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October Luncheon

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

Update on Aloha’s Upcoming Park!

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

July ABA Luncheon Notes

Thursday, July 14th

Called to Order by Karen Bolin:  12:00

Approx 20 in attendance

1- Introductions/Testimonials

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


2 – Board Update / Community Activities

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


3 – Committee Reports

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


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

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


5 -Spotlight Speaker Leadercast Video Presentation  – Sally Fabre –  

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

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

Meeting Adjourned 1:00pm


                 Next Meeting:  August 11th, 2016

Steve Candela | Deputy Fire Marshal

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue

2nd Thursday of every month

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

                Please invite someone to join!


August Luncheon

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

June Luncheon Notes

Thursday June 9th Luncheon Minutes

Called to Order:  11:50

Approx 20 in attendance


1- Introductions/Testimonials

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


2 – Board Update / Community Activities

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


3 – Committee Reports

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


4 – Program Speaker –

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

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

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


5 – Spotlight Speaker

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


6 – Announcements

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

ABA July Luncheon

Our Next Luncheon will be July 14
Our Speaker will be Christian Kaylor, Economist
Speaking on Economic Indicators and what they mean for business owners
Program starts at the Peppermill Restaurant at 11:30 and ends at 1:00pm.
Everyone is welcome to attend, invite a friend!


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

ABA June Luncheon

June 9, 2016
Lisa Mentesana, Homeless Education Liaison Program Specialist, Beaverton School District HELP Outreach Center
Lisa is working with over 1200 youth in our Beaverton School District who do not have a secure home each evening and have other needs to be addressed.  We will begin our discussion on what we as a community can do about our EPIDEMIC HOMELESS ISSUE in ALOHA!  Please join us for this important information and discussion.
Program starts at the Peppermill Restaurant at 11:30 and ends at 1:00pm.
Everyone is welcome to attend, invite a friend!

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.

ABA Monthly Luncheon

The ABA invites you to join us for our monthly luncheon meeting at the Peppermill Restaurant. This educational gathering is the second Thursday of every month. All community members are welcome to join us as we work together for the betterment of Aloha Businesses and our community!

Our Featured Speaker will be: Carolyn McCormick, CEO of the Washington County Visitors Association, discussing “Staying Connected as a Welcoming Community”
Our Spotlight Speaker will be:  Malia Paulsen, Independent Consultant with Enchanted Traveler.
ABA Luncheons are the 2nd Thursday of every month at the Peppermill Restaurant.
The program starts at 11:30 and ends at 1:00pm. Everyone is welcome to attend, invite a friend!