National Golf Day

Dallas is home to an exquisite golf course, Cross Creek Golf Course. Located right outside of town on the Oregon 22 we would like to take a moment to fully appreciate them.

Cross Creek Golf Course is a beautiful and challenging 18 hole course and driving range that combines traditional as well as links-style golf. At 6900 yards the course is designed to be a relaxing and pleasurable experience; whether you are a beginner or a professional. NW Golf Guys named Cross Creek Golf Course number one in the Willamette Valley in both 2012 and in 2013. They have kept that reputation growing by also becoming one of the most popular courses in the valley; known for as a premier for daily fee golf experiences.

They pride themselves on being known as a friendly family oriented golf course and invite their customers to host special events and golf tournaments. They are open year-round to the public though they encourage calling ahead in order to keep wait times minimal.

In an effort to stay up to date with current tournament rules Cross Creek is under revision. This will be the most major revision of the rules for more than 20 years. As the process is still underway and exact changes have not been decided yet they are not yet ready to announce all of them. If you are interested in seeing what revisions they are looking at they have put together a video on their website taking a look at the five most important rule changes.

Cross Creek is also preparing to celebrate its 20th anniversary on May 12th and will be hosting a tournament if you are interested in attending. We encourage you to go and support a local landmark!

“Greens are in great shape and have interesting contours. Good course for a trip to the coast, or a day trip from the valley or Salem. Very helpful and friendly staff.”

“The 18 hole course is situated in a rural country setting, very quiet and very open. The course is set up for all levels of ability with 4 different tee boxes. The women’s tees are very generous which helped with the pace of play. Take a nice drive out of the city and locate Cross Creek and give it a try, well worth the drive!”

New Kids on the Block – Welcome New Members

Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to welcome two new members to our family; Luckiamute Valley Charter School and Beal Christmas Tree Farm.

Luckiamute Valley Charter Schools mission is to create a community where students, staff and families work together to cultivate the academic, social, emotional, and ethical growth of each student. Building on children’s innate curiosity and joy in learning, Luckiamute Valley Charter School promotes unique programs with a solid traditional academic foundation, incorporating current technology. They strive to provide a safe and nurturing environment so that children become confident thinkers and life-long learners. The foundation that makes this possible is a school community where parents and teachers work in cooperation for the good of every child, and a community that values the school at its heart. If you are interested in more information about them you can contact them at either their Bridgeport campus, (503) 623-4837, or Pedee campus, (503) 838-1933.

Beal Christmas Tree Farm is a family owned and operated Choose and Cut Christmas tree farm located at 700 Oak Villa Road. They offer two ways to get your perfect fresh-cut Christmas tree. You can either come to the farm to choose your tree and take it home or have your tree delivered right to your door-step. While their Christmas season starts the day after Thanksgiving to December 22nd, they have not limited themselves to just one holiday. In October they host a Pumpkin Patch for the community to enjoy. They grow pumpkins in a variety of shapes and sizes for you to choose from. A unique I-Spy walking trail game for all ages, Corn Hole games, a FFA Petting Zoo, and more are just some of the unique activities they offer their customers. No admission is required, and they also have popcorn and hot dog meals available. If you are looking for a great way to spend time with the family during the holiday season then we would point you in Beal Christmas Tree Farms direction.

Welcome once again to both Luckiamute Valley Charter School, and Beal Christmas Tree Farms. We look forward to what the future holds!

Dallas Cinema – Movie Theater Day

In honor of Movie Theater Day we wanted to take a look at one of our historical community member; Dallas Cinema.

When the Dallas Cinema, originally named the Rio, opened is unknown. We do know that the theater was originally positioned in the rear of the building with a furniture store where the current auditorium and snack bar area. You can still see the original architect behind the coffee shop and paint store, where the projection booth was located.

