Chamber celebrates holidays with early-morning bazaar

The East Portland Chamber of Commerce members keep coming up with great networking ideas – take a look at this one …

More than twenty tables were set up for vendors at the East Portland Chamber of Commerce Holiday Morning Bazaar.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
It may be hard to believe that a group can have so much fun, so early in the morning!

But the members of the East Portland Chamber of Commerce keep finding new ways to enliven their weekly Wednesday “Good Morning East Portland” events.

Carolers from Warner Pacific College serenaded members as they shopped the tables at the bazaar.

“It just seemed to be a good idea,” said the Chamber Ambassador in charge of planning morning events,

Chamber Ambassador Jo Lynn Walker welcomes “shoppers” to this unique, holiday networking meeting.

“Second Life” bazaar
While many of the vendors at the event were showing wares related to their primary business – others displayed goods and services they market as a sideline at the December 12 event held at Warner Pacific College.

Frank Ryan, NW Senior & Boomer News, shows his “Second Life” vocation: developing merchandise for his new web site.

“We realize so many of our members have enterprises in their ‘second life’ away from work,” Walker commented, “so it was fun to see their other interests.”

Each of the vendors gave away samples – and gifts – to those who attended the meeting. A table was laden with holiday food treats.

The program featured internationally-famous stage, screen, and television actor Tobias Anderson entertaining the crowd with a humorous Holiday reading.

As the event wound down, Walker mentioned, “With the great turnout of both members and vendors, I’m sure we’ll do it again next year.”

Here’s your editor pitching his chocolate – with the proceeds to be donated to charity. Thanks to brisk sales, we wrote a check for $180 to The Salvation Army. Thanks to Chamber Ambassador, Norm Rice, 1st Class Properties for snapping this photo!

© 2007 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News Service

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