Sunday June 7 ,2020
Dear Portland Aikikai Members and Friends,
We wanted to send an email updating you all on the results of our board meeting this past Saturday. Before we do so we feel compelled to add our voice to the ongoing call for justice and equality in our country and against systemic racism and police brutality. Portland Aikikai actively stands against any racism or structural oppression. Our dojo is a diverse community and we vow to continue to work towards greater inclusion. As aikidoka we acknowledge our privilege and use our platform to raise others up. Our mat is a shared space and without justice, there can be no harmony. Many of our members have joined in protests and we encourage you all to reach out if you wish to stand in solidarity together as a dojo and aikidoka.
Our board also discussed plans for reopening the dojo under Phase 1 guidelines set forth by the State of Oregon. Multnomah County has applied to enter Phase 1 with a June 12th target. The board feels we need to hear the voice of members and to gauge the comfort level each person has around returning to the dojo before crafting a reopening plan. To that end, we are asking each member to fill out a survey and give feedback on how we should proceed. The survey will be sent out in the coming week, with the goal of the Board reviewing the results this coming Saturday. Ahead of taking the survey, we encourage you all to review the guidance for gyms issued by the State of Oregon. There are a number of required actions and a few recommended actions gyms and the like must take in order to open for modified operations.
Despite the details being a little unclear, we do know any dojo operations will require new equipment and expenses. This is an opportunity for us to use our 501(c)3 fundraising capacity to humble ask members and supporters to make tax-deductible donations. We are looking to raise $400 to acquire: a touchless thermometer, industrial fans to increase ventilation, and sanitizing and safety products for when we open.
Once again, thank you all for your support. And please reach out to us if you need support during these times.
Monday March 23,2020
Hello Portland Aikikai Community,
Today Governor Brown gave a shelter in place order requiring all non essential businesses to temporarily halt operations. You can find a copy of the order by following this link:
The order this includes the dojo. We recognize that the dojo is an essential place to maintain our physical, mental, and emotional health. However, we have a social responsibility to the greater public and must also follow the law. Portland Aikikai’s intention, now and always, is to continue to provide socially responsible activities in line with our mission of spreading the teachings of Aikido, and sadly closing the dojo is one extension of that intention.
The practice of Aikido reminds us that we are all interconnected. Kimusubi is exactly that: the finding of and cultivating a connection with another. The decision to close the dojo, even if under the directive of the government, was not taken lightly; however, it is in the spirit of Aikido with full knowledge that we are all connected and that we all have a responsibility to one another for the preservation of life that the dojo must be closed for now, with the hope you will be back and training with one another soon.
In the meantime, we are researching some videos for members to use to over the break. We want to keep members connected to Aikido and maintain their health and well-being. We will send an email with videos as soon as we are able.
The board meeting that was scheduled for April 3rd will be rescheduled. Hopefully, Governor Brown will give more clarity to the timeline of the shelter in place order soon and we can then have an idea when we will be able to return to practice.
A note on finances:
We are asking members to please maintain their memberships if they are financially able through this difficult time. We are an all volunteer organization and operate on small margins. However, if you need to put your membership on hold please follow the guidelines below.
- Autopay holds will need to occur at least ten days prior to the first of the month not to be charged for the next month's auto-payment. Please email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you all again for being such wonderful members, aikidoka and supporters of the dojo. We look forward to seeing you all soon and hope we all can get back to our normal levels of life and training as soon as possible. Stay safe and stay well.
Portland Aikikai Board of Directors
Portland Aikikai (971) 258-2064 1612 NW 15th Ave. Portland, OR 97209