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I like a lot of you have been watching what has been unfolding locally and nationally with regard to the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.  We have a serious and systemic issue with equity across many of our institutions and systems.  This impacts people, communities and businesses.

The Tigard Chamber Board of Directors decided we as a business organization needed to add our voice to raise awareness to the issue and released the following statement on our social media channels

June 3rd, 2020

At a time like this, it is hard to find the right words.

Words to express our sadness, frustration and anger about the injustice people of color face daily in our communities. 

We stand for equity, prosperity and systemic change.

We stand against police brutality and racism in all forms. 

We support the City of Tigard’s refreshed vision

“To be an equitable community for everyone.”

The Tigard Chamber is listening, open to learning and is committed to being part of the solution. 

Who will join us?

I am very proud of our organization and the Board of Directors for having the courage to speak into the issue.  Four or five years ago this might not have happened.  We as an organization are evolving as I hope we all are with increasing awareness of unconscious biases we may have and how many of our systems don’t deliver equity.

Our work actually began about a year and half ago as we looked at what we needed to do as an organization to better reflect our community and be welcoming to all.  The first result was an updated vision statement

Business + Community = Prosperity, Vibrancy & Diversity

Since then we have worked behind the scenes to gain a better understanding of the culture around us in Tigard, listening and learning and beginning to partner with relevant organizations.

These are all just beginning steps, we have a long ways to go and we have to continue this work.  If you would like to join us on this journey please contact myself or Katherine Wiley at Debi@tigardchamber.org or Katherine@tigardchamber.org.

Debi Mollahan

CEO, Tigard Chamber

Phil Pasteris Named 2020 Tigard’s First Citizen

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Phil Pasteris has been named as the 2020 recipient of the Tigard’s First Citizen award.   This award recognizes someone who has made in-depth, long-term volunteer contributions to the Tigard community over the years. The winner is active, involved, interested and enthusiastic about making Tigard a nice place to live and work. This individual excels in any area of unpaid endeavor of education, social services, youth work, and community improvement of public services. This award is given in the spirit of all volunteers who remain unknown. The recipient joins the ranks of those previously honored in continually striving to improve the Tigard Area. 

Phil Pasteris has been a Tigard resident for 42 years. During his time in Tigard, he has been volunteering for many organizations that help make Tigard a great place to live.

A colleague of Phil said he is “a dedicated and extraordinarily kind “people connector” with an unselfish and boundless energy and enthusiasm for bringing the Tigard community together!”

Some of the organizations that Phil has volunteered for are the Tualatin Valley Community Band, Tigard Old Fashioned 4th of July Fireworks, Tigard Public Library and the Tigard Historical Association.  He also worked with the City of Tigard in the early 1980s to amend the Tigard Development Plan, chaired a Neighborhood Planning Organization and served as an expert in hydrology and water supply for the 1999 Tigard Citizen’s Task Force for Safe Drinking Water.

Phil is the volunteer photographer for the Tigard Old Fashioned 4th of July Fireworks. This event is put on by a group of volunteers every year on the 4th of July at Tigard High School.  Phil remembered the first 4th of July Fireworks watching from the Tigard Pool parking lot with his family as paper wrappings from the fireworks landed nearby. 

Phil also has been a part of The Friends of the Tigard Library for over 10 years. He has worked behind the scenes to move boxes full of donated books from the library to storage in support of the Friends of the Library book sales.  He is also known as the unofficial public greeter and photographer making the Tigard Library’s Annual Book Sale fundraiser a fun and interesting event.

Phil has been heavily involved in the Tigard Historical Association. His roles include being the Secretary, photographer and webmaster. There is one moment that specifically stood out to his nominator was Phil’s help with welcoming nearly 200 visitors to the John Tigard House to wish Curtis Tigard a Happy Birthday prior to his passing.  Phil made sure to commemorate the event with dozens of photos on the THA webpage available to everyone.  Phil stated that “Curtis was a humble icon who served his country during World War II, loved kids and the city in which he lived for 109 years.”

