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Aloha Community Library Association wins Oregon Library Association 2017 Library Supporter of the Year Award

What better way to celebrate National Volunteer Week than with an award for all of our amazing volunteers!
The Oregon Library Association has presented its 2017 Library Supporter of the Year Award to the Aloha Community Library Association for exceptional efforts to support and promote libraries.

November Luncheon Notes

Luncheon Meeting Agenda                                               

Thursday, November 10th  

Called to Order by Sally Fabre at 11:45

In Attendance- 23

Leadercast Video – James Brown :  “How do you create a vision that’s fulfilling to others.”   Organizational  Vision, Depth Before Height.

  • Depth – “Foundation & Height” leads to Success
  • Find the Right Priorities – Establish the Right Culture – reinforce the basics
  • GOOD Communication Skills – Can you be effective  (How you talk,

manner, tone, etc)  Bad communication, aggressive can be an indicator of a bad teacher

  • Good attire – can’t go to an interview with out the proper attire

Do your research before an interview, dress for the company you want to

work for

  • Be ahead of time, promptness counts –
  • Be Hungry to learn.  Just because you finished your formal education does not mean you have finished learning. Have a hunger for more knowledge

Erin Wardell – Aloha Tomorrow Project – reminder to attend next month’s luncheon to ensure

voices are heard.  

Treasurer Report – Michael Holcomb – $496.59 in Bank, Cash Flow for October was $160 in and $453.72

ABA 2017 Board Election

  • John Tyner – ARC member, ABA Member… no longer lukewarm, he wants to continue to be a part of this.  if New Blood is needed he will step aside, however he sees needs and will be happy to continue to serve.  If someone else inspires you he will understand.  Supports new blood and would support monthly meetings IF others step up to help plan, it is becoming a burden to the existing members
  • Carol Zamara – Naturopath has been here 9 years.  Joined out of enthusiasm for the Board, it encourages her to be more active in the ABA.  She has learned a lot and gets a lot out of it.  Happy to serve another term.  Has been doing it for 2 years.  Weakness is that she has not been able to support Karen as much as she wishes she has in bringing in speakers.  
  • Brian Merritt – Was asked to participate and said “sure” he’s just a “regular guy” who grew up here and went to Aloha High, a boy scout who works hard for true values.  He like to see people seeing the value in their home and growing something.  He encourages home ownership.  
  • Eric Squires – Involved through ABA via Library.  He thinks that the ABA needs a cleanup, we need Bylaws that are ratified by board, he wants financial transparency (treasurer’s report online)  Members should vote on how money is spent.  
  • Mike Holcomb –  is home puppy-sitting.  He will continue as treasurer, he enjoys it and has done a wonderful job.

Member Roundtable Discussion

  • Ray Eck – CPO 6 gets 20-30 per meeting each month.  Speaker Dependant.  ARC gets VERY few who come from public, they only meet quarterly.  He has concerns about meeting quarterly due to this.  Appreciates the turn out here.  Fears that no one seems concerned about Aloha.  We need to pull together stronger as a community.  
  • Sally suggests filling out the online survey and making suggestions for topics and speakers, to keep this from being a burden for one
  • Karen states that the reason to vote for 3 board members is because Karen and Sally remain for another year.  Top two vote getters are elected to 2 year terms.  

Tie occurred Between John Tyner and Eric Squires, the result was that John Tyner withdrew

ABA 2017 Board/Monthly vs Quarterly Luncheon vote results are:

  • Eric Squires Elected
  • Brian Merritt Elected
  • Mike Holcomb Elected
  • Karen and Sally Remain
  • Monthly Luncheon wins – please let us know what topics you want.  

Spotlight Speaker:  Lisa Klingsporn and Tabitha McCampbell, School to Career Program

at Hillsboro chamber of commerce.  

