Amid swinging clubs, Chamber’s golf tourney builds relationships

See what happened when the East Portland Chamber of Commerce invited other Portland business groups to join in their fun, at this annual event …

Pausing between holes at the East Portland Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament are Richard Kiely, of Home Run Graphics, and Steve Renner, from Gresham Ford (“The dealer with a heart”).

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
One of the major annual events sponsored by the East Portland Chamber of Commerce is their June Golf Tournament. Again this year, good weather favored the outing – held at Colwood National Golf Course in Northeast Portland.

“This year, we opened the Golf Tournament to members of Portland’s business districts,” said organizer Ken Turner. “And, we had a great response with 56 golfers taking to the links.”

“The benefit of bringing the business groups’ leaders together is that it helps us better advocate for small businesses here, in Portland,” Turner said.

The tourney had a “shotgun start” – each foursome was assigned to different holes around the course; from that point they played the rotation, which got everyone back into the clubhouse in time for a late lunch, the raffle,and awards.

EPCC Golf Tournament Photo Gallery

Kevin “Not your ordinary bean-counter” Minkoff, CPA, checks down the fairway as he lines up his next drive.

“Team Riverview Bank” – Jim Harty, Rob Benke, Monty Silliman, and Kyle Berwager – pauses for a photo, on their way down to the green.

Patricia Hulin, of Courtyard by Marriott Portland Airport, keeps her eye on the ball, as she takes a swing on the Back Nine.

Karla Signs from the American Cancer Society, and Deborah Higa, who is with Mt. Hood Community College, sell raffle tickets for great prizes out on the course.

Roy Stanfield of World Financial Group, as well as EPCC President Rich Sorem, take a break from their great game.

Hungry duffers load up their plates, getting ready to tuck into a hearty burger-and-beans lunch.

Judy Leach accepts a sponsor’s plaque for Adventist Medical Center from the tournament organizer, and Governmental Affairs Director of the Chamber, Ken Turner.

Ken Turner accepts fourth-place prizes on behalf of the foursome, from Rich Sorem.

“Team Nationwide Insurance”, hosted by Eric Weber (far right), came in at third place.

Team “Not your ordinary bean-counters”, led by Kevin Minkoff, CPA (far left), accept their second place prizes.

David Oien, from Bankcard Systems NW, the sponsor of the Chipping Contest, presents a beautiful golf bag to winner Elaine Vonwald, of Beemer Smith Monroe CPA, along with Rich Sorem.

Taking the first place spot in the 2010 East Portland Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament is the team of Pete Lackner, Randy Firsch, Roy Stanfield, and Rich Sorem.

About the Chamber
The East Portland Chamber of Commerce is focused on giving its members the tools to grow their businesses, learn to be effective business leaders, and be heard by local government officials.

The Chamber hosts a weekly “Good Morning East Portland” networking meeting, hosted by different chamber members each Wednesday morning from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. Meetings are free, and guests are welcome. Visit the East Portland News COMMUNITY CALENDAR to find the location of upcoming meetings, and the events the Chamber hosts.

Other chamber activities include public affairs programs, educational seminars, ribbon-cuttings for new businesses, annual golf and bowling tournaments, social activities ,and opportunities for members to give back to their community. The chamber also keeps members updated through a weekly newsletter and an interactive web site: CLICK HERE to visit it – or follow the Chamber on TWITTER; or call the office at (503) 788-8589.

© 2010 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News

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