Wake Up Wednesday News

MV Advancements

MV Advancements has recently expanded into Marion County and is working hard to match employers with employees. If you think that you may have a job that needs doing contact MV Advancements for a cost-free assessment. They will investigate, match, and train at no expense to you!

MV Advancements Business Relations Manager, Consuelo (Connie) Christianson is pleased to announce that thanks to networking opportunities such as Wake Up Wednesday she has met with 48 businesses concerning job assessments, despite setting her initial goal at 20.

https://mvadvancements.org/about/updates/

 

Washington Federal

Washington Federal has started a FURLOUGH program for government workers out of employment due to the government shutdown. Just bring proof of being a FURLOUGH participant.

https://www.washingtonfederal.com/locations/oregon/dallas

 

West Valley Taphouse

It’s Dark Week at West Valley Taphouse. They have the best dark beer selection in Oregon on tap, come check it out!

Next week West Valley Taphouse will be closed from Sunday to Thursday to give the place a major freshening. They apologize for the inconvenience, but think you’re really going to like the results.

http://westvalleytaphouse.com/

 

AdvoCare

Don’t forget to see Lisa about keeping those New Years resolutions! Lisa has the products to beat the mid-day slump, and nutrition classes to teach you what and what not to eat.

http://youbegreater.com/

 

Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce

62nd Annual Community Awards Celebration is coming up! Don’t forget to check out our Facebook page to see who won! Then visit our website to reserve your ticket!

Want to show your town pride? Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center is now selling bumper-stickers for $5. That’s half the price of what many others are selling for. Stop by, and pick yours up today!

https://www.dallasoregon.org/awards

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Wake Up Wednesday News

MV Advancements

MV Advancements will be presenting to local wineries that want to feature MV Advancements Adult Employment possibilities. If you think that your business would be a good match to partner with MV Advancements we encourage you to reach out to an MV Advancement employee. They will arrange a Tour the Hear with your business, and assist in placing and training the right person for the job. Stay tuned to hear some of their success stories!

https://mvadvancements.org/

 

Harvest CrossFit

A new Foundations Class will be starting soon! Learn the foundations of CrossFit in a class setting with other beginners! This is a six week program, two hour-long sessions per a week. Don’t miss this great opportunity to fulfill that New Year resolution!

http://www.harvestcrossfit.com/

 

Advocare

Slim & Trim Competition is going on today! Take charge and become your favorite success story. Commit to 56 days of Slim & Trim and you could win BIG! The Grand Prize is on year supply of Spark, $25,000, and a chance to be featured in Impact Magazine! Ten finalists will win $2,000 and 3 month supply of Spark. You must register before January 15th to participate. Order one 28-day Slim & Trim, or one 14-day Slim & Trim. Before midnight Central Time on February 19th you must order remaining Slim & Trim packs to complete a total of two 28-Day packs, or four 14-day  packs, or any combination thereof that totals in 56 days of product. Between March 4th and 18th upload your “After” photos and transformation essay to complete your entry and win a chance at the Grand Prize!

To help you be your best success story don’t miss Lisa Prestons Nutritional class, to be held at Iron Jungle. Class starts tonight, Tuesday the 8th, at 7 pm!

http://youbegreater.com/

 

Brixius Jewelers

We would like to give a special thanks to Brixius Jewelers for being our Sweepstake sponsor at our 62nd Annual Community Awards Banquet. Brixius will be donating a piece of jewelry that one lucky guest will be going home with!

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Brixius-Jewelers/157186850982271

 

YoungPros

January is Leadership and Development month! YoungPros will be focusing on goal setting, and business planning at their next meeting. This is a lesson that goes beyond the work place, and can help in your personal life. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from guest educational speakers!

http://business.dallasoregon.org/events/details/young-pros-networking-01-09-2019-4623

 

Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce 62nd Annual Community Awards

Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce is getting ready for our 62nd Annual Community Awards Banquet, but we need to hear from you! Know someone who deserves thanks and recognition for all they do in our community? Get your nominations in before this Friday, January 11th!

Interested in showing your community support? We are still accepting Sponsorships until January 18th. Get your application in today!

http://www.dallasoregon.org/awards/

Start Today (Yesterday you said tomorrow)

The New Year is typically a notable milestone in time. It causes us to stop… and take inventory. We inventory our personal growth. We inventory our goals and aspirations, in contrast to what we have actually achieved.

“Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.” – Benjamin Franklin

This quote is all about the present. Too many people, myself included, focus on the past or on the future. We can lament the past, and plan for the future, but we can only get things done in the present, today. This quote urges us to actually do something today, instead of waiting until tomorrow to get started.

