East Portland Chamber continues ‘Turkey Bowl’ tradition

Find out why many members and guests of the East Portland Chamber of Commerce came together to again ‘hit the lanes’. No fowl were injured …

Members and guests of the East Portland Chamber of Commerce participate in the 11th Annual Turkey Bowl.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

When the East Portland Chamber of Commerce (EPCC) organized as a stand-alone organization eleven years ago, members held their first networking and just-four-fun event – the “Turkey Bowl”, so-called because it was held in mid-November.

The event was so well attended, it has continued every November; and this year, it was held in outer East Portland at Pinbusterz, located in the Centennial neighborhood.

Dianne Gill and Raelynn Evans of Eastport Plaza Shopping Center get ready to bowl another game during the East Portland Chamber of Commerce Turkey Bowl.

Perennial Turkey Bowl organizer Holly Moss, and co-organizer Sheila Askov, both from The Bookkeeping Company, prepare to give away another door prize.

While not as large as some of the other bowling alleys where the event has been held, the establishment easily held the ten teams of four players each – and their cheerleaders. The bowling alley was clean and well-appointed, and the staff provided great hospitality for this delightful event.

“I think the Turkey Bowl has continued to be successful, because ‘relationship building’ is what helps businesses succeed,” said co-organizer Sheila Askov of The Bookkeeping Company.

“And, this is why our Chamber works,” opined Askov. “Everyone likes to do business with people they know. This is a chance to have fun together, instead of working together. It’s about camaraderie that really helps people come together.”

Individual High Score: Tom Saunders Team William Keller CPA.

In addition to bowling two games, participants noshed on pizza and snacks, and tried their luck winning one or many of the many door prizes available, provided by EPCC members and supporters

The Third Place Team is Eastport Plaza High Rollers: Raelynn Evans of Eastport Plaza Shopping Center, Wayne Modrell, Bill Welty, and Steven Stegeman.

The Second Place finishers are Team Not Ordinary Bean Counters: Kevin Minkoff CPA, Barbara Yerke, Bethany Ash, and Hamilton Ash.

The First Place winners, taking the sought-after Turkey Trophy, are Team William Keller CPA: Members Tom Saunders, Del Keller, Jim Keller, and William Keller.

Those are the lowest scores…the winners of the not quite so coveted Turkey Bowl Award don’t walk away empty-handed either! The bowling alley provided gift certificates for them to come back and practice, and perhaps sharpen up their game for next year’s fun event.

Turkey Bowlers winners for this year are the Eastport Plaza Strikers: Mike Leech, Debbra Tompkins, Alfred Harrod, and Dianne Gill.

As the afternoon wrapped up, Askov commented, “The best part for me was to see all these people, who really want to be here. Everyone here understands that we are really part of a greater team – and this is what helps small business succeed, here in outer East Portland.”

© 2014 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News

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