West Valley Hospital Member Spotlight

Why wait?  With 24/7 service and lower than average wait times than Salem Hospital, West Valley Hospital Emergency Room is a smart choice for Polk County.

Why choose West Valley Hospital for your imaging needs?

  • The Dallas hospital’s digital imaging capabilities are comparable with what is available in Salem and other larger metro areas, so you won’t need to sacrifice quality for convenience.
  • Other imaging centers in Polk County may not offer direct integration with MyChart, your digital medical record.
  • West Valley Hospital has 14 licensed technologists with more than 250 years of combined experience in medical imaging.
  • Physicians can view images digitally to get the most accurate measurements, assessments and diagnoses.

Salem Health Medical Clinics in Dallas, Monmouth and Independence

Salem Health offers neighborhood clinics where you and your family will find excellent health care and a warm atmosphere. Save time by finding a family-friendly clinic near you.

Services

West Valley Hospital and its affiliates offer services far beyond what you might expect from a small-town hospital. Explore many of our specialties and common services below. Keep in mind that many unlisted services may still be available from us or one of our partners around the Willamette Valley.  See site for details.

To learn more about all that this awesome healthcare resource has for you go to http://www.salemhealth.org/services/salem-health-west-valley

Debbie Butler Windermere Member Spotlight

As an Oregon native and a seasoned real estate professional, Debbie recognizes the value and trust her clients place in her and she strives everyday to exceed their expectations. Most important to her is providing excellent service to buyers and sellers in order to earn their trust, referrals and repeat business.

Debbie is a native Oregonian who enjoys the beautiful outdoors. She celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary in 2019 and has three grown boys. Aside from her real estate experience she also has worked in accounting and construction management as well as being a small business owner of a construction company since 1999. Since purchasing her own home at age 20 she has had a strong passion for real estate. Debbie looks forward to assisting you in your home or property transaction.

Serving Dallas, Monmouth, Salem and the Willamette Valley. It would be her distinct pleasure to help you in your next home or property transaction.

To learn more about Debbie’s real estate business and how she can serve you, visit her blog on her website at https://www.debbiebutlerbroker.com/my-blog

Fowler Homes Member Spotlight

Fowler Homes has been building homes for over a decade, specializing in luxury custom homes, homes for active adult living and affordable-style housing.  As an off shoot of the James W. Fowler Company, Heavy Civil Contractors and Tunneling Contractors, you can be certain that your home is backed by a reputable company.   Not only is Fowler Homes dedicated to building quality homes, but they are also involved in land development and other ventures creating viable neighborhoods to better communities.

We are committed to providing high value and customer satisfaction, building homes that fit a variety of budgets Their homes are built of quality materials have intuitive, innovative designs, utilize modern building technology and uphold energy efficiency as high priority.

Their greatest desire is that your Fowler built home will exceed your expectations and be… “Your Home for Living!”

Beginning with a single bulldozer, owner Jim Fowler began building logging and farming roads in the Coast Range of western Oregon. With additional growth came the opportunity for larger projects located throughout the states of Oregon, Washington and California.

Today, James W. Fowler Co. is a diversified general contractor providing heavy civil and tunneling construction solutions for municipalities, agencies, and private owners across North America. Since our inception, we have based our business on ExcellenceIntegrity and Service with regard to our clients, subcontractors and employees.

With the ability to construct projects across the United States and Canada, we have completed projects that include:

  • Water and wastewater treatment facilities
  • Fish hatcheries, fish passage facilities, marine projects
  • Bridge and highway interchange construction and rehabilitation
  • Sewer, water and utility pipelines, subdivision infrastructure, pipeline relining
  • Tunneling, auger boring, pipe ramming, pipe bursting

For more information on Fowler homes go to https://fowlerhomesinc.com/

5 Common Questions Answered About Chamber of Commerce

What is a Chamber of Commerce?
A Chamber of Commerce is a panel of businesses and commercial organizations that typically exist on a variety of levels, ranging from state, county, city, and town. Despite common misconceptions, a Chamber of Commerce is more akin to a fraternal organization; in most cases, a Chamber of Commerce does not receive public or governmental funding – a large majority of Chambers of Commerce is existing today survive as a result of donations and membership dues.
 
