2007 Press Releases


Klamath-Lake Employer Council- New Laws for 2008 for Employers Forum in Klamath Falls
December 20, 2007
The local Chapter of the Oregon Employer Council announced today that it will be sponsoring Employers Beware- New Laws for 2008 on January 8th from 11:30 am -1:30 pm at Mabel Liskey Pavillion, 2200 Eldorado Blvd. Seating is limited to 30 and pre-registration in required.

You will not want to miss this discussion of new laws & court decisions affecting employers starting in January 2008. These changes include:

  • New protected classes
  • Changes to Oregon Family Leave Action
  • Changes to non-competition and arbitration agreements
  • New protected forms of leave
  • Wage and hour changes

This session is designed for supervisors, business owners and human resource professionals. Come and learn more on this hot topic. The cost is $5.00 for information, beverage and a working lunch. SEATING IS LIMITED ! To register call Julie Matthews (541) 883-5630 x238 or email Julie.A.Matthews@state.or.us

Katie Tank-Speaker

Katherine Tank joined Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt's Bend office in 2003, strengthening the firm's labor and employment law practice.

She has a BS degree from the University of Oregon and Juris Doctor degree from the University of Oregon School of Law, and is admitted to practice in Oregon State Courts, Alaska State Courts, US District Courts, Portland and Anchorage and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Ms. Tank is a noted speaker, conducting labor and employment law seminars for HR managers, supervisors and lawyers. Some of her clients include Alaska Airlines, BP Exploration, and University of Alaska. She is a past president of the Humans Resource Association of Central Oregon (HRACO) and was voted Human Resource Professional of the year in 2004. She is currently a member of the Oregon State Bar Labor and Employment Section and serves on the Central Oregon Employer Council.

Upcoming Topics for 2008 will include "Emergency Preparedness at Work & Home", "Coaching Employees" and "Wage and Hour Laws" by Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI). Watch the Basin Business for more details for the 2008 calendar or call Julie.

July 2007


Now Enrolling!

Leadership Klamath (LK) is to promote quality leadership in Klamath County.

LK Consists of ten one-day sessions conducted over the course of a ten month period. Each meeting encompasses a specific topic or industry such as; tourism, emergency services, education, legal systems and economic development. LK offers a tremendous opportunity for participants to expand their knowledge of the Klamath Basin and to network with potential business associates.

For more information on how you or your company can become involved or to register for the program please contact the Chamber office at (541) 884-5193 for an application.

The cost is $475.00 for Chamber members and $575.00 for non-members.

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Chamber Seeks Craft & Food Vendors, Parade Entrants for 3rd Annual 4th of July Street Fair
May 11, 2007

“Hometown Heroes” to be featured as Grand Marshals

"Hometown Heroes" will be the featured theme for this year's 4th of July Parade and Street Fair. From rock 'n roll on the courthouse steps to square dancing demonstrations, art exhibits to outdoor recreation specialists, historic Main Street in downtown Klamath Falls will have something for everyone all day on July 4th.

Beginning with the traditional down Klamath Avenue, kicked off with a fighter jet flyover, the 3rd Annual 4th of July Street Fair on Main Street promises to be a day of fun, food, friends and good times as special "Hometown Heroes" are honored throughout the day. For the first time Grand Marshals representing local heroes in the categories of Sports, Education, Military and Volunteerism will be honored in the parade. Parade entrants are encouraged to keep to the "heroes" theme, honoring a special hero in their group or organization. This year trophies will be awarded in Civic, Government, Club, Commercial, Family/Individual, Fraternal, School, Non-Profit, Youth, Religious, and Overall Grand Champion categories.

The Street Fair will officially begin with the draping of a huge American flag on the courthouse, followed by the singing of the National Anthem by TBA. The day's events culminate in a fireworks display over Lake Ewauna.

"This wonderful community event just continues to grow and include more and more participants and visitors", says Reba VanAcker, Chair of the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce Action Committee that is organizing the day's festivities. "We're looking forward to welcoming new craft and food vendors, exhibitors and entertainers to make this year's event bigger and better than ever."

For information about events, activities, vendor space, food and parking, contact the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce at 541-884-5193.

Sarah says Goodbye!
April 14, 2007
Sarah WeldonThe Klamath County Chamber of Commerce is sorry to say that Sarah Weldon is no longer with us.

She received an emergency phone call on Tuesday morning that her father is not doing well, and that she will be leaving town immediately. She is going to stay with him to assist in his care, and make him as comfortable as possible in his final days.

Sarah asked for us to extend her thanks to all those that she has had the pleasure of working with during the time she worked at the Chamber and said that she made many friends and was fortunate to have met some extremely professional and dedicated people.

