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July 13th Luncheon Notes

Luncheon Meeting Agenda
Thursday, July 13th

Called to order by Karen Bolin at: 11:50
In Attendance: 16

1- Introductions/Testimonials
D. Atkins – Key Bank
J. Sievert – Reedville Presbyterian Church
S. Easton – Westside Cruisers
D. Schouten – County Commissioner
G. Roach – THPRD
M. Schmidt – Schmidt and Yee
K. Alexander & B. Knotts – Keller Williams
Dr P. Bother – Back to Basics Chiropractic
G. Carlson – Carlson Law
D. Schnoor – WSCO
S. Whitehead – TVHWY Chioro
Benting Construction
G. Lampros – Edwards Center

Edwards Center – THPRD Employs their clients for work at Jenkins Estate
Westside Cruisers thanks WSCO Bike Patrol for support and safety at Cruise-Ins

2 – Board Report – Karen Bolin
Crunch Fitness has joined and has had success with use of the Farmer’s Market Booth
ABA Currently has 65 Members – Goal is 100, want to build community.
The ACFM and the new Aloha Library have been of benefit to the community

3 – Committee Reports
Upcoming Meetings/Programs – Karen Bolin
August Luncheon – Hillsboro Chief of Police speaking on Family Justice Center
September Luncheon – Oregon Treasury Department Speaker

4 – Spotlight Speakers –
Dr Paul Botner – Back to Basics Chiropractic
Near 185th and Cornell by Urgent Care, next to Einstein Bagels
Brain Controls everything in body, info comes down spine and goes out nerves
Pain in neck can cause other problems in body
Showed normal neck X-ray/healthy spine
Physical stresses causing issues:
Cell Phones – bent neck
Foods we eat
Pills we ingest can all affect nerves
Brain can send wrong signals to the body as a result of stress
These miscommunications can cause subluxation
Showed neck X-ray of 25 year old with neck too straight and giving headaches
Showed x-Ray of 55 year old with compressed neck and pain caused by out of alignment areas
A “Healthy Spine” needs:
Good Posture
Good Foods
Only thing that will correct these issues is chiropractic adjustments
Chiropractic adjustment releases stress hormones
Optimal level of health can be maintained by proper chiropractic care
At your first appointment at Back to Basics, they will do an initial consultation and nerve examination, and X-rays to get you to the root cause of problems to bring you back to health.
Q & A’s
Insurance? Back to Basics takes Moda and BCBS. If you pay cash upfront you get a 20% discount, if a family member comes in you get a 30% discount.
Health Potential/ Role of Chiropractic care, and how it enhances health potential. Dr Paul works to get you to the best place you can potentially go to.
Allergies can be affected positively by chiropractic adjustment
Babies can be adjusted with minimal pressure.
We develop problems at early ages and our bodies adapt to it as we grow and bring problems with them.
Dr Paul has been there 7 years.

5 – Program Speaker – Geoff Roach from THPRD
Director of Community Partnerships.
THPRD vision – provide high quality park and rec facilities programs services and rank areas that meet the needs of a diverse community
Access for All supports programs that expand access for children and adults with physical and or development disabilities, language barriers, financial barriers, etc.
New park started as MCSP- model community sports park
Park will be complete end of summer early fall, work began Spring 2016
$14.5 million investment funded through public and private partnership
Base cost financed through bond measure.
Extra features and amenities aided by private assistance
Bond Measure/fundraiser/private donations fund park
Entire park built without steps making it ADA accessible to enter and leave together.
Plaza area to include expanded restroom/clean up capabilities (cleanup station outside). Shower available. Clean up outside allows caregivers the ability to clean client while keeping eye on others in group
All abilities play area
Double slide to allow different abilities to play together (go down slide together)
Able to keep healthier trees on site, including grove of Douglas Fir
Listened to needs of people in area
Grove of trees is autism friendly to allow a place to regathering and focus to be able to play again
THPRD parks offer shade areas to regulate body temperature
Champions 2 Field – Specialized, state of the art turf. Subsurface and surface material to meet concussion protocol. Yet hard enough to work with all mobility devices. 1st of its kind in Oregon
Relationship between BSD and THPRD is the best in the entire state. Cohesion of quality education and quality parks
Tualatin Hills Park Foundation’s goal is working with Accessibility for All at THPRD parks
Edwards Center does PE classes through THPRD
August 12th All Abilities Triathlon at main complex
Naming – Mountain View Champions Park. Asked community for suggestions, as well as creating a committee to build knowledge base
THPRD working towards more Facebook communications/social media interactions
Would like more area representation in future groups/committees
My View Community Park – Grand Opening Saturday October 14th (sometime between 12-6)
THP Foundation – Access for All Collaborative investment initiate. Goal to raise $200,000 to bring in more capabilities for AfA areas at parks
Park Developments/new parks being conceived.
Expanded community engagement
Aloha Swim Center – Wipe out, Tropical Mermaid Swim (7-16).

