Country Financial

Heather Spike joined Country Financial to fulfill a valuable need in our community. It’s a great feeling for her to help her friends and neighbors achieve their goals!

Many people dream about how their lives will change in the years to com. Even though no one has a crystal ball to predict the future there are some things that are a real possibility, especially if you have a family – like weddings, college, and eventually retirement. Being prepared for these things can make a big difference, and protecting what you have today is important, too. Meet with Heather to talk about your present needs and future plans!

Our community is a great place to live, work and grow. Heather is proud to be a part of this area, and believes that by working to help her friends and neighbors reach their goals, we can make this community even stronger.

By helping you take simple steps Dallas and you will grow. Even the biggest goals start with simple steps. We know life is busy. So before another moment goes by, Heather wants to help you plan for your future so you can spend less time worrying and more time making memories. Sometimes, when you have more questions than answers, it might seem easier to do nothing at all. Whether you’re protecting the things you love or preparing for tomorrow, don’t get overwhelmed, get started.

Country Financial was founded over 90 years ago by a group of farmers who wanted to insure the property of their friends and neighbors. Today, they are a highly-rated, financially strong company that offers much more than just insurance. They offer their customers a variety of ways to protect what is most important to them and plan for a financially secure future.

Country Financial is proud of their reputation and work hard to earn your trust. Country Life Insurance Company are consistently rated A+ by A.M. Best, and independent industry rating company. Both companies have remained in the highest rating category for almost 80 consecutive years. A.M. Best rates their financial strength and their ability to meet customer obligations.

Country Financial has also been continuously ranked on the Fortune 1000 list since 2004. Fortune magazine maintains the list, which recognizes the 1,000 largest American companies according to revenue. In 2016, the Country Financial family of affiliated companies ranked 646 on the list with $3.5 billion in revenue.

With such a reputation Heather works hard to ensure that her community is getting the best out of their service. Come in today to see what Country Financial can do for you!

National Chocolate Pudding Day

Rich, flavorful, and decadent, there’s nothing in life quite as good as chocolate pudding. While puddings of every type have a long and decadent history, it’s chocolate that’s the modern favorite. Its creamy texture is without a doubt one of the most amazing things about it, but there’s a secret in the pudding that not everyone knows. Worry not though, we’ll be letting you in on it when we talk about the history of puddings and, of course, Chocolate Pudding Day.

The history of puddings starts far back in the 17th century, when the first recipes for puddings appears. Back then puddings were made much different than the classically thought of pudding is today, and to make it clear we’re talking about dessert puddings not savory puddings, which are another topic entirely. Common ingredients were butter and flour, suet, cereals, and other ingredients which when they came together served to create more of a cake like result than the puddings we think of today. It’s also worth mentioning that they baked, steamed, even boiled into their final form.

Originally it was egg that provided the thickening agent that made a pudding into a type of custard, but the invention of a stable powder-form of egg-free custard mix really helped to bring the dessert pudding into the modern day. Chocolate pudding is the type known as a creamy pudding, and is typically made of a combination of sugar, milk, and a thickening agent of one of a broad range of things. Sometimes a gelatin was used, tapioca and cornstarch are popular, or even rice puddings.

The majority of puddings are served cold, though a few are prepared warm. Rice puddings are particularly popular as a warm served treat, and chocolate puddings are one of the few that can get away with being served warm or cold. Chocolate Pudding Day celebrates this divers and delicious treat!

So to celebrate Chocolate Pudding Day start off with getting yourself a great big bowl of delicious chocolate pudding and go to town. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous you can even try making your own, which opens up a broad range of possibilities. A milk chocolate may be a classic type of pudding, but you can also mix it up with a dark chocolate, a white chocolate, even a mint chocolate! Then you can top it off with a swirl of caramel or event sprinkle it with rainbow sprinkles. Chocolate Pudding Day celebrates this amazing treat and offers you the opportunity to eat your fill with no guilt, top it with whipped cream!

New Member

Dallas Chamber of Commerce and Visitors center is pleased to welcome a new member; Pfaff-Karren Insurance!

Pfaff-Karren Insurance is a leading insurance agency in the greater Polk County area. Since 1947, they have been serving their clients and meeting their individual needs. They look forward to working with you!