Sadly, in 1948 disaster struck when the furniture store caught fire and the Rio closed. During that time of remodeling, the Rio gained its current configuration that we know and love. When Ron Burch took over both the Rio and the Motor Vu in 1949 he made some changes. Among them was changing the name from The Rio Theater to Fox Theatre. The second was to change the schedules for both of the theaters to run simultaneously; season permitting. Since then the Dallas Cinema has gone through many changes, including another name change in 2017, but they have kept their historic small town feel intact.

Many of us have enjoyed visiting the local theatre, and in a time of rising movie ticket costs, we appreciate the folks at Dallas Cinema all the more. They continue to bring us the latest box-office hits while keeping costs reasonable. Recently they have also updated their menu to account for changing demands, and customers have responded enthusiastically with feedback. Thanks to all their hard work, a night on the town with the family is still possible without breaking the bank.

“We had a great time at the sing-a-long version of The Great Showman! So happy to have a theater that is willing to give us another way to enjoy a movie!”

“Watched The Last Jedi and really enjoyed it. The sound was great (and I’m really picky about sound). I didn’t get any food but the prices appeared to be good.
Price of admission is the best in the valley.”

“This theater is one of the oldies. Good popcorn and fun atmosphere to see a movie old or new. We have been there many times, and the small concession stand reminds me of a young child going to the movies. It’s clean, and comfortable too.”

Harvest Crossfit

If you are like me you have heard the term CrossFit a lot lately, but had no real understanding of what exactly it was. So like anyone in this day and age I googled it. The first definition I found was less than helpful: CrossFit is a branded fitness regimen created by Greg Glassman and is a registered trademark of CrossFit Inc. Wow, thank you google for clearing up all the mystery.

So I dug deeper, starting with researching our local CrossFit gym. From them, I learned that CrossFit is a high-intensity fitness program that incorporates elements from several types of sports and exercise. First opening in 2014, Harvest CrossFit has recently expanded to the point of relocation right onto Main Street. Their new location opened in August of 2017.

After speaking and meeting with owner MacLarin Jones, who owns the gym with her husband Devin, I can see why people view them as more than a gym. With five wonderful coaches that bring a wealth of knowledge and experience; they see their members as real people and strive to know what is going on in their lives.  They’ve built a culture of camaraderie and encouragement that keeps their members coming back and inviting their friends.  Once again, those small town personal touches go a long way to building a meaningful business.  They continue to get involved in the community as well, a few ways they are building community outside of their gym are, chairing the Young Pros group, serving on the Chamber Board, helping in their church and promoting community events to name a few.  They were even named Young Professionals of the Year in 2017.

One member had this to say, “Devin and MacLarin are really good at creating community. When you sign up at Harvest it isn’t just for an intense workout, it’s signing up to be part of the family. They often host BBQs and get together outside of class that help keep you connected. Losing 30 pounds has been great, but it is even better because I’ve had a community there to celebrate with me.” –Steve

Excellent Customer Service

“I can help next in line!”

You recognize this cashier and begin to order a large coffee with cream when the cashier says –

“Hi John, it’s great to see you. Can I get you the usual?”

Now, that’s great customer service.

Sadly, with the advancement of the internet, and big box stores, getting that personal touch can be lost. But hope is not lost.

While it can be a struggle it is not only possible to build a relationship with your customers, but incredibly doable. As a managers, we might tell our staff that we as individuals do not pay them, our guests do so offer them the best service possible. Even a complaint can be an opportunity to go above and beyond. So don’t shy away from asking how things are.

Best Western Dallas Inn & Suites is one of those big companies that still tries to have those unique interactions with their guests. The vision of Best Western is to lead the industry in superior customer care. Andrea Reyes, Manager, had this to say concerning customer service, “Every interaction counts, and we want to be the reason our customers smile.”

Those extra personal touches go the extra mile and bring in more revenue. I’m more likely to be loyal to a store that knows my name and remembers me, than the one that just sees me as another source of revenue. So take the time today to chat with a customer. Ask them how things are, or even follow up on a past conversation. Your customers will thank you for it.

For a great example of customer service in book form, look for Mark Sanborn‘s “The Fred Factor” on a bookstore shelf.

