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June 2018 Newsletter

Letter from the President

New Beginnings & Thank Yous

Hello Chamber Members,
We have some good news at the Chamber office, the Membership Coordinator position is filled!  Cheri Rosenberg started on May 21st and is jumping right in; be sure and seek her out at the next membership event and say hello.  I wish her well in this new position and thank her for choosing to work for us, it's a great feeling to have the Chamber office back to full strength once again.  With regards to our Executive Director search, Chuck Wood is currently at the helm as the Chamber's Interim Executive Director while the board conducts a search for a new Executive Director. Thank you, Chuck, for accepting this tough assignment and you never turn down an organization in need. I would also like to thank Megan Lauer who has just finished out her last month at the Chamber office working to make the transition for our Interim Executive Director and new Membership Coordinator as smooth as possible.
Our people are important and so is the facility they work in and last Friday our Capital Improvements task force met for the first time. Megan Lauer gave us a tour of the facility and provided a list of items to look into that were identified by staff. The good news is we have a solid building, owned outright in serviceable condition. However it's been a little over 20 years since the current Pendleton Chamber of Commerce was built, and our furnishings have become a little rough around the edges. I believe it's time we work on putting Pendleton's best foot forward and updating our facility. To this end, we've put together a team of local contractors and Chamber members to determine how we can improve the appeal and function of our office.
Thank you for your membership and I look forward to seeing you soon.

That's all for now,

Thank you,
Jordan McDonald
President, 2018

June Ribbon Cuttings

1901 SW Court Ave
Friday, June 1, 2018 @ 5:15 p.m.
New Location!

Megan's Musings

Megan Lauer
Membership Coordinator

I can’t leave without one final note, so even though May 31st was my last day, here is a few final nuggets.

Use your membership! No matter the reason you joined or the type of organization you run, the Chamber has benefits you have already paid for you may not be taking advantage of. So take a minute to peak on our website and take a glance at your benefits or call and talk to the office.

Show up! We offer a wide variety of events over the year and want to see your company represented at those. Over half are free! Having the chance to meet or reconnect with people can do wonderful (and sometimes surprising) things for your business

If it is news to you, it is news to us. Contact Adrienne and she will find the appropriate place(s) to use the information. We also share our member’s Facebook posts up to twice a week, so let us know if there is something we can share for you!
I have really enjoyed working for the Chamber and want to thank all of our members one last time for their support. Cheri is already diving in and will do a great job. Don’t hesitate to reach out to her regarding your membership or ideas for the Chamber.

Chamber Welcomes Cheri Rosenberg as New Membership Coordinator

We are excited to announce that the Chamber has hired Cheri Rosenberg as our new Membership Coordinator. She brings customer service experience and fresh enthusiasm to the position. Her first day was May 21 and she has jumped right in, preparing for Operation Thank You as her first large project.
Cheri is part of a large family and loves all that our community has to offer to those of all ages. She attended Pilot Rock High School and Blue Mountain Community College. Although life has taken her to several areas, she is excited to be back in Pendleton and become a part of the community.
Please make sure to welcome her aboard at one of our upcoming events!

I Love Pendleton Swag

The Chamber has plenty of T-Shirts, Ball Caps, Beanies, and window clings in stock!  Show the world your love for Pendleton!

Welcome New Members

Blue Mountain Employer Council
A Chapter of the Oregon Employer Council
Rosa Hays, President
501 NW 36th St, Pendleton
(541) 215-9178
Email | Website | Facebook

Scarlet Oak Barrels
Rick Sewell, Owner
29 SW Dorion Ave
(509) 430-0540
Email | Website | Facebook

From the Director's Desk

As I write this, it has been two exciting weeks since beginning as your Interim Executive Director. I can report that our professional staff and board have been instrumental in making the transition as seamless as possible. I am excited about this opportunity to help the Chamber meet its goals of:
  • Advancing our members' success
  • Building a strong local economy
  • Helping business representatives make connections
  • Promoting a vibrant community
  • Connecting business and governmental interests, and
  • Promoting and building upon the solid foundation of tourism to this special place that we call Pendleton through Travel Pendleton.
Work is underway to recruit candidates for the Executive Director and the results have been encouraging. Although the position will remain open until filled, interviews will begin shortly. I am excited to report that Cheri Rosenberg began as our Membership Coordinator effective May 21. You will be seeing a lot of Cheri in the coming days at Chamber events and your places of business as she reaches out to ensure we are meeting your needs. Cheri replaces Megan Lauer who leaves us on May 31 with over 3½ years of service. We wish Megan well and thank her for her years of service to the Chamber and citizens of Pendleton.

