. In the case of a vote related to the removal of a Board of Director, this will require 75% of all eligible Board of Directors to vote in the affirmative.

 

Proposed Bylaw Language Edits of Existing Paragraph in Article VI, Section 7. Absence and Removal [Note: The below revised content will become the 2nd paragraph in this section.]

Additionally, unexcused absences from two meetings or excused absences from three meetings of the Board, not necessarily consecutive, constitutes grounds for removal from the Board. After a second unexcused absence or third excused absence from any regularly scheduled meeting of the Board during the year between Annual Meetings, the Chair will advise the concerned Director in writing of the prospect of their removal. Upon a second unexcused absence or third excused absence, a Director may be removed from the Board with an affirmative vote by 75% of all eligible Board of Directors.

Current Bylaw Language: Article VI, Section 7. Absence and Removal

Unexcused absences from two meetings or excused absences from three meetings of the Board – not necessarily consecutive – constitutes grounds for removal from the Board. After a second unexcused absence or third excused absence from any regularly scheduled meeting of the Board during the year between Annual Meetings, the Chair will advise the concerned Director in writing of the prospect of his/her removal. Upon a second unexcused absence or third excused absence a Director may be removed from the Board by a majority vote of the Directors present unless s/he can demonstrate to the Board that his/her membership should be sustained, the following month after threshold has passed. Please refer to the Board Absence and Removal Policy for procedures. 

 
2020 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the Powderhorn Annual Community Gathering?

Our annual community gathering brings together the people of Powderhorn to elect members to the Board of Directors, and learn more about the work of PPNA in the previous year.  This year we’ll be reporting on 2020.

Who can attend?

Members!  Everyone who lives, works or owns property in Powderhorn Park Neighborhood (bounded by Lake Street, 38th Street, Chicago Avenue, and Cedar Avenue) is a member.

How does early and absentee voting work?

As an effort to increase member participation in our Board election, PPNA instituted Early and Absentee Voting in 2017.  Board nominees are posted on our website prior to the Annual Gathering with an electronic form to vote.  You can update your vote at the Annual Gathering if you're able to make it.  Read a full F.A.Q. in by clicking the links in English, Spanish and Somali.

Why is the Annual Gathering going virtual in 2021?

Due to COVID-19 it is imperative that we ensure a safe space.  We are unable to use the park building as we have in previous years.  There is no way that we can ensure adequate social distancing indoors at the PPNA offices.  Given the weather in October and our need to notify the community of meeting specifics, going virtual was the only option allowing us to disseminate accurate information about accessing the gathering.

How can I run for the Board?

All members over the age of 16 are qualified to run for the Board.  Learn more here and contact Tabitha Montgomery, PPNA Executive Director if you're interested. 

Will there be nominations from the floor?

Yes, there will be a call for nominations from the floor.  When the call opens you can announce that you would like to run from the floor and will be added to the ballot.

I don’t have a computer or internet connection.  How can I participate?

Contact us at info@ppna.org and we will assist you in obtaining a computer and low-cost internet service if you meet the income requirements.  

Will there be a public comment period?

Yes!  We received feedback that members wish to speak at the Annual Gathering and want to ensure we create space for everyone who wishes to speak.  Please sign up here to give public comment.  This will help us plan the agenda and ensure that each person gets at least two minutes to speak.