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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.

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!


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!)  

ABA March Luncheon Notes

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Attendance: Approximately 25-30

Board Reports

Introduction and Testimonials

Welcome by Karen Bolin and recognition of 5 years of ABA!  

Self introductions of members and guests.

Board Update

Board Meeting is the first Thursday of every month!  We are working to transition from Kody to Malia as Executive Secretary. Reminder to check in on the EBlast for information on upcoming events including the Class of 2016 Fundraiser for Grad Night.  It will be Saturday April 9th.  

The Farmers Market will open May 5th with a currently being planned VIP Event!  

Treasurer report – Mike Holcomb

Renewal notices sent by email. Payment can be made online with PayPal, or checks mailed to our PO Box provided on the invoice. Mike Holcomb provided a report with a 1/31/2016 data. January Income was $300, January expenses were -$295, for a Net Gain of $5.00. $1,136.16 current account Balance.

Meeting Educational Program:

Francis and Lamprecht, LLC – CPA  (Becoming Linda Lamprecht, CPA when Ross Francis retires later this year)   Explained reporting requirements for ACA –  Small business vs large business, Self Insured or Insured.  Updated us on the new Minimum Wage situation, which will be a tiered increase beginning in July 2016 and will increase to $14.75 in Portland, $13.50 in Smaller Cities.  $12.50 Rural areas by 2022.  She led us through Top Mistakes and how to avoid them, most important to not procrastinate!

Business Spotlights:

Kody Harris – Update on Aloha Farmers Market

Generating interest in Board Members – Legal, Financial and outreach.  There will be a meeting Saturday meeting April 2nd.  LAST one before Market Opens!  Public Input welcome. The Go Fund Me Account is at $2000 which covered license and Insurance.  Now they need funds for Signs!  (Thank you to Impact Signs) as well as physical items like tables and tents.  They are trying to tie up last minute details and would like to hire two staff members.  PLEASE share on Facebook!  EBT will be accepted.  Anyone willing to do a donation match?  We need a $2000 Donation to match on SNAP.    VIP 1:30 day of Market ($25 to get in to VIP Event, $100 = Sponsor)  Donations to ACFM – Aloha Community Farmers Market.  


BestHQ – Business Expo West – ABA = 50% discount on Registration.  Thursday April 7th.  

West Side Cruisers – Every Wednesday Night Weather Nice May.  4pm- Dusk by Rite Aid (fundraising for Homeless Aloha Youth, and Aloha Auto Shop)

Impact Sign – Open House March 11

Information on Aloha Auto Shop – Open to all Aloha Students, only one in BSD.  7 kids went last year to National Association took 7th in Nation.  (speak at next meeting?)  Will be highlighted at Breakfast, please check it out.  

Aloha High School Theatre – Cinderella this week and next

Bricks and MiniFig – March 21-23rd Stop Action Filming Camp.

Business Breakfast: Aloha High School April, get your reservation in today.

Aloha Community Farmers Market:  Meeting April 2nd at the

Washington County Citizens Academy: March 1, 2016 through May 10, 2016.

Not a member? You can sign up and/or pay dues at our website:

Next Meeting: April 14th at 11:15 AM at Peppermill Restaurant

April ABA Luncheon Notes

Thursday April 14 , 2016

Attendance: Approximately 25-30

Introduction and Testimonials:

Welcome by Karen Bolin and celebration of 5 years of ABA!!

Self introductions of members and guests.

Board Update

Board Meeting is the first Thursday of every month!  We have transitioned from Kody to Malia as the Executive Secretary, if you need anything you can contact her at or  Please remember to check in on the EBlast for information on upcoming events including the Grand Opening of the Aloha Farmers Market on May 5th.  

We have a new member!  Baskin Robbins has joined us!  Please stop by and welcome the owner Steve to our Association!  

We are currently looking to revamp our website, including better organization of areas such as restaurants and places of worship.

Karen is working to have reusable grocery bags printed with our ABA Logo as a give away for the Farmers Market.

Treasurer Report – Mike Holcomb

Renewal notices have been sent by email. Payment can be made online with PayPal, or checks mailed to our PO Box provided on the invoice.  Mike Holcomb provided a report with year to date and month to date income and expenses with a March 30th balance of $1,586.00 in the bank!  

Membership Committee –  Sally Fabre reported that Baskin Robbins has joined ABA

Community Partnership – Sally Fabre announced Sat April 30th is our road clean up of 198 &  Johnson to 198 and Baseline.  Meet in the parking lot at Aloha High School!  Reminders will be sent.  

