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!

https://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

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/

White Oak Construction

Founded in 1997, White Oak Construction has constructed hundreds of projects in the Willamette Valley. Fostering a true team atmosphere, White Oak Construction has established long-term relationships with clients, architects, engineers and subcontractors to provide general contractor services, construction management, design build, budgeting, feasibility studies and consultant services for all types of commercial projects.

The white oak tree is beautiful, nourishing, and strong. In the wild it can grow up to 100 feet tall with a trunk four feet across and a massive, broad-topped canopy. Its acorns and leaves provide food for all kinds of woodland animals. It gives back to its environment. The wood of the oak resists water and rot and is often used in shipbuilding or to make barrels for wine and whiskey. Japanese martial artists build their weapons out of white oak because it is strong and resilient. White oak doesn’t break easily. It lasts. The oldest ship in the US navy, the USS Constitution, is made from white oak. In nature, white oaks can live to be 200 to 300 years old. White Oak Construction wants to meet that standard by making your project just as beautiful, durable, and eco-friendly as their namesake.

Whether their role is construction manager, general contractor, or consultant, White Oak will work hard to represent the client’s best interests and advocate on their behalf in all phases of construction.

Initially, their goal is to ensure all project participants develop a shared vision and common set of expectations. Ultimately their goal is to ensure that the entire construction team is working towards the same goals to ensure a successful project.

They want every one of their clients to receive a high-quality product and they take this responsibility seriously. To make this happen White Oak Construction does things like always planning in quality instead of inspecting in quality. White Oak budgets, schedules, and plans their work thoroughly in advance. White Oak builds good relationships with their clients, architects, and subcontractors so that they always do work that makes them proud.

White Oak Construction understands the impact their work can have on future generations and the environment. They make sure that their projects are sustainable in the long term. This means building in ways to use energy efficiently and conserve heat, light, and water. Using locally produced and recycled materials whenever possible, including working with local contractors. White Oak also incorporates an active waste management system into their work.

Good planning makes great projects happen. White Oak Construction builds a detailed project schedule that includes design development, budgeting, construction design, permitting, construction and close out. They build their critical path schedule backwards from the move-in date so that they can address specific areas in the pre-construction phase that often are overlooked for their importance in meeting the final deadline. Special attention is given to the occupants needs (furniture, IT, move coordination etc.) to create a clear picture of expectations.

White Oak Construction is a full service general contractor based in Salem. Specializing in commercial and industrial construction, they are committed to providing high quality and cost effective construction services to achieve customer satisfaction. Whether it is new construction, adaptive reuse and remodeling, or tenant improvements, White Oak is proud of their ability to meet completion dates without compromising safety, cost, or quality of construction.

 

https://whiteoakconstruction.net/

West Valley Housing Authority

West Valley Housing Authority proudly serves the citizens of Polk County by providing safe, decent, and affordable housing for those in need; while encouraging their progress toward self-sufficiency.

The West Valley Housing Authority provides assistance to nearly 1,100 households through their administration of:

  • The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program, also known as Section 8, which allows them to help up to 703 households by providing housings assistance payments, to private landlords, on behalf of the household in order to make the rent more affordable. This is made possible with funds distributed to them by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
  • The Public Housing Program which allows them to offer their 373 rental units to low income families and/or individuals who may be elderly or disabled at rents that are affordable. This is made possible with operating subsidies provided to them by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
  • West Valleys Affordable Housing Program consists of 8 rental units that they own and operate so that they can provide affordable housing for households here in Polk County. This is made possible with their responsibility, commitment, and ability to maintain the rents well below those of similar, privately-owned units on the market.

Their programs infuses over $7 million dollars into the local economy – directly through West Valley Housing Authorities payments to local landlords, vendors, contractors, and wages paid to employees; and, indirectly, by their services allowing their clients to retain more discretionary income which they are likely to spend at local stores or service businesses.

West Valley Housing Authority firmly believes in the concept of safe, decent, and affordable housing being the stable foundation from which individuals and families can build from. Once their clients’ housing needs are met, they can focus more on their health and well-being, pursue more education or job training, and further their goal of achieving economic independence. They are inspired in their work by seeing, first hand, how the housing opportunities and services West Valley provides have helped people set out on their own path towards self-sufficiency.

Thank you West Valley Housing Authority for all that you have invested into our community, and for the help that you have provided to those in need.

 

https://www.wvpha.org/

Wells Fargo Bank

The name Wells Fargo is forever linked with the image of a six-horse stagecoach thundering across the American West, loaded with gold. The full story, over more than 160 years ago, is rich in detail with great events in America’s history. From the Gold Rush to the early 20th Century, through prosperity, depression and war, Wells Fargo earned the reputation of trust due to its attention and loyalty to customers.

The Vision, Values and Goals of Wells Fargo details the enduring principles that guide all Wells Fargo team members in the work they do every day – in serving customers and helping each other.

Wells Fargo wants to satisfy their customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. This unites them around a simple premise: Customers can be better served when they have a relationship with a trusted provider that knows them well, provides reliable guidance, and can serve their full range of financial needs.

Five Primary values guide every action that Wells Fargo takes:

  1. Do what is right for the customers. They place customers at the center of everything they do. They want to exceed customer expectations and build relationships that last a lifetime.
  2. People as a competitive advantage. Wells Fargo strives to attract, develop, motivate, and retain the best team members – and collaborate across businesses and functions to serve customers
  3. They are committed to the highest standard of integrity, transparency, and principled performance. They do the right thing, in the right way, and hold themselves accountable.
  4. Diversity and inclusion. They value and promote diversity and inclusion in all aspects of business and at all levels. Success comes from inviting and incorporating diverse perspectives.
  5. Wells Fargo is called to be a leader. They want their staff to lead themselves, lead the team, and lead the business – in service to customers, communities, team members, and shareholders.

Wells Fargo wants to become the financial services leader in these areas:

  • Customer service and advice. After listening to and understanding their customers and their financial goals, they want to provide exceptional service and guidance to help them succeed financially.
  • Team member engagement. Their team members are their most valuable resources. They want to be the employer of choice – a place where people feel included, valued, and supported; everyone is respected; and they work as a team.
  • Through innovative thinking, industry-leading technology, and a willingness to test and learn, Wells Fargo creates lasting value for customers – and increased efficiency for their operations.
  • Risk management. While working to set the global standard in managing all forms of risk, Wells Fargo wants to serve customers’ needs and protect their assets, information, and privacy.
  • Corporate citizenship. They make a positive contribution to communities through philanthropy, advancing diversity and inclusion, creating economic opportunity, and promoting environmental sustainability.
  • Shareholder value. They want to deliver long-term value for shareholders through a balanced business model, strong risk discipline, efficient execution, and a world-class team.

Wells Fargo is committed to being the best they can be – for each other, their customers, their communities, and for their shareholders. They have the will and the drive to build a better Wells Fargo, every day.

 

https://www.wellsfargo.com/

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