February 2021 ABA Zoom Meeting Notes

February 2021 ABA Zoom Meeting

Called to Order by S. Reid: 11:35

In Attendance:  15

  • Introductions:   
    • J. Doane – TVWD – Continuing with TVWD new pipeline installation, working on connection through Rosedale Road currently.  Work is being done on seismic upgrades so when/if the “big one” hits water can still be provided to our residents.  
    • MK – Agape Community Insurance – Had a positive interaction with a customer who joked about her insurance rates going up because she is turning 90 and people don’t want her to drive anymore.  But MK was able to find her a good rate and she and their interactions made his week!
    • Sgt Lt J. Wheaton – WCSO – preparing for inclement weather.  Teaming to work with Land Use and Transportation.  
    • P. Roberts – Westside Community Church / Westside Cruisers (hope to join again) – Pleased that the community is able to come together like this
    • K. Ramsay – ACFM – opened up market vendor applications this week.  Hope to open Thursday May 6th.  Covid safety precautions are in place (same as last year) – masks, attendance monitors, etc.  
      • Thank you from P. Roberts, she enjoys going and would have missed it
      • K. Harris mentions a online pick up option
    • J. Maynard – Integrity Brewing – Packaging and selling kegs to tap houses who have been working with them during the pandemic.  Working on increasing production in 2021.  Looking to start canning so they can sell directly to the consumer (potentially through the Farmers Market!) Looking at opening a TapHouse location!  (will brew offsite) Working to build the brand.  
    • *A. Stone – Aloha High School liaison / ABA Board Secretary – Love the high school, and she misses being there.  On the planning committee for the Senior Grad Party and they are hopeful it will be able to happen.  With Covid levels dropping from “extreme” to “high” they are likely to know within the next month if this will be possible or not.  May still do a can drive in the Spring, but fundraising is not a pressing need because there is so much left over due to last year not having anything.  Hopeful to get elem kids back in school, but does not look likely for upper grade levels.  
    • S. Quick – SQ Merchant Services – spent yesterday at Aloha High School picking up textbooks with his son.  The National Guard was also there to assist as volunteers!  Business wise he now has 7 Chambers of Commerce as clients.  Also involved with Westside Community Church and admires what they provide for the Aloha Community.  “
      • SQ Merchant Services ~ Helping your business accept Credit Cards and ATM’s as form of payment since 2007~ info@sqms.biz  SQMS.biz  971-225-7767 
    • J. Monihan – Pamplin Media – Here to help with marketing needs for members in the Beaverton and Aloha area.  Publishing a special section starting this month called “Amazing Educators” 
      • Jori Monihan, Marketing representative with the Beaverton Valley Times and Pamplin Media Group. Jmonihan@pamplinmedia.com 971-645-3103. 
    • *B. Merritt – Minuteman Mortgage – Been very busy given the currently low mortgage rates, he loves doing loans for the military (Minuteman is a military term) Loves doing IRLs (Interest Rate Lowering Loans) They now  own a branch in Vancouver WA.  Enjoyed the Super Bowl commercials, especially those showcasing local mortgage brokers!  Pleased that his business is the top listed for his Zip Code on Quicken.
    • K. Harris – WCSO Community Education and Outreach – VERY happy to see everyone here today!   Working to revamp neighborhood groups to build community neighborhood watch activities, knowing your neighbors helps livability and “consumerability”.  Wants to know what would be most helpful to you as they work to re-create the handbook for how WCSO can best assist
      • Neighborhood Watch Program,  https://www.co.washington.or.us/Sheriff/CrimePrevention/neighborhood-watch.cfm
      • 9pm Routine 
        • https://www.co.washington.or.us/Sheriff/CrimePrevention/9pm.cfm 
        • WCSO 9pm Routine Video https://www.youtube.com/c/WashingtonCountySheriffsOffice/search?query=9pm%20Routine 
      • Covid Community Counseling Program 
        • https://www.co.washington.or.us/HHS/CommunicableDiseases/COVID-19/mental-health-matters.cfm  
        • Mental Health https://www.co.washington.or.us/HHS/MentalHealth/ 
    • K. Bolin – Edward Jones – Working from Home in South Hillsboro Reeds Crossing.  Enjoying watching the new homes going in around her.  Has enjoyed working from home despite computer inconsistency issues, but is learning to work with her phone company.
    • *S. Rennie – Schmidt and Yee / Treasurer for ABA – Spent a lot of time here growing up.  Has enjoyed seeing the growth in the community.  
    • *S. Reid – Agape Community Services / ABA President – looking for next venture through Agape Human Services, however it has not been revealed to her yet.  Her son has been living with her and husband for the past 7 months.  A local WCSO officer has befriended her son who suffers from mental health issues and he makes an effort to reach out to her son.  Hawthorne Mental Health Clinic has also been patient and helpful.  Praying that the relationship he has formed with WCSO (Deputy Lucas) will help him make good decisions. She also connected with June recently and she felt loved and cared about as June helped her get through this.  She feels lots of love in this community.  Feels the networking and support.

