Village Missions

In 1912, an evangelist named Walter Duff moved his family from Ireland to the United States. As a young man, Walter Duff Jr. Joined in his father’s evangelism efforts and went on to pastor his own large church. However, through the prompting of both his father and his sister, Helen Duff Baugh (founder of Stonecroft Ministries), Walter Duff Jr. committed to spend the rest of his life recruiting and sending out of missionaries to country churches without leadership.

On September 9, 1948, Village Missions was born, a ministry dedicated to sending out missionaries to rural communities across North America with the gospel or Christ. Rev. Walter Duff Sr. challenged his son to “send out 100 missionary pastors to rural North America.” Rev. Duff Jr. directed the sending out of over 600 missionaries during his lifetime. Since 1948, Village Missions has served a variety of rural and urban communities across the United States and Canada. God continues to call them to send out dedicated, called, and gifted Village Missionaries to “Preach the Word and love the people.” Today, Village Missions has 230 Village Missionaries currently serving across the North America. Only heaven can measure the impact this ministry has had on individual lives, communities, churches and the world.

Village Missions values the placement of full-time, spiritually qualified missionary pastor by invitation of the local people as the primary means of developing spiritually vital country churches. They support their missionary pastors financially and offer District Representatives to help encourage them as well. Village Missions values an approach to ministry that proclaims and demonstrates the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and is evangelistic, relational, and involved in community life. A focused approach of reaching people in rural communities of North America- places without an ongoing demonstration of the gospel is important to Village Missions. They value a long-term approach that enables rural churches that have reached financial stability to collaborate with them in helping other rural churches, while receiving leadership and encouragement from them. Village Missions values Christian character, specifically integrity, Christ-like love, humility, and faith, in all that they do as a mission and as individuals in their mission. They are committed to the Word of God for all that there are and all that they do.

Village Missions strives to utilize all of their resources to support our church communities when they are in need. Thank you Village Missions for your hard work.

 

https://villagemissions.org/

Dallas Adopt A Family

The Dallas Adopt a Family Committee would like to thank you for supporting us and taking the time to give back to our Dallas community. In 2017 over 200 families and 12 youth were adopted totaling more than 1,000 individuals, including 622 children.  

The holidays are just around the corner and we know our community needs will be high this year. If you are able, we are asking for your help to adopt a local family by providing food for a Christmas meal and gifts for each child in the home. If you are unable to shop, but would still like to adopt a family, monetary donations are welcome. We have volunteers that will take care of the shopping and wrapping for you.

Thanks to the generosity of the Dallas community we have about 108 families adopted so far but need at least 115 more to meet our anticipated need. If you have a bowling group, office group, or other group that could work together to adopt a small, medium or large family to provide a food box and gifts for children, you can sign up still.

If you are interested in adopting a family, please complete the online donor registration form at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DAAFHelp  and return it to the Dallas Resource Center (182 SW Academy St. Suite 220).

With your help, we can make this a wonderful Christmas for the families in our community.

Thank you,

 Dallas Adopt a Family Committee

Interested in volunteering? Simply complete the online form at the attached link above. Shopping Day will be held on Monday, December 17th, and Wrapping Day is Tuesday, December 17th.On December 19th Donors may drop off their wrapped gifts and foods. Thursday, December 20th volunteers will be assisting families as they pick up what the community has provided.

Donations are needed for wrapping paper, ribbon, tape, gift tags, laundry baskets, laundry detergent, toilet paper, and $25 Safeway and Walmart gift card. All donations can be dropped off at the Dallas Community Resource Center before December 18th.

Dallas Adopt a Family matches local families with community member, agencies, businesses, clubs, and churches who would like to “adopt” them for Christmas. Each adopted family receives food to prepare a Christmas meal and a gift for each child from ages zero to eighteen.

United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley

Change does not happen alone. Hope is not a one-man band. Resilience does not happen without help. We have one life. To live better, we must Live United.

At United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley they focus on supporting our friends and neighbors in need, because we all benefit when we each have an opportunity to reach our full potential. They work together with businesses, government, schools, faith groups, individual community members, and nonprofits – because it takes the whole community to get the kind of results we need.

