Van Well Building Supply – Member Spotlight

Van Well Building Supply Co. has been in business since November, 1976.  Carl and Patty Van Well took over the business, formerly called Povey Builder Supply and Povey Oil Co. The company has seen much growth and several expansions over the past 40 years.  Carl attributes much of their success to the knowledgeable and personable employees and to the loyalty of their customers.  As a member of the Western Building Materials trade association, Van Wells has kept abreast of the newest trends, products and social and political issues that effect their industry.  Being involved in the community, through membership in the Dallas Chamber of Commerce and by supporting many local and regional charities, has also been an important part of doing business.

In April on 2018 Carl and Patty sold the business that they poured their hearts into so that they could retire.  The company is now operated by Gold Beach Lumber Yard.  New owner Ryan Ringer and his team are excited to be part of the community and continue the legacy that Carl and Patty have established.

They look forward to having you in the store and to helping you with your project, from start to finish.

Allstate Agency – Tomas Patton – Member Spotlight

The Tomas Patton Agency lives an works along side you in Dallas, so they know firsthand what living and driving is like in and around Dallas –  whether you’re commuting to work, heading back home or getting out of town for the weekend.  As a local Allstate agency, and local residents ourselves, you can count on them to understand how to help you protect yourself – and your belongings – from cold days to rainy weather.  They believe in treating people with respect, whether you’re calling them for the first time or have worked with them for years.  You can count on the Tomas Patton Agency to be there when you have questions about your insurance needs or if you need to file a claim on your home or auto.

Tomas told us, “Customers are the most important focus for what we do, and the agency is here to help them choose the insurance coverage that fits their life.”

So whether you are located in Dallas or any where surrounding the Dallas Area and are seeking a review of your insurance, call Tomas and his team see what they can help you with regarding auto, home, renters, motorcycle, life, ATV, boat or business insurance products.

Gamers, geeks and nerds – Technical Genius Solutions

Technical Genius Solutions (TGS)! Your source for computer repairs in Polk County, Salem and the surrounding areas, located in North Dallas. TGS provides the latest in residential and commercial networking solutions, computer repair and maintenance. They have a team of certified technicians who will pin-point your problem(s), and provide solutions quickly and efficiently. They can streamline your communications, boost your productivity, protect your system and help you maintain your workflow; as a result, saving you time and money!

If you are visiting our website, chances are that you’re experiencing a technology break-down and feeling frustrated. These folks understand that kind of frustration and are here to help. They offer same day service on-site, through remote access and at our office in Dallas, Oregon. They will diagnose and resolve your problem(s) without overloading you with a bunch of confusing, computer-related lingo.

So, whether you have a desktop computer, a laptop or an office with 100 users and multiple servers, you are in good hands with Technical Genius Solutions. No job is too big, or too small! They can do it all backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee. They will work to serve you and make you, the customer, happy!

It is the TGS promise to you that they will do whatever it takes to earn your respect and loyalty in this very competitive industry. Give them a call and let them prove to you they have what it takes to let your problems be history.

While fixing computers is their driving force.  They love to have customers in for appreciation days where they play board games and computer games.  So even if you don’t have a computer issue right now.  Head over for their next game night.

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He Drives all the Nuts Around Dallas – Squirrel’s Taxi Service

The One & Only Taxi in Dallas, OR.  Forget the big-name transportation apps, They aren’t permitted in town anyway.  You really want a ride with Squirrels Taxi Service, the preferred method of transportation for the locals of Dallas, OR and throughout Polk County. Owner Merlin Berkey is safe, dedicated, friendly and hardworking. Squirrels Taxi Service holds the same characteristics as the beloved woodland creatures our company is named after. Merlin was once referred to as a hero.  A retired Dallas police officer shared that he felt that without Merlin, there would likely be a lot more driving related injuries and fatalities, emphasizing that “he really is a hero.”

Rides for Any Reason or Occasion.  Need a ride to an appointment? We can provide you with the medical transportation you need. Had too many drinks? We’ll be your designated drivers so the party never has to stop. Whatever reason you may need to get to and from, let Squirrel’s get you where you need to be.

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Member Spotlight – Dallas School District

Dallas School District serves a large geographic area of nearly 250 square miles. The students enrolled in the school system represent nearly half of all students served by Polk County schools. A staff of over 300 licensed and classified people work in six schools and one administrative building. The District also sponsors Luckiamute Valley Charter School (formerly Pedee School and Bridgeport Elementary) as well as Dallas Community School, another Charter School in Dallas.

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 the 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.

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.

The School District has partnered with the Chamber by being on the board, sponsoring business-centric events, working on business solutions pertaining to workforce development.

Dallas School District is working hard to shape the future, participate with them.