We are open for business and open to your ideas how we can provide the best service to you.  Although my term is expected to be short, my commitment to the organization and the community is enduring. Your ideas and feedback are welcome and essential to the growth of our community.   

Upcoming Chamber Events

June Morning Buzz

June KUMA Coffee Hour

Listen in to KUMA 1290 AM hosts Butch Thurman & Danny Houle and a Chamber Representative for the Chamber's June "Coffee Hour" on June 27th at 8:30 a.m.  We'll talk about upcoming events and "what's happening" at the Chamber!


Would you like to host your very own Kick it Up After 5, our monthly business after hours event!  Held from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. on the second Thursday; we have several months available for 2018!  Give Cyndy Caldwell a call at (541) 276-9230 to find out available dates for 2018.

Members-Only Offer:  Southgate Digital Billboard Advertising

Do you have an event you'd like to promote on the Southgate Billboard?  Do you need a REALLY BIG AD?  Let us know!  Rates start at $200 per week, first come, first served.  Ads are subject to approval by the Chamber; only one member ad per week is available.  Only special events ads are eligible (no sales or specials.)  Please email Adrienne at for ad specs or more information.

Private Housing List

The Pendleton Chamber of Commerce's Private Housing List is now accepting applications for hosts. We are looking for hosts for Pendleton Whisky Music Fest, Pendleton Bike Week, and the Pendleton Round-Up.

Private Housing Host entries for Homes/Rooms and/or RV & Tent Spaces are available for $25 each posting, per event.

The following events are available for listing:
• Pendleton Whisky Music Fest - July 14, 2018
• Pendleton Bike Week - July 18-22, 2018
• Pendleton Round-Up - September 12-15, 2018

If you would like to rent your home, room, or RV or Tent space, please complete and return the Private Housing Host form linked from the URL below, along with payment to the Pendleton Chamber of Commerce. We accept VISA or MasterCard over the phone.

Listings will post as we receive them.  See the current list here.

Click Here to Download Private Housing Host Form

May Ribbon Cuttings

Pendleton Air Museum • May 19, 2018
Scarlet Oak Barrels • May 26, 2018
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Leadership Pendleton 2018:  Meet the Class

Kristen Dollarhide
Travel Pendleton
What do you enjoy about your work?
My favorite part of my job is all the amazing people I meet! Many journalists, tour operators, and photographers travel to Pendleton and I am fortunate enough to be a part of their experience!

Why did you join Leadership Pendleton?
Being a newcomer in town, Leadership Pendleton is a great way to meet people and learn more about our community! 
When you are not working, what do you like to do?
When I am not working, I love to travel and explore Oregon and the Pacific Northwest with friends and family. 

Billy Nerenberg
CEO, Cayuse Technologies

What do you enjoy about your work?
Finding local talent to solve global problems.
Why did you join Leadership Pendleton?
I want to network with people who love Pendleton to develop a better appreciation for the community and the people
When you are not working, what do you like to do?
I enjoy traveling.  In Pendleton, I like cycling and karate.

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April Office Report

  April 2018 YTD 2018 April 2017 YTD 2017
Facebook Views 60,713 22,575 87,307 251,210
Website Visitors*¹ 3,704 11,179 6,063 19,935
Incoming 800 Calls 55 144 29 104
Convention Packets 250 606 350 685
Visitor Packets 13 31 26 208
Relocation Packets 29 63 4 23
Walk-In Count 263 1,026 256 762
*Combined statistics from Pendleton Chamber & Travel Pendleton websites.
¹Data reflects missing analytical data between January 27, 2018 to April 11, 2018.

