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February 2018 Newsletter

Letter from the President


I know most of you are knee deep in your business's end of year financials, and like Santa's little elves you're working tirelessly to wrap up those financials and get them submitted to your accountant. I think it's important to reflect on the year you've had as you wrap those presents, many of which are probably going to the IRS - which unlike the rest of the federal government will never shut down and refuse to provide the service of taking your money.

Whatever your thoughts are on the national climate and how effective or ineffective our lawmakers are at running this country, we need to realize that local businesses are the true backbone our country.  When dysfunction strikes in government the small business must go on, Pendleton will still need goods and services. When it really comes down to it, most of us do our part for the employees next to us and the customers that make us. Here's to you for making 2017 a great year for Pendleton and each business that stood shoulder to shoulder with you.

At the Chamber, our staff will be working extra hard to keep up with business as usual as we work diligently to fill our Executive Director position. We will very soon have this position filled and issue a press release within the next week. In the meantime, our staff is up to the task, and it's business as usual - they continue to put on great events and be the front door for our community every day. We have an abundance of events coming up in the next two months, and if you're interested in lending a hand the call for volunteers is always open. Stop by the office and talk to someone about how you can help if you're willing to spare the time.

Thank you for your support of the Chamber,

Jordan McDonald
President, 2018

Welcome New Members

Harrison Family Medicine

Shawn Gee, Manager
1100 Southgate, Suite 6, Pendleton
(541) 215-1564

White Barn, LLC
Cindy Shaw, Owner
44317 Spring Creek Rd, Pilot Rock
(541) 969-8662

Moe Pho Noodles & Cafe
Moe Soeum, Owner
370 South Main, Pendleton
Email | Facebook

Affordable Family Eyewear
Marcia Lambert, Owner
1045 N 1st St, Hermiston
Email | Website | Facebook

Gale Marshall
3540 NE Johns Ct, Pendleton

Jenna Bicknell, Regional Strategist
103 E Main St, Suite 303, Walla Walla
(888) 231-2170
Email | Website | Facebook

Windwave Communications
Jordan McDonald, Sales Engineer
73500 Rupe Kennedy Rd, Boardman
(800) 862-8508
Email | Website | Facebook

Upcoming Chamber Events

February Morning Buzz

February Kick it Up After 5

Chamber Open House

Share the Love!
Wednesday, February 14th
4-6 pm

Celebrate the Pendleton Chamber of Commerce's 125th Anniversary.
Enjoy refreshments and take a look at historical meeting minutes & scrapbooks.

YES! There will be cake!

2018 Economic Outlook Event - Featuring Drew Bledsoe

McCormack Construction Company is pleased to present the Pendleton Chamber of Commerce's Annual Economic Outlook Event. This event will be held on Friday, March 9, 2018, at Wildhorse Resort & Casino, starting at 4:00 p.m.

This event will include a social hour with hors-d'oeuvre and wine tasting from Bledsoe Family Winery, presentations by local panelists, Keynote Speaker Drew Bledsoe of Bledsoe Family Winery and Doubleback Winery, as well as a plated dinner.  Wine sales will be available.

The local panel will include:

  • John Turner, Mayor, City of Pendleton
  • Charles Denight, Associate Director, Pendleton Development Commission
  • Steve Chrisman, Airport & Economic Development Director, City of Pendleton
  • Darryl Abling, Range Managaer, Pendleton UAS Range

Tickets to this event are $40 each for Members of the Pendleton Chamber of Commerce, $45 for non-members. Tickets will go on sale at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, February 5, 2018

Our Presenting Sponsor of this event is McCormack Construction Company

Platinum Sponsor:

Silver Sponsor:

Bronze Sponsor:

Sponsorship benefits are outlined in the Sponsorship Form linked below.  Please email completed forms to

Sponsorship of this event is a Members-Only benefit of the Pendleton Chamber of Commerce.

