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November Zoom Meeting

ABA Monthly Zoom Meeting – November 12, 2020

In Attendance: 11

Called to Order: 11:40 AM

  1. Question:  How are you planning to approach your year end for your business and how will you manage the 2 week pause?
    1. *S. Reid – Agape Community Insurance – All we can do is today, trying to make the best out of today.  Had a friend lose both parents from Covid, it reminds her to cherish what she has today and to make the most of it. Wants to see loved ones as much as possible and give back as much as possible.  
    2. *A. Stone – AHS Liaison – Going to “ride it out” no real plan, just have to roll with whatever the next month and a half bring.  Just trying to keep it positive.  
    3. K. Harris – WCSO – trying to enjoy forced slow down which is a challenge and find a new groove.  Work will be focused for next month on Shop with a Cop and potential Tree Lighting.  Looking for bridging and giving opportunities, seeing lots of desire to give and find ways to contribute.  
    4. Lt. J. Wheaton- WCSO – working on long term plans for how to safely proceed with jobs accounting for day to day new rules from OSHA.  
    5. MK – Agape Community Insurance – stay safe and healthy so he doesn’t threaten plans for 2021.  Keeping things simple.  Wellness and safety.  
    6. K. Ramsay – ACFM – Stay safe and healthy, continuing to plan for the 2021 market.  Worst case it’s similar to this year.  Trying to plan for that.  
    7. S. Quick – SQ Merchant Services – Brought on an intern to do IT, working on teaching him.  Board President with West Linn Chamber and working on communication and revenue drive for them.  4 times a day sets aside time to keep his mental state in check, and do self care.  Optimistic at a business level.  Not all doom and gloom.
    8. K. Bolin – Edward Jones – Blessed to be able to work from home.  Calls 5-10 clients a day, (some calls are more counselling than financial advising) Plans to continue to communicate with people on a personal basis.  Only makes calls on positive days, allows herself breaks
    9. *S. Rennie – Schmidt and Yee – Plans to smoke a turkey again this year, sit back and stay sane with two kids under 5.  
    10. K. Larmanger – Atlantis Caregiving – Some business loss, some requests from hospitals to take on Covid patients (in home care to seniors and disabled), lost some employees due to their catching Covid (regardless of where it was caught)  Got loan forgiveness for PPE this week!  This is helpful because they were having to pay out of pocket.  (Business Recovery Center can provide free PPE) Interviewing to be able to open a school to train nurse caregivers.  

*Denotes ABA Board Members

  1. AHS Christmas Tree Lighting?  
    1. Looking at the option of getting a fake (or real) Xmas Tree that could be placed on top of the ACFM Farmers Market! 
      1. S. Quick can possibly find a tree to donate!  (Frog Pond Farm and Christmas Mountain are clients who may be willing to donate)
    2. Drive up event?
    3. Donations – Food (Aloha Church of God, Westside Food Brigade), Toys for Tots?
  2. ABA Board News
    1. ABA Board Elections – we have decided as a Board to commit to serving on the board until Phase 2 or next years election time
      1. K. Bolin moves that we postpone 2021 Board Elections a year based on recommendations of ABA Board 
        1. Seconded by MK
        2. Motion passed by all in attendance
    2. Treasurer’s report – $1260 in bank
      1. Exec Sec has been paid for October
      2. S. Reid is submitting an invoice for Facebook ads she has paid for
      3. S. Reid is submitting an invoice for website change over she paid for
      4. In past ABA has donated to Shop With a Cop, we want to continue, K. Harris will let us know how to do this
      5. Considering a banner to thank our community for shopping local Aloha. Create and hang banner at old Thriftway site (needs to hear from Ryan (property manager) about this) 
    3. Membership Report
      1. 49 Current Members
      2. 40 paid in 2020
      3. 9 due between November and December
  3. Hyva Good Shirt Campaign
    1.  An email is being sent out by an intern at Hyva who is working with them on the Good Shirt campaign.  The email has been updated and should continue to go out to ABA members and local business owners
    2. If you visit our website you can order shirts or sign up as a business to promote or sell the t-shirts. Also signup if you need financial relief.
    3. If you do not want to pay shipping, you can come to Sally’s office to purchase them from her
  4. S. Reid was interviewed by KLOVE about what ABA does for our community, no link is available, however part of it Sally caught as a live feed on Facebook and you can listen there on the ABA page. 
  5. Washington County Small Business Grant round 4 ends tomorrow.  Link is on our facebook as well as their website
  6. Ponderosa Meats is closing!  Age and condition of building led to this decision.  Landlord is planning to tear down the building and put in an RV lot.  Ponderosa Meats may open again somewhere else.  Owner still owns Nonna Emilia’s.  
  7. How can we help our community have some joy between now and the end of the year?
    1. Christmas Tree Lighting potential?  
      1. Drive Thru event at Bales Thriftway parking lot?  AHS Parking Lot?  Mt View Champions Park 
      2. Halloween celebration worked out at THPRD facility recently – this was positively received 
      3. Traffic implications are to be considered
    2. How can we try to promote local businesses? 
      1. Discounts at local businesses?
      2. 12 days of Businesses?  Can we get 12 members to participate in some way?  Baskin Robbins?  McDonalds?  Godfathers?  
      3. Let S. Reid know if you have ideas and we will look at working on it at the next board meeting
        1. A. Stone willing to help 
  9. WCSO –
    1. Covid Community Cares program, anyone who lives in Washington County qualifies for free counselling sessions.  
    2. Staff Qualifications have changed and they are looking at how to accommodate COVID which will change some of how they work within our community
    3. Remind businesses to check brick and mortar often
    4. Internet Safety program for kids coming up December 10th
    5. Seeing increase in fraud (internet based as well as lifted phone numbers)
      1. ENGLISH:    
      2. SPANISH:
  10. Agape Community Insurance is hosting a Blanket Drive in partnership with WAYFM beginning 11/1 through 1/31/2021. They are a drop off site for keeping the homeless in the Portland area warm this winter.  

Adjourned 12:25 PM / Next Zoom meeting December 10th at 11:30 AM

Post Meeting discussion on Holiday Celebrations/Tree Lighting:

  1. Logistics need to include presence to collect donations if collected
  2. Avg attendance at previous tree lighting was 300+ 
  3. Further discussions for 12 Days of Giving ideas
    1. Donations to food banks?  
    2. K. Harris to look at the list of services provided through the county and where we can direct services targeted to Aloha who have needs.  
  4. K. Bolin would love to participate and will try to call Ryan

ABA Monthly Zoom Meeting – October

ABA Monthly Zoom Meeting – October 8, 2020

In Attendance: 14

Called to Order: 11:40

  • What do you think of, what is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word Community?
    • S. Reid* – Agape Community Insurance – President of ABA, Owner of Agape.  Aloha has been home since 1978.  Grew up in a small community in Iowa, loves the feel of a small community. Believes in “Protecting stories and building community”  
    • K. Harris – WCSO/ACFM – Feels that her role is to be a bridge between groups in the community.  Believes in support for each other in the community
    • P. Roberts – Westside Community Church – Aloha community is family, has lived in the community for 40 years, kids went to local schools, this is extended family
    • J. Southgate – Southgate Consulting -Thinks of people seeking each other’s well being,  we are in this together.   
    • A. Stone* – AHS Liaison – ABA Secretary – Serves on PTO board for AHS, serves as a bridge between the school and the ABA
    • J. Wheaton – WCSO – New to the area/returning to WCSO – on a leadership team with WCSO, this supports relationships and connections.  Learned that the connection between people spurs different connections which creates a web that grows in the community.  
    • S. Quick – SQ Merchant Services – (Invited by AJ) attendee and leader at Westside Community Church – Believes in outreach and community service.  
    • R. Bradley – Macley Auto Group – Working together to make the community better, learning what can you do for others.  
    • MK – Agape Community Insurance – Community takes care of eachother, a lot is invested in the community and there is a continued evolution in how the community looks at each other
    • B. Merritt* –  Minuteman Mortgage – ABA Board Member – Connection with community goes back a long way, went to Mountain Side and Aloha High School.  Describes himself as patriotic.  Patriotism is important, doing what you can do for your community is patriotic.  What you can do for your community, not what it can do for you.  
    • K. Bolin – Edward Jones – Moved to Aloha, from Texas after growing up in Parkrose. Kids graduated from AHS.  Community is her church and ABA and the groups we support.  
    • R. Russ – Web Design and Writing consultant – (Will be assisting us with our website transition) – Community is supporting each other
    • S. Rennie* – Schmidt and Yee – Treasurer ABA – sees community as a group working towards a common goal

