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 GriefShare.org 
    • 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 https://www.co.washington.or.us/HHS/CommunicableDiseases/COVID-19/mental-health-matters.cfm   
      • A reminder to check your brick and mortar businesses as we are not there as often now
      • Keep up the “9pm Routine” https://www.co.washington.or.us/Sheriff/CrimePrevention/9pm.cfm  
      • 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