The 2010 Spirit of Portland award ceremony was held at the Doubletree Portland Lloyd Center hotel on Monday night. Our neighborhood group, Sumner Association of Neighbors (SAN), was selected as the winner in the Neighborhood Association category. SAN chair Eugene Muir accepted the award from Portland Commissioner Amanda Fritz.
Caption: Eugene accepts the Spirit of Portland award for Sumner Association of Neighbors. Seated, from left, are Commissioners Nick Fish and Amanda Fritz, and Mayor Sam Adams.
Commissioner Fritz read the following introduction:
They say Sumner neighborhood is the smallest neighborhood in Portland. Even so SAN is blessed with one of the larger hearts in town as possessed by Sumner Association of Neighbors chair Eugene Muir.
Eugene has been the chair of the Sumner Association of Neighbors for eight years. He is also vice chair of the Central Northeast Neighbors board. His hard work, his humility and his humanity that makes him a role model for all those around him.
Under Eugene’s leadership, SAN has maintained popular traditions — such as the 38th annual Halloween party — while encouraging new projects. Last year, the neighborhood performed their first neighborhood survey delivering questionnaires to all 800 residences. Based on the results, they launched a monthly litter patrol, a website, joined their first tree planting event, held their first annual garage sale, and renewed the process of seeking a park and community garden. The Sumner Association is honored to receive the Spirit of Portland Awards this year, and are thankful for the leadership they have to make the Sumner Neighborhood a wonderful place to live.
SAN board members with the shiny award. From left: Colin Lambarth, Eugene Muir, Ronda Johnson, and Scott Somohano. (Photo by Sandra Lefrancois.)
The Parkrose Business Association — whose territory includes our part of Sandy Blvd — also won a Spirit of Portland award in the Business Association category. PBA president Wayne Stoll — who volunteered at the SAN Halloween party again this year — accepted the award for their group.
KGW broadcast a short video about the awards Monday night.
For more about the 2010 Spirit of Portland award recipients, visit the Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement website.