*Denotes 2020 ABA Board Members

  • Ricky Russ Jr. – Author, Website Designer – Speaker “How to make your Book a Business Card”
    • Clean and Sober from social media 😉  
    • Heard “If you don’t have an online platform your outreach is limited” but this is not the case according to him.  
    • Believes in old school, person to person spread.  
    • Avoids the term “viral”
    • Feels everyone has a story, but sometimes feel small, and sheepish about sharing that story.  
    • Started with writing down ideas and “his story”, had 10 copies printed to give to others, and watched them give to others and so on and saw his story grow.  
    • Started meeting with a Washington County Corrections officer who helped him to pursue other stories, meet others and write more books
    • Originally sent it out in digital format, but saw the connections made and growth of community even without social media, etc.  
    • One person got 20+ copies from him and those copies were spread to others who spread them to others.  This not only grew his readership, but also his web design business opportunities.  
    • “Your book becomes your business card” – his book set him apart from others.  
    • Collects analytics for data based on human behavior, wrote a book about how analytics tie into human behavior.  
    • Gave two copies of this book out (kept one for self) 
    • Met with a highly in demand wealth manager and adjunct professor at Linfield because of this book.  He asked Ricky to help him write his book.  (Ricky at this point had now written 4 books) Based on the time he spent and charged for consulting he essentially sold his 2 copies for $6000 each.  
    • Still in touch with 75% of the original group he met through his early book and its spread without social media
    • Continues to help people get their story or their knowledge out into the world.  
    • To be able to hand someone a book based on acquired knowledge is a leg up in a world where you can google/youtube everything – with limited and questionable results.  
    • If you have a certain thought floating around in your head, write.  Ricky had troubles in HS and dropped out, floated around, ended up with felony convictions, but kept pushing forward.  Wants us to know you don’t have to have all the things you think you have to have.  Everyone does have a story to tell.  It’s too easy to dismiss your story and your knowledge.
    • K. Harris (In response to Ricky’s presentation) – her pastor has a book written and she feels it is such a welcome and getting to know you option, really feels that it connects 
  • Board Report 
    • 3 Renewals
    • 1 New Member
    • $1670 in US Bank
    • Board Nominations are open
      • 3 openings for nominations
        • Brian Merritt is up for re-election but will run again
        • Steve Leitz is up for re-election but will run again
        • Alison Stone is up for re-election, and wishes to step down
      • There are 3 positions available if you would like to run or nominate someone please let us know
  • Announcements 
    • ABA is partnering with THPRD – for their Halloween/Drive Thru Trick or Treat October 24th.  If you want to donate items from your business or candy, please get it to Sally before the event to pass out.  Sally will host the ABA booth along with other volunteers from the ABA. 
    • Aloha Christmas Tree Lighting
      • There is still an interest in this event, but Sally needs to discuss with the Thriftway shopping center landlord if this is possible.  
      • Curvy Chic just held their event using this space, so there is consideration if an indoor booth situation is possible with an outdoor tree or “light tree” (strung lights from the top of a pole down to the ground) 
      • Tree Lighting if held would be the last weekend of November
      • There is no longer a Christmas Tree Committee so we are looking to have the ABA take this event over, however we need to develop a committee ASAP
      • Kody will contact ACFM to see if there is interest in their market vendors to participate
    • Adopt a Road – we need to do one in November (ABA is committed to 2 times a year cleanup) Due to Covid, the WCSO jail crew is no longer participating.  We are looking at November 7th as the date.  Meet at AHS 8:45 and drive down to the road.  Suggestion to go to Donut Day after.  An invite to sign up will go out soon.  
    • Aloha TShirts are available, please spread the word. 
      • If you own a business sign up, half the proceeds go back into the collective pot for companies that have signed up.  
      • Spread the word on Social Media.  
      • Suggestion is to wear shirts on Fridays and share posts taken in front of your community business and share on FB and Instagram.  
      • Sally has shirts in her office you can come pick up
      • Looking to get them in BiMart, Walgreens and Rite Aid to be sold there
      • There is a link to join the ABA on the site where you can purchase shirts and sign up to participate.
      • Looking to get member businesses to sell shirts.  
    • ABA Website is switching servers but not website appearance or address
    • Westside Community Church – 
      • Food Brigade went from 80 Families served to 160 families.  
      • Huge need for food donations and support
      • Hosting a grief sharing class “Surviving the Holidays” – Sunday Oct 25 and Nov 8 from 2-4 
    • WCSO 
      • WCSO is working with Health and Human Services to encourage Covid Community Counseling services.  8 free counseling sessions available to individuals.  Covid Community Counseling Program   
      • A reminder to check your brick and mortar businesses as we are not there as often now
      • Keep up the “9pm Routine”  
      • Shop with a Cop – Covid is limiting fundraising efforts during this time so they are looking for fundraising options and donations to help out. Helping Tobias Elementary this year.  Unable to do Coffee with a Cop or Scooping with a Sheriff this year.
    • AHS 
      • Can Drive held the past weekend that was positive, the funds raised will go to cover indoor concession stand cost.  
    • Washington County Communications facility is moving and the space may be taken over by the Domestic Violence Recovery Center, and they are looking for funds to facilitate this move.  
    • There will be a second round of business grants for the local community
    • If you participated in today’s meeting, please stop by Sally’s office for a shirt.  
  • Our Next meeting is Thursday November 12th, we hope to have newly elected Washington County Officials show up to discuss their plans.  

Adjourned: 12:45 PM


August Zoom Luncheon Notes

Called to Order 11:30/11:45

Notes:  Malia Paulsen

  • In Attendance/What is your favorite take out at this time/what businesses are you trying to support at this time?
    • S. Reid – Agape Community Insurance – Tapitillo or Stir Crazy, Biscuits Cafe
    • G. Rosenthal – Candidate for Metro #3, from the Stafford area – Huang Pearl and Isla Bonita
    • K. Harris – WCSO Community Outreach / Aloha Community Farmers Market – Pho Nam Progress Ridge, Roxys, Papa Johns, McMenamins
    • S. Rennie – Schmidt and Yee – India House 
    • J. Southgate – Independent Contractor for WA County
    • D. Huish – Mt. Olivet – Donut King
    • A. Stone – AHS Liaison – Favorite takeout Mio Sushi or Pizza Schmizza 
    • S. Radie – Westside Community Church
    • J. Doane – TVWD (disconnected and didn’t get back on)
    • D. Atkins – Key Bank (disconnected and didn’t get back on)
    • P. Roberts – Westside Community Church (disconnected and didn’t get back on)
  • ABA Treasurer’s Report – S. Rennie
    •  $771 in bank
    • Paid Malia for July.
    • No new members this week
    • 40 current members with several renewals due for July/August

  • Aloha Projects and Community Updates – J. Southgate
    • Last spoke to the ABA in September 2019
    • Has a passion for renewing commercial districts and improving their economic success.
      • Orenco Station is an example of this success
    • Has seen lots of planning in Aloha, but would like to see action
    • Focus on safer pedestrian access in Aloha
    • Is the Short term Economic Involvement Manager for Washington County
      • Focus is on urban unincorporated areas
    • Hopes to speak to ABA in the Fall
    • Covid
      • Closures from Covid has put most of his work on the back burner
      • CARES act allows for funds from Federal dollars
        • Rent Assistance
        • Economic Development
        • Small business grant program
        • 3 million earmarked for Washington County Unincorporated areas
        • Businesses in incorporated areas have access to funds available from their own city.
      • Business Recovery Center has been set up with a variety of resources
      • They will be receiving PPE shipments and they will be made available to local businesses
        • Childcare businesses should apply
        • Nonprofits can apply
  • Good Shirt Project – Joe Barhoum 
    • Considering wordage for front of shirt to be “Aloha Together in Community” 
    • Had discussed the idea of a heart shape on back with all of our businesses listed, however this can drastically increase the cost to produce as well as can lead to animosity between businesses if some get left off of the listing.  
    • HYVA shirt sales help provide financial resources for your own business or funds you can distribute back into the community
    • Businesses can click on link on HYVA website to sign up to participate
      • Can also sell their t-shirts at their business
    • Can we sell at ACFM?
    • Sally/Agape Community Insurance are one of the shirt sponsors
    • Launched to help small businesses in area to help raise money during this time
      • Have raised $7000 for small businesses in Camas so far
      • Featured on KATU last week
      • Launched in Happy Valley and Beaverton as well
      • Pre-ordering is available
      • There is a Merchant sign up form on their website
        • Want to participate?  Sign up!
        • You will get a Discount on shirts and you can receive assistance
      • Once a design is approved shirts can be produced within the next few days.
      • Finances put into shirts goes into a profit sharing pool.  
        • Shirts are sold for $25, the cost of shirt production is $12.50 per shirt, so $12.50 is profit
      • Sell shirts in your own business or online
    • The ABA wants to encourage all businesses in our community to participate, not just members, however on the website to sign up to participate there will be a link to join the ABA