As President of the Tualatin Valley Community Band, Phil organizes a volunteer Board of Directors, completes grant funding requests, produces annual budgets with input from band members, books concert and rehearsal venues, shares photography with his wife Rosemary, performs webmaster duties and tries to find time to practice his clarinet!.  You can tell that he recognizes the power of music to unite people of all ages and abilities and supports and encourages a talented and dedicated community-led group of musicians, teachers, and composers who love what they do.  Phil worked with the City of Tigard, the late Martha Bishop and Kenny Scheckla to create the Bishop-Scheckla Gazebo in Cook Park.  The gazebo was dedicated in 1999 and is an outdoor Carnegie Hall; not a bad seat in the park!  Since 1988, the Tualatin Valley Community Band has provided free concerts to Tigard residents at the Tigard Public Library, TTSD High School auditoriums, the 4th of July Fireworks at Tigard High Stadium, summer concert in Cook Park and also at past Downtown Tigard Tree lightings.  Phil has always said that “live music is magic for the audience and the musicians.”

As you can see Phil has engaged at a broad level across the Tigard community on behalf of the community.  It is obvious he cares deeply about the place that he lives. In all his roles he is always selflessly looking out for the betterment of the community at large.

Please join us in congratulating Phil on his award and thanking him for his service to our Tigard community.  His award will be formally presented with other Tigard volunteer and business awards at Tigard’s 2020 Shining Stars Community Awards Gala, held on Friday, October 23rd from 7-9 p.m. virtually on the Tigard Chamber Facebook page and YouTube channel. Join in on the celebration by pre-ordering dinner from De Angelo’s Catering, get dressed up and join the conversation online while enjoying the award ceremony from the comfort of your home.

For further details about the Tigard Shining Stars Community Awards Gala, please contact the Tigard Chamber of Commerce at 503-639-1656 or at Jessica@tigardchamber.org, or go to our website at www.Tigardchamber.org.

Martha Worley Named 2020 Tigard Shining Stars “From the Heart” Volunteer of the Year

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Martha Worley has been selected as the 2020 Tigard Shining Stars “From the Heart” Volunteer of the Year, named in honor of Jim Hartman.  Jim Hartman set the standard for this award by his example of giving from the heart to his community, and the “From the Heart” award honors a person who has dedicated their time and energy to a specific cause in the Tigard community.  This person gives willingly, energetically and consistently; they might be well known or might be a “quiet” volunteer, unrecognized until now, but always gives “from the heart”!  This person may have worked on the same project for many years.

Martha has been a tireless volunteer in Tigard for decades through her work at the John Tigard House Museum and Calvin Presbyterian Homeless ministry.

She has been actively engaged with the Tigard Historical Association for the last 30 years, since 1991. She does it all, from giving tours of the John Tigard House Museum to being the President of the Association. Currently, she serves as Vice President and Event Coordinator. A colleague on the board says that she is always promoting the John Tigard House Museum to the community. Each year since 2016, the Tigard Chamber’s Leadership Tigard class has toured the John Tigard House Museum as part of History, Culture & Diversity day.  In those tours Martha is a walking wikipedia of Tigard history and what is contained in the museum and it is clear she has a passion for preserving the history of Tigard for all to enjoy and learn from. 

One of Martha’s favorite experiences at the John Tigard House was when they had over 50 Tigard family relatives come for a family reunion and tour the house. She also finds joy in touring and talking to local elementary students about Tigard’s history.  

Martha has also volunteered at the Calvin Presbyterian Homeless Ministry since it first began in the winter of 2005. She coordinates the non-food donations. This role includes sorting all the donations, monitoring the inventory and outreach for donations. Nearly every Friday from December through March, Martha is at the ministry to set up the donations and assist the homeless guests to find what they need. She has been known for arriving early and staying nearly until the lights are out to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to get what they most needed. A colleague of Martha’s said “Nearly every Friday from December through March, you know where to find Martha. She’ll be bringing comfort to individuals who need a friendly face. I cannot think of a volunteer who deserves to be honored for her work more than Martha Worley.”

