We love hearing about great community events. This month we were contacted by the Enumclaw FFA Chapter; they asked us to help sponsor a great event. We were happy to provide a donation to help with its annual fundraiser. The local FFA Chapter held its annual Spaghetti Feed and Silent Auction. The event had a great meal, live music, and a silent auction. The money raised is used to help support the FFA members and to help pay for their involvement in leadership events.
The National FFA Organization is committed to helping students have personal growth and career success through agricultural education. FFA stands for Future Farmers of America, but is not just for those interested in farming. Over the years the FFA has expanded its members to students who are interested in careers as teachers, doctors, scientists, and business owners. The FFA mission statement states, “FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.”
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Join us on March 25th as Gamblin Motors’ employees cycle to raise funds in the fight against ovarian cancer. The Ovarian Cycle program holds indoor cycling events across the country to raise awareness and funds for the ovarian cancer community. All proceeds raised go to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance (OCRFA) and are used for research, advocacy, and support of ovarian cancer victims. We invite all to join our cycling team and cycle alongside us or donate to support the event.
The fight against ovarian cancer is a very important cause for Gamblin Motors and the Gamblin family. Jeri Gamblin lost her mother to ovarian cancer 29 years ago. To cycle in honor of those who have been affected by ovarian cancer is a great privilege. 1 in 75 women will develop ovarian cancer in her lifetime. It is 5th cause of cancer-related death for women and 11th most common cancer in women. Gamblin Motors is proud to be a part of this event as we work together to battle this terrible disease. Click here to support the Ovarian Cycle program by hopping onto a bike and joining our team or donating in support of our efforts: http://bit.ly/2mcqv4y.
Be prepared to feel the pinch when renewing your vehicle tabs this year. As of March 1st, the Regional Transit Authority tax goes into effect for those living within the Sound Transit District. While Gamblin Motors’ hometown of Enumclaw and Buckley are not positioned within the taxed district, many of our neighbors in King, Pierce, and Snohomish County can expect a higher bill this year. How much higher? The tax will increase from 0.3% to 1.1% resulting in a $110 annual fee for a $10,000 vehicle. While the Sound Transit 3 measure garnered strong support last November, residents are still in for some sticker shock when it comes time for tab renewals.
Taxes collected are slated for a large expansion of light rail in Tacoma, Seattle, and Everett. The Sounder Commuter will also see expansion under the measure. In addition to the rail improvements, park-and-ride and bus-rapid transit are scheduled for further development. Just how much is this investment going to cost you? First, it is important to determine if you live within the taxable district. Sound Transit provides an address locator to see if you fall within the boundary: http://bit.ly/2mECzfm. If you do in fact live within the Sound Transit District, the Department of Licensing has a vehicle tab estimator to give drivers an idea of what to expect when their tag renewal letter arrives in the mail: http://bit.ly/2lOrI51.
Chevy is proud of its new 2017 Colorado ZR2. The truck is ready for any off road fun, but offers the smooth ride in the city. This truck has everyone excited. The off-road ZR2 trim level will be available this spring. It will start at $40,995 MSRP.
The new Colorado ZR2 is loaded with exclusive features. Off-Road Mode Technology is an amazing feature that lets you pick between Desert, Mud, or Mountain. Plus, the Colorado ZR2 offers a brand new advanced 3.6L V6 engine with eight-speed transmission, in addition to the segment-exclusive Duramax® 2.8L Turbo-Diesel.† But it’s the shocks that has everyone talking. Suspension technology has been revolutionized by the Colorado’s new Multimatic shocks. The engineers at Multimatic were commissioned to build the new shock absorbers for the ZR2. Multimatic were the first to design the Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve (DSSV) damper. They replaced the piston and shims with a spoon valve. Chevy first used the DSSV technology in the 2014 Camaro Z/28. The engineers were excited to design shocks with their DSSV technology on a pickup. The shocks on the ZR2 make for the most comfortable ride on and off road
“ZR2 is truly a segment of one and does everything well — from traversing heavy two-track trails to high-speed desert running and full-on rock crawling. We’re thrilled to be able to offer it for more than $2,500 less than the next closest comparable vehicles.,” said Sandor Piszar, Chevrolet Trucks marketing director. Check out the available features on the ZR2.
