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The June Key Delta Community Center is dedicated to the spirited work of the late June Roe Runnells Key, a member of the Portland Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.  Professionally, she was a respected educator in the Portland Public Schools system.  As a member of Delta Sigma Theta, she embodied the sorority's focus on economic development as a part of the "Five Point Programmatic Thrust."  It was June Key's vision and leadership that persuaded the chapter to purchase the property at 5940 N. Albina Street in 1992.


June Key was one of the ten members of Delta Sigma Theta to charter the Beta Psi Chapter in Portland, Oregon on March 25, 1945.  Chapter meetings were held in members' homes for many years.  As the chapter grew, it became necessary to locate larger rooms for the meeting sites; problems occurred frequently when sites were not available or charges were imposed.  June Key's mission became the search for a permanent meeting site large enough to accommodate 40 to 60 people. Her search resulted in the discovery of a long abandoned Arco gas station and convenience store on the corner of North Albina and Ainsworth, across from a popular Portland park with a beautiful, formal rose garden, Peninsula Park.  The property itself was unsightly, trashed, boarded up, and piled high with rubbish.  Arco wanted to dispose of this surplus property and sold it to June Key for a very modest price.  June then turned the property over to Delta Sigma Theta.  It took a great deal of sweeping, mopping, painting and trips to the dump by members, friends and "honey do's" to get the place acceptable enough to be a meeting place for the chapter and to create a safe space for the surrounding community.  It was the honor of Delta Sigma Theta to dedicate the June Key Delta Community Center to this Portland leader!  Her contribution to the sorority Chapter and her service to the community will continue to inspire future generations of leaders in Portland.


We don't have a lot of information about her life or pictures of June Key.  We are hoping to see what we can glean from those who visit this site.  If you have photos or memories of June Key, would you kindly either post them here or send them to our e-mail address:  june-key-delta-center@comcast.net.  THANKS!

June always had a smile and a glad hand to everyone she met.  I loved her laugh and working with her on the Black Colleges Committee.  Lucinda Tate
I don't know her personally, but I love her glasses.  Unknown
She had beautiful jewelry!  Carolyn Brown
I knew June Key and her husband as active productive members of the community.  June was an educator who helped promote North Portland Bible College along with her other service.  I was glad to have met her.  C. Chisn
Enjoyed all of the years that we worked in the district together, and she was a blessingto many students and a Godsend for so many parents.  Gloria Lavender
June Key was a friend, a mentor, a confidante and, always, AN EDUCATOR!  She was inspiring, strong, positive, spiritual, almost always smiling, funny - but serious business when warrented.  I loved her!  Anne Morin (Adams High School Teacher - 1970s)
I found June to be a true role model.  She walked her talk!  This is a worthy tribute to her vision.  (Delta) Hugs - Marian deBardelaben


I recently learned about the Open House/Dedication of the June Key Delta Community Center on August 10, 2011.  I had the privilege of working with June at Adams High School during the mid-late 1970's and always considered her one of the very finest administrators/colleagues I worked with in my 30 years with the Portland School District.  June was consistently one of the most compassionate, supportive, enjoyable, dedicated, consisten, knowledgeable, and well-loved educators I had the pleasure of knowing.  She had a significant impact on my career as a teacher, and I will always treasure the time and guidance she provided.  And as all of us know, her ready smile would literally light up a room and lift all spirits in her presence.  June was a generous source of inspiration and provided us all with calm and reasoned resolution of issues.  She was a treasure, to be sure.
I regret that I am unable to attend the open house Wednesday, but am thrilled that the gas station in our old neighborhood that used so often for so many years now will be a community center bearing her name.  Next time I am in Portland, I look forward to visiting the Center.  What a wonderful and fitting tribute to June's exceptional contributions to so many over the years, and I know her bgeautiful smile, boundless energy, and vision for what good will and dedication can accomplish will ever grace the center and the neighborhood.  Congratulations to all who made this all possible, and thank you!  Peace - Steve Anderson, Corvallis


Honor of June Key:  She was dedicated to John Adams High School as great vice principal for a long time.  She worked hard, because of her big responsibilities: keeping students safe, stopped bullying, checking student attendance if they were miss their classes.  She also worked hard for the whole Adams community.  Stephanie Speros, Class of 1979, Adams High School


June Key Delta Community Center
5940 North Albina St.
Portland, OR 97217
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June Key Delta Community Center 
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Portland, OR 97208-4265
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