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October 2018 Newsletter

From the Director's Desk

Well, you all kept telling wait until after Round-Up to get really started with any new initiatives at the Chamber. Now I know why, WOW! Growing up in Montana going to rodeos and being responsible for annual PRCA and PBR events while at the Laughlin, Nevada Chamber, I thought I had reasonable expectations for Round-Up week. Honestly, I couldn’t have been more wrong. Round-Up week was so much more than anything I expected. From the parades to PBR to the Indian Village and Happy Canyon to the actual Round-Up performance, Pendleton knows how to throw a party.
The Round-Up’s opening ceremony was the most magnificent I’ve ever witnessed! The multigenerational fathers and sons, mothers and grandmothers, and on made it different and exquisite. And then thinking about the thousands of volunteers coming together each year to make everything happen and come together, stunning! I am grateful to live in a community with so much heart, dedication and commitment. Thank you for allowing me to experience Round-Up 2018.
Now that it is quieted down and bit and life is back to normal after Round-Up, Cheri Rosenberg-Hadden – the Chamber’s Membership Coordinator – and are still out meeting with you and getting to know in your business. We are also educating you about the Chamber’s core competencies and how we are working in each competency for you and your business. These competencies are: Creating a stronger local economy; Promoting the community; Providing relationship building opportunities and business connections: Representing the interests of business with government.
If you haven’t had a chance to schedule an appointment with Cheri for us a meeting, please do so soon. Cheri can be reached at (541) 276-7411 or via email at Otherwise, you run the risk of us just stopping by to meet you and introduce ourselves. We really are committed to being in each of our members business by the end of the year.
Please join us at the Pendleton Convention Center for this month’s Kick It Up after 5 on October 11th, 5:15 to 7:00 pm. In addition to a new Chamber Executive Director, there is a new catering service at the Convention Center named C.G. Catering and Events who will be featured and serving scrumptious appetizers for you to enjoy. Lots of exciting things happening in Pendleton!
Be on the lookout in your mail for the 2019 First Citizens nomination form. This year’s prestigious banquet is scheduled for January 18, 2019, at Wildhorse Resort & Casino . Nomination forms along with the supporting documents are due to the Chamber office by December, 28, 2018. Don’t miss your chance to nominate your candidate(s) for “Woman of the Year”, “Man of the Year”, Business of the Year, and of any of the Business Excellence Awards in Tourism, Customer Service, Boss of the Year, Employee of the Year.
Until next month, my door is always open!
At your service,

Membership Corner

WE SURVIVED!! Yet another great year of our awesome Pendleton Round-Up, Happy Canyon and PBR events. As you are all aware this could not be done without YOU! We could not be more proud to partner with so many amazing businesses that not only understand but help facilitate community involvement.

As we head into the final quarter there are lots of exciting things happening here at the Chamber. We are continuing our site visits each day, we are looking at membership, the benefits and how we can be even better. Revamping old programs and beginning new ones.

We are in the beginning stages of a variety of collaborations with numerous local businesses that we are extremely excited about! As the holiday season approaches be looking for different fun activities that will be coming your way.

Hope you’re all able to stay dry over the next month as we welcome fall, reluctantly or with open arms!

Cheri Rosenberg-Hadden
Membership Coordinator

New Member Welcome

Academy Mortgage Corporation, Corp NMLS# 3114
Holly Woods, Loan Officer
1 SE Court Ave, Pendleton
(541) 371-1155
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Upcoming Chamber Events

October Morning Buzz

Wednesday, October 3rd from 7:15 to 8:00 a.m. at 
The Salvation Army (150 SE Emigrant Ave).
Map Link

Enjoy Coffee by Roosters Country Kitchen at this great networking opportunity.  
This event is FREE, and the public is welcome!

October Ribbon Cutting

AAA Oregon/Idaho
248 SW Dorion Ave
Thursday, October 9th @ 11:00 a.m.
New Location!

October Kick it Up After 5

Enjoy this free event to strengthen relationships and make business connections.
Meet and sample offerings from Pendleton’s newest catering company,
C.G. Catering & Events! 