What Does a Chamber of Commerce Do?
The role of a local or statewide Chamber of Commerce varies on a case-by-case basis. In certain cases, a Chamber of Commerce will hold meetings in order to discuss current events taking place within the commercial or business community existing within a particular jurisdiction; in other cases, the Chamber of Commerce will create structuring and developmental plans with regard to the establishment of a local commercial and business community.
Although the bulk of Chambers of Commerce of do not retain any legal or civic jurisdiction over the events taking place within their respective locality, a Chamber of Commerce may exist as a ‘grassroots’ organization interested in the upkeep and oversight of locally-owned businesses.
 
 
Where Does a Chamber of Commerce Get its Funding?
Although there exists no uniform standard for a procedure with regard to the funding of a Chamber of Commerce, a bulk of Chambers of Commerce in existence maintain their respective operations as a result of private donations, membership dues, and fundraising; it is not uncommon for a local Chamber of Commerce to sponsor an event within their respective area of residence in order to not only raise funding, but also to raise awareness with regard to the presence of that particular Chamber of Commerce.
Types of Chambers of Commerce
Due to the fact that a Chamber of Commerce will typically operate as a private organization, membership may be limited as per applicable regulations. However, this also allows businesses and commercial operations to convene and organize their own respective Chamber of Commerce. In many cases, members of a particular Chamber of Commerce will share commercial similarities; some examples of various types of Chambers of Commerce are as follows:
A Chamber of Commerce consisting of locally-owned and operated business and commercial operations
A Chamber of Commerce consisting of many service providers existing in a specific location
A Chamber of Commerce interested in raising awareness of local businesses, which may result in petitions to disallow national chains or retail stores from entering a specific location
A Chamber of Commerce may allow for a systematic network of products and service within its individual location; this can include local manufacturers connecting with local retailers in order to localize business and commerce
 
 
What are Some Issues Discussed by a Chamber of Commerce?
Although there exists no set standard for meeting itineraries undertaken by the varying natures of Chambers of Commerce, a specific Chamber of Commerce may address the following concerns:
Reports of commercial profits rendered by local businesses
The formation of subcommittees in order to protect local businesses and commercial markets
The proposal of reforms to local and state governments
The application for grants and funding

7 Ways to Get involved in Dallas

I’m a firm believer that getting involved in your community is beneficial for both your mind and your body. There’s a sense of connection, solidarity, and strength that comes from organizing or participating in an event within your own neck of the woods.

With that being said, below are seven ways you can get involved in your own community.

1. Look for Local Events

Keep an eye on local Facebook groups, websites and newspapers. Whether it’s the Dallas Concert Series, Art in the Park, Krazy Dayz, Community Awards or a special one off event, there’s always room for help! www.exploredallasoregon.org

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2. Volunteer Your Time

There are TONS of ways you can volunteer your time in Dallas. For example, you might volunteer to read to the elderly at retirement homes or volunteer in any non profit organization. Just think about what’s important to you, reach out to that organization, and ask! Visit the link below for some of the amazing organizations that could use your help! https://business.dallasoregon.org/list/ql/family-community-civic-organizations-9

3. Donate Your Resources

If you don’t have time to volunteer, then donate. Actually, donate anyway! Some donation ideas include donating:

– Clothes and household goods to your H2O, Jinett’s Free Clothing Closet or Goodwill.

– Food to Dallas Food Bank or the Kindness Club.

– Books to Dallas Public Library

There’s DEFINITELY nothing wrong with donating money, too, but I feel like actual products get you more involved in the community.

5. Join a Class or Group

Two summers ago I joined a class hosted in my town from one of our local community colleges, which – surprise! – is located in my town. I met like-minded people, learned more about an activity I enjoy, and spent registration money – you guessed it – locally.

Check out resources for local classes at www.chemeketa.edu

6. Support Your Local Sports Teams

You might not even be aware of how many sports teams are in Dallas! Think about it. Does Dallas have a Little League? Think about high school and – can you go support them? Remember: Players play because they love the game, but seeing fans in the stands can make a world of difference.

7. Organize Your Own Event

OK, so maybe you don’t feel qualified (or have enough time) to organize something as involved as a music and arts festival or marathon, but that doesn’t mean you can’t team up with a few friends and organize a fun event! Think about special kids’ events at the library, car washes to raise money for your church, or putting together goodie baskets for hospitals and retirement homes.