Purchase Tickets to Economic Outlook Event - On Sale February 5th!
Download Sponsorship Form

Legislative Updates

The Pendleton Chamber of Commerce is committed to providing legislative advocacy to its members and the business community of the Pendleton area as a whole.  We facilitate Legislative Teleconferences with your State Legislators, as well as weekly updates from the Oregon State Chamber of Commerce.  You can read the Oregon State Chamber of Commerce's weekly legislative updates from the OSCC on our website.

Legislative Teleconferences

with Senator Hansell & Representative Barreto

Blue Mountain Community College
Pioneer Hall Board Room
February 14, 21, 28, March 7
7:00 to 7:45 a.m.

Open to the Public

OSAA U.S. Bank/Les Schwab Tires
2A State Basketball Championships

March 1-3, 2018

It's that time of year again!  Pendleton is preparing to host the State 2A Basketball Tournament.  Many thanks to those who have pledged their time, as well as cash and product donations!  The OSAA US Bank/Les Schwab Tires 2A State Basketball Championships will be held March 1st through the 3rd, 2018.  
  • Welcome Players & Fans on your business reader board.
  • Become a window sponsor and show your support for an Oregon team.  Call the Chamber at (541) 276-7411. 

Hospitality Room Donations

The OSAA US Bank/Les Schwab Tires 2A State Basketball Championship will be in town March 1st-3rd.  The Chamber is once again in charge of the BEST Hospitality Room in the State!  Donations of food items and/or cash donations are welcome!  You can also sign up for a shift to volunteer in the Hospitality Room.  If you'd like to contribute or volunteer, please contact Megan at the Chamber office by calling (541) 276-7411 or email

Coaches’ Packets

Invite visitors to your business with coupons & brochures for the coaches' welcome packets.  Please be sure to have your coupons (quantity of 36) to the Chamber office absolutely no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 23rd.  This opportunity is available to Pendleton Chamber of Commerce members in good standing (renewed for 2018).

January Ribbon Cutting

Pendleton Veterinary Clinic New Location & Building Grand Opening
January 25, 2018

January Kick it Up After 5

Thank you Elkhorn Media Group for hosting!

Leadership Pendleton 2018:  Meet the Class

Chris Fritsch
Superintendent, Pendleton School District 16R
What do you enjoy about your work?
Watching children become young adults
Why did you join Leadership Pendleton?
To learn more about my new community and to meet other leaders in Pendleton.
When you are not working, what do you like to do?
Being outdoors, working in my yard, woodworking.

Donna Biggerstaff
Deputy City Recorder, Administrative Assistant, City of Pendleton

What do you enjoy about your work?
I appreciate being a part of what makes our community what it is - I admire all of the many volunteers from throughout our community who invest their time in making our city function - participation on boards, committees, and commissions.

Why did you join Leadership Pendleton?
I grew up here - I work for the City and yet I feel there is always something we can learn to better our knowledge and improve our perception of what surrounds us.

When you are not working, what do you like to do?
Time with family, running, gardening, reading, writing, and travel. Cheering on my kids at whatever they are doing!

Brenda Primmer
Agent/Producer, Wheatland Insurance Center

What do you enjoy about your work?
I enjoy consulting with clients, identifying their insurance need and fitting them with products to fit their needs.
Why did you join Leadership Pendleton?
To broaden my knowledge of my hometown, yet, there's a lot I still don't know about our history, which I hope to use in my efforts to better Pendleton as citizen and volunteer.
When you are not working, what do you like to do?
Snowshoe in the winter, waterparks, and camping in the summer. Cooking with my husband.

December Office Report

  December 2017 YTD 2017 December 2016 YTD 2016
Facebook Views 61,358 1,087,445 95,071 710,365
Website Visitors* 2,609 63,558 2,979 55,990
Incoming 800 Calls 6 365 n/a n/a
Convention Packets 0 2,267 0 3,524
Visitor Packets 5 444 n/a n/a
Relocation Packets 2 90 2 180
Walk-In Count 194 5,185 161 5,549

*Combined statistics from Pendleton Chamber & Travel Pendleton websites.

