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June Luncheon Agenda

Luncheon Meeting Agenda
Thursday, June 8th

1- Introductions/Testimonials

2 – Board Report – Karen Bolin

3 – Committee Reports
A – Treasurer Report – Michael Holcomb
B – Membership Report – Michael Holcomb
C – Community Partnerships – Sally Fabre
D – Communications – Brian Merritt
E – Upcoming Meetings/Programs – Karen Bolin

4 – Spotlight Speakers –
Diana Fairhurst – Curves
Mike Schmidt – Schmidt and Yee

5 – Program Speaker – Steve Phillips, Deputy Superintendent Beaverton School District

6 – Announcements-

Next Meeting: Thursday July 13th, 2017

Our Speaker will be from THPRD to discuss our new park!
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 and Movement Mortgage for hosting our Board Meetings.


October ABA Luncheon Notes

Luncheon Meeting Agenda
Thursday, October 13th
Called to Order by Karen Bolin 11:45
Attendance: 22

1- Introductions/Testimonials (15 minutes)
Brian Merritt – Movement Mortgage
David Marcotte – Elements Massage
Lisa-Tabatha – School to Career (just joined today)
Sally Fabre – Agape Insurance
Steve Lites – Baskin Robbins
Gary Carlson – Carlson Law Group/Running for State Rep
Eric Squires – rep Aloha Library EARLY DECEMBER Opening (hope)
Dick Schmidt – TVWD
Becky Jarvis – Electronics Unlimited / Curvy Chic Closet
Jennifer Bagley – Connect Hearing
Ed Rawlinson – WCSO
Darlene – WCSO – Community Outreach
Nancy Pagaduan- A resident of Aloha, went to Farmers Market and is interested in the ABA
Carol Zamars – Songbird
Jana Jarvis – Oregon Trucking Association
Paul Botner – Back to Basics Chiropractic
Mike Holcomb – Board Treasurer
Georgia Lampros – Edwards Center – Marketing Manager
Dana Woods – Grant Writer Edward Center
Karen Bolin – Edward Jones

Testimonials –
Becky Jarvis shared that she purchased signs from Sandy at Impact Signs, they were done quick and affordable

Presentation of check from a combined effort between Baskin Robbins “Scoop with a Cop” event as well as $100.00 additional donation from Agape Community Insurance to Washington County Sheriff Office from its “Scoop with a Cop” event which raised funds for Hazeldale Elementary School on August 31st.

2 – Board Update (5 minutes)
Board Nominations will be taken through 10/31.
Official ballot going out 11/1.
Brian Merritt,and Diana Fairhurst are among current nominees.
A Member Survey is also going out electronically.

3 – Committee Reports (5 minutes)
A – Treasurer Report – Michael Holcomb
$790.00 in Bank as of 9/31/16 Cash flow was $100.00 in $382.20 out

B – Membership Committee – Karen Bolin

C – Community Partnerships – Sally Fabre
Road Cleanup – 10/22 Meet at Aloha High School at 8:45, carpool to Johnson (198-197 and Baseline) 1 hour at most, work crew from WCSO Been doing this 2 years, but will not continue if no one shows up
Tree Lighting – Save the Date 11/26 6-8 Light at 7. Canned Food, Santa, free fun event for our community. Bales Thriftway Parking Lot

D – Upcoming Meetings/Programs – Karen Bolin
Guest Speaker for Nov
Aloha Tomorrow Update in December.