Upcoming Meetings At our May Luncheon the Program Speaker will be:  Carolyn McCormick, CEO of the Washington County Visitors Association.  She will be  discussing “Staying Connected as a Welcoming Community”

 And our Spotlight Business Speaker will be :    Malia Paulsen, Independent Consultant with Enchanted Traveler.

 We are currently looking for business related speakers for upcoming months!  

Meeting Program:

Gladys Boutwell – Health Insurance Broker with PBP Insurance

Health Insurance  – looking at changes in technology and how they compare to changes in the healthcare insurance system.  ACA changed the health insurance industry, it is a tax law which makes it difficult to remove.  It requires legal residents to acquire insurance through purchasing directly with insurance companies, group employer plans or federal state exchanges.  You will be assessed a tax penalty if you do not have it.  There are some exceptions – hardship exemptions. Less than 50 full time (or equivalent) employees you do not need to offer, more than 50 you do – starting 2017.  Offering benefits is an incentive to potential employees.  It is also a business write off.  Employees go to carrier or broker not boss.  We ended by playing a fun game of jeopardy to see how much we already know.  

Business Spotlights:

Regina Ford – United Homecare Services

In home care for seniors in their home.  We are living longer and need to plan for it.  43 million family – unpaid – caregivers (kids, grand kids, spouses,etc)  Families are changing, kids moving away, families getting smaller.  This is the reason for inhome care.  In Oregon we have 140.   Most are franchises, most cost more. Why use UHS?   UHS is non profit, saves clients $  Base rates are 10% less than franchises.  Savings to clients and higher rate of pay for caregivers – keep them longer (average rate of turn over 6 months!  Turnover is hard on clients!)  UHS requires experience, drug tests, background checks, etc.  Flat hourly rate, minimal service minimums.  Mission/people over profits.  

Upcoming Community Events and announcements:

Curvy Chic Sale – April 28-May 1  

Farmers Market Opening Cinco De Mayo – Farmers Market 2pm VIP opening, officially open at 3.  Every Thursday from 3-7 until September!

Monte Carlo Night – Edwards Community Center

Homeplate Youth Services – Raises funds which assist homeless youth June 5th at Hillsboro Stadium.  Free for spectators, but still looking for sponsors.  Family Friendly – kids games and events!  

Prescription Drug Turn in April 30th 10 – 2

K9 Trials June 4th Hillsboro stadium – free event 10 – 2 Looking for Sponsors.

November 2015 Luncheon Meeting Minutes

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Attendance: Approximately 35



Board Reports

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


Community Partnerships- Sally Fabre Aloha Christmas Tree Lighting


Treasurer report – Mike Holcomb

Renewal notices sent by email. Payment can be made online with Paypal, or checks mailed to our PO Box provided on the invoice. Mike Holcomb provided a report with a 10/31/2015 data. October Income was $680, October expenses were -$635, for a Net Gain of $45.00. $1,270.62 current account Balance.


Meeting Educational Program:


Breast Friends: Becky Olson

Three time breast cancer survivor Becky Olson is a long time Aloha/Beaverton resident. She started breast friends after her first diagnosis and became a full-time nonprofit after her 3rd diagnosis. They now have affiliates in Florida and Pennsylvania. There is an open house tonight at their office in Tigard catered by Olive Garden. Businesses and supervisors try to stay safe regarding privacy laws, but this often keeps people so far back that the employee feels completely unsupported at work. This is a difficult line to draw and leaves the employee feeling unsupported. If the person gives permission to share their story then encouragement and support can begin. It is important to have support and be reached out to. Especially during the alone time when the employee is home during treatment. You can only share what the employee said is ok to share and nothing more. Sympathetic boss/supervisor is supportive. If you treat the employee as though they are sick this is not supportive and does not promote a healthy employee. You not only discourage the returning employee, but if you lose them because they feel unwelcome, then you have lost their skills and you now have to train a new employee.

Congressional bills being introduced to change the mammogram guidelines from 40 to 50. Needs to stay at 40, write your congress person today. Their Gala is May 7th, 2016. For more information about best approaches stop by the Breast Friends Office or go to their website for a Tips Brochure.


