Dallas Library Book Sale

Dallas Public Library is hosting a Friends of the Dallas Public Library Book Sale this weekend at the Dallas Civic Center! The event will be held Friday, April 13th from 3pm to 7pm, and Saturday, April 14th from 10am to 3pm. The last hour on Saturday will be a Bag Sale. All hardcovers will be one dollar, and paperbacks only fifty cents. This is a great opportunity to both expand your home library and support our local library.

If you are a bookworm like myself you can’t wait to jump at the chance. But the local Dallas Library does more than just lend books to the public, or throw book sales. The Dallas Public Library strives to ensure that there are programs available for everyone.

Children of all ages can enjoy their Summer Reading Program. Tuesdays and Thursday morning they hold Story Time for your little ones that include finger-plays, songs, and even simple crafts to engage them in learning. Let us not forget about Lego Building also on Thursdays in the afternoon.

If you are struggling with a research project, book report, or simply just want to expand on your current knowledge the library offers resources to you as well. Their homework and career center makes equipment and resources available to all who need it. Or maybe you want some fun to but are on a budget. The Dallas Public Library provides Cultural Go Passes to a household which can provide up to free admission to a destination. These destinations include; Evergreen Aviation Museum, Gilbert’s House, and many other fun educational locations for the family to visit.

In this day and age where so many of our public libraries are closing due to lack of funding and support this book sale offers a unique opportunity. We hope you take advantage of the time not only to thank those who work so hard to engage our children in learning and providing resources to the public but also find out what other unique opportunities are available to you.

Dallas Dutch Bros.

Dutch Brothers is a blessing in the small town of Dallas.

There has never been a time that I have asked for something from Joe or the Dutch crew and not got exactly what I was looking for. They are more than happy to not only donate product for a cause, but their time too. Whether I’m asking for coffee for teacher appreciation week, a booster event, senior all night party…it’s a yes. They go above and beyond. Just recently I asked Joe and Katie if they could come to Lacreole and be guest speakers in our exploratory class. The original guest speaker couldn’t make it. Of course they said yes! Their generosity amazes me every single time.

That spirit of giving is not just restricted to our local Dutch Bros either! The Dutch Bros website is full of stories of branches reaching out to their communities and helping in small and big ways. Dutch Bros lives by three core values: one cannot be sacrificed for another, all must work together to provide the best experience possible, and they may be a coffee company but they are in the relationship business. No wonder we have been struck by a Dutch Bros craze, and with our Dallas Dutch Bros leading the way.

They hire many young adults from the high school and colleges too. They teach more than how to run a coffee stand and keep customers happy with their latte and rebel addictions. They teach life skills, and help young people to be successful as they start their journey in the working world.

“I hold Joe Lawless, his sister Katie Fode, and their entire team in high regard. They do a lot for The Dallas Community. ❤💙” –Julie

No wonder the line at Dutch Bros. Coffee of Dallas Oregon is always so long! Communities support businesses that support the community. We are proud to have Dutch Bros as a member of the Dallas Area Chamber! Thank you Dutch Bros for serving Dallas!

Book Review – The 5 Levels of Leadership

From where I’m sitting we’re all leaders, in different capacities.  With that in mind, we can all use a boost in how we go about leading in our realm.  Many of us have at least heard of leadership guru John C. Maxwell.  In fact for many people when they think of information about becoming a good leader, they think of things that Maxwell has said or written.  Not sounding familiar?  That’s ok.  I’d like to introduce you to him and one of my favorite books he’s written.  “The 5 Levels of Leadership”.

In this book, Maxwell dispels the myth that position or title equals leadership.  True leaders are those who stand for something great and do things in line with a greater cause.  Maxwell shares that the five levels include:

  1. Position – People follow because they have to. You’ve been given a title that says you’re the boss.
  2. Permission – People follow because they want to. People have enough buy-in on you as leader they voluntarily go where you lead them.
  3. Production – People follow because of what you have done for the organization. Your actions have proven to your followers that you are worth following.
  4. People Development – People follow because of what you have done for them personally. You’ve put enough into developing others that people value your leadership as a developer of people as well as processes.
  5. Personhood – People follow because of who you are and what you represent. Your character has stood the test of time and has been refined like gold and has proven to be of high value.

Consider this book for your next investment into your business library.  For me, it showed me the level of leader I am now and what I’m capable of becoming.  For you maybe something else.  But there’s something there for sure to get that boost to reaching new potential in leadership capabilities.