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Member Spotlight – Spirit Mountain Casino & Lodge

Spirit Mountain Casino was created to enhance economic self-sufficiency opportunities for the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, its members, and surrounding communities. They strive to promote economic diversification by the Tribes, and to support a variety of housing, educational, and cultural programs under the direction of Tribal Council. Once you’re at Spirit Mountain Casino, you can enjoy an expansive selection of gaming, entertainment, and great food. They have a variety of accommodations to choose from, from standard rooms to deluxe suites to fit everyone’s needs.

Our dining options feature great variety as well, offering one of the best casino buffets in the Pacific Northwest, as well as a first-class service restaurant and a full-service bar and lounge. And with 90,000 square feet of gaming space full of blackjack tables, roulette, slot machines and more, you won’t find a more inclusive, all-around enjoyable casino to visit. Think you’ll become a loyal customer here at Spirit Mountain Casino? So do we! Join our Coyote Club rewards program and experience exclusive member benefits and amenity discounts.

Member Spotlight – MV Advancements

Founded in 1966 by Margaret Reavis Larsen as Mid-Valley Workshop, our primary focus was job-training. Under Margaret’s guidance, care and leadership Mid-Valley Workshop expanded its services to include housing and community activity programs. In 1993 the organization was renamed as Mid-Valley Rehabilitation to reflect this breadth of services.

Today we are MV Advancements, and we continue to provide supportive environments and programs for our clients. Together, we strive to create life-long fulfillment and growth.

For more than 50 years, we’ve helped adults with disabilities through our innovative approaches and caring responsive staff which allows us to serve hundreds of clients through an ever-evolving set of services. In our Employment Services, we match business needs with individuals’ strengths and capacities, resulting in a long-term win-win for both the employer and the employee. In Residential and Community Inclusion, we support individuals to meet and exceed their own personal goals of growth and development so they can live a fulfilling life.

MV Advancements is overseen by a dedicated group of community members, business leaders, and educators. The board’s vision is to continue to honor the intentions of founder and pioneer Margaret Reavis Larsen.

The Board of Directors meet monthly, and Board seats are up for renewal every three years.

Member Spotlight – S & T Support, LLC

Whether you’re a startup, struggling or established company, your business depends on realistic strategy. Success starts with S&T Support!

As a team S&T Support will help you develop a dynamic written plan including goals and a budget, a network team, a map for growth and profit potential and so much more!

Time is money. Spend it moving forward. S&T Support will provide extensive assistance in organizing your business processes to enhance your progress. They will also guide you through building successful business habits and identifying business roles and time management practices to help you make the most of your time.

Prepare your business for its growth season. S&T Support provides guidance through the following:

Operations Manuals: simplifying into writing a clear understanding of business processes for effective employee function.

Human Resources Guidance: enhancing employee development work performance guidance and measurement and employee retention options.

Hiring Assistance: developing interview questions, assistance in interviews and training.

Developing position descriptions: identifying expectations of employer and needs to be met, and creating written position descriptions to assist in hiring and retention of dynamic employees.

Member Spotlight – Pfaff-Karren Insurance

In 1947, John Pfaff opened John Pfaff & Co in downtown Independence. John had a reputation for his commitment and amazing personal service that he gave his clients and friends. As the agency grew, he took a partner: Thomas Karren. 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 1980, where it’s 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.

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

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 of 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.

​In the process of building her client base in the early 2000s, Karen tried using colorful business cards and became the “lady with the purple business card.” She has been a member of the Salem Chamber of Commerce since 2001, and has served as a Chamber Ambassador. She has been appointed to the Board of the Monmouth Independence Chamber, and have assisted with fund raising for Partnerships in Community Living. Karen is one of two agents authorized to offer Sons of Norway insurance products in Oregon, and she is actively involved on the board of Thor Lodge, Salem Sons of Norway, as well as the Eugene Sons of Norway Sonja Lodge.

Karen and Joe still live in the first home they bought in Dallas in 1981. She loves to work on the yard and plant as many flowers as possible. They are passionate travelers, especially to Europe and anywhere tropical.

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 LLC 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.

​Currently, Kristin lives in Dallas, and is the mother of 5 wonderful children, and loves being a grandma as well! She is active in her community in regards to improving the access and availability for human services. As a business owner, she is involved with Polk County Community Connect, Polk County Family & Community Outreach, and personally participates in the Mid-Valley Suicide Prevention Coalition.

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

Member Spotlight – Pacific Power

At Pacific Power, we proudly serve more than 764,000 customers in 243 communities across Oregon, Washington and California.

We’ve been serving customers for over 100 years, and while a lot has changed during that time, our commitment to innovation has only grown stronger. That’s why we’re partnering with customers to help turn their aspirations into reality and create a better energy future for all of us.

Through grants, volunteerism and clean energy solutions, we strive to help communities and organizations turn their aspirations into reality.

We take seriously our responsibility to provide safe, reliable and affordable electric service to customers.  We’re also committed to providing accurate and timely information to communities, news media and others.  If you’re looking to move or expand your company — whether it’s to be near materials you need for manufacturing, or closer to end users of your product — we can help. We have spent the past century building relationships throughout the West.