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Meeting Minutes, February 12, 2015

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Attendance: Approximately 35

Board Reports

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

Establishments visited and discussed:

TJ Helm is the March speaker about time management. April is PGE about business energy efficiency. May will be the Aloha Library’s informational about the November Levy.

Remember your community venues. CPO6, ARCC, ABA and WA County Community Forum!


Community Partnerships- Sally Fabre

Sally showed us a video clip from the “Leadercast Program” with Andy Stanley about making change by being clear on the why and how of any project to keep people engaged and focused on the end result. If you have ideas or want to be more involved please feel free to contact Sally,


Treasurer report – Mike Holcomb

Budget for 2015 was voted on and approved at the Feb Board meeting. It will be posted on the website. Renewal notices sent by email. Payment can be made online with Paypal, or checks mailed to our PO Box provided on the invoice. The ABA website will be updated soon with the 2015 Budget, board and member meeting minutes.


Meeting Educational Program:


Tyee Carr: “ How to Increase Your Business Cash Flow with Tax Savings”.

His job is not to just do your taxes with you one day of the year, but to meet with clients throughout the year, ensuring they are making the most of their tax savings early in the year. Mr. Carr is a teacher at PSU and tax professional with McDonald Jacobs. Please see the attached link of his presentation, visit his website at, or contact him at, or McDonald Jacobs main number 503-227-0581.

Business Spotlight:


Kody Harris:

Kody provided an update for the future Aloha Community Farmers Market. Currently we are reaching

out to farmers, acquiring funding, and applying for grants and permits. We are considering using the

Intel property on 198th and TV Hwy as our initial location. Preliminary surveys suggest either Thursday

or Sunday for the Market.

Sally Fabre- 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 Community Library FundraiserFebruary 28th and it is not too late to register to attend and support their work! Please see their website for more information.


Aloha High School- Principal, Ken Yarnell – Common Core and Minimum Educational Standards discussion and informational meeting will be on Wednesday March 11th, at 7pm in the Commons at Aloha High School.



Kody Harris ARCC –Aloha Reedville Study is complete and there is much work to do to “revitalize Aloha”. A Community Council has been created and will continue to meet and discuss how resources can best be used and other issues related to making Aloha and Reedville great! The next meeting of the Aloha Reedville Community Council will be Wednesday, March 18, 6pm in the community room at the fire training facility on Blanton, off of 209th. Residents and business owners are welcome to attend.

Edwards Center- Meals on Wheels officially starts February 23rd, 10:30am to 1:30pm every Monday. Suggested donation is $5.00.


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Next Meeting: March 12th at 11:15 AM at Peppermill Restaurant

“Put Your Time Where Your Money is”

Meeting Minutes December 11, 2014

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Attendance: Approximately 30


Chair Report – Karen Bolin (President) provided opening comments. Introduced the new Executive Secretary, Kody Harris. Followed by introductions and testimonials.

Establishments visited and discussed: Elements Message, Impact Signs and Western Liberty Network.

Western Liberty Network who is hosting a January 24th training at the Portland Airport Shilo Inn. AVAILABLE TRAINING.  There will be TWENTY instructional breakout sessions organized along four tracks:  1) How to Get Elected or Appointed to Local Office and Serve Effectively, 2) How to Lobby State Legislators and Other Office Holders, 3) How to Circulate Petitions and be An Effective Campaign Volunteer, and 4) How to Manage Local Campaigns and Build Your Grassroots Organization.  Attendees can mix and match courses between tracks as they wish.  Private training in public speaking will also be available.

Sally Fabre reported on the tree lighting from Saturday November 29th and how wonderful it went. Community road clean up partnership events will be coming up in the spring.


Committee Business- John Tyner (Board Member) moved that the Board Elections be postponed until January 2015. Vote called and supported to suspend until January 8th, 2015 meeting.

  • The ABA website will be updated soon. We need photos! Kody Harris will email requests for information, updates and photo requests in the near future.
  • THPRD has been invited to speak at our January 8, 2015 meeting regarding the new park in Aloha.