Refreshments & Appetizers • Door Prizes • Networking • 50/50 Drawing

Chamber Members & Public are welcome to attend this FREE event!

A program of the Pendleton Chamber Ambassadors

October KUMA Coffee Hour

Listen in to KUMA 1290 AM hosts Butch Thurman & Danny Houle and Chamber Executive Director Janet Duffy for the Chamber's "Coffee Hour" on October 31st at 8:30 a.m.  We'll talk about upcoming events and "what's happening" at the Chamber!

Save the Date:  Fall Luncheon & Annual Meeting

November 14, 2018 @ Pendleton Convention Center

New! Updated!  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 now start at only $100 per week, first come, first served.  Ads are subject to approval by the Chamber; only one member ad per week is available.  Events and Sales & Special are eligible.  Please email Adrienne at for ad specs or more information.

63rd Annual First Citizens Banquet & Business Excellence Awards

Be a part of Pendleton's Premier Social Event on January 18th!

As a Chamber member, we would like to offer you the opportunity to participate in the 63rd Annual First Citizens Banquet & Business Excellence Awards on Friday, January 18, 2019.

We hope you plan to attend the banquet, which will be held in the Rivers Event Center at Wildhorse Resort & Casino.  We are inviting all Chamber member businesses to join in the evening’s festivities by decorating a table.  This year’s event will have the theme of: "Black & White and Pendleton All Over"

Event Sponsorship

Be an event sponsor for $1000
You will receive top marketing benefits, which include:
  • Name and Logo on marketing materials for the Event*
  • Name and Logo during the Event on multimedia displays
  • Two (2) tickets to the event.
  • Three (3) minutes microphone time at the beginning of the Event.
  • Option to purchase an additional eight (8) seats for $45 each to complete a full table at the event.
  • Option to decorate a dining table (fee waived).
  • Option to provide a special door prize to be drawn for at the beginning of the Event
  • Option to merchandise a Marketing Table at the Event (fee waived).
  • Option to donate raffle item valued at a minimum of $40
*Event Sponsorship commitments received by Monday, October 29, 2018 will include your business name and/or logo on the printed invitations that are mailed to all Pendleton Chamber of Commerce Members and Past First Citizens. 

If you'd like to be an Event Sponsor, please contact the Chamber office at (541) 276-7411 or email

Table Decorators

Why Decorate a Table?
  • Create a lasting image of your business to all banquet attendees.
  • This is the community’s most prestigious event and the perception of your business is enhanced by participating.
  • Your business’s creativity and style will be remembered by more than 400 community leaders.
  • All the attendees enjoy taking home their gifts and remember their table decorator long after the event is over.
  • Win an award and braggin’ rights!  Best of Show • Most Creative • Best Marketing • Most Colorful • Best Use of Theme • Most Elegant • People’s Choice • Most Unique
What is expected of a Table Decorator? 
  • Using provided tablecloths, napkins, dinnerware, wine, and water glasses, each table is decorated to promote your business or organization. (Please plan on a 36” to 40” decoration area, leaving room for place settings.)  Please do not bring your own wine glasses; Wildhorse Resort & Casino will provide them for each place setting.
  • Each table seats 10. Individual place setting gifts are appropriate, and we encourage you to use this opportunity for small marketing and promotional items from your business. 
  • Your centerpiece, with a value of at least $25, is a gift which will be awarded to a lucky winner chosen from each table.
  • Pictures from previous years’ tables are available at the Chamber office to stimulate your creativity.
  • Decorating fee per table is $40, with early responses receiving a discounted rate of $25. Instead of paying the fee, you can contribute of gift or gift basket with a value of $40 for the raffle.
What do I do Next?

To decorate a table at Pendleton’s most prestigious event and showcase your business to over 400 community leaders, please complete and return the registration form to the Chamber or contact the Chamber staff at (541) 276-7411 or email us at

Please remember, only 45 tables are available for decoration, so reserve yours now and receive your Early Response Discount by December 1, 2018.  Please Note: Decorating a table does not include tickets to the banquet. You will need to purchase those separately when ticket sales open.