Polk Itemizer-Observer

If you live in Dallas you are familiar with our trusted news source, Itemizer-Observer. They have been serving Polk County since 1875 and the Dallas Chamber is proud to have them as a Cornerstone Member. We work hard to bring our community great events and the sponsorship and advertisement from the Itemizer-Observer greatly support our efforts. Their support of our community during their time here in Dallas cannot be missed.

Polk Itemizer Observer actively covers sports, events, and works hard to highlight what’s going on in Dallas and give its citizens a voice.

Emily Mentzer, editor at the Itemizer-Observer had this to say, “We have a renewed focus on serving our readers and our local businesses. We have a lot to offer both in print and online, and we’re taking full advantage of it to keep readers informed and help businesses get their message out.” Don’t just take our word for it, Dallas Residents have this to say about Polk Itemizer Observer: “A great way to stay informed on the happenings in and around Polk County!”

“This is a great small town newspaper. They do a really good job of staying local and reporting on the important things in the community. My kids have been featured many times with sports and different school activities. I’m very glad to have this paper in our small town. Thank you!”

“My favorite way to find out what’s going on in Dallas.”

“The local sports section is my favorite.”

Polk County Fairgrounds

This week we are excited to spotlight a family fun event at the Polk County Fairgrounds starting today! The Oregon Old Time Fiddlers State Convention is here to entertain and educate the whole family! This event starts today, April 4th, and lasts until April 7th for a four-day event!

The Oldtime Fiddlers’ Associate in a nonprofit organization dedicated to the continuation and promotion of old-time music. The Oregon Oldtime Fiddlers’ Association is over fifty years old and has musical roots from many places; including the Appalachia Mountains, Louisiana bayous, Minnesota, even as far as Scotland, Ireland, and England. Each April the Oldtime Fiddlers’ Association holds a convention at Polk County Fairgrounds to share their love and knowledge of music with the public.

Founded in 1913 Polk County Fairgrounds has been dedicated to the idea of providing the general public and community with the space, buildings, and equipment needed to engage in events for over a century. The Polk County Fairgrounds hosts events year-round designed to promote fun, learning and social activity for everyone- especially where children can benefit. The Polk County Fairgrounds have not limited themselves to just events either. They provide space for multiple group meetings; from dog training to CourtCare and Workshops. Year after year the hard workers at the Polk County Fairgrounds work to improve their events and facilities, all while delivering a great time to our families in the community.

Take advantage of this great opportunity to support our local fairgrounds and learn about Oregon music, and bring the whole family!

Cap and Trade – Carbon Issue

It is our observation that all bets are off on ‘Cap and Trade.’ Proponents are going to force a vote. The assurances of Senate leadership that ‘Cap and Trade’ will not move in 2018 are now being softened and walked back.

The Bill “Requires Environmental Quality Commission to adopt by rule program that places a cap on greenhouse gas emissions and that provides market-based mechanism for covered entities to demonstrate compliance.”

The reality is, adopting California’s cap-and-trade system would mean Oregon chasing its manufacturing and energy-intensive industries away just like California has since 2013. When California’s cap-and-trade system went into effect, California’s manufacturing sector suffered, leading to fewer manufacturing jobs. Outside of California’s wealthy enclaves, unemployment rates rocketed above national averages.

Oregon has already adopted strict new climate policies on transportation and electricity generation, from a Low Carbon Fuel Standard, which could add $.15 to the cost of a gallon of fuel, to directing Oregon’s largest utilities to divest entirely from coal. These groundbreaking climate policies need time to work without the burden of California’s cap-and-trade scheme.

We can’t continue to tell ourselves this is a non-issue in 2018.  We need to TAKE ACTION NOW.

 

The video and advocacy page – http://oregonchamber.org/capandtrade/ – need to be spread to every chamber and every chamber member throughout the state ASAP. Every local business needs to send a note to their legislator to oppose cap and trade now.

This issue affects us all.  Let our elected officials know how you’d like them to proceed.

Washington Street Bar & Grill

This week I had lunch with a few colleagues at Washington Street Steakhouse & Pub… again. 
Every time I go in there, I feel like I made a new friend, and I get to eat something delicious. Established in 1999 they have created a hometown environment with separate family dining and a full-service pub. Washington Street welcomes new guests and loyal customers alike; treating them as if they are family. These folks go the extra mile and provide a wonderful place to take a load off and boost the serotonin level with all that tasty goodness and friendly atmosphere.  What more can a foodie ask for? 

