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President Messages

February 2017

February 2017

Can you hear it? That’s the sound of the Oregon Legislature, opening up for its full session and things are getting pretty loud as the Speaker of the House, Tina Kotek proposes the most far-reaching changes to Landlord Tenant law in the state’s history.

November 2016

November 2016

People want only a few things in their life: to be heard and hopefully understood. To feel that their life mattered, that there is value to their having existed. I was reminded of this several days ago. I was talking with a friend and wasn’t really listening as closely as I should have been. Instead of it being a friendly conversation with a little back and forward, it all of a sudden turned into a contest to see who could take control of the conversation. We both tried to talk a little louder. Then a little faster. Then a little more forcefully. Each change just made it worse, and only escalated the problem. Then I remembered to stop and listen. As I took more time to hear what he was saying and how the problem he was having made him feel, the anxiety started to drain from the conversation. We both started to think about what was being said instead of having to control the conversation. Once this happened we were able to quickly move into a discussion of how to solve the issue, a resolution was found, problem solved. After our conversation I remembered an old saying “You have 2 ears and one mouth. Use them proportionally.”

January 2017

January 2017

Greetings! My name is Ron Garcia and I am excited to be the new President of the Rental Housing Alliance Oregon.

As a Board Member for the past 6 years, I’ve had a front row seat within the organization and I’ve been able to witness up close the incredible dedication that many volunteers make to RHA Oregon. I am humbled by their efforts, and I am
greatly appreciative of my own opportunity to serve. We have done a lot in the last few years, and there is now a lot to do. So first, I want to say Thank You to everyone involved. Next, I guess I want to say, let’s get to work.

October 2016

October 2016

As I look forward to the coming year and the events that will unfold, I think about how much of our success is due to volunteer help both at our office and events. Volunteering is something that has been the lifeblood of RHA since its beginning in 1927. The Board of Directors are all volunteers giving of their time and expertise in a multitude of ways. While working on writing this month’s message, I did some research into the benefits of volunteering. It’s a pretty simple thing to do. Just Google benefits of volunteering and then start reading. You will find that it relieves stress and is a great way to meet new people. It strengthens your ties to your community, and broadens your support network. It also exposes you to people with common interests and resources. Another benefit is that it gives you the opportunity to practice and develop your social skills. There are a myriad of other benefits that you can learn about and experience through volunteering. So I encourage you to look into the volunteering opportunities offered with RHA Oregon whether it is helping with events, at the office, or serving on a committee or on the board.

December 2016

December 2016

Come January 1st, Ron Garcia will be stepping into the position of President. So, while sad, I am also quite excited. Ron is someone who brings a great amount of knowledge, wisdom, and energy to RHA Oregon. During our board retreat in November, Ron showed us a little of his vision for our future and it is exciting. While we will have challenges in the days, weeks, and months ahead, I am confident in the leadership of RHA Oregon. If there is one thing that I could encourage you to do in the coming year, it is to get involved either with a committee, event, or just attending a class.

Upcoming Events

February Dinner Meeting

February Dinner Meeting

Join us for RHA Oregon's Annual Holiday Dinner Party. December 21, 2016 6:00-9:00pm at Riverside Golf & Country Club.

Membership & Mentor Meeting

Membership & Mentor Meeting

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