Marketing Table

Marketing Tables are available for $100.  Bring a display for a 6’ table in Cayuse Hall (the bar & raffle area).  Only four (4) available! Please complete and return the registration form to the Chamber or contact the Chamber staff at (541) 276-7411 or email us at  

Award Nominations

Nominations are open for the following categories: Man of the Year, Woman of the Year, Business of the Year, Employee of the Year, Boss of the Year, Tourism Excellence Award, Customer Service Excellence Award.

Nomination forms are available by clicking here or by visiting our website at  or at the Chamber office located at 501 South Main Street in Pendleton.  Completed nominations packets are due back to the Chamber Office December 28, 2018, at 5:00 pm.  Questions?  Call us at (541) 276-7411 or email

Tickets Go On Sale

December 6, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. for Past First Citizens, Premier, Silver, and Visionary Members
December 7, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. All Chamber Members & the General Public

Tickets are $45 each.

Event Sponsorship & Table Decorating Opportunities are a Members-Only benefit of the Pendleton Chamber of Commerce.
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August Office Report

  August 2018 YTD 2018 August 2017 YTD 2017
Facebook Views 56,231 418,724 93,230 713,781
Website Visitors*¹ 6,088 36,526 7,026 47,651
Incoming 800 Calls 83 370 46 240
Convention Packets 170 1,474 587 2,041
Visitor Packets 4 63 11 387
Relocation Packets 11 95 30 74
Walk-In Count 543 2,850 861 4,005

*Combined statistics from Pendleton Chamber & Travel Pendleton websites.
¹Data reflects missing analytical data between January 27, 2018 to April 11, 2018.
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Nonprofit Board Basics - La Grande

Adrienne Graham, Senior Consultant, Nonprofit Association of Oregon

Join us for this half-day workshop to strengthen your board and organization! In this interactive and engaging session you will learn more about:
•    The roles, responsibilities and legal duties of a nonprofit board
•    Board Chair, Board and CEO: Who does what and how can we work together most effectively?
•    How do we organize and keep track of the work of our board

You will also gain useful tips and tools you can apply immediately to strengthen your organization!  This workshop is made possible through the support of The Ford Family Foundation.  Learn more about this event here.
Nonprofit Board Basics - La Grande
Thursday, October 4, 2018

9:00 a.m. - Noon
(Continental Breakfast served at 8:30 a.m
with session promptly starting at 9:00 a.m.)
La Grande National Armory • Blue Mountain Conference Center 
404 12th Street • La Grande, OR 97850
$15 NAO Members • $35 Nonmembers
Register Now

Learn all day!
Stick around for a FREE Northeastern Oregon Nonprofit Regional Forum happening right after this workshop! The forum will promptly begin at 1:00 p.m. at the same location, with check in at 12:30 p.m. 
Registration is required. Register here.

For questions about an event, or trouble registering please contact our 
Training Coordinator at 503-239-4001 x123 or at 

Content provided by Nonprofit Association of Oregon

Member News

Did you know? In addition to community service projects, Altrusa International of Pendleton also gives grants to other local organizations who share our commitment to making Pendleton a better place to live, work and play!  Funds are limited and available on a first come, first served basis - download the grant application below.
Download Altrusa International of Pendleton's Grant Application

Major October Events

3-6  Pendleton Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale
6  Morrow County Harvest Festival
6  Circles of Hope Project & Enough iz Enough: Walk for Healing
6  Heritage Luncheon 2018: Umatilla County Pioneers: The Audacity of Eastern Oregon Wheat Growers
11 "Grillin´ for Grants" 4th Annual Education Foundation of Pendleton Dinner & Auction
13  Out of Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk
13  Oktoberfest Pendleton
18 Breast Cancer Awareness "Light Up the Night Walk"

Business News Links

Employment in Columbia Basin - State of Oregon Employment Department

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.
Visionary Member
Silver Member
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.
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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