Beware Cole Street on Halloween. The leaves are changing and ghosts and goblins are on the prowl in downtown Enumclaw. On Halloween night Cole Street closes for the annual trick-or-treat celebration. Each year we find our spookiest vehicle to deliver our ghostly treats to anyone who dares knock on the trunk of the haunted truck. Halloween fun is one of the many community events we enjoy as a hometown dealership. This Enumclaw tradition provides a safe environment for costumed little ones to collect their Halloween goodies. Check the Chamber of Commerce calendar for more information. We hope to see you there!
Join Gamblin Motors in supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October. With 1 in 8 women being diagnosed, now is time to join together in the fight against breast cancer. Gamblin Motors has created an #IDriveFor team and is participating in Chevrolet’s annual fundraising event. Joining us is easy. Tweet out, retweet, or post to Instagram your support by using the hashtags #IDriveFor and #TeamEnumclaw. For every tweet or Instagram post with the #IDriveFor hashtag, Chevrolet will donate $5 to the American Cancer Society. Chevrolet has partnered with the ACS for seven years and raised $7.8 million dollars in the battle against this life threatening disease. These funds are used for breast cancer screening, patient care, and research. Help contribute to the cause by joining #TeamEnumclaw and tweet, retweet, and post your support with the #IDriveFor hashtag.
Perhaps a picture of a tweet, or instagram post, so they see how easy this is. I think people think they need a sign that says I drive for, etc. So if we post on our twitter and post a pic of the tweet and one from our instagram account too. My account is private. I’m assuming the account needs to be public?
From the classic generations to Stingrays, we love Corvettes at Gamblin Motors. To see some of these models in person, join us on Saturday, September 9 for our third annual Corvette show. We are teaming up with the Tacoma Corvette Club to bring an array of Corvette models to the Plateau community.
Come down to our main store (1047 Roosevelt Ave E, Enumclaw) to view these beauties and vote for the People’s Choice award winners. We will open at 10:00 a.m. for the public to begin viewing and voting. Voting closes at noon, but the Corvettes will remain on display until 2:00. While we are counting the ballots, enjoy music, giveaways, and a great lunch. Awards will be handed out at 1:30.
Interested in bringing home one of the trophies? Enter your Corvette through the Tacoma Corvette Club for a $20 entry free. We hope to see you Saturday.
Over the past few years, Gamblin Motors has sponsored a photo contest for Enumclaw High School students. The students are given a month to send us their very best photos. These photos are uploaded to our Facebook page. Our Facebook followers are asked to vote for the favorite photo. Students encourage their friends and family to vote for their photo. At the end of the contest, the photo with the most likes wins. The winner receives $250.
As the photos started rolling in, we were blown away by the quality of photo entries we received. All of these entries were truly amazing. This year we received more than twenty eight photos from Enumclaw High School students. Ethan Decker, a tenth grader, won the photo contest this year.
Thank you to all the students who participated, and thank you to all our friends for voting for these amazing photos. We look forward to hosting another photo contest again next year. Be on the look out for our contest in May.
Alan Gamblin was named 2017/2018 President of the Washington State Auto Dealers Association (WSADA) at the organization’s annual convention last month. WASADA is an organization that develops and promotes legislation to help dealer franchises, eliminate regular increases in the cost of doing business in Washington, and trying to protect costs for consumers. They also support dealers in their commitment to operate their dealerships in a fair and honest manner. Gamblin Motors has been involved with WASADA for years.
“When I succeeded my father as the Chevrolet dealer in Enumclaw, he told me to get involved and support the Washington State Auto Dealers Association because they do so much for our business,” Alan said. “Over the years whenever I’ve been asked by the Association to help, I’ve remembered my father’s counsel and done it. As the new WSADA President, my goal is to help connect more dealers with their elected officials in Olympia, especially the many new legislators. It is important that local and state officials understand our business so they can make informed decisions when it comes to regulation and taxation that affect our customers, community, and business.”
One of WASADA’s purposes is to help our elected officials understand the role auto dealers play in their communities around the state. Founded in 1920, the Association’s 294 dealer members serve 70 cities and towns across Washington and are responsible for annual sales volume totaling $15 billion. Together, they employ over 21,000 people with a combined payroll of more than $1.08 billion. An average dealership creates 69 local jobs, each paying on average over $54,000 per year plus benefits. Their dealership sales total 14.2% of the state’s retail sales, generating hundreds of millions of dollars of tax revenue for state and local governments through sales, corporate, and payroll tax revenue.
“It is also important to help the new generation coming into our industry,” he continued. “My father, like many former dealers before me, served in World War II when cars and business were not as complex. I’ve watched the automobile industry dramatically change over the last four decades, and it’s important to help the rising generation continue to be successful.”
Over the past few years, Gamblin Motors has sponsored a photo contest for EHS students. The students are given two weeks to send us their very best photos. These photos are uploaded to our Facebook page. Our Facebook followers are asked to vote for the favorite photo. Students encourage their friends and family to vote for their photo. At the end of the contest, the photo with the most likes and comments wins. The winner receives $250. Participants need to be a current student of Enumclaw High School, and they are allowed to submit up to five photos.
Our 2017 contest kicks off this next week. Students can send us their photos beginning May 23. They will be uploaded to our Facebook page the next day. The contest runs from June 23-June 5. The Winner will be announced on June 6. Get ready to vote for your favorite photo.
Here are the instructions for interested EHS students:
-Save Photo with your name using this format: First_Last _Grade
-Email Photo to email@example.com Your photo will be uploaded to Gamblin Motor’s Facebook page the next day.
-Spread the word to get the most likes for your photo on Gamblin Motor’s Facebook page.
-The photo with the most likes wins $250 cash.
- Like Art Gamblin Motors on FB
- Get your photo in soon. (If your photo is one of the first posted, it will be up the longest.)
- Spread the word on your FB page.
- Repost our photo contest posts on your wall.
- Have friends and family also post your contest photo on their wall.
The more people who see your photo the more votes you will get.
Stirrin’ Dust is a local Drill Team that caught our attention. Stirrin’ Dust was started in 2005 by two sisters, Lana and Alicia. Alicia was the one who first hatched the idea that they should start a drill team. Neither sister had ever ridden on a drill team, so starting their own was a huge challenge. A lot of people told them they would not be able to succeed. These two girls proved those people wrong; they studied everything they could found and began to practice. They quickly attracted other riders.
Stirrin’ Dust started out as an exhibition team showing off some great choreography skills. They performed at Meridian Riding Club Playdays, Horse Shows, and county fairs. As the team began to perform they accrued a great group of riders. Several years later, the riders decided to begin riding in the competitive circuit. In 2012 the won the Novice division, but were most excited to bring home the Sportsmanship award. The sportsmanship award is voted on by all the teams in the league to honor the team that should dedication to their fellow riders.
This amazing team prides itself on provided a home for any rider that would like to learn regardless of skill level. They believe that if you have a horse and a respect and a great attitude you are welcome. Running a drill team is hard work and is a very costly sport. We are happy to sponsor this great drill team. Be sure to check out their up coming schedule. http://www.stirrindust.com/
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.”
Watch our Facebook page to make sure you don’t miss this great event next year.
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.