  • contract with BSD, HSD, Forest Grove
  • They have hosted “Career Days” – with focuses including aviation, a cartoonist, creative arts, culinary, Microsoft, health services and FBI among others
  • Intel Information Center – 2 career days held there, and they skyped with London reps during one.  
  • 400 Ride alongs have now occurred  
  • They featured a “Union Apprenticeships” Career Day
  • They held an Entrepreneur Career Day
  • They have had students go to “Shark Tank” including the creator of a lacrosse stick


  • 12 Angry Jurors – Ken Yarnell recommends going, praised the show
  • Mark – “Muffins in McDonalds”, one of the first in the nation to do it.  McCafe cards available.  McDonalds is participating in tree lighting.  Cards, happy meal toys, etc. will be available
  • Reedville Church has annual holiday bazaar on Saturday the 26th after Thanksgiving 9 – 4 featuring baked goods, onsite cafe, crafts, “heavenly buns”  
  • Habitat has added a repair program, painting cleaning yard, etc help for low income families.
  • Sandy with Beaverton Valley Times/Pamplin Media – Shop Aloha page.  
  • Mock Interviewers still needed for Aloha High School in January and May.  Covered for this month.  Look to build database of interviewers.  
  • Sheriff Office changes – facial hair for no shave November both to raise funds and gauge response to hair on faces moving forward!  They are facing recruiting issues and are trying to relax traditions to get more people to join.  They are switching to black uniforms which moves equipment up on their chest (move weight from hips to vests).  They want us to be aware of these changes and say we should expect to see a mix in uniforms for a while.  
  • “Scouting for Food” – Sunshine food pantry (boy scouts collecting food items) 1st Saturday in December.

Aloha Christmas Tree Lighting Saturday November 26 6-8pm Bales Thriftway Parking Lot


  • Ken Yarnell and his wife Barbara will be featured speakers.  
  • Crane and lift have been donated for decorations.  
  • Decorate prior Saturday.  
  • Would like businesses to join in, volunteer time, have a booth, etc.  
  • Childrens choirs,Jazz Band from AHS, Santa and Washington County Posse
  • It grows each year.  Over 400 last year.  
  • Church coming for hot cocoa and cookies.


If you would like to donate your time or resources to this event please contact Sally Fabre at 503-626-5790

Next Meeting:  Thursday December 8th, 2016

2nd Thursday of every month, 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM at Peppermill Restaurant  

Please invite someone to join!

Adjourned at 12:56

The ABA Board would like to thank Schmidt and Yee for hosting our Board Meetings.


October ABA Luncheon Notes

Luncheon Meeting Agenda
Thursday, October 13th
Called to Order by Karen Bolin 11:45
Attendance: 22

1- Introductions/Testimonials (15 minutes)
Brian Merritt – Movement Mortgage
David Marcotte – Elements Massage
Lisa-Tabatha – School to Career (just joined today)
Sally Fabre – Agape Insurance
Steve Lites – Baskin Robbins
Gary Carlson – Carlson Law Group/Running for State Rep
Eric Squires – rep Aloha Library EARLY DECEMBER Opening (hope)
Dick Schmidt – TVWD
Becky Jarvis – Electronics Unlimited / Curvy Chic Closet
Jennifer Bagley – Connect Hearing
Ed Rawlinson – WCSO
Darlene – WCSO – Community Outreach
Nancy Pagaduan- A resident of Aloha, went to Farmers Market and is interested in the ABA
Carol Zamars – Songbird
Jana Jarvis – Oregon Trucking Association
Paul Botner – Back to Basics Chiropractic
Mike Holcomb – Board Treasurer
Georgia Lampros – Edwards Center – Marketing Manager
Dana Woods – Grant Writer Edward Center
Karen Bolin – Edward Jones

Testimonials –
Becky Jarvis shared that she purchased signs from Sandy at Impact Signs, they were done quick and affordable

Presentation of check from a combined effort between Baskin Robbins “Scoop with a Cop” event as well as $100.00 additional donation from Agape Community Insurance to Washington County Sheriff Office from its “Scoop with a Cop” event which raised funds for Hazeldale Elementary School on August 31st.

2 – Board Update (5 minutes)
Board Nominations will be taken through 10/31.
Official ballot going out 11/1.
Brian Merritt,and Diana Fairhurst are among current nominees.
A Member Survey is also going out electronically.

3 – Committee Reports (5 minutes)
A – Treasurer Report – Michael Holcomb
$790.00 in Bank as of 9/31/16 Cash flow was $100.00 in $382.20 out

B – Membership Committee – Karen Bolin

C – Community Partnerships – Sally Fabre
Road Cleanup – 10/22 Meet at Aloha High School at 8:45, carpool to Johnson (198-197 and Baseline) 1 hour at most, work crew from WCSO Been doing this 2 years, but will not continue if no one shows up
Tree Lighting – Save the Date 11/26 6-8 Light at 7. Canned Food, Santa, free fun event for our community. Bales Thriftway Parking Lot

D – Upcoming Meetings/Programs – Karen Bolin
Guest Speaker for Nov
Aloha Tomorrow Update in December.

