Wednesday, October 22, 2014

One Day that Made A Difference

For all those that put their lives on the line and come home to, sometimes, less than favorable situations and circumstances, here was a day, for some, that may have been a bright spot.  Last Saturday, October 18th The Chapel in Troutdale served a total of 202 vets with an outpouring of volunteer services and opportunities that they may not otherwise have any access to. Haircuts, dental care, cookies from the VFW Women’s Auxiliary, rides from Ride Connection, food, clothing, and the list goes on. 375 meals were served by volunteers with food provided by Birch Community Services, Safeway, and Portland Stand Down with other various donations from Susan Roobish, Hillsboro Elks, Kirk Robinson, The Tuenes, American Legion, VFW 180, Daniel Elam and Gresham Ford. Every branch of the military was represented that day and family and friends as well.

How can we really give back to those that have sacrificed so much. In the hopes that this one day made a difference and that they felt we, as a community cared, for at least for one day was the true heart and soul of every person that has planned, worked, and given months in preparation for. On the grand scale and all things being as they are, it may seem to pale in comparison to all they have given, but in this small way, we all say “Thank You” to all those that have served, fought and given their very lives for us.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fill’er Up for SnowCap!

It’s that time again!!  The Annual SnowCap Community Charities Fill-A-Bag food drive is gearing up to hit it hard again this year!!  Last year, thanks to our amazing community members and local businesses, over 500,000 pounds of food were donated during the Fill-A-Bag campaign.  Spearheaded by Riverview Community Bank, Gresham Ford, Stamp Connection, Drake’s 7 Dees, Balance Health & Injury Clinic, The Outlook, Gresham Lions, Gresham Rotary and Greater Gresham Baptist Church, we are looking for a great program this season!! 
Here’s some dates to remember so far: November 6th, Fill-A-Bag Folding Party at Gresham Ford 5-9pm, November 7th Fill-A-Bag Kick Off Gresham Chamber AM at Gresham Ford 7am, November 12th Burgerville 10% to SnowCap night 5-8pm, November 14th Balance Health Challenge Game Night (location TBD) 5-8:30pm, December 4th Burgerville 10% to SnowCap night 5-8pm and December 9th Fill-A-Bag Dinner hosted by Riverview Community Bank.
Fill A Bag at Gresham Ford

Something new we’re doing this year is the Challenge Game Night hosted by Balance Health & Injury Clinic.  Local businesses will set up a booth and have a game pertaining to their business.  Points will be accumulated as participants complete each game.  There will be prizes to be won at each booth and at the end of the night, the person with the most points from all the games, will win the GRAND PRIZE!  So, whether you’re a business wishing to participate or someone just up for a challenge, it’s going to be great fun, with all proceeds for the event going to SnowCap!  For more information please call Caterina Robertson at 503-492-2625.

So, get these dates on your calendar and help us Fill Those Bags for SnowCap again this year!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

One Person CAN Make a Difference!

Last year, Karen Johnston of All About Automotive spearheaded a local School Supplies Drive that has encompassed the whole community. Under the umbrella of the GBEF (Gresham Barlow Education Foundation) she began a campaign that raised $10,000 worth of school supplies and roughly $1,200 in cash donations. And that was just the first year. Going into the second year, there has been $27,000 worth of school supplies, $1,500 cash donations and it’s still coming in! The outpouring of generosity has just been overwhelming.

The businesses that participated in housing the drop off bins;, Gresham Family Chiropractic, US Bank on Powell, Riverview Community Bank, Keybank (both Gresham & Troutdale locations), Gresham Ford, Origin’s Coffee & Tea House, Burns Feed Store, Cascade Athletic Club (both locations) and ReStore –Habitat for Humanity. Donations were also received from SnowCap Community Charities who distributes 600lbs of school supplies to each school district every year.

It took just one person, with a huge heart, to make a difference in our community for our kids! Thank you Karen Johnston and all the businesses and organizations for giving our kids a much needed boost into their school year. Now Karen is off to her next project and we’re proud to partner with her for the 2014 Fall Drive 4 UR School event which will benefit Gresham Gopher Spirit Club, Barlow Girls Basketball and Barlow Varsity Baseball! Mark your calendars; September 20th; 10am-4pm right here at Gresham Ford!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Thank you and Keep Them Coming!

Just got off the phone with Susan Bowker aka Nana and there have been nearly 7,000 Post Cards
received that express happy thoughts, hope, joy and love for all the students, staff and teachers at
Reynolds High School. Yesterday, prior to school starting, some of these Post Cards were read for the first time by some teachers and staff and their response was “Keep them coming!”.

There are some great stories involved in these cards:
• A High School in North Dakota that wrote out a bunch of Post Cards and then laid them out on
the football field spelling HOPE and took an aerial photo to share with Reynolds HS.

• Local business Stamp Connection’s staff took special time to make each of their Post Cards a
work of art.

• Local High School Student Cezanne inspired 300 others to mail cards!

• They have come in from all over the country from young and old alike.

