Business mixes with leisure at Chamber golf tourney

See how many of the East Portland Chamber of Commerce folks you know turned out, for the Chamber’s annual golf outing this year …

Char Shinn of Oregonians Credit Union tees off, while Ginny Sorem, Priscilla Hulin from Courtyard Marriott Airport, and Chance Williams of Oregonians Credit Union watch her knock her ball down the fairway.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
Clubs swung and balls flew at the “shotgun scramble” start of the 2012 East Portland Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament on June 15.

“It’s really not very complicated,” said organizer Richard Sorem of Rose City Associates, about the event. “This is an opportunity for members and guests of the Chamber to get together and have some fun.”

Elliott West of West Mortgage, Randy Ferch from Acasta Merchandisers, Rich Sorem, and Pete Lackner of Rose City Associates work their way around the course.

Here’s a look at “Team Warren Allen LLP”: Nick Drum, Warner Allen, Sia Rezvani, and Carl Jepsen.

And fun they had. Watching a couple of the players, it became evident that being a “scratch golfer” wasn’t a requirement for having a good time, as 14 teams took over the grassy knolls of Colwood National Golf Club on Northeast Columbia Boulevard.

After playing 18 holes, the players returned to the clubhouse for a barbecue luncheon, prize drawing, and the presentation of awards.

EPCC 2012 Golf Tournament Photo Album

Annual guests, and political commentators Dave Lister, “The East Side Guy”, and Jim Pasero of Third Century Solutions, say they’re having a good time.

That’s attorney Jim Losk from Maylie Grayson Attorneys at Law addressing the ball. He’ll go on to later to win “Men’s Closest to the Pin”.

The 2012 EPCC golf tourney is played on a beautiful late spring day. By mid-afternoon, the players head to the clubhouse for lunch and awards.

Eric Stevens of Take Shape for Life records the team’s scores in the clubhouse.

EPCC Ambassadors Deborah Higa from Community Works Project, Sara Fisher of Human Solutions, and Susan Eastman from SE Works make sure all the players are supplied with raffle tickets.

Hungry duffers line up for hot burgers and grilled chicken at the lunch buffet.

During lunch, the raffle drawings begin.

Eric Stevens helps Chamber President Judy Leach of Adventist Medical Center and organizer Rich Sorem wrangle the raffle prizes during the drawing.

Kevin “Not your ordinary bean-counter” Minkoff CPA certainly looks like a happy raffle prize winner!

We’ll ‘Show you the money’!” say Chance Williams with Oregonians Credit Union, Kevin Petersen with Adventist Health and Kevin Minkoff, CPA who share the pot Adventist Health Putting Contest presented to them by Judy Leach.

Rich Sorem presents the “Men’s Long Drive” prize to Portland Adventist Academy student Jarrett Johnson, who played with Team Adventist Health.

The second place tournament winners, “Team Rose City Associates” of Elliott West, Randy Ferch, Rich Sorem, and Pete Lackner are all smiles at their win.

“Team Gresham Ford” players Steve Renner, Mouse Davis, Dave Shepard and Bob Avila take the First Place Trophy.

The EPCC hosts weekly “Good Morning East Portland networking meetings” – except on holidays like July 4 – hosted by different chamber committees and members each Wednesday morning in various mid-County locations 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 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 call the office at (503) 788-8589.

© 2012 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News

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