Dallas Church

Dallas Church is a non-denominational, independent, New Testament-based Christian church started October 21, 2007, in partnership with the CEA in Washington, East 91st Street Christian Church in Indiana, Common Ground Church in the Seattle area, and locally with Monmouth Christian Church.

The vision of a new church in Dallas, Oregon was originally birthed through years of dreaming by Monmouth Christian Church and brought to life by two families in July 2007, the Baumans and the Milllers. After relocating from Maple Valley, Washington, both families began to hone the vision and mission of this new startup church. Soon, many other families began to jump in, including several from our ‘mother church’ Monmouth Christian.

Ben Bauman grew up in Dallas and learned to read at Lyle Elementary School. After 4th grade his family moved to a farm outside of Sheridan, Oregon where he went to high school at McMinnville. After graduating from MHS in 1991, he received his undergraduate degree in Christian Ministry in 1995. Ben is currently pursuing an M.A. in Ministry Leadership through Hope International University. He’s been married to his high school sweetheart Jackie since 1993 and has 2 kids. After 8 years in Tennessee, Ben and the family returned to the west coast and, in 2004, they helped start Common Ground Church in Maple Valley, Washington. Three years later, in 2007, God called them to start a new church in Dallas.

Since the time of their going public that day in October, Dallas Church has been doing amazing things in our community including scores of baptisms, marriages invited, children born & dedicated, and lives changed. Recently they held a several weeks long guitars classes for children that wished to learn, and last night a Showcase of Learning that included our local martial arts school, drama students, Yoga demonstration, singing, instrumental performances, and an award ceremony for students attending Dallas Community School.

After sending the Miller family to Corvallis in the summer of 2010, they celebrated the birth of a new daughter church they are leading in that city. Corvallis Church held their first public worship gathering October 2nd, 2011. God has blessed that new church with lives being changed weekly! They now meet at the Majestic Theater in Corvallis and are reaching people for Christ.

They believe God is leading them to more ministry in the city of Dallas, more global ministry beyond the Northwest and are seeking the Lord’s leading.

American Legion, Post 20

They have been here, in Dallas, for more than 93 years, and are looking forward to serving many, many more years with our help and participation!

The American legion is the nation’s largest wartime veterans’ service organization with a membership of 2.4 million men and women.

All veterans of honorable service during a wartime period, and those currently serving on active duty, are eligible to belong to The American Legion. Congress chartered The American Legion in 1919 as a veterans service organization. Since its founding, The American Legion has remained focused on activities that honor God and country.

The American Legion is also the most active veterans organization in striving to protect benefits earned by all veterans through honorable military service. The American Legion continues to fight for the full repeal of the Disabled Veterans Tax (sometimes called “Concurrent Receipt”), a strong veterans health care system and strong quality of life for U.S. military members and their families.

As the war on terrorism continues U.S. forces remain deployed in countries around the world. Today’s service members are some of the finest men and women ever to put on uniforms, yet they are over-deployed and under-paid. Working with the Commander-in-chief, Congress, and the Department of Defense, The American Legion seeks to ensure that the military’s pay, benefits and force readiness needs are met.

Although The American Legion has international presence, it is more that simply a veteran organization – it is very much a community-based service organization. Among the programs conducted regularly are community Veterans Day and Memorial Day observations, Blue Star Salutes honoring local military families and supportive businesses, American Legion Baseball, Junior Shooting Sports, a High School Oratorical contest and American Legion Boys State and Nation. The American Legion is one of the nation’s largest supporters of Scouting and the largest single donor organization of blood to the American Red Cross. Members of local American Legion posts provide volunteer funeral details to render military honors for fallen comrades. The American Legion’s child Welfare Foundation donates over a quarter of a million dollars each year to worthy children and youth programs. The American Legion’s National Emergency Fund provides immediate financial assistance to fellow Legionnaires and their families displaced by natural disasters. Legionnaires record over a million volunteer hours annually in VA medical facilities throughout the nation and they reinvest millions of dollars back into local communities through cash donations.

Thank you American Legion for serving those that served our country.

Kurt Van Meter

“Straight up, I should be dead,” Kurt Van Meter once cheerfully told a reporter. At 1:30 pm Friday, November 21, 2009, then police officer Van Meter responded to a call from his sergeant saying that shots had been fired in downtown Hillsboro. When the high-speed car chase through the busiest stretch of Portland’s sprawling suburb ended, Van Meter stood only a few paces from the deranged gunman.

“He jumped out of the Honda with the silver .50 caliber Desert Eagle in one hand and a black .45 caliber Desert Eagle in the other,” Van Meter told a reporter from Police One shortly after the incident. Van Meter remembers the man leveling one of the pistols directly at him before two officers from neighboring Cornelius opened fire and killed the gunman.

