Gateway business group starts new music project; hosts candidates forums

Take a look: They’ve changed meeting locations! See what folks at the Gateway Area Business Association are up to, these days …

Gateway Area Business Association members and guests settle in their new meeting place – the theater at Russellville Park – for their first meeting of the New Year.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
The time-honored Gateway Area Business Association January meeting was light on content, but big on excitement and enthusiasm, when they met at their new location, Russeville Park, on January 12.

Preparing her deli sandwich plate, at the January GABA meeting, is Laura Goodrich of Gateway Green Project.

Amid self-introductions, GABA President Fred Sanchez, of Realty Brokers, made presentations, and hinted of activities to come – including a revitalization of the Gateway Fun-O-Rama: With a community parade, fair, and golf tournament.

January’s GABA meeting, in pictures

GABA’s incoming President Fred Sanchez tells of the Portland City Council and Mayoral candidate forums they’ll host in coming months.

Quinn Crandell, sales advisor at Russellville Park, pitches the amenities to be found at his facility.

Fred Sanchez presents a ceremonial gavel to outgoing GABA President Lee Powell, of Powell Insurance Agency.

At the piano, Fred Sanchez leads members and guests in a song.

Fred Sanchez presents his wife, Ann, with the ceremonial “GABA Rubber Chicken” – as an antic token of thanks for her continuing support.

Amid musical fanfare, members of GABA’s incoming board who were present gathered for a round of applause.

The Parkrose High School Debonaires sing snappy tunes at the gathering.

Fred Sanchez talks up a new “Parkrose High School Musician’s Music CD” project which the organization is sponsoring, to benefit the school’s music program.

Bruce McCain to moderate Candidate Forums
At February and March GABA meetings, noted attorney Bruce McCain – a Gateway-based trial attorney, and noted on-air media legal consultant – will moderate Candidate Forums.

On February 9, members and guests are invited to meet and hear from Portland City Council candidates for Portland City Commissioner Position No. 1: Amanda Fritz (incumbent), Mary Nolan, and Teressa Raiford.

Also on hand will be candidates for Portland City Commissioner Position No. 4 (Randy Leonard’s current seat): Steve Novick, Mark White, and Jeri Williams.

During the March 9 meeting, the Candidate Forum will focus on front-running contenders in the mayoral race.

GABA meetings start at 11:45 a.m., and space is limited; arrive early. You’ll find them at the Russellville Park West Building in the Theater – 23 SE 103rd Avenue. For more information, see their website: CLICK HERE.

© 2012 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News

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