Why is it important to not put things off? Besides the obvious answer of it won’t get done, it also creates a kind of momentum. Newton’s First Law says that “An object that is at rest will stay at rest unless an unbalanced force acts upon it.” So there is momentum in sloth, delaying, procrastinating and all the other euphemisms for the act of not doing.

The opposite is just as important. Avalanches start when just the tiniest of pebbles or snowflakes bumps into just the right spot. All that pent up potential energy is released, and gathers speed, strength, and momentum. By putting off until tomorrow, you are robbing yourself of the “mighty momentum”.

Tony Robbins has a saying, “never leave the site of a decision without taking action.” Does that sound kind of like Benjamin Franklins’ quote? What Tony is trying to do is to get you to help yourself by taking a step, no matter how small, to start that momentum, to start your own avalanche.

What have you been putting off in your life? A project to do, something to start doing, something to stop doing, some habits that need to be modified?

Can you find a way to break it into a couple different steps? Can you break one of the easier steps into a few chunks? Find the tiniest chunk, and do it! Put that object in motion, and feel the thrill, the expectation and, at times, the terror of having started something. Then follow it up.

What I mean to say when I say follow it up is that one push alone won’t get it done. As an avalanche needs gravity to constantly pull on it, so your task will require your attention. Perhaps not as consistently as gravity, but you will need to continue to take steps toward finishing the task.

Friction exists in the real world, and it tries to slow the avalanche. Your task will face a similar counter-force. It may be apathy, being too busy with other “high priority” tasks, and distractions. By keeping after it, even in the smallest steps, you will eventually get there.

The New Year is here. You made your resolutions, now go.  Build that momentum, and see just what you are capable of.

New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve is a major social holiday for many people in the United States. Many people hold parties at home or attend special celebrations to celebrate the upcoming New Year. In many cities, large scale public events are held. These often attract thousands of people.

A particularly striking aspect of the New Year’s Eve festivities is the ball drop in Time Square in Manhattan, New York City. The ball is made of crystal and electric lights and is placed on top of a pole, which is 77 feet high. At one minute before midnight the ball is lowered slowly down the pole. It comes to rest at the bottom of the pole at exactly midnight. The event is shown on television across the United States and around the world. The event has been held every year since 1907, except during World War II.

Across the United States a range of cities and towns hold their own version of the ball drop. A variety of objects are lowered or raised during the last minute of the year. The objects are usually linked to an aspect of local history or industry. Examples include a variety of live and modeled domestic and wild animals, fruit, vegetables, automobiles, industrial machinery, a giant replica of a peach (Atlanta, Georgia), an acorn made of brass and weighing 900 pounds (Raleigh, North Carolina) and ping pong balls (Strasburg, Pennsylvania).

December 31st is not a federal holiday, but it does fall in the holiday season at the end of the year. It is a holiday in some states like Kentucky, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Most schools and other educational institutions throughout the United States are closed. Some organizations are closed, and others are open but offer limited services. Many stores are open on New Year’s Ever, but may close early. Many theaters, clubs and other entertainment venues have special programs. It may be necessary to reserve tickets many weeks in advance.

Public transit systems may operate normal or reduced services. Some companies extend their schedules into the early hours of January 1st to enable people who have attended New Year’s Eve parties to return home safely. If you need to use public transit on December 31st, it is wise to check the appropriate timetables carefully before you travel. Below we have included a link to our local bus system. You can also contact Squirrels Taxi Service at (917) 240-1208.

There may be some traffic or diversions around large scale events. Diversions may be in effect in the days before New Year’s Eve so that stands can be built. It is wise to check the local media if you wish to drive to or near large scale events.

Curious as to what events are going on in our local area? Click on the Chamber link to see what people are doing this New Year’s Eve.

Have fun, and be safe!

 

https://www.cherriots.org/services/

http://business.dallasoregon.org/events/

A Christmas History Part 2

It wasn’t until the 19th century that Americans began to embrace Christmas. Americans re-invented Christmas, and changed it from a raucous carnival holiday into a family-centered day of peace and nostalgia. But what about the 1800s peaked American interest in the holiday?

The early 19th century was a period of class conflict and turmoil. During this time, unemployment was high and gang rioting by the disenchanted classes often occurred during the Christmas season. In 1828, the New York city council instituted the city’s first police force in response to a Christmas riot. This catalyzed certain members of the upper classes to begin to change the way Christmas was celebrated in America.

