2010 Press Releases 

Chamber Board of Directors Election
December 14, 2010
Ballots for open seats on the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce board of directors are in the mail.

“We are thrilled to see such an excellent group of candidates for the Chamber Board” said Stan Gilbert, Chamber President. The chosen candidates will serve three years terms beginning January of 2011.

An initial slate of nominees were presented by the nominating committee and certified by the Executive Director then presented to the membership in November of this year, nominees included (shown in alphabetical order):

  • Michael Angeli, Owner - The Ledge and The Yeti’s Lair
    Chamber Member since 2004
    Michael Angeli is the owner of The Ledge, LLC Outdoor Store and The Yeti's Lair Climbing Gym, winner of the 2008 Chamber Business of the Year award. He’s a former Senior Deputy Sheriff from Riverside Co. Sheriff's Department and is a Klamath Co. Sheriff's Office Resident Deputy - Chiloquin. Angeli currently serves as president of the Klamath Falls Downtown Assoc. Mr. Angelia was born and raised in San Bernardino, CA. He moved to Klamath Falls in 2002 and started position as Resident Deputy in Chiloquin for K.C.S.O. He started The Ledge Outdoor Store in 2003, eventually purchasing a building downtown that he enhanced with retrofitting. He built and opened The Yeti's Lair Climbing Gym. He has become actively involved in a wide range of community enhancement projects and service organizations immediately upon relocating to Klamath. In addition to a law enforcement career, has worked actively in the outdoor retail industry from stock person in college to owner / manager for the last 25 years.
  • Rachael Spoon, Executive Officer – Klamath Basin Home Builders Association
    Chamber Member since 2000
    Rachael Spoon moved to Klamath Falls in 1990, having graduated from Henley High School and Oregon Institute of Technology. She is currently extending her education by attending Northwest Christian University to earn a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She is the Executive Officer of the Klamath Basin Home Builders Association and an active member of the Chamber of Commerce. Rachael was a member of the Ambassadors from 2006-2010, chairperson of the Image and Marketing Committee and has been very involved in many of the events the Chamber has hosted over the last several years.
  • Reba Van Acker, Owner – Epicenter Family Entertainment Complex/Aftershock
    Chamber Member since 2000
    Reba Van Acker is one of the owners of the Epicenter Family Entertainment Complex and served as General Manager and Marketing Manager of The Epicenter for 6 years. She is a past board member and President of the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce; Advisory Council Member for Junior Achievement; and classroom volunteer for JA for 4 years. Ms. Van Acker has also served as Treasurer of the Klamath Basin High School Bowling Association for 12 years and Advisory Council member for Klamath Basin High School Bowling Association for 3 years.

Additional Nominations

The Chamber received additional nominations through the write in process and a ballot was prepared featuring the two additional nominees (shown in alphabetical order):

  • Randy L. Shaw, Realtor – Coldwell Banker and President, Klamath County Association of Realtors
    Chamber Member Since 1997
    Randy L. Shaw graduated with a degree in forestry from Central Oregon College. He is a long-time Klamath resident and graduated from KU in 1969. He has served as president of KCAR for two different stints and is currently in the middle of his second term. In the past, Shaw has won Realtor of the Year. He has been practicing real estate for 15 years. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Klamath Symphony. He is the Governmental Affairs Coordinator for Klamath County Association of Realtors which he coordinates with Medford and Grants Pass associations. Shaw also serves on the political affairs committee for Oregon Association of Realtors.
  • Gail Hildreth Whitsett, Chief of Staff – State Senator Doug Whitsett
    Chamber Member since 2009
    Gail Hildreth Whitsett is a graduate of Henley High School. She holds a BS degree from the OSU Honors College in geology and MS degree in biostratigraphy from OSU, with further geologic studies at Princeton University. Ms. Whitsett worked for one of the largest corporations in the world (Standard Oil / Amoco) as a professional stratigrapher. Ms. Whitsett and her husband developed and presently own Sunset Ridge Farms, a farm facility dedicated to breeding European bloodlines horses for the national dressage and jumper market. Dr. Whitsett owned and operated the Klamath Animal Hospital and practiced veterinary medicine in the Klamath Basin for 35 years before becoming the Oregon State Senator for District 28, which includes Klamath, Lake, Crook and parts of Jackson and Deschutes Counties. She presently serves as Senator Whitsett’s district and Salem office Chief of Staff (during legislative session).
    Ballots bearing the names of these five candidates were sent to each Chamber member in good standing on December 13, 2010. Members voting in the election have until 4:00pm December 27, 2010 to return their ballots. In the spirit of the holidays any member returning a ballot will be entered in to a random drawing for 4 tickets to the Chamber of Commerce Annual Gala on January 29, 2011. Additional information on each candidate can be found at www.klamath.org/boardnominees.
2010 Snowflake Parade Winners
December 10, 2010
The Klamath County Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the winners of the 2010 Snowflake Parade sponsored by Walmart of Klamath Falls. The winners and the public are invited to the Snowflake Parade Award Presentation on Wednesday, December 15th, at 4 p.m. The presentation will be held at the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce, 205 Riverside Dr. The winners are as follows:
  • Best Theme: 173d Civil Engineer Squadron
  • Judges' Choice: 173d Vehicle Maintenance Flight
  • Most Original: Klamath County Library
  • Religious: Shasta Way Christian Church
  • Civic/Government: Klamath County Fire District #4
  • Commercial: Fred Meyer
  • School: Fairview Elementary
  • Youth: Bill Collier Community Ice Arena
  • Non Profit: Klamath Basin Habitat for Humanity
  • Fraternal: Loyal Order of Moose #1106
  • Club: Klamath Basin Snow Drifters
  • Family: The Mahler Family