Pet Owners Independence Day

Fed up of going out to work every day, slaving at a desk to earn a crust, while your dog, cat, rabbit, or fish lounges around the house? Well, Pet Owners Independence Day aims to change all of that nonsense. The idea of this holiday is that we owners get a turn at lying on the carpet, atop the fridge, take a swim in the fishbowl, while our fluffy friends try out their talents in the workplace. Let them earn the treats for a day.

Admittedly, there could be just a few drawbacks to this holiday… For one thing, will the average cat or dog be up to take a letter, let alone a phone call? For another thing, just how good is a typical owner likely to prove at catching mice, gnawing on bones, burrowing, or keeping the scratching post in trim shape? All that remains to be seen- but it’s a great idea, anyway, and should add a touch of animal magic to the day!

Here are some ideas of just how to celebrate this quirky holiday with your legless, two-legged, or four-legged companion:

1. Go fishing, and if you forget to bring along the poles, just poke at the fish with your hands and play in the water. It’s what your cat and dog like best anyway. The creek in the Dallas City Park is a great spot to find minnows and crawdads.

2. Play fetch. And when you’re done, play fetch again. You can never throw the ball too many times.  Plenty of open fields at school playgrounds and parks provide ample opportunities for play.

3. Chase the cat. Despite the popular belief, the cat actually enjoys this game. At least, that is what the dog tells me.

4. Eat new things. Try something new, even if it smells a little funky.  You never know what you might like at one of the many restaurants in Dallas.

5. Run some zoomies around the house. Your cat and dog can show you the best routes. Just be prepared for a couple of bumps in the wall.

6. Nap on the couch. The laundry can wait.

7. Laze about in the sun. Vitamin D is a good thing.

8. Learn something new. Despite the old saying, even old dogs can learn new tricks. Keep your brain active.  Try the Polk County Museum to see what you might learn about our beloved County.

9. Cuddle with someone you love, then suddenly spaz out and take off. They’ll thank you for it.  Afterall gut laughter is many times the best medicine.

The Go Giver – Bob Burg & John D. Mann

I had gone to a conference in 2010.  I was really struggling to wrap my head around the validity of our company’s offering when a colleague suggested that I stop worrying about what it was and just learn how to give myself away.  That comment stunned me.  Aren’t we here to do business?  I rely on commissions to pay my bills.  The colleague-turned-mentor said something I’ll never forget, “listen, you’re a go-getter.  But you’re also a giver.  You’re trying to separate the two.  Stop it.  You need to learn to be a go-giver.”

Give and get… at the same time?  I was lost.  She said she had a book in her room that she’d lend me for the rest of the conference if I wanted to implement the one thing that had made her successful.  I thought. ‘The one thing? This one thing was the one that made you so successful?  I’ll take it.’

I read a little bit that night.  But had to ask if I could finish it before we got together again the following month.  She said that’d give us a chance to talk further.  So I held onto it.  I didn’t just read it.  I devoured it.

The Go Giver is a parable-like story that shares how the main character learns how to give in order to receive.  He meets a mentor that shows him the importance of being kind and giving what you do have in order to give enough value to others that they only want to consider you for doing business in the future.  Stories are funny that way.  They share implementable universal truths that help us become who we need to become in order that we can accomplish great things.  It helped me produce better numbers.  Numbers that meant more to clients than what I was selling.  The numbers I gained was in humans who valued the things I was sharing with them.  And yes, my numbers grew in how much I made.

Learning to give is one major step in learning how to be open to receive.  You can even borrow it, I bought it on CD so I can hear it over and over again.

Capitol Auto – West Valley

It’s not just about cars. Dallas has had two auto lots for many, many years. This week’s highlight is the one downtown; Capitol Auto. We still hear people call it McMullin’s Chevrolet, but they have truly expanded in recent years. Capitol Auto they strive to treat you the way you want to be treated; looking into each customer’s unique need and wants. They pride themselves on listening to their customers instead of just selling them a care.

