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September 2018 Newsletter

Letter from the President

I would like to start off by welcoming our new Executive Director, Janet to the team. It's such a big weight off our shoulders to have the ED search behind us, and we are so lucky to have such a great member on our team. I know it's been a long wait:  thank you to the membership, for bearing with the board during this transition period. I don't think the transition would have been possible without the efforts of Chuck Wood who stepped in as Interim Director for the past few months and really became our transition expert. We had Chuck and Janet overlap in the office for about two weeks which I believe is paying dividends on getting Janet started on her great endeavor at the Chamber.
Chuck really dug into all the old files, brought important ones to the top, organized the Executive seat, and was always bringing the issues to our attention so we could deal with them. Without that curiosity for what makes the Chamber tick I don't think we could have passed the torch to our new ED without major problems. I know she has a lot of tough work ahead, but she is definitely not going in with blinders on thanks to Chuck's efforts.  This is what happens when a person never loses their sense of wonder and approaches every problem with curiosity - they get results. Also, Chuck has not stopped being a resource for us, even though he's no longer an official employee of the Chamber! In a few short months, Chuck became quite an expert on the operations of the Chamber.  
With the help of the staff, Janet is making up for lost time and has already come up with proposals to increase efficiencies, revenue, and member satisfaction at the Chamber. The board has already had a few "why didn't I think of that" moments, which really validated that we made the right decision in hiring her. I just really hope we can keep up with her! I see a competence in management and a serious interest in best practices that proves she has been here before and faced similar challenges in her career.
As the Chamber President, the Round-Up Association graciously invites me to participate in their events and parades. You don't often see me on a horse, but keep an eye out for the Chamber banner across the back of my horse at parades leading up-to Round-Up. 
Let'er Buck!
Jordan McDonald
Chamber President, 2018

From the Director's Desk

I would like to start my first article as the Executive Director of the Pendleton Chamber of Commerce with a big THANK YOU! Thanks to the Board of Directors and in particular the Search Committee for this amazing opportunity. I feel blessed to be in a community rich in history, tradition, and culture. I also want to acknowledge Chuck Wood. Chuck is a champion! He and his wife Suzi went over the top to welcome and introduce me into the community.
Since arriving at the Chamber, other than completely enjoying the community, I am out meeting our members.  One of my priorities is to get to every members’ business before the end of this year. In addition to meeting you, I want to know what you do and hear how the Chamber can assist you. I also want to share the Chamber’s core competencies with you so you have a better understanding of how to maximize your membership benefits. These core competencies are: Create a stronger local economy; Promote the community; Provide relationship building and networking opportunities; Represent the interests of business with government. These aren’t just flowery words either. Everything the Chamber does relates back to our core competencies keeping us on track and moving forward.
In the next few months, you will be hearing from the chamber a lot. Please take two or three moments of your time to tell us what your need. An electronic member survey - in partnership with the Small Business Development Center at B.M.C.C. - is underway now. We want to know what kind of training and business services you are looking for in the next year. From this information, we will develop or connect you with programs and resources to meet those identified needs.
Oh yeah, and there is a little event called the Round-Up coming up next week. It will be my first and I couldn’t be more excited or impressed. I have never been in a community with such a sense of volunteerism. My hats off to all of you making Pendleton such a wonderful place, thank you!
At your service,

Membership Corner

READY OR NOT, HERE WE COME!!! Our new Executive Director, Janet and I have been hitting the dusty trail visiting our Chamber members in their businesses. The site visits we have done thus far have been very well received and packed full of information provided by our members! This has been great as we are evolving many of the amazing services the chamber is currently providing PLUS adding more opportunities in which we can serve you. Thank you so much for the warm welcome and honest feedback. If you haven’t scheduled a site visit please call our office or email as we would love to get you on the schedule.

September 19th we will be spending our day visiting our Hermiston and Boardman businesses, later in the month we will be taking a trek over the river and through the woods (not really) and going to La Grande, Weston, Milton-Freewater, and Walla Walla. We have lots of visits ahead of us so please reach out as we are super excited about getting into all our members' businesses by the end of this year! As you prepare for our visit please be thinking of ways the CHAMBER CAN WORK FOR YOU!
Be safe and LET’ER BUCK!

Cheri Rosenberg-Hadden
Membership Coordinator

Upcoming Chamber Events

August Kick it Up After 5

RV Packet Party Thank you!

Thank you so much to our RV Parking Packet Stuffing Crew this morning! We were done by 10 a.m.!  Thank you to the Veterans of Foreign Wars "Let'er Buck" Post 922 for the use of their basement for the event.  We had a strong showing from Altrusa International of Pendleton, who are also our "Boots on the Ground" for our RV Camping program.

