Edward Jones Investments – Kelly Denney

As an Edward Jones financial adviser, Kelly believes that it is important to invest her time to understand what you’re working toward before you invest your money. It’s also important to understand the level of risk you are comfortable accepting when investing so you can balance it with the steps necessary to reach your long-term goals.

Whether you are planning for retirement, saving for college for children or grandchildren, or just trying to protect the financial future of the ones you care for the most, Kelly can work with you to develop specific strategies to help achieve your goals. Together you can also monitor your progress to help make sure you stay on track or determine if any adjustments need to be made. Throughout it all, Kelly is dedicated to providing you top-notch client service

But she is not alone. Thousands of people and advanced technology support her office so they can help ensure you receive the most current and comprehensive guidance. In addition, they welcome the opportunity to work with your attorney, accountant, and other trusted professionals to deliver a comprehensive strategy that leverages everyone’s expertise. Working together, they can help you develop a complete, tailored strategy to help you achieve your financial goals.

Edward Jones offers many account options that let you decide how you work with them. From hands-on accounts that put you in control, to choices with built-in guidance, the decision is yours.

You have specific financial objectives in mind – planning for retirement, creating a college savings strategy, perhaps opening your own business. We have the comprehensive suite of investment products and services you need to turn your goals into reality. Partnering with your financial adviser, you can build a diversified portfolio from a broad universe of quality investments, including stocks, bonds, mutual funds and ETFs, while their insurance and annuity products can help to protect your financial future. And if you have specific wealth strategies, trust management or business ownership needs, their convenient financial services off the professional administration options you are looking for.

Come in and speak with Kelly Denney today! Do not wait any longer to start planning for your financial future.

Dallas Rotary Club

Dallas Rotary Club is more than a service organization that’s making a difference in your community. They are an international membership organization made up of people who share a passion for and commitment to enhancing communities and improving lives across the world. The difference they make starts with their members.

With more than 1.2 million members in clubs in almost every country, they are improving communities around the world. As a member of Rotary, they have opportunities to change lives locally and to connect with other clubs to work on international projects that address today’s most pressing humanitarian challenges, including fighting disease, providing clean water, supporting education, and promoting peace.

Their largest and proudest effort to date is their work to eradicate polio. They initiated the audacious polio eradication campaign in 1979, by vaccinating children in the Philippines. With the help of their partners, they have since reduced polio cases worldwide by 99.9 percent.

They are problem solvers working together to achieve a better world. Their members are deeply ingrained in the communities in which they live and serve, affording them insight into local challenges and access to the leaders, resources, and networking opportunities needed to strategize and take action to make lasting change.

As Rotary members they hold themselves to the highest ethical standards. Community members, community leaders, and other organizations see them out because they know they can trust the Dallas Rotary to be effective partners and deliver on their promises.

Rotary clubs reflect the diversity of their communities and the breadth of viewpoints that comes from their members’ varied professional and personal experiences. For more than 100 years, they have been applying different perspectives to create innovative, sustainable solutions that address the needs and challenges affecting their communities.

Harnessing their unique perspectives and ideas gives the Dallas Rotary Club a shared purpose – one that compels them to take action. They roll up their sleeves, leverage their personal relationships with local partners and businesses, and apply their leadership skill as a way to get the job done and bring to life the changes they envision.

The impact their members make takes shape at Rotary club meetings and activities. These gatherings allow you to join other passionate, visionary women and men regularly to discuss and act upon community needs. Rotary club meetings are also a place to strengthen connections to friends and neighbors and form meaningful relationships that last a lifetime.

Just a Rotary helps you invest in your community, it gives you an opportunity to invest in yourself. Many clubs offer continuous learning opportunities, with a broad range of workshops, conferences, guest speakers, and more – all aimed at helping you grow personally and professionally.

Connect with a Rotary Club today. Rotary members join clubs by invitation. With 35,000 clubs around the world, and others that meet online, Rotary makes it easy to get involved and start making a difference today. Be a part of the Rotary difference. Bring your passion, your perspective, and your purpose to Rotary. To connect with a club in your area and learn more, visit them at www.rotary.org/join.

Announcing Julie Huckensteins Retirement

Dear Community Partners and Friends,

After 32 rewarding years in community colleges (18 at Chemeketa) I am retiring on June 30, 2019.    It is difficult to personalize an e-mail, but I want to say how much I appreciate the friends I have made and support I have felt from those of you who I have had the privilege to get to know.  The decision to retire was difficult because I truly enjoy serving as President of Chemeketa.  My husband Jim has been retired since 2016.  We plan to do some traveling and spend more time with our daughters and grandchildren.

The last four years as President has been the most enriching and inspiring experience of my career.  It has allowed me to interact with faculty, staff, students and community leaders and learn how our community college makes a difference to each individual we serve.  I have seen first-hand how we as community partners work together to improve lives, improve livelihoods and give hope to those who may not have experienced it previously.  We are a better community as a result of the work we have done together.

Over the next year I am committed to doing my best each and every day to continue our work together to serve our communities.   I will continue to be engaged to move our programs, projects and partnerships forward. We have a great team at Chemeketa—board members, executive leadership team, faculty and staff and I know the college will continue to thrive and meet the needs of our communities.

The board of education will begin the search process for the next president immediately.  The search will be conducted nationally and planning is underway.  Please watch for information about community input and forums.  As an integral partner of Chemeketa we value our input.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Best regards,

Julie Huckestein

President/CEO

Chemeketa Community College

 

It is with a heavy heart that we prepare to bid farewell to Julie Huckestein, Chemeketa Community Colleges President. Julie Huckestein has been a cornerstone member of our community, dedicated to serving her students by providing the best education possible.

