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.

Embrace Your Geekness Day

Pokemon fans to Final Fantasy nerds, LARP’ers to Medieval Reenactors, rise up and be proud! Don your Lyre Pipe hats and your rattan swords, polish up your gunblades and bundle up your pokeballs, Embrace Your Geekness Day is for you! No matter what your fandom or what impassions you to creativity and brings skip to your step, cry it loud and proud! The Geek and fan community is truly one of the most amazing and creative groups out there, and every year more geeks are crying their fandoms loud and proud.

What exactly does it mean to be a geek? Well, definitions differ (and believe me, you don’t want to look up the Victorian age definition of a geek) but in today’s world it just means one thing. A geek is completely obsessed with one or more subjects, and can speak fluently on it for hours, sounding like a walking encyclopedia of geeky facts.

Wellcat Holidays organized the holiday stating that we all should be proud of the things that define us, and little defines us as much as those things we’re passionate about. “Dungeon games, comic books” we should have no shame about anything we’re into. In fact, you should shout it loud and proud. Geekdom brings people together, whether they’re sharing their love of a mutual fandom, or talking about their individual fandoms to inspire others to check it out, they love community. Some of the most amazing costuming and tech gadgets have been put together by people inspired by the shows, stories, and games that they love. That’s the power of being in touch with your imagination, and that’s what Embrace Your Geekness Day is all about.

If you have a fandom you’ve been hiding in a closet, don’t let it sit there unloved anymore. Get out into the world and wear your favorite shows t-shirt, talk to your friends about the stuff you love, maybe even try an arts project. Don’t restrain yourself to just comic books, dungeon games, and mangas. What are you passionate about? People, animals, sports? Embrace it. Embrace Your Geekness Day reminds us that we’re not alone in our Geekness, and the world is a better place for our bright showing of imagination, creativity, and pride. Now get out there and get your geek on!

14 Memorable TV Geeks for Embrace Your Geekness Day:

  1. Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory
  2. Steve Urkel from Family Matters
  3. Lisa Simpson from The Simpsons
  4. Ben Wyatt from Parks and Recreation
  5. Dexter from Dexters Lab
  6. The Kids from Stranger Things
  7. Liz Lemon from 30 Rocks
  8. Screech Powers from Saved by the Bell
  9. J.D. from Scrubs
  10. Abed Nadir from Community
  11. Dwight Schrute from The Office
  12. Willow Rosenberg from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  13. Stuart Minkus from Boy Meets World
  14. Eric Forman from That ‘70s Show

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!

Chamber Luncheon – Shawn Howe

This next speaker series luncheon on Monday, July 16th, will be from a Dallas High School graduate who has coached on some of the nation’s largest stages including University of Tennessee, USC, Memphis, and others. Shawn Howe, new Defensive Coordinator at Coastal Carolina University, will be sharing his story with us.

On February 23rd, Shawn Howe was named the Defensive Line Coach by Coastal Carolina head football coach Joe Moglia.

Howe spent the last three seasons as the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Dixie State University. Last season, Howe’s defense ranked 21st in the nation in fewest passing yards allowed and picked off 13 passes.

Prior to his arrival to DSU, he was the defensive line coach at Humboldt State University for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. During his tenure at HSU, Howe coached one All-American and six all-conference performers while his 2014 unit led the nation in sacks.

Howe worked with the Southern California football program for two seasons, including the 2012 season with current CCU defensive coordinator Marvin Sanders. Howe as a graduate assistant working with the defensive line in 2012 and was a defensive assistant in 2011. Before his time with the Trojans, Howe spent four years in the state of Tennessee with a brief stint at Gardner-Webb. In 2010, he was an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Tennessee helping the Volunteers reach the Music City Bowl. However, from January to June 2010 Howe was the defensive line coach with the Runnin’ Bulldogs. He spent the previous three years as a graduate assistant coach at Memphis. He worked the Tigers’ defense the first two years and coached the tight ends in 2009. Memphis played in the New Orleans Bowl in 2007, and the St. Petersburg Bowl in 2008.

He came to Memphis after working as a volunteer assistant at North Carolina State in 2006, helping with the defensive line. He began his coaching career at Rocky Mountain College, his alma mater, serving as the outside linebackers coach in 2004, and 2005.