  • Aloha Community Farmers Market 
    • ABA can begin to use their ABA member Booth
    • ACFM owes $60 renewal, in-kind ABA can have our booth for 2 weeks. 
    • Looking at having the Aloha Community Library set up their book curbside pick up at the ACFM
    • Deficit prediction of $10,000 from last years totals
    • Are already $10,000 short so they are actually $20,000 shot in total
    • Need funds to help with Sprouts Kids Club
    • ACFM has tripled their SNAP output and need funds to match
    • ACFM is led by an all female board and was launched by all women.  
      • Looking at ways to work with and celebrate that dynamic
  • Good Neighbor Project
    • Hosted by Westside Community Church
    • Text “GNP” to 5039059067 to sign up to participate
    • 150 signed up already
      • Building momentum
    • Waiting to hear from schools
      • The Beaverton School District passed a regulation to keep campuses closed.  
      • GNP has petitioned to allow projects to occur outside on campuses.  
        • One school has turned them down
        • Looking at ways to work around this
  • Community Announcements
    • Gerritt Rosenthal – Metro Transportation Bond issue 
      • .06% payroll tax
      • Improve transportation and safety on TV hwy
      • The Payroll Tax will exclude small businesses with 25 employees or less
      • Wants to know the ABA Member’s thoughts
        • The majority of ABA Members have less than 25 employees 
      • Trimet already has a tax on payroll 
      • He is running for office and looking for input from the community on what they want
  • Washington County Sheriff Office Update
    • According to CPO6, Safety Corridor did not pass 
    • Fraud and Scams are skyrocketing due to Covid
      • WCSO has a long list on their website of things to look out for to avoid being scammed
    • WCSO is working to create an online predators course to help keep students/parents and teachers safe when they work from home
    • Held an online safety course for kids staying home alone for the 1st time.  
      • Current session is full and they hope to hold a second larger class in the near future
    • Asks us to continue the “9pm routine” of locking up your home and cars at 9pm and turning on outdoor lighting
    • Reports of child and domestic abuse are down, but the concern is that incidents are up and they are not being reported.
      • If you see something, say something
    • Shop with a Cop is still in discussions on how to adapt it this year.  No date is set.
    • Covid Community Counseling Program    
    • Washington County Listening Sessions are starting next week!

Adjourned 1pm

Our Next Zoom Meeting will be held Thurs Sept 10th 


ABA July Zoom Luncheon Notes

ABA July Luncheon – Zoom

In Attendance: 12

Called to Order:  11:30

  1. Introductions:
  • *S. Reid – Agape Community Insurance
  • B. Phillips – Hillsboro Business Resources Recovery Center 
    • 8 days on the job, 30 years experience in economic development.  Opened up a new round of grants ($3000) for small businesses to assist in start up and reopening.  10,000 applicants will be reviewed.  You must be in an unincorporated area to qualify for those loans.  If you are in a city the city will be processing their own businesses for grants and loans.  Good resources on their website.  You can also contact them through Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce.  
  • P. Roberts – Westside Community Church –
    • Will be holding a service in the parking lot, it will be the first time the congregation is together since March.  Looking forward to it.  
  • K. Osborn – Westside Food Brigade
    • continuing to provide service every week, noticing an increase in families using their services.  Switched to a “drive thru” system, a “shopping list” is handed to a family,  they circle what they want and a volunteer goes in and picks up items for the family.  This change has brought a disappointing loss of person to person contact, but it has sped up services.  Not ideal but they are making it work.  Farm to Family boxes currently being distributed by other organizations.  These are very hard to get, so if anyone comes across these as an option please let Westside Food Brigade know so they can get them.  Grocery Outlet on 185th holding its annual “Independence From Hunger,” they will be donating  purchases or financial donations to Westside Food Brigade.  Westside Food Brigade is hoping to buy a refrigerated truck.  
  • A. Terrones – WCSO/Public Affairs – 
    • WCSO has an online reporting system set up but it is not for suspect information, you should still call a deputy about that.  
  • K. Harris – WCSO Community Outreach for Aloha – 
    • We are currently in the 100 Deadliest Days for Teen Drivers, put the cell phone away, watch the speed limit, don’t drink and drive.  Launched online reporting for minor issues.  Provides an alternative to face to face and non-emergency contact.  Remember to lock up at 9pm – garage, bikes, lock doors, etc.  
  • S. Raide – Westside Community Church
    • Director of Care and Facilities at Westside Community Church.  He is here to discuss the Good Neighbor Project.  
  • MK – Agape Community Insurance
    • Plugging away from home, not much to update, his family is good.  Schools in South Africa are starting to reopen and they are seeing new cases.  
  • J. Doane – Aloha Community Library
    • Working out how to live with curbside pick up for holds.  Book Drop is now open, materials are quarantined for 2 weeks.  Doors still not open.  Got a $79,000 paycheck assistance loan so they have not had to lay off employees but are still in a deficit.  It costs them $45,000 a year for the community room space, they might have to give it up.  Looking at using it as a children’s library space.  She is still on the board, but no longer president.  Daniel Houser is the new president.  He is a political analyst.  
  • J. Doane – TVWD 
    • most employees are working from home.  Office has been rearranged to accommodate for social distancing for those who do come in to work.  Many employees want to continue to work from home and they are working to accommodate that.  Pipeline from Wilsonville is continuing to be worked on.  Racial justice issues are a focus for them working in HR.  Continuing to not shut off water due to non payment but are asking customers to let them know if it is an issue.  “Making it work”
  • *S.  Rennie – Schmidt and Yee
    • Working on PPP loans and how to accommodate issues for their clients.  Courts are starting to open up but are greatly backlogged, orders not being signed, etc.  
  • K. Bolin- Edward Jones
    • Business is going great.  July has seen panic calm down.  People are not spending as much money so they are investing more, clients are staying busy or retiring.  Wearing masks when she goes out.  Aloha Community Farmers Market has great masks.  Trying to figure out how to properly set up the church she attends to make it open and clean.
  • D. Huish – Mt Olivet Baptist Church
    • Still figuring out how to reopen, and it will be a while.  Need to figure out ways to clean and create non touch areas.  Sent out surveys to members of the church to determine how and when to reopen.  Raising money to help out families in church.  Offices remain closed.  

*Denotes ABA 2020 Board Members

  1. Treasurers Report / Membership Report:
  • $834.20 in the bank currently
  • Hopeful for renewals to come in soon
  • 50 Current Members
  • 4 Overdue
  • 8 due in July
  1. ABA News and Updates
  • Last month at the June Luncheon, we discussed a campaign to encourage members and the community to  “Shop Local.”  Washington County gave them a budget of $500 to help.  We need to let them know what we plan to do.  Also looking at doing facebook and instagram blast to showcase businesses as they open up.  
  1. Steve Raide – Good Neighbor Project 
  • Sunday August 30th
  • Partnership between Westside Community Church and other churches in the area.  
  • Looking into communicating the ways they can include members of the community who want to help and participate remotely or in person but in a limited capacity basis.  
  • Doubts we will be in Phase 2 August 30th, but has hopes we will be.  Limiting their plans to Phase 1 (25) people in case.
  • Schools are letting them know projects that can be done, principals are reaching out.  Glad Acres, Five Oaks, Mountainside and Aloha are among those they will serve.
  • A man in Aloha has requested help to knock down his briars in the yard.  
  • Very excited to go out into the community and help out.  
  • Proud to have created a room at Westside for  WCSO
  • Have assisted with Westside Food Brigade.
  • Trying to reach out to teachers and parents to start groups to send out thank yous to them.  
  • This is an opportunity for everyone to come together and help their neighbors.  
  • Sally would like to see our community pull back together, road clean up, yard clean up, start out the new year/new school year right and support each other.  
  • Kody thanks Steve for the early involvement with the Good Neighbor Project and says it has been wonderful to be involved with.   She is working on getting WCSO deputies involved.  
  • Steve is looking at ways to give back to deputies as well.  
  • Adopt a road for ABA will be held 8/30 as well. 
  1. Updates and Testimonials
  • The Aloha Community Farmers Market has reopened.  The number of tents and participants is increasing.  Masks are required.  Kody is still board president.  But is so proud of everyone she has handed it off to.  Permission for signage has been granted.  Community has rallied behind them.  Covid was a setback but they are coming back strong.  You can order online so you can just swing by and go.  Great masks available. 
  • Should our  August ABA Luncheon be held on Zoom or in person?  The general consensus is to continue on Zoom.  It’s nice to be able to check in with our members and community.    Karen would like to see these used more as an educational time as well as a check in.  Sally asks us to let her know if we have any topic ideas for next month.  