4 – Program Speaker (20 minutes) – Jana Jarvis, CEO – President Oregon Trucking Associations.
Trucking is a critical component of the national economy. Nearly every good consumed in the US is put on a truck at some point. In 2014 there was $726.4 billion in gross freight revenue and 279 billion miles traveled by all registered trucks. In 2015 54.3 billion gallons of fuel used for business purposes (38.8 diesel, 15.5 gasoline). There are currently 31.4 million trucks registered for business. 586,014 For Hire Carriers 747781 Private Carriers, 144,170 “Other” (Private Carriers include: Safeway, Walmart etc, businesses that use their own trucks for their store goods services) 90% of those operate 6 or fewer trucks. In Oregon there are currently 7692 registered carriers (down from 9500). 5 or fewer trucks transported 58.3% of the value of trade between US and Canada in 2015. Trucks transported 70.9% of the value of trade between the US and Mexico. 7.3 million people are employed in transportation related jobs 3.5 million are truck drivers, of those 94.9% are men, 5.8% are women. 61.4% non minority, 38.6% minority. The past few years have had a dramatic increase in Technology leading to improvements in cab equipment for communication and navigation. There is currently more technology in truck cabs than was in the first lunar moon module lander. 5.4% of carriers are based in Oregon, Washington, California and Alaska. In 2012 $300 million in goods moved through Oregon in all transportation modes, $215 billion was carried by truck. In 2010 5% of Portland metro travel time was in congested conditions, this is expected to triple by 2040. We experience 69 hours of congestion annually. Suggested solutions include: staggered shifts, evening and overnight operations, and deliveries as early as 2 am. Additional investment in Oregon’s transportation system could add: 36.9 million hours of travel time saved (27 hours per household), and 8300 additional jobs generated by 2040. The average US cost in taxes for a 5-axle tractor-semitrailer combo was $5573 in 2015, Oregon collected the highest average tax at $11,707.
We are reaching a critical point in transportation, we need investment in our roads.

Measure 97 – is a tax on Gross Sales-Not Profits, it would cost the average Oregon household over $600 a year, LRO estimates it would cost 38,000 in private sector jobs,and does nothing to guarantee new tax revenue goes to schools, health care, or senior services.

Q and A/Discussion points raised:
Trucking Companies include UPS, FedEx, etc.
Amazon is outsourcing delivery to private drivers, Drone Delivery is coming-Amazon is challenging current concepts of trucking. Change is coming.
Would a “Transportation Tax” go to transit rather than roads? We don’t know yet.
In asked what the feeling on “triple trailers” – Federal changes limit what each state will allow. Oregon allows triple, it is more efficient to pull more freight (ie. 1 engine, 3 trailers) Triples have fewer accidents than others.
Technology is changing and working on addressing environmental concerns.
Why do Trucks park in the middle of the road? –Limited parking, “only so many places you can load and unload” regulations on how often you must stop and rest. 503-513-0008 Oregon Trucking Associations, Inc.
4005 SE Naef Road, Portland, OR 97267

5 – Spotlight Speaker (5 minutes) – Paul Botner, Back to Basics Chiropractic
Dr Botner has been in practice 6 years. Before this he worked as a commercial fisherman in Alaska for 13 years. His practice is at 188 and Cornell (near Einstein Bagels) He provided a photo tour of their office which features a reception area, 6 treatment rooms, 3 chiropractors on staff (each take 2 rooms) 2 Massage Rooms,a Digital X Ray, and a “Report a Finding” Room. They use low force manual adjustments, active release and drop table techniques. Back to Basics is different because they take a detailed history, conduct a professional exam, utilize digital motion x rays, and provide a 40 min report of findings detailing what’s wrong, how long it will take to fix and cost. They also feature free health talks and spinal screenings for businesses.
Dr Botner is offering free “New Patient Exam” with x rays if needed and report of findings to all ABA members if appointments are scheduled by 10/31. They are extending this offer to anyone you send to their clinic if they call in to be scheduled prior to 10/31 as well.

6 – Announcements
Edwards Center Lunch is coming up!
The “Women’s Safety Event: is full. January 10th will be the next opportunity.
General Election Ballots are going out this week!
ABA Survey-Ballots are going out in the E-blast
School to Career Program through the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce has joined us
A Cut Above Pawn renewed
The Aloha Community Library has renewed

Meeting adjourned at 12:50

Next Meeting: Thursday November 10th, 2016
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 Meetings.


November ABA Luncheon

Our next Luncheon will be November 10th
11:30 am – 1:00 pm at the Peppermill
We will conduct our Board Member Election via Paper Ballot at our Luncheon. Current Paid Members are welcome and encouraged to vote for the 2017 ABA Board as well as on changes to the ABA Meeting Schedule!
Please attend and make your voice heard!
Our Spotlight Speaker will be Lisa Klingsporn and Tabitha McCampbell, School to Career Program
Everyone is welcome to attend, invite a friend!

