Sport and business mix at Chamber’s ‘Turkey Bowl’

No fowl were injured in the production of this story. But, you’ll see a gaggle of business people having a great time, at this annual outing …

Sue Eastman of SE Works draws a ticket to gives away another raffle prize, with the help of incoming East Portland Chamber of Commerce President Sarah Garrison from Garrison Marketing.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
As has been its custom since the East Portland Chamber of Commerce began, members and guests converged in outer East Portland at 20th Century Lanes in the Lents Neighborhood for the annual “Turkey Bowl”.

As reported in our stories of previous years, no game hens were hurled down the lanes at the pins – the event’s colorful title simply acknowledges that the participants are primarily amateur bowlers – and, the event is held in November.  This year, the date was November 3.

Dianne Gill of Eastport Plaza stands with kids who bowled at the tournament.

“We take having fun seriously here,” smiled event organizer Holly Moss, of The Bookkeeping Company. “The whole idea is to have fun.

Held in the mid-day, this isn’t an adults-only event. “We invite families to bring their kids,” Moss told East Portland News.

“And, this is a good way for people to get to know one another,” Moss added. “When people connect, and have a good time, it makes it easier to do business.  After all, who wants to do business with strangers?”

Rick “Really, it could have been higher” Sorem with Rose City Associates gets the “High Game” award – scoring 198 – from event chair Holly Moss of The Bookkeeping Company.

In third place, it’s Team Bookkeeping Company: Stacey Haller, Matt Haller, Dave Magnuson, and Beth Magnuson. They’re presented awards by Sara Fisher with Human Solutions.

The 42 participants, including a half-dozen kids, bowled their sets and tallied up their points. At the same time, they noshed on pizza, cookies, and snacks – making sure to wipe off their hands carefully before bowling another set.

During the event, 28 participants took home door prizes of all kinds and sizes. Six volunteers kept the event running smoothly.

Team Minkoff CPA members Loren Barr, Rosie Yerke, Jackie Yerke, “Not your ordinary beancounter” Kevin Minkoff and Barbara Yerke accept their second-place award from Amy Williamson of Gresham Ford.

Coming in at first place is the team of Richard Sorem with Rose City Associates and Ginny Sorem, and Peach West and Elliott West from West Coast Mortgage – here accepting accolades from Sara Fisher.

The East Portland Chamber of Commerce is focused on giving its members the tools to grow their businesses, to learn to be effective business leaders, and to be heard by local government officials.

The Chamber has weekly “Good Morning East Portland” networking meetings hosted by different Chamber members every Wednesday morning from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. Meetings are free and guests are welcome. Visit the East Portland News COMMUNITY CALENDAR to find the location of upcoming meetings and events the Chamber hosts.

For more information, see the Chamber’s website: CLICK HERE to open their home page.

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