Introductions – 35 attended the meeting.
Chair Report—Karen Bolin reported that at the last board meeting, time was spent talking about the Centennial event planning. We had over 600 attend last weekend’s event. The Centennial Celebration continues with the wristband promotions through February 1st. Approximately $6,000 was spent on the event with publicity, posters/flyers, and the event coordinator.
The board meets the first Thursday of the month at 8:00am at the Schmidt & Yee office.
Treasurers Report— Carol Cartier reported that we currently have $310.45 in the checking account and a liability of $4,621.15 (Centennial expenses). Membership is at 17 members for 2012 as of yesterday.
Marketing Committee (Carol Cartier, chair) ABA is the marketeer for Aloha businesses. Michael Wong will be talking about the new two tier levels of membership. We will also be expanding our website as we move forward.
Aloha Centennial Committee (Paym Weaver, chair) gave a debriefing about the Centennial event. The Centennial Celebration was about promoting Pride Passion and Community. We had over 600 people attend the event. ABA had 24 passport agents (local businesses) that participated in the program that ran from December 1st to January 8th. At the Centennial event, we received over 225 entries for the 5 gift baskets. Booth fees collected amounted to $515. The booth fees will be donated to the Beaverton School District Homeless Program. Over 40 businesses received exposure at the event. A special thank you goes out to Helen Eby of Gaucha Translations for providing interpretation at the event. We also had a number of special speakers at the Event: Senator Mark Hass, State Representative Jeff Barker,. Rob Cornilles, Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle, Hillsboro Mayor Jerry Willey, County Commissioner Dick Schouten. In addition, we had a number of volunteers that helped before and on the day of the event. The ABA received $1375 in monetary sponsorships. The raffle prizes totaled $1455 made in contributions from local businesses. Thank you to the following for donating food and beverage: Black Rock Coffee, Aloha Costco, Les Schwab, Peppermill Restaurant, Dairy Queen, Godfather’s Pizza and Colors of Life.
Membership Committee (Michael Wong, chair) – Michael Wong will be joining the Membership Committee as chair. Michael handed out this month’s issue of the Beaverton Resource and Business Guide. The ABA will have a 4 page spread with a map of Aloha shopping areas. For $480 a year, members can join the Tier 2 and be a part of this special marketing. Tier 2 will include your name bolded on the shopping map, color listing with logo, website phone number and tagline, with an opportunity to be written up in our monthly business spotlight section, printing/design and other advertising discounts. The deadline to be included in the March issue is the first week of February. This newspaper is distributed to over 10,000 area folks.
Community Partnerships (Eric Hearn, chair) – Eric Hearn has accepted a new position in Albany with the Boy Scouts and will be relocating soon. ABA is looking for a new chair.
Meeting/Programs (Karen Bolin, chair) The following speakers have been scheduled for luncheons:
• February — Mike Dahlstrom, Aloha-Reedville Study Update
• March —Jeff Rose, Superintendent, Beaverton School District
• April — Pat Reser of Reser’s Fine Foods
If you have suggestions for future programs please let Karen know.
Business Member Focus
Doug Hoy (The Aloha Community Library Association President) talked about the library history. The need for a library came from the CPO #6 community and then evolved into a board of directors working together last spring to begin planning for a local library. The Aloha community is woefully underserved. There are 32,000 Aloha residents that currently have library cards with the closest libraries being Beaverton and Hillsboro. Startup expenses are estimated to be $33,000 with 2012 operating expenses to be approximately $47,000. Our target date is June 4, 2012 for opening. The library hopes to take in donated books soon. For more information: http://alohalibrary.org/
Business Member Focus
Kenneth Rigert CPA —Kenneth Rigert, CPA has been a CPA since 1967. His office handles individual, corporate, estate/gift tax returns. Kenneth is located in Aloha across from the Aloha Post office at SW 185th and Blanton.
February Business Member Focus – Ken Alexander State Farm Insurance is the February member focus. February Greeter will be Kenneth Rigert.
• Sally Fabre announced SAVE The Date for May 4, 2012 for a videocast Leadership Event from 8am to 3pm at possibly Aloha High School.
• TV Highway Corridor Policy Group meeting Mike Dahlstrom announced that there is a meeting on Friday, January 13th from 1pm-3pm at the TVFD on Blanton Street.
• What is the Nature of your City? Free presentation with Dr. Timothy Beatley on January 18th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Pacific Northwest College of Art, Swigert Commons, 1241 NW Johnson, Portland.
• Washington County’s Vision Action Network in partnership with the Westside Economic Alliance will sponsor the monthly breakfast meeting at The Embassy Suites Hotel at Washington Square. Betty Bode announced that the featured speaker will be Philip Mangano, a nationally recognized expert on homelessness.
• Aloha Girls Basketball – John Martin is looking for donations to support this basketball program. The basketball program works with girls from Mountainview Middle School, Aloha High School and other local schools. If you are able to help please contact John at 503-356-0876 or firstname.lastname@example.org
• Beaverton Mayor’s Ball is scheduled for February 4th at 5:30pm at Nike Tiger Woods Center. For more information: http://www.beavertonarts.org/Happenings/bacEvents/MayorsBall.aspx
• Blanton Street Community Event is scheduled for Saturday, January 28th from 10am to 1pm at the International School of Beaverton School Cafeteria, 17770 SW Blanton Street, Aloha. There will be a winter clothes donation and swap, free document shredding (up to 5 grocery bags of documents), and Project information booths to learn about the TV Highway Corridor plan and the Aloha-Reedville studies.
2nd Thursday of the month, 11:30pm to 1pm
February 9th at 11:30pm to 1pm, Peppermill Restaurant
Our thanks to the Beaverton Optimist Club for the use of the PA system at our meetings.