Wake Up Wednesday News

Johan Vineyard

Coming August 25th Johan Vineyards will be hosting their annual “Dinner in The Vineyard”. Johan Vineyards will partner with Fimbul Nordic Supper Club who will be carefully preparing dishes inspired by the Nordic landscape and ancient Scandinavian traditions, while Johan will pair each course with a biodynamically farmed wine that pays homage to those same influences. The entire dinner is served tin the heart of the vineyard, just before harvest, when the vines are in their full glory. It is an intimate and exclusive experience not to be missed. Space is limited to 30 guests. The menu and ingredients are limited, so please contact Johan Vineyards prior to reservation regarding dietary restrictions. Cost is $160 per person, $145 for Wine Club Members all inclusive. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

 

Pacific Power

Pacific Power presented a check today to the City of Dallas, Mayor Dalton, and the Booster Club. This check will go to the new Turf at Dallas High School that we have all worked so hard as a community to make possible. During the ground breaking of the turn it was announced that for the first time ever the project was completely funded before it began. According to the construction workers this is something that had never been seen before. Why to go Dallas, and thank you Pacific Power for helping to make the new turf possible!

The Solar Power Grants deadline is August 16th, 2018. This is a grant that Pacific Power funds dedicated to promoting the switch to solar power. The funds are available to any service or community building. If awarded the grant Pacific Power will pay a portion or up to the total that it would cost to install solar panels and make the switch. This is a great opportunity if you have been wanting to convert to solar power, but have not had the funding. Don’t miss this opportunity!

 

CASA

CASAs Golf Tournament “Fore” The Kids was a great success! They report that they filled almost all of their team slots, and thanks to the generosity of the community had terrific prizes awaiting the participants. Prizes that included a movie night for the family, day at Enchanted Forest, or a romantic night out for two. CASA is now preparing for their second largest event of the year, themed CASA Blanca – Casino Night out! CASA Blanca will be held October 20th, with more details to come. If you are interested in sponsoring or volunteering then please reach out to CASA to see how you can help.

Wake Up Wednesday

This Wake Up Wednesday we enjoyed a view and a glass of wine at the beautiful Johan Vineyards. If you have never been there before I highly encourage you to take the drive out there. Located near Left Coast Cellers, Johan takes you through their vineyard surrounded by natural beauty. Unique in the area for being the only Norwegian inspired wine Johan offers an exceptional variety that will tantalize anyone’s palette with a menu that is rotated monthly to continuously offer their clients the best of the season. Outside Johan offers a view over looking the surrounding valley that is breath taking. Sit out on their patio, enjoy a glass of wine with some good company, and take a moment to savor the beautiful valley that we are privileged to live in.

Coming August 25th Johan Vineyards will be hosting their annual “Dinner in The Vineyard”. Johan Vineyards will partner with Fimbul Nordic Supper Club who will be carefully preparing dishes inspired by the Nordic landscape and ancient Scandinavian traditions, while Johan will pair each course with a biodynamically farmed wine that pays homage to those same influences. The entire dinner is served tin the heart of the vineyard, just before harvest, when the vines are in their full glory. It is an intimate and exclusive experience not to be missed. Space is limited to 30 guests. The menu and ingredients are limited, so please contact Johan Vineyards prior to reservation regarding dietary restrictions. Cost is $160 per person, $145 for Wine Club Members all inclusive. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

2018 “Dinner in The Vineyard” Menu

Bread Velkomin

Traditional Nordic bread and rhubarb jam

Paired with 2016 Petillant Taturel, Rose of Pinot Noir

Snack I

Mussels, apple and seaweed

Lamb tartar, dill and leeks

Paired with 2010 Traditional Method Sparkling

First Course

Salmon, seaberries, parsnip, and roe

Paired with 2014 Chardonnay “Visdom”

Snack II

Peas, nasturtium, and beet chip

Paired with 2016 Gruner Veltliner

Second Course

Hay-smoked venison, rutabaga, and whey

Paired with 2014 Pinot Gris “Drueskall”

Snack III

Plum, fresh cheese, and rye

Paired with 2014 Blaufankisch

Third Course

Lamb and cabbage or “farikal”

Paired with 2014 Pinot Noir “Three Barrel”

Dessert

Skyr cheesecake, blueberries, and cream

Paired with 2014 Chardonnay “Noble”

Edward Jones Investments – Kelly Denney

As an Edward Jones financial adviser, Kelly believes that it is important to invest her time to understand what you’re working toward before you invest your money. It’s also important to understand the level of risk you are comfortable accepting when investing so you can balance it with the steps necessary to reach your long-term goals.