6 – Announcements-
Edwards Center – Bluegrass BBQ coming up.
Edwards Center October Luncheon at MAC (can advertise business through sponsorship). THPRD and Pat Dorris will be speaking
Coffee With a cop – Everyday is a Donut Day (new location) – July 15th 9-11
J. Sievert – Reedville Presbyterian is holding a BBQ 2x a year. Community BBQ tonight and the 27th. All welcome. Presentations 6-7:30
Crunch Fitness will be using the booth at ACFM today

Adjourned at 1pm

Next Meeting: Thursday August 10th, 2017

Our Speaker will be Hillsboro Chief of Police with an update on the new Family Justice Center.
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 and
Movement Mortgage
for hosting our Board Meetings.


June 8th Luncheon Notes

Luncheon Meeting Minutes
Thursday, June 8th

Called to Order by K Bolin at 11:45 am
In Attendance 20

1- Introductions
Back to Basics Chiropractic
Agape Community Insurance
Willamette West Habitat for Humanity
County Commissioner Dick Schouten (August Luncheon Speaker)
TV HWY Chiro
Aloha Curves Jenny Craig
Songbird Healing Arts
Schmidt and Yee
School to Career
Aloha High School
Holcomb Computers
Beaverton School District
Jim K Cedar Hills
Movement Mortgage
Westside Cruisers Car Club
Pamplin Media

Testimonial –
Leon – The 649 Tap House is now serving cocktails
Mike – recommends Clean Earth Cleaners
Karen – recommends Curves/Jenny Craig

2 – Board Report – K Bolin
ABA held its monthly Board Meeting on June 1st, the focus was on our website improvements. There will be no Board Meeting in July.

3 – Committee Reports
A – Treasurer Report – M. Holcomb – $1328.31 funds available in the bank, cash flow for May was $860.00 in and $361.40 out
B – Membership Report – M. Holcomb – 2 new members, 7 renewing, 69 Members Total
C – Community Partnerships – S. Fabre –
*Aloha Baskin Robbins will be doing a community outreach program on July 31st and is looking for a partner to participate. August 31st they will be joining with WCSO to host a Bike Safety fair.
*There are No Concerts in the park in Aloha this year. National Night Out is Tuesday August 1st. Thursday, August 3rd, it will be recognized in Aloha at the Farmers Market.
*Mt View Champions Park will be dedicated October 14th. A member of THPRD will speak at the Luncheon in July or August.
D – Communications – B. Merritt – Continuing to work on the Aloha video footage.
E – Upcoming Meetings/Programs – K. Bolin – There will be no Board Meeting in July.

4 – Spotlight Speakers –
Diana Fairhurst – Aloha Curves/Jenny Craig
*Started working for Aloha Curves in 1999
*2 years ago Jenny Craig joined
*Why get in shape?
-Live longer, keep up with family, reduces health insurance bill, allows you to continue to do what you love for longer
*Why Not get in shape?
-It is hard, you will sweat, takes time, lazy
*It all comes down to motivation, and what we want to spend our time and money on. Focus on motivation, be clear about your goals
*What do you know about Curves?
-Place for women, a place to work out, support
-full body strength training and stretching in 30 min
*Strength training promotes bone health, muscle development (raises metabolism and burns calories)
*Curves has co-ed hours now
*Curves has classes
*Curves App – Curves Smart – tracks work out/let you know if you are at your optimal level for fitness training, and provides a supportive community.
*Jenny Craig -eat well and live life, clean delicious foods, portion control.
*Behavioral changes
*Best Diet/Commercial Plans – Consumer Reports
*Motivation and help working towards your goals
*“The Way to get started is to quit talking and start doing – Walt Disney
*They have many promos going on now.
*TV Hwy next to Rite Aid