The Chamber would like to thank Walmart of Klamath Falls for sponsoring the 2010 Snowflake Parade. “This is the first year we’ve had a sponsor for the Snowflake Parade and we appreciate Walmart stepping in and supporting this event,” said Charles Massie, the Chamber’s Executive Director. This year’s parade featured 100 imaginative, creative floats that represented families, businesses, and non-profit organizations. The Klamath County Chamber of Commerce and its parade committee would like to thank the many businesses, clubs, churches, bands and individuals that entered the parade.

The Chamber would also like to thank the many volunteers that helped make the parade run smoothly including the 2010 Snowflake Parade Committee: Rachael Spoon (Klamath Basin Home Builders Association), Courtney Forney (Tru-line Surveying), and Cheya Alvis (Anytime Fitness), as well as the many Ham radio operators who helped with the line-up on Spring Street. Thanks also to the Klamath Falls Street Department, The Carriage Club, Harvest Ford, the City Police and Dennis Davenport, and Klamath County Community Corrections.

For more information, please contact the Chamber at (541) 884-5193.

Chamber Appoints New Board Members
November 24, 2010
The Klamath County Chamber of Commerce, in its November General Board meeting, appointed Cheya Alvis and Ellsworth Lang to fill board positions vacated in 2010.

Cheya Alvis

Cheya Alvis is a native Oregonian, having grown up in Klamath Falls, a graduate of Klamath Union High School and Western Oregon University where he obtained a B.S. is Business. After graduation, he began his professional career in banking in the Portland area where he worked for a large commercial bank for 5 years. Alvis is currently the Club Manager for Anytime Fitness. Cheya says, “I’m excited about all that the chamber does within this great community and even more excited to be able to help first hand as a board member.”

Ellsworth Lang

Ellsworth Lang currently holds positions for The Kla-Mo-Ya casino, Discover Klamath, Klamath Tribes Distribution and Investment and the Crater Lake Travel Center Board. He was very pleased to be a part of the Travel Center, he was very excited to help bring another business to the basin and help sustain positive growth for the Klamath Tribes. He has been employed with the Running Y resort for 14 years. Before working for the Running Y Resort he worked for Crater Lake National park for six years. Lang has experience in several aspects of business and customer service. He is a life long resident of the Klamath basin and has a deep passion for Tourism and Hospitality.

In addition to these appointments, nominations were made for board seats vacated by retiring Board members Frank Goodson, Beth Leistikow and Darin Rutledge. The slate of nominees includes Mike Angeli, Rachael Spoon, and Reba Van Acker.

Michael Angeli

Michael Angeli is the owner of The Ledge, LLC Outdoor Store and The Yeti's Lair Climbing Gym, winner of the 2008 Chamber Business of the Year award. He’s a former Senior Deputy Sheriff from Riverside Co. Sheriff's Department and is a Klamath Co. Sheriff's Office Resident Deputy - Chiloquin. Angeli currently serves as president of the Klamath Falls Downtown Assoc. Mr. Angelia was born and raised in San Bernardino, CA. He moved to Klamath Falls in 2002 and started position as Resident Deputy in Chiloquin for K.C.S.O. He started The Ledge Outdoor Store in 2003, eventually purchasing a building downtown that he enhanced with retrofitting. He built and opened The Yeti's Lair Climbing Gym. He has become actively involved in a wide range of community enhancement projects and service organizations immediately upon relocating to Klamath. In addition to a law enforcement career, has worked actively in the outdoor retail industry from stock person in college to owner / manager for the last 25 years.? ?

