Chamber members build stronger community through service and play

Catch up with the East Portland Chamber of Commerce members – as they inaugurate a business-support agency, get ready for golfing fun, and discover the ‘Dream Life’

East Portland Chamber of Commerce president, Rich Sorem, of Stewart & Tunno Insurance Agency Inc., presents a membership and welcome plaque to Jon Turino, Executive Director of the Alliance of Portland Neighborhood Business Associations, before cutting the ribbon to inaugurate the association’s new offices.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
The members of the East Portland Chamber of Commerce continue to combine having fun with promoting business throughout East Portland by providing events and services to the community.

For example, whether or not a new business joins the organization, the Chamber Ambassadors will perform a ribbon-cutting ceremony – complete with giant-sized shears and colorful ribbon – without cost, at the business’ kick-off event.

Joining members of the East Portland Chamber at the APNBA ribbon-cutting as Jon Turino prepares to cut the ribbon are representatives from the Parkrose, 82nd Avenue of Roses, and Division/Clinton Business Associations – along with Portland Commissioner Sam Adams, who lobbied for increased business association funding from the City.

Recently, members from the East Portland Chamber helped inaugurate the newly-opened office space for the Alliance of Portland Neighborhood Business Associations (APNBA).

“We appreciate the dedication and enthusiasm shown by members of the Chamber,” said APNBA Executive Director Jon Turino at the event.

The Chamber’s Ambassador chair, Holly Moss, of The Bookkeeping Company, holds up the “Golden Club” as she and Richard Kiely – of Home Run Graphics, sponsor of the “Mustang Hole-in-One” contest – pitch the organization’s June 13 event.

Duffers ready for June golf event
“It’s time to improve your backswing!” encouraged Richard Kiely, of Home Run Graphics.

There’s a good reason golfers should practice to improve their ball-driving accuracy for the June 13 event – Kiely is again sponsoring a “Hole-in-One” contest. “If you hit the ball straight and true, at one of the par-three holes, and make a hole-in-one, you’ll be driving away from the tournament in a brand-spankin’ new 2009 Ford Mustang,” he proclaimed.

The event, which starts at 9:00 a.m., also includes a prize raffle, on-course games, and supper at the fabulous Colwood National Golf Course, 7313 NE Columbia Blvd.

The special discounted fee for players who register before May 15 is $85.00 per golfer, including 18 holes of golf, two carts per foursome, lunch, and prizes after play. After May 15 the fee rises to $120.00 per golfer.

You don’t have to be a Chamber member to play! All golfers are welcome. Players without a foursome will be matched up on the day of the event.  The tournament is limited to 144 golfers.

On-line registration is available, courtesy of Copper Moon Design. Sign up now for a fun day of golf and fellowship by CLICKING HERE.

Annette Leoni of Classique Floors (“The best little floor store in town”) is picturing herself going for a ride on this Harley Davidson motorcycle at DreamLife Motorsports, during a recent EPCC “Good Morning East Portland” networking meeting.

Chamber members discover the ‘Dream Life’
Every Wednesday morning – from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. – you’ll find members of the East Portland Chamber at their “Good Morning East Portland” networking meeting. (CLICK HERE to check our Community Calendar – their events are held at a different location every week.)

Not long ago, we joined the “Good Morning East Portland” gang at DreamLife MotorSports, located near Portland International Airport.

“We’re a recreational club – almost like a country club – but with all the best ‘toys’,” explained partner Jason Russo. “We’ve got boats, motor homes, snowmobiles, wave runners, and ATVs, here in our warehouse, ready to go. The best part is, you don’t have to worry about buying, maintaining, storing and repairing them.  You just use them when you’d like.

As we looked at several of the boats used by their members, Russo reminded us how much hassle it is to buy a boat, and keep it clean and ready to go. “It’s an eyesore for the neighborhood if you store it in your yard. Here, they just drive up, hitch the boat, and go have fun with everything – including the life-vests and the water toys. And, we’ll even launch it for you at Chinook Landing.”

DreamLife partners Jason Russo and Matt Maher stand with Amelia Pape, office manager, hosting a “Good Morning East Portland” networking session in their showroom.

It costs about $2,000 to join DreamLife, and membership – depending on the quantity of “user points” you desire – runs between $199 to $399 per month. Chamber members remarked that, when compared to cost and continued expense of renting and owning – it is a good value.

“I have a strong belief that if you put a family together in a boat or a motor home for recreational activities, they’re going to grow closer together,” said Russo.

For more information, about DreamLife, CLICK HERE.

And to learn more about he East Portland Chamber of Commerce, CLICK HERE.

© 2008 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News

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