United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley strives to go beyond temporary fixes to create lasting change in Marion, Polk, and Yamhill Counties. By bringing people and organizations together around innovative solutions, they impact thousands of lives every year. The generosity of their donors and commitment of the community partners enables them to provide grants for outcome based programs and collaborative projects that address core needs and achieve lasting, measurable results.

United Way of Mid-Willamette Valley strives to make an impact in our community. Recently they donated money to every class room in Dallas to make sure teachers had the funds they need to teach our children instead of paying out of their own pockets for classroom supplies. Now United Way is holding a pajama drive for Dallas foster children. Aren’t new pajamas just wonderful? United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley thinks so, and they are working to provide over 1,000 local displaced children or children in crisis with a new pair of jammies. It seems like such a small thing, but sometime the comfort of a small gift can make a bid difference. New pajamas are needed for children of all ages, but teenagers in particular. You can drop off your donations at the Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center office on Court Street where they will be distributed to local Polk County foster children in time for winter.

“Heroes are not giant statues framed against a red sky. They are people who say: This is my community, and it’s my responsibility to make it better.”

  • Tom McCall, former Governor of Oregon

 

https://www.unitedwaymwv.org/

Wake Up Wednesday News

Technical Genius Solutions

Is your computer running slow? Tempted to use your laptop as a Frisbee? This week only, Technical Genius Solutions is running a free computer diagnosis special. Bring your computer in and they will work hard to have it running like new!

https://tgsoregon.net/

 

West Valley Taphouse

Tap Takeover Thursday! Gigantic Brewing will be in the house from 6 pm to 9 pm showing off their beers and giving away free swag. While you are enjoying a good beer to order the Food Special; Roasted Squash Fondue. Roasted acorn squash filled with a Gruyere and Emmenthaler beer cheese fondue and breadcrumb topping!

Saturday is Timbers Championship Game at 5 pm. Wear your Timers colors for $1 off all drinks during the game!

West Valley Taphouse Christmas Tree is up! This year West Valley is holding a pajama drive. Help United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley give foster children a new set of pajamas this holiday season. You have until December 16th to get your pair under the tree.

Guys Shopping Night is coming up! West Valley Taphouse has partnered with Main St. Emporium to provide a way to have your beer, and get your holiday shopping done without spilling a drop. Main St. Emporium vendors will be visiting West Valley Taphouse to help pick out, pay, and gift wrap your gift to the special people in your life. Come on down!

http://westvalleytaphouse.com/

 

YoungPros

The last YoungPros of the 2018 series will be held this December 12th, at Focal Point Photography. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from Gene Henshaw with Public Policy about how important it is that business members be involved in Public Policy.

YoungPros was able to assist with a scholarship that helps local Dallas High School students attend college. If you would like to help sponsor this scholarship then reach out to them. This is a great opportunity to support our community.

http://business.dallasoregon.org/events/details/young-pros-networking-2323

 

Washington Federal

The Giving Tree is up! This year Washington Federal will be helping CASA children. If you would like to help a family this holiday season, then stop on by and pick up a tag. Washington Federal Giving Tree will be running until December 21st.

https://www.washingtonfederal.com/locations/oregon/dallas

 

City of Dallas

Adopt of Family is still looking for sponsors. They have about 108 families adopted so far but need at least 115 more to meet their anticipated need. If you have a bowling group, office group, or other group that could work together to adopt a small, medium or large family to provide a food box and gifts for children, you can sign up by going to www.surveymonkey.com/r/DAAFHelp. Thank you for your Generous support!

 

Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce

State of the Chamber is the theme of our next Luncheon. Hear from JD, CEO, about what we have been busy working on this year while you are at work. This is also a great opportunity for our new members to learn what resources are available to them via Chamber Login, and Chamber staff. Don’t miss this chance to put “one more bullet in your Chamber.”

http://business.dallasoregon.org/events/details/chamber-luncheon-2332

United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley Pajama drive is still going. Our box is about half way full, but knowing our Dallas community we expect to see it over flowing. Bring in your new pajamas for infants, toddlers, kids, or teenagers before December 17th!

Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce is providing Christmas Cheer with peanut butter. They help those in need enjoy holiday food shopping Christmas Eve, and is a wonderful program. Drop off your jar of peanut butter, crunchy or smooth, before December 23rd.

 

Dallas Area Visitors Center

Santa Clause is coming to town!