Automotive service shouldn’t throw a wrench in your plans either. They understand the importance of your vehicle. Their factory trained service team is fast, efficient, and friendly so that they can get you back on the road, and on your way as quickly as possible.

What you may not realize is the large-scale impact Capitol makes in our whole region. Yes, they provide folks a place to get from A to B, and that is great. But from where we’re standing the way they give back is a value that is immeasurable. They have supported the impactful efforts of many organizations outside of their market. Each year they hold a month-long, company-wide fundraising drive for United Way. They hose several food collections and fundraising events, as well as encourage their employees to get involved with charities that personally matter most to them. That’s not even mentioning how they help our own Summerfest, Sounds of Summer, Bounty Market, Winterfest, and Freedomfest. These folks give back.

Their efforts don’t just end with the customers either. They are #3 in Oregon Business top 100 Large companies to work for. This is not their first year winning this accolade either, also placing in the top ten in 2016. They believe a happy employee is a good employee.

Thanks, Capitol Auto.  We think you’re great.

Winston Churchill Day April 9th

Let’s be honest, life is hard. Sometimes it feels like the odds are stacked against us and we are not sure where to go or what to do next.

Winston Churchill, Britain’s great hero and Prime Minister during World War II, was once asked to give a commencement address at Oxford University. Churchill was a leader admired and loved by the people. He had led Great Britain through a time of defeat, despair, and great loss, but had continued to provide inspiration exactly when it was needed. You can imagine the anticipation of the students, faculty, and family members as Winston Churchill made his way to the platform. Dressed in coattails, he carefully removed his gloves and top hat to deliver these words, “Never give up. Never, never give up” He then turned and went back to his seat. It was perhaps the shortest speech on record but also the most remembered at Oxford University and around the world. It was a message of hope and encouragement.

Without going into a lot of drama and details I will tell you that I recently went through one of those life-changing events. This event should have left me a mess, feeling alone and no idea how to pick myself back up. Instead, I found a community standing behind me, willing to give me a shoulder to cry on or an encouraging hug.

Yes, life is hard. There are always going to be challenges, some greater than others. The nice thing is that we don’t have to surmount them alone. We have people in our lives that want to help us; whether it’s personal or professional. The trick is to reach out and ask for it. We at the Chamber of Commerce would love to help in any way we can. If we can’t help you then we darn will help you find someone who can. Today, in honor of Winston Churchill, we at the Chamber say, “Never give up.”

~Sarah Javins

Dallas Library Book Sale

Dallas Public Library is hosting a Friends of the Dallas Public Library Book Sale this weekend at the Dallas Civic Center! The event will be held Friday, April 13th from 3pm to 7pm, and Saturday, April 14th from 10am to 3pm. The last hour on Saturday will be a Bag Sale. All hardcovers will be one dollar, and paperbacks only fifty cents. This is a great opportunity to both expand your home library and support our local library.

If you are a bookworm like myself you can’t wait to jump at the chance. But the local Dallas Library does more than just lend books to the public, or throw book sales. The Dallas Public Library strives to ensure that there are programs available for everyone.

Children of all ages can enjoy their Summer Reading Program. Tuesdays and Thursday morning they hold Story Time for your little ones that include finger-plays, songs, and even simple crafts to engage them in learning. Let us not forget about Lego Building also on Thursdays in the afternoon.

If you are struggling with a research project, book report, or simply just want to expand on your current knowledge the library offers resources to you as well. Their homework and career center makes equipment and resources available to all who need it. Or maybe you want some fun to but are on a budget. The Dallas Public Library provides Cultural Go Passes to a household which can provide up to free admission to a destination. These destinations include; Evergreen Aviation Museum, Gilbert’s House, and many other fun educational locations for the family to visit.

In this day and age where so many of our public libraries are closing due to lack of funding and support this book sale offers a unique opportunity. We hope you take advantage of the time not only to thank those who work so hard to engage our children in learning and providing resources to the public but also find out what other unique opportunities are available to you.