Whether you are planning for retirement, saving for college for children or grandchildren, or just trying to protect the financial future of the ones you care for the most, Kelly can work with you to develop specific strategies to help achieve your goals. Together you can also monitor your progress to help make sure you stay on track or determine if any adjustments need to be made. Throughout it all, Kelly is dedicated to providing you top-notch client service

But she is not alone. Thousands of people and advanced technology support her office so they can help ensure you receive the most current and comprehensive guidance. In addition, they welcome the opportunity to work with your attorney, accountant, and other trusted professionals to deliver a comprehensive strategy that leverages everyone’s expertise. Working together, they can help you develop a complete, tailored strategy to help you achieve your financial goals.

Edward Jones offers many account options that let you decide how you work with them. From hands-on accounts that put you in control, to choices with built-in guidance, the decision is yours.

You have specific financial objectives in mind – planning for retirement, creating a college savings strategy, perhaps opening your own business. We have the comprehensive suite of investment products and services you need to turn your goals into reality. Partnering with your financial adviser, you can build a diversified portfolio from a broad universe of quality investments, including stocks, bonds, mutual funds and ETFs, while their insurance and annuity products can help to protect your financial future. And if you have specific wealth strategies, trust management or business ownership needs, their convenient financial services off the professional administration options you are looking for.

Come in and speak with Kelly Denney today! Do not wait any longer to start planning for your financial future.

Dallas Rotary Club

Dallas Rotary Club is more than a service organization that’s making a difference in your community. They are an international membership organization made up of people who share a passion for and commitment to enhancing communities and improving lives across the world. The difference they make starts with their members.

With more than 1.2 million members in clubs in almost every country, they are improving communities around the world. As a member of Rotary, they have opportunities to change lives locally and to connect with other clubs to work on international projects that address today’s most pressing humanitarian challenges, including fighting disease, providing clean water, supporting education, and promoting peace.

Their largest and proudest effort to date is their work to eradicate polio. They initiated the audacious polio eradication campaign in 1979, by vaccinating children in the Philippines. With the help of their partners, they have since reduced polio cases worldwide by 99.9 percent.

They are problem solvers working together to achieve a better world. Their members are deeply ingrained in the communities in which they live and serve, affording them insight into local challenges and access to the leaders, resources, and networking opportunities needed to strategize and take action to make lasting change.

As Rotary members they hold themselves to the highest ethical standards. Community members, community leaders, and other organizations see them out because they know they can trust the Dallas Rotary to be effective partners and deliver on their promises.

Rotary clubs reflect the diversity of their communities and the breadth of viewpoints that comes from their members’ varied professional and personal experiences. For more than 100 years, they have been applying different perspectives to create innovative, sustainable solutions that address the needs and challenges affecting their communities.

Harnessing their unique perspectives and ideas gives the Dallas Rotary Club a shared purpose – one that compels them to take action. They roll up their sleeves, leverage their personal relationships with local partners and businesses, and apply their leadership skill as a way to get the job done and bring to life the changes they envision.

The impact their members make takes shape at Rotary club meetings and activities. These gatherings allow you to join other passionate, visionary women and men regularly to discuss and act upon community needs. Rotary club meetings are also a place to strengthen connections to friends and neighbors and form meaningful relationships that last a lifetime.

Just a Rotary helps you invest in your community, it gives you an opportunity to invest in yourself. Many clubs offer continuous learning opportunities, with a broad range of workshops, conferences, guest speakers, and more – all aimed at helping you grow personally and professionally.

Connect with a Rotary Club today. Rotary members join clubs by invitation. With 35,000 clubs around the world, and others that meet online, Rotary makes it easy to get involved and start making a difference today. Be a part of the Rotary difference. Bring your passion, your perspective, and your purpose to Rotary. To connect with a club in your area and learn more, visit them at www.rotary.org/join.