Join us as we kick off the holiday season on the beautiful Polk County Courthouse lawn with Santa, tree lighting with our Mayor and First Citizen, food trucks, Christmas vendors, live music, hot cocoa, cookies, and more! This year we will be celebrating a good ol’ fashioned holiday season, complete with a Christmas Carol “sing-along.

Shop some great vendors such as Beal’s Christmas Tree Farm, Oregon Snowballs, Paparazzi, Banners by Jules, Scentsy, Color Me Shabby, Color Street, The Hat Place, and so many more!

Come on down for a jolly fun time and don’t miss your chance to visit the Big Man in Red!

For more information contact Shelly jones at (503) 623-2564 or at events@dallasoregon.org.

Polk County Warming Centers

Warming centers are not a new idea; we’ve even had them in Polk County in the past. The reason for our current model is to provide a sustainable way of offering safe and warm places year after year without overburdening any one faith community or resource partner. This conversation started between a couple of pastors in Monmouth in October 2017. Although they were not able to open that season, the ball started rolling. The county stepped in and applied for a grant, which we were generously awarded from the Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency – more than double the amount asked for! You can read more about the new model and goals for this Winter season in the Statesman Journal article attached below.

 

FAQs

When are you open?

When the low temperature is forecasted to drop to 32F or below for a period of three nights, the Warming Center activates on that first night. Intake is from 7-9 pm. The center is open until 7 am.

Where is the Warming Center located?

They are scheduling host sites throughout Monmouth, Independence, Dallas, and Falls City. These are churches and other facilities open to the public. Each location will be on call for a two-week period.

I’m in another town and don’t have transportation. How can I get there?

They can help! Transportation is available with an hour’s notice on the days they are active. They want you to be able to get to the warming center and back to your community the next morning.

What about all my stuff?

For everyone’s safety, they ask that you leave all bags, luggage, and back packs with them when you check in. They will label them with your name and secure them in a safe space until you check out. Please do not bring any weapons, drugs, or alcohol to the warming center.

What area(s) do you serve?

Rural Polk County, Oregon (basically everything outside of West Salem)

I have kids. Are families welcome?

Yes! Kids are welcome with a parent or guardian. For unaccompanied youth under the age of 18, they will work with law enforcement or DHS to contact relatives or find alternative shelter as needed.

What about pets?

Well-behaved animals are welcome, but must be kenneled while inside the building. Crates and food/water provided.

Can you use donations?

Yes! Instant decaf coffee/tea, bullion, gloves, beanies, scarves, blankets, sleeping bags, and other wintery-warm items are especially appreciated. They receive donations at the Dallas Resource Center and distribute from there as needed.

Thanks for your support!

 

https://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/2018/07/13/homeless-crisis-warming-shelters-salem-community/772209002/\

Sunny Oaks Inc.

Dedicated to serving the special needs communities of Marion and Polk counties in Oregon since 1973, Sunny Oaks, Inc. is a values-based, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has ten homes, and currently serves over 60 individuals.

Since 1973, Sunny Oaks has been dedicated to providing care and services for people with I.DD. By hiring and training a staff that is focused on the well-being and personal growth of each customer, Sunny Oaks maintains a value-based organization that stands out in many ways. Sunny Oaks offers 10 residential programs and Community Inclusion, offering a diverse and rich platform for individuality and person freedom of choice.

Sunny Oaks supports opportunities to have “exercised authority and responsibility” over one’s “chosen programs” resulting in new life skills, meaningful relationships of one’s own choosing, fulfillment of expanded dreams and goals, independence and interdependence, and, mostly, individually defined happiness.

They believe all people should have the power to control one’s own life to the fullest potential. Sunny Oaks recognizes each person’s right and need to make choices. They will strive to support people to identify and express those choices. Sunny Oaks realizes the value of informed choices that include dignity of risk. They also believe in inclusion, integration and participation in the community to the degree desired by the person. The support a person’s authority, autonomy, and privacy in all interactions. Sunny Oaks will, in all their interactions, engage with the person as they would with anyone else, from a friendly and supportive adult-to-adult approach that respects and empowers the person. They will talk to the person and not around the person or as if the person is not present. They will knock on the doors to the person’s house, to the person’s room, and will ask permission to enter, for one example. Sunny Oaks staff must respect a person’s space, the person’s presence or absence, the person’s dreams and goals, and realize that they are the guests and they are the ones that must ask for permission and be on their best behavior.

