President Liz Carpenter talks about the RHA Summer Picnic, the spirit of volunteerism and summer classes.
What do an Irish cook, a hot summer, and RHA have in common? A lot!
Since the early years, committed volunteers have run the Rental Housing Alliance. Certainly people with an interest in the rental housing industry, but also people who have a built in need to serve others.
In 1969, leaving Ireland to join the US Air Force, Tony Kavanagh became a cook. He saw first hand how serving people their most basic need not only kept our forces going, but also how something so simple changed someone’s outlook on life.
With knowledge of stoves, Tony landed at G & C Distribution in Portland. In 1986, he joined the RHA and served as a RHA board director from 2001 to 2012. His humor, his delightful way, and that Irish accent that never quite left has always been an important part of RHA.
What makes RHA, a collection of community-minded people who are drawn to serve, so special is that it never stops. Tony, one of our best, has shown the way. Though he recently stepped down from serving on the board, Tony continues to serve! He now cooks for the less fortunate and those who need a hand finding housing through JOIN, the non-profit we at the RHA support. He is still changing peoples outlooks for the good.
Tony, on behalf of RHA and the Rental Housing community, we thank you.
Since it is summer and we are on the theme of food this month, I want to invite everyone to our traditional Summer Picnic.
Wednesday, the 13th of August, come join your friends at the Rental Housing Alliance for our family picnic. We barbeque, we bingo, we have rides, laugh, and share what makes RHA truly unique: Our people. And guess what? Tony will be cooking hot dogs.
Yes it’s true, August is always the hardest month to focus on business. The sun is out, kids have only a few weeks before school starts, and vacations have been planned. The list goes on and on, but the RHA keeps everything going with our tenant screening and our popular “Understanding your Decision Point” webinar classes.
Can’t wait to see everyone in a few weeks at our Picnic. Join us at Oaks Amusement Park August 13th in Area 1, registration desk opens at 2pm.
Rental Housing Alliance Oregon President
Since 1927, the Rental Housing Alliance Oregon has set the standard for community participation by landlords providing affordable and quality housing.