Business Spotlight:

Belinda Petshow Investments: Belinda Petshow and Sonja Lindley

Investment services for your pension investments. It is personal and personalized. She believes in personalized service and being a part of their story. Belinda can personalize because she is an independent investor. Belinda is independent, but she isn’t alone and uses a secondary reviewing service. She formerly was in the banking industry and has weathered the financial storms of the last 30 years, which provides a knowledgeable foundation for her work. Please contact her for more information at (503) 681-4819




Aloha Christmas Tree Lighting: November 28th, 2015 from 6pm-8:00pm

ARCC Next Meeting: January 27th, 2016 at the TVFD Community Room 6-7:30pm

Aloha Community Farmers Market: Community Stakeholder Meeting 6-7:30pm Tentatively December 10, 2015 (Possible)

Aloha High School Renovations: Contact Westside or Kody Harris

Food Boxes and Donation: Looking for turkeys and other items for 210 meals here in Aloha


Not a member? You can sign up and/or pay dues right here on our website

Next Meeting: December 10th at 11:15 AM at Peppermill Restaurant

October 2015 Luncheon Meeting Minutes

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Attendance: Approximately 18

Board Reports

Community Partnerships- Sally Fabre (Board Member) provided opening comments


Treasurer report –

Renewal notices sent by email. Payment can be made online with Paypal, or checks mailed to our PO Box provided on the invoice. Mike Holcomb provided a report with a 10/01/2015 data. September Income was $0, September’s expenses were -$280.38 for a Net Loss of -$280.38. $1,225.62 current account Balance.


Chair Report – Karen Bolin President now for 4 years and encouraging them to become members. We would like to provide as much support as possible for our community. We have nominations next month. It has been proposed to have Karen and Sally Co-chair. We would like to invite all of you to be a part of our board. How can you step up for leadership as our community grows in the coming years how will it work to grow our businesses? Connection is important. How can we support each other?

Opportunities I have been able to participate in are the Citizens Patrol. It has been rewarding and reassuring to see how they have been stewards of these funds.

Did you know that Search and Rescue allows youth as young as 14 to be eligible to participate.


November: How to welcome back an employee after an illness.

December: Holiday Social Mixer.

January: School District re districting.

Meeting Educational Program:


Aloha Curves: Diana Fairhurst

Washington County, Where do we rank. We are below the national obesity percentages, but we are also increasing along with the national trend. Health issues around obesity are prevalent in our community. You have to find a solution, that will work for you. You also have to dedicate time for yourself. So what are you doing for you? Curves provides many opportunities to help guide people through their personal health challenges. Their programs are not just for women, Jenny Craig also is available for Men in our community. Feel free to connect us to see how our businesses can help support each other, our employees and Aloha.


Elements Massage: David Marcotte

Thank you to Karen Bolin for her connections and reaching out to me when I first arrived here. Starting a new business in a new town can be challenging, but having organizations like the ABA providing support for each other. Most people believe that I am a massage therapist, but I am not. I was a Washington DC, Attorney and an avid GYM member. Then I got hurt at the gym. I suddenly found my whole life had changed. After struggling I eventually was introduced to massage therapy. The opportunity presented it’s self my wife and I moved to Oregon and purchasing Elements Massage. It is amazing to be providing a service that has a real honest value proposition. We provide memberships. You can have the membership withdrawn from your health savings account.


Song Bird Healing Arts: Dr. Carol Zamarra

I started out in finance and found myself introduced to massage. Massage lead to schooling as a natural path. How do we work around lifestyles to provide health and wellness. I provide a lot of physical medicine in addition to the traditional medical needs. This is breast cancer awareness month, but lung cancer is also prevalent in our community. If you doubt, get it checked out. And remember that doctors are just people to and there are more doctors out there. The most important person is you in this relationship. Free breast cancer screening is available through Screen Wise.


Not a member? You can sign up and/or pay dues right here on our website!

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

“Breast Friends: How to Welcome Back and Employee after an Illness”

August Luncheon Meeting Minutes

Luncheon Meeting Notes

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Attendance: Approximately 28



Board Reports

Chair Report – Karen Bolin (President) provided opening comments. Establishments visited and discussed.

September will be the Aloha Library’s informational about the November Levy.

October is Health Month, Cynthia Valdivia from WA County will be speaking about health clinics.


Community Partnerships- Kody Harris

Thank you to everyone for participating and supporting Aloha’s National Night Out. The Lantern Walk for Compassion First is happening August 22nd visit to join in the fun for a great cause!


