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March 2018 Newsletter

Letter from the President


Many of you were probably knee deep in the 2A tournament, the level of volunteerism we get from our membership (and the community at large) is amazing. The Chamber does so many things that are volunteer and committee led we couldn't do without free gifts of your time to the organization. I would like to ask just a little more of you  - our Chamber board is looking to form a new committee that will focus on capital improvements at the Chamber office. For some time we have not put much thought into the long-term maintenance and improvement of our business office which serves as the first point of contact for the community. The Chamber needs to form a committee or task force to review our facilities every few years for necessary major maintenance, furnishing replacement, signage and renovation (to just name a few). If you are interested in serving on such a committee please email me or contact the Chamber office, we would especially like to receive some input from local contractors on the task force so we can make the best decisions possible when it comes to our building.
As I'm sure you've already heard, we have appointed a new Executive Director Megan Lauer and she's had just about a full month on the job! It's great to have the stress of that staff search behind us and be able to move forward with chamber business. We'll soon be starting another staff search for our Membership Coordinator position, as that position was opened when we hired our ED. In the short term, we've added some temporary help in the office to help Megan and the staff cope with being down a position.
Last - we've still got some tickets left to the Economic Outlook Social and Dinner on March 9th at 4 PM. Come see keynote speaker Drew Bledsoe and a local panel, you can purchase you tickets here.

Thank you,

Jordan McDonald
President, 2018

Megan's Musings

Megan Lauer
Interim Executive Director

On the Membership side:
Thank you to those who have renewed your membership for 2018! Update forms and 2018 stickers are still getting out; we had several things that have delayed the process. PLEASE take time to check the update form and notify us of any changes. We also can display your logo and one picture with your web listing so send those in if we don’t already have them.
Also, thanks to all of our members who have donated food, money, and time towards the OSAA US Bank Les Schwab Tires 2A State Basketball Tournament that occurred March 1-3. Our community partners put the manpower into hosting teams, taking tickets, and so much more. Our Chamber Ambassadors, Board of Directors, and other volunteers help the Chamber host the best coaches and officials hospitality room in the state! Many of our chamber members donate food or money towards food so that there are great snacks for those individuals until they can get out and enjoy our restaurants.
On the Executive side:
As has been announced I am currently the Interim Executive Director for the Pendleton Chamber of Commerce. I am still fulfilling my Membership Coordinator duties during my interim period. I am working hard to learn my new duties and I thank those who are patient while I tackle two jobs.
I am continuing the Chamber’s relationship with the Eastern Oregon Visitors Association(EOVA), which helps give our region a little louder voice attracting tourists. It is one way your Chamber membership lets you have an even larger audience. The 2018 EOVA guide is out, with several different covers, including one showing the barn at Winn Homestead Events. I encourage you to check the guide out.
Also, if you have an idea, opinion, or advice, shoot me an email or make an appointment. The Chamber doesn’t exist without our members and partners, and we serve those organizations. If there is a way we can better serve you, please let us know!

Committee Chair Notes

Joseph Hull
Tourism & Marketing Committee

Spring is coming here in our beloved Pendleton and that means we will have many more visitors to our town soon! The Tourism & Marketing Committee has worked hard to put together Frontline Education and experiences for the folks who will see visitors first. If you have been following us you know that the passports have been handed out and dozens of our local businesses are offering free and reduced-price experiences for folks to partake in. Many/most Chamber businesses are participating and the frontline visitors simply need to go have fun at our attractions then get their passports stamped. The reward for their efforts will be learning much more about the attractions and fun Pendleton offers AND a party at the Convention Center to celebrate! (Thank you, Pat Beard!) The celebration party for all who invested time in this Frontline Program will be at the Pendleton Convention Center on April 16th. So, businesses please get your passports if you don’t have them yet and get your frontline staff out there having fun and getting stamps. The Committee is working on prizes for those who get the most stamps and participating restaurants are providing great food for the party as well.
Thank you so much to all who are participating and let’s make 2018 the best year yet in the best town in America

Joseph Hull, Chair
Pendleton Chamber Tourism & Marketing Committee
(541) 276-1353

Welcome New Members

Packard Tavern

Tim Guenther, Co-Owner
118 SE Court Ave, Pendleton
(541) 276-3737

OMG! Burgers & Brews
Kimberly Burt, Owner
241 S Main St, Pendleton
(541) 377-2434
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Pendleton Little League
Kari Brooks
PO Box 127, Pendleton
(541) 429-0996
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Bela Bakery LLC
Juan C Panata, Owner
213 S Main St, Pendleton
(541) 304-3941
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Upcoming Chamber Events

March Morning Buzz

March Kick it Up After 5

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 Manager, Pendleton UAS Range

Tickets to this event are $40 each for Members of the Pendleton Chamber of Commerce, $45 for non-members.

