Chamber Calendar

Connect with Success AM Meeting, 7 to 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 17, Epidavros Center for Wellbeing at the Oregonians Credit Union, 247 E. Powell Blvd., Gresham.

Connect with Success AM Meeting, 7 to 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 24, Gresham Integrated Care, A UWS Clinic, 1304 N.W. Civic Drive, Gresham.

Government Affairs Forum, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, Fairview City Hall, 1300 N.E. Village St. The event is in partnership with the East Metro Economic Alliance. Keynote speaker Rep. Earl Blumenauer will discuss his congressional priorities for East Multnomah County. To register, contact the chamber at 503-665-1131.

Food drive benefits charity

Area residents were in a giving spirit this holiday season, donating more than 250,000 pounds of staple and canned food items to Riverview Community Bank's annual Fill-a-Bag food drive.

'This community is a generous and self-sacrificing community,' said Casey Ryan, vice president and branch manager for the Wood Village bank. 'When asked to answer the call to help a neighbor in need, the call always gets answered. The food raised by the East Multnomah community benefiting SnowCap Community Charities was exceptional.'

The bank also made a $6,500 contribution to the effort, and collected an additional 230,000 pounds of food from its Washington state branch locations.

This was the second year Riverview expanded the Fill-a-Bag program into the local community, aided by partners Gresham Ford, Boeing and The Outlook.

Based in Vancouver, Wash., Riverview has 12 branches in the Portland and Vancouver areas, with a new Gresham branch scheduled to open this spring.

For more information, visit

Bank sets grand opening

Chase introduced residents to its new banking branch at 3090 N.E. Hogan Drive in Gresham during an open house Saturday, Feb. 11.

'The opening of or new Gresham branch represents Chase's long-term commitment to serving the Oregon community,' said Bernie Orgill, local branch manager. 'Chase has vast experience in helping consumers and businesses with their financial needs and our branch is proud to be the newest addition to the Gresham community.'

Chase operates 140 branches and more than 200 ATMs throughout Oregon. The company offers checking and savings accounts, business banking, mortgages and other loans, as well as investment products. The Gresham branch is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, visit

Employment and career fair scheduled Feb. 23

Mt. Hood Community College's Career Planning and Counseling Center is offering students and community members an opportunity to get a jump on a summer or seasonal job.

The sixth annual Summer Jobs and Career Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, in the College Center Fireplace Lounge, 26000 S.E. Stark St., Gresham.

Several employers will be on hand to present employment opportunities for summer work and other positions. Those scheduled to attend include representatives from Timberline Lodge, Clackamas County Parks, Mt. Hood Aquatic Center, Princess Tours, Oregon Department of Forestry, the Home Depot and KOIN 6 Television.

For more information, call the college's Career Planning and Counseling Center at 503-491-7432 or visit

Is your business ready for 'the big one'?

James Roddey of the Oregon Red Cross will be the guest speaker at the West Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce Business Lunch from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22.

The event will be held at the Comfort Inn and Suites, 477 N.W. Phoenix Drive in Troutdale.

Roddey, disaster preparedness expert with the Red Cross, will discuss steps every business should take to be prepared for a major earthquake and its aftermath.

'What we saw happen in Chile and Japan is a foreshadowing of what could happen here when and if we get our next big earthquake,' Roddey said. 'These countries are much better prepared than we are in Oregon and look what happened.'

Lunch will be provided by Shari's Restaurant and costs $15 for chamber members, $20 for non-members. Coffee or tea will be available for $5. To register, call Dave Eatwell at 503-669-7473 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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