Sunny Oaks, while being both operationally and fiscally responsible, strives to be mindful and heartfelt in creating warm, safer, caring “integrated” environments and activities that meet the needs of the customer.

Sunny Oaks envisions a world where Sunny Oaks Inc. is a provider of choice and where people “are highly regarded, able to access more than adequate resources, have control over one’s own life, and are supported by fairly compensated and well-trained, proactive, person centered staff”.

“We know who we are, but know not what we may be”

– William Shakespeare

 

 

https://sunnyoaksinc.org/

A Note from the CEO

First of all I would like to thank our Chamber of Commerce members for their investment in the Chamber. Doing what we do for the community is important. It is their time, talents, and treasure investments that make it possible for us to accomplish what we do for you while you are at work.

2018 has been quite a year with many changes and upgrades. Below are a few highlights:

  • Scholarships for students who are wishing to study business were awarded through Young Pros
  • We began Wake Up Wednesday to meet members’ desire for increased connectivity
  • Hosted our 61st Annual Community Awards Banquet
  • 15 new members to date
  • Continued improvements to the Chamber of Commerce website and its value to you
  • New Online Journal began – a blog designed to keep you informed and amplify our search engines
  • Worked within the region to improve Tourism with Polk County Tourism Alliance
  • Created new video marketing for Dallas with Workforce Development Internship with Dallas High School
  • Hosted the first annual Mid-Willamette Valley Leadership Summit
  • Created new value – added and repackaged membership structure

By restructuring your membership investment we have packaged things for your convenience based upon what your normal participation and interests are. You will notice, therefore, that the investment rates have changed accordingly. For a clearer look at what your membership now includes, take a look at our website and scroll to the bottom to thumb through the new Investment Menu. You will notice that it has got a few things to finalize, including the addition of a marketing campaign called ‘Dallas Live!’ but we wanted to share it with you, and our Chamber members.

As always, we are here to help and discover how we can best serve you and our community. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Some of you have asked for them already, and yes 2019 membership investment invoices and a stats sheet are on their way out for those of you with a January billing date.

Thank you for supplying us with the opportunity to serve Dallas by being a Catalyst, Convener and Champion for Dallas to be known as a great place to live, work and play.

 

https://dallasoregon.org/

2018 Dallas Winterfest

Have you made your Christmas list? If not, get it ready to give to Santa at the 2018 Dallas Winterfest!

The man we know as Santa Claus has a history all of his own. Today, he is thought of mainly as the jolly man in red, but his story stretches all the way back to the 3rd century. The legend of Santa Claus can be traced back hundreds of years to a monk named St. Nicholas. It is believed that Nicholas was born sometime around 280 A.D. in modern-day Turkey. Much admired for his piety and kindness, St. Nicholas became the subject of many legends. It is said that he gave away all of his inherited wealth and traveled the countryside helping the poor and sick. One of the best known of the St. Nicholas stories is that he saved three poor sisters from being sold into slavery by their father by providing them with a dowry so that they could be married. Over the course of many years, Nicholas’s popularity spread and he became known as the protector of children and sailors. By the Renaissance, St. Nicholas was the most popular saint in Europe. Even after the Protestant Reformation, when the veneration of saints began to be discouraged, St. Nicholas maintained a positive reputation.

The Dallas Area Visitors Center is proud to host Dallas’s annual Winterfest celebration, scheduled for Friday, December 7th from 5 pm to 8 pm. This annual event draws around 2,000 community members.

Join us as we kick off the holiday season on the beautiful Polk County Courthouse lawn with Santa, tree lighting with our Mayor and First Citizen, food trucks, Christmas vendors, live music, hot cocoa, cookies, and more! This year we will be celebrating a good ol’ fashioned holiday season, complete with a Christmas Carol “sing-along”. Don’t miss your photo opportunities for every child with Marion-Polk County Princesses and Santa Claus!

Shop some great vendors such as Beal’s Christmas Tree Farm, Oregon Snowballs, Paparazzi, Banners by Jules, Scentsy, Color Me Shabby, Color Street, The Hat Place, and so many more!

