Johan Vineyards

At Johan Vineyards, they are committed to meticulous vineyard management practices. Highlighted by their biodynamic farming methods and accents of permaculture design. Biodynamic farming focuses on the entire farm as one living organism. They farm to mimic the natural microbiological ecology of the soil where vines evolved. This produces vines more resistant to disease and creates a healthy natural immune system within the vine. This focus also increases the assimilation of nutrients naturally present in the soil and creates a more efficient production of secondary metabolites.

Johan sees their farm as a holistic system that will showcase its own identity through the fruit it develops. Biodynamic farming combines the knowledge of premium organic viticulture practices with an understanding on how to treat the vineyard and its surrounding areas in order to achieve desired long-term farming results.

Their vineyard is broken into multiple blocks that feature thirteen different varieties with ten clones of Pinot Noir and seven of Chardonnay, multiple rootstocks across varying aspects and soil types. The combination of all of these factors creates a diverse system, providing Johan Vineyards and the winery customers they work with an array of options and choice of fruit to achieve a complexity and balance in the resulting finished wines.

Johan Vineyards resides on 85 acres of gently sloping estate vineyards in the heart of the Willamette Valley. Adjacent to the Van Duzer corridor, their vineyards are blessed with afternoon ocean breezes and cool evening temperatures that are ideal for ripening Burgundian varietals. It is the marine influence, in combination with their marine sedimentary soils, that gives Johan Vineyards its unique terroir.

From February through December they open their tasting room doors to the public from 12 pm to 5 pm daily. Their wines are produced with the intention of conveying their farm’s individuality, and tasting at the estate provides the clearest expression of their sense of place. They offer a rotating flight of five wines for their tastings; charging $10 per tasting, refunded with a bottle purchase. For groups of six or more please contact them prior to assure a more intimate and attentive experience.

Child Care Resources & Referral

Child Care Resource and Referral strives to strengthen our community by supporting early childhood professionals, providing leadership in the field and by promoting access to high quality child care experiences for all children and families inclusive of every race, ethnicity, language, gender, age, ability or income level.

Every child and family should have access to high quality, culturally relevant child care and all early learning teachers inclusive of every race, ethnicity, language, gender, age, ability or income level should be professionals earning a fair and sustainable wage with access to high quality professional development, support and resources. This is the vision that Child Care Resource and Referral strives towards.

Child Care Resource and Referral provides opportunities for educators and child care providers to expand on their knowledge, as well as support in starting and running a child care business. They inform providers about the current licensing requirements specific to the field that they are in, and connect them with ways to meet those regulations. Newsletters geared towards educators and providers are released quarterly. These newsletters are full of information like changes in class prices, regulations, upcoming conferences, funding resources, and also includes fun things to do with the children such as themed songs or activities.

For families searching for reliable and safe child care CCR&R provides information not only to put you in contact with local child care providers, but what to look for from these providers. They want to ensure that families are finding the best fit for their needs and with a simple table are able to break down what kind there are, and how that translates over with safety regulations. In an effort to provide safe child care fore everyone they even provide a resource link to help in paying for a child care provider.

Child Care Resources and Referral would not be able to provide this assistance and education to the community without the help of their trainers. Their website is full of information about how to become a trainer with Child Care Resources and Referral, training resources to continue their education, and events for trainers to participate and connect with other trainers.

Child Care Resources and Referral knows how important it is to parts that our children are safe, and in the best care possible while we are at work. They continue to strive endlessly to provide everyone with the information needed to make a wise decision, and with the abilities to provide a safe environment for our children. As a parent, I thank you for your hard work.

Chemeketa Community College

Whether you’re about to graduate high school, returning to college after some time off or want to make a career change, Chemeketa has a place for you.

If you’re ready to prepare for your future, Chemeketa’s faculty and staff are committed to your success in the classroom and beyond. The college’s open enrollment policy means students from all walks of life are welcome. Their diverse student body means you’ll not only learn class content but how to work with people from different backgrounds – a huge asset in today’s job market.

Don’t thing you can afford college? More than 60% of Chemeketa students receive scholarships and financial aid. Low-cost tuition and fees means your money will go further at Chemeketa. While a college education costs real money, they are doing everything we can to keep their tuition among the lowest in Oregon and provide you with affordable textbooks.

Chemeketa offers a variety of services and opportunities to help you succeed in college and beyond. Advising, counseling and career services can put you on the right path to graduate and start your career while internships and work-study jobs can give you job experience while you’re still a student. Writing and tutoring and study skills services are available to all Chemeketa students. Veterans, disability, CAMP, and TRiO programs offer additional college support to those who need it. They also have additional resources and programs to help you meet other personal needs.