In 1947, John Pfaff opened John Pfaff & Co in downtown Independence. John had a reputation for his commitment and amazing person service that he gave his clients and friends. As the agency grew, he took a partner: Thomas Karen. In the mid-1970’s, John’s son Tom joined the agency. John would retire in 1978, and Tom Pfaff and Tom Karren formed the newly named Pfaff-Karren Insurance. The agency moved into the brand new Central Plaza in Independence in 1980, where it is still located today. Tom and his family are legendary supporters of both our community and Central High School sports. After 40 years in the insurance agency, Tom Pfaff decided to start his retirement process and sold the agency to Karen Frascone and Kristin Thomas.

Kristin was raised in Polk County, graduating from Dallas High School. Before entering the insurance industry, Kristin worked for the State of Oregon. She became licensed in Life & Health and Property & Casualty in 2009, purchasing TNT Insurance Services in 2014. She moved to Pfaff-Karren Insurance in June of 2016 with her assistant, Alondra Hernandez. The next year, she purchased Pfaff-Karren Insurance with her partner, Karen Frascone.

Karen grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin. Both she and her husband Joe graduated from the University of Wisconsin, then spent a year hitchhiking through Europe. They came to Oregon in 1979, and settled in Dallas. She worked for the law firm if Shetterly, Irick, and Shetterly in Dallas until 1998, and became a licensed life and health insurance agent in 2000. She joined Pfaff-Karren Insurance in the fall of 2010.

They pride themselves on having many 3rd, and 4th generation clients, which speaks volumes to the continued commitment and personal service John Pfaff believed in.

We encourage you to stop in and say hello. As always, their coffee is on and their door is open.

Wake Up Wednesday News

Washington Street Steakhouse and Pub

Boneyard Tap Tasting on Thursday July 26th. Join them on the Pub side for their Tap Takeover featuring Boneyard Beer! They will have giveaways and prizes available. It will start at 6 pm until 8 pm

Washington St. Steakhouse will be celebrating their 19th anniversary in Dallas with a Summertime Luau! They will have Hawaiian food and drink specials all day long and don’t forget to come dressed in your Hawaiian garb. 6 am to 11 pm

Dean is back and with him he brings Trivia Night! Trivia Night will be every 1st and 3rd Sunday on the Pub side starting at 6:30 pm. Come down and test your knowledge!

 

Yolanda Zuger, Keller Williams

The Tour of Homes is still going on! Come see twenty-three beautiful homes from the region’s premier builders. Guidebooks will be available at all Tour homes and supporting sponsor locations. There is also a mobile app Parade Craze for iPhone or Android. It includes complete home information, as well as GPS turn-by-turn directions to Tour homes.

 

Dallas Vitality Association

Non-Profit Showcase takes over Tuesday on the Square. This event will showcase our Non-Profit groups in the community, and give an opportunity for the community to give back. Learn what charities operate in Dallas, what they do, and where you can direct those in need. Come learn what volunteer opportunities are available, and how you can help causes in our area. There will also be great food to purchase and bouncy houses for the kids! From 4 pm to 7 pm on July 10th.

 

Harvest CrossFit

The idea of jumping into a CrossFit class with other experienced practitioners can be intimidating. Harvest CrossFit hears you, and understands. Beginners Class starting July 9th to August 15th. This 6 week program will allow you to learn about CrossFit with other beginners! Classes will be on Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 pm

 

City of Dallas

CGI is coming to Dallas next week to film our local area in a promotional video. They will be selling links to the video to business, and at no cost to nonprofits. This is a great promotional opportunity for our area!

Columbia Bank

Wherever you are headed, Columbia Bank has the people and resources to help get you there. It starts with “Hello.” They never forget a name of a face. Real human beings answer their phones. Their commitment to providing all the services required to help the build strong Northwest communities is firmly rooted in their DNA.

They started in 1993 as a community bank. While their community has grown and their computers have shrunk, they are still the same bank that puts people first. Columbia Bank is a Northwest community bank headquartered in Tacoma, Washington, with comprehensive solutions and expertise to meet the evolving needs of businesses and individuals.

Growth is vital to remaining a preferred option for customers. It advances the services and expertise they provide on their customers’ behalf. Columbia Bank has grown both organically and through acquisition, in cases where they recognized the benefits of a strong fiscal and cultural fit. In the process, they have leveraged their community-minded, locally committed way of doing business from a single branch to a 150+ branch regional footprint throughout Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.

Today they employ a wide range of extraordinarily smart and devoted people, delivering relationship-based customer service. Most important, they have maintained their dedication to being THE community bank in each and every community they serve.

They demonstrate this commitment through their comprehensive approach to community engagement, empowering employees to address the unique needs of their communities through four distinct pillars: fundraising, employee giving, volunteerism, and company giving. Providing support through these employee-driven pillars allows them to have the greatest impact in the communities they serve. Because of these efforts, they are deeply woven into the fabric of our communities.

