Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a federal holiday held on the third Monday of January. It celebrates the life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr., an influential American civil rights leader. He is most well-known for his campaigns to end racial segregation on public transport and for racial equality in the United States.

Martin Luther King Jr. was an important civil rights activist. He was a leader in the movement to end racial segregation. His most famous address was the “I Have a Dream” speech. He was an advocate of non-violent protest and became the youngest man to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He was assassinated in 1968.

In 1968, shortly after Martin Luther King Jr. died, a campaign was started for his birthday to become a holiday to honor him. After the first bill was introduced, trade unions lead the campaign for the federal holiday. It was endorsed in 1976. Following support from the musician Stevie Wonder with his single “Happy Birthday” and a petition with six million signatures, the bill became law in 1983. Martin Luther King Jr. Day was first observed in 1986, although it was not observed in all states until the year 2000.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a relatively new federal holiday and there are few long-standing traditions. It is seen as a day to promote equal rights for all Americans, regardless of their background. Some educational establishments mark the day by teaching their pupils or students about the work of Martin Luther King Jr. and the struggle against racial segregation and racism. In recent years, federal legislation has encouraged Americans to give some of their time on this day as volunteers in citizen action groups.

So tomorrow, reflect on Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream. That all man be treated equally.

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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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4 Benefits to Networking

Active networking is vital to career growth. Often confused with selling, networking is actually about building long-term relationships and a good reputation over time. It involves meeting and getting to know people who you can assist, and who can potentially help you in return.

Here are some key networking benefits:

  1. Strengthen business connections

Networking is about sharing, not taking. Regularly engaging with your contacts, and finding opportunities to assist them helps to strengthen the relationship. By doing this, you sow the seeds for reciprocal assistance when you need help to achieve your goals.

  1. Get fresh ideas, knowledge, and support

Your network can be an excellent source of new perspectives and ideas to help you in your role. Exchanging information on challenges, experiences, and goals from experienced peers is a key benefit of networking because it allows you to gain new insights that you may not have otherwise thought of. Similarly, offering helpful ideas to a contact is an excellent way to build your reputation as an innovative thinker.

Networking is also a great opportunity to exchange best practice knowledge, learn about the business techniques of your peers and stay abreast of the latest industry developments. A wide network of informed, interconnected contacts means broader access to new and valuable information.

  1. Advance you career

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: people do business with people they know, like, and trust. Networking expands your contact which can open doors to new opportunities. You can then help to build your reputation as being knowledgeable, reliable, and supportive by offering useful information or tips to people. Active networking helps to keep you top of mind when opportunities such as job openings arise and increases your likelihood of receiving introductions to potentially relevant people, or even a referral.

  1. Build confidence

By continually putting yourself out there and meeting new people, you’re effectively stepping outside your comfort zone, and building invaluable social skills and self-confidence that you can take with you anywhere. The more you network, the more you’ll grow and learn how to make lasting connections.

If you are interested in networking opportunities, and are a Chamber member we invite you to join us on the first and third Wednesday of every month for Wake Up Wednesday. You can contact Sarah Javins at [email protected]oregon.org  or visit our website for more information.

Capitol Auto West Valley

Capitol Auto West Valley in Dallas, OR treats the needs of each individual customer with paramount concern. They know that you have high expectations, and as a car dealer they enjoy the challenge of meeting and exceeding those standards each and every time. Allow Capitol Auto to demonstrate their commitment to excellence to you!

Community service is one of their core values at Capitol Auto. They understand that their dealerships are only as successful as the community around them, and believe strongly in giving back.

Each year Capitol Auto holds a month long, company-wide United Way fundraising drive. Last March they were able to raise $175,000 during their annual 28 Days of Love event. Their dealerships also host several food collections and fundraising events during the year, and Capitol Auto encourages their customers to bring in their own donations. Beyond these company events, Capitol Auto encourages their employees to get involved with the charities that matter most to them personally.

These are some of the organizations and events Capitol Auto Group is proud to support locally:

  • American Heart Association
  • Child Safety Day
  • Liberty House
  • Marion/Pol FoodShare
  • Marion/Polk Medical Society
  • Meals on Wheels
  • United Way of Marion/Polk Counties
  • West Valley Hospital Foundations
  • SMART (Start Making A Reader Today)

https://www.cap-westvalley.com/

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/

Community Awards Banquet

This year marks the 62nd Anniversary of the Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce hosting the Annual Community Awards Banquet. This event is a time for us to come together as a community to recognize, honor, and thank those individuals and businesses that have made an impact on our community! Nominations are due by this Friday, January 11th.

The categories and requirements are as following;

First Citizen:

This award is given to an individual with wide-ranging, exceptional community service through volunteerism, a family legacy or long-standing dedication to the betterment of the community

Young Professional:

This award is given to an individual under the age of 35 displaying leadership and organization while highlighting our business community.

Outstanding Organization:

This award is given to a social service, civic, or community group located in or serving the Dallas Area that has rendered exceptional service to the community.

Business of the Year:

This award is given to a Dallas Area Business or organization of any size that is involved in the community and whose service has enhanced the quality of life or economic vitality of our area. This business may have demonstrated their qualification via community involvement, business location improvement or restructure in such a way that helps fill a business void in our community.

Junior First Citizen:

This award is given to an outstanding individual under the age 18. This person has made a commitment to helping Dallas and sets a good example for the youth in our community by demonstrating the ability to make good choices and inspire positive change.

Lifetime Achievement:

This award is given to an individual who has spent a minimum of 20 years making consistent and regular contributions to the Community of Dallas.

Know someone who embodies one of these categories? Get your nomination in today so we can have the opportunity to thank them for what they do to make Dallas the wonderful community we love. You can submit your nomination, and purchase your tickets by visiting our website or by clicking here.

The Ceremony will be held Friday, February 22nd beginning at 6 pm for cocktail hour, sponsored by MAK Metals. WE look forward to celebrating Dallas’ generosity and collaboration with you.

Special thanks to our sponsors:

Award Sponsors

Cocktail Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

Brixius Sweepstakes

Table Sponsor

  • Chemeketa Community College

Music Sponsor

  • The Grand Hotel

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