Chemeketa Community College strives to fulfill its mission, vision, values, and core themes every day with every student. When they carry out their mission Chemeketa hopes to provide opportunities for students to explore, learn, and succeed through quality educational experiences and workforce training. They strive to be a catalyst for individuals, businesses, and communities to excel in diverse and changing environments.

Chemeketa works to carry out their mission through collaboration, diversity, equity, innovation, and stewardship. They collaborate to ensure purposeful, effective programs and services that support all students, and welcome diverse perspectives and the free exchange of ideas. A college community enriched by the diversity of their students, staff, and community members. All the while they act with personal and institutional accountability for the responsible use of environmental, financial, and human resources to meet the needs of current students without compromising the needs of future generations of students.

Put A Pillow On Your Fridge Day

Your pillow brings you comfort every night but you’ve probably been frustrated at how this resource is often wastefully ignored throughout each day. However, during Put a Pillow on Your Fridge Day you can make sure your pillow is working all day to bring you prosperity and good fortune

Before the invention of refrigerators in the 1920s, people in Europe and the United States of America would put cloth in their larder for good luck once a year. The families thought good fortune and prosperity would come from this as they believed placing a piece of cloth from their bedroom into the place where their food was kept brought about the possibility of plentiful food and rich fertility to their household.

Food storage habits have changed since then, putting the future of this fine tradition in doubt. However, this event has survived the scare and is back stronger than ever. All you need to do is place a pillow on your fridge on the correct day. The observant among you may notice that the true equivalent of the old tradition would be to put a pillow inside your fridge. Perhaps try both to make sure you don’t miss out on any of that luck!

Thanks to social media, this special holiday has gained popularity over the past few years, and Put a Pillow on Your Fridge Day has fast become one of everybody’s favorite days in the year. There is even a Facebook page dedicated to sharing your photos, a flash game where you have to drop pillows on the fridges, and there is even a pillow case! So why not join in the fun and like, share, and upload your pillow on your fridge to the official Facebook page and see if it brings you luck and likes!

“Definitely my favorite day of the year. It’s like Christmas & my birthday all rolled inot one. Sometimes the excitement gets too much and we might do it on Put a Pillow on Your Fridge Day eve as well, shhh.”

“Sweet! I can go to the bank and take out the money from my Put a Pillow on Your Fridge Day account!”

Memorial Day

This Monday, May 30th, we observe Memorial Day, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.

The Civil War, which ended in the spring of 1865, claimed more lives than any conflict in U.S. history and required the establishment of the country’s first National Cemeteries. By the late 1860s, Americans in various towns and cities had begun holding springtime tributes to these countless fallen soldiers, decorating their graves with flowers and reciting prayers.

Memorial Day, as Decoration Day gradually came to be known, originally honored only those lost while fighting in the Civil War. But during World War I the United States found itself embroiled in another major conflict, and the holiday evolved to commemorate all of the American military personnel who died in all wars.

It is unclear where exactly this tradition originated from; numerous different communities may have independently initiated the memorial gatherings. Nevertheless, in 1966 the federal government declared Waterloo, New York as the official birthplace of Memorial Day. Waterloo, which first celebrated Memorial Day on May 5th, was chosen because it hosted an annual, community-wide event, during which businesses closed and residents decorated the graves of soldiers with flowers and flags. Since then many communities have followed in their example.

A Memorial Day tradition in Dallas, the Avenue of Flags ceremony will take place Monday at 11 am in Dallas Cemetery. In a joint effort of the Dallas American Legion Carl B. Fenton Post 20 and Auxiliary and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3203, the flag display around the cemetery will grow to more than 700 flags from the original 65 flags.

Raising the flag for the ceremony is Boy Scout Troop 288, and will include music from the Dallas High School choir and band as well as guest speaker Marie McCandless. Mayor Brian Dalton will provide the welcome for the hour-long presentation. We hope that we all take a time on Monday to remember those that have paid the ultimate price to protect this country, its citizens, and their rights.

CASA of Polk County

In 1977, Judge David Soukup of Seattle realized that there was no one in the courtroom whose only job was to provide a voice for the child. He was consumed by the fact that very little information was provided about the child and didn’t know if he was doing the best job he could. He believed that volunteers, properly trained, could speak for the children and give judges better insight into the facts pertaining to the child. Through his efforts the first volunteer guardian “ad litem” program was established, which later became known as CASA.