4 – Program Speaker (20 minutes) – Jana Jarvis, CEO – President Oregon Trucking Associations.
Trucking is a critical component of the national economy. Nearly every good consumed in the US is put on a truck at some point. In 2014 there was $726.4 billion in gross freight revenue and 279 billion miles traveled by all registered trucks. In 2015 54.3 billion gallons of fuel used for business purposes (38.8 diesel, 15.5 gasoline). There are currently 31.4 million trucks registered for business. 586,014 For Hire Carriers 747781 Private Carriers, 144,170 “Other” (Private Carriers include: Safeway, Walmart etc, businesses that use their own trucks for their store goods services) 90% of those operate 6 or fewer trucks. In Oregon there are currently 7692 registered carriers (down from 9500). 5 or fewer trucks transported 58.3% of the value of trade between US and Canada in 2015. Trucks transported 70.9% of the value of trade between the US and Mexico. 7.3 million people are employed in transportation related jobs 3.5 million are truck drivers, of those 94.9% are men, 5.8% are women. 61.4% non minority, 38.6% minority. The past few years have had a dramatic increase in Technology leading to improvements in cab equipment for communication and navigation. There is currently more technology in truck cabs than was in the first lunar moon module lander. 5.4% of carriers are based in Oregon, Washington, California and Alaska. In 2012 $300 million in goods moved through Oregon in all transportation modes, $215 billion was carried by truck. In 2010 5% of Portland metro travel time was in congested conditions, this is expected to triple by 2040. We experience 69 hours of congestion annually. Suggested solutions include: staggered shifts, evening and overnight operations, and deliveries as early as 2 am. Additional investment in Oregon’s transportation system could add: 36.9 million hours of travel time saved (27 hours per household), and 8300 additional jobs generated by 2040. The average US cost in taxes for a 5-axle tractor-semitrailer combo was $5573 in 2015, Oregon collected the highest average tax at $11,707.
We are reaching a critical point in transportation, we need investment in our roads.

Measure 97 – is a tax on Gross Sales-Not Profits, it would cost the average Oregon household over $600 a year, LRO estimates it would cost 38,000 in private sector jobs,and does nothing to guarantee new tax revenue goes to schools, health care, or senior services.

Q and A/Discussion points raised:
Trucking Companies include UPS, FedEx, etc.
Amazon is outsourcing delivery to private drivers, Drone Delivery is coming-Amazon is challenging current concepts of trucking. Change is coming.
Would a “Transportation Tax” go to transit rather than roads? We don’t know yet.
In asked what the feeling on “triple trailers” – Federal changes limit what each state will allow. Oregon allows triple, it is more efficient to pull more freight (ie. 1 engine, 3 trailers) Triples have fewer accidents than others.
Technology is changing and working on addressing environmental concerns.
Why do Trucks park in the middle of the road? –Limited parking, “only so many places you can load and unload” regulations on how often you must stop and rest. 503-513-0008 Oregon Trucking Associations, Inc.
4005 SE Naef Road, Portland, OR 97267

5 – Spotlight Speaker (5 minutes) – Paul Botner, Back to Basics Chiropractic
Dr Botner has been in practice 6 years. Before this he worked as a commercial fisherman in Alaska for 13 years. His practice is at 188 and Cornell (near Einstein Bagels) He provided a photo tour of their office which features a reception area, 6 treatment rooms, 3 chiropractors on staff (each take 2 rooms) 2 Massage Rooms,a Digital X Ray, and a “Report a Finding” Room. They use low force manual adjustments, active release and drop table techniques. Back to Basics is different because they take a detailed history, conduct a professional exam, utilize digital motion x rays, and provide a 40 min report of findings detailing what’s wrong, how long it will take to fix and cost. They also feature free health talks and spinal screenings for businesses.
Dr Botner is offering free “New Patient Exam” with x rays if needed and report of findings to all ABA members if appointments are scheduled by 10/31. They are extending this offer to anyone you send to their clinic if they call in to be scheduled prior to 10/31 as well.