Business News Links

Megan's Musings

Megan Lauer
Membership Coordinator

Update forms are about to hit the mail with your 2018 stickers attached. We send these off beginning in February to those members who have paid their annual dues. Please take a moment and make sure that we have the right information for your business. You don't have to wait for the form to update us; a call or email to our office at any point during the year is more than welcomed. We want to be sure to share the correct information with your potential customers.

Speaking of updates, we have refreshed our website as of the end of January. As with any major change, we are still ironing out the finer points. Take a look and let us know what you think.

We have also refreshed our Economic Outlook event. Tickets are limited to 200 and include wine tasting and a nice dinner. If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please see the information in this newsletter or email Adrienne at

Finally, I hope to see many of you February 14th during our open house to celebrate the Chamber's 125 year anniversary and our #ILovePendleton campaign. We will have cake and other refreshments available from 4-6, so pop in on your way home or out to dinner.

Membership Renewals

The Chamber would like to recognize these members who have renewed their membership for 2018 and continue to be the foundation of the Chamber’s ability to help build and maintain a strong and healthy community. These members have renewed as of January 31, 2018.
A Sharp Painter, LLC
AAA Oregon/Idaho
AC Mini Storage & RV Park
Adams-Hagen Estate

Alerita Burns
Altrusa International of Pendleton
American Association of University Women
Antiques and Art on Main
Auto Clinic
Banner Bank
Barhyte Specialty Foods
Barreto Manufacturing, Inc.
BBT Architects
Bella Cosa
Ben Eckles
Ben Holdman
Best Western Pendleton Inn
Betty Klepper
Bi-Mart #656
Bisnett Insurance, Inc.
Blue Jeans Realty
Blue Mountain Community College
Blue Mountain Creations
Blue Mountain Pathology, Inc.
Blue Mountain Wildlife
Bob Clark
Bob McMillan
Burger King
Burns Mortuary of Pendleton
Cadillac Jack's Saloon
Camp Meadowood Springs
Carolyn Gerberding
Carolyn McBee
Cascade Natural Gas
Children's Museum of Eastern Oregon
City of Pendleton
Clark Jennings & Associates, Oregon LLC
Clearview Disability Resource Center
Cockburn & McClintock, LLC
Coldwell Banker Whitney & Associates, Inc.
College Community Theatre
Collins and Collins, LLP
Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center
Columbia Orthodontics
Columbia State Bank
Community Bank
Community Thrift Shop
Corey, Byler & Rew, LLP
Cornerstone Community Church
Costco Wholesale - Kennewick #486
Country Expressions
Court Street Circle K
Creagh Hawes
Creative Signs, Screen Printing and Embroidery
Credits, Inc
Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts
Cunningham Sheep Co.
Cynthia S. Holmes, MD PC
D & B Supply Co.
D.A. Davidson & Co.
Dairy Queen
Daniel J. Johnston, CPA
Databar Inc
Dave's 12th St. Food Mart
Dickey and Tremper, LLP
Dickey's Barbecue Pit
Domestic Violence Services
Doug's Septic Service
Dorys Grover
Dr. Patricia J. Winn, M.D.
Dr. Robert Alan Pratt DMD, PC
Dream Catcher Therapeutics
Duchek Construction
Durk V. Irwin DMD PC
Dynamic Computer Consulting
Eastern Oregon Business Source
Eastern Oregon Chiropractic Center
Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution
Eastern Oregon Orthopaedic Surgery
Eastern Oregon University
Education Foundation of Pendleton
Elite Guns & Bows LLC
Elkhorn Media Group
Energy Trust of Oregon
Episcopal Church of the Redeemer
Express Employment Professionals
Farm Equipment Headquarters, Inc.
Federal Express (FEDEX)
Ferranti - Graybeal Insurance Agency, Inc.
First Community Credit Union
First United Methodist Church
Frazier Office Supply, Inc.
Gale McClintock
Garton & Associates Realtors LLC
Graybeal Distributing
Greg Holden
Guardian Care Center, Child Abuse Intervention Center
Guild Mortgage