Dallas Community Foundation

The Dallas Community Foundation was established in 1995 by a group of individuals who shared a common vision of a local fund that could give back to the Dallas community. Since then, the Foundation has helped people put their charitable dollars into their own community, giving a hand up to those in need.

We are established to give back to the Dallas community in perpetuity.

Foundation funds are professionally invested by Becker Capital Management, headquartered in Portland, Oregon.

Your gift will grow, making a difference many times over.

You can support a wide range of charitable causes with a single gift, or you can direct your gift to a specific cause through a designated fund.

We can help you create a legacy. We’re equipped to manage funds according to your intent.

We are focused specifically on the Dallas community, keeping your dollars local, supporting the causes you care about.

We have the flexibility to meet community needs as they emerge and evolve, and the permanence to support future needs.

We are here for Dallas, for good, for now, forever.

Your gift to the Foundation is pooled with other funds for long term investment and maximum return. Annual earnings are given back to the community through scholarships and grants to non-profit organizations. We carefully monitor and evaluate the use and effectiveness of the grant funds we disburse.

As the community gives, the community grows stronger, together.

20 CHARITABLE FUNDS

Over $2 Million ASSETS UNDER MANAGEMENT

635 GRANTS & SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED

AWARDED IN GRANTS & SCHOLARSHIPS

OVER $1 MILLION GRANTS AWARDED 2006-2018

Thanks for all you continue to do for our area Dallas Community Foundation you are awesome.

Crosscreek Golf Course

Located just 14 miles west of Salem, Cross Creek Golf Course is one of the most innovative in the region. Its unique layout combines traditional and links-style golf, creating a challenging course in the midst of the verdant mid-Willamette Valley.  Cross Creek made top 10 beautiful courses to play in Oregon as listed on theculturetrip.com

Cross Creek is becoming one of the most popular courses in the valley. At 6900 yards the course features a relaxing and pleasurable experience for any caliber of player. Cross Creek has always been known as a friendly family-oriented golf course and is a perfect setting for special events and golf tournaments.

Cross Creek Golf Course is quickly building a reputation as one of the premier, daily fee golf experiences in the Willamette Valley. This is truly a must-play golf course.

You can also go in for lessons.  Featuring Ken Dankenbring United States Golf Teachers Federation “Leaders in the Field of Golf Instruction” Certified Golf Teaching Professional.  Give them a call today. Start by visiting their website.  http://www.crosscreekgc.com/

Craven-Woods Insurance

Craven-Woods Insurance has been serving the Dallas, OR area with four-generations worth of insurance expertise for over 100 years. In addition to a comprehensive range of insurance policies, we provide our clients the freedom of choice so they can see the value in each decision they make.

Unlike large insurance corporations, Craven-Woods Insurance is owned and operated by a family team of agents who cater toward individuals, families, business, and non-profits. We also represent a carefully selected group of financially reliable and reputable companies and place your policy that offers the best optimal coverage at an affordable price.  Craven-Woods Insurance offers a variety of insurance policies that protects all of the critical aspects of your life. Our team of agents wants to get to know you and find an insurance plan that fits around you and your needs, versus the big-named insurance corporations that force you to fit their molds. We believe insurance protection should be about choices and the valued peace of mind that comes with your decision.

Agents at Craven- Woods are committed to helping our community thrive as evidenced by their involvement in youth sports, Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, Visitors Center Board, City Council and may other facets.  Stop by and see them today.

West Valley Taphouse

The Taphouse industry has been taking the beer community by storm.  Each one provides its own culture and vibe.  The owner of West Valley Taphouse in Dallas is no exception.  His boldness is evident in his taglines.  “No crap on tap.”  And, “Life is too short to drink lousy beer.”  West Valley Taphouse is a favorite stop for many locals and tourists who enjoy delicious beverages and featured locally sourced foods.

West Valley Taphouse is Dallas’ premier food and beverage stop. Their family-friendly menu features appetizers, sandwiches and entrees made with only the best locally sourced ingredients. Their 65 taps feature the best craft beer, cider, local wines, kombucha, craft soda and more. They also feature Bike Friendly Business Amenities.