6 – Announcements
Edwards Center Lunch is coming up!
The “Women’s Safety Event: is full. January 10th will be the next opportunity.
General Election Ballots are going out this week!
ABA Survey-Ballots are going out in the E-blast
School to Career Program through the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce has joined us
A Cut Above Pawn renewed
The Aloha Community Library has renewed

Meeting adjourned at 12:50

Next Meeting: Thursday November 10th, 2016
2nd Thursday of every month, 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM at Peppermill Restaurant
Please invite someone to join!

The ABA Board would like to thank Schmidt and Yee for hosting our Board Meetings.


November ABA Luncheon

Our next Luncheon will be November 10th
11:30 am – 1:00 pm at the Peppermill
We will conduct our Board Member Election via Paper Ballot at our Luncheon. Current Paid Members are welcome and encouraged to vote for the 2017 ABA Board as well as on changes to the ABA Meeting Schedule!
Please attend and make your voice heard!
Our Spotlight Speaker will be Lisa Klingsporn and Tabitha McCampbell, School to Career Program
Everyone is welcome to attend, invite a friend!

September ABA Luncheon Notes

Luncheon Meeting Agenda
Thursday, September 8th

Called to Order at 11:50

Leadercast Video – Clarity in Vision by Andy Stanley
At the beginning of our presentation we are asked to consider: What do you look for or want in a leader? The answers are nearly always: Integrity, honesty, trustworthy. We want what a leader says to be what they mean. We value Integrity but follow clarity. We follow whomever is clearest on what the future entails. To be an effective leader, one must learn to harness “clarity”, which trumps integrity and humility. Clarity is viewed as magnetic.
As an example we are asked to remember and review Campaign Slogans to examine what was memorable and what was not. Everyone tends to remember Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” It works because he captured a clear sentence about the future and made a promise for it. This slogan has been effective because while Trump ranks lowest in trust and integrity, he ranks highest in clarity. And Elections are not “honesty contests” we as a society vote for whomever we feel is the clearest about that which we hold dear.
We can create clarity around an idea if we remember that it is a mental picture of “what” not “how”. We look at “what could be” fueled by the conviction that it should be. We look at what is our prefered future. Clarity is perceived as “leadership” a good leader will bring clarity to confusion.
To make a vision stick state it simply. What is memorable is portable. A vision must be memorable. Incomplete and memorable is far better than complete and forgettable.
For a business to be successful and necessary, you need to clearly convey: HOW is your business a solution to a problem. To make a vision stick, state the problem, offer a solution and explain why. Connect emotionally and repeat it regularly.
Last but not least- Reward success. An example of getting to the heart of a business and rewarding its success was a company selling internet routers to the CDC and being able to claim that their work saved lives.

ABA Member Discussion on the future of the ABA
The ABA Vision Statement is: “Stewards of the path to 2040 for Aloha Businesses and the Aloha Community”
As an organization we need to answer: “What is our unique problem that we as the ABA are trying to solve and how do we solve it?”
Ideas discussed:
ABA should portray the voice of Aloha’s Business Community specifically. There is dissent within ABA. Some want our voice to be political, some want it not. Should the ABA have a political agenda or do we just represent a collective voice? There is the sense that we don’t have a clear voice because we do not have our own specific business community and other businesses have other voices.
Does the ABA act as a Chamber of Commerce or a Voice for the community? Some feel that we are a Chamber. Do we help businesses grow, do we fight for that as an organization or are we just here as a group to network? Are we advocacy based? We need to define what we want to be.
We should consider the advantages of a representative going to the CPO meetings? Should they come to us?
A CPO tends to speak specifically to land use. What are we putting there, how are we getting it there, how does it impact the community? Examples of this are in exploring how South Cooper Mountain and South Hillsboro will each impact our community.
Beaverton will likely annex Aloha in the near future. We need to decide how to to maintain Aloha’s voice and representation. To do this we need to establish a strong identity, we need to clarify how it is that Aloha “exists”
The ABA identity is contingent on what we want to make of it, our lack of a clear vision is the problem. By showing up together we do represent the community and the voice of it.
A political balance is needed on both sides of the fence. Some feel that we can get one sided. The Washington County Forum was suggested as a better organization for political issues.
To some the Vision statement does not include an action. We need clarity in our mission statement.
The Beaverton Chamber of Commerce often gets speakers such as the Mayor, City Council members, etc because they are also active members of the chamber.
When businesses step up the leaders hear them. So how do we become a louder voice for our community? Do we build on community rather than business?
Direct Mailings were suggested as an outreach to build out members. Leg work and canvassing can be frustrating however it does keep us in businesses line of sight and it makes us available to discuss issues concerning the community.