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

Spring Job Fair

Member News

WWII in a Wild West Town DVD "stars" Doris Grover and Bob Stangier are the featured guest speakers at the Thursday, March 22 Pendleton Air Museum's Annual Membership meeting. Grover and Stangier will talk about Pendleton's WWII Army Air Corp Base - Pendleton Field and their part in Pendleton's history. The public is invited to the meeting at 6:30 p.m., in the Doolittle Room at the Pendleton Airport. No host dinner is available with Elvis' Bar & Grill. Check out the youngest local history non-profit in Pendleton. For more information call (541) 278-0141

Pendleton Air Museum Membership Drive - Calling all aviation, history, military and Pendleton enthusiasts, Pendleton Air Museum wants and needs you. Our mission is preserving Pendleton's aviation and military history. We want people to know the impact Pendleton had during WWII, about aviation and military and the future of the UAS program. Pendleton Air Museum is growing and opening a physical museum in downtown Pendleton at 21 SW Emigrant in September 2018, and more activities in the works. 
We encourage active “hands-on” memberships; like volunteering at the museum, air shows, galas, Bombs Away Balls and special events. Want to be more involved, consider being a board, committee member or volunteer at the museum. Let's grow together, with your help Pendleton Air Museum can save Pendleton’s aviation and military history, a vital part of our local heritage. Get involved - we have individual, family and business memberships. The public is welcome to attend our board meetings held the third Thursday each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Doolittle Room at the Eastern Oregon Regional Airport. No host dinner available at Elvis' Bar & Grill. Membership form available at our website:  For more information, please call (541) 278-0141.

February Ribbon Cutting

Moe Phở - Noodles & Cafe - February 19, 2018

Leadership Pendleton 2018:  Meet the Class

James Setzer
Director, Umatilla County Health Department
What do you enjoy about your work?
Trying to use resources and ideas creatively to help people and help Umatilla be a place where it is easy to be healthy.
Why did you join Leadership Pendleton?
To become better integrated into the community to be able to build partnerships to make Umatilla [county] a healthy place to live.
When you are not working, what do you like to do?
Be active: hike, camp, bike. I have gone hunting for the first time since moving here.

Mary Green
Provider Recruitment/Property Manager, CHI St. Anthony Hospital

What do you enjoy about your work?
Everything. Meeting new people, being part of bringing quality healthcare to my community.

Why did you join Leadership Pendleton?
I talk about and see the city. I believe there are many things I don't know. Meeting new people, enhancing my experiences.

When you are not working, what do you like to do?
I enjoy the outdoors, working on projects, renovations, etc. Spending time with my granddaughter.

Mark Tanner
Facility Manager, Umatilla County

What do you enjoy about your work?
Being able to problem solve and teach new skills to team members.
Why did you join Leadership Pendleton?
Learn more about Pendleton and meeting new people for networking.
When you are not working, what do you like to do?
Explore other towns and hiking trails, experiencing other communities.

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.

Capital Improvements Committee

Wanted!  A few good volunteers to serve on our Capital Improvements Committee.  This committee will look at improvements- updates, upgrades, and changes- needed for the Chamber office.  Our hope is to compile a list of projects, estimate the costs, develop funding ideas, and a timeline for the improvements to be made.  This will be a limited duration committee, and we will try and find a meeting schedule that works for our committee volunteers.  A couple Chamber employees will also serve on the committee to give insight into our daily operational needs.
If you are interested in serving on this committee, please contact Megan.

Meet Your Directors

Kris Smith is a Title Examiner with Pioneer Title & Escrow and lives in Pendleton with his wife Stephanie and three children.  He enjoys spending time with his family as well as golfing and camping.  He says the best advice he has ever received was "We are all trying to fill a role in our family.  We usually fill a role that needs to be filled and has not been taken."  He enjoys Pendleton's people and authenticity.  In addition to his role on the Pendleton Chamber Board of Directors, he also serves on the Board of Realtors.  Kris brings a lot of enthusiasm and humility to his seat on the Board, saying "I am not an owner or a manager, just a dad and a worker."