Spotlight Businesses:


Eric Squires- Aloha Historical Society

History is a linking connection between all of our businesses. Historical Society formation was brought on by the interest the Aloha Reedville study provided. Eric discussed the Library as a connection for historical data, documents and items. History is an important resource for our community knowledge. There is a commodity of stories, especially from the Veterans in our community. Please contact us to record your stories or connect us with people who have Aloha Reedville memories. Share your stories at


Kirsten Carpentier- Home Plate Youth Services (HPYS)Ll

Kirsten shared there are over 1200 homeless students/youth in our community and a growing need for more services. HPYS is the only drop in service in Washington County for youth. This is an invisible problem that we may not see every day, but it exists. Some factors that cause youth homelessness are, the unstable economy, unstable or unsafe home life and many additional situations. They have a large volunteer base, but can always use more assistance. One of their new offerings is a Youth Employment where youth are learning job skills through the Beaverton Farmers Market for a 3 month training program. To learn how your business can mentor or hire youth from Home Plate Youth Services? – Contact Amanda Kellett (971-400-0551)

They currently have a Holiday Shop for new item donations. They are also featured in the Willamette Week Give Guide. Year round they need additional support and items. Currently they are looking for a new space and adding an additional night for food service. Core volunteer’s and other volunteer opportunities are available.

Everyone did a wonderful presentation…now that we know more about these businesses, let’s make sure we promote and support them.



  • Aloha Community Library FundraiserCan your business be at the February 28th brunch?
  • Aloha High School- Chris Sinner– Dare to Care going on now! Breakfast fundraiser see the Aloha High School Facebook. Lion Witch and Wardrobe tickets for a challenge! Can you be a part of a video about attendance in the work place? This is a learning opportunity to help encourage prompt attendance. Choir goes to the Grotto on Monday, December 18th!
  • Contact Eric Squires about writing support letters for grants to help his youth organization.
  • Anthony Mills-Aloha Reedville Study and the creation of the Aloha Reedville Community Council. Next meeting March 18, 2015.


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Next Meeting: January 8, 2015 at 11:30 am – 1pm at Peppermill Restaurant

Luncheon Meeting, August 2013

Guest Speaker: Ernst Helvogt – Aloha Through Time ! The Helvogt Family had been in Aloha since the 1890’s eventually selling property to McKenzie Ford, Southern Pacific Railroad and to make way for Tualatin Valley Highway.

  • Southern Pacific put in small covered areas for passengers to wait for the train. Aloha was originally one of these stations, which included a railroad siding. “It was a bump in the road.”
  • They currently operate two businesses which own Cedar West Plaza, the Aspen Grove apartment complex in the Reedville area as well as Crimson Corner Shopping Center.
  • First large business in Aloha was Emilies Feed & Seed approximately three times as large as the current business Harvey’s Marine.
  • Gary McKenna said “Aloha is not a destination; you have to have a reason to come here.” If you think about that, and increase business, you need to make Aloha a destination. The Helvogt Family commercial locations are destinations in Aloha with a wide variety of ethnically diverse businesses.
  • Mr. Helvogt would like to see Aloha become more of a destination. “You can’t remain the same over the years and have the same old town.” I think Aloha in the near future should have a city plan, a community plan or a combination of the two. The plan should be known generally to the public.” I haven’t seen anything that indicates that Aloha plans to become a destination community, like the Amber Glen community.” Mr. Helvogt does not wish to see Aloha absorbed by either Hillsboro or Beaverton.

Spotlight Speaker:  Lisa Chang of Hula Halau ‘Ohana Holo’oko’a Hawaiian Entertainment is our speaker this month. Lisa’s Hula Halau teaches not only dance, but Hawaiian Culture to a number of students ranging in age and from a large number of communities here in Oregon. Lisa shared a film via computer of performances representative of the Entertainment her business offers and gracefully performed a traditional hula for us. Lisa’s has also been studying Hawaiian feather work, entering one of her feather leis in the Beaverton Arts Commission Show Case last year and took first place for the fine arts and sculpture category. Dennis from Key Bank draws Amy Morris of Grass Skirt Marketing will be our October Spotlight Speaker.

Read all the2013-08-13-Luncheon notes here.


Luncheon Meeting, July 2013

Guest Speaker: Shelley Olyear, Washington County Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator Ways to increase cycle and pedestrian business

  • Nearly one thousand county residents either walk or bike regularly
  • Pedestrians and cyclists spend more money at business locations other than grocery stores
  • Providing secure places to park a bicycle has proven to increase customers
  • Offering a coupon to pedestrians and cyclists for a particular day/time may serve to increase business
  • Encouraging people to walk and bike more often goes hand in hand with transportation improvement and planning; your voice is valued at the county

Spotlight Speaker: John and Stephanie McDowell – A Cut Above Pawn on TV Hwy.

By day, Stephanie manages E-bay for the business and John runs the retail shop, they are rapidly approaching their one year anniversary as business owners.

The mission of A Cut Above Pawn is to emulate the Pawn Stars experience and be a premier business within the community.

A Cut Above Pawn provides a valuable service to the community by bridging the gap while someone is waiting for an incoming check or just needs a short term loan to make ends meet. They resell good quality merchandise which aids savings within the community and recycles still very usable goods.

Read all the2013-07-11-Luncheon notes here.