Margaret Doherty Named 2022 Tigard’s First Citizen

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Margaret Doherty has been named as the 2022 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. 

Margaret Doherty has been making impacts in the Tigard community for more than 20 years! Many know her as former Oregon State Representative of House District 35. Outside of all the impacts she made legislatively in our community, she has been a huge community champion as a volunteer.

As a former teacher, Margaret is very passionate for public education and the importance of good education. She has brought that passion into her volunteerism. Margaret has been a board member for the Tigard High School Tigard Turns the Tide for two years. This program promotes a safe and healthy community in Tigard by reducing alcohol, tobacco, and other drug related problems through prevention, education treatment advocacy, and support of state and nationwide prevention efforts. This past year Margaret also assisted the Tigard Tualatin School District with their strategic planning and has been a mentor to Tigard High School students through the career center. You may have also seen her assisting at the Foundation for Tigard Tualatin School District Annual Art in the Burbs event.

Margaret has also been a long-time volunteer for the City of Tigard. She was on the Tigard Planning Commission for 8 years. This group plays an integral role in the growth issues of the city. They are responsible for assisting the City Council to develop, maintain, update, and implement the city Comprehensive Plan, formulate the city Capital Implementation Program, and to review and act on development projects and development code provisions delegated to the commission. She has also been volunteering at the Tigard Public Library for over 20 years!

Over the last 6 years, Margaret has been a volunteer and board member for Just Compassion. They are a coalition that is stiving to create a safe and hospitable environment and a community centered response to the needs of those without homes and those living in poverty in East Washington County. She has also been on the Tigard Arts Council for two years and the Tigard Historical Association board member for a year.

As you can see, Margaret is a standout in the Tigard community. Please join us in congratulating Margaret on her award and thanking her for the service to our Tigard community.  Her award will be formally presented with other Tigard volunteer and business awards at Tigard’s 2022 Shining Stars Community Awards Gala Presented by Edge One Media, held on Friday, April 29 from 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Washington Square. Join in the celebrating the people and businesses that make Tigard a great place to work, play and live. Reserve your seat and dinner choice on the Tigard Chamber of Commerce website.

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.

Bill Gerkin Named 2022 Tigard Shining Stars “From the Heart” Volunteer of the Year

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Bill Gerkin has been selected as the 2022 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.

Bill has been a resident of Tigard- King City since January of 1976. He is a retired business Owner that provided vending and coffee service to businesses.

Bill has been volunteering for the Tigard Senior Center, Meals on Wheels People for just over 30 years. He started in December 1991 after retiring. The Meals on Wheels People delivers meals to 180 to 190 people along 24 routes in Tigard, Tualatin, and Sherwood. Each week, Bill takes over an hour of his time to deliver food to 8 to 12 community members. Over the last 30 years, Bill has rarely missed a day. He has said “I really enjoy it. Sometimes I am the only person they see all day. In a recent Tigard Life article by Barbara Sherman, Bill said “The clients don’t want me to quit. These clients feel like extended family.”

He has also been the Liaison between the Tigard Senior Center Meals and the board and was later a member of the board when the organization was called “Loaves and Fishes.”

Outside of volunteering for Meals on Wheels People, Bill has also volunteered for Just Compassion, Bethlehem House of Bread, United Way, American Red Cross, and the Washington County Sheriff’s office. He has also been a member of the King City Lions Club since 1997.

Please join us in congratulating Bill 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 2022 Shining Stars Community Awards Gala Presented by Edge One Media, held on Friday, April 29 from 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Washington Square. Join in the celebrating the people and businesses that make Tigard a great place to work, play and live. Reserve your seat and dinner choice on the Tigard Chamber of Commerce website.

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.

Broadway Rose Theatre – Tigard Named 2022 Tigard Chamber Business of the Year

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Broadway Rose Theatre, Founded by Sharon Maroney and Dan Murphy, has been selected as the 2022 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.

Broadway Rose Theatre Company is one of Oregon’s premier musical theatre companies. They have been a member of the Tigard Chamber of Commerce for 24+ years. They have been producing professional musical theatre in the Tigard area since 1992 and has earned national recognition for its commitment to artistic excellence and new work development. The company presents a variety of mainstage productions throughout the year as well as summer children’s musicals, educational camps for children and teens, and a technical internship program for developing theatre professionals. They are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit committed to keeping live theatre affordable and making its production accessible to all members of the community.

Starting with the Founders, Sharon and Dan have been heavily involved in the community. Sharon is the Producing Artistic Director at the Broadway Rose Theatre. She has served on boards for PHAME, The Westside Cultural Alliance and National Alliance of Musical Theatres. Dan is the Managing Director for the Broadway Rose Theatre. He has been involved in the community by serving on the Tigard Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for over 8 years, a Rotarian at the Tigard Noon Club since 2002, a knighted Royal Rosarian in 2015, and was named Tigard’s First Citizen in 2016. He currently sits on the boards of the Washington County Visitors Association, Tigard Downtown Alliance, the Portland Area Theatre Alliance, and the National Alliance for Musical Theatre. Dan is also active with the Tigard Tualatin School District and has directed Tualatin High School’s annual musical for over 18 years. He is also a proud member of the Actors Equity and SAG-AFTRA.

