February 2020 ABA Luncheon Notes

Thursday, February, 13th, 2020

In Attendance: 25

Called to Order:      11:40                                  

1 – Introductions –  What will you do with your extra day?


  • M. Appel – Miller Paint – working
  • L. Taylor – Willamette West Habitat For Humanity –  preparing tax returns
  • J. Doane – Tualatin Valley Water District – avoiding tax returns
  • J. Doane – Aloha Community Library- go to the library
  • P. Roberts – Westside Cruisers and Westside Community Church – go downtown and have fun
  • A. Blum – business owner and running for House District 28 w/goals to make community more affordable to live in, spending extra day reaching out to others
  • P. Miller – Westside Cruisers – will not be cleaning, sleep in and go for walk
  • K. Osborne – Westside Food Brigade –  working at food brigade
  • J. Osborne – Westside Food Brigade – would like to sleep for a year, but will be at food brigade
  • M. Moore – Pamplin Media- celebrating friends birthday (Leap Year baby)
  • *S. Rennie – Schmidt & Yee- smoking meat
  • J. Alexander – Beaverton Together – lay low and sleep in
  • M. Casteel – Aloha High School – helping parents move
  • D. Flint – Inline Commercial Construction – hoping for a day with no rain
  • D. Schouten – County Commissioner now running for state senate, will spend day campaigning
  • MK – Agape Community Insurance – sleep in
  • M. Schmidt – Schmidt & Yee – spend the day thinking of getting some of the smoked meat on the following Monday
  • *A. Stone – AHS Board – avoiding taxes
  • Maya – ASB president – rehearsal for High School Musical
  • Gabby/Kendra/Jenna – AHS students – volunteering
  • J. Maynard – Integrity Brewing – spending day contemplating ages of people born on leap year, visiting bars for research and development
  • R. Groves – Minuteman Mortgage 
  • *B. Merritt – Minuteman Mortgage – catch up on sleep
  • *S. Fabre – Agape Community Insurance- going to a potluck to celebrate the life of friend while they are still alive

*indicates 2020-2021 ABA Board Member

2 – Board and Committee Reports – Sally Fabre

A – Board Review 

  • THPRD concert in the park –  ABA will partner with THPRD, no date set yet, ABA is looking for donations and community involvement
  • ABA looking to host a town hall for candidates, planning for March or April, will run a survey on Nextdoor to gauge community interest and available dates, then invite candidates

B – Treasurer Report – Scott Rennie

  • 1 Member due this month
  • Approx. $1000 in bank
  • 9 members are up for renewal next month
  • 50 current members

C – Community Partnerships / Communications – Brian Merritt

3 – AHS Presentation on replacement of Sparrow program

  • Gabby, Jenna, Maya & Kendra
  • Aloha High School has developed the Aloha Sunshine Project – had to replace Sparrow Program
  • The first Sparrow is Carson 
    • 4 years old
    • first “Ray of Sunshine”
    • He has Peters Anomaly which has caused blindness
    • He also has pulmonary valve stenosis
    • Mom graduated from Aloha in 2006
  • Goal to pay off expenses, medical bills and purchase a braille reader
  • Sparrow program moved towards “service only” work instead of raising money for funds
  • AHS wanted to continue to raise money through service
    • partnering with Dollar For Portland (dollarfor.org) to raise money
  • The school loves Carson and is excited to be involved
  • Plan to host an ice cream sundae bar fundraiser (information coming), they will need ice cream and toppings, if your business donates your business will be mentioned in their advertising
  • They are also doing a T Shirt fundraiser if you donate $150 your logo will appear on the shirts
  • Also looking for donations from businesses  gift cards, products, etc
  • for more info reach out to Erin Livingston (Erin_Livingston@beaverton.k12.or.us )
  • tinyurl.com/sunshinedonations select AHS sunshine divisions