Embrace Your Geekness Day

Pokemon fans to Final Fantasy nerds, LARP’ers to Medieval Reenactors, rise up and be proud! Don your Lyre Pipe hats and your rattan swords, polish up your gunblades and bundle up your pokeballs, Embrace Your Geekness Day is for you! No matter what your fandom or what impassions you to creativity and brings skip to your step, cry it loud and proud! The Geek and fan community is truly one of the most amazing and creative groups out there, and every year more geeks are crying their fandoms loud and proud.

What exactly does it mean to be a geek? Well, definitions differ (and believe me, you don’t want to look up the Victorian age definition of a geek) but in today’s world it just means one thing. A geek is completely obsessed with one or more subjects, and can speak fluently on it for hours, sounding like a walking encyclopedia of geeky facts.

Wellcat Holidays organized the holiday stating that we all should be proud of the things that define us, and little defines us as much as those things we’re passionate about. “Dungeon games, comic books” we should have no shame about anything we’re into. In fact, you should shout it loud and proud. Geekdom brings people together, whether they’re sharing their love of a mutual fandom, or talking about their individual fandoms to inspire others to check it out, they love community. Some of the most amazing costuming and tech gadgets have been put together by people inspired by the shows, stories, and games that they love. That’s the power of being in touch with your imagination, and that’s what Embrace Your Geekness Day is all about.

If you have a fandom you’ve been hiding in a closet, don’t let it sit there unloved anymore. Get out into the world and wear your favorite shows t-shirt, talk to your friends about the stuff you love, maybe even try an arts project. Don’t restrain yourself to just comic books, dungeon games, and mangas. What are you passionate about? People, animals, sports? Embrace it. Embrace Your Geekness Day reminds us that we’re not alone in our Geekness, and the world is a better place for our bright showing of imagination, creativity, and pride. Now get out there and get your geek on!

14 Memorable TV Geeks for Embrace Your Geekness Day:

  1. Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory
  2. Steve Urkel from Family Matters
  3. Lisa Simpson from The Simpsons
  4. Ben Wyatt from Parks and Recreation
  5. Dexter from Dexters Lab
  6. The Kids from Stranger Things
  7. Liz Lemon from 30 Rocks
  8. Screech Powers from Saved by the Bell
  9. J.D. from Scrubs
  10. Abed Nadir from Community
  11. Dwight Schrute from The Office
  12. Willow Rosenberg from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  13. Stuart Minkus from Boy Meets World
  14. Eric Forman from That ‘70s Show

Announcing Julie Huckensteins Retirement

Dear Community Partners and Friends,

After 32 rewarding years in community colleges (18 at Chemeketa) I am retiring on June 30, 2019.    It is difficult to personalize an e-mail, but I want to say how much I appreciate the friends I have made and support I have felt from those of you who I have had the privilege to get to know.  The decision to retire was difficult because I truly enjoy serving as President of Chemeketa.  My husband Jim has been retired since 2016.  We plan to do some traveling and spend more time with our daughters and grandchildren.

The last four years as President has been the most enriching and inspiring experience of my career.  It has allowed me to interact with faculty, staff, students and community leaders and learn how our community college makes a difference to each individual we serve.  I have seen first-hand how we as community partners work together to improve lives, improve livelihoods and give hope to those who may not have experienced it previously.  We are a better community as a result of the work we have done together.

Over the next year I am committed to doing my best each and every day to continue our work together to serve our communities.   I will continue to be engaged to move our programs, projects and partnerships forward. We have a great team at Chemeketa—board members, executive leadership team, faculty and staff and I know the college will continue to thrive and meet the needs of our communities.

The board of education will begin the search process for the next president immediately.  The search will be conducted nationally and planning is underway.  Please watch for information about community input and forums.  As an integral partner of Chemeketa we value our input.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Best regards,

Julie Huckestein

President/CEO

Chemeketa Community College

 

It is with a heavy heart that we prepare to bid farewell to Julie Huckestein, Chemeketa Community Colleges President. Julie Huckestein has been a cornerstone member of our community, dedicated to serving her students by providing the best education possible.

Good luck Julie in all of your future endeavors!