Adjourned at 12:30

May Luncheon Notes

May Virtual Luncheon / Town Hall

Called to Order 11:40 AM

In Attendance: 14

1) Introductions:

  • S. Reid – Agape Community Insurance – She has been debating retiring but listened to a Leadercast which pointed out “you don’t retire, you rewire”.  She felt called to be a business owner initially.  Recently she ran into a distraught man outside her business and tried to help and in doing so, refound her purpose.  Feels she is essential and won’t stay at home and feels if you are called to have a business you are essential.  Feels depressed over it. Believes mental health will suffer in our community.  She is here to serve people.  As a society, we need to get back to business.  Struggles with wearing a mask. Probably not going to retire, but needs to rewire and refocus and reevaluate why she is there.  Feels we are missing clarity and feels people want communication that is clear and concise so we know what to follow.
  • K. Harris – ACFM/WCSO Outreach – Farmers Market will open June 4th with pick up options and online ordering.  Will be small, and need lots of support and funding.  Kyra from Portland Metro Records will take on the Market Manager role, Kody is moving to President.  Market will open to a limited extent, no tables or booths until Phase 2.  Recently hired on with WCSO and will be replacing Amy as the West Side Community Outreach person.  
  • A. Terrones – WCSO – Working from home, appreciating the blessing of her kids being more independent and doing their school work.  Moving to East Side Community Outreach.
  • D. Huish – Mt Olivet – Waiting to know when they can go back, it might be the fall.  Working from home.  Sunday sermons are online, and their website is frequently updated.  They are using Facebook and YouTube to host different videos and outreach.  Noticing people watching from outside their usual group!
  • Lt E. Rawilinson – WCSO – Working from home and office, misses meeting with others and going out in public.  
  • J. Koch – WCSO – Busy keeping operations going, and planning how to strategically open up this month
  • MK – Agape Community Insurance – doing well, family good, sons school going well- he’s fairly independent
  • S. Heaton –  Westside Cruisers – Trying to stay busy with cars in the garage, wife and daughter are making masks and sending them to CA and WA for First Responders and Medical teams!  
  • M. Apple – Miller Paint – listening in and is slammed at work, everyone is painting
  • P. Roberts – Westside Cruisers/Westside Community Church – Doing as well as can be.  Working in the garden, misses contact with people.  Westside Community Church using Zoom, 3 Sunday services pre-recorded online complete with music.  
  • J. Doane – TVWD – Not shutting off water for non-payment for now.  Still have to figure out what to do when we return to normal, and want to be benevolent 🙂  About 80% of staff are working from home.  Some crews in the field practicing social distancing and are ready to respond to emergencies.  
  • J. Doane – ACL – Library doing okay, it is budget season, they are closed for now but working with WCCL discussing how to reopen and when they can.  Moving around things on site to allow for social distancing.  Looking for Board Members, especially a Treasurer.  Have been able to keep staff on.  
  • L. Chang – Hula Halau ‘Ohana Holo’oko’a – All classes are online.  Offering free classes each week to keep people moving and active.  Also offering Virtual Hawaiian entertainment, and has turned the garage into hula studio.  Have lost some students and have gained some out of state students.  
  • A. Stone – AHS Booster Club – A lot for the seniors is on hold.  Possible graduation to be held on the football field Friday July 31st, but do not know if it will happen.  If not it will be virtual.  Grad Party up in the air.  Budget cuts coming next year for the district, and we don’t know what that will mean and how we will look.  If football games lose attendance numbers that is a huge loss of funding.  AP exams yesterday.  Online school has been a struggle.  
  • D. Schouten – Washington County Commissioner – Campaign winding up for state senate, can’t walk door to door and misses that. Phone banking outreach is not as effective.  Washington County has a Covid19 Mobile testing site at Hillsboro Stadium on Century Blvd M-Sa noon – 6pm.  It is being run by OHSU and Virgina Garcia.  WaCo has 614 cases, 14 deaths.  Have been able to avoid significant Covid19 issues in jails.  WaCo is a major agricultural area and there are concerns about migrant camps which are cramped.  The Cares Act provided separate allocation to address Covid19 issues.  County Charter changes for fall election – possibly having all commissioners on full time salary, and bringing to an end “land use season” which currently says you can’t approve land use ordinances in the second half of the year.  Hopeful to reopen with Clackamas and Multnomah in early June but it could be mid June.  Emergency Board Meeting to approve applicants for Contact Tracing to allow the county to open up under Phase 1.  
  • K. Bolin – Edward Jones – Business going well, but has unreliable internet at home which is frustrating.  Reliance on technology is frustrating.  But is able to work from home and assure clients fears for the future.  Son works for Avameer in King City and they are having trouble getting protective clothing for staff and they are looking for mens long sleeve dress shirts that they can turn into protective clothing for staff.  Dick Schouten will check in to see if the county can help at all.  

2) ABA Board met this week

  • The budget is doing well, no major expenses
  • The THPRD Concert in the Park is cancelled

3) WCSO Updates

  • Amy Terrones – WCSO Outreach
    • We want to get back to normal
    • Sheriff Office trying to get out into community to know what we need
    • Adapting through Zoom
    • Introducing Kody as the Aloha Contact for WCSO, Amy is moving to the East part of the county.  
  • Kody Harris – WCSO Outreach 
    • Figuring out how to shift to this new position, and is introduced today.  Will continue to network with Amy, but is now our contact person
    • Kody Harris Community Education and Outreach Specialist, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, 215 SW Adams Ave. MS 32, Hillsboro, OR, 97123, 971-470-6112, 
  • Ed Rawlinson – Lieutenant WCSO
    • Covers Aloha
    • Aloha resident 
    • Covid19 procedures –
      • This has been a big learning curve
      • Social Distancing plus law enforcement has been something new to navigate.  
        • Have had to eliminate training for the time being.  
      • Daily Briefing is being done virtually, learning about Zoom and Teams
      • Week at home, week at office
      • Deputies telecommute once a week for a day
      • Had to take backseat to allow first responders to get PPE first, but have it now
      • Have not eliminated traffic enforcement, but the need has gone down.  Still a bit of street racing and they are taking action for that.  Traffic itself has gone down.
      • DMV not open so they are not stopping for expired tags
      • Having to do a bit more first responding and doing CPR as they are often the first to arrive at a scene when out on patrol. 
      • Increased communication with Fire Dept, esp since they had the PPE first
      • When they have to go out on a call, have to pay attention to Social Distance, may ask the caller to come out of their house.  And Dispatch has to ask about health of people in home so they can put on PPE
      • Trying to figure out how to go back to work
        • Police Academy opening up next month
        • Figuring out how to get new recruits into cars and interacting with deputies
      • Burglaries and thefts from vehicles have increased.  
      • Thought there would be more Domestic Violence calls than there have been.  
      • Private Property crimes have increased as we have more time to work around the house.  
        • Package thefts have gone up somewhat 
        • Calls are not as frequent and WCSO wants those called in, even for something small as it allows them to better canvas the areas and map out issues
        • Has good bait package program
      • Child Abuse reports are down, but it is likely due to kids not at school and seeing “mandatory reporters”  
      • Mental Health calls are similar.  They have a mental health response team.  Feels better equipped to handle them now.  
      • Homeless outreach program (houseless) has asked homeless to stay in place to help prevent spread.  Unable to provide as many resources now.   Still trying to get out food boxes.  Hillsboro shelter is still accessible as is Beaverton.  
      • Deputies getting less calls.  Please contact us when you need us.  More patrols going out because they are less tied up with calls.  Will even knock on the door at 2am to let you know your garage is open.  Please don’t feel you are bothering us to call us or the non emergency number. 
        • Increase in parking complaints due to so many people parking cars and staying home.  
    • “Thank you” from Westside Cruisers Car Club – We appreciate your keeping the streets safe!  
  • Chief Deputy Koch – 
    • With WCSO 27 years, lives in Aloha, very familiar with Aloha
    • Here to speak on Public Safety levy option 
    • Aloha – Enhanced Sheriff Patrol District
    • Levy provides services to entire area
      • Replace a 5 year levy which expires in June
      • This levy is a small tax increase 
      • Provides funding for 168 positions county wide, and will add 11 positions
      • Levy provides for
        • Prosecution services addressing crimes throughout the county
        • Treatment and supervision of those who may be released to the community, including compliance monitoring for registered sex offenders
        • Supervision and treatment of Juvenile offenders
      • If levy funding passes
        • Funds law enforcement personnel in providing county services in investigations, forensics, and special teams
          • Trained mental health responders including deputies and mental health professionals helping people in crisis get medical assistance instead of going to jail
        • Houseless outreach and victims assistance
          • Emergency shelter for women and children who are victims of domestic violence
        • Additional services if the proposed levy passes
          • Increased funding for prosecution of child abuse and child pornography
          • Additional patrol and probation officers responsible for addressing increased domestic violence related crimes and caseload.  
          • Washington County Jail 
            • 572 bed jail
            • Level of offenders has increased, higher risk, more violent.  
            • Levy would provide funding for four additional jail deputies 
          • Services for youth outreach
          • Increase in emergency shelter positions to allow for assistance to navigate homeless outreach
      • First time it has increased in years, the community would see approximately $20 increased in taxes for the year. 
      • If levy does not pass, funding for positions will be eliminated.  Taxes would go down, but positions would be eliminated.  
    • When Covid19 became an issue in WaCo they worked to continue to provide services to the community, be it on the streets or in jail.  Had to ensure there was no outbreak in jails
      • Worked with courts to determine who was set to be released in the next few weeks and released them early
      • Low level offenders were able to be released
      • Limited low level arrests allow them to keep jail populated more with high risk offenders
      • This opened up jail to almost half capacity which allowed for social distancing among residents in jail.  
      • Temperatures taken in all intake, also have to wear a mask
      • No outbreak or infections in jail
    • Planning to strategically open the county, we are moving slowly because of the size of the county.  Do not want to fall back.  This involves the court system and determining how we can reopen without negative effects.  
  • Watching out for scams in WaCo, esp over stimulus checks.  
  • Check Facebook page for Thursday Podcast
    • This week is about scams 
  • Phase 1 – will apply to open next week
  • Covid has shown itself to be more severe than thought, but we are working to balance the severity of the situation with the economic and social/mental aspects
  • Sheriff’s Office COVID-19 Changes – 
  • Both our Homeless and Mental Health Teams were highlighted in our last email newsletter –
  • Public Safety and Levy Materials/Handouts –
  • Lt. Ed Rawlinson WCSO-Patrol, 503-846-2689

