Wake Up Wednesday

For the last month now Dallas Chamber of Commerce has been participating in Wake Up Wednesday alongside your business neighbors. During this time we are able to connect with local business, share both struggles, and solutions, and grow as a community.

The Wake Up Wednesday today was hosted by Citizens Bank, and Jake shared with us what is new with Citizens Bank. Recently they celebrated their 60th anniversary of the first Citizens Bank opening in Corvallis. There was even a photo available for their grand opening! Jake discussed how Citizens Bank focuses on their customers and not with meeting a sales quota like bigger banks do. If they do not have the best option for you they will send you to someone who does. In this day and age, such banking transparency is appreciated!

West Valley Taphouse kicked off their Discover Dallas Wine Walkabout Series this last Sunday with over 50 participants. The goal is to partner with local business in order to drive tourism in the area. If you attended Sam would love to hear any feedback you might have. If you are interested in participating in the next Wine Walkabout on June 24th you can find out more information or purchase a ticket on their website discoverdallas.wine.

Washington Street Steakhouse and Pub is preparing for Fathers Day! For breakfast dad can look forward to big daddy chicken fried steak and eggs, porterhouse peppered pork chops and eggs, or slow smoked prime rib and eggs. If dad is a late riser then bring him in to enjoy a nice lunch or dinner of big daddy chick fried steak with mashed potatoes, porterhouse peppered pork chops with baked potato, or a slow smoked prime rib with baked potato.

Tuesday on the Square is getting ready to kick off on June 12th. The City of Dallas departments and community partners such as Pacific Power, West Valley Hospital, and many more will be on the courthouse lawn from 4 pm to 7 pm. They will be highlighting their services with plenty of fun for the whole family; good food, bouncy houses, and lots of giveaways.

MV Advancements is growing! While we love to see Dallas businesses grow it’s left them in a tight spot. They are in need of volunteers for two positions. They are looking for business that are in need of help to place their clients, as well as Assessment setters. If you would like to help with either of these positions please contact them for more information.

Last but certainly not least, Turf ground breaking. We pulled together as a community to make it happen and it all kicks off Monday at 4 pm. Ground breaking will take place at Ron August Field and everyone is invited!

If you would like to meet with your fellow business members, and hear firsthand what is going on in our community then contact the Chamber of Commerce. We look forward to seeing you there, and to our community growing!

American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. Their Global Headquarters are located in Atlanta, Georgia, and they have regional and local offices throughout the country to ensure they have a presence in every community.

The American Cancer Society’s mission is to save, and celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer. While most people know them for their research, they do so much more. They attack cancer from every angle. We promote healthy lifestyles to help you prevent cancer. They research cancer and its causes to find more answers and better treatments. They fight for lifesaving policy changes. They provide everything from emotional support to the latest cancer information for those who have been touched by cancer. And they do it all 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

How do they help encourage prevention? Nearly half of all cancer deaths could be avoided if we did what we know works – live healthier lifestyles, quit smoking, and get our recommended cancer screenings. They’re here to help you take steps every day to reduce your cancer risks. They have the resources, information, and support you need to stay motivated to eat right and get active, quit smoking or help a loved one kick the habit, and understand what screenings you need.

If you need support they are available at any time to help guide you through your cancer experience. Whether you’ve recently been diagnosed, are currently going though treatment, or are caring for a loved one with cancer, they’re here with information, day-to-day help, and emotional support every step of the way. From free lodging and transportation to help making decisions about your care, they offer programs services, and resources.

What does it take to outsmart cancer? Research. They have invested more than $4.6 billion in cancer research since 1946, all to find more – and better – treatments, uncover factors that may cause cancer, and improve cancer patients’ quality of life. They are investing in cancer research from every angle. Whether they’re conducting the research or funding it, their goal remains the same: to free the world from the pain and suffering from cancer.

Defeating cancer is as much a matter of public policy as scientific discovery. Every day, elected officials and policy makers at the federal, state, and local levels make decisions that affect the lives of more than 11 million cancer patients and survivors, their families and caregivers, and all those at risk for developing cancer. Advocacy is a critical part of the Society’s mission. To that end, the Society and its nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate work in partnership to ensure that elected officials and policy makers at all levels of government make the fight against cancer a top national priority.

American Cancer Society fights hard against the battle of cancer. If you would like to get involved I encourage you to contact them. On behalf of those that have been touched by cancer, thank you American Cancer society.

All American Toy Company

The All American Toy Company was founded in 1947 by Clay and Beth Steinke of Salem. The company started when Clay thought that a large, heavy duty toy truck was needed, that could be played with for years and years and still hold together. He decided on using the late 1940’s era Ford cabs as the basis for his truck, and developed a means of steering through the hood of the cab using a brass air horn. This became known as the ‘Air Horn Steering’, which not only made the toy truly unique, but very popular with its customers. With a heavy cast Aluminum cab, rugged steel frame, walking beam suspension and rubber tires, the company developed the finest toy log truck ever mass produced. The first cabs were sand cast, and soon the demand was so high for these toys that the company had dies fabricated in the late 40’s, to increase production and consistency in quality. The first truck issued was the famous log truck named the “Timber Toter” and retailed for $19.95. These were 1/12th scale, and measured 36 inches long and weighed a heavy 10 pounds! The truck was designed with quality, durability and a high level of ‘playability’ in mind.

In May of 1990 Bill Hellie and his son Chip purchased the company from the founders and produced three limited editions. They produced 15 Bales and Brady Tow Trucks, 8 Tankers and 7 log trucks, using up the remaining original stock. Then a toy collector by the name of Patrick Russell, through a turn of events, struck a deal to obtain the company and dies in May of 1992. The dies were cracked and rusted shut. There was much concern over whether the dies would even be able to be opened, and used ever again. By September 17, 1992, after buckets of penetrating oil, and much personal effort by the employees of the die company, the dies were producing again. The company now only produces very limited runs of this truck. Both Clay and Beth Steinke, along with a few of the machinists who worked on the trucks were involved in this process, and provided insight into the company history and philosophy of quality.

In January of 1997, the All American Toy Company released their first all new toy truck. With the aid of family and friends, Patrick created a new die for a 1/16th scale commonly known as the ‘narrow nose’ Kenworth. These are also only produced in very limited editions runs, and in keeping with the company tradition, use rubber tires and all metal parts. Finally as an added touch in tribute to the founders, Patrick designed a means whereby the single air horn on the top of the cab recreates the famous ‘Air Horn Steering!’ Shortly thereafter both Clay and Beth Steinke passed away. The first truck produced was a Founders Edition Log Truck, with #92 going to Clay and Beth as a means of thanks.

The All American Toy Company was headquartered in Salem and owned and operated by Patrick Russell. In the fall of 2015, Pat Russell sold the company to Paul and Kelly Cross of Dallas. Pat is still a mentor and has a great relationship with the new owners and hopes to carry the tradition into the next generation with their son Henry.

A new limited edition book about the history of the All American Toy Company has been released to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the company. Only 200 signed copies will be released with custom cab bookstand. Go to allamericantoyco.com to order your copy now!

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 mcorwin@oregonstatecu.com.

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 oregonstatecu.com.

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!