Come on down for a jolly fun time and don’t miss your chance to visit the Big Man in Red!

For more information contact Shelly jones at (503) 623-2564 or at events@dallasoregon.org.

Spirit Mountain Casino

Spirit Mountain Casino and Hotel have exciting news to share with our members!

At the Coyote Club, Spirit Mountain Casino thinks that every person playing games should be rewarded! That’s why they started the Coyote Club membership.

Starting at the low, low price of free, joining the Coyote Club is easy. Simply head over to their website and fill out the short sign-up form! Before we get into the nitty-gritty details of what members can expect from signing up, let’s talk about their New Member Promotion!

When you become a brand-new, first time member of the Coyote Club, you’re able to try your hand at their New Member kiosk game for a chance to win up to $10,000 in Free Play! Other prizes include lower amounts of Free Play, food discounts, bonus points, point multipliers, and other fun merchandise!

After you’ve taken a stab at this game, new Coyote Club members can expect:

  • Monthly mailings and Free Play offers
  • Birthday bonus points
  • Club Anniversary bonus points
  • Complimentary food and lodge rooms
  • Basic cashback for points
  • Various discounts

Earning points is easy. All you have to do is play your favorite games each visit, and they’ll award you points based on a variety of factors which include the number of credits used to play, the length of play, the amount wagered, or your buy-in amount.

After playing, head over to the Coyote Club desk to redeem your membership points. We recommend redeeming them at the end of each playing day, as points expire after 12 months of inactivity!

Looking for more benefits? Well then grow your membership to Gold and Platinum! Every 6 months, Spirit Mountain Casino reviews accounts and depending on your rate of play and point earning, you have a chance to gain Gold or Platinum membership status.

Gold gets you:

  • All basic member rewards
  • Complimentary concert tickets
  • Slot machine and table game tournament invitations
  • Even bigger discounts
  • Even more cashback for points

With Platinum, you get:

  • All basic and Gold status rewards
  • Themed party invitations
  • Priority registration for the Lodge
  • Priority seating at the Cedar Plank Buffet
  • Credit at PlayWorld
  • EVEN MORE cashback for points
  • Larger discounts at the gift shop
  • Invitations to off-site events
  • Access to the Platinum Lounge and Platinum ONLY kiosk

If you’re playing games at Spirit Mountain Casino, there really is no reason to not sign up for the Coyote Club. It’s quick, easy, and a great addition to your casino gaming.

Sign up today!

 

https://www.spiritmountain.com/

Sounds of Christmas

This year is Guthrie Park’s 31st Annual Sounds of Christmas program. Guthrie Park is a 501-c non-profit organization dedicated as a meeting and gathering place for the community. Their purpose is to promote Cultural events such as music, art, and dancing. Finances are generated through public donations and rental fees paid for the use of Guthrie. There are no paid employees under this organization. Besides the board of directors several people, who refer to themselves as “Friends of Guthrie”, volunteer their time and talents to assist and care for Guthrie Parks’ needs.

The 31st Annual Sounds of Christmas program is a benefit to raise funds for the maintenance and operation of Guthrie Park Community Center. It is also meant as a way for the community to gather and share in an old fashioned Christmas celebration. Just as was done over 100 years ago when Guthrie was a community school.

All events at Guthrie Park are family friendly! Alcohol and controlled substances are strictly prohibited.

Musicians will be performing Holiday music live! Artists such as Once Blind, Sarah & Jason, and Cash & Company.

There will also be prizes raffled off to the audience. Tickets cost $1 and $5 each. All proceeds will go toward the maintenance and operation of Guthrie Park. Tickets will be sold only at the show, and you must be present in order to win. There are a wide selection of items to win such as; gift cards, toys, tools, jewelry, Holiday treats, treasures and much more! This is a great opportunity to treat yourself, or regift for a loved one.

Santa Claus will also be there after the show to visit with the children. A Sing-A-Long of Christmas songs and music jam after the show with words provided! Dress casually or dress up in your favorite Holiday Attire! Refreshments will be provided, but feel free to bring and share your favorite Holiday treat. Seating is limited and doors open at 5:45 pm. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

Please check the interactive calendar for any updates as to detail on the event or changes to the events schedules.

For more information go to www.guthriepark.org, 503-623-0809, or guthriepark@gmail.com.