The core components of Judge Soukup’s pilot program are essentially the same today: judges appoint selected, well-trained volunteers to represent the best interests of children in court. CASA volunteers typically handle just one or two cases at a time so they can provide in-depth, first-hand documented information to judges, attorneys, and social workers to assist in sound decision making.

In 1987, the Oregon Legislature mandated that all abused and neglected children in Oregon should have a CASA and two pilot programs were started. This mandate requires the CASA to investigate, advocate, facilitate and negotiate, and monitor.

Through volunteers, CASA of Polk County advocates for abused and neglected children who need safe and permanent homes. CASA volunteers are a caring and consistent adult presence for abused and neglected children facing multiple challenges, a CASA volunteer may be the one constant adult presence in their lives. Advocates stay with each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home.

CASA programs use effective evidence-based practices to help support these children. Independent studies have established that a child with a CASA volunteer is more likely to find a safe and permanent home; more likely to be adopted; half as likely to re-enter foster care; and substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care than children without a CASA volunteer.

CASA is preparing for their 3rd Annual CASA of Polk County Golf Tournament “Fore” Kids. All proceeds for the event will go to the children that CASA works with. It will take place at Cross Creek Golf Course on June 30th. We hope that even if you don’t play you will come down to support the event, the players, and the kids.

Oregon State Credit Union

Dallas High School seniors Natalia Schilling and Ryan Bibler are two of ten recipients of Oregon State Credit Union’s Tomorrow’s Leaders Today (TLT) scholarships of $2,000 each.

The credit union annually awards $20,000 divided evenly among ten local high school senior members of the credit union attending an in-state college or university this fall. The annual TLT scholarship program honors high school seniors with not only academic excellence, but also community engagement within the Credit Union’s 4,400 ten members. Over the last 20 years, 201 students have received more than $220,000 in assistance toward their college educations. These students are all from the Credit Union’s 24-county field of membership.

Schilling will be attending Oregon State University with five other TLT scholarship winners, while Bibler joins one other recipient opting for Western Oregon University.

To learn more about Oregon State Credit Union scholarships, grants, and community education, contact Mike Corwin at 541-714-4286 or

Oregon State Credit Union all started with a shoebox and $25. In 1954, Bob Coyle, an Associate Professor of Agriculture at the then Oregon State College (now Oregon State University), and founded Oregon State Credit Union to serve the unmet financial needs of faculty. With an initial $25 start-up fund kept in a shoe-box, he originally ran the credit union from his desk in Snell Hall (now Ballard Extension Hall).

Now, Oregon State Credit Union is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative, open to anyone who lives or works in 24 western and central Oregon counties. Mr. Coyle’s philosophy is also still at work today: “Your credit union is in business for one purpose only – to serve the needs of its members.” Earnings are returned to members in the form of competitive financial offerings, more service, and convenience. For additional information about Oregon State Credit Union is available at

Congratulations to Natalia Schilling and Ryan Bibler for winning such an excellent scholarship! Thank you to Oregon State Credit Union for making such opportunities possible!


Welcome New Members

We at the Chamber of Commerce are pleased to welcome three new members: Tomas Patton, White Oak Construction, and Yolanda Zuger.

Tomas Patton was born and raised mostly in South America, and as such had the privilege of experiencing a variety of cultures, languages, and places. After having lived in five different state in the U.S.A, he arrived in Oregon in 1983 to attend college. Once in this beautiful state, it was clear that this was where he would remain to finish his higher education, receiving both his Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree from Western Oregon University. His work experience has been varied, starting out in landscaping, and transitioning to law enforcement, first in Hillsboro then in Independence. He finished up in the public sector with eighteen years in teaching; two years at the high school level and sixteen years in middle school. Dallas and its surrounds have figured into a large part of his life while working for the Independence Police Department, when he coached Boys JV Soccer team for Dallas High School, and since his family moved to Dallas in 2000. In 2015, he opened an insurance agency with Farmers Insurance Group. After nearly three years of valuable experience there, he joined Allstate, and on December 1st he had the privilege of opening his own Allstate agency in Ellendale Plaza.

White Oak Construction is a full service general contractor based in Salem, Oregon. Specializing in commercial and industrial construction, they are committed to providing high quality and cost effective construction services to achieve customer satisfaction. Whether it’s new construction, adaptive reuse and remodeling, or tenant improvements, they are proud of their ability to meet completion dates without compromising safety, cost, or quality of construction.