Howe played defensive end and linebacker at College of the Redwoods in Eureka, CA in 2000, and 2001, earning All-Mid-Empire Conference first team honors in 2000 when he was the team’s Defensive Lineman of the Year. He then transferred to Rocky Mountain College, where he was a two-year starter at defensive end. He graduated from Rocky Mountain College in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and health.

This Monday Shawn Howe will be speaking on his journey from small town Dallas, to some of the biggest fields in the nation. You don’t want to miss this!

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.

CASA “Fore” The Kids Golf Tournament

In 1977, Judge David Soukup of Seattle realized that there was no one in the courtroom whose only job was to provide a voice for the child. He was consumed by the fact that very little information was provided about the child and didn’t know if he was doing the best job he could. He believed that volunteers, properly trained, could speak for the children and give judges better insight into the facts pertaining to the child. Through his efforts the first volunteer guardian “ad litem” program was established, which later became known as CASA.

The core components of Judge Soukup’s pilot program are essentially the same today: judges appoint selected, well-trained volunteers to represent the best interests of children in court. CASA volunteers typically handle just one or two cases at a time so they can provide in-depth, first-hand documented information to judges, attorneys, and social workers to assist in sound decision making.

In 1987, the Oregon Legislature mandated that all abused and neglected children in Oregon should have a CASA and two pilot programs were started. This mandate requires the CASA to investigate, advocate, facilitate and negotiate, and monitor.

Through volunteers, CASA of Polk County advocates for abused and neglected children who need safe and permanent homes. CASA volunteers are a caring and consistent adult presence for abused and neglected children facing multiple challenges, a CASA volunteer may be the one constant adult presence in their lives. Advocates stay with each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home.

CASA programs use effective evidence-based practices to help support these children. Independent studies have established that a child with a CASA volunteer is more likely to find a safe and permanent home; more likely to be adopted; half as likely to re-enter foster care; and substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care than children without a CASA volunteer.

CASA is preparing for their 3rd Annual CASA of Polk County Golf Tournament “Fore” Kids. All proceeds for the event will go to the children that CASA works with. It will take place at Cross Creek Golf Course on Saturday, June 30th. Putting contests will start at 7 am, and tee time will kick off at 8 am. We hope that even if you don’t play you will come down to support the event, the players, and the kids.

Country Financial

Heather Spike joined Country Financial to fulfill a valuable need in our community. It’s a great feeling for her to help her friends and neighbors achieve their goals!

Many people dream about how their lives will change in the years to com. Even though no one has a crystal ball to predict the future there are some things that are a real possibility, especially if you have a family – like weddings, college, and eventually retirement. Being prepared for these things can make a big difference, and protecting what you have today is important, too. Meet with Heather to talk about your present needs and future plans!

Our community is a great place to live, work and grow. Heather is proud to be a part of this area, and believes that by working to help her friends and neighbors reach their goals, we can make this community even stronger.

By helping you take simple steps Dallas and you will grow. Even the biggest goals start with simple steps. We know life is busy. So before another moment goes by, Heather wants to help you plan for your future so you can spend less time worrying and more time making memories. Sometimes, when you have more questions than answers, it might seem easier to do nothing at all. Whether you’re protecting the things you love or preparing for tomorrow, don’t get overwhelmed, get started.

Country Financial was founded over 90 years ago by a group of farmers who wanted to insure the property of their friends and neighbors. Today, they are a highly-rated, financially strong company that offers much more than just insurance. They offer their customers a variety of ways to protect what is most important to them and plan for a financially secure future.

Country Financial is proud of their reputation and work hard to earn your trust. Country Life Insurance Company are consistently rated A+ by A.M. Best, and independent industry rating company. Both companies have remained in the highest rating category for almost 80 consecutive years. A.M. Best rates their financial strength and their ability to meet customer obligations.

Country Financial has also been continuously ranked on the Fortune 1000 list since 2004. Fortune magazine maintains the list, which recognizes the 1,000 largest American companies according to revenue. In 2016, the Country Financial family of affiliated companies ranked 646 on the list with $3.5 billion in revenue.

With such a reputation Heather works hard to ensure that her community is getting the best out of their service. Come in today to see what Country Financial can do for you!

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.