H&R Block
Hamley Steakhouse & Cafe
Happy Canyon Company, Inc.
Hill Law Office
Hodgen Distributing
Holiday Inn Express
Home Insulation & Assoc., Inc.
Indian Lake Campground
ISU Insurance Services - The Stratton Agency
Jenson & Spratling, LLP
John Brenne
John Cook
John Groupe
John McBee
June Mohrland
Juniper House
Karen Licurse
Kelly Lumber Supply, Inc.
Kevin Hale
Kind Leaf Pendleton LLC
Kirby Nagelhout Construction Company
Kline Landscape & Irrigation, Inc.
Larry Burd
Larry D. McMillan
LaSalle St. Securities LLC
Lawns Plus
Les Schwab Tire Center
LHT Farming Company
Lifeways Inc.
Main Street Cowboys, Inc.
Main Street Dental Care
Main Street Diner
Mautz & O'Hanlon
McCormack Construction Co.
McDonald's of Pendleton
McEntire DentalMcKay Creek Estates
Medical Center Dental
Mike Thorne
Montana Peaks Hat Co.
Motel 6
NEIGH-bors Horse Motel & Bed & Breakfast
Newhouse & Neistadt, LLC
Nora Lee Holdman
Northeast Oregon Surgical Clinic, LLC
Northwest Farm Credit Services
NWB Sales, LLC
O So Kleen Inc
Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Oktoberfest Pendleton
Old West Federal Credit Union
Oregon East Symphony & Chorale
Oregon Hunters Association - Columbia Basin Chapter
Oregon Wheat Growers League
OSU/Umatilla County Extension Service
Papa Murphy's Take & Bake Pizza
Patricia McClintock
Paul Gadaire
PAWS (Pendleton Animal Welfare Shelter & Thrift Store)
Peace Lutheran Church
Pediatric Specialists of Pendleton, LLC
Pendleton Autobody
Pendleton Bike Week
Pendleton Bottling Co.
Pendleton Cannabis
Pendleton Cottage
Pendleton Country Club
Pendleton Downtown Association
Pendleton Farmers Market
Pendleton First Assembly of God
Pendleton Floors
Pendleton Foundation Trust
Pendleton Free Methodist Church
Pendleton House Historic Inn
Pendleton IPA Inc.
Pendleton KOA
Pendleton Lions Club
Pendleton Masonic Lodge
Pendleton Music Company
Pendleton Parents, Friends, & Family of Lesbians & Gays (PFLAG)
Pendleton Pioneer Chapel
Pendleton Round-Up Association, Inc.
Pendleton Sanitary Service, Inc.
Pendleton School District 16R
Pendleton Tire Factory
Pendleton Underground Tours
Pendleton Whisky Music Fest
Phillip Houk
Pioneer Relief Nursery
Pregnancy Care Services
Premier Jets, Inc.
Premium Tire & Lube
Psychological Services of Pendleton, LLC
Raymond James Financial
Red Lion Hotel
Renata Anderson, M.A.
Richards & Lees Cabinet Shop
Rivoli Coalition
Robert Ridgway
Robert Stangier
Robinson Rentals
Rod Anderson Construction, Inc.
Rolinda Burd
Roundup Athletic Club
Round-Up City Development Corporation
Sage Center
Shari's Restaurant
Sharon Cook
Sheets Painting LLC
Shipping Solutions of Pendleton
Ski Bluewood
SMART (Start Making a Reader Today)
State Farm Insurance - Dan Ceniga
State Farm Insurance - Stan Henderer
Stearns Home Loans
Sun Ridge Retirement Community LLC
Suttle Care & Retirement, Inc.
Swire Coca Cola - Pendleton
Tamastslikt Cultural Institute
Thai Crystal
The Great Pacific Wine & Coffee Co.
The Heritage Station
The Prodigal Son Brewery & Pub
The RBH Group, LLC
The Saddle
The Salvation Army, Pendleton
The Shop
The Simmons Financial Group
Thews Sheet Metal
Thompson RV, Inc.
Tom Denchel Ford Country
Tum-A-Lum Lumber
Umatilla Basin Watershed Council
Umatilla County
Umatilla County Fair/Fairgrounds
Umatilla County Soil & Water Conservation District
Uni-Tech Communications Inc.
United Finance Company
Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 922
Virgil's at Cimmiyotti's
Webb Property Resources
Weidert Farms
Wenaha Group
Western Auto Home and Appliance
Western Radiator, Inc.
Western Soul
Westminster Woods Camp & Conference Center
Wheatland Financial Services
Wheatland Insurance Center, Inc.
Wildhorse Resort & Casino
Wildhorse Resort & Casino Golf Course
Wildhorse Resort & Casino Hotel
Wildhorse Resort & Casino RV Park
Willowbrook Terrace
Winn Homestead Events
Woodpecker Truck & Equipment, Inc.
WorkSource Oregon
Wtechlink, Inc.
Zeigler Transmission & Auto Repair, Inc.
Zimmerman & Company, Inc.