Please join us in congratulating Martha and thanking her for her service to our Tigard community.  Her award will be formally presented with other Tigard volunteer and business awards at Tigard’s 2020 Shining Stars Community Awards, held on Friday, October 23rd from 7-9 p.m. virtually on the Tigard Chamber Facebook page and YouTube channel. Join in on the celebration by pre-ordering dinner from De Angelo’s Catering, get dressed up and join the conversation online while enjoying the award ceremony from the comfort of your home.

For further details about Shining Stars, please contact the Tigard Chamber of Commerce at 503-639-1656 or at Jessica@tigardchamber.org, or go to our webpage at www.tigardchamber.org.

Beach Hut Deli – Tigard Named 2020 Tigard Chamber Business of the Year

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Beach Hut Deli, Owned by Chris Haedinger, has been selected as the 2020 Tigard Chamber Business of the YearThis award recognizes a chamber business that has made in-depth contributions to the Tigard community through their business. The winner is active, involved, interested, and enthusiastic about continuing to make Tigard a destination of choice for local business. Nominee must be a current dues paying member.

Beach Hut Deli opened in Downtown Tigard in July of 2017 and has been a Tigard Chamber member since 2018.

From opening day, Chris Haedinger and his team at Beach Hut Deli have been making an impact in the Tigard community through sponsorship, donations and volunteerism.

Beach Hut Deli is often seen as a sponsor for different community sports teams. They have hosted many fundraiser nights for local non-profits and schools that include but not limited to St. Anthony Catholic Church, Charles F. Tigard Elementary School, Fowler Middle School and the Arthritis Foundation.

Beach Hut Deli has also been a huge supporter of the Tigard/ Tualatin Relay for Life, donating food for their team captain meetings, survivor lunches and as a monetary sponsor over the last couple of years. The Tigard/ Tualatin Relay for Life’s Past Co-Chair, Megan De Salvo, says “Beach Hut Deli has been involved with Relay for Life of Tigard / Tualatin / Sherwood for the past several years. First coming in as a Survivor Lunch Sponsor providing meals for over 100 Cancer Survivors and raising a significant amount of money for the event, including over $500 from dine and donate nights. They have stepped up and increased their involvement and fundraising each year, playing a pivotal role alongside other Downtown Tigard businesses in helping the event exceed $100,000 in 2019. 

In Downtown Tigard, Beach Hut Deli is always one of the first businesses to sign up for the various programs and events put on by the Tigard Downtown Alliance. Some examples are Small Business Saturday, Tigard Drinks for Good, Trick or Treat Main Street and the Downtown Tigard Street Fair. Chris also helped contribute to the fund to purchase the art piece “Mobius” that sits in front of the Tigard Chamber of Commerce building.

Chris has been a supporter of the Tigard Chamber of Commerce not only by being a member, but by also being a sponsor for several annual events including Tigard Bowl-O-Rama, Tigard Farmers Market Farm to Table Dinner and past Tigard Shining Stars Community Awards Gala.  

Outside of monetary contributions, Chris volunteers his time as a member of the City of Tigard Town Center Advisory Committee and board member for the Tigard Downtown Alliance. He also self-selected to go through the Leadership Tigard community leadership program and played a huge role in the class project to raise funds for the Chelsea Hicks Foundation.

As you can see, Chris has made his impact felt on our community.  Please join us in congratulating Chris and Beach Hut Deli with his staff on this well-deserved award.  This award will be formally presented with other Tigard volunteer and business awards at Tigard’s 2020 Shining Stars Community Awards Gala, held on Friday, October 23rd from 7-9 p.m. virtually on the Tigard Chamber Facebook page and YouTube channel. Join in on the celebration by pre-ordering dinner from De Angelo’s Catering, get dressed up and join the conversation online while enjoying the award ceremony from the comfort of your home.

For further details about Shining Stars, please contact the Tigard Chamber of Commerce at 503-639-1656 or at jessica@tigardchamber.org  or go to our webpage at www.tigardchamber.org

Joan Edgell Named 2020 Tigard Chamber Ambassador of the Year

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Joan Edgell, Co-Owner of J and J CPAs, P.C. has been named the 2020 Tigard Chamber Ambassador of the Year.  The Ambassador of the Year Award is presented to an Ambassador volunteer who significantly affects a positive perception of the Chamber through active participation, an optimistic attitude and solid business practices.  The recipient is active, involved, interested, and enthusiastic about making the Tigard Chamber a great organization!  