Rachael Spoon

Rachael Spoon moved to Klamath Falls in 1990, having graduated from Henley High School and Oregon Institute of Technology. She is currently extending her education by attending Northwest Christian University to earn a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She is the Executive Officer of the Klamath Basin Home Builders Association and an active member of the Chamber of Commerce. Rachael was a member of the Ambassadors from 2006-2010, chairperson of the Image and Marketing Committee and has been very involved in many of the events the Chamber has hosted over the last several years.

Reba Van Acker

Reba Van Acker is one of the owners of the Epicenter Family Entertainment Complex and served as General Manager and Marketing Manager of The Epicenter for 6 years. She is a past board member and President of the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce; Advisory Council Member for Junior Achievement; and classroom volunteer for JA for 4 years. Ms. Van Acker has also served as Treasurer of the Klamath Basin High School Bowling Association for 12 years and Advisory Council member for Klamath Basin High School Bowling Association for 3 years.

“We are thrilled with the high caliber of both the appointees and nominees” says Board President Stan Gilbert, “It is always good to expand the types of businesses represented by the Chamber Board of Directors and this group fulfills that goal.”

The nominations have been sent to the Chamber membership for ratification or additional nominations.

The Klamath County Chamber of Commerce by-laws allow members in good standing to submit additional nominations, if they so choose, for two (2) calendar weeks beginning November 23rd, 2010 and ending December 7th, 2010. If you are a Chamber member in good standing and would like to add a nominee other than the ones named above please contact the Chamber at (541) 884-5193. The Chamber offices must receive all additional nominees by close of business, December 7th, 2010 either by mail (Klamath County Chamber of Commerce 205 Riverside St Suite A, Klamath Falls, OR 97601), fax (541-884-5195) or by personal delivery. If you have no additional nominations no response is necessary.

2011 Board of Directors
November 2010
For the year 2011 the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce has three positions open on its General Board of Directors. As a member in good standing, and in accordance with our by-laws, your organization is eligible to participate in the election of new officers.

After consideration, pursuant to the Chamber Bylaws, a duly appointed nominating committee selected the following persons as nominees for the board of directors: (shown in alphabetical order). The recommended nominees were certified by the Executive Director on November 11th, 2010 during the General Board meeting. The Executive Director is tasked with notifying the general membership of the certified slate of nominees and to seek member ratification of the slate as presented.

  • Mike Angeli, The Ledge (Independent business owner)
  • Rachael Spoon, Klamath Basin Home Builders Association (Executive Director)
  • Reba Van Acker, The Epicenter (Independent business owner)

The Klamath County Chamber of Commerce by-laws allow members in good standing to submit additional nominations*, if they so choose, for two (2) calendar weeks beginning November 23rd, 2010 and ending December 7th, 2010. If you would like to add a nominee other than the ones named above please use this form (PDF, 19k). If you have no additional nominations no response is necessary.


* All nominees must be members of the Chamber in good standing and have given written consent (please attach) to be added as a nominee prior to being considered.
* The Chamber offices must receive all additional nominees by close of business, December 7th, 2010 either by mail (Klamath County Chamber of Commerce 205 Riverside St Suite A, Klamath Falls, OR 97601), fax (541-884-5195) or by personal delivery.

Tickets on Sale Now for the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce 90th Annual Awards Gala
October 26, 2010
Tickets are on sale now for the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce 90th Annual Awards Gala sponsored by South Valley Bank and Trust. This Hollywood-style awards show is scheduled for January 29, 2011 at the Ross Ragland Theater with entertainment provided by The 8th Street Band.

Executive Director Charles Massie says, “The awards show is the Chamber’s opportunity to recognize the businesses and individuals in the community that make a difference.” Each year the Chamber presents awards at the annual gala including Business of the Year, recognizing a business that provides exceptional products and/or services as well as community support; Distinguished Service, to an individual in an organization who has done extraordinary work on behalf of Klamath County in economic development; First Citizen, to an individual who has dedicated countless hours of service to Klamath County and our communities; and the Member of the Year, to a member of the Chamber of Commerce who has given extraordinary support to the Chamber, its events, programs, membership and the community.

Tickets are $29.50 per person and include complimentary hors d’ouvres and wine. To purchase tickets, call the Ross Ragland Theater box office at 541-884-LIVE. For more information on the event or the Chamber, visit www.klamath.org or call (541) 884-5193.

2010 Klamath County Chamber of Commerce Membership Campaign
October 26, 2010
The Klamath County Chamber of Commerce will hold a membership drive through December 31st, 2010. Through the membership campaign, the Chamber hopes