Chamber Luncheon – Shawn Howe

This next speaker series luncheon on Monday, July 16th, will be from a Dallas High School graduate who has coached on some of the nation’s largest stages including University of Tennessee, USC, Memphis, and others. Shawn Howe, new Defensive Coordinator at Coastal Carolina University, will be sharing his story with us.

On February 23rd, Shawn Howe was named the Defensive Line Coach by Coastal Carolina head football coach Joe Moglia.

Howe spent the last three seasons as the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Dixie State University. Last season, Howe’s defense ranked 21st in the nation in fewest passing yards allowed and picked off 13 passes.

Prior to his arrival to DSU, he was the defensive line coach at Humboldt State University for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. During his tenure at HSU, Howe coached one All-American and six all-conference performers while his 2014 unit led the nation in sacks.

Howe worked with the Southern California football program for two seasons, including the 2012 season with current CCU defensive coordinator Marvin Sanders. Howe as a graduate assistant working with the defensive line in 2012 and was a defensive assistant in 2011. Before his time with the Trojans, Howe spent four years in the state of Tennessee with a brief stint at Gardner-Webb. In 2010, he was an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Tennessee helping the Volunteers reach the Music City Bowl. However, from January to June 2010 Howe was the defensive line coach with the Runnin’ Bulldogs. He spent the previous three years as a graduate assistant coach at Memphis. He worked the Tigers’ defense the first two years and coached the tight ends in 2009. Memphis played in the New Orleans Bowl in 2007, and the St. Petersburg Bowl in 2008.

He came to Memphis after working as a volunteer assistant at North Carolina State in 2006, helping with the defensive line. He began his coaching career at Rocky Mountain College, his alma mater, serving as the outside linebackers coach in 2004, and 2005.

Howe played defensive end and linebacker at College of the Redwoods in Eureka, CA in 2000, and 2001, earning All-Mid-Empire Conference first team honors in 2000 when he was the team’s Defensive Lineman of the Year. He then transferred to Rocky Mountain College, where he was a two-year starter at defensive end. He graduated from Rocky Mountain College in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and health.

This Monday Shawn Howe will be speaking on his journey from small town Dallas, to some of the biggest fields in the nation. You don’t want to miss this!

Teddy Bear Picnic Day

It’s a wonderful day for a stroll in the woods! Grab your favorite stuffed toy, a hamper goodies, and set off for a Teddy Bear Picnic Day! Why not arrange an outing with friends and family, and enjoy the summer sun, fun and games, and creativity with your favorite toys?

Celebrated mainly in the United States, Canada, Australian and in some parts of Europe, the Teddy Bear’s Picnic Day is celebrated on July 10th. If you are planning on going down to the woods today for a picnic, why not plan a big family surprise picnic that will have the kids super-excited or at the very least, have your teens in stitches at the silliness of it all!

How to Celebrate Teddy Bear Picnic Day:

Step One: Find your favorite teddy bears. Spruce them up in readiness for attending the picnic. After all, even they get to enjoy a little primping and preening before their big outing.

Step Two: If it’s a girl then dress her up in dresses or accessories, and if it’s a boy dress him up in smart clothes. Go all out; wash your teddy bear, and refurbish your teddy bear. Sew a teddy bear if you a) have the talent and ability, and b) if you don’t have a teddy bear, or enough of them to make a picnic. If your kids are already in on the picnic, have them make their bears a teddy bear suitcase to keep them busy in the background.

Step Three: Prepare the food. No Teddy Bear’s picnic would be complete without the right food. Don’t forget that bears love honey and other sweet things! Some ideas of what to make or buy include: Sandwiches, salad (use “bear paw” servers to serve it with), cupcakes, honey cake, teddy bear shaped crackers (and teach your kids how to dunk a teddy bear biscuit in milk)

Step Four: Pack everything needed into an old-fashioned picnic basket. Make sure to include plates, cups, utensils, and picnic rugs to sit on.

Step Five: Play teddy bear games and hold bear competitions. Even the adults can have some fun. Hold a competition for the best-dressed bear, the smallest and tallest bears, for the best-named bear. Play hid and seek with the bears, the rules are up to you. Have the kids play act being a bear. Play look out for the bear. Just have fun!

Step Six: Hold some teddy bear activities. Paint bear paws on the children’s faces. Make a bear out of clay or play-dough. Read bear stories.

