Parkrose business group progresses

Learn about the ‘State of the Parkrose Business Association”, and their plans for 2016, here …

Wayne Stoll of Century Associates checks in, at the January Parkrose Business Association luncheon, with the organization’s treasurer William Keller, CPA, and director Marsha Lee Grabinger.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

Members and guests of the Parkrose Business Association (PBA) gathered for their monthly meeting on January 21 at the Holiday Inn Airport.

The meetings start off with time for networking, before attendees serve themselves a hot buffet luncheon.

Jill Martin with Century Associates shows her plate, after going through the buffet line.

PBA Venture Portland District Organizer Adrienne Sweetwater looks on as incoming PBA President Angie Jenkins begins the meeting.

At this meeting, after self-introductions and the Pledge of Allegiance, affiliated organizations briefly told about their programs.

Then, PBA District Organizer Adrienne Sweetwater and PBA President Angie Jenkins of Hookset Automotive presented the organization’s highlights for 2015.

“The PBA hosted monthly meetings, with an average of 30 members attending each, during the year,” reported Sweetwater. “Relevant educational guest speakers included Captain Chris Davis and Officer Jason Jones from the North Precinct, and William Keller CPA.”

Adrienne Sweetwater reports on the major PBA programs.

Sweetwater recalled that the annual December PBA Annual Holiday Party, featuring the Parkrose High Debonaires entertaining, also hosted a silent auction which raised more than $2,000 for the Parkrose High School scholarship fund..

Another highlight that Sweetwater celebrated was their first-time Hallowe’en party, conducted in partnership with Historic Parkrose, called “Trunk or Treat”. “Pouring rain – about 250 million gallons of water – did not keep away more than 700 attendees and 25 businesses from participating,” Sweetwater grinned.

Holding a big ceremonial grant check from Venture Portland is William Keller, CPA, Angie Jenkins, and Adrienne Sweetwater.

The PBA also applied for, and secured, a $4,000 East Portland Pilot Project grant. “This grant will help with signature Parkrose events, including creating a Parkrose District Map this spring,” Sweetwater concluded.

Wayne Stoll presents the January “Member Moment”.

Telling about his business, Century Associates, long-time member and past PBA president Wayne Stoll outlined the history of the family-based company.

Started by his father, well-known Hollywood booster Norm Stoll, Wayne told how he learned the business of property ownership and management from the ground up – including repainting apartments during summer vacation.

These PBA members are happy – because they’re looking forward to another good year for the organization.

Meet with PBA on February 18
One of our favorite business groups, the PBA, will get together at 11:30 a.m. on February 18.

The meeting is at Holiday Inn Airport, 8439 NE Columbia Boulevard (in the hotel building, around the back at the former Flirt’s entrance – not the Convention Center next door). The meeting is free; the buffet lunch is $18, including dessert and gratuity. Reservations are NOT required.

> On our Front Page: Incoming PBA President Angie Jenkins is enthusiastic about the new year for the organization.

© 2016 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News

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