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.”

Member Spotlight – Dallas Best Western Inn & Suites

This cozy Dallas, Oregon hotel is near many wonderful attractions such as several local Oregon vineyards and Western Oregon University.

The oversized rooms of this Best Western offer high-speed Internet access, cable satellite television with HBO®, a single serve coffee maker, a desk, complimentary in-room toiletries and more. While staying at this Dallas, Oregon hotel, guests can also enjoy a guest laundry, valet and an exercise facility.

Guests of this Oregon hotel can get the perfect start to each day with a complimentary hot breakfast. No matter what you or your fellow travelers have a taste for, there are many diverse restaurants within less than a mile of this Dallas, Oregon hotel, including Hong Kong Restaurant, Figaro’s Pizza®, Rio’s Tavern and North Dallas Bar and Grill.

Many guests enjoy seeing if luck is on their side at the nearby Spirit Mountain Casino or partaking in some retail therapy at the Salem Center. Visitors can also enjoy the beautiful scenery at the Oregon Gardens and Lincoln City beaches.

Located near the western side of Salem, Oregon, the Best Western Dallas Inn & Suites is only a short drive away from many local Oregon wineries, where the guests of this Dallas, OR hotel can also relax and unwind while taking in the gorgeous scenery.

Many guests of this Dallas, Oregon hotel stay to partake in the area’s wide range of events, such as golf tournaments, Western Oregon University sporting events or the latest local happenings at the Polk County Fairgrounds. Those visiting students and faculty at the Western Oregon University, as well as the Valley Community Hospital and Forest River RV, only have a short commute from this Oregon Best Western.

For a wonderful stay with exceptional service at a delightful hotel in Dallas, Oregon, reserve a stay online at the Best Western Dallas Inn & Suites!

Free Resources for Businesses

When you start a business, the path that awaits isn’t always a straight shot. The good news is there are a plethora of resources both locally and at the state level that can help guide you along the path that is best for your business.  Many resources are free to you, well you pay for them in your taxes so I guess they are prepaid. Below are a few resources to help you get where you’re going.

The City of Dallas can assist business owners in finding business resources, locating available properties, understanding local government permitting and approval timeframes & understanding current Dallas demographic and economic trends.

Chemeketa Small Business Development Center (SBDC) gives small business owners the tools and environment they need to make great decisions they offer classes, small business advising, and resource materials on loan.

Small Business Administration (SBA) is committed to helping small business in the US succeed. As such, several programs and laws have been sponsored that directly affect small business owners. Here, you can learn more about how legislation such as the Small Business Jobs Act and SBA initiatives such as Emerging 200 program can help you and your business succeed.

Micro-Enterprise Resources Initiatives & Training (MERIT) asks the question. “Have a business idea, but don’t know where to start?”  If you’ve been thinking about starting a business and you’re not sure your idea will make you money, they can help. They can guide you toward the information resources that will help you make a great decision.

Go to our weblink for more details and links to each of these resources.

https://dallasoregon.org/business-toolkit/

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.