In 1818, best-selling author Washington Irving wrote The Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon, gent., a series of stories about the celebration of Christmas in an English manor house. The sketches feature a squire who invited the peasants into his home for the holiday. In contrast to the problems faced in American society, the two groups mingled effortlessly. In Irving’s mind, Christmas should be a peaceful, warm-hearted holiday bringing groups together across lines of wealth or social status. Irving’s fictitious celebrants enjoyed “ancient customs,” including the crowning of a Lord of Misrule. Irving’s book, however, was not based on any holiday celebration he had attended – in fact, many historians say that Irving’s account actually “invented” tradition by implying that it described the true customs of the season.

Also around this time, English author Charles Dickens created the classic holiday tale, A Christmas Carol. The story’s message – the importance of charity and good will towards all humankind – struck a powerful chord in the United States and England, and showed members of Victorian society the benefits of celebrating the holiday.

The family was also becoming less disciplined and more sensitive to the emotional needs of children during the early 1800s. Christmas provided families with a day when they could lavish attention – and gifts – on their children without appearing to “spoil” them.

As Americans began to embrace Christmas as a perfect family holiday, old customs were unearthed. People looked toward recent immigrants and Catholic and Episcopalian churches to see how the day should be celebrated. In the next 100 years, Americans build a Christmas tradition all their own that included pieces of many other customs, including decorating trees, sending holiday cards, and gift-giving.

Although most families quickly bought into the idea that they were celebrating Christmas how it had been done for centuries, Americans had really re-invented a holiday to fill the cultural needs of a growing nation.

Christmas Facts:

  • Each year, 30-35 million real Christmas trees are sold in the United States alone. There are 21,000 Christmas tree growers in the United States, and trees usually grow for about 15 years before they are sold.
  • The first eggnog made in the United States was consumed in Captain John Smith’s 1607 Jamestown settlement.
  • Poinsettia plants are named after Joel R. Poinsett, an American minister to Mexico, who brought the red-and-green plant from Mexico to America in 1828.
  • The Salvation Army has been sending Santa Claus-clad donation collectors into the streets since the 1890s.
  • Rudolph, “the most famous reindeer of all,” was the product of Robert L. May’s imagination in 1939. They copywriter wrote a poem about the reindeer to help lure customers into the Montgomery Ward department store.
  • Construction workers started the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree tradition in 1931.

A Christmas History Part 1

Christmas is both a sacred religious holiday and a worldwide cultural and commercial phenomenon. For two millennia, people around the world have been observing it with traditions and practices that are both religious and secular in nature. Christians celebrate Christmas Day as the anniversary of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. Popular customs include exchanging gifts, decorating Christmas trees, attending church, sharing meals with family and friends and, of course, waiting for Santa Claus to arrive.

The middle of winter has long been a time of celebration around the world. Centuries before the arrival of Jesus. Early Europeans celebrated light and birth in the darkest days of winter. Many peoples rejoiced during the winter solstice, when the worst of the winter was behind them and they could look forward to longer days, and extended hours of sunlight.

In the early years of Christianity, Easter was the main holiday; the birth of Jesus was not celebrated. In the fourth century, church officials decided to institute the birth of Jesus as a holiday. Unfortunately, the Bible does not mention date for his birth. Although some evidence suggests that his birth may have occurred in the spring, Pope Julius I chose December 25th. It is commonly believed that the church chose this date in an effort to adopt and absorb the traditions of the pagan Saturnalia festival. First called the Feast of the Nativity, the custom spread to Egypt by 432 and to England by the end of the sixth century. By the end of the eighth century, the celebration of Christmas had spread all the way to Scandinavia. Today, in Greek and Russian orthodox churches, Christmas is celebrated 13 days after the 25th, which is also referred to as the Epiphany or Three Kings Day. This is the day it is believed that the three wise men finally found Jesus in the manger.

By holding Christmas at the same time as traditional winter solstice festivals, church leaders increased the chances that Christmas would be popularly embraced, but gave up the ability to dictate how it was celebrated. By the Middle Ages, Christianity had, for the most part, replaced pagan religion. On Christmas, believers attended church, then celebrated raucously in a drunken, carnival-like atmosphere similar to today’s Mardi Gras. Each year, a beggar or student would be crowned the “lord of misrule” and eager celebrants played the part of his subjects. The poor would go to the houses of the rich and demand their best food and drink. If owners failed to comply, their visitors would most likely terrorized them with mischief. Christmas became the time of the year when the upper classes could repay their real or imagined “debt” to society by entertaining less fortunate citizens.

In the early 17th century, a wave of religious reform changed the way Christmas was celebrated in Europe. When Oliver Cromwell and his Puritan forces took over England in 1645, they vowed to rid England of decadence and as part of their effort, cancelled Christmas. By popular demand, Charles II was restored to the throne and, with him, came the return of the popular holiday.

