Meeting Minutes, April 9, 2015

Luncheon Meeting Notes

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Attendance: Approximately 28



Board Reports

Chair Report – Karen Bolin (President) provided opening comments.

Outreach: The ABA is working on a Restaurant Guide, Golden Rule (Faith location Guide), and reaching out to business that are not yet members. Our website has been updated by Troy from Cedar House Media! Please submit any changes and updates to Kody Harris at

Please feel free to attend our board meetings on the 1st Thursday of every month to share your ideas.

TGIF Happy Hour: Looking for an evening event to network. Are you interested in attending? Will the third or fourth Friday work?

Treasurer report – Mike Holcomb $2,340.00 in the bank! Out $870.00. Cash in $300 for February 2015. Reminder that dues are due the month the invoice is dated. Pay by check, cash, or online with Paypal.

Community Partnerships- Sally Fabre Aloha High School Youth Business Breakfast is being held this year on April 10th, with the doors opening at 7:00 and the event formally starting at 7:20. contact Sally Fabre at if you are interested in attending.

May Guest Speaker is Ken Yarnell: Aloha High School is joining us to discuss how our business are able to assist and benefit the Marketing department.

Home Runs for Homeless Youth, Kickball Team: We are looking for sponsors and players for our team, “TV Hwy Rocks!”. This event is June 7th and benefits Homeplate Youth Services.


Meeting Educational Program:


Stan Sittser: PGE, “Save Energy, Save Money”

Did you know there is money available to change your lights out to energy efficiency bulbs? There are many rebates and benefits available through the Energy Trust of Oregon. Lighting is one of the top energy users in Commercial use. Replacing the lighting reduces operating expenses, reduces maintenance costs, and it can improve your retail environment. LEDs are less expensive then you think! They last 25,000 to 50,000 hours and pays back with in 2 to 4 years. Occupancy sensors assist to turn off and on lights in less used rooms, such as restrooms, storage closets and more.

You can get the new lights in a multitude of shades/tones. Same concepts apply for parking lots and security lighting. Change your Exit signs to LED and payback is 1 to 2 years.

For heating and cooling programmable timers are most important, but water heaters and water heater settings help too! Many people don’t realize that having cleaning crews come at night means that the lights and heat are also on all night. Think about layering shifts to limit light and heating costs. Stan can assist your business with removal, replacement and rebates. If your business is in your home, there are opportunities through PGE and the Energy Trust of Oregon too.

Congrats to our drawing winner Reedville Presbyterian Church Jeff Sievert with an amazing energy efficient power strip!


Business Spotlight:


Shane Ramsay: Portland Metro Records

We can add play lists, commercials, music for advertising, TV spotlights. For example, if Cut Above Pawn creates a commercial and would like original music, you can use Portland Metro Records.


Lucas Miller: The Reserve Vineyard and Golf Club

36 Hole Golf facility, Member and non-member golfing available. Restaurant with dance and music available to the public. Three rooms for rent for meetings, wedding, retirement parties and so much more! We can work directly with you to be the community space for your business.


Leadercast: Sally shared info and a video clip about this amazing program about developing young leaders. We are interested in finding a local place in Aloha/Beaverton area to host the live streaming of this event in May. Please find out more at:



Aloha Garden Club: April 25th 9am-2pm Plant Sale

Monte Carlo Night: April 18th, $40 fee includes 1 drink and childcare available for children over 4.

May 8th Habitat for Humanity Event: Elana Ewing Embassy Sweets

Good Neighbor Project: Gabe from Westside August Local Churches

Washington County Resource Fair: If you have community resources in Washington County May 2nd 10am-4pm at the Edward’s Center.

Aloha Library is starting a book club! Stay tuned for more on this. Also keep the levy in mind for November.

Washington County Forum meets Mondays 12-1 at the Peppermill