But this is the deal. We need to keep them coming – so in case you missed the article on the front of the Outlook on Tuesday, please go online to the Outlookonline.com and read the story about Susan’s (Nana) plan to shower Reynolds High School with “Happy Thoughts” – then send this story on to friends and family far and near and encourage them to send a Post Card – if you do not have a Post Card just write your thought on an envelope and mail it to: HOPE, P.O. BOX 9, TROUTDALE, OR 97060!!!

P.S. Thanks to all that participated in the ALS challenge at Gresham Ford – your efforts will provide 8 new wheel chairs to local ALS patients!  If you missed it check out the Gresham Ford Youtube channel.  

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Ice Buckets on Wheels...

So, everyone, I’m sure, has seen the millions of videos of people drowning themselves with ice water and challenging others to do the same, right? It has been amazing to see this epidemic circle the whole country and how everyone has come together to promote research for those suffering from ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) or more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Well, Gresham Ford has accepted this challenge as well, but we decided to do things a little differently. Trying to keep things local, we’re giving and accepting donations that will go directly to people in our area that are suffering from this disease in the form of wheel chairs. So far, we’ve collected $200, which at our discounted rate of $150 per chair; we’ve purchased 1 and 1⁄4 chairs! Through our good friends at Adventist Hospice, we are targeting people right here so if you’ve seen all the icing going on but not really sure how you can help, here’s how! Come on down to Gresham Ford, make your check payable to “Adventist Hospice” and partner with us, keeping it local once again, helping the ALS sufferers right in our own back yard.

On another note, the first day of school is right around the corner. Don’t forget our Reynolds High students that are returning for the first time since the shooting. Sending that Happy Thought to give them encouragement and hope, will make the best of a bad situation possible. Write just a word or phrase on an envelope, or come by Gresham Ford and pick up a card that we’ve made especially for this, and send to; HOPE, P.O. Box 9, Troutdale, OR 97060, or go online to; http://www.prayersforreynolds.com/.

Remember as Peter Pan says, “Happy Thoughts make you fly”!!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Coffee Fair at Origins Coffee House in Gresham

Just noticed that the “Try Local Tuesday” is going to be at “Origin’s Coffee House” (Located in the Gresham Town Fair Shopping Center/Eastman Parkway & Division) - as we all know “Try Local Tuesday” promotes shopping and dining at local businesses. There are lots of reasons for this but the location of the Tuesday -September 2nd who has taken the time to give back to the Community in a way that will benefit and inform all those who visit this establishment.

Adam Reid and his wife Maria have done lots of research with the help of the Gresham Historical Society to locate pictures of the Fairgrounds that were located on the current “Fair” Shopping Center. They have them beautifully displayed in their establishment and even if the coffee, tea, chocolates and gelato were not some of the best in town, these historical photographs in themselves, would truly be a reason to visit this business. Adam and staff are happy to describe a few interesting facts about each display.

For you old-timers, a great chance to reminisce and for those a little not so old, a chance to glance back in history!  In addition, there is a large map of the world on the wall and pictures in conjunction with it describing where the coffee’s served “originated”! Thus, “Origins”!! Origins of the history of our colorful and unique community and origins of unique and specialized products carefully raised to ensure fair-wages, sustainable practices, educational opportunities, healthcare, and business development.

Bring a friend and stop by “Origins” anytime but would love to see you on “Try Local Tuesday”!  4:30—6:00 p.m. is a grand example of a small business owner

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

You are in our “Happy Thoughts!” Reynolds High School Staff and Students



Puppies, smiles, cookies, laughter, babies, mom, dad, son, sunshine, flowers, music, fresh baked bread, joy, peace, peaches, kisses, hugs, freedom, church, friends, family, brother, sister, teacher, birds, singing, rain, dancing, fishing, bowling, tennis, golf, pie, Christmas, grand-daughter, cousin, sailboats, cheerful , apple, games, blue, Ford, chocolate, Santa, birthday, Smurfs, Thanksgiving, poems, jokes, good, raspberries, faith, Easter, swing set, yellow, butterfly, husband, jokes, swim, driving, letters, pink, daughter, grand-son, aunt, uncle, hearts, bubbles, hula hoops, records, Elvis, running, walking, balloons, jewels, piano, grandmother, grandfather, breakfast, horse, football, basketball, train, bicycle, charms, notes, tea, Valentines, gifts, garden, lawn, house, home, pets, caretaker, goodwill, angels, miracles, marshmallows, flying, wind, giving, sharing, snow, waterfall, Mt. Hood, sushi, velvet, glitter, Pepsi, vacation, Hawaii, purple, Sesame Street, ........
Susan Bowker AKA Nana

Those are a hundred or so of my happy thoughts....my dear friend Susan Bowker a.k.a. Nana has come up with a great “happy” idea. The Students at Reynolds High School will soon be returning to classes and we would like to encourage you to share a happy thought with them. It’s simple. Write a “Happy Thought” on a postcard (or if you do not have one just write it on the back of an envelope) and mail it to HOPE, P.O. Box 9, Troutdale, OR 97060. We have lots of postcards at Gresham Ford so stop by and pick some up - we will even mail them for you. While we can’t change what happened – we can make every student, teacher and support staff know they are valued and that they are in our “happy thoughts”.

Click Here to read Susan's article that was published in the Gresham Outlook.