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.

Member Spotlight – Home Comfort

Today’s homes and businesses are designed to incorporate ultimate levels of both comfort and functionality. Heating and air conditioning are among the most important elements for overall comfort. Beyond comfort, your heating and cooling systems use the most amount of energy and are responsible for the majority of your monthly power and gas bills. However, each year manufacturers and installers continue to improve and make heating and cooling systems more affordable and energy-efficient.

At Home Comfort, Inc., we’ve watched the HVAC industry grow and change for more than 60 years. From the beginning, our mission has been to provide quality installation, maintenance, and repair services at affordable prices for residential and commercial clients. Our team uses its decades of experience for your benefit, and we’re always on hand to help with all your heating and cooling needs.

Be sure to visit the long-time Chamber member for your heating and air conditioning needs.

Member Spotlight – The Grand Hotel

The Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce serves beyond the borders of the City walls of Dallas, Oregon.  Salem businesses have found value in being a part of our organization.  The Grand Hotel in Salem is one of those businesses.  Oversized, beautifully appointed, and newly renovated Hotel accommodations just over the bridge in Salem, Oregon.  The Grand Hotel features 193 luxurious and comfortable rooms and premier suites.  Headquarters hotel for the Salem Convention Center, they are a 100% non-smoking facility.  Their room settings are arranged perfectly for business and leisure travelers, conference attendees, small or large families and groups.  Proclaimed by many to definitely be the most elegant and spacious rooms in Salem, Oregon.  The team at The Grand Hotel invite you to transition from productivity to reward in the Willamette Valley’s most refined hotel.  The Hotel, Restaurant and Convention Center are all Earth WISE certified too, so the environmentalist in you can rest assured that while you bathe in luxury you are also helping to protect the environment.  If you are looking for a great meeting space, consider making your next meeting or event a success by using the myriad meeting spaces.  The Grand Hotel in Salem adjoins the Salem Convention Center with 30,000 square feet of meeting space, successfully hosting groups of anywhere from 5 to 1500 people.  Offering first-class catering and banquet services.  Be sure to look them up when you’re having some Salem adventures.

Member Highlight – Yolanda Zuger Keller Williams Cornerstone Team

Yolanda and her family have lived in Polk County since 1966. She currently lives on the farm where she grew up, along with her husband Craig and a variety of critters. She has made the Central Willamette Valley a base for her business because of her familiarity with the area and the beauty of this part of the Valley. In the Valley, we are located within an hour of the amazing Oregon Coast, the Oregon Cascade Mountains and downtown Portland.  Yet, the local community of Dallas has a population of just over 15,000. She says, “I can’t think of a better place to live!”

Yolanda is a member of the Polk County Association of Realtors and has held the posts of Executive Officer, President and Director. She was chosen as their Realtor of the Year in 2001 and 2012. She has been a full time licensed Realtor since 1998, and received her “Graduate of the Real Estate Institute” designation in 1999, her “Council of Residential Specialists” in 2003, and her “Accredited Buyer’s Representative” in 2008. She passed her Principal Broker’s License test in 2019. She is also a graduate of the Oregon & Washington Association of Realtors “Leadership Northwest” program. Yolanda is committed to continuing education and the use of technology in her business so that she may be of the highest value to her clients.

With that in mind, she moved her Real Estate License in 2018, to Keller Williams-the largest real estate company in the United States. She is part of the Capital City Branch (Salem) with an office in Dallas, Oregon. Keller Williams’ focus on technology and training has resulted in the best of the best when it comes to agents; she expresses that she is proud to join their ranks, expressing, “I am a graduate of their 7 week BOLD program, which teaches Business Objectives and a Life by Design. The program taught how to respond to changing markets and the best avenues for getting properties sold and further confirmed my belief that buying and selling real estate really is all about you.”

We asked about her mission statement and she shared the following”

“My philosophy 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.”

Thanks, Yolanda, for providing excellent service to your clients here in the Dallas Area and beyond.

Member Spotlight – MAK Grills

MAK Grills is a family and veteran owned, US-based company rooted in over 25 years of metalworking and fabrication experience. An acronym for Matt, Alex & Kal, MAK Grills got its start from our desire to create a pellet grill that measured up to our high quality standards. We wanted to create a pellet grill company that truly put quality and customer service squarely where they should be, at the core of who we are.

Upon discovering pellet grilling, we instantly loved the idea of precision-control and genuine smoke flavor, but we had long been disappointed by models that kept falling short of what we knew a pellet grill could be. At MAK, our grills have been designed without cutting any corners to be nothing short but best-in-class, reaching the peak balance of temperature control and real smoke flavor.

We are often asked, “Why do your units cost more than most of your competitors?” The simple answer is, their units are built overseas and have a fraction of the features found on MAK Grills.

The saying, “You get what you pay for” has never been truer than right now. In a world filled with disposable products, MAK Grills stands out as a manufacturer that cares about building long-lasting products that customers can enjoy for many years. Many of our grill components are made of stainless steel, so they won’t rust, and will last for years to come. We design our grills to exceed your expectations for a quality product.

https://makgrills.com/

Red, White, BOOM! Happy Independence Day!

Independence Day 2018, also known as Fourth of July, is a federal holiday observed yearly on July fourth. It is the anniversary of the publication of the declaration of independence of the United States of America from Great Britain in 1776.

Dallas will once again be celebrating the Fourth of July in a big way; Red, White, BOOM! We invite you to join us Wednesday for a spectacular day and evening for family fun as we recognize our service men and women with a beer garden, vendors, non-profit hosted games, field games, live band, a DJ, food trucks, and of course the first-rate fireworks show at dusk. The celebration will continue on July 6th with the sanctioned BBQ Competition Smoke of the Dragon!

All activities will be held at the Roger Jordan Community Park. Dallas Fire and EMS Department will light off the show from LaCreole Middle School. Citizens are encouraged to grab their chairs, blankets and family for the celebration. Come down early to pick your spot!

If you are headed to Keizer to celebrate this Fourth of July be sure to pick up your ticket to the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 12th Annual Patriotic Tribute baseball game. With his family in attendance, the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes will Thank, Honor, and Salute the “Ultimate Sacrifice” of Fallen Marine, Sergeant Ian Tawney of Dallas.  This annual salute to fallen heroes will honor one of our own local heroes.  Tickets may be close to sold out but check for yourself by clicking here.