Treasurer report – Mike Holcomb

Renewal notices sent by email. Payment can be made online with Paypal, or checks mailed to our PO Box provided on the invoice. Mike Holcomb provided a report with a 7/30/15 data. July Income was

$300.00, July expenses were -$669.00 for a Net Loss of -$369.00. $1,656.00 current account Balance.


Meeting Educational Program:


Todd H Tualatin Valley Water District: “The Willamette Water Supply Program and Drought Preparedness”

It is a great thing that Aloha is looking to the future. That’s what our water providers are doing too. We are in a special district, PSU and Metro help provide information and research that help us plan for the future. Risks that can threaten our water supply are earthquakes, drought, pollution, and severe storms, but also fires. Multiple water sources is one of the key ways to mitigate in a disaster. We need reliable, safe supply that meets our needs and future needs. Conservation is a priority too. Washington County homes and businesses now use 15-20% less water than they did a decade ago. The Willamette Water Supply Program will provide water to Washington County’s growing communities. There are 3 components to this project. The treatment plant will be expanded, 30 miles of pipeline will connect community to the mid-Willamette River supply, and the addition of water storage tanks. The pipeline was selected through an in-depth analysis. To see our research go to Most construction will occur around 2020-2025. Several pieces of the pipe will go in earlier during road construction projects, especial in Washington County.

Please ask us questions, share your opinions, they matter and we want to hear!

Business Spotlight:


Pam Yee: Schmidt and Yee Law Office, “When to get an attorney for your Business”

Pam shared with us when should businesses get an attorney. Businesses and business owners should plan legal needs before something happens. Schmidt and Yee have packets available for business owners for succession planning, disability planning, finance planning, what should be done with inventory. Call us before you need us!


Jenny Cadigan- Westside Transportation Alliance: WTA works with businesses, non-profits and other organization to reduce pollution. Working to help people learn how to carpool, ride to work, do commuter challenges. You and your business can join their organization by going to Currently they are working on community projects in Aloha Reedville. One of which is adding new Bike Staples in the community. They would love to hear our citizen and business owner opinions of where the bike staples should be best placed.




Good Neighbor Project- Sunday August 23rd for more information on this day of Service go to


The Lantern Walk- Saturday August 22nd


Skid Program- Working with Aloha High School to do a safe driving accident awareness.


Not a member? You can sign up and/or pay dues at our website:


Next Meeting: September 10th at 11:15 AM at Peppermill Restaurant “ A l o h a L i b r a r y L e v y a n d S a f e t y L e v y ”


Member Meeting July 9, 2015

Luncheon Meeting Notes

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Attendance: Approximately 15

Board Reports

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

Outreach: The ABA is working on membership and renewals. Please feel free to attend our board meetings on the 1st Thursday of every month to share your ideas. Notify us of your community events so we may promote you, your business and the community.

Aloha is Affordable, Accessible and Safe: We want affordable housing so lets help manage the fees in the county as our neighbors Cooper Mountain and South Hillsboro expand. TriMet’s Orange Line is about to open, which extend Aloha’s access to a larger area. Safe Gun safety, Domestic Violence and advocating for a safer Aloha are priorities. Please feel free to share your suggestions for speakers that you believe fit the topics of Affordable, Accessible and Safe in Aloha.

Treasurer report – Mike Holcomb $2,028.20 in the bank. Out $675.91. Cash in $500 for June 2015. Reminder that dues are due the month the invoice is dated. Pay by check, cash, or online with PayPal.

Community Partnerships- Kody & Karen THPRD Concert in Arnold Park went wonderful, National Night Out fliers for Tuesday August 4, 2015 event will be sent out in the next Eblast. Please send, share and post this all over the Aloha community.

August Guest Speaker is Tualatin Valley Water District and the Willamette Water Project.

Membership- Reaching out too more members, new members, and bringing in companies on the fringes of our community.

Meeting Educational Program:


Penny Okamoto: “Gun Safety and Your Business

Cease Fire Oregon

Penny is here representing Cease Fire Oregon’s Education foundation. Washington County how and what we can carry: Concealed Carry or Open Carry.

Concealed Carry requires a permit, back ground check, fee’s and a safety course. A lot of guns are allowed under these permits and they can be carried in several different ways. There are cities that will not allow a loaded concealed gun, Beaverton is one of these cities, but Aloha which is unincorporated you may carry a loaded concealed gun. No guns are allowed in Federal buildings, national forests, and many more, but businesses can choose to not allow guns the same as a home owner can choose to not allow a gun too.

