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Greater Maple Valley Network Association
April 17, 2018 at Stockton’s Restaurant

Meeting called to order at 7:31am

In attendance: John Wolfarth (President), Gina Tucker (Vice President),  Lisa Agron (Treasurer),  Sue Sherer (Secretary), Val Paganelli (Membership), Traci Sciuchetti (Publicity), Tatiana Proctor (ePublicity), Agueda Aguayo, Rommel Corsilles, Heather Campbell, Rick Owen, Kevin Busby

Returning guest: Serge Derkachev from Seattle Fridge Repair
Visitor: Heidi Silverstine, an aesthetician from Plastic & Reconcstructive Surgeons joined us. They are a branch of Proliance and they are opening an office in Maple Valley to augment their practices near Overlake and Valley hospitals.

We heard commercials and reports, passed cards and cup.

Old Business:  We revisited particiapting in Maple Valley Days, June 8th thru 10th. There seems to be enough people now who can commit to a shift, so please check your availability to work the booth for a shift of a few hours. John will reach out to Jim McCann to get the banners and tent.

New Business:  none

Rommel started East Hill Auto in 2008, and joined the GMVNA in 2009. Although he does a lot of advertising, work of mouth is always the best, and Rommel attributes a lot of his growth to his membership in GMVNA. His shop is located on the East hill of Kent, near Target, and are open 8/5, 6 days a week. Rommel and his three employees work on everything under the hood of your car, and have expertise in most models and all ages of cars.They can do tune-ups of older cars, but more modern cars don’t need that because components are mainly computer controlled now. This doesn’t mean they don’t need regular maintenance.The technology is getting so much beter, that after 2019, there will be no more emissions testing required. Rommel offered a word of caution when buying an older car – some are not worth reparing. Avoid “used car lots” since they mostly buy cars at auction – instead go to a certified car dealer. In any case, be sure to bring it by the shop; East Hill Auto can check it out for you before you buy.

Serge introduced himself again, offered a prayer, and gave us some background. He was born in far eastern Russia, near Japan, and moved to the states in 1998, staying with his brother in San Francisco. Me is married and has three kids, is a PADI certified scuba instructor and technical diver, an NRA certified pistol instructor, and a pastor of a small church in Bellevue. Serge is proud that he and his whole family are US citizens. Serge ran an export business for 11 years in Seattle, shipping vehicles or all types: autos, motorcycles, helicopters, boats, small planes, and more. Changes in the trade business with Russia shrunk his business and eventually he had to close up shop. While he looked for a new industry to get into, he sold his extensive firearm collection and went to Africa where he helped build an orphanage and a church and also dug wells. He considered going back to school to start a new career, but instead started a refrigeration repair business and he loves the new challenge. It’s like being a detective or solving a puzzle every time he gets a call. Modern refrigeration units have seven computer boards in them, the motors also have USB connections in them, and more electronics mean more things to go wrong. All brands are different so he takes lots of continuing education classes to stay current. Serge would like to grow his company and add staff so that he can eventually step back from the day-to-day work and focus on his ministry.

Referral slips were turned in.  Gina won the cup.

Next speakers: Kevin and Traci.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:27 am.

Respectfully submitted,
Sue Sherer

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