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Support Reynolds students at RHS and Walt Morey Middle School at Challenge Day Events for 2014-2015
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www.reynolds.k12.or.us/district/volunteer-challenge-day
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Challenge Day is a program that transforms students by engaging them in self-reflection with their peers.

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Weekly Update for the Week of August 25, 2014 Chamber Office and Visitor Center 107 E. Historic Columbia River Highway Troutdale, OR 97060 Mailing address: P.O. Box 245 Troutdale, OR 97060 Chamber Office and Hospitality Manager - Marcia Chiaudano Office phone: (503) 669-7473 marcia@westcolumbiagorgechamber.com Executive Director - Claude Cruz Cell: (503) 799-9667 wcgcced@gmail.com WCGCC 2014-2015 Board Members Chris Holden (President) Tamie Arnold (Vice-President) David Brown (Treasurer) Mark Mabbott (Vice-President) Gabby Nunley (Secretary) Patti Heisen, Debora Lorang, Polly Malby, Ron Moore, Bill Peterson, Bob Rosenkranz, Karen Schaaf, Linda Vigesaa WCGCC 2014-2015 Ex-Officio Board Members Eric Anderson (Troutdale) Malcolm Boswell (OR Employment) Scott Harden (Wood Village) Introduction and Greetings As many of you know, I (Claude) have transitioned from Chamber Past-President to a new role as Chamber Executive Director. In this capacity, I will continue to oversee most aspects of Chamber operation, as well as continuing to work closely with your Board, to develop and deliver a continuing increase in the value and service that we provide to our membership. I will also continue to oversee Chamber-delivered events; SummerFest was a rousing success this year, and we're starting work on our Fall Foliage Artist Tour. Stay tuned for details, as that develops. In the interim, I am glad to be able to continue my close association with the many inspired, dedicated and soulful contributors and members of this Chamber! WELCOME To Our Newest Members! The West Columbia Gorge Chamber would like to roll out the "red carpet" for our newest members: Badger Creek Bookkeeping, in Sandy (Brenda Hatter) Crossfit RMR, in Troutdale (Andy Hamilton) Miche fashion handbags, in Troutdale (Carol Hajenian) Multnomah County Library, Troutdale Branch (Sarah Oliver) We look forward to serving you, and to having you as regular participants in our vigorous community! (Please contact Claude if you'd like to share a short article on your company, in our Chamber Updates. You can also contact our Membership Specialist Sylvia to arrange to host an "AM" networking event at your location. Member Directory Opportunity As a benefit to our members we'd like to invite all members to submit their business logo to us, for inclusion in our online Member Directory. A nice graphical logo is an effective way to draw attention to your business listing! There is no charge to our members for this service. You can submit logos in JPG or PDF format, at a resolution of 225 pixels wide by 150 pixels high. We can also reduce logos received in a higher resolution, though the length and width should be in roughly the specified proportions, to fully utilize your directory-listing space. (Note that logos submitted in lower resolution in either dimension may not be acceptable, since those would likely look "blocky" and jagged.) Member Reminder and Opportunities We'd like to remind our members that if you've received a membership billing, we'd like to receive your payment in a timely fashion--- so that we can continue to deliver value on your behalf! The Chamber's By-Laws stipulate that timely payment (within 30 days) is a condition for being a member in good standing, and that those not in good standing must be dropped from the rolls. Thanks for your support! The Chamber Board is actively soliciting your help as a member of one or more of our working Committees! We're in the process of constituting our various working Committees, which provide the "muscle" to deliver all of the essential services of the Chamber. These include Membership, Events, Tourism, Economic Development, Government and Community Affairs, Funding and Budget, Marketing and Publicity, Volunteers, Nominating Committee, and Member Relations and Professional Development. All of our members have special gifts and talents, and we encourage you to put those at the service of your fellow members and the community at large. You'll find it very rewarding to make a difference! Contact Executive Director Claude, President Chris, Membership Specialist Sylvia, Hospitality Manager Marcia, or any of your Board Members to sign up or explore your options. Thanks! School Kids Need Our Help! School is just around the corner, and many of our less-fortunate school kids need a little help. Northwest Children's Outreach is a local faith-based, non-profit organization that's dedicated to providing basic necessities for the needy kids in Portland and our area. Please consider helping with their "NCO" program: Some Good Opportunities In tough times (such as those we're passing through), grants can be a real life-saver to organizations that are trying to deliver needed social programs. Our Chamber has become aware of a valuable resource issued periodically by Senator Jeff Merkeley's office: the Federal Grant Opportunities Newsletter. These newsletters describe a wealth of funding opportunities that are awaiting strong applications. We'll establish a repository for this and other good resources that we come across in future, so that we can share them with our readership. For now, please feel free to contact Claude or Sylvia for a copy of the August Newsletter. Economic Development Spotlight On October 2, from 4:00-8:00PM, the WCGCC and Impact NW are partnering with the Center for Advanced Learning (CAL) in Gresham, to host an engaging and informative East County Manufacturing Day, which we're affectionately calling "Makers Gone Pro". . This is our local instance of an annual event that is held across the country. This event will acquaint area secondary-school students with the wonders of advanced manufacturing. We'll be providing circulating shuttle-buses between CAL and about 9 of the high-schools in our area, to make