“We used to live in Dallas so when we are in town we always stop here for food and drinks. On the weekends they serve a FANTASTIC smoked prime rib dinner. If you are lucky you can get prime and eggs in the mornings after.

The girls in the bar always remember us even though we only get over there maybe once or twice a year! Excellent service from almost all of the servers.”
“My wife and I were greeted by a young lady named Jody, she ensured we got a booth, brought our drinks promptly, and was just a great person to talk with. Her bright and bubbly personality made our meal great. Thanks for a great time. I will tell my friends about your service and food!”
Thank you Washington Street Bar & Grill team. We think you’re pretty awesome!

Grandma’s Attic

Many of us have passed by the quaint little brick building located on Court St, but how many of us have stepped inside? Well, as April 1st was not only Easter and April Fools Day, but International Tatting Day I felt that it was time we talked about one of our landmark residents.  And no that’s doesn’t necessarily mean everyone gets a tattoo.  It’s for all things needlepoint.

Grandma’s Attic takes us on a trip back in time to when our Grandmothers all gathered around quilting frames and created beautiful family heirlooms. Grandma’s Attic was founded in 1994 with a mission to provide quality quilting and sewing products that help continue the unique traditions and connections of our ancestors that tie us to our history, our family, and to causes of women around the world. Not content to let that history disappear Grandma’s Attic offers classes for everyone; from the beginners to the historians.

What makes Grandma’s Attic unique is their customer service and extensive knowledge. Grandma Rachel has dedicated her life working with and learning the role of textiles in women’s lives throughout history. Grandma Rachel is always willing to share the wealth of knowledge that she has accumulated. She believes strongly in caring over personal customer service to her online clients as well and encourages them to call with any questions or concerns they might have.

Grandma’s Attic is proud to reside in the Dallas community with its deep roots to the 19th Century Pioneers of the West. They share with their customers the history of our area; from the end of the Applegate Trail to the origins of our historical Polk County Courthouse.

Happy International Tatting Day Grandma’s Attic!

Dallas Retirement Village

Dallas Retirement Village first started in 1947 when a small church bought a small yellow house to serve as a care center for aging adults. Originally it was called Dallas Home for the Aged, but when they opened an independent living apartment in 1995 it came to be called the name we know, Dallas Retirement Village. They have continued to grow around the needs of the community and recently opened The Lodge Residences, and Clubhouse in 2017. Just in time to celebrate their 70th anniversary.

Staying true to their roots as a charitable mission designed to serve the needs of the seniors, they have remained a not-for-profit community. Their mission remains; to provide a continuum of quality services and care to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of their residents with dignity and respect.

Dallas Retirement Village does not restrict this mission statement to just our senior citizens though. Currently they are offering regular courses such as the ongoing CNA course designed to meet the current demands. Annually they award a scholarship designed to encourage employees and students to continue working to improve in their professional field.

Their team of compassionate employees also reflect this vision. If you like coffee and have lived in Dallas for any amount of time, you know this face, Mary Sue Schroeder. Mary Sue was the manager of the first Starbucks to grace Dallas. She kept everyone smiling and caffeinated for 10 years working at the Starbucks located inside Safeway. If you have been missing this smiling face, you now know where to find her! She’s making her delicious drinks at The Lodge. She is an excellent asset to the already amazing team at Dallas Retirement Village.

On behalf of our community, thank you Dallas Retirement Village.

West Valley Hospital

Did you know that Salem Health – West Valley is an award-winning hospital?  It’s true, they were named to the Statesman Journal’s 2017 Best of the Mid-Valley Gold Winner. For the second year in a row they received the yearly Top Performer Award by the MBQIP for reporting top quality performance.

They have offered tremendous services in health fields we have needed in our community for more than a century when it was first founded in 1907. Salem Health works with Polk County Public Health, Capitol Dental, and Polk County Behavioral Health to provide care and access to students in the Central School District. They further that community spirit by providing a Service Integration program to match families in need with local resources.

One patient said “They have gone out of their way to see to my comfort and care. The nurses, the x-ray techs, the phlebotomy staff, all helpful, gentle and kind.”  Next time you need them, take comfort in knowing you’re in good hands at Salem Health – West Valley Hospital.

Another patient told us “The staff is amazing, and goes above and beyond. My daughter ultrasound pictures were stolen during and move. When we went to have an ultrasound for our second child I asked the Imagist if they was anyway to recover them. Before I left she had printed out the two that she could find and emailed me the rest later. I didn’t really expect anything but she went above and beyond to help recover family memories.”

Way to go West Valley Hospital.  Way. To. Go.