The pilgrims, English separatists that come to America in 1620, were even more orthodox in their Puritan beliefs than Cromwell. As a result, Christmas was not a holiday in early America. From 1659 to 1681, the celebration of Christmas was actually outlawed in Boston. Anyone exhibiting the Christmas spirit was fined five shillings. By contrast, in Jamestown settlement, Captain John Smith reported that Christmas was enjoyed by all and passed without incident.

After the American Revolution, English customs fell out of favor, including Christmas. In fact, Christmas wasn’t declared a federal holiday until June 26th, 1870.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Day

Feeling bored? Uninspired by life? Do you need four cups of coffee just to break the monotony of the 9 to 5? Fortunately, there is one special day in December that will alleviate these common maladies. That day, my friend is National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day on Friday, December 21st!

Lurking in the murky depths of many people’s wardrobe is a colorful, brash and in most cases, highly embarrassing novelty Christmas sweater which, were it not for Ugly Christmas Sweater Day would probably never see the light of day. When Ugly Christmas Sweater Day comes along, it is time to stop being ashamed of the contents of your wardrobe and start busting out the ugly. There is such a thing as “so awful you can’t really hate it’, and Ugly Christmas Sweaters fit the bill.

Launched in 2011, this annual celebration, which is growing in popularity every year among adults and children, is not simply an excuse to parade humiliatingly-unfashionable seasonal knitwear featuring Rudolph, Christmas puddings and Frosty the Snowman; it is a light-hearted and enjoyable fundraising event with a serious aim in aid of Save the Children.

Since then it has been used as an important event to help drive charity funds for organizations that help children around the world deal with illnesses that should be anything more than a minor inconvenience. The firm belief that children should not die from easily treated diseases is what brings this holiday to the fore. It is often speculated that we subject ourselves to a minor harmless ailment, the sight of these hideous sweaters, to help save the children from medically similar situations.

National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day is about proudly sporting your favorite ugly Christmas sweater for the entire day… regardless of the circumstances. Wear it to school, to work, to your sister’s wedding. Got an important interview on Friday? Oops, tough luck. Worried the judge will increase your sentence if you show up to court in an ugly Christmas sweater? Sorry, no exception.

Share this special day with your friends and spread the word. Also, please send us pictures strutting your stuff in an ugly Christmas sweater.  We can’t leave Dallas out of the awesomeness that is, Ugly Christmas Sweater Day. Let’s rock this!

 

https://www.savethechildren.org

Wake Up Wednesday News

Technical Genius Solutions

Want a career utilizing A+? Technical Genius Solutions offers free community classes. They will go through, chapter by chapter, with you until you take the certification. This also comes with a possible chance to intern with Technical Genius Solutions

On Wednesday, Technical Genius offers a $10 class on Getting to Know Technology. This is a great opportunity for you to learn about that new Christmas gadget Santa left you under the tree.

This week only, Technical Genius Solutions is offering a 10% discount on all screen repairs.

https://tgsoregon.net/

 

Washington Street Steakhouse & Pub

Now available is Curb Side pickup (for online orders only)! Their full menu is now available for online orders. When you get to Washington Street Steakhouses designated to-go parking spot, give them a call and let them know the name of your order and that you are outside. They will bring your order out to you!

https://washingtonststeakhouse.com/

 

Columbia Bank

Columbia Bank has been named number one for small business loans in Oregon! Come in and see them, they have money to give away!

https://www.columbiabank.com/locations/dallas

 

MV Advancements

MV Advancements is proud to announce that thanks to our community they were able to place 7 members into jobs last month. They hope to continue this streak with the 3 placements they have had this month, including one placed as a county employee.

https://mvadvancements.org/

 

AdvoCare

Need help with the holiday slump? Coffee just not cutting it anymore? Come talk to Lisa Preston with AdvoCare. AdvoCare also makes great stalking stuffers!

http://youbegreater.com/

 

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.

https://www.washingtonfederal.com/locations/oregon/dallas

 

Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce

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 21st.

http://business.dallasoregon.org/events/details/chamber-luncheon-2332

 

Dallas Area Visitors Center

Nominated by their peers and selected by an independent committee of business and community leaders, the annual Community Awards Banquet celebrates Dallas’s finest businesses, citizens, and organizations. The annual dinner is a formal community-wide banquet held in February of each year. We are now accepting nominations just follow the link below!

http://www.dallasoregon.org/awards/

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.”

 

http://www.dallasoregon.org/

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 https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DAAFHelp  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.