January Office Report

  January 2018 YTD 2018 January 2017 YTD 2017
Facebook Views 66,586 66,586 82,704 82,704
Website Visitors* 3,958 3,958 3,569 3,569
Incoming 800 Calls 26 26 32 32
Convention Packets 120 120 0 0
Visitor Packets 5 5 9 9
Relocation Packets 3 3 7 7
Walk-In Count 245 245 128 128

*Combined statistics from Pendleton Chamber & Travel Pendleton websites.

Business News Links

Employment in Columbia Basin - Oregon Department of Employment

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 February 28, 2018.
A & G Property Management and Maintenance
Airport Antiques & The Furniture Lady
America's Best Value Inn
Bank of Eastern Oregon- Loan Production Office
Baxter Auto Parts
Big John's Hometown Pizza
Birch Creek Trophies & Awards
Blue Jeans Realty
Blue Mountain Foot Specialists, PC
Blue Mt. Express Fuel Stop & Mini-Mart
Boy Scouts of America
Breast Cancer Care Specialty - CHI St. Anthony Hospital
C & H Glass Shop
Caldwell Trucking, Inc
Calico Country Florist and Gifts
Cheryl Post Traveling Bookkeeping
CHI St. Anthony Hospital
CHI St. Anthony Hospital Family Clinic
CI Information Management
Club 24
Cottage Flowers
Coyote Business Park
David Krumbein
David Nelson
Davita Blue Mountain Kidney Center
Dean's Pendleton Athletic Co.
Desert Springs Bottled Water Co., LLC
DG Gifts
Diabetes Education Services - CHI St. Anthony Hospital
Diagnostic Imaging - CHI St. Anthony Hospital
East Oregonian
Eastern Oregon Telecom
Elite Taxis, Inc.
Express Employment Professionals
Farmers Insurance: Christianson Agency
Fast Mobile Service LLC
First Christian Church
Foremost Transport, Inc.
Gordon's Electric & Heating, Inc.
Granite Construction Co.
Hamley & Co.
Harriet Isom
Harris Junior Academy
Hill Meat Company
Home Health / Hospice - CHI St. Anthony Hospital
Housecraft Building & Renovation
In Home Medical Inc.
InterMountain Education Service District
Kadlec Clinic Pendleton
Kiwanis Club of Pendleton
Kline Landscape & Irrigation, Inc.
Knights Inn
LaFrance Grubbs
Landmark Tax & Financial Planning Services
Lil Angels Child Care & Pre-School
Lindell Truck & Auto Parts

Lucky Score Clothing Company
Mac's Bar & Grill
Maternity & OB Care - CHI St. Anthony Hospital
McBee Surgical Clinic
McLaughlin Landscaping
Mid Columbia Bus Company
Mitchell Veterinary Service, LLC / Dr. Christine Mitchell, DVM
Northeast Oregon Home Builders Association
Nutrition Services - St. Anthony Hospital
Nye Sinclair Dino Mart
Ooh La La Salon
Orthopedic Clinic - St. Anthony Hospital
Outpatient Physical Therapy - CHI St. Anthony Hospital
Outwest Catering, LLC
Oxford Suites Pendleton
Pacific Power
Patricia Terjeson
Pendleton Air Museum
Pendleton Bike Week
Pendleton Book Company
Pendleton Center for the Arts
Pendleton First Assembly of God
Pendleton Grocery Outlet
Pendleton Ground-Up
Pendleton Hat Company
Pendleton Seventh-day Adventist Church
Pendleton Veterinary Clinic
Pendleton Woolen Mills
Perfect Balance, LLC
Pilot Rock Chamber of Commerce
Pioneer Asphalt, Inc.
Pioneer Title & Escrow
Prodigal Son Brewery & Pub
RDO Equipment Company
RISE Services, Inc.
Rob Merriman Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
Robert Alan Property Management
Roosters Restaurant
Scott Fairley
Sleep Lab - St. Anthony Hospital
Sno Road Winery
Southgate Sinclair Dino Mart
Stapleman Custom Boot Shop
Super 8 Motel
Sygnifi Networks
Tribal Environmental Recovery Facility
Union Pacific Railroad
Verizon Wireless Cellular Plus
Virginia Conrad
WC Construction, Inc.
Western Materials, Inc.
Western States Equipment Company
Women's Clinic - CHI St. Anthony Hospital
Zollman's Larry Burd Well Drilling, LLC
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
Oxford Suites Pendleton
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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