4) Announcements

  • Website/Levy Info –
  • Any one over the age of 2 months with clinical signs or symptoms of upper or lower respiratory tract illnesses can be referred for testing.
  • Don’t hide, communicate.  
  • Support the community, do take out from our restaurants.  
  • Library levy – please vote yes!  No increase in taxes, just holding steady at the current rate.  
    • Thank you Agape Community Insurance Agency for the donation to help make up for tulip sale which could not happen 
  • Libraries are closed and not a drop off site for ballots
  • Westside Cruisers – has supported the community with Social Distancing birthday celebrations.  
  • Karen wants to remind us that Sheriff Pat Garrett is up for re-election and to support him
  • Ballot Drop Box locations:

Adjourned 1:00pm


April Luncheon Notes

Held in Zoom 4/9/20

Called to Order: 11:30

In Attendance: 12

Notes:  Malia Paulsen

  • *S. Reid – Agape Community Insurance
  • K. Osborn – Westside Food Brigade
  •  R. Bradley – Macley Auto Group
  •  *A. Stone – AHS PTO
  •  S. Heaton – Westside Cruisers
  •  P. Barnes – Westside Cruisers/Westside Community Church
  •  A. Terrones – WCSO
  •  Mike – Miller Paint 
  •  MK – Agape Community Insurance
  •  M. Schmidt – Schmidt and Yee 
  •  K. Bolin – Edward Jones

*Denotes 2020 ABA Board Members

Check in with how Members are coping:

  • A. Terrones – WCSO – looking for ways to connect with the community.  Making videos to share how people are managing during all of this.  “No previous experience needed”  Support and show off your community.
  • A. Stone  – working to not be too strict, letting her kids sleep in.  Ups and downs, good days and bad days.  
  • R. Bradley – finding that her kids are responding better this week since they can see other friends in zoom classes.  It helps to see them.  
  • Disappointment in Spring Sports being cancelled, Seniors wont get to finish year in classroom, it’s been difficult on Seniors.  
  • ABA Board met on a Zoom Call 4/2/20
    • Town Hall is off since primaries are in May and “Stay at Home” is not likely to be lifted by then
    • ABA Pens are in, soon as doors open we will start passing them out in the community
    • Brian took new photos for our website to switch up photos at bottom of front page
    • Karen Bolin – Edward Jones, is business of the month for March and was going to speak today but this has not been possible.
    • ABA Finances are in order. We have over $1000 in the bank and over 50 current members
    • We are still hopeful for our partnership with THPRD for the June Concert in the Park.  
      • June 25th, 6-8pm at Mt.View Champions Park
      • Hope to get Westside Cruisers Involved
  • K. Osborn – Westside Food Brigade – 
    • Non Profit
    • Still operating on Saturdays but are taking this week off (previously planned) for the Easter Holiday.
    • Have changed the process to make sure everyone social distances.  They are cleaning and sanitizing everything being used.  Clients come and fill out a shopping list, a staff/volunteer goes in to pick out the groceries requested, and then delivered out to their car.  
    • Food supplies are okay but can not find red meat.  USDA supplies pork and chicken.  Red meat seems to be in low supply for most stores.  
    • Working with Amy/WCSO to build food boxes for basic needs.  
      • There is a room at the church where the Washington County Sheriff officers can go in and make coffee, relax, etc and can also access food boxes for the community where needed.  Beans, rice chili, soup, plastic utensils, etc.  24/7 access.  
  • P. Barnes – Westside Community Church
    • All Westside Community Church services are online
    • 5 are scheduled for Easter Sunday.  
    • Easy for even a “Non techie” to figure out and participate
  • P. Barnes – Westside Cruisers
    • Westside Cruisers car club is on hold, no cruise-ins currently planned.  Hopefully by August and September they can start more activities.  
  • R. Bradley – Macley Auto Group –
    • Open by appointment only, physical doors not open.
    • Can only have a signing person in the building at one time.  
    • All cars are being sanitized and they are offering delivery.  
    • Lots of dealers they get cars from have shut down completely. 
    • Saturday they plan to hand out masks to the public.  
      • WCSO says it should be doable.  
      • 4-500 masks have been made 
      • Will advertise on Facebook.  
      • They will hand out paper bags and any small businesses can add a flyer to those paper bags if they want to by Saturday.  Donations are accepted also.  
      • Spent hours making masks, family involved. 
      • Will list it tomorrow on Facebook.  
      • Plan to do it later afternoon Saturday.  
      • There is a doctor involved to provide clarification as to what the masks help with or don’t! 
      • No one gets out of cars, they will find how many are needed, put that number of masks in a bag and keep things moving.
    • A. Terrones heard that it is recommended that kids under age of 2 NOT wear masks
  • M. Schmidt – Schmidt and Yee – 
    • Doing as much as possible via mail/email/telephone. 
    • Court restrictions in staffing and priority is keeping them limited.  
    • Much of his job is in the courts so those limits greatly affect him
    • Mike is working in the office, Pam is also in office, Scott is at home.  
    • Only have one other staff member onsite. 
  • Karen Bolin – Edward Jones – 
    • Has been working from home for 4 weeks now.  
    • Computer reliability is the worst it has ever been (ironic given that she is in Intel country)  so she works a great deal on the phone.  
    • Market is going up now.  
    • Her assistant goes into the office but keeps it locked down and processes mail, etc.  
      • Keep in touch via Instant Messaging so they can keep “Things much the same”  
    • Their building is shut down.  
    • Business is functioning just not at 100%.  
    • Karen can go in on weekends and check through files.  
    • Constantly reminded that we share too much on the internet and clients seem to forget that the internet is not secure.  Many Scams out there
    • Our website and facebook page have shared her video
      • Brian did a great job, Karen is very pleased
    • We hope she can speak at next months Luncheon
  • MK – Agape Community Insurance
    • Working from home for the 3rd week.  
    • Sally is in office.  
    • His wife is working from home, son and niece are taking online classes so they are all “ jockeying for real estate” but it is working
    • His father is at risk, he has concern about exposure and has been tested.  
    • Trying to stay home and flatten the curve.  
  • A. Stone – 
    • Not much to update, her family is okay.  
    • Has been emailing with AHS principal about what to do for the Senior Grad Party
      • all funds have been raised so IF they can have the party, they will
      • Location plans to honor the party in June if it is possible.  
    • Heartbroken for seniors. 
    • Grateful they shut down their construction company, as her husband went back to work at Pacific Office.  
      • Grateful he can get work done and is essential, but they are saying if you can work from home do so.  Keeping other businesses running at this time.  
  • S. Heaton – Westside Cruisers
    • Has family in the medical field so there is extreme concern.  
    • Westside Cruisers is “ready to go” as soon as we are released from “Stay at Home” 
    • Hope to participate in Concert in the Park if possible
  • S. Fabre – Agape Community Insurance
    • Trying to encourage people to do “take out” and support local businesses.  
    • Sally goes into the office, tried working from home but her younger son needed a space to work so he is in the front of the office, she is in the back. 
    • Let people know they are open by appointment only.  Email/text/phone call, etc.  
    • Still work to do, people still closing on homes and buying vehicles.  
    • Many insurance companies are reducing premiums for April and May due to reduced driving.  
    • Insurance companies are not cancelling anyone during this time as well. 
    • Doing a drawing for gift cards for each day to try to help support businesses in the community.  