it easy for both students and their parents to attend this interesting after-school event. As described in Wikipedia, the "maker culture" consists of individuals (many of them kids) who love to learn and creatively apply practical skills. Makers are involved in engineering-oriented activities that include electronics, robotics, 3-D printing, and the use of CNC tools, as well as more traditional activities such as metalworking, woodworking, and traditional arts and crafts. The inspiration behind "Makers Gone Pro" is that the kids who are today's "makers" are ideally positioned to drive tomorrow's manufacturing activities. With appropriate extensions through institutions such as CAL, maker skills are a great foundation for full-blown complex manufacturing. Makers can earn a great living, doing what they love! Through this event, your Chamber is helping to boost economic development in our service area, and throughout East County. We are looking for manufacturers and other vendors to participate the Makers Gone Pro event. We're also looking for sponsors to help provide food and transportation. Come learn about Industrial Engineering and Manufacturing Technology! High-school (and younger) kids and their parents are especially welcome. Come have some fun, and learn while you do! If this event piques your interest, you'll also want to read about the OMSI Maker Faire on September 13-14. See below for more information. Sad News from a Valued Member After twenty wonderful years, Marco Polo Designs Art-Glass Jewelry is in the process of closing its doors. Owners Claude and Penny Cruz report that the 80 or so galleries that they serve throughout the country have suffered extensively from the ongoing economic downturn, and that they are no longer ordering enough to sustain Marco Polo Designs. It's with a heavy heart that Claude and Penny will bid a fond farewell to the may wonderful customers we've served through the years. On a more cheerful note, now is a GREAT time to consider buying that very special gift for that very special someone! All Marco Polo Designs jewelry will be discounted 40%, through the end of this month, after which sales will be opened up to the company's wholesale accounts. Consider purchasing some truly extraordinary jewelry now, while there's still lots of selection. It's going fast! Marco Polo Designs is located at 149 E. Historic Columbia River Hwy in downtown Troutdale, across from Mayor's Square. Upcoming Events: Don't forget to enjoy and benefit from the following upcoming events: AM/PM Schedule: Mark your calendars and join us for the following AM networking meetings. These are great opportunities to get to know your fellow Chamber member businesses! Date: Location: August 27 Chamber AM networking at Mt Hood Community College 7:30AM-9:00AM, Town & Gown Room, 26000 SE Stark Street, Gresham (map) September 3 No Chamber AM--- See Brown Bag Lunch info below. September 3 Brown Bag Business Lunch Better Business Bureau. TOPIC: "Top 7 Most Common Business Scams." Noon - 1:00PM. Troutdale branch, Multnomah County Library 2451 SW Cherry Park Rd., Troutdale. (map) September 10 Chamber AM Networking at Ristorante di Pompello 7:30AM-9:00AM. 177 E. Historic Columbia River Hwy, Troutdale. (map) September 17 (TBD) September 24 Multnomah County Library, Troutdale Branch 7:30AM-9:00AM. 2451 SW Cherry Park Rd, Troutdale (map) >>>>> Future dates open--- please volunteer to host! <<<<< Other Events: MHCC Transitions Program- Fall 2014 Information Sessions This excellent Program at Mt Hood Community College is intended to provide special help to single mothers, ethnic minorities, English language learners and women facing adversity. The information sessions will address a) How to apply for financial aid, take the college placement test, and start college; b) Tips for college success; and c) Spring Transitions program (who is eligible, how to apply, services offered). Information sessions are held on the following dates and at the following locations: 10AM-noon, Tuesday August 26, AC50 (Student Union Lower Level); 10AM-noon, Tuesday September 9, AC50 (Student Union Lower Level). The rooms listed above are located inside the College Center/Student Union Building AC1051 Please arrive on time. For more information call 503-491-7680, or go to www.mhcc.edu/Transitions/. Para información en español, llama 503-491-7680. People requiring accommodations due to a disability should contact the Disability Services Office at 503-491-6923 or 503-491-7670 (TDD.) Please call at least two weeks prior to the event. OMSI Portland Mini-Maker Faire On September 13 and 14, OMSI will be hosting an event that should be of interest to many high-school-age kids--- as well as to anyone with a curious mind and some playfulness. There is a "maker movement" that originated in California in 2013, and which has now grown to worldwide proportions. "Makers" are creative individuals who dream up and then construct a wide range of different technology-based objects. Here's how OMSI describes the movement: (The Portland Mini-Maker Faire is) a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It's a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning. Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers. They are of all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community. Come and exercise your creativity, or just enjoy the goings-on at the Faire. Through September 10, online admission is $13 for adults, or $8 for youth (3-17) and seniors (63+). From September 10 on, it's $15 for adults, or $10 for youth (3-17) and seniors (63+). OMSI members get $5 off. For more information, visit the event website.

7 days ago

Brian Cooper posted a photo to Friends of Fairview's timeline. ... See MoreSee Less

An 83-year-old Korean War veteran and his wife were shocked when more than 50 volunteers showed up to their house in Troutdale to help the couple with home repairs. Read Jack and Sandy's story at: pamplinmediagroup.com/go/42-news/230997

2 weeks ago

The Friends of Fairview would like to thank our local Wood Village Fred Meyer for their support of the Fairview on the Green festival and all they do, year around, for our local community. THANKS!!!
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