*Denotes 2021 ABA Board Member

  • Treasurer Report / Membership Report –
    • $1537.17 in bank
    •  2 members renewed this past week. 
    •  Approved budget at annual retreat.  
      • No longer paying to do push messaging on Facebook but all else stays the same
  • Westside Food Brigade video is uploaded on our website https://alohabusinessassociation.com/
    • Video shows how the Westside Food Brigade Lottery system works as well as provides insight into the passion behind its creation
  • Speaker – Westside Food Brigade – Kevin and June
    • Thank you to Brian for his work on their video
    • Able to purchase refrigerated food truck to keep food fresh
    • Have Valentines Bags and received a large donation of candy so they will be able to distribute Valentines this week with food boxes 
    • They try to pass out special things for each holiday
    • June and Kevin moved to the area 9 years ago, found home in Aloha and have been here ever since.  They are here for the long haul.  
    • In 2012 began to work with Westside Food Brigade and have worked their way up to running things.  
      • Kody is a board member as well.  
      • Looking to grow and do bigger and bigger things for 2021. 
    • Have given away hundreds of thousands pounds of food to the community
    • They receive donations from local grocery stores.  Waste Not Food Taxi, Fred Meyers, Costco, Einstein Bagels, Safeway and Albertsons.  
    • They rent space from Westside Community Church.  
      • Used to have to set up and take down each week.  
      • This year they have been given the room for the of 2021 so they don’t have to take down every week now.  This blessing saves countless hours.
    • How can ABA contribute?  
      • Volunteer. Let June know if you want to volunteer so they can keep track of numbers for social distancing  
    • It is hard to have community service groups volunteer because they have a regular group of volunteers who do participate, and they want to keep numbers consistent for Covid reasons.  
      • Masks are mandatory and temperatures are taken.  
    • They do deliver to some families who are Covid quarantined or elderly and it is impossible to get out.  
      • They deliver to 10-15 families a week.  
    • Tendency to see a higher amount of need at the end of month when benefits have run out.  
    • Give away approx. 80-90 lbs to each family.  
    • Seen increase in needs in the Asian/Vietnamese community coming in.  
      • They have noticed a lot of discrimination and attacks going on towards this community and and they would like to better serve and assist them.  
      • Wants them to feel welcome and pay attention to needs and wants.  
      • They try to balance what the community seeks out and what they are able to give away
        • Have noticed milk/cheese are not big needs in that community but rice, noodles, sauces are so they are trying to increase those offerings
    • They are open Saturdays 9:30-11:30 
    • Priscilla compliments Westside Food Brigade noting that they do this with mercy and love and she feels the community is so blessed. 
    • No judgement, no shame.  Any need is supported.  Work to make sure everyone feels welcomed.  
    • Sally and her husband Don pick up donated  Little Caesar pizzas from the Aloha Church of God and deliver to Westside Community church for the food pantry distribution. 
    • They feel so much support from the community.  
    • Kody loves having her kids volunteer and finds their “normalizing of economic differences”  so beautiful and it provides a valuable lesson.  She feels Kevin and June are so a part of this core.  
    • They have heard 185th and Farmington referred to as the armpit of the area and that no one comes here unless they really just need something.  But they have seen renewed use of the area and are loving seeing that growth.  
    • A blessing of Covid is the increased allowance of building use.  
    • Kevin also recently switched his job and this has allowed him to do more with Westside Food Brigade
    • They thank the support of the community.  
    • MK wants to know what other donations they can take besides food?  Money. 
      • They had at one time collected clothing and other items but only focus on food now. 
    • Meat is scarce.  
      • USDA buys some meat and donates to food banks, however they are having to compete with grocery stores.  
      • A lot of their funding is going to buying meat. 
      • They do a lot of work with Grocery Outlet on 185th and Walker.  They go above and beyond to assist, giving a 5% discount when they buy meat.
    • Donations:
      • Facebook has a Donation link on their page, and they do not charge a fee.  Facebook is the best way to donate to them because of this lack of fee https://www.facebook.com/WestsideFoodBrigade/ 
      • www.westsidefoodbrigade.com has a link to make donations but they charge a fee
      • You can also donate through Smile.amazon.com you can also direct a portion of spending to go to them.  
      • Bottle Drop is also a way to make donations – you can pick up bags with their labels on them, from Westside Food Brigade and  fill with your bottles and cans and turn in at Fred Meyer.  
      • Can also make checks out to Westside Food Brigade.  
  • K. Harris – WCSO – Virtual Community Academy – sign ups open up on Tuesday and the classes will be held virtually on Wednesdays in March.  
  • June thanks Brian for making the Westside Food Brigade video
    • Brian praises June and Kevin for their hearts of gold
  • Baskin and Robbins – the flavor of the month is “Love Potion 31”
    • Make sure you stop in on Tuesdays when they donate part of the profits to the Aloha High School Scholarship Fund.  

Adjourned at 12:40

Our Next Zoom Meeting will be March 11th