People truly do make the difference.

National Daylight Appreciation Day

National Daylight Appreciation Day is observed each year on June 21st. With all of this beautiful sunshine that Dallas has been receiving how could we not observe this holiday? The day recognizes summer solstice, the longest day of daylight in the northern hemisphere, and encourages people to celebrate the many benefits of the sun.

National Daylight Appreciation Day is also a day to learn more about the importance of daylighting. Daylighting is using skylights, windows, and other architectural openings to natural light interior spaces. Doing so helps not only to reduce energy consumption but may also have health benefits.

Some areas are designed with automatic dimming systems when natural light is present, which reduces the amount of artificial light required. The process is known as daylight harvesting.

Daylight has positive psychological effects; it can boost your mental health and lower depression as well as help with increased energy levels. The Vitamin D that we naturally get from the sun has many benefits for us, and Oregonians are known to be lacking this crucial vitamin. Vitamin D has multiple roles in the body: helping to maintain healthy bones and teeth, support the immune system, brain, and nervous system, regulate insulin levels and aid diabetes management, support lung function and cardiovascular health, and protect against cancer.

It’s pretty straightforward on how to celebrate Daylight Appreciation Day. Get outside and spend some time under the safest nuclear furnace we know of, the sun! Picnics and walks in the forest are some of the best ways to spend the day, remembering that the year to come will only get darker with every passing day until we’re full in the depths of winter. If you’ve found yourself entombed in your cubicle, shoveling out work for others to go out and spent their day in the sun, take the day off and remind yourself that there is an outdoors. Go swimming, have a barbecue, get friends and family together, and have a great Daylight Appreciation Day! Just don’t forget the spf protection.

Enjoy the summer sunshine and let it into your home. After all, this is Oregon so enjoy it while it lasts!

City of Dallas

Dallas was settled in the 1840s on the north side of Rickreall Creek and was originally named “Cynthian” or “Cynthiana”. A 1947 Itemizer-Observer article states: “The town was called Cynthiana after Cynthiana, KY, so named by Mrs. Thos Lovelady.” The History of Polk County Oregon, 1987, Page 12, states: “To Mrs. Thomas J. Lovelday was given the honor of naming the new settlement and she selected the name after her home town of Cynthiana, Kentucky.”

Another source claims that the origin of the name may have been Jesse Applegate’s wife, Cynthia Ann. However, she lived in the Salt Creek area of northern Polk County and, according to the 1850 Federal Census, had already left Polk County by 1850.

Dallas post office was established in 1852.

In 1856, the town was moved more than a mile south because of an inadequate supply of water.

Dallas was in competition with Independence to be the county seat and the citizens of Dallas raised $17,000 in order do have a branch of the narrow gauge railroad come to their town, thus securing the honor. The line was built from 1878-80. A more suitable name for a county seat was needed, and since George Mifflin Dallas was vice-president under James K. Polk, for whom the county was named, “Dallas” was a natural choice.

Dallas was incorporated as town in 1874, and as a city in 1901.

Today, located in the heart of the Willamette Valley, Dallas is the heart of it all. Just 13 miles west of Salem, close to the coast, and an easy drive from beautiful vineyards and wineries, we think you’ll find just what you are looking for in Dallas.

Dallas has many treasures, with many beautiful city parks, the Aquatic Center, and small town charm. A short drive away is the 2,500 acre Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge, the Black Rock trail system – Oregon’s first free ride area for mountain biking, and award-winning wines.

Not only family friendly, Dallas is business-friendly too. With sites from 1 to over 20 acres, with access to highways and rail service, Dallas is ready for employers and can offer incentive packages, streamlined permitting, friendly community, and a supportive business environment.

Dallas is truly a hometown gem!

The 10 Don’ts of Networking

Don’t dress down. Looks matter, whether you like it or not. Before you can “wow” people with your impressive set of skills, you’ll need to awe them with your appearance and body language.

Don’t dismiss people who don’t look important. “You should behave here like everyone you interact with has the potential… to get you a cover story in The New York Times.” Sometimes it’s the secretary that will get the job done, not the president.

Don’t expect a job. Getting a job might be more about who you know than what you know – but don’t be so obvious about it.

Don’t be uninformed. No card, no contact. Be up to date with what is going on in your field and in the field whose business you are trying to get. It’s okay to learn something new, but if you don’t know something crucial then you have just lost their faith in your abilities.