The Tigard Chamber Ambassadors are a volunteer group of chamber members who manage weekly a.m. networking, Speed Networking and Holiday Happy Hour.  They extend the capabilities of the chamber to deliver services to members in addition to paid staff.  Without the Ambassadors, the chamber could not have the impact it does for its members. 

Joan was a member of the Ambassador team for 5+ years! She demonstrated exceptional leadership skills as the co-chair and chair. Joan always brought positivity and organization to the team. She was always eager to assist and happy to step into any of the roles at Good Morning Tigard. Joan helped make Good Morning Tigard a welcoming place as she greeted visitors at the door. She also was a huge help in collecting donations for the Ultimate Gift Box game for Holiday Happy Hour. One of her peers called her the “Holiday Happy Hour Queen.”

Please join us in congratulating Joan on this well-deserved award.  Her award will be formally presented with other Tigard volunteer and business awards at Tigard’s 2020 Shining Stars Community Awards Gala, held on Friday, October 23rd from 7-9 p.m. virtually on the Tigard Chamber Facebook page and YouTube channel. Join in on the celebration by pre-ordering dinner from De Angelo’s Catering, get dressed up and join the conversation online while enjoying the award ceremony from the comfort of your home.

For further details about Shining Stars, please contact the Tigard Chamber of Commerce at 503-639-1656 or at Jessica@tigardchamber.org  or go to our webpage at www.tigardchamber.org

Tom Engel Named 2020 Tigard Chamber Volunteer of the Year

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Tom Engel, Owner of Vantage Point HR, has been named the 2020 Bert Tousey Tigard Chamber Volunteer of the Year.  This award honors a Chamber member who has volunteered many hours of time, talent and energy to the success and growth of the Tigard Chamber.  Bert Tousey and his example of Chamber volunteerism is commitment at its best.  This person is an example of an active member who has sustained their efforts on behalf of the Chamber over a long period of time.  By their efforts, they have made this organization more effective in serving the Tigard community.

Tom Engel has been a Tigard Chamber member for almost 3 years and from day one quickly engaged with the Tigard Chamber. Tom first started out by helping with the re-launch of the Professional Services Affinity Group with other members.  He has a knack for seeing a need and offering to help.  This has led to Tom increasing his volunteer activities to include serving on the Tigard Chamber Government Affairs and Public Policy Committee and more recently joining the Tigard Chamber Board of Directors in 2019.

Outside of Tom’s volunteer roles within the chamber, he is always willing to jump in and help and checks in to see where help may be needed. He is continually a sounding board for the CEO, chamber staff and other chamber members, keeping an ear to the ground for us. He approaches problem solving and complex issues with insightful, thoughtful and out of the box thinking, adding great value to important discussions within the chamber, during strategic planning, committee work and board meetings.

As another example of Tom’s commitment to the Tigard Chamber and the broader community, Tom self-selected, paid for and participated in our Leadership Tigard program in 2018.  Leadership Tigard is a community leadership program designed to help inspire and enable community members to gain a broad understanding of Tigard and create more informed invested leaders who can step in and advocate for our community on a variety of levels.

As you can see, Tom’s volunteerism has been a huge asset to the Tigard Chamber. Additionally, Tom has been an Ambassador for the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Government Affairs Committee for the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce. You can see his passion for helping businesses be successful is broad.   

Please join us in congratulating Tom on this well-deserved award.  His award will be formally presented with other Tigard volunteer and business awards at Tigard’s 2020 Shining Stars Community Awards Gala, held on Friday, October 23rd from 7-9 p.m. virtually on the Tigard Chamber Facebook page and YouTube channel. Join in on the celebration by pre-ordering dinner from De Angelo’s Catering, get dressed up and join the conversation online while enjoying the award ceremony from the comfort of your home.

For further details about Shining Stars, please contact the Tigard Chamber of Commerce at 503-639-1656 or at jessica@tigardchamber.org  or go to our webpage at www.tigardchamber.org