From their humble beginnings as a small discount retailer in Rogers, Ar., Walmart has opened thousands of stores in the United States and expanded internationally. Through innovation, they are creating a seamless experience to let customers shop anytime and anywhere online, through mobile devices and in stores. They are creating opportunities and bringing value to customers and communities around the glove. Walmart operates over 11,200 stores, one in our humble town, under 55 banners in 27 countries and eCommerce websites in 10 countries. They employ approximately 2.2. Million associates around the world. – 1.5 million in the United States alone.

Everyday low prices on a broad assortment – anytime, anywhere. Every Day Low Price is the cornerstone of their strategy, and their price focus has never been stronger. Today’s customer seeks the convenience of one-stop shopping that Walmart offers. From grocery and entertainment to sporting goods and crafts, they provide the deep assortment that their customers appreciate – whether they are shopping online at, through one their mobile apps or shopping in store. Walmart currently operates three primary store formats in the United States, each custom tailored to its neighborhood.

A job at Walmart means an opportunity to build a career. About 75% of their store management teams started as hourly associates, and last year, they promoted about 200,000 people to jobs with more responsibility and higher pay. In the United States, the average, full-time hourly wages is $14.03. Walmart has even committed to hire 250.00 veterans.

Walmart gives back to every community in which it serves. Most recently Dallas area Walmart donated needed miscellaneous supplies for both Freedomfest, and Summerfest. Thanks to their aide we were able to better invest funds to ensure our community had the best city events possible.

Walmart is the largest onsite green power generator in the United States. Working with others, Walmart aspires to reshape the way they work to achieve significant and lasting improvement in environmental and social outcomes, in a way that also improves their business. Their approach accelerates them towards their three aspirational goals: to create zero waste, operate with 100% renewable energy and sell products that sustain our resources and the environment. Walmart is using their strengths to not only further work in their own operations, but to also help create a more sustainable value chain.

If you are looking for one-stop shopping, with a great value be sure to visit our local Walmart store.

Wall Insurance

Insurance you can trust. Wall Insurance is proud to serve the insurance needs of Dallas and all of Oregon. Let them help you find the right insurance to meet your needs.

Wall Insurance is independently owned and locally operated to handle your insurance needs. They believe that local insurance agencies can best serve your insurance needs. As your local insurance agency, they will assist you in finding just the right combination of tailored, personalized insurance coverage at just the right price.

Wall Insurance invites you to complete an online quote or call to speak with a local agency to review coverage options for auto insurance, home insurance, life insurance, health insurance, business insurance, commercial insurance, renter insurance, boat insurance, and more. Wall Insurance provides free, no hassle and no obligation quotes to let you see what they have to offer.

Insurance tailored for you. Wall Insurance strive to offer you quality insurance coverage, a high level of professional service and long-term relationship.

Affordable, reliable insurance choices. Wall Insurance offers several of the top insurance companies to choose from when selecting your insurance plan. They will research the rates and coverage for you to find you the best option that fits your needs. You no longer need to call around town or search all over the Internet to find the best rates – Wall Insurance does the shopping and comparing for you to save your time and money!

“Excellent service. Excellent people. I recommend everyone check with them for all their insurance questions and needs! I was a long time State Farm customer, however the people and service at Wall Insurance was well worth the switch. They worked with me to find a policy that was perfect for me and I intend to be a customer for a long, long time!”

“Wall Insurance is a family business. They treat you as part of the family. When I moved to another state they made a phone call to another agent they knew in my new area to take care of me. Now I am back in Oregon and I am happy to be back with Wall!”

Chamber Luncheon

For our December Chamber Luncheon our CEO, JD Shinn, will be presenting “The State of the Chamber.” This is a great opportunity to not only learn about what we have been doing for you in the year 2018 while you are at work, but also learn what Chamber resources are available to you.

New members to the Chamber, or if you are taking over for a former business representative, you are highly encourage you to attend this Luncheon. We will be reviewing your Chamber Login, and how best to encourage your SEO, and get more click to your website. If you are not a Chamber member, but are considering becoming one “The State of the Chamber” is an excellent one to attend. We will cover what is a Chamber, and how we help you and the Dallas community. We also encourage any former Chamber members to attend and see what changes we have made to our organizations, thanks to conversations with you!

The Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce is designed to be a Catalyst, Convener, and Champion. We spark growth in business through programming and services that keep your business engaged in activities that move the Dallas Area towards a successful future. We provide unique opportunities for business leaders to influence civic, social and business initiatives that support community growth. We help build a strong community by connecting our broad and diverse members to people, entities and issues that are important to business success.

Before coming to Dallas, JD spent time on staff with the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, where he participated in a workforce development project called the Career Achievement Network. While serving at Salem Chamber he went back to school to finish his Bachelor’s degree. Shinn earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Management & Organizational Leadership from George Fox University. He is tasked with leading the Chamber and Visitor Center into casting a new vision. JD is a Dallas High School Graduate. He brings a passion for people and an attitude of servant leadership to the community.

This year we are very excited to share with you what we have done in the year 2018, what we see happening in the future, and hearing from you what you want to see.

“Improving Our Community, One Business at a Time.”

Gingerbread House Day

Gingerbread houses are a favorite holiday pastime with families, be it with parents, grandparents, or even both! But these delicious, decorative bread houses have always been a staple of the holiday season for as long as people can remember. Where did they come from? Who came up with the idea? To answer those questions, we must follow the ghost of holiday’s past into the history of Gingerbread House Day!

Food Historians, yes there is such a thing, ratify that ginger has been seasoning foodstuffs and drinks since antiquity. It is believed gingerbread was fist baked in Europe at the end of the 11th century when returning crusaders brought back the custom of spicy bread from the Middle East. Ginger was not only tasty; it had properties that helped preserve the bread. According to a French legend, gingerbread was brought to Europe in 992 A.D. by the Armenian monk and later saint, Gregory of Nicopolis, or Gregory Makar. Ginger bread figurines date back to the 15th century and baking human-shaped biscuits was practiced in the 16th century.

The gingerbread bakers were gathered into professional baker guilds. In many European countries, gingerbread bakers were a distinct component of the bakers’ guild. Gingerbread baking developed into an acknowledged profession. In the 17th century, only professional gingerbread bakers were permitted to bake gingerbread except at Christmas and Easter. In Europe, gingerbreads shaped like hearts, stars, soldiers, trumpets, swords, pistols and animals were sold in special shops and seasonal markets.

The tradition of making decorated gingerbread houses started in German in the early 1800s. According to certain researchers, the first gingerbread houses were the result of the well-known Grimm’s fairy tale Hansel and Gretel. In modern times the tradition has continued in certain places in Europe. In Germany, the Christmas markets still sell decorated gingerbread before Christmas.

To celebrate Gingerbread House Day, take the family out for a shopping trip and pick up the supplies necessary to make a gingerbread house. Then let the younger members of the family pick out the decorations that they want to add to the gingerbread house. Finally, pick out the decorations that you want and add them to the house.

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.

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  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

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!


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!



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.


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.


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 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.”

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 [email protected].

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.



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!\

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