Good luck Julie in all of your future endeavors!

Donna Graham – Windermere

Listing and selling real estate for over three decade Donna Graham specializes in residential, homes on acreage, new construction, farm and ranch properties in the mid-Willamette Valley: Dallas, Monmouth, Salem and the surrounding areas.

You can count on her. Over 30 years of experience with insight into marketing trends, using the latest technologies and providing personalized quality serve. She is the realtor that friends recommend to friends because her business has been about building relationships, not just transactions.

She is dedicated to keeping up with technology. Donna gives her clientele the best advantage by staying abreast of real estate education and legal issues. Her greatest goal is a positive outcome in each and every transaction, giving only the best possible service with integrity.

Donna swears that if you visit the heart of the Willamette Valley and you won’t want to leave! Beautiful countryside, rural communities and larger cities await you. Enjoy the convenience of a short drive to the breathtaking Oregon Coast, recreational Mountains, and Metropolitan City of Portland.

Donna Graham has advanced designations as Advanced Buyer Representative (ABR), Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), and Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI). Donna is also a member of The Polk County Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce, Willamette Valley Multiple Listing Service (WVMLS), Regional Multiple Listing Service (RMLS). She has worked on or with several committees over the years including Polk County Food Drive, National Association of Realtors, the Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce and West Valley Hospital Foundation.

With all of her experience, education, and involvement in our local community Donna Graham is prepared to help you find your dream home.

“Donna Graham is the best! She represented us in the buying process and we are so glad she did. She is so knowledgeable about Polk County zoning, land use permits, water rights, road access and much more. She made the complicated process of buying rural property easy. Plus she did a great job negotiation a fair price. Donna kept us so well informed at every step of the process. She promptly responded to our calls and emails. She even offered to be with us at closing. We recommend Donna without hesitation and will definitely list with her in the future.”

~Bare Lot Buyer

Dallas School District No. 2

Dallas School District serves a large geographic area of nearly 250 square miles. The population of nearly 20,000 people is evenly divided between the City of Dallas and the unincorporated areas of the District.

The students enrolled in the school system represent nearly half of all students served by Polk County schools. A staff of 169 licensed and 152 classified people work in six schools and one administrative building. The District also sponsors Luckiamute Valley Charter School (formerly Pedee School and Bridgeport Elementary)

The School Board for Dallas School District No. 2 is composed of five members. Boa5rd meetings are held at 6:30 pm on the second and fourth Mondays of the month at the District Office, excluding Christmas break. Parents, students, staff, and patrons of the community are welcome to attend.

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 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.

The school must assume a major responsibility for developing in children: a spirit of patriotism based on a deep and abiding love of our country; an understanding of the basic principles of American democracy; a commitment to participate as citizens in the decision making processes; and, an understanding of the duties, responsibilities and rights of every citizen.

The school has a responsibility for developing in all children; an understanding of our economic system based on individual initiative, private property right and competition; a respect for the human dignity attained through productive work; a determination to become contributing persons within our economic system; and, an active concern for the conservation and wise use of our natural resources including the protection of our total environment.

The school has a responsibility for developing in all children an awareness of the societal responsibilities to themselves, to other individuals and the local community or to the larger community of state, nation, or world.

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.

Dallas School District is working hard to shape the future.

Polk County Historical Society

A group met December 18, 1958, to formulate a Polk County Historical Society. Mrs. Clares Powell invited fourteen ladies to her home on January 1, 1959 to explore interest in organizing a society.

Iris Powell was appointed temporary chairman and Emma Henkle was the temporary secretary. On January 21, 1959, a permanent organization was formed. A constitution was adopted and officers elected. Those elected were: Francis B. Haines, President; Mrs. Delwen Reinemer, Vice President; Mrs. Leland Prather, Secretary; Mrs. O.G. Lyday, Treasurer.

In an April 23, 1959, news article, Dr. Haines stated there were ninety-five signed as charter members.

Meanwhile, the Polk County Museum Commission had dreams of sharing their love of all things historical with residents and visitors alike, long before there was any building to call home. When the Commission disbanded in 1989, the Museum Association continued fundraising efforts while reorganizing into a non-profit organization. Until a permanent building could be realized, the Association became temporary tenants in the 1912 Carnegie Library Building provided by the City of Dallas. On February 16, 1991, the Polk County Museum opened for business.

The Museum Association had been collecting treasures, both donated and on loan, for years. These treasures were now available to be seen and shared with the public, no longer hidden in attics, garages and sheds. The artifacts and documents collected reflected the diversity of cultures and people of the Polk County area. Opening ceremonies included talks by local collectors and historians, performances by local musicians and songs sung by Grand Ronde elders to the beating of a skin drum.

Today, the Polk County Historical Society is a public-benefit, non-profit corporation managed by a Board of Directors consisting of the President, the Vice-President, the Secretary, the Treasurer, nine Directors and the immediate Past President. Board members are elected to the Annual Membership Meeting held each January. The volunteer Board of Directors meets monthly to implement the pronouncements comprising the PCHS Mission Statement.

Fourth of July is a day to celebrate not only freedom, but our history. I encourage you to visit the Polk County Historical Society, and remember just what it is our ancestors fought and died for; what soldiers today continue to fight to protect. Thank you to those who have served, and thank you to those that work to preserve our history.

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.

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.