September ABA Luncheon Notes

Luncheon Meeting Agenda
Thursday, September 8th

Called to Order at 11:50

Leadercast Video – Clarity in Vision by Andy Stanley
At the beginning of our presentation we are asked to consider: What do you look for or want in a leader? The answers are nearly always: Integrity, honesty, trustworthy. We want what a leader says to be what they mean. We value Integrity but follow clarity. We follow whomever is clearest on what the future entails. To be an effective leader, one must learn to harness “clarity”, which trumps integrity and humility. Clarity is viewed as magnetic.
As an example we are asked to remember and review Campaign Slogans to examine what was memorable and what was not. Everyone tends to remember Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” It works because he captured a clear sentence about the future and made a promise for it. This slogan has been effective because while Trump ranks lowest in trust and integrity, he ranks highest in clarity. And Elections are not “honesty contests” we as a society vote for whomever we feel is the clearest about that which we hold dear.
We can create clarity around an idea if we remember that it is a mental picture of “what” not “how”. We look at “what could be” fueled by the conviction that it should be. We look at what is our prefered future. Clarity is perceived as “leadership” a good leader will bring clarity to confusion.
To make a vision stick state it simply. What is memorable is portable. A vision must be memorable. Incomplete and memorable is far better than complete and forgettable.
For a business to be successful and necessary, you need to clearly convey: HOW is your business a solution to a problem. To make a vision stick, state the problem, offer a solution and explain why. Connect emotionally and repeat it regularly.
Last but not least- Reward success. An example of getting to the heart of a business and rewarding its success was a company selling internet routers to the CDC and being able to claim that their work saved lives.

ABA Member Discussion on the future of the ABA
The ABA Vision Statement is: “Stewards of the path to 2040 for Aloha Businesses and the Aloha Community”
As an organization we need to answer: “What is our unique problem that we as the ABA are trying to solve and how do we solve it?”
Ideas discussed:
ABA should portray the voice of Aloha’s Business Community specifically. There is dissent within ABA. Some want our voice to be political, some want it not. Should the ABA have a political agenda or do we just represent a collective voice? There is the sense that we don’t have a clear voice because we do not have our own specific business community and other businesses have other voices.
Does the ABA act as a Chamber of Commerce or a Voice for the community? Some feel that we are a Chamber. Do we help businesses grow, do we fight for that as an organization or are we just here as a group to network? Are we advocacy based? We need to define what we want to be.
We should consider the advantages of a representative going to the CPO meetings? Should they come to us?
A CPO tends to speak specifically to land use. What are we putting there, how are we getting it there, how does it impact the community? Examples of this are in exploring how South Cooper Mountain and South Hillsboro will each impact our community.
Beaverton will likely annex Aloha in the near future. We need to decide how to to maintain Aloha’s voice and representation. To do this we need to establish a strong identity, we need to clarify how it is that Aloha “exists”
The ABA identity is contingent on what we want to make of it, our lack of a clear vision is the problem. By showing up together we do represent the community and the voice of it.
A political balance is needed on both sides of the fence. Some feel that we can get one sided. The Washington County Forum was suggested as a better organization for political issues.
To some the Vision statement does not include an action. We need clarity in our mission statement.
The Beaverton Chamber of Commerce often gets speakers such as the Mayor, City Council members, etc because they are also active members of the chamber.
When businesses step up the leaders hear them. So how do we become a louder voice for our community? Do we build on community rather than business?
Direct Mailings were suggested as an outreach to build out members. Leg work and canvassing can be frustrating however it does keep us in businesses line of sight and it makes us available to discuss issues concerning the community.

The ABA is currently discussion making a change to our monthly 11:30 – 1pm Luncheon frequency. We are looking at moving to quarterly luncheons (February, May, Augus, November) This could potentially open up members schedules to attend other meetings such as the School Board, Chamber of Commerce, etc. We would keep monthly Board Meetings however.
Nominations for Board Positions for 2017 are now open. The Election will be in November. 5 will be elected and they will decide amongst themselves what position each should take on. Please email Malia at for more details or a suggested nomination.
The Aloha Library is moving and growing. They thank ABA for their partnership. They will offer a community room where the public can meet for free, internet services for free, and assistance teaching kids to read.