The ABA is currently discussion making a change to our monthly 11:30 – 1pm Luncheon frequency. We are looking at moving to quarterly luncheons (February, May, Augus, November) This could potentially open up members schedules to attend other meetings such as the School Board, Chamber of Commerce, etc. We would keep monthly Board Meetings however.
Nominations for Board Positions for 2017 are now open. The Election will be in November. 5 will be elected and they will decide amongst themselves what position each should take on. Please email Malia at for more details or a suggested nomination.
The Aloha Library is moving and growing. They thank ABA for their partnership. They will offer a community room where the public can meet for free, internet services for free, and assistance teaching kids to read.

October Speaker – Jana Jarvis Exec Director of Oregon Trucking Association
November Speaker – Kristine Baggett – Exec Director for Beaverton Education Foundation
December – “Aloha Tomorrow” project update and discussion with Washington County Project Manager.

October Luncheon

Our next Luncheon will be October 13th
11:30 am – 1:00 pm at the Peppermill
Our Program Speaker will be Jana Jarvis – Oregon Trucking Association
our Spotlight Speaker will be ABA Member Dr. Paul Botner Back to Basics Chiropractic.
Everyone is welcome to attend, invite a friend!

Update on Aloha’s Upcoming Park!

On target to open FALL of 2017!!
Please see the link for more information!

July ABA Luncheon Notes

Thursday, July 14th

Called to Order by Karen Bolin:  12:00

Approx 20 in attendance

1- Introductions/Testimonials

  • Intros from all in attendance
  • We welcomed Dr Paul from Back to Basics Chiropractic, he is a new member.
  • Leon Taylor stated that he enjoys The 649 Taphouse for its menu and microbrews
  • Diana Fairhurst of Curves thanked the ABA for having its booth at the Farmer’s Market and providing it as an opportunity for Member Businesses.  
  • Kody Harris thanked the ABA for having its booth, and thanked Coffee Station for their support of the Farmers Market
  • Sally Fabre and Agape Insurance were praised for being positive to work with and for their rates.
  • Karen Bolin recommended Lupe’s Escape for meals.  
  • Karen Bolin brought up the new auto parts store in our area and brought to our attention that rather than hiring from within our community they had paid for out of state employees to come here for the setup of the business.  This increases our awareness of the need to work harder to get the ABA name out into the community, and to increase jobs here.  


2 – Board Update / Community Activities

  • The ABA had no July Board Meeting
  • The ABA’s current focus is membership and the website
  • The ABA is working with an outside party to make the website more search friendly and functional
  • August 2nd is National Night Out from 4 – 8pm.  We are hopeful Thriftway will again help with a “hot dog, chips and drink for $5” as they did last year.  The ABA looks at NNO as a way to help build community spirit.  
  • The Library is collecting grants for library functions, however it still needs community support given via donations to raise funds for decor, improved functionality and most importantly sound insulation between the Peppermill Bar and the Library itself.  The estimate of this cost is $100,000.


3 – Committee Reports

  • Treasurer Report – Michael Holcomb reports $1468.94 in bank.  June cash flow was $300 in and $1056.40 out, loss of $756.40.  The Year to Date Cash flow shows a gain of $437.78
  • Membership Committee – Karen Bolin reports that her focus is on new members.  This month Back to Basics Chiropractic joined us
  • Community Partnerships – Sally Fabre reported that Aloha Baskin Robbins along with Washington County Sheriff’s Office will again be hosting “Scoop with a Cop” raising funds to donate school supplies for Hazeldale Elementary.  This will occur on August 31st.  
  • Upcoming Meetings/Programs – the Guest Speaker for August’s Luncheon will be TVF&R Deputy Fire Marshall Steve Candela speaking on Safety in the Workplace.


4 – Program Speaker  –Christian Kaylor – Government Economist, Oregon Employment Department.    