As an organization, the Broadway Rose Theatre has long served as a cultural hub for the community of Tigard, Oregon. Aside from their own productions and programs, the company also hosts both government and public gatherings, and goes above and beyond to offer their space to organizations in need of a place to meet. They have opened their doors to over 25 local nonprofit and organizations to use their space for meetings and events. For the Tigard Chamber of Commerce, the Broadway Rose team offers their space to members that cannot host Good Morning Tigard at their business location. They were also a huge part of allowing the Leadership Tigard program to continue through the pandemic by giving the class a safe space to gather for classes. The Tigard Chamber has also used the space for Leadership Tigard graduation, Holiday Happy Hour, special events and so much more.

Outside of letting organizations use their space, they have also made attending a theatre production accessible for everyone. They have accessible seating available in both the New Stage Auditorium and the Deb Fennell Auditorium. They offer assistive listening devices to patrons with hearing loss, and they will host one audio-described performances per run of a show by request. They also have an “Arts for All” initiative and offer $5 tickets to current Oregon Trail Card holders.

As you can see, Broadway Rose Theatre has made large positive impacts in our community.  Please join us in congratulating Sharon, Dan, and the Broadway Rose Theatre staff on this well-deserved award.  This award will be formally presented with other Tigard volunteer and business awards at Tigard’s 2022 Shining Stars Community Awards Gala Presented by Edge One Media, held on Friday, April 29 from 5:30-9 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Washington Square. Join us in celebrating the businesses and community members that help make Tigard a great place to work, play and live by reserving your seat on the Tigard Chamber website.

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 Markgraf Named 2022 Tigard Chamber Volunteer of the Year

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Tom Markgraf, Director of Government Relations with TriMet, has been named the 2022 Tigard Shining Stars 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 volunteered to become the Chair of the Tigard Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs & Public Policy (GAPP) Committee in 2018 when the previous chair stepped down as he was moving out of state. Tom shared his decades of experience navigating and understanding the political process in a variety of career roles for the benefit of the Tigard Chamber of Commerce on behalf of our business community.

Under Tom’s leadership as chair, we saw our GAPP committee grow from 3 to 4 committee members to 10 committee members giving us a great mix of seasoned business professionals as well as members with depth of policy and advocacy experience and understanding of the political process. Under his tutelage we strengthened our relationship approach, and outreach to our elected officials at both the county, Metro and state level and expanded our voice. His guidance to the Tigard Chamber CEO in navigating this critical aspect of the chambers work for our business community has been priceless.

As GAPP Chair, Tom also became a member of the Tigard Chamber Candidate Endorsement Committee again lending his insights and experience into the process, questionnaire development and evaluation of Candidates against the chambers Business Advocacy Agenda.

Without Tom’s volunteerism and sharing of his expertise, we would not have the robust advocacy processes and expanded reach that we have attained as a chamber on behalf of our members.

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 2022 Shining Stars Community Awards Gala Presented by Edge One Media, held on Friday, April 29 from 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Washington Square. Join in the celebrating the people and businesses that make Tigard a great place to work, play and live. Reserve your seat and dinner choice on the Tigard Chamber of Commerce website.

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

Dr. Whitney Green Bautista Named 2022 Tigard Chamber Young Professional of the Year

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Dr. Whitney Green Bautista, Owner of Whitney Green Acupuncture, has been named the 2022 Tigard Chamber of Commerce Young Professional of the Year. This award recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of a highly motivated, emerging professional of the Tigard community. They or their employer must be a member of the Tigard Chamber of Commerce in good standing. They demonstrate excellence, creativity, and show initiative in their company, profession and/ or community. Must be between the ages of 18 to 40 years old.

Dr. Whitney is a true example of an extraordinary young professional in the Tigard community. She has been serving her community as a gifted acupuncturist for many years. In addition to her therapeutic practice, she also gives back to her local community.  

Dr. Whitney is a licensed acupuncturist and is nationally board certified by the NCCAOM as a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine to practice acupuncture and Chinese herbs. She earned her master’s degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She has also received her Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 2020. Dr. Whitney was named Top Docs by Portland Monthly in 2019, 2020 and 2021.

One of her clients said “Through COVID her commitment to her patients and her community and health and safety has not waivered. Her clinic sets the standard for quality care in Tigard!”

On top of running a successful business, Dr. Whitney is a Rotarian with the Tigard Noon Club. As one of the younger members of Rotary, she entered the club with enthusiasm to make a difference not only in her community, but various projects Rotary participates in around the globe. She immediately rotated into the series of officer positions eventually becoming President in the 2019/ 2020-year. She navigated the transition to leadership with all grace. As President of the club at the beginning of the pandemic, Dr. Whitney navigated going from a weekly in person meeting to an eventual weekly zoom meeting and to continue to remain engaged with the members.

She brings her passion for serving her community into her company by participating in Rotary projects and setting the expectation that all employees participate in a civic activity.

Dr. Whitney has been described as community minded, creative, and professional.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Whitney on this well-deserved award.  Her award will be formally presented with other Tigard volunteer and business awards at Tigard’s 2022 Shining Stars Community Awards Gala Presented by Edge One Media, held on Friday, April 29 from 5:30-9 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Washington Square. Join us in celebrating the businesses and community members that help make Tigard a great place to work, play and live by reserving your seat on the Tigard Chamber website.

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