Chamber welcomes new members, holds golf scramble

Let’s check in with the East Portland Chamber of Commerce and see how this energetic group is supporting local businesses ‚Ķ

East Portland Chamber of Commerce members surround Terri Stromatt and Rithya Tang (front row, center) of DNA Services of America at the ribbon cutting ceremony not long ago.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
In addition to representing east Portland businesses on the city, county and regional basis and their “Good Morning East Portland” Wednesday morning networking gatherings, the East Portland Chamber of Commerce welcomes new businesses to the area.

Recently, we met Rithya Tang, principal of the Portland of DNA Services of America lab.

“Through DNA testing,” Tang told us, “we can conclusively identify biological relationships. Our genetics laboratory provides accurate and conclusive results of paternity tests, for example.”

Their company is located in the Hollywood area at 3939 NE Hancock St., Suite 209, Portland, OR 97212.

Scrambling through the brambles

Richard Sorem, Stewart & Tunno Insurance Agency, winds up for a swing on the 10th hole at Edgefield Manor’s hillside golf course at the Chamber’s “Bramble Scramble” Golf Tournament.

The chamber helps its members build their businesses by providing stimulating networking activities. On September 8, it was their annual golfing event.

The “Bramble Scramble” Golf Tournament, held at McMiniman’s Edgefield, brought both golf affectionate and duffers for a wonderful afternoon of golf and fellowship.

The best way to tell the story is in pictures!

Gail and Richard Kiley (Home Run Graphics) provide hospitality at the hole they sponsored.

Todd Grasle (BC Graphics) holds the ball with which he made a “Hole In One” ‚Äì the 9th hole is behind him.

Sue Eastman (SE Works) selling tickets ‚Äì lots of tickets ‚Äì to Jonathon Shorter (Adventist Health). By the way, he took home many of the great raffle prizes. “If you want to win, you’ve got to play,” Shorter says.

Event title and “Gold Sponsor” Richard Sorem, Stewart & Tunno Insurance Agency, thanks the group for participating.

Platinum Sponsor AJ Prasad, Town Center Bank, shares a few thoughts.

The Silver Sponsor was Adventist Health. Monty Knittel addresses the group.

EPCC Ambassador’s Chair, Norm Rice (First Class Properties) samples the food at the apr?®s-golf reception at Edgefield Manor.

Nancy Chapin (The Support Group) diligently adds up the golfer’s scores.

Third Place awards go to the Adventist Health team: Monty Knittel, Jonathan Shorter, Hannah Clegg and Carol Cate.

Second Place winners were Team BC Graphics; Greg Zuffrea is accepting the gifts and prizes for his teammates from Sue Eastman (SE Works).

First Place team was made up of Richard Kiley (Home Run Graphics), Shelley Belt, (Madison Vinyards a visitor and member of Prosser Chamber of Commerce in WA); Richard Sorem, Ran Manza (Stewart & Tunno Insurance Agency).

For more information about this great business group, or to find the location of their next free Good Morning East Portland Wednesday morning networking meeting, go to

¬© 2006 David F. Ashton ~ East PDX News

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