Here’s what their visitors have to say:

Sam and his staff are excellent to visit with, and the WVT ALWAYS has the BEST brews, wines and ciders on tap.”

“Passing through Dallas stopped in found a very pleasant surprise had a very good French Dip and special of the day!!”

“Awesome craft brew selection, local wines on tap, really good menu.

The Genius of Asking ‘What If?’ Questions

Again we feature a guest writer.  John Hittler, Father of 7, husband, difference maker, transformational business coach, generous, bold. Author of The Motivation Trap (Oct, 2018)  Featured writer for forbes.com

“Ever wonder how leaders change the world? It’s simple, really. They make declarations that do just that. They can sound something like this:

  • “I’m going to get into the best shape of my life this year!”
  • “Our team is building our second product, and it will be twice as profitable as the first.”
  • “We’re going to take the White House and change the course of history!”

Declarations can be pretty dramatic, or they can be simple and straightforward. But one thing is certain: Without them, nothing changes. We simply stick with the current paradigm or the old declaration.

Where, then, do declarations come from? The most effective place is a “what if?” question.

Why Start Things With A Question?

That’s a great question, really.

Questions literally open up (and close) pathways in your brain. Like an itch, questions need to be scratched. When a great question is posed, whether in a team meeting or at a family dinner, our brains race to answer them (or in the case of teenagers, avoid them like the plague).

Consider the relative power of questions that we hear often:

  • “When will you be home from the movies?”
  • “Where are we going on vacation?”
  • “How do we get this project moving forward again?”

With questions such as these, our brain knows pretty much what to do since there are similar precedents and experiences we have from the past. Our brain uses these precedents to find or quickly create an acceptable answer.

So why, then, is a “what if?” question so much different? And why do leaders and visionaries use “what if” questions so fluidly?

The Power Of A “What If?”

With a normal question, your brain quickly and transparently uses previous information, data or situational experiences to concoct an acceptable answer.

With a “what if?” question, your brain usually holds no previous precedent, paradigm or example to rely upon for an acceptable answer, so the answer heads to a different area of the brain. When this happens, we often say out loud, “Great question!”

“What if?” questions force us to imagine or create, often calling forth strong emotions. Consider the structure and possibilities of the following two questions:

  • “Where are we going on vacation this year?”
  • “What if we enjoyed our best vacation ever this year?”

Both deal with the quality and details associated with an annual ritual for many families, a great break designed for fun, relaxation and togetherness.

With the first structure, “Where are we going on vacation this year?” notice how your mind immediately conjures up options that are most likely known entities: perhaps a traditional family meeting spot or a favorite “comfort” vacation like a lake house or cottage.

With the second structure, “What if we enjoyed our best vacation ever this year?” you notice that the structure of the question produces a new mandate: “best ever!” That standard or mandate could certainly be achieved by the structure of the first question, however, it is not required. Hence, the power and the subtle genius of “what if?”!

When SpaceX was founded, which question do you suspect Elon Musk asked: “How do we create private space travel for individuals?” or “What if we create a private space travel company for individuals?”

The second question leads much more easily to a beautiful, powerful act, namely a declaration of a previously impossible (or improbable) outcome.

How To Start

If “what if?” questions are so powerful, when can you utilize them best? The answer is simple: Anytime when a change, large or small, is what you’re after.

Consider these areas/themes to ask great “what if?” questions:

  • Health: “What if I felt energetic, focused and ready to go every morning?”
  • Adventure: “What if I took the most outrageous adventure of my life this year?”
  • Wealth/Investments: “What if I had $5 million in liquid assets invested by 2025?”
  • Learning: “What if I finally learned to paint with watercolors?”
  • Team: “What if we doubled our sales this year?”

The list seems endless. Where the mind can conceive it, the question can be asked and then answered in the form of a powerful, world-changing declaration. Declarations have that power. Simply asking the question and making the declaration to change shifts your entire world and the quality of your life.

What Comes First For You?

If you are going to change the world, or at least your little part of it, start with one theme or category. Pick a simple theme that will pay big dividends. Health is a great one, as everyone can envision a higher version of vitality, energy, weight and strength.

Ask a simple question, like, “What if I were in the best shape of my life?”

You’ll transform your world more so than if you were standing still.”