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Committee Chair Notes

Joseph Hull
Tourism & Marketing Committee

Pendleton is a great place to live! We have the best people and so many great businesses to take care of us. The Tourism & Marketing Committee has been working on inspiring our frontline staff to provide tourists an experienced (and hopefully excited) answer when asked: “What is there to do in Pendleton?”  On January 17th Roosters hosted the Tourism & Marketing Committee for our Frontline Tourism Kick-off. We had a great turn-out with close to 30 businesses being represented. This meeting was to introduce our passport idea to the owners and managers of local businesses so that their frontline staff can visit our local attractions and then share this information with tourists.

Frontline staff are now being armed with passports to visit Chamber Member local attractions and receive a discount or free tour or meal so they can tell visitors about our hospitality. The frontline folks will be visiting local businesses through February and March then we will have a celebration party in early April to kick off tourist season and reward the participants.  Huge thanks to so many participants to include:  Best Western, Circle K, D & B Supply, Dave's Chevron, Graybeal Distributing, Hamley & Co, L.L. Bevington, Les Schwab Tire Center, McCormack Construction, NEIGHbors Horse Motel and Bed & Breakfast, Oxford Suites Pendleton, Pendleton Country Club, Pendleton House Historic Inn, Prodigal Son Brewery & Pub, Red Lion Hotel, Roadway Inn, Rugged Country Lodge, Travel Pendleton, Wildhorse Resort & Casino Hotel, and Worksource Oregon.  The group who attended were excited to participate and represent many of our local enterprises!
Please help us support these efforts to build excitement for the visitors of our Round-Up City. I want to acknowledge and offer a special thank you to Velda Arnaud, Ph. D BMCC, for creating the passports, Brooke Armstrong, Executive Director Pendleton Underground Tours, for successfully reaching out to so many businesses to attend and Amy Madden, General Manager Rooster’s Restaurant, for hosting the event!

Joseph Hull, Chair
Pendleton Chamber Tourism & Marketing Committee
(541) 276-1353
Visionary Member
Silver Members
Premier Members
Affordable Family Eyewear
Banner Bank
Bisnett Insurance, Inc.
Blue Mountain Community College
City of Pendleton
Columbia State Bank
Community Bank
Credits, Inc
D & B Supply Co.
Dr. Robert Alan Pratt DMD, PC
East Oregonian
Elkhorn Media Group
Gordon’s Electric & Heating, Inc.
Hamley & Co.
Hill Meat Company
Holiday Inn Express
In Home Medical Inc.
InterMountain Education Service District
ISU Insurance Services - The Stratton Agency
Kind Leaf Pendleton LLC
Lifeways Inc.
Medical Center Dental
Pacific Power
Pendleton Woolen Mills
Pioneer Asphalt, Inc.
Pioneer Title & Escrow
Red Lion Hotel
Spectrum Business
Sygnifi Networks
Tom Denchel Ford Country
Tum-A-Lum Lumber
U.S. Cellular
Umatilla County
Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center
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