Member News

Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center Presents Annual Field Day

OSU Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center (CBARC) and USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) will present their annual Field Day, taking place at 48037 Tubbs Ranch Road, Adams, Oregon on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. The day features tours and displays of research in plant breeding, wheat disease, weed control, soil fertility and cropping systems.

USDA and OSU scientists have been conducting field tours at this location every year since 1930 and we are very proud to continue this tradition today. The Field Day is designed to demonstrate to the growers and public what is being performed at the research center, provide education to the attendees as well as increase the growers’ potential profit margins.

Field Day is open to and invites everyone who has an interest in dryland crop systems. Registration opens at 7:45 am along with complimentary coffee and donuts. Attendees will then board tour buses where they will be taken to eight (8) research presentations/demonstrations. The buses will return the attendees to base camp where a hosted hot lunch will be provided free of charge.  The afternoon starts back up at 1:00 pm with attendees visiting an additional four (4) presentations/demonstrations. The afternoon will conclude with an ice cream social starting at 2:30 pm, sponsored by the Oregon Wheat League.

This event will provide Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) CEUs in Soil & Water Management (1 credit) as well as Crop Management (3 credits) and Integrated Pest Management (3 credits).

The annual Field Day is hosted by USDA-ARS and OSU-CBARC. The generous support provided by local and industry businesses make this event possible free of charge for all attendees.

For more details please see our website at

Umatilla County Historical Society Raises Over $60,000 to Restore Signal House

The Umatilla County Historical Society raised over $60,000 to remodel the Signal House for an award-winning World War II collection display. In the process, they provide a model for all other organizations to follow when raising money for a new project.  In 2016, the board of directors of the Umatilla County Historical Society (UCHS) established that the “Signal House” building was underutilized. They recognized the building's potential as an additional space to display the museum’s collection. From historic maps, the signal house can be dated as early as 1914, and once may have been the administrative center of the Railroad.  Before 1996, it served as a storehouse for the railroad’s signaling equipment,  electronics, and office supplies.

UCHS knew it had to raise money to repair the Signal House. It was in poor condition and was only usable for storage. In addition, UCHS was already in the middle of a major fundraising drive for its Umatilla Gold Wheat Exhibit. However, because of their extensive work with Eastern Oregon Business Source, UCHS had gained the skills and institutional capacity to develop a funding plan to reach its goal of restoring the Signal House.

The first step when trying to fund a project is to decide exactly what the project is trying to accomplish, and why the project matters to the community. UCHS wanted to use the Signal House to display an impressive collection of World War II artifacts. Such a display would provide a permanent location to house this collection and would help educate people of all ages while preserving pieces no longer commonly seen.

Contact: Tom Winn, Board President;

Major June Events

1-3 Old Iron Show
2 June Cruisin'
2 Hunks, the Show
36th Annual Yellowhawk Fun Run
9  Catholic Youth Conference
9 Bingo After Dark
16 32nd Annual Indian Lake Fish Derby
16 Annual Agricultural Heritage Tour
16 Relay for Life Pendleton
16 Kim Russo the Happy Medium
17-20 Eastern Star & Rainbow Girls Convention
21 Indian Lake Family Fun Day
22 11th Annual Wiener Dog Races
22  Street Party Featuring Orquestra Pacifico Tropical
25-30 Pendleton Round-Up Wagon Train
29-1 Pendleton Linebacker's Club Hall of Fame Weekend
29 28th Annual Don Requa Memorial Golf Tournament
30 19th Annual Walk 4 Life

Business News Links

Employment in Columbia Basin - State of Oregon Employment Department
Culinary and Agritourism Development Update - Travel Oregon

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.
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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
Oxford Suites Pendleton
Pacific Power
Pendleton Woolen Mills
Pioneer Asphalt, Inc.
Pioneer Title & Escrow
Red Lion Hotel
Sygnifi Networks
Tom Denchel Ford Country
Tum-A-Lum Lumber
U.S. Cellular
Umatilla County
Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center
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