Mike Schmidt & Pam Yee- Schmidt and Yee
*Mike Schmidt and Pam Yee began their partnership in 1980
*Schmidt and Yee focuses on wills and trust
*Consider how well you are protected
*Is there Common Law Marriage in Oregon? No
*Does a Will avoid Probate? No
*Is there Power of Attorney after death? – No
*Does a trust save taxes? not automatically
*If your circumstances change update your will. (spouse passes away, marriage changes, change in executor)

5 – Program Speaker – Steve Phillips, Deputy Superintendent Beaverton School District
*Moved from Malheur County in Eastern Oregon to the area to work for the Beaverton School District in August.
*His family lives in Aloha and their kids attend Beaverton School District Schools: Hazeldale, Mt View and Aloha
*He personally covers the areas of: Teaching and Learning, Technology and Human Resources
*Handouts Provided – Overview of School District Statistics, Images of new schools under construction.
*Aloha High School – Current push is for Career and Technical Education
*Funds are being directed to education in Construction (replacing “Woodshop”)
*Looking to answer: What do we need to teach our kids so they can go to work for your construction company after graduation.
*Computer Science will be taught by a new teacher out of Intel, and will partner with Intel to prepare kids for workforce.
*Measure 98 – bill that says $800 per High School student will be paid to schools to aid in graduation rates and dropout rate.
Funding is in limbo/flux however via legislature.
*June 12th is date for budget approval. (8.1 Billion) BSD has to cut 15 million because of PERS.
PERS liability skyrocketed. New package being worked on.
*Trouble with system – trying to pass budget without knowing what funds are.
*Legislature might not meet until July 10th! Despite budget due June 12th.
*Early Childhood Education – trying to “catch all” despite varying levels. Reading levels vary from 2nd grade to below Kindergarten while in a Kindergarten class, these statistics follows lines of poverty. Trying to fix system, need to start early. Partner with head start, esd, etc.
*Aloha funding is in place despite Measure 98 funds being there or not.
*Improvements being worked on district wide based on need
*Aloha not changing mascot because it is King Kamehameha /Hawaiian Warrior
*Audience Question raised about Beaverton City gerrymandering to affect location of new school. Where is the line drawn between Beaverton City and BSD given the areas differing tax bases. -South Cooper Mountain community falls under Beaverton City limits, and the new school is being built there, so that area will pay those taxes and fees.
*BSD feels that we need to look at bigger picture – bonds passed by entire community, have to work towards helping all, even at expense of some.
*There is a value in programs that teach applicable skills such as auto shop, construction, etc.

Adjourned 1pm

Next Meeting: Thursday July 13th, 2017

Our Speaker will be from THPRD to discuss our new park!
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 and
Movement Mortgage
for hosting our Board Meetings.


June Luncheon Agenda

Luncheon Meeting Agenda
Thursday, June 8th

1- Introductions/Testimonials

2 – Board Report – Karen Bolin

3 – Committee Reports
A – Treasurer Report – Michael Holcomb
B – Membership Report – Michael Holcomb
C – Community Partnerships – Sally Fabre
D – Communications – Brian Merritt
E – Upcoming Meetings/Programs – Karen Bolin

4 – Spotlight Speakers –
Diana Fairhurst – Curves
Mike Schmidt – Schmidt and Yee

5 – Program Speaker – Steve Phillips, Deputy Superintendent Beaverton School District

6 – Announcements-

Next Meeting: Thursday July 13th, 2017

Our Speaker will be from THPRD to discuss our new park!
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 and Movement Mortgage 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.


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