About 11% of the homicides occur in the work place, but 80% of those homicides are committed with a gun. If guns are allowed in the work place you are 5-7% more likely to be affected by a homicide. Men are more likely to be killed by strangers, women are more likely to know their assailant. Domestic Violence is also harassment, not just injuries or death. 60% of women in one study lost their jobs due to domestic violence harassment from a spouse, friend or partner.

An armed society is a safe society or is an armed society an intimidated society.

75-80% of Oregon’s gun deaths are suicides. This is a serious issue in Oregon. Teenage boys and older white men are most likely to die from gun suicides.


The Aurora shooting case has created a new law holding the cinema accountable for the safety of the patrons. What does this mean? We don’t know. Perhaps that means there are going to be metal detectors in theaters… we don’t know. Keep your eye on this.


Speak out, reach out, research and connect with higher ups in your organizations, medical, or police organizations for ways you can help your employees, family, friends and your business to protect each other from gun violence and gun related suicide.

Join with local law enforcement and your legal team to create a company policy for gun’s, knives and other weapons.

For more information about gun safety, gun awareness go to



National Night Out: Tuesday August 4th, 4-8pm at the Aloha Library parking lot

TGIF Social Hour: Friday July 24th at Sakura

Aloha Jamboree: Saturday August 29th

Good Neighbor Project: Westside August 23rd Local Churches and residents doing community service

ARCC: Next Meeting is July 29th, at the Aloha Fire Training Center on Blanton from 6-7:30pm

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


Not a member? You can sign up and/or pay dues at our website:


Next Meeting: August 13th at 11:15 AM at Peppermill Restaurant

“Water and the Willamette Water Project”

Member Meeting June 11, 2015

Luncheon Meeting Notes

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Attendance: Approximately 28


Board Reports

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

Outreach: The ABA is working on membership and renewals. Please feel free to attend our board meetings on the 1st Thursday of every month to share your ideas.


Treasurer report – Mike Holcomb $2,204.11 in the bank! Out $992.70. Cash in $600 for May 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, Good Neighbor Project and THPRD Concert in Arnold Park, National Night Out.

July Guest Speaker is Cease Fire Oregon:

Membership- Reaching out tomorrow for more members, new members and bringing in companies on the fringes of our communities.

Meeting Educational Program:


Commissioner Dick Schouten: “Washington County Update for Aloha

560,000+ people in WA County. We will be redistricting next year in the county, more information will be posting on the county website soon. Our budget is $780.2 million and operating budget is $496.9.

Transportation Projects: SW Rock Rd sidewalk and road improvement, SW 209th Safety, sidewalks and off road asphalt path on the eastside to Blanton, SW Kinnaman safety improvement, bike and pedestrian path along with pavement overlay, SW 178th and TV will fill in all the gaps in access. Pavement overlay projects to occur on SW 170th, Miller Hill Rd and Kemmer.

198th complete redesign!

Transportation Futures Study 17-18 month process for planning WA county roads.

SW Quadrant Community Park: 230,000 THPRD citizens served and the new parks should grow this number! It will be 20 acres, benefiting the community and Mt. View High School. The jewel of the Park will be the Champions Too Field! Local Green Share money is helping make this possible.

Public Safety Levy- This is a replacement levy for a levy that is ending. Special Forces, victims assistance, prosecution services, parole, probation, jail and work release, Emergency services for women, children who are domestic violence victims. Mental Health Response Team (MHRT).

Library Levy-This levy will expand the Aloha Library, maintain operations, continued support and increase youth and adult reading programs. Networking our library to the larger system!

Business Spotlight:


Leadercast: Sally shared info and a video clip about this amazing program about developing young leaders. Please find out more at:

  1. Limit your field of view, you are going to see more. Break it down to manageable chunks to attack one at a time. 2) Make bold corrections! 3) Bravery doesn’t have to be a solo experience, it can be a team sport. 4) Choose your bag (your ruck or luggage) wisely. What are you going to carry-choose the amount of work you do wisely.

Achieve your Harmonic Gate. The movement for which God intend you to move to move into bravery and win the day.






National Night Out: Tuesday August 4th, 4-8pm

Rummage Sale: Reedville Church

Pedalpalooza: Community bike ride hitting local parks and businesses 6/12

Good Neighbor Project: Westside August 23rd Local Churches and residents doing community

ARCC: Next Meeting is July 29th,

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


Not a member? You can sign up and/or pay dues at our website:


Next Meeting: July 9th at 11:15 AM at Peppermill Restaurant