October Speaker – Jana Jarvis Exec Director of Oregon Trucking Association
November Speaker – Kristine Baggett – Exec Director for Beaverton Education Foundation
December – “Aloha Tomorrow” project update and discussion with Washington County Project Manager.

October Luncheon

Our next Luncheon will be October 13th
11:30 am – 1:00 pm at the Peppermill
Our Program Speaker will be Jana Jarvis – Oregon Trucking Association
our Spotlight Speaker will be ABA Member Dr. Paul Botner Back to Basics Chiropractic.
Everyone is welcome to attend, invite a friend!

July ABA Luncheon Notes

Thursday, July 14th

Called to Order by Karen Bolin:  12:00

Approx 20 in attendance

1- Introductions/Testimonials

  • Intros from all in attendance
  • We welcomed Dr Paul from Back to Basics Chiropractic, he is a new member.
  • Leon Taylor stated that he enjoys The 649 Taphouse for its menu and microbrews
  • Diana Fairhurst of Curves thanked the ABA for having its booth at the Farmer’s Market and providing it as an opportunity for Member Businesses.  
  • Kody Harris thanked the ABA for having its booth, and thanked Coffee Station for their support of the Farmers Market
  • Sally Fabre and Agape Insurance were praised for being positive to work with and for their rates.
  • Karen Bolin recommended Lupe’s Escape for meals.  
  • Karen Bolin brought up the new auto parts store in our area and brought to our attention that rather than hiring from within our community they had paid for out of state employees to come here for the setup of the business.  This increases our awareness of the need to work harder to get the ABA name out into the community, and to increase jobs here.  


2 – Board Update / Community Activities

  • The ABA had no July Board Meeting
  • The ABA’s current focus is membership and the website
  • The ABA is working with an outside party to make the website more search friendly and functional
  • August 2nd is National Night Out from 4 – 8pm.  We are hopeful Thriftway will again help with a “hot dog, chips and drink for $5” as they did last year.  The ABA looks at NNO as a way to help build community spirit.  
  • The Library is collecting grants for library functions, however it still needs community support given via donations to raise funds for decor, improved functionality and most importantly sound insulation between the Peppermill Bar and the Library itself.  The estimate of this cost is $100,000.


3 – Committee Reports

  • Treasurer Report – Michael Holcomb reports $1468.94 in bank.  June cash flow was $300 in and $1056.40 out, loss of $756.40.  The Year to Date Cash flow shows a gain of $437.78
  • Membership Committee – Karen Bolin reports that her focus is on new members.  This month Back to Basics Chiropractic joined us
  • Community Partnerships – Sally Fabre reported that Aloha Baskin Robbins along with Washington County Sheriff’s Office will again be hosting “Scoop with a Cop” raising funds to donate school supplies for Hazeldale Elementary.  This will occur on August 31st.  
  • Upcoming Meetings/Programs – the Guest Speaker for August’s Luncheon will be TVF&R Deputy Fire Marshall Steve Candela speaking on Safety in the Workplace.


4 – Program Speaker  –Christian Kaylor – Government Economist, Oregon Employment Department.    