Adjourned 12:15


February 2020 Luncheon Notes

Thursday, February, 13th, 2020

In Attendance: 25

Called to Order:      11:40                                  

1 – Introductions –  What will you do with your extra day?

  • M. Appel – Miller Paint – working
  • L. Taylor – Willamette West Habitat For Humanity –  preparing tax returns
  • J. Doane – Tualatin Valley Water District – avoiding tax returns
  • J. Doane – Aloha Community Library- go to the library
  • P. Roberts – Westside Cruisers and Westside Community Church – go downtown and have fun
  • A. Blum – business owner and running for House District 28 w/goals to make community more affordable to live in, spending extra day reaching out to others
  • P. Miller – Westside Cruisers – will not be cleaning, sleep in and go for walk
  • K. Osborne – Westside Food Brigade –  working at food brigade
  • J. Osborne – Westside Food Brigade – would like to sleep for a year, but will be at food brigade
  • M. Moore – Pamplin Media- celebrating friends birthday (Leap Year baby)
  • *S. Rennie – Schmidt & Yee- smoking meat
  • J. Alexander – Beaverton Together – lay low and sleep in
  • M. Casteel – Aloha High School – helping parents move
  • D. Flint – Inline Commercial Construction – hoping for a day with no rain
  • D. Schouten – County Commissioner now running for state senate, will spend day campaigning
  • MK – Agape Community Insurance – sleep in
  • M. Schmidt – Schmidt & Yee – spend the day thinking of getting some of the smoked meat on the following Monday
  • *A. Stone – AHS Board – avoiding taxes
  • Maya – ASB president – rehearsal for High School Musical
  • Gabby/Kendra/Jenna – AHS students – volunteering
  • J. Maynard – Integrity Brewing – spending day contemplating ages of people born on leap year, visiting bars for research and development
  • R. Groves – Minuteman Mortgage 
  • *B. Merritt – Minuteman Mortgage – catch up on sleep
  • *S. Fabre – Agape Community Insurance- going to a potluck to celebrate the life of friend while they are still alive

*indicates 2020-2021 ABA Board Member

2 – Board and Committee Reports – Sally Fabre

A – Board Review 

  • THPRD concert in the park –  ABA will partner with THPRD, no date set yet, ABA is looking for donations and community involvement
  • ABA looking to host a town hall for candidates, planning for March or April, will run a survey on Nextdoor to gauge community interest and available dates, then invite candidates

B – Treasurer Report – Scott Rennie

  • 1 Member due this month
  • Approx. $1000 in bank
  • 9 members are up for renewal next month
  • 50 current members

C – Community Partnerships / Communications – Brian Merritt

3 – AHS Presentation on replacement of Sparrow program

  • Gabby, Jenna, Maya & Kendra
  • Aloha High School has developed the Aloha Sunshine Project – had to replace Sparrow Program
  • The first Sparrow is Carson 
    • 4 years old
    • first “Ray of Sunshine”
    • He has Peters Anomaly which has caused blindness
    • He also has pulmonary valve stenosis
    • Mom graduated from Aloha in 2006
  • Goal to pay off expenses, medical bills and purchase a braille reader
  • Sparrow program moved towards “service only” work instead of raising money for funds
  • AHS wanted to continue to raise money through service
    • partnering with Dollar For Portland ( to raise money
  • The school loves Carson and is excited to be involved
  • Plan to host an ice cream sundae bar fundraiser (information coming), they will need ice cream and toppings, if your business donates your business will be mentioned in their advertising
  • They are also doing a T Shirt fundraiser if you donate $150 your logo will appear on the shirts
  • Also looking for donations from businesses  gift cards, products, etc
  • for more info reach out to Erin Livingston ( )
  • select AHS sunshine divisions

3 – Guest Speaker – Leon Taylor – Tax Changes for 2020

  • “Death and taxes” death doesn’t get worse every time congress meets
  • swamp has not been drained
  • massive tax cut only helped major corporations and went to stock buybacks not employees 
  • stocks bought increase CEO profit
  • 2019 December bill changed taxes – Secure Act
    • IRAs
    • Pensions
    • Small Businesses
      • Easier to have multi employer plans
      • removed “one bad apple” plan
      • increase credits to enable setting up pension plans
    • part time employees easier to get 401K 
    • reporting easier for accountants
    • eliminated 401K credit card loans
    • increased penalty for delayed filing of pension plans
    • eliminated age restrictions on IRA contributions
    • 529 plans can now use $10,000 to pay down student loan
    • can use IRA to pay for qualified birth or adoption, eliminated 10% penalty, still have to pay taxes on withdrawal though up to $5000
    • inherit IRA you used to be able to stretch that out over your lifetime.   Spouse can still stretch IRA but most of us have to take out IRA over 10 years when inherited
    • tax cut jobs act in 2017 changed rates for kiddie tax
  • Secure Act
    • in 2019 changed laws back to 2018 rules so there are areas where you may need to revisit returns and make amendments
    • changed medical expense deductions
    • changed tuition and fees deduction (education credits) 
    • expanded working opportunity credit
    • added a year to paid family medical leave credit
    • changed disaster relief rules
    • expanded ease of rules if home repossessed to avoid taxation on that situation
    • did not address depreciable life of restaurant and building property 
    • credits extended for electrical vehicles used for business
    • extended tax benefit for energy efficient buildings

4 – Testimonials

  • J. Doane – loves Aloha DQ
  • M. Schmidt – Fred Anderson passed away recently, his memorial service is tomorrow at 10 am at Willamette National Cemetery 
  • S. Fabre –  Aloha Baskin Robbins – Steve donated wedding cake
  • L. Taylor – thanks Monkey Subs for its community support.
  • Franchising up to 4 locations

5 – Spot Light of the Month – Westside Food Brigade

  • Non Profit – separated from Westside Community Church to form their own non profit
  • partner with Oregon Food BankMonkey Subs, Safeway, Albertsons, Einstein Bagels and Grocery Outlet give them donations as well (Grocery Outlet donates $15,000 a year on average)
  • Goal is independence from hunger
  • They have two commercial fridge and freezers 
  • Food bank is set up shopping style – guests come through and choose what they want 
  • make it fun, dress up for holidays
  • people come and often have to sit for hours before “shopping” so they try to make it fun
  • donated 400 turkey dinners need is growing and they want to expand that
  • At Christmas they wrapped presents and dressed up
  • Looking to expand their facilities – new building, etc. to allow them to serve more people, store more food, give more options
  • use term “guests” rather than “clients”
  • if you want to volunteer – show up, 9 am Saturdays.  If you want to bring a group let them know. otherwise show up and they will put you to work
  • if you bring young kids, keep them with you but there is no age limit to volunteer, 12 is min age to volunteer alone
  • Located at Westside Community Church 185th and Farmington
  • usually feed around 100 families a week, families of 3-4 members
  • food is so good it draws people in
  • no restrictions – come every week if you have need
  • donate extras to other agencies to avoid throwing away
  • can accommodate dietary restrictions

4 – Announcements – 

  • AHS Leadership – Sunshine Kid
  • Night to Shine results 2020 – guests experienced pure joy, tears at the end, best night of the whole year.  Plan to bring a video next month. Thank you for donations and support of ABA and Mt.Olivet where it was held, shoutout to Kevin dressed as Olaf, 200 guests 400 buddies and volunteers
  • Adopt a Road cleanup Spring 2020 – March 14th @ 8:45 am meet at AHS finish around 9:30 – 10

Adjourned 1:00

Next Board Meeting:  Thursday March 5th, 2020

Next Luncheon:  Thursday March 12th, 2020

ABA Business of the Month of March – Minuteman Mortgage

 2nd Thursday of every month, 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM at Peppermill Restaurant  

Please invite someone to join!

The ABA Board would like to thank

Schmidt and Yee for hosting our Board Meeting held February 11th @ 8:30 AM

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January 2020 Luncheon Notes

Thursday, January 9th, 2020

In Attendance: 27

Called to Order: 11:45  

1 – New Year’s resolution video –

2 – Introductions –  What do you want to leave behind in 2019 and what do you want to achieve in 2020?

