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The Woodstock Community Business Association has held its annual meeting -- again at KeyBank

BECKY LUENING - Thad Davis of Payroll On Time, Inc. is the current President of the WCBA. Woodstock kneesocks, Kaleafa logo hats, pet food, succulent planters, gift cards galore...these and more were among the plethora of raffle prizes donated by Woodstock and Brentwood-Darlington businesses at the Woodstock Community Business Association's 2019 annual meeting, on Tuesday evening, February 5. The WCBA officially serves businesses in both neighborhoods.

For the third year running, KeyBank graciously opened its doors to host the dinner meeting, and plentiful food and beverage choices were contributed by local restaurants, cafés, and grocers, all of whom were publicly recognized at the gathering.

WCBA President Thad Davis presided over the casual meeting, pausing often for raffle-pulls, accompanied by rounds of laughter from the crowd, a mix of old-timers and newcomers. After self-introductions around the room came announcements and updates from Board Members and community partners, and finally the main order of business: The annual election of new and renewing members to the WCBA Board of Directors.

WCBA members in good standing unanimously approved the slate of people seeking two-year terms on the Board. Renewing members were Thad Davis (Payroll On Time, Inc.), Elisa Edgington (VCA Woodstock Animal Hospital), and Nancy Chapin (TSG Services). Those seeking to join the Board were Deb Barnum (KeyBank), Christopher Love (John L. Scott Real Estate), and Cydney French (Portland Family Health).

Rounding out the WCBA Board will be those currently in the middle of existing two-year terms, all of whom were present at the annual meeting: Eric Norberg (THE BEE), Ann Sanderson (Odango! Hair Salon, and FotoSnap), Susan Williams (KeyBank), Peggy McCafferty (New Seasons Market), and Stacey Lennon (Payroll On Time, Inc.). Longtime Board member Cory Hansen, who has served as WCBA Treasurer for the past year, announced he could not seek another Board term, as he has taken on increased responsibility at his company, Kahut Waste Services/City Sanitary.

WCBA maintains permanent Board seats for four community partner organizations, and representatives of those groups were also invited to make brief presentations at the meeting. Sage Jensen, Chair of the Woodstock Neighborhood Association; Chelsea Powers, Chair of the Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association; and Peggy McCafferty, a longtime volunteer with the Woodstock Farmers Market, all provided updates on their respective activities.

Thad Davis ended the presentations with a statement on behalf of Angie Even, leader of the nonprofit Woodstock Stakeholders, a commercial property owners group that partners with businesses and neighbors on cleanup, beautification and improvement projects. The Stakeholders, now an independent nonprofit, began as a subcommittee of WCBA.

After successfully bringing more color to Woodstock in the form of murals and spray-painted trash receptacles, the Stakeholders group is now working with WCBA – which this year obtained a Venture Portland matching grant for the purpose – to create a few pocket parks, or "parklets", along Woodstock's commercial strip – attractively landscaped corners with seating, where pedestrians and shoppers might stop and rest while out and about.

Board member Ann Sanderson offered a few words of encouragement to those in the room who will be organizing this year's "Woodstock Gives Back", as she steps back from her leadership role in the successful charity event she instigated while President of WCBA. She recapped the successes of the last "Gives Back", and encouraged all businesses in both neighborhood to join the promotion in September.

The WCBA Board will elect 2019 officers to one-year terms at its next meeting, set for Wednesday, March 13, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Woodstock Wine and Deli. Thad Davis stepped up to be WCBA President within a month of first joining the Board, after Ann Sanderson stepped down in mid-2017; and he was reelected in 2018.

When THE BEE asked Davis what he was proud of during his tenure, he pointed to increased collaboration with other organizations in the two-neighborhood business district. As someone who is both a resident of Woodstock neighborhood and a business owner with four employees, he said he knows firsthand the value of engaging with and caring about all of the stakeholders in the district; not just business people, but also residents, employees, and customers. "Having a focus around the people here, that's the best thing we've done in the last two years, and that's not just me."

The next "WCBA mixer" is slated for Wednesday, March 20, 5:30 p.m. at Proper Pint Taproom.

Find information about upcoming Woodstock Community Business Association events on its Facebook page @WCBApdx. Event listings and information about joining the WCBA, as well as a business directory, can also be found on its website – www.woodstockbiz.com

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