October Luncheon Notes

Thursday, October 10th, 2019
In Attendance: 25
Called to Order: 11:30

1- Introductions – What failures have you had in business and/or life and were able to learn from?

  • *S. Fabre – Agape Community Insurance – Business-get all verbal agreements in writing before signing lease. Marriage-divorce but still friends. Parenting-helicopter parenting. Personal-walking away from God at 18 but now walking very close!
  • A. Gunter – Agape Community Insurance – Runs an adult foster care service with a focus on mental health. Uses failure as a way to learn.
  • P. Roberts – Westside Community Church – Were not as supportive of son in school as they wish they had been. He had learning disabilities and they feel they should have been more active in helping him.
  • P. Miller – Westside Cruisers Car Club – did not pursue National Guard assistance with college. Wishes she had.
  • S. Beasley – Beaverton Education Foundation – wishes she did more in college, reached out more and participated more
  • L. Taylor – Willamette West Habitat for Humanity – was initially devastated by a layoff but it led to a new job.
  • J. Doane – TVWD – feels that things in LA don’t work, but they work out for him in Portland. He feels he is the “right person for the job” and gets things working
  • D. Lopez – Westside Community Church – was in gangs in middle school and high school, watched friends go to prison and get deported but pulled himself out and learned from it and now works to steer youth/away from that
  • A. Terrones – WCSO – adoption of family members they turned down. Regrets not taking them in and thinks they would be better off had she. Because of this past decision, she has a passion for working with and for struggling youth. WCSO is hoping to merge with Beaverton PAL to reach more kids
  • J. Whitehouse – Edward Jones – 23 years in the Marines, learned leadership from a young age. Wake up with the goal to be better today than yesterday, to fail forward. Edward Jones pushes him to be better
  • J. Southgate – Southgate Consulting – because of his “missed opportunities” he has learned to counsel young people to pursue their dreams
  • D. Fairhurst – Curves – feels she is missing out on opportunities to spend time with family, and has put business up for sale to spend more time with kids, present in the community, voice in the schools and work with youth
  • B. Flint -INLINE Commercial Construction – wish they had made better hiring decisions early on, failures in marriage led to opportunities to learn and grow
  • D. Flint – INLINE Commercial Construction – has had cancer twice, learned to find new paths to success, to investigate, to do his due diligence, and to think through before making decisions
  • K Larmanger – Atlantis Caregiving – spends too much time at work and not enough with kids. Does not want her kids to think she spends too much time at work not with them. Should have started working in community earlier rather than working for big HMO.
  • K. J. – Atlantis Caregiving – professional failure – not jumping on opportunities because she was scared. Personal Failures – needs to pay more attention to choices and chances taken and proactively make change.
  • K Bolin – Edward Jones – was going to be in computer science, room for only 40 in her program and and she was 42. She couldn’t commit to 6 years so she took the easiest route to graduate which was home economics – looks at it as “home resource management” regrets not pushing to get ahead in computers. Took Mom and Grandparents for granted, expected them to be there. Wish she would have spent more time appreciating them.
  • M. Ortiz – NW Chineese Academy – failures turned into the grander plan and discovered education as her path because she couldn’t pursue her original goal. Trying to teach her daughter to live her truth and become what she wants to be, not what others tell her to be
  • MK – Agape Community Insurance – failure in not standing up for himself, he is learning to do that and to express himself. Went into a bad business deal and learned from it.
  • M. Schmidt & Yee – personal failure should have had the better meal at lunch today. 😉 Been practicing law for 40 years, but soon after he started, he was working on a criminal case. He was working at his desk and the client called saying “Aren’t you supposed to be here today?” He had missed a court appearance and as a result, he learned to keep better track of calendar
  • S. Rennie – Schmidt & Yee – needs to spend more time with his kids while they are still young.
  • R. Bradley – Mackley Auto Group – started business to help family but it resulted in less time with family.
  • K. Peiris – Taste of Pearl Catering – He grew up in a privileged family but took it for granted and “destroyed” family finances, wishes he’d apologized instead of partying and not going to school. Regrets taking advantage of parents because now they are gone and he can’t make it right. Teaches his son not to do that. He is very giving and trusting sometimes people take advantage of him. He turned his hobby into his job, followed passions
  • C. Hoover – Minuteman Mortgage – Bought a “salvaged” car on Craigslist and learned quickly, not to get a car without airbags when she got into an accident. Feels life has its ups and downs, that they are part of the human condition. There is no such thing as perfection, perfection is an illusion, Life is not what happens to you, it is how you react.