Joyce Follis, Karen Miller, Martha Campbell, Yvonne McIntyre, Virginia Beebe, Rolinda Burd, Theresa Degan, Tonya Nichols, Carole Innes, Dick Nichols, Jan Loughary, Elaine Redner, Vicki Scharn, Carol Blanc, Chuck Wood, Karen Rose, Trini Hank

September KUMA Coffee Hour

Listen in to KUMA 1290 AM hosts Butch Thurman & Danny Houle and a Chamber Representative for the Chamber's "Coffee Hour" on September 26th at 8:30 a.m.  We'll talk about upcoming events and "what's happening" at the Chamber!

Don't miss our special Round-Up edition of the Coffee Hour on Wednesday, September 12th, LIVE from the VFW Cowboy Breakfast at Stillman Park!

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.
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July Office Report

  July 2018 YTD 2018 July 2017 YTD 2017
Facebook Views 46,677 362,493 100,055 620,551
Website Visitors*¹ 8,252 30,438 7,413 40,625
Incoming 800 Calls 45 287 29 194
Convention Packets 127 1,304 30 1,454
Visitor Packets 8 59 29 376
Relocation Packets 5 84 9 44
Walk-In Count 544 2,307 606 3,144

*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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Business Survey

In case you missed it, we sent out a survey request last week in our efforts to further support you in your business.  The Pendleton Chamber of Commerce and Small Business Development Center at Blue Mountain Community College are working together to identify the business challenges our local business owners are facing in the next 12 months and we NEED your input!
To better serve you, we need this valuable information that only YOU can provide about your business.  The survey will only take about two minutes of your time, and your feedback is extremely valuable to us! 
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to let us know what your needs are; please complete the survey by Friday, September 14, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

Thank you!
Take the Survey

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

Oregon East Symphony receives a grant from the Creative Heights program of The Oregon Community Foundation

The Oregon East Symphony is the recipient of a $38,000 grant from the Creative Heights program of The Oregon Community Foundation to fund the commission and premier performance of a new piece of music by contemporary composer Raven Chacon. The commissioned work will feature a chamber ensemble comprised of musicians from the Oregon East Symphony and student musicians from Nixya’awii Community School. While in Northeastern Oregon coaching musicians on the performance of his commissioned work, Mr. Chacon will concurrently be working with Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts in producing a series of prints based off the commission score. Both the music and prints will premiere at the Oregon East Symphony’s annual Winter Chamber Music concert on Saturday, February 16th, 2019, with a second performance to follow at Crow’s Shadow on Sunday, February 17th, 2019.

Raven Chacon is a composer, performer and installation artist from Fort Defiance, Navajo Nation. As a solo artist, collaborator, or with Postcommodity, Chacon has exhibited or performed at Whitney Biennial, documenta 14, REDCAT, Musée d’art Contemporain de Montréal, San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, Chaco Canyon, Ende Tymes Festival, 18th Biennale of Sydney, and The Kennedy Center. Every year, he teaches 20 students to write string quartets for the Native American Composer Apprenticeship Project (NACAP). He is the recipient of the United States Artists fellowship in Music, The Creative Capital award in Visual Arts, The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation artist fellowship, and the American Academy’s Berlin Prize for Music Composition. He lives in Albuquerque, NM

The mission of the Oregon East Symphony is to operate, support, and maintain a symphony orchestra, ensembles, chorale, and youth classical music program to enhance the cultural wealth of the region through education and performance. More information on the Oregon East Symphony and tickets to the Winter Chamber Music concert are available at

The mission of The Oregon Community Foundation is to improve lives for all Oregonians through the power of philanthropy. OCF works with individuals, families, businesses and organizations to create charitable funds to support the community causes they care about. Through these funds, OCF awarded more than $108 million in grants and scholarships in 2016.

The Foundation makes grants through an application process that involves local citizens in the review and evaluation of requests for funds. Application materials are available through the Foundation’s Portland office. Individuals or businesses interested in establishing a fund may contact the Bend office at 15 SW Colorado Avenue, Suite 250, Bend OR 97702, 541.382.1170 or visit

Contact Person: J.D. Kindle, Oregon East Symphony Executive Director

Phone: 541-276-0320 (office), 541-215-5650 (cell)

Major September Events

1-2 Mainly Marathon 2018 Northwest Series Marathon
8 Main Street Cowboys Dress Up Parade
8 Old Dominion - Round-Up Kick off Concert
9 Pendleton Round-Up & Happy Canyon Hall of Fame Induction Banquet
10 29th Annual Pendleton Round-Up Foundation Memorial Golf Tournament
10 & 11 Banner Bank Pro Bull Riding Classic
11-15 Main Street Cowboys/Davis Shows NW Carnival
11-15 Main Street Cowboys Show
12-15 Pendleton Round-Up
12-15 Happy Canyon Pageant
12-15 VFW Cowboy Breakfast
12-14 Cycle Oregon - Pendleton Stop
13 Oregon Tourism Commission Public Meeting

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.
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Banner Bank
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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
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