3 – Guest Speaker – Leon Taylor – Tax Changes for 2020

  • “Death and taxes” death doesn’t get worse every time congress meets
  • swamp has not been drained
  • massive tax cut only helped major corporations and went to stock buybacks not employees 
  • stocks bought increase CEO profit
  • 2019 December bill changed taxes – Secure Act
    • IRAs
    • Pensions
    • Small Businesses
      • Easier to have multi employer plans
      • removed “one bad apple” plan
      • increase credits to enable setting up pension plans
    • part time employees easier to get 401K 
    • reporting easier for accountants
    • eliminated 401K credit card loans
    • increased penalty for delayed filing of pension plans
    • eliminated age restrictions on IRA contributions
    • 529 plans can now use $10,000 to pay down student loan
    • can use IRA to pay for qualified birth or adoption, eliminated 10% penalty, still have to pay taxes on withdrawal though up to $5000
    • inherit IRA you used to be able to stretch that out over your lifetime.   Spouse can still stretch IRA but most of us have to take out IRA over 10 years when inherited
    • tax cut jobs act in 2017 changed rates for kiddie tax
  • Secure Act
    • in 2019 changed laws back to 2018 rules so there are areas where you may need to revisit returns and make amendments
    • changed medical expense deductions
    • changed tuition and fees deduction (education credits) 
    • expanded working opportunity credit
    • added a year to paid family medical leave credit
    • changed disaster relief rules
    • expanded ease of rules if home repossessed to avoid taxation on that situation
    • did not address depreciable life of restaurant and building property 
    • credits extended for electrical vehicles used for business
    • extended tax benefit for energy efficient buildings

4 – Testimonials

  • J. Doane – loves Aloha DQ
  • M. Schmidt – Fred Anderson passed away recently, his memorial service is tomorrow at 10 am at Willamette National Cemetery 
  • S. Fabre –  Aloha Baskin Robbins – Steve donated wedding cake
  • L. Taylor – thanks Monkey Subs for its community support.
  • Franchising up to 4 locations

5 – Spot Light of the Month – Westside Food Brigade

  • Non Profit – separated from Westside Community Church to form their own non profit
  • partner with Oregon Food BankMonkey Subs, Safeway, Albertsons, Einstein Bagels and Grocery Outlet give them donations as well (Grocery Outlet donates $15,000 a year on average)
  • Goal is independence from hunger
  • They have two commercial fridge and freezers 
  • Food bank is set up shopping style – guests come through and choose what they want 
  • make it fun, dress up for holidays
  • people come and often have to sit for hours before “shopping” so they try to make it fun
  • donated 400 turkey dinners need is growing and they want to expand that
  • At Christmas they wrapped presents and dressed up
  • Looking to expand their facilities – new building, etc. to allow them to serve more people, store more food, give more options
  • use term “guests” rather than “clients”
  • if you want to volunteer – show up, 9 am Saturdays.  If you want to bring a group let them know. otherwise show up and they will put you to work
  • if you bring young kids, keep them with you but there is no age limit to volunteer, 12 is min age to volunteer alone
  • Located at Westside Community Church 185th and Farmington
  • usually feed around 100 families a week, families of 3-4 members
  • food is so good it draws people in
  • no restrictions – come every week if you have need
  • donate extras to other agencies to avoid throwing away
  • can accommodate dietary restrictions

4 – Announcements – 

  • AHS Leadership – Sunshine Kid
  • Night to Shine results 2020 – guests experienced pure joy, tears at the end, best night of the whole year.  Plan to bring a video next month. Thank you for donations and support of ABA and Mt.Olivet where it was held, shoutout to Kevin dressed as Olaf, 200 guests 400 buddies and volunteers
  • Adopt a Road cleanup Spring 2020 – March 14th @ 8:45 am meet at AHS finish around 9:30 – 10

Adjourned 1:00

Next Board Meeting:  Thursday March 5th, 2020

Next Luncheon:  Thursday March 12th, 2020

ABA Business of the Month of March – Minuteman Mortgage

 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 February 11th @ 8:30 AM

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