Van Meter’s brush with death gave way to a moment of clarity in which he decided to pursue his life-long dream and follow in the footsteps of his country music hero, Garth Brooks.

Van Meter can remember the moment he knew he wanted to be a singer.

“My brother was giving me a ride to school – I think I was a freshman or sophomore – and he put in this CD and told me that I had to hear this song,” Van Meter said. “It was ‘Friends in Low Places’ by Garth Brooks. I was instantly hooked. I was like, I don’t know what this is, but whatever it is, I want to be a part of it.”

But life seemed to take him in every direction but the music. Van Meter played football and became a bull rider at Oregon State University before entering the police force. There, he would sing in the office – but his coworkers didn’t seem to share in the joy.

“My first gig was marine patrol and they give you a partner. He told me one day, ‘Kurt have I ever told you how much I love your singing?’ I said no and he goes, ‘then shut up.’” Van Meter figured maybe he wasn’t that good of a singer, after all. The first person who told him he had a good voice was an ex-girlfriend. But music seemed to be an out-of-reach dream.

The shooting changed all of that and about a year later Van Meter decided to chase his dream. He hoped on Youtube and started to learn how to play the guitar. He also began attending local jam sessions in Hillsboro. The next challenge was finding a way to get his music heard. Van Meter was put in contact with Scott Mahalick and told him, “If you believe in me, I can be the next Garth Brooks.” Van Meter had no songs, no band, and nothing to offer but his voice. Despite that, Garth Brooks and Scott attempted to contact Van Meter. A missed phone call that he still cringes about.

Van Meter’s career took off relatively quickly and he opened for country stars like Montgomery Gentry. In 2013, he committed to music full-time and played the Bi-Mart Country Music Festival in 2014, alongside artists Eric Church and Blake Shelton. When he started, Van Meter said his songs had a couple hundred streams and downloads per month. By 2015, those numbers were up to more than 100,000.

As Van Meter has seen his popularity rise, he’s quick to point to his bandmates as reasons for his success. “When you have a team as strong as this one, it’s in your best interest to get the hell out of the way,” he said. “My role is to not forget the lyrics and not suck.”

Van Meter hopes his kids and others can see his journey and decide to follow their passion and to not be afraid of failure. “Two things are important, one is don’t wait until you’re ready to do something. If you want to do it, just go for it. I didn’t know what I was doing. Sometimes, you just gotta go for it. The second thing is you’re never too old. I was 33 when I learned how to play the guitar.”

Van Meter will be performing tomorrow night at Sounds of Summer kicking off the summer series. Come join us, and enjoy good music, food, and drinks. Vendors will start serving at 6 pm and the fun will begin at 6:30 pm. His CDs will be on sale both at the info booth, as well as after the concert at the Chamber of Commerce.

“Kurt, you are obviously doing something right. Stay with what works.” – Garth Brooks

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.

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.

Lost Sock Memorial Day

It’s time. You’ve held on to them in hopes that their partner would come back, but today we accept the inevitable. It’s time to say goodbye to all of the single socks, the ones where their mates have been lost to the unknown.

Where do all the missing socks go? Is there a washing machine heaven? Perhaps within the washer, there is some form of strange Kraken like creature that exists that eats them, and only left one? Is there some kind of vortex created within the whirl of hot air and tumbling wet clothes that exists within the dryer? These are the questions that people have been trying to solve for many centuries. An answer may never be found to this problem, and life will go on. How sad to have lost such a close-knit friend!

Of course, since before the dawn of Tupperware, inventors have attempted the prevention of such separation anxiety. Alas, if they had succeeded mismatched socks wouldn’t be popular today and we wouldn’t have National Sock Memorial Day. The history stretches back through the history of knitted footwear through every culture and nation until it finally disappears at the most glorious (and yet soon to be vexing) moment when the first pair of socks were created. The first Lost Sock Memorial Day was held two days later when Og failed to find the sock his cave mother-in-law knitted for him, doubtless, it had been eaten by a mammoth. No matter how hard you try to keep pairs of socks together, invariably one of them ventures out into the netherworld never to be found again.

Now is the time to let go and move on. Clean out all of your left behind socks. Make sock puppets or recycle those old socks by reusing them as dust rags! Create a sock bouquet! Place them on the bottom of chairs, and tables to prevent scratching during moving or rearranging. Cut apart and use as tie strips for the garden. Have a moment of silence for all the socks you have lost, then spend the day making sock monkeys. Give them a new life and get creative!