Christian began his presentation by introducing his assistant Emily who will be taking over our area in the future.  He then went on with a 20 minute, highly educational insight into the forecast for Washington County’s future economic situations, as well as a reflection on the past and where Washington County is today.  In 2008 – 2009 this area experienced a bad recession.  70,000 jobs were lost in the region over the two year period and Unemployment doubled.  Since then, however there has been close to 100,000 new jobs within the past 6 years.  In Washington County jobs falling under the category of “Construction” rank as #1 in job growth, followed by Healthcare, Leisure and Hospitality.  Manufacturing is flat and has shown no job growth in the past year, this is troublesome due to the fact that 17% of all jobs in Washington County are in manufacturing (higher than in any other county in Oregon).  Manufacturing and Construction jobs are the core of Middle Wage jobs and support of the middle class.  Washington County has seen an 18% growth in low wage jobs, compared to 3% in mid wage, and 13% in high wage jobs.   Higher wage jobs are growing in Washington county, however the county has lost over 7000 mid wage jobs, and is instead adding lower wage jobs.  Mean worker income in Aloha is $50,512/year, this is on the low end for the state.  The Aloha population (during the last census) was 52,902 (Beaverton is 95,109).  Aloha is larger in population than Tigard but stands at half the population of Hillsboro or Gresham.  Aloha is also the largest “unincorporated” area in the region.  This area is experiencing a population growth rate of 11% which is very fast and second only to Wilsonville.  This growth rate places a large amount of pressure on the existing infrastructure.  In Aloha only 28% of residents have a college degree or higher.  Fortunately for the area, Aloha is seeing both a growth in residents as well as jobs opportunity.  However this won’t last forever as nearly every 10 years there is a recession.  Currently residential construction makes up the bulk of construction jobs, however sky high housing cost is still due to a lack of supply and currently there are no major infrastructure projects in development.  


5 -Spotlight Speaker Leadercast Video Presentation  – Sally Fabre –  

The Leadercast Video highlighted what it takes to be a “leader” in our community.  The top  factors showcased in the video are:  Team Building, Trust, Collaboration and Diversity. The video highlights that trust is not permanent, it must be earned and maintained.  The video also emphasized that while it is all too easy to hire someone “just like me” it is important to hire from a diverse pool to increase alternate ideas for problem solving as well as to accomplish goals.   

6 – Announcements – Our next Luncheon will be August 11th

Meeting Adjourned 1:00pm


                 Next Meeting:  August 11th, 2016

Steve Candela | Deputy Fire Marshal

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue

2nd Thursday of every month

11:30 AM to 1:00 PM  at Peppermill Restaurant

                Please invite someone to join!


August Luncheon

Our Speaker will be Steve Candela
Deputy Fire Marshall Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue.  Speaking on how disasters can affect you and your business and how to be prepared.
Program starts at the Peppermill Restaurant at 11:30 and ends at 1:00pm.
Everyone is welcome to attend, invite a friend!

June Luncheon Notes

Thursday June 9th Luncheon Minutes

Called to Order:  11:50

Approx 20 in attendance


1- Introductions/Testimonials

  • President Karen Bolin called the Luncheon to order.
  • We reviewed the new table lay out and it has been received positively.  
  • Intros from all in attendance.
  • Welcomed Sandi Holland with Pamplin Media, she is a new member
  • Movement Mortgage announced they are moving to Amberglen
  • Darlene Schnoor reported that Impact Signs had been helpful in creating a new K9 Cutout for use at their events, they both gave the best quote and had the best turn around time.  
  • Schmidt and Yee reported that Electronics Unlimited had been in to work on their computers recently and had been a tremendous help.
  • Janice Adams who is covering for Ken Yarnell, Principal for Aloha High School, from Thanksgiving through June 20th, was present.  She introduced herself as a former student teacher at Aloha, as well as a former administrator.  She discussed the new boundary changes brought on because of construction of the new high school, and the conflicts it has created.  She feels that Aloha High got caught in the “I don’t want to go there” mentality, so they are re-working how to make Aloha a positive part of the community.  Some of the ways they would like to refresh Aloha High School are to strengthen the computer program, and refresh the Auditorium, she acknowledges that there are churches who want to help.  