Christian began his presentation by introducing his assistant Emily who will be taking over our area in the future.  He then went on with a 20 minute, highly educational insight into the forecast for Washington County’s future economic situations, as well as a reflection on the past and where Washington County is today.  In 2008 – 2009 this area experienced a bad recession.  70,000 jobs were lost in the region over the two year period and Unemployment doubled.  Since then, however there has been close to 100,000 new jobs within the past 6 years.  In Washington County jobs falling under the category of “Construction” rank as #1 in job growth, followed by Healthcare, Leisure and Hospitality.  Manufacturing is flat and has shown no job growth in the past year, this is troublesome due to the fact that 17% of all jobs in Washington County are in manufacturing (higher than in any other county in Oregon).  Manufacturing and Construction jobs are the core of Middle Wage jobs and support of the middle class.  Washington County has seen an 18% growth in low wage jobs, compared to 3% in mid wage, and 13% in high wage jobs.   Higher wage jobs are growing in Washington county, however the county has lost over 7000 mid wage jobs, and is instead adding lower wage jobs.  Mean worker income in Aloha is $50,512/year, this is on the low end for the state.  The Aloha population (during the last census) was 52,902 (Beaverton is 95,109).  Aloha is larger in population than Tigard but stands at half the population of Hillsboro or Gresham.  Aloha is also the largest “unincorporated” area in the region.  This area is experiencing a population growth rate of 11% which is very fast and second only to Wilsonville.  This growth rate places a large amount of pressure on the existing infrastructure.  In Aloha only 28% of residents have a college degree or higher.  Fortunately for the area, Aloha is seeing both a growth in residents as well as jobs opportunity.  However this won’t last forever as nearly every 10 years there is a recession.  Currently residential construction makes up the bulk of construction jobs, however sky high housing cost is still due to a lack of supply and currently there are no major infrastructure projects in development.  


5 -Spotlight Speaker Leadercast Video Presentation  – Sally Fabre –  

The Leadercast Video highlighted what it takes to be a “leader” in our community.  The top  factors showcased in the video are:  Team Building, Trust, Collaboration and Diversity. The video highlights that trust is not permanent, it must be earned and maintained.  The video also emphasized that while it is all too easy to hire someone “just like me” it is important to hire from a diverse pool to increase alternate ideas for problem solving as well as to accomplish goals.   

6 – Announcements – Our next Luncheon will be August 11th

Meeting Adjourned 1:00pm


                 Next Meeting:  August 11th, 2016

Steve Candela | Deputy Fire Marshal

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue

2nd Thursday of every month

11:30 AM to 1:00 PM  at Peppermill Restaurant

                Please invite someone to join!


ABA July Luncheon

Our Next Luncheon will be July 14
Our Speaker will be Christian Kaylor, Economist
Speaking on Economic Indicators and what they mean for business owners
Program starts at the Peppermill Restaurant at 11:30 and ends at 1:00pm.
Everyone is welcome to attend, invite a friend!


ABA June Luncheon

June 9, 2016
Lisa Mentesana, Homeless Education Liaison Program Specialist, Beaverton School District HELP Outreach Center
Lisa is working with over 1200 youth in our Beaverton School District who do not have a secure home each evening and have other needs to be addressed.  We will begin our discussion on what we as a community can do about our EPIDEMIC HOMELESS ISSUE in ALOHA!  Please join us for this important information and discussion.
Program starts at the Peppermill Restaurant at 11:30 and ends at 1:00pm.
Everyone is welcome to attend, invite a friend!

ABA Monthly Luncheon

The ABA invites you to join us for our monthly luncheon meeting at the Peppermill Restaurant. This educational gathering is the second Thursday of every month. All community members are welcome to join us as we work together for the betterment of Aloha Businesses and our community!

Our Featured Speaker will be: Carolyn McCormick, CEO of the Washington County Visitors Association, discussing “Staying Connected as a Welcoming Community”
Our Spotlight Speaker will be:  Malia Paulsen, Independent Consultant with Enchanted Traveler.
ABA Luncheons are the 2nd Thursday of every month at the Peppermill Restaurant.
The program starts at 11:30 and ends at 1:00pm. Everyone is welcome to attend, invite a friend!

ABA Monthly Luncheon

The ABA invites you to join us for our monthly luncheon meeting at the Peppermill Restaurant. This educational gathering is the second Thursday of every month. All community members are welcome to join us as we work together for the betterment of Aloha Businesses and our community!

Our Speaker will be Gladys Boutwell with PBP Insurance.  As Health Insurance options evolve, we need to ask questions so we can compare and purchase the right kind of health insurance.  Gladys is an expert and will share some ideas on what questions to ask and what to be aware of as you shop.

Our Spotlight Business Speaker will be :    Regina Ford from United Homecare Services