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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Dallas School District #2

Dear Dallas Community,

The Oregon School Boards Association has set aside the month of January to honor the unpaid elected volunteers who serve on Oregon’s 197 local school boards, our 19 education service district boards, and our 17 community college boards. These dedicated local leaders give their personal time and energy to handling the critical tasks of budgeting and overseeing the management of Oregon’s public education structure.

For Dallas School District we have five directors who lead our district and bring collectively 44 years of experience! Please join us in recognizing and celebrating the Dallas Board of Directors; Michael Blanchard, Michael Bollman, Dave Hunt, Matt Posey, and Jon Woods. We greatly appreciate their leadership, time, expertise, and always asking the question; “Is it good for kids?” Thank you Dallas community for selecting great leaders!

Michelle Johnstone

Superintendent

To all those that serve on the school boards, thank you from the Dallas community and parents. It is thanks to your hard work, and generosity that Dallas schools are committed to high levels of learning for all students. You work hard to partner with our community to provide social, academic, and health and safety need of our students. We are proud to support education and our youth.

https://www.dallas.k12.or.us/

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With Winter Comes Increased Energy Use. Pacific Power Is Here To Help!

Whether you run your business out of your home, operate a storefront where customers come and go throughout the day, or run a small production business, higher bills during the winter months can happen because of extra energy use. Pacific Power has a few ways to help.

If you need more time to pay your bill, you can quickly and easily request a payment extension on our website. For more predictable billing, we offer equal pay to most non-residential customers. As long as you have one metered electric service associated with your account, you are probably eligible for enrollment in equal pay. With an equal pay plan, we divide your total account balance into 12 installments, so your payments remain the same amount for the duration of the plan.

Pacific Power also offers ways for our non-residential customers to be proactive, conscientious energy consumers. Through our Energy Profiler Online, you can track energy usage versus your budget, find energy issues that may be wasting money, manage monthly demand charges, and measure the effectiveness of your energy efficiency projects.

Businesses can also opt-in to energy benchmarking programs such as Pacific Power’s Resource Advisor. This energy efficiency tracking program is designed to empower participants through the power of data. We provide you with historical aggregated energy use data to help you setup and monitor energy benchmarking for your commercial building. Your power usage is then automatically transferred to ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager® each month. Resource Advisor gives building managers and property owners insight into energy use patterns so they can make informed energy efficiency decisions on the performance of their buildings.

If you’re looking to create certainty around your energy bill, utilize energy usage tools built specifically for non-residential customers, or want to make long-term energy efficiency upgrades, Pacific Power is here to partner with you to achieve your energy goals.

Follow these handy links to learn more about these programs:

Equal Pay

Energy Profiler Online

Resource Advisor

MV Advancements

It is our mission to help adults with disabilities through our innovative approaches and caring responsive staff which allows us to serve hundreds of clients through an ever-evolving set of services. Our Employment Services match business needs with individuals’ strengths and capacities, resulting in a long-term win-win for both the employer and the employee. Our retention rate last year was 86%. That means that 86% of the individuals we found jobs for last year, are still working there today!

MV Advancements is proud to report that in the last two months we have helped over 15 pre-screened job seekers find perfectly matched jobs in Polk, Marion, and Yamhill Counties. MV Advancements in the last 3 months has restructured their employment division, expanded the Dallas division and have hired over 5 full time employees in since September of 2018. We are presently partnering with local businesses and cultivating new relationships in our communities so that we can a valuable resource to the staffing needs of all local businesses in the area. We change lives every day.

If you would like more information on how we can help you, please contact Steven Scherer at 503-751-3040 or at S[email protected] We encourage you to take a moment and go to our webpage to learn more.

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

MV Advancements

It is our mission to help adults with disabilities through our innovative approaches and caring responsive staff which allows us to serve hundreds of clients through an ever-evolving set of services. Our Employment Services match business needs with individuals’ strengths and capacities, resulting in a long-term win-win for both the employer and the employee. Our retention rate last year was 86%. That means that 86% of the individuals we found jobs for last year, are still working there today!

MV Advancements is proud to report that in the last two months we have helped over 15 pre-screened job seekers find perfectly matched jobs in Polk, Marion, and Yamhill Counties. MV Advancements in the last 3 months has restructured their employment division, expanded the Dallas division and have hired over 5 full time employees in since September of 2018. We are presently partnering with local businesses and cultivating new relationships in our communities so that we can a valuable resource to the staffing needs of all local businesses in the area. We change lives every day.

If you would like more information on how we can help you, please contact Steven Scherer at 503-751-3040 or at [email protected] We encourage you to take a moment and go to our webpage to learn more.

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

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.

They also are strong supporters of their local community. Dallas Retirement Village opens up both their Chapel, and Cascade Commons rooms regularly for the community to rent for events such as Chamber Luncheons, or Mid-Willamette Valley Leadership Summit. By doing this they are another resource to utilize when needing a space big enough to hold a crowd.

On behalf of our community, thank you Dallas Retirement Village for the amazing work you do.

https://www.dallasretirementvillage.com/

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]  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/

NW Natural Celebrates 160 Years of Serving Customers!

Natural gas utility NW Natural turned 160 years old, making it one of the oldest companies in Oregon. Officers from NW Natural and it’s parent company Northwest Natural Holding Company commemorated this milestone by ringing the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange on January 7th.
NW Natural was founded on January 7th, 1859, five weeks before Oregon became the union’s 33rd state, when the territorial government gave founders Herman C. Leonard and John Green a perpetual franchise to provide natural gas service.

Today, the company serves about two million people through more than 740,000 meters in Oregon and Southwest Washington with 1,200 employees and one of the most modern pipeline systems in the nation.

“We have a long history serving customers in the Pacific Northwest, and it’s why our tagline ‘We Grew Up Here’ has such meaning,” said David H. Anderson, president and CEO of NW Natural. “Every day our employees are committed to delivering an affordable, efficient product to our customers safely and with excellent customer service.”

Their utility is in more that 140 communities, and NW Natural Holdings’ shareholders give nearly $1 million from its Corporate Philanthropy Fund to help children and families in need each year.

“NW Natural is a longstanding local business that truly makes a difference in our community,” said Andrew Hoan, president and CEO of Portland Business Alliance. “From donating to important causes to providing high-quality jobs, the company makes the cities it serves stronger.”

Learn more about NW Natural by visiting their website at https://www.nwnatural.com/