Don’t collect business cards like candy. “Don’t trick-or-treat for business cards.” Make an honest connection with someone before you start soliciting for business. They are more likely to give it after a positive interaction verses a cold call.

Don’t only think about yourself. “Networking can be described as the process of interacting or engaging in communication with other for mutual assistance or support.”

Don’t be vague. “I want to go back to school… maybe do something in the business world.” Almost everything has something to do with business. Have clear goals in mind.

Don’t reach too high. Having Mark Cuban, Warren Buffet, or John Maxwell on speed dial would be great – for you. But would you really be able to offer them much help? Maybe… but probably not.

Don’t monopolize anyone’s time. This isn’t a phone call or an email exchange, so give people space to mingle. If they are giving hand signals to a partner across the room to help them escape, you’ve lost the opportunity.

Don’t follow up with a sales pitch. Before you ask for a favor, you need to develop the relationship further, Sue Clement writes on Businessknowhow.com. She recommends referencing something you spoke about at the networking event and then offering the person something they can use – whether that is an introduction or a helpful article.

Citizens Bank

Welcome to locally owned Citizens Bank. They proudly provide comprehensive banking services to businesses and individuals in 13 Willamette Valley communities in the state of Oregon.

More than 60 years have now passed since a small group of community and business leaders met in April 1957 and voted to establish a home-owned bank in Corvallis. The organizers said they intended to “fill a need for a friendly banking service dedicated to all of the community and to the building of a thriving local economy,” according to an early newspaper report.

Less than six months later, on October 5, 1957 Citizens Bank of Corvallis opened for business in a leased building on the northeast corner of Second and Madison streets. The Bank began operations with seven employees.

From those humble beginnings, Citizens Bank has blossomed to become one of the most successful and stable community banks in the country. Today, Citizens Bank is home to more than 160 customer-focused employees, and their 15 branches provide comprehensive banking services to individuals and businesses in 13 Willamette Valley communities spanning seven Oregon counties.

At Citizens Bank, they believe that their success is directly linked to the overall health of the region they serve. Since 1957, they have committed themselves to improving the communities in which we live, work, and play. They honor that commitment daily by providing a full range of banking services with a personal, hometown touch; by supporting the continued prosperity of local businesses; and by emphasizing honesty, integrity and fairness in their relationships with customers, co-workers, and neighbors. If they cannot offer you the best rates, or loans for you then they will refer you to who can. They believe that their customers come before numbers.

As a local community bank, their focus is serving small to medium size businesses, agriculture and professionals such as doctors, lawyers, CPAs etc. Their in-house Commercial Loan Officers understand the local economy and are here to help you with all your business banking needs, from Commercial Real Estate loans to Remote Deposit Capture to Merchant Services they have the products and services to help you and your business be successful.

Citizens Banks motto: Good Business. Good Friends.

Dallas Glass

Dallas Glass has been partnering with home owners and contractors in the greater Willamette Valley since 1957. They specialize in residential and commercial construction with attention to detail, quality craftsmanship, and customer satisfaction. Dallas Glass is unique in that they can perform a wide array of work from cutting picture frame glass on their cutting table, to replacing all of your windows in your home, to installing storefronts and curtain walls in multi-million dollar commercial buildings. They have a design team that can get you the right product; that fits your budget and time constraints for whatever glass needs you have. As the saying goes, there is no project that is too large, too difficult, or too simple for Dallas Glass.

Dallas Glass and Window offers a wide variety of products for home owners and residential contractors. Their 2,200 square foot showroom features only the newest and most energy efficient windows and doors available. In addition they have numerous shower enclosures, skylights, mirrors, and specialty glass samples on display. Their state of the art showroom is open weekdays where you will find their friendly team of experts ready and available to help with your next home project.

Their team of professional glazers are AMAA certified and professionally trained to handle all of your glass and glazing needs. They specialize in the following: new construction windows & doors, retrofit windows & doors, skylights & solar tubes, shower enclosures, mirrors, screens, railing systems, and bath accessories. Dallas Glass understands that accidents happen and that is why they have staff on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you find yourself dealing with a glass emergency due to an accident, vandalism, weather, or other situation please give them a call at any hour and follow the prompts to reach their afterhours personnel.

Dallas Glass offers a one year warranty on all labor and product warranties as specified by their vendors. You will find a list of warranties from their most popular vendors on their website. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact them for additional details and information regarding their warranties.

Dallas Glass strives to meet your needs, and take care of their customers. Just another example of a small town business making a big town impact in their community.