Available options on the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 will include:
Class-exclusive 2.8L Duramax Turbo-Diesel engine, paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, capable of 186 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque
Choice of crew- or extended cab configurations (including short and long beds, respectively)
7-speaker Bose premium audio system
Dealer-installed, bed-mounted spare tire carrier
Full-length black vinyl floor (no additional cost — standard interior features leather seats and carpet)
The ZR2’s starting MSRP includes a number of key standard features unique to the trim level, such as:
Class-exclusive front and rear locking electronic differentials
Modified front and rear bumpers for better off-road obstacle clearance
Exclusive ZR2 17 x 8-inch aluminum alloy wheels
31-inch Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac off-road tires
New cast-iron control arms
An aluminum skidplate that protects the radiator and engine oil pan
Autotrac transfer case
Transfer case shield
Aggressive grille and hood combo unique to ZR2
Modified rear axle with a 3.42 ratio
Front and rear tracks widened 3.5 inches over a standard Colorado
Suspension lifted 2 inches over a standard Colorado
Off-Road Mode Technology
4-wheel disc brakes
Other standard features include:
Trailering Package, including trailer hitch and 7-pin connector
Integrated trailer brake controller
Heated driver and passenger front seats
Wireless phone charging
Rear sliding window
EZ Lift and Lower tailgate
A six-speaker audio system with Chevrolet MyLink Radio with Navigation and an 8-inch diagonal color touchscreen, AM/FM stereo with seek-and-scan and a digital clock, Bluetooth streaming audio for music and select phones, voice-activated technology for radio and phone featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability as well as an auxiliary jack
All-terrain spare tire with unique ZR2 wheel
Four USB ports: one on the instrument panel, one in the center console and two in the rear of the center console
Electronic automatic cruise control
Rear window electric defogger
OnStar 4G LTE with built-in Wi-Fi
Rear Vision Camera
Remote keyless entry
Remote vehicle starter system
4-way power front driver and passenger seat adjuster with power driver lumbar control
2016 marked Alan Gamblin’s 25th year as a Chevrolet and Buick dealer. Alan starting working at Gamblin Motors in 1969 and spent his formative years at the Gamblin dealership washing cars and making sure the original Gamblin location on Griffin looked its very best. Every now and again his hard work would pay off in the form of moving one of the shiny new Corvettes for sale. After high school, Alan went off to college and returned home in 1978 with his new wife, Jeri, and an eagerness to learn all of the different aspects of the car business. For the next 13 years, Alan moved through the ranks of the dealership. He began as a salesman and eventually graduated to sales manager. He continued to learn and study the important roles of the varying departments including finance, parts, service, and the body shop. In 1985 Alan became a full partner in the dealership. During his time as a partner, Alan took the primary role of building and managing the main Gamblin location on Hwy 410. He officially took the dealership reins from his father, Art Gamblin, and purchased the business in 1991. This past November Alan was honored by General Motors for his 25 years as a Chevrolet and Buick dealer.
Since Alan became the managing dealer and owner in 1991, Gamblin Motors has continued to expand and grow under his guidance. The community of Enumclaw’s rugged and beautiful terrain called for a location focused on tough working vehicles. To better service hometown customers, Gamblin Motors opened one of General Motor’s few GM approved truck showrooms in the United States. The Gamblin Truck Center opened its doors in 2000. In addition to the construction of an additional dealership location, Alan also completed a significant remodel to the main store in 2012. These two award winning dealerships are a testament to the hard work and effort put in by the Gamblin family with Alan at the helm. Alan’s knowledge of the car industry is well known throughout the Pacific Northwest. He has twice been named President of the Northwest Chevrolet Dealer’s advertising association and served on a national Chevrolet advertising committee. He is currently the Washington State Auto Dealer’s Vice President and will be named president of the association this coming May. Alan hopes to pass his training and success on to the next generation of Gamblins. Just like Alan, Tyson and Andrew Gamblin began washing cars and sweeping floors as young boys. With the completion of their college degrees, both have come home to learn the business and continue the Gamblin legacy of honest and professional service.
When the leaves begin to fall, it’s time to open up the coat closets. It is important to Gamblin Motors that everyone in our community has a nice warm coat to combat the chilly weather. Each fall we host a community coat drive and invite our employees, customers, and community members to go through their closets and donate their gently used coats, clothing, shoes, and socks. This is our fourth year of giving, and we are proud to have collected almost 100 coats for donation to the Enumclaw Clothing Bank.
The Enumclaw Clothing Bank is a non-profit organization that offers donated clothing items free of charge to community members in need. This wonderful organization provides necessities for many Enumclaw families who need a little extra help. A clean set of clothing provides both safety from the winter cold and confidence to face the day in comfort. We thank all those who donated. We thank Works-Sports and Outdoors for hosting one of our donation trucks. If you were unable to donate during the clothing drive, the Enumclaw Clothing Bank is located at JJ Smith School and is open for drop off and pick up on Tuesdays.
Today we honor those who have served to defend our nation. The founder of Gamblin Motors, Art Gamblin, was a veteran of WWII. Art was eager to defend his country, so eager that he lied about his age to enter the war at age 17. He joined the United States Navy in 1945. He was assigned to serve on the USS Maryland. When Art reached the USS Maryland, she had just returned from a hard fought battle in Okinawa and was being repaired in Bremerton, Washington at the Puget Sound Navy Yard. The crew worked to repair the ship and was completing training runs to return to battle when Japan surrendered. Art had the honor of participating in Operation Magic Carpet, a mission to bring servicemen home from the war. The USS Maryland made runs between Pearl Harbor and the west coast in the latter part of 1945. After the war, Art continued his active duty by being assigned to vessels in New Orleans. Here, Art gave the public tours of the ships, and in true Art fashion, his tours always managed to inspire a tip which was shared with his fellow servicemen that night on the town. Art was proud of his time in the Navy, and we are proud to honor him and those who fought for freedom both at home and abroad.
