Spring has Sprung!

A traditional aspect of this spring season that many look forward to is Easter Celebrations. With many events and activities to choose from, there is no shortage of places to go and fun things to do. One event in particular we try to attend every year is the Portland Good Friday Breakfast, presented by Open Arms International. The Portland Good Friday Breakfast is an uplifting community event that brings together leaders from the religious, business and civic communities to hear an inspirational message on the day which marks the historical death of Jesus Christ. Although presented by Open Arms International, the breakfast event is a gift to the Portland community and does not serve as a fundraiser for Open Arms

Join us Good Friday morning April 3rd at the Oregon Convention Center to hear stories of authentic, transformational hope from our featured guest, Gerard Long.  Once a prominent figure in the European banking industry, Gerard's journey led him from business triumph to personal tragedy.  Losing not one, but two children has given Gerard a unique and authentic perspective on finding the faithfulness of God in the midst of tremendous heartache. For more information, please visit www.portlandgoodfridaybreakfast.org.

And for the kids, don’t forget the Eggstravaganza, Saturday, April 4th 11am-1:30pm at Greater Gresham Baptist Church, 3848 NE Division St. For families with children brith to 6th grade! Baskets, burgers, a visit from Peter Cottontail, plus games, prizes, candy, eggs, crafts, coffee, J Gelati and much more! For more information call 503-667-1515!


As someone who is fast approaching the age of “Social Security” -and it feels just like yesterday that I was living in the Age of Aquarius-now if you get that- you and I are in the same boat. Anyhow, I feel so blessed when I have opportunities to be working with or engaged with teenagers as it really does make the heart seem younger….This past week was my “week of the teens”…Centennial Football and Sam Barlow Water Polo teams joined forces with us to accomplish a great “Drive 4 UR School” Event. The teens participating were enthusiastic, engaging, polite and helpful. These kids are a credit to their parents and their coaches.

Then on Monday, I was honored to take part in Reynolds High School’s assembly to honor those that assisted them on that dark day – June 10, 2014, when a shooting at that school changed the lives of all that were on campus that day. The students planned and executed a tribute to Police, Fire, and Emergency Personnel as well as others who have contributed to the care and nurturing of all involved. There were tears but most important there was a feeling of unity – they called it “Reynold’s Strong”. They expressed themselves through thoughtful speeches, video and song and as I write this, tears still come to my eyes because of the magnitude of emotion displayed.

While we as adults are the ones who are supposed to nurture and support our young, this week I was inspired, humbled, and quite frankly in awe of the teens I encountered. Bless you all – you are AWESOME!

For the Record...

Last week we outlined the Drive 4 UR School Program offered by Ford Motor Company and is facilitated at Gresham Ford. This week, we thought it might be of interest to let you know how those funds raised at this amazing event actual benefit the programs that participate.

Gresham High Gopher Spirit Club, headed up by Karen Johnston with All About Automotive, has participated in our Fall event for the past three years. I asked her to give me a summary of where the funds they have raised have gone. I couldn’t believe the list; Uniforms for team sports, tennis court benches, stadium sound system, score board for inside gym and outside football field, wrestling mat repairs, choir risers, Syke curtain, microphones for theatre performances, band instrument repairs, safety radial saw for the theatre, golf bags, golf and tennis balls, competition costumes for dance team, and that was just what she could think of at the moment!!

So, just for the record, if you’ve dismissed the Drive 4 UR School events as just a hype to get people to a car dealership, we’d like you to think again! This is a real deal! And all that’s required is a mere 20 minutes of your time!

Tomorrow, Saturday March 14th, 10am-4pm, tell friends, family co-workers, anyone and come on down to Gresham Ford. Take a ride in a brand new Ford vehicle and Ford Motor Company gives $20! Another $10 for taking your car through our Quick Lane Station. Up to $7,000 is on the table for our schools tomorrow! Lets help them get every penny!

The definition of success...

As Henry Ford so eloquently said, “A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.” And true to his example, Ford Motor Company is one of the most successful businesses in the US. And here’s a good reason why.

Twice a year, we participate in the Ford Motor Company Drive 4 UR School events. This is an event that is targeted primarily for high schools across the country. For one day, students, parents, relatives and friends along with teachers, coaches and staff, take a quick 10 minute, no pressure test drive in a brand new Ford vehicle and Ford Motor Company donates $20. Then, for a quick FREE inspection of their own vehicle in our Quick Lane station, Ford Motor Company donates another $10. So, $30 from Ford Motor Company donated to a school program or organization for a brief 20 minutes of someone’s time. A total of $7,000 for the day, and all that’s required is a simple test drive and vehicle inspection.

And true to Henry Ford’s precedence, The Seattle Region (Ford Motor Company) and Northwest Ford Dealers Association are sponsoring the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb on March 8th in Seattle, WA to help raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. In conjunction with our Drive 4 UR School event, the Northwest Ford Dealers Association will donate $20 to the LLS per test drive as well.

So, come on out to Gresham Ford, March 14th 10am-4pm, and not only to support your schools, but also a great cause as well.

Henry Ford’s vision was as far reaching as the stars themselves. The sky is the limit when you understand that community is the foundation and our children are the building blocks of the future. His insight for the investment in our schools and our kids is truly about making more than just money!

True Beauty...

To all the women in the audience. Recently I had the honor of being selected as City Sponsor for Beta Sigma Phi. In return I would like to praise their work in our community and their countless acts of service and charity worldwide. At Beta Sigma Phi they live by the creed that the only right we have is the right to be useful, to be kind and friendly and helpful to our fellow beings and renounce selfishness.

The first great lesson of their sisterhood is love-that love which makes us slow to expose a fault, and eager to find and believe the true and the good. Pledging oneself to beauty and loveliness, learning that the essence of true beauty is truth itself.

Philosophies that we all can adopt, to be sure, and tempered with the virtues of courage, vision, humility, loyalty, friendship and service are standards worthy of our best aspirations.

It has been an honor to be associated with an organization that holds to such high values and I look forward to seeing the great things they do for our community and beyond. If you would like more information regarding local Beta Sigma Phi chapters, please visit www.betasigmaphi.org. You’ll be glad you did!

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