  • *B. Merritt – Minuteman Mortgage – leave behind every sense of negativity, continue to grow business
  • *S. Leitz – Baskin Robbins – leave winter behind
  • June and Kevin – Westside Food Brigade – just joined, leaving behind hunger, provide food every day to those in need
  • MK – Agape Community Insurance – leave behind trouble 
  • T. Wang – NW Chinese Academy – leave behind sense of not being enough
  • Brandon – Baskin Robbins – leave behind bad luck, wants to help community more in 2020
  • A. Terrones – WCSO – make more time for the people who matter
  • M. Schmidt – Schmidt & Yee – leave behind mother’s poor health, move forward helping her
  • L. Sneden – Beaverton Together – leave behind indecision, move forward and reconnect with people 
  • M. Casteel – AHS – leave behind the growing population of homeless students, wants to shrink it and get them into stable lives
  • *A. Stone – Stone Construction – leave behind the first 2 weeks of 2020 – sick family, dissolving company leaving it behind, not sure what to look forward to, but it’s gotta go up from here!  
  • AJ Bustamante – Westside Community Church – leave behind past bad working habits, get more sleep.  Build outreach team, direct them and help them expand
  • J. Sievert – Reedville Presbyterian – leave behind anxiety and over investment in outcomes, take on more engagement with things and people
  • *S. Rennie – Schmidt & Yee – leave behind children failing to sleep, move forward with kids sleeping 
  • G. Lampros – Edwards Center – leave behind debilitating stress, remove clutter in life
  • J. Edwards – Edwards Center – leave behind transformation in the center, move forward running the machine of business, do what we do best
  • M. Evanson – Edwards Center – leave behind  stressing over what she can’t control, move forward with family time
  • J. Maynard – Integrity Brewing – leave behind corporate america and looking forward to moving forward with his own business  
  • M. Bauer- Michelle Bauer Photography – leave behind negative talk, wants to reconnect with nature
  • P. Miller – Westside Cruises Car Club – leave behind worry, wants to pay attention to what’s in front of her
  • P. Roberts – Westside Cruisers and Westside Community church – leave behind negative political atmosphere and peoples inability to talk about it, wants to return to good conversation.  In 2020 wants to start conversations with a thank you
  • K. Carpentier – Homeplate Youth services – leave behind screen time, wants to spend more time outdoors
  • J. Doane – TVWD – 
  • G. Ashcom – Washington County Public Health – leave behind always moving, not sitting still, hopeful to be more mindful and present
  • K. Bolin – Edward Jones – sold condo, moving to Reeds Crossing in February, leaving behind toxic environment in condo neighborhood, looking forward to new environment and new neighbors
  • *S. Fabre – Agape Community Insurance – in her personal life leaving behind “singledom” and in January embracing marriage.  Leaving behind employee challenges, wants to focus more on her time now and be more active in community

*Denotes 2020 ABA Board Member

3 – Board and Committee Reports – Sally Fabre

A – Board Retreat Review – State of the Association

  • Membership Structure more clearly defined – Encourage people to join
    • Invoice issues continue but we are working on it
    • If you do not renew after 60 days removed from ABA
    • Membership incentives 
      • $5 Gift Card for members who bring guests
      • Membership Fee waived for 1 year if 5 new members join because of you
    • Keep us up to date on email changes, employee changes
    • Participate in monthly spotlights 
      • Let us know  your talents and gifts, area of expertise
    • Speaker Ideas
      • Taxes 
    • Adopt a road – we will renew, need to pick up 2 times a year, needs member assistance
    • Check-in and post on facebook when you visit or use member businesses, post reviews
    • Hosting events
      • Town Hall, Meet the Candidates (March or April)
      • Partnership with THPRD – Aloha Concert in the Park
      • AHS Tree Lighting – November?
      • (We need committees to handle these events)
    • ACFM – Membership Booth available 10×10 space and canopy, sign waiver to use

 B – Treasurer Report – Scott Rennie

  • 2020 Budget approved at Board Meeting
  • Changing who can access bank info to new Treasurer
  • 55 Members
  • Thank you to Teresa – outgoing Treasurer

C – Community Partnerships / Communications – Brian Merritt

Video for Agape Community Insurance 

  • Sees clients go from upset about having to have insurance to seeing its value and being grateful
  • Agape takes the time to make sure clients understand cheapest is not always best and helps them understand its value
  • Represent several insurance companies
  • Clients become family

 4 – Testimonials / Announcements – 

  • Matthew Casteel – AHS Principal – Community Dessert – 1/9/2020
    • Thank you to AJ and Westside Community Church who reached out a year ago about hosting a dessert to bring the community together to try to meet the needs of students at Aloha
    • 7pm tonight.  
    • 25 individuals are planning to be a part of the event
    • 217 students classified as homeless at AHS
    • Pantry and clothing needs at Aloha
    • Facilities improvements are needed because so much of resources are spent on students
    • More outreach events are needed
    • Donations are welcome, financial or assistance from community
    • Poverty is a mindset
    • USWC Taekwondo has offered free lessons if community assists
  • Kirsten Carpentier – Home Plate Youth – Open House – 1/15/2020
    • 12-24 ages served 
    • homeless and home instability kids served
    • drop in center across the street from AHS at church
    • Wed 15th 4-5:30 open house, ribbon cutting and light refreshments
    • blessings of community 
  • AJ Bustamante – Night to Shine – 2/7/2020 – 
    • 450 participants (attendees and volunteers) last year
    • positive prom night experience for kids with special needs who might otherwise get overlooked
    • video (
    • Need for funds, P. Roberts can collect donations after Luncheon
    • Held at Mt Olivet
    • Need 80 more volunteers to be buddies to spend the evening at the event with a guest
    • Need decoration volunteers
  • Georgia Lampros – Edwards Center – Spot light
    • serve 400 people with developmental disabilities
    • Autism, Down Syndrome
    • offer help for lifelong developmental disabilities
    • looking for jobs for clients with disabilities
    • Have a meal with clients (Meals on Wheels)
    • Sponsorship opportunities
    • Jean Edwards – started Edwards Center
      • hope to offer housing assistance and recreational assistance to developmentally delayed 
      • longest client is 50 years
      • has seen that active life they create for members has contributed to life expectancy longevity
      • off Kinnaman Road for 50 years
      • other businesses have modeled services off of their plan
      • thank you to ABA members who have helped
  • Sally Fabre – Blanket Coverage Ministry – Blanket drive for the homeless
    • Community treats homeless as though they belong in leprosy camps
    • 33% of the homeless populations are families
    • 2.3 million (4 per min) housing evictions in 2016
    • 78% of workers live paycheck to paycheck
    • 40% decline in new businesses
    • 57% have less than $1000 in savings
    • mental health is a huge part of homelessness
  • Washington County Public Health – outreach with community working on Tobacco licensing and economic impact
    • Oregon needs a retail license program for tobacco (has one for alcohol and marijuana)
    • Multnomah County has a program
    • retailers need a license cost of which would run program (2 enforcement check)
    • trying to limit accessibility of vape products to youth


  • Sally – Reedville Church Christmas Eve service was lovely
  • Steve – Baskin Robbins blood drive coming up on 31st – get a pint of ice cream if you give a pint 
  • WCSO – Shop with a Cop – event went as planned, thank you to businesses in ABA for help.  Sponsored 15 local families for positive holiday season. works to make connections with communities – other cultures, etc can make families leary of cops, this works to make that relationship better.  Hosted party at Reedville Presbyterian. Had a family open up about a situation that needed law enforcement assistance and this event opened up that family to accepting law enforcement interaction
  • Reedville impacted by Shop With a Cop event.  
    • Thanks to Baskin Robbins for ice cream cake 
  • Westside Food Brigade – works with AHS to feed students.  Albertsons and Sunshine Division helped supply thanksgiving boxes.  numbers of need are growing. 250 food boxes provided at Xmas.  
  • Thanks to Homeplate for employing an Edwards Center member

Adjourned at 1pm

Next Board Meeting:  Tuesday February 11th, 2020

Next Luncheon:  Thursday February 13th, 2020

ABA Business of the Month of February – Springer & Son

 2nd Thursday of every month, 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM at Peppermill Restaurant  

Please invite someone to join!

The ABA Board would like to thank

Schmidt and Yee for hosting our Board Meeting held December 5th @ 8:30 AM

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December Luncheon Notes

Thursday, December 12th, 2019

In attendance: 20
Called to order: 11:30

Video –

1 – Introductions – How are you celebrating the end of 2019? Do you have any embarrassing/memorable holiday stories?