Dust off your bike and running shoes because Thomasson Family Farm is holding its inaugural Punky-Du on Saturday, November 5th. The Punky-Du is fun for the whole family and will headline an adult duathlon and child mile run. A portion of the event’s proceeds will be donated to Camp Eyabsut, a camp for burn victims located in Northbend. As a Punky-Du sponsor, Gamblin Motors is proud to support a communal day of fun for a good cause.
Thomasson Family Farm is an Enumclaw based operational dairy farm that has opened their doors to the public in an effort to share farm life with the community. The Punky-Du event will draw even more visitors to Enumclaw for a hands-on farm experience. The event features an adult duathlon (run-bike-run) and child mile run. The duathlon bike track requires a mountain bike frame for bikers to safely pedal through different types of farm terrain including the corn maze and pumpkin patch. For those interested in cheering on the Punky-Du participants, there are plenty of farm activities for the whole family along with delicious treats and music.
While the Punky-Du promises a day fun for everyone, it will also support a cause close to the Thomasson family. A young family member was involved in an accident resulting in burns on over 60% of his body. Camp Eyabsut is camp for burn survivors and will receive a portion of the proceeds from the Punky-Du event. The camp aims to “support, enhance and positively impact the quality of life for young burn survivors through teambuilding, challenging activities and friendships.” Sponsoring the Punky-Du affords Gamblin Motors the opportunity to support this deserving cause while providing an exciting day on the farm for all participants. To add your support, register for the mile run or duathlon at http://www.thomassonfarm.com/punky–du/.
Gamblin Motors is proud to be a sponsor of the Enumclaw Youth and Family Services Celebrity Golf Tournament being held on Monday, October 10th at the Enumclaw Golf Course. The proceeds from this event go directly to helping youth and young adults in our community. This tournament helps to provide important services to the most vulnerable populations in the Plateau area. At Gamblin Motors we believe in caring for and investing in the future of our youth and hometown.
The Enumclaw Youth and Family Services (EYFS) and Auburn Youth Resources (AYR) work together to provide much-needed support to families and young adults in need. Necessary services like early childhood education, mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment, homeless services and transitional housing are all programs provided by these two charitable and hard working groups. The golf tournament proceeds will specifically be used to provide mental health counseling to the disadvantaged youth and families of Enumclaw. In addition, funds raised will benefit an EYFS partnership with the Foothills Wellness Foundation to provide free dental care, food, hygiene kits, and case management programs for those in crisis on the Plateau.
Gamblin Motors is not the only group invested in supporting the great work done by EYFS. We thank all of the celebrities who are backing this charitable cause. Former NFL players such as Jason Chorak, Robin Earl, Alonzo Mitz, Nesby Glasgow, Jack Thompson, Mkristo Bruce and other celebrities will be in attendance to add their support to help raise funds for these critical community programs. To add your support to this wonderful cause, please join us on the course. To register for a round, please visit https://ayr4kids.ejoinme.org/eyfsgolf.
When Gamblin Motors employee Mark Maxey headed to New Orleans for a family vacation, he was not prepared for the devastation he would see on the way to their destination. As the plane began its descent into New Orleans, Mark was able to see firsthand the flood waters covering most of the greater Baton Rouge area. Despite being in the area five days after the waters had crested and started to recede, only outlines of streets were visible and homes were still fighting off water. Mark explained, “There was more water than land, and we were there after the worst of it.” Mark came home determined to share what he had seen and find a way to help. The National Auto Dealers Association was also determined to offer assistance to the flood victims through the NADA National Relief Fund. Gamblin Motors employees were able to raise $1,500 to donate to the fund and help fellow dealership families affected by the flooding.
The NADA National Relief Fund was established in 1992 and since its inception has donated almost $5 million to more than 8,700 dealership employees in need. The fund provides immediate assistance to dealership families hit hard by natural disasters. With the Louisiana flooding, an estimated 140,000 individuals were displaced due to the flooding, 1,500 of which were dealership families. The majority of the homes affected by the flooding were not located in floodplains and not insured for flood damage; flooding of this magnitude was unprecedented and unthinkable. These people are in desperate need and Gamblin Motors employees were looking to do their part in helping fellow automobile industry families with their recovery.
Gamblin Motors offered to match all employee donations to help the flooding victims. Employees raised $750 and Gamblin Motors matched these funds to bring the total donation to $1,500. NADA called on all dealerships across the country to donate $1,000 to reach their goal of $2 million in aid. Gamblin Motors was determined to do more with their contribution. We continue to think of all those affected by the Louisiana floods and encourage all to determine how they might help flood victims in need. To learn more about the NADA Emergency Relief Fund, go to www.nada.org/EmergencyRelief/.