She will be missed.

To respond to the immediate needs of the Chamber, Chamber president Joe Spendolini temporarily assigned all work at the office to be under the training and guidance of the Office Administrator Lilly Johnson.

President's Message
April 2007
I believe this year's theme "YOUR CHAMBER, YOUR VOICE" says it all. The Chamber of Commerce exists primarily to serve it's members.

This organization is supported almost entirely by annual dues paid by our members. Our focus needs to be assisting you in areas that effect your business. Part of our obligation is to support, or oppose rules and regulations that hinder the business community's ability to be profitable. We need to focus effort on bringing resources to our members that will assist them in operating a successful business, like informational forums and other resources.

I am pleased to announce to our community that we have an outstanding board that understands the Chambers role to both our members and our community. This exemplary group of individuals have spent a lot of time over the past year ensuring we fulfill the Chambers obligations to it's members, and worked to pass policies that had our members and our community as the primary focus. I would like to encourage all of you to let your voices be heard.

This is your organization, you have the right to let us know if we are not fulfilling our obligations, and I can tell you that myself, and the rest of this board, want to hear from you!

This year will be an exciting year of change for the Chamber of Commerce. We will have a new Executive Director, we have 4 new Board members, and we are retiring 2 Board members that have given much to our community, Reba VanAcker, and Norm Holliday. Both Reba and Norm have served on the Chamber Board for 6 years and I want to thank them both for their valuable time, and direction. This organization is a better organization because of their involvement, and we will miss them, although I believe Reba is going to continue as one of our committee chairs.

I want to thank Sarah Weldon, and Lilly Johnson for their hard work and dedication. When the Executive Director resigned, both of these young ladies stepped up and have performed magnificently (they have even tolerated my intrusions). This entire banquet was planned, and organized by the two of them, all the while maintaining their normal daily workload, on top of other responsibilities they've had to accept. The new Executive Director will have a pretty easy experience transitioning into that role because of Sarah and Lilly, and the entire board recognizes and appreciates all that they've done.

Klamath County District Attorney's Methamphetamine Task Force Presents
February 2007

Businessperson's Brown Bag Lunch And Round Table Discussion

Nuts and Bolts of Establishing a Work Place Drug Policy and Recognizing Signs of Meth Use

Courthouse Basement 4th and Main Street
11:30a.m. to 1:00p.m.

FACILITATOR: Chief Deputy District Attorney Dave Groff

Special Guests:

  • Patti Buckalew - Assistant Store Manager Ross Dress for Less
  • Crystal Agard - Outpatient Counselor Klamath County Treatment Center
  • Del Erent - Jodi Choate Owners Mollie's Restaurant

For further information, please contact Debbie Vought at 883-5147 ext 3197

Bailey Steps Down From Chamber After a Decade of Strong Leadership
February 8, 2007
Stephanie BaileyThe Klamath County Chamber of Commerce today announced the resignation of Stephanie Bailey as executive director of the organization. Bailey, who has managed the Chamber for over a decade, is stepping down for personal reasons.

"Stephanie Bailey in the past ten years has been a true leader in the Klamath County business community," said Chamber president Joe Spendolini. "She leaves big shoes to fill for her successor."

Spendolini noted that the Chamber Executive Committee accepted Bailey's resignation last night. He said the Chamber Board of Directors will immediately begin preparations for a national search to replace Bailey.

Ms. Bailey made the Chamber of Commerce a driving force in Klamath Falls and southern Oregon during her tenure. She established strong ties with the governor's office, the Oregon congressional delegation, and local governments as she advocated for Klamath County merchants. Key recent accomplishments during her time spent as executive director include:

Contributions to Team Klamath that brought in major industries like ESI, NEW, and IFA Nurseries;
Establishment of Modoc Northern Railroad local service;
Creation of the Fourth of July street fair, which draws thousands to downtown Klamath Falls.
Ms. Bailey also was appointed to several committees and served on other leadership bodies, including Governor Kulongoski's Small Business Task Force and Team Klamath. She also oversaw the Leadership Klamath program, which has graduated hundreds of local community leaders.

"It has been a great honor serving the Chamber of Commerce and our member businesses," said Bailey. "In my ten years of service, we have seen great accomplishments and I take pride in having been a leader in helping to build Klamath's economy and community into what we see today."

The Chamber board of directors is working with Chamber staff to finalize an interim management structure while the search for Bailey's replacement proceeds. Spendolini will serve as the Chamber's spokesperson and lead representative during this period.

"We appreciate Stephanie's dedicated service to our organization and this community," said Spendolini, speaking for the Chamber's Executive Committee. "We wish her all the best in her future endeavors."