Step Seven: Tell the children it’s the teddy bear’s bedtime when it’s time to wrap the picnic. It will help prevent tears and complaints and you can lay it on thick, asking the children to look after their tired teddies.

Just have fun with this silly little holiday, we are lucky enough to live in a beautiful community with city and national parks to take advantage of. Get out and spend time in nature, and more importantly with family!

Donna Graham – Windermere

Listing and selling real estate for over three decade Donna Graham specializes in residential, homes on acreage, new construction, farm and ranch properties in the mid-Willamette Valley: Dallas, Monmouth, Salem and the surrounding areas.

You can count on her. Over 30 years of experience with insight into marketing trends, using the latest technologies and providing personalized quality serve. She is the realtor that friends recommend to friends because her business has been about building relationships, not just transactions.

She is dedicated to keeping up with technology. Donna gives her clientele the best advantage by staying abreast of real estate education and legal issues. Her greatest goal is a positive outcome in each and every transaction, giving only the best possible service with integrity.

Donna swears that if you visit the heart of the Willamette Valley and you won’t want to leave! Beautiful countryside, rural communities and larger cities await you. Enjoy the convenience of a short drive to the breathtaking Oregon Coast, recreational Mountains, and Metropolitan City of Portland.

Donna Graham has advanced designations as Advanced Buyer Representative (ABR), Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), and Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI). Donna is also a member of The Polk County Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce, Willamette Valley Multiple Listing Service (WVMLS), Regional Multiple Listing Service (RMLS). She has worked on or with several committees over the years including Polk County Food Drive, National Association of Realtors, the Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce and West Valley Hospital Foundation.

With all of her experience, education, and involvement in our local community Donna Graham is prepared to help you find your dream home.

“Donna Graham is the best! She represented us in the buying process and we are so glad she did. She is so knowledgeable about Polk County zoning, land use permits, water rights, road access and much more. She made the complicated process of buying rural property easy. Plus she did a great job negotiation a fair price. Donna kept us so well informed at every step of the process. She promptly responded to our calls and emails. She even offered to be with us at closing. We recommend Donna without hesitation and will definitely list with her in the future.”

~Bare Lot Buyer

Dallas School District No. 2

Dallas School District serves a large geographic area of nearly 250 square miles. The population of nearly 20,000 people is evenly divided between the City of Dallas and the unincorporated areas of the District.

The students enrolled in the school system represent nearly half of all students served by Polk County schools. A staff of 169 licensed and 152 classified people work in six schools and one administrative building. The District also sponsors Luckiamute Valley Charter School (formerly Pedee School and Bridgeport Elementary)

The School Board for Dallas School District No. 2 is composed of five members. Boa5rd meetings are held at 6:30 pm on the second and fourth Mondays of the month at the District Office, excluding Christmas break. Parents, students, staff, and patrons of the community are welcome to attend.

They believe the school is one of the major institutions through which our cultural, political and social heritage is transmitted from generation to generation and the means by which the members of our society are prepared intellectually to evaluate and control cultural, political and social changes.

The primary purpose of Dallas School District is to provide opportunities for the full intellectual development of each child. The child has the responsibility to himself and society to purposely pursue the educational opportunities provided him. Dallas School District has a shared responsibility with parents and with other institutions and agencies for the social, physical, and emotional growth and development of the individual child.

The school must assume a major responsibility for developing in children: a spirit of patriotism based on a deep and abiding love of our country; an understanding of the basic principles of American democracy; a commitment to participate as citizens in the decision making processes; and, an understanding of the duties, responsibilities and rights of every citizen.

The school has a responsibility for developing in all children; an understanding of our economic system based on individual initiative, private property right and competition; a respect for the human dignity attained through productive work; a determination to become contributing persons within our economic system; and, an active concern for the conservation and wise use of our natural resources including the protection of our total environment.

The school has a responsibility for developing in all children an awareness of the societal responsibilities to themselves, to other individuals and the local community or to the larger community of state, nation, or world.

It is an obligation to our children, community and country to institute those programs necessary to fulfill the education needs of our children and to provide the facilities, materials, technology, and staff required to do so.

Dallas School District is working hard to shape the future.