  • * **S. Fabre – Agape Insurance Agency – Engaged and looking forward to the holidays
  • * **B Merritt – Minuteman Mortgage – met his wife through a holiday party
  • K Bolin – Edward Jones – misses magic of Christmas with her kids, looking forward to time with grandchild this year
  • J Doane – TVWD – Wedding Anniversary is Dec 21, reflects on spending many Christmasses at airports traveling to visit his kids
  • R. Velji – Running for House Representative – Grew up in Fiji, where it is Summer at Christmas, their tradition was to have a picnic on the beach.
  • M. Moore – Pamplin Media Group – looking forward to going to Sacramento to spend Christmas with her 93 year old grandma
  • *M. Schmidt – Schmidt and Yee – looking forward to going to see folks for holidays in Kansas
  • J. Petersdorf – Beaverton Little League – remembers her mall having a talking Christmas tree
  • **S. Rennie – Schmidt and Yee – looking forward to spending time with his kids at Christmas
  • P. Yee – Schmidt and Yee – remembers making a “Bob Kratchet” Punch for a Holiday Party and realized after the fact she had forgotten to add mixer
  • T. Wang – Northwest Chinese Academy – looking forward to volunteering and serving others
  • M. Ortiz – Northwest Chinese Academy – going to New York to be with family
  • MK – Agape Community Insurance – misses snow during season, and always liked the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center
  • P. Miller – Westside Cruisers – looking forward to spoiling her cat and spending time with friends
  • D. Flint – Inline Construction – has funny memories of watching employees have a great time at the company Christmas party
  • **S. Leitz – Baskin Robbins – good memories of the time he moved to Saipan and soaked up the sun for a year
  • **A. Stone – Stone Construction & AHS Liaison – Christmas plans this year are “TBD”, she grew up in Lake Oswego and has good memories of watching the Christmas Ships.
  • J Maynard – Integrity Brewing – remembers the year he forgot a birthday, but turned it into “birthday month”

*2019 ABA Board Member
**2020 ABA Board Member

Drawing – Raffle Tickets and Gift Cards

2 – Board and Committee Reports – Sally Fabre

  • At the Board Meeting the following Positions were elected: Sally Fabre – President, Alison Stone – Secretary, Scott Rennie – Treasurer

A – Treasurer Report – Sally Fabre for Teresa Greeno- over $900 in bank account, used some funds for gift cards for today’s raffle
B – Community Partnerships / Communications – Brian Merritt

  • Video for Edwards Center – Non-profit of the month

3 – Beaverton Together Survey

broke up into groups to discuss 5 question survey:
1)As a business owner, what do you think is needed in the community as it pertains to substance abuse?
2) How does substance use/abuse affect your business?
3) What would be the most effective way to get businesses engaged in the work of the coalition?
4) What ideas do you have to address the community needs?
5) If you would like to be contacted directly, please include your name and contact information

4 – Testimonials / Announcements –

  • Beaverton Aloha Little League
    • 61st year in community
    • Indoor practice facility
    • inclusive – if you sign up, you will play (no tryouts,no cuts)
    • center of all elementary schools in area
    • looking for partnerships with community to keep registration cost low
      • $500 – up sponsorships available (logo on newsletter, banners, flyers at facility, etc)
  • Night to Shine – 2/7/2020 – Volunteers and Guests Needed along with donations –
  • TVWD reminds us that Grabhorn will be closed for the next 2 months for water main installation, use Murray or Tile Flat (paid for by EPA grant, no rate increases)
  • Aloha United Methodist Church – Christmas Eve Candlelight service at 7pm
  • NW Chinese Academy – community billboard if you want anything posted
    • Open House again in the spring
  • AHS Giving Tree – homeless and in need students requests for $25 gift cards from Target, due tomorrow
  • The ABA has a new PO Box Address: PO Box 5872, Aloha, OR 97006-5872

Annual Board Retreat – Saturday January 4th, 2020
Next Meeting: Thursday January 9th, 2020
ABA Business of the Month: Agape Community Insurance

2nd Thursday of every month, 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM at Peppermill Restaurant
Please invite someone to join!

The ABA Board would like to thank
Schmidt and Yee for hosting our Board Meeting held December 5th @ 8:30 AM

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November 2019 Luncheon Minutes

Thursday, November 14th, 2019
Called to Order: 11:30 
In Attendance: 30

1 – Veterans Day Video –

  • AHS Football video 

2 – Introductions –  Who was/is your hero growing up?

  • *S. Fabre – Agape Community Insurance – Martin Luther King Jr, and her sons. 
  • K. Denfeld – Godfathers Pizza – the teachers and coaches at Hillsboro High who taught him the principals he needed to succeed. 
  • L. Weaver – Her father, survived cancer and always supported her goals despite society’s pressures.
  • R. Velji – running for State Representative – his brother a 9/11 survivor 
  • J. Doane – Aloha Community Library – MD Fiaz her mother’s Caregiver from India 
  • A. Terrones – WCSO – her single mother who made many sacrifices to raise her and her brothers 
  • P. Miller – Westside Cruisers Car Club – her high school English teacher who encouraged her to go to college
  • P. Roberts – Westside Community Church – her 5th grade teacher who always stayed positive and made sure everyone had opportunities, despite struggling with breast cancer
  • U. Morefield – Costco – Her dad, they came to the US from Germany with nothing and he made their lives a success
  • *T. Greeno – Transaction Realty – her mom and her husband who has been through thick and thin with her
  • D. Atkins – Key Bank 
  • *S. Leitz – Baskin Robbins – Steve Prefontaine
  • D. Flint – Inline Commercial Construction
  • MK – Agape Insurance Agency – His dad
  • D. Huish – Mt Olivet Church – her husband
  • M Ortiz – NW Chinese Academy – her paternal grandmother
  • Pastor J. Sievert – Reedville Presbyterian – 6th grade teacher
  • K. Bolin – Edward Jones – Barbara Walters  
  • A. Shapiro – Small Business Administration – her husband
  • R. Bradley – Mackley Auto Group – Her grandmother
  • Dick Schouten – Washington County Commissioner 
  • M. Casteel – Aloha High School 
  • C. Hoover – Minuteman Mortgage – Her mother
  • *B. Merritt – Minuteman Mortgage – Benjamin Franklin
  • *M. Schmidt – Schmidt and Yee – Mickey Mantle 
  • P. Bransford – Washington County – Barack Obama and Abraham Lincoln
  • E. Wordel – Washington County 

*2019 ABA Board Member

3 – Board and Committee Reports – Sally Fabre

A – Treasurer Report – Teresa Greeno  $1324.84 in bank

  • Still need to pay Shop with a Cop donation

 B – Community Partnerships / Communications – Brian Merritt

  • October Member video – Schmidt & Yee 
  • November ABA Non-profit – Edwards Center

4 – ABA 2020 Board Election – Mike Schmidt –

  • 4 Board Members to elect, 4 Candidates
    • Alison Stone, Steve Leitz, Sally Fabre, Scott Rennie
  • No further nominations
  • Move to elect these 4 to the board – seconded and passed
  • Brian Merritt will continue to serve

5 – Guest Speaker:  Commissioner Dick Schouten – Washington County Updates

  • Overview
  • Funding coming available for changes along TV Hwy
    • Moving Forward TV Hwy
      • Improved pedestrian connectivity
      • Strategic intersections and roadway improvements
      • Improved bus stops
      • Transit priority
    • Metro council considering 2020 ballot measures to fund regional transportation projects 
    • TV Hwy and 185th identified as high priority corridors
    • TV Hwy has high rate of fatalities and injury
    • Proposed improvements
      • light rail over crossing 185th and baseline
      • Pedestrian crossing
      • Intersection improvements from Alexander to Blanton
      • Complete street improvements between Kinnaman and Farmington
      • New sidewalks and ADA ramps
  • Widen 198th to 3 lanes
    • New bridges
    • Storm drainage upgrades
    • Continuous bike lanes and sidewalks
    • Intersection safety improvements
    • Kinnaman road realignment
    • Sound walls on North side installed
  • Clover Court – controversial Luke Dorf development on 170th and Bany.  
  • May 2020 Levy – library and public safety

6 – Testimonials / Announcements –  

  • Beaverton High School Craft fair this weekend
  • Aloha Community Library – Day of Giving Tuesday December 3rd
  • NW Chinese Academy – Friday Open House November 22nd 8am.  Light breakfast served
  • Beaverton Education Foundation – Community Support Needed for Aloha High School 
  • Aloha High School – Final home football game this Friday at 7pm.  Game 2 of Playoffs! 7pm Kick Off, $5 per students, $8 per adults
  • AHS Grad Party Fundraisers
    • Can Drive at Aloha Saturday November 16th
    • Poker Game at Peppermill Saturday November 16th $25 buy in
  • AHS Leadership Tree Sale fundraiser
  • Shop with a Cop – support Reedville Elementary School, 15 families signed up, Reedville Presbyterian to host party after.  Thank you to the community for support.    
  • Aloha High School Football Playoff game – Friday at 7 pm against Lakeridge (At Aloha High School)     
  • Aloha High School Play – Blithe Spirit – Nov. 15-16, 21-23rd
  • Aloha Tree Lighting – November 30th from 6 – 8 pm (We have a tree!!)
    • ABA Business Member involvement at our booth (bring pens!!)
  • Night to Shine – 2/7/2020 – Volunteers and Guests Needed along with donations – 
  • The ABA has a new PO Box Address: PO Box 5872, Aloha, OR 97006-5872

Next Meeting:  Thursday December 12th, 2019

Blanket and Canned Food Drive

Guest Speaker:  Beaverton Together 

Celebrating another year together!

 2nd Thursday of every month, 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM at Peppermill Restaurant  

Please invite someone to join!

The ABA Board would like to thank

Schmidt and Yee for hosting our Board Meeting held November 7th @ 8 AM

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