2 – Board Update / Community Activities

  • We are happy to have our first (we hope of many) ABA Evening Socials planned.  It will be a BBQ hosted by Schmidt and Yee on Wednesday June 22 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm, RSVP appreciated not required.  They will be grilling hot dogs and sausage, food and drinks will be provided, all you need to bring is a chair.  It will be cancelled if it rains!!!   
  • If any ABA Member business is interested in hosting an evening get together we would love to know and to help!
  • Sirius Media will begin repairs to our website and we are interested in the eventual development of an app.  
  • National Night Out will be August 2nd, planning is beginning now.  If you would like to host a table and feature your business, please let us know.  


3 – Committee Reports

  • Treasurer Report – Michael Holcomb reports as of 5/31/16 we have $2225.34 in bank. Last month we brought in $1780.00 and spent $1660.24 for a net gain of $119.76
  • Membership Committee – Karen Bolin reports we had 6 new renewals, and gained 2 new members (Farmington Mall Shell and Pamplin Media Group)
  • Community Partnerships –  National Night Out / Aloha Night Out is coming in August.  The Washington County Sheriff is sponsoring this event, we need ABA businesses to sign up to host booths.  Also in July the THPRD Parks Concerts in the Park will begin, unfortunately none will be held in Aloha
  • Upcoming Meetings and Programs – Karen Bolin reports that in July our Luncheon Speaker will be Christian Kaylor, Economist.  He will be speaking on Area Economic Indicators.  In August our speaker will be Steve Candela, TVF&R Department Fire Marshall.  He will be speaking on Disaster Prevention and Safety.  


4 – Program Speaker –

Lisa Mentesana – Homeless Education Liaison Program (HELP) Specialist, Beaverton School District

Lisa works with over 1200 youth in the Beaverton School District.  BSD has the highest number of homeless youth in the entire state of Oregon for 6 years running.  We will end this year with 1400 documented homeless (this number includes those living in cars, tents, garages, etc)  For the past 5 years, Aloha High School has had the highest number of students in one school who are homeless.  Lisa states that currently we do not have a shelter in the Aloha – Beaverton area, and she is working to create a “call to action” to fill this need, as well as that of a severe weather shelter.

Homeplate Services is partner of HELP, as is “Second Home for Youth”, an organization which arranges for host families to house local homeless students who are dedicated to finishing their education.   Other examples of community support and connections can be found in a program at Sunset High School, which partners with Target to help arrange Gift Cards as well as a card letting homeless youth know on their birthdays that the community is grateful they have stayed in school and that they are there to offer support.  Through a program at Beaverton High School there is a program which offers to every homeless student at graduation, a gift basket and supportive card.  Currently there is only one youth shelter in Washington County.  They have 10 beds and a 4 week stay limit.  HELP’s office is open all summer to serve youth in need, as well as to provide assistance with internships, and job shadows.  She closed by reiterating the need for a shelter in our area, we need to get these community members off the streets.  


5 – Spotlight Speaker

Corina Sanford –  Connect Hearing – Corina was inspired by her Mother in Law, an Audiologist, as well as in her personal work with patients who could not hear or understand their Doctor’s orders.    Hearing loss affects many people in various ways, including socially and mentally. It has been shown that even mild hearing loss can lead to dementia.  Among the safety concerns involved in hearing loss are an inability to hear the doorbell, an oven timer, the phone ringing or a fire alarm.  Corina helps to educate people by visiting care facilities where she provides services to those who can not get out themselves and works to train staff to help patients with their hearing aids.   Connect Hearing branches are located all over the country.  Connect Hearing’s outreach is quite generous, offering free hearing evaluations, a 2 week free trial of hearing aids, a 45 day $ back guarantee.  Free Batteries, & Free Office Visits.  Also if you refer a friend they give you a $15 gift card, $50 gift card if the referral ends up purchasing Hearing Aids.  (One of Corina’s example hearing aids was mistakenly taken from the table during the Luncheon.  If anyone knows where it has gone, please let her know)


6 – Announcements

  • Sandi Proctor with Pamplin Media Group will offer a discount for ABA members who purchase Advertising space on their newspaper page dedicated to National Night Out.  
  • Darleen Schnoor, Washington County Sheriff announced “Gyro with a Deputy”. June 24th 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Gyro House in North Aloha, have a gyro with a WCSO Deputy and help raise funds for local schools and charities.  Their last fundraiser helped bring together $700.00 in school supplies for Kinnaman Elementary (which they delivered with lights flashing and sirens running to the school!)