2 – Board and Committee Reports – Sally Fabre

  • Board nominations next month
  • Sally Fabre will run again for President
  • 3 spots available, please make nominations
  • Brian Merritt made a video for Inline Commercial Construction. It is on our website as well as our Facebook page.

A – Treasurer Report – Sally Fabre for Teresa Greeno

  • $1500 in bank
  • We are giving a check to Shop With a Cop for $150

B – Community Partnerships / Communications – Sally for Brian

  • ABA Business of the Month – September video https://vimeo.com/361692527
  • October ABA Business of the Month- Schmidt & Yee
  • November ABA Non-profit – Edwards Center

3 – October 10th – World Mental Health Day – https://youtu.be/kgOLNocUjiQ

  • Sally Fabre has family member who struggles – feels we all deal with our own struggle, wants to take a funny look at mental health to be positive. There are a lot of people suffering and don’t realize how common it is.

4 – Guest Speaker: Michael Schmidt and Scott Rennie – Schmidt and Yee – Topic: Trick or Treat Legal Fun!

  • Pam Yee is not here today. At Schmidt & Yee she represents both business and individuals entities, handles real estate, probate, and estate planning
  • Mike Schmidt does wills, trust, probate, guardianships and conservatorships
  • Scott Rennie – works alongside Pam Yee in business, real estate, disputes. Real Estate easements, purchase agreements, property matters
    • Operate as “LLC” over sole proprietorship, because sole proprietorship brings with it more personal responsibility. A creditor can take your personal property rather than just take from the business.
    • Partnership can be worse than sole proprietorship because you can have assets taken from you if your partner fails
  • Legal trivia
    • Strictly Google Q&A, not “legally vetted” 🙂
    • 1990 what food was legal currency in Germany – sausages
    • What must you have in Memphis to beg on the street – $10 license to beg
    • Where can you not perform a marriage ceremony in Oregon – ice rink
    • If you want to ride a donkey in Kansas what hat do you have to wear – straw hat
    • What came first – in Georgia it is illegal for chickens to cross the road
    • In Massachusetts you can have a dual with any weapon except for a water pistol
    • In Tennessee you can not sleep while driving
    • If you are going to sing in North Carolina you must be on key

5 – Aloha High School Football – https://youtu.be/mVMJ3j99xOI

  • Undefeated, currently 5-0, they beat Jesuit

6 – Testimonials / Announcements –

  • The ABA Board election is coming up in November. Please submit nominations to ExecSec@AlohaBusinessAssociation.com
  • Aloha Tree Lighting – November 30th from 6 – 8 pm (We need a tree!!)
  • Night to Shine – 2/7/2020 – Volunteers and Guests Needed along with donations – westside.nighttoshine.com – Priscilla Roberts – video https://vimeo.com/318275164
    • Prom for special needs kids.
    • Need for funds to put it on
    • Can volunteer
    • Can suggest someone to go (must be 14 or older)
    • 100,000 guests worldwide
  • November 7th Partnership with Community through Westside Community Church
  • NW Chinese Academy Nov 22nd Open House
  • The ABA has a new PO Box Address: PO Box 5872, Aloha, OR 97006-5872

Next Meeting: Thursday November 14th, 2019
ABA BOARD ELECTIONS
November Business of the month: Edwards Center

2nd Thursday of every month, 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM at Peppermill Restaurant
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The ABA Board would like to thank
Schmidt and Yee for hosting our Board Meeting held October 3rd @ 8 AM

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