July 2021 ABA “In Person” Meeting Notes

ABA Monthly Members Meeting – July 8, 2021

Called to Order:  11:45

In Attendance:

  • Kody Harris – Washington County Sheriff Office
  • Karen Bolin – Edward Jones
  • MK – Agape Community Insurance Agency
  • *Sally Reid – Agape Human Services
  • Jori Monihan – Pamplin Media
  • Bryson Koch – Pamplin Media (Portland Tribune)
  • Henry Hebson – Pamplin Media (Aloha/Hillsboro)
  • *Scott Rennie – Schmidt and Yee

*ABA 2020-2021 Board Member

  • ABA Board did not meet this month
    • Finances are good
      • $1102.80 – Current bank balance
    • Hopeful that we have some new members coming in, as well as renewals
      • August has multiple renewals due
  • Beginning stages of planning a Town Hall this Fall to address Covid-induced Trauma and educating our community on healthy ways of coping and helping each other through.
    • Sally has reached out to Pat Garret, Washington County Sheriff
    • Looking to hold the Town Hall at Mt Olivet Baptist Church
    • Sally is also meeting with Kathryn Harrington to discuss why as a community we are fighting more often, why there is more anger (streets, social media, etc) and how that relates to unresolved trauma from our past. Also how that may be triggered by Covid-19 and the amount of No’s we were told this past year.
  • The Aloha Inn project is beginning to receive more positive reactions in the community and on social media
    • A Town Hall held to discuss the project was well received.  
      • Helped ease the idea that this was a “Homeless Shelter” rather than a long term permanent housing facility
    • The remodel is beginning and should be complete by 2022
  • There has been a noticeable increase of surveyors on Farmington Road
    • Instigated by Washington County Commissioner Nafisa Fai?
      • Not sure if it will be widened and/or have better lighting installed, but it is known that both ideas are the desires of the community
  • Washington County Chamber of Commerce name change?
    • Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce is voting to change its name to Washington County Chamber of Commerce
    • Hopeful this will give Beaverton and Hillsboro increased representation and a stronger voice on a State level, allowing representatives from our community the ability to go to our Legislature to ask for assistance as a whole, rather than in the individualized form we are now 
      • Better updates on new rules and laws
      • Better updates on new changes
      • More trust in government voices 
    • Beaverton Chamber of Commerce is under a reorganization phase
      • CEO recently left
    • Deanna Palm is the current CEO of Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce 
    • It is suggested that an all inclusive Chamber of Commerce could also help people from outside our community as well as inside the community utilize search engines better in learning what Washington County has to offer
    • Possibility to reinstate the School to Career Program at Aloha High School 
    • Through this partnership we should all benefit
    • Should the ABA remain?  
      • Yes, the leadership shown through the ABA could also give us better representation when we want to go to a larger scale Chamber of Commerce
    • Pamplin Media is holding a free virtual marketing workshop
      • Attendees will receive a raffle ticket for a $2500 Marketing Package 
        • 3 attendees could win

Presentation and Discussion on COVID-19 Created Trauma

  • We are all reliving our own childhoods in some way right now.  Crisis draws us back into our stories with a ferocity unlike anything else.  
    • Old roles are reactivated, old feelings are resurfacing, and old defensive or coping behaviors are being employed
    • Powerlessness, unknowns, loss of structure and routine, anxiety, polarized or binary thinking, responsibility, guilt, feelings identification, depression
    • Coping with Trauma – loss of distractions, increased alcohol and substance abuse
      • Sales of both are way up
  • We are all grieving, to differing degrees, but we are all grieving.  The deeper the loss, the deeper the grief.  COVID 19 Changed our world and we all experienced loss of something of value to us.
    • Healthy response – Cry without embarrassment or shame, acknowledge our losses and the value they held for us, feel the losses deeply resulting in resolution without regret or the need to return to them repeatedly.  
    • Unhealthy response – deny the loss, discount the significance, become antry and strike out at others around us, blame others, withdraw, push through, pretend it didn’t hurt, or distract ourselves.  Leaves unresolved grief.  
    • Grief separates us from others rather than bringing us together.  Those who grieve well live well. They also live with less fear.
    • America does a poor job of grieving.  We want what we want now.  Carl Jung said “the foundation of all mental illness is the avoidance of legitimate suffering”
    • Grief is exhausting, interferes with our concentration, reduces our motivation, increases forgetfulness, and leaves us feeling helpless.  Not “why” processes, but “what happened”
    • Five stages of grief:  Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance
  • We are all living a values clarification exercise in real time, both individually and culturally
    • Your values dictate who you got your news from, helped make decisions about wearing a mask and following protocol, helped make decisions about working from home, etc.
    • Covid 19 mortality rate:  Black Americans 2.2 times higher than the rate of Latinos, 2.3 times higher than the rate for Asians, and 2.6 times higher than the rate for Whites
    • Culturally – STATS:  Washington DC – 80% of the deaths were Affrican American, Chicago 56%, Milwaukie 72%, New Orleans 70%, Michigan 41%.  In Oregon, Blacks are 3 times more likely to die of the virus than Whites.
  • We are all being invited into understanding ourselves in a more meaningful way.  This is an opportunity to develop a deeper and richer internal world.  
    • Post-traumatic growth
      • Embracing new opportunities – both at the personal and professional fronts
      • Improved personal relationships and increased pleasure derived from being around the people we love
      • A heightened sense of gratitude to ward live altogether
      • Greater spiritual connection
      • Increased emotional strength and resilience
  • Statements of Growth
    • I changed my priorities about what is important in life
    • I have a greater appreciation of the value of my own life
    • I have developed new interests
    • I have a greater feeling of self reliance
    • I have a better understanding of spiritual matters
    • I more clearly see that I can count on people in times of trouble
    • I established a new path for my life
    • I have  greater sense of closeness with others
    • I am more willing to express my emotions
    • I know that I can handle difficulties
    • I can do better things with my life
    • I am better able to accept the way thing work out
    • I can better appreciate each day
    • New opportunities are available which wouldn’t have been otherwise
    • I have more compassion for others
    • I put more effort into my relationships
    • I am more likely to try to change things that need changing
    • I have stronger relations faith
    • I discovered that i am stronger than i thought i was
    • I learned a great deal about how wonderful people are
    • I better accept needing others

Adjourned 1:00

Next ABA Members Monthly Meeting Thursday August 12, 2021