Yolanda Zuger has lived in Polk County with her husband and a variety of critters since 1966. She made the Central Willamette Valley her base for business because of her familiarity with the area and the beauty the Valley holds. She is a member of the Polk County Association of Realtors and have held the posts of Executive Officer, President and Director. Yolanda is also a graduate of the Oregon & Washington Association of Realtors “Leadership Northwest” program. Committed to continuing education and the use of technology in her business to offer the highest value to her clients she recently moved her Real Estate License to Keller Williams. Yolandas mission statement is simple. “Clients come first. I pledge to be in constant communication with my clients, keeping you fully informed throughout the entire buying or selling process. I believe that if you’re not left with an amazing experience, I haven’t done my job. I don’t measure success through achievements or awards, but through the satisfaction of my clients.”

Welcome Tomas Patton, White Oak Construction, and Yolanda Zuger. We are pleased to have you both as Chamber members and as a part of the community!


Avoiding Cain and Abel Probates

At last week’s Wake Up Wednesday Stan Butterfield announced some exciting news. Butterfield chose this meeting to launch his new book titled “Avoiding Cain and Abel Probates” The local attorney told the gathering that it is hard to find a family that has not had a fight over a will or something as seemingly innocuous as who will get Grandma’s cookie jar. Butterfield wrote the book to help families pan and prepare in such a way that these kinds of fights never start in the first place. Butterfield said, “The number of families that have become fractured or estranged by inheritance fights is staggering.”

The book draws on Butterfield’s own family experiences, as well as conflicts he has observed during the course of his legal career. The book focuses on the idea that the sentimental personal property that is left behind is usually the reason for these fights; no money as most people expect. Butterfield emphasizes the importance of people taking the time to designate who will receive particular pieces of personal property, a part of estate planning that, according to Butterfield, is often just glossed over.

The attendees learned that the book is short, and written as a layman’s self-help guide to assist people in making the most of estate planning they have already completed or to be more knowledgeable when they sit down with an estate planning attorney for the very first time.

Butterfield is in private practice in Dallas and his firm focuses on elder law, which includes such areas as estate planning, probate, guardianships and conservatorships. Butterfield is well known in Polk County as the former elected District Attorney and currently serves as the Independence Municipal Court Judge.

The book is published by Scissorbill Books and is distributed by Kindle Direct Publishing a division of Amazon Books. “Avoiding Cain and Abel Probates” is available both in paperback and ebook, and can be purchased through Amazon.

“You have the power to keep you family from fighting over your estate!

Families fighting over estates; it’s so common that it is hard to find someone who has not been impacted by these types of conflicts. Hurt feelings, estrangement, and alienation of family members often happen after an estate fight in a family that previously was close and harmonious.

In this book you will learn:

  • Why these estate fights occur
  • How the right kind of estate planning prevents fights
  • How to anticipate conflicts and nip them in the bud
  • How to turn potential fights into opportunities to express love
  • What can be done to strengthen family ties with your estate

Keep your family from fighting – buy this book today!”

Polk Veterinary Clinic

Our pets are family members, many of us calling them our furry babies. When something goes wrong with them it can be a scary experience. If your furry family member is expecting a surgery and you are wanting something local then let us introduce you to Polk Veterinary Clinic.

Polk Veterinary Clinic is a full service animal hospital. While they are committed to providing quality veterinary care throughout your pets life they are just as committed seeing you through those scary emergencies. Their goal is to practice the highest quality medicine and surgery with compassion and an emphasis on client education. Polk Veterinary Clinic is available to answer questions concerning an upcoming surgery or providing access to their pet library.

Together their staff have over 25 years of experience, and carry a passion to care for our furry babies as if they were their own. They are a close team, but always have room for more. Polk Veterinary Clinic also provides opportunities for local college students to gain work experience, whether welcoming clients or interning and observing.

However, if you are like me you want to read reviews before thrusting a family member into the chaos of preparing for a medical procedure. Here are some testimonials from clients.

“Dr. Brotherton is one of the most down-to-earth professionals I have ever experienced. I have complete confidence in her integrity. All our animals have received very good care for reasonable cost. She has weathered through our many “storms” of “dog-drama” with empathy, compassion and realistic solutions.”

“We couldn’t be happier with the care and service we have received at Polk Vet Clinic! We came here on a fluke when we needed a vet open on a Saturday, and immediately transferred all our animals to her. We appreciate the upfront pricing, Dr. Brotherton has always been up front and honest and asks permission before doing anything! Most recently we brought our

kitten in for a spay, and then turned around 30 minutes later to bring our pregnant boxer in for an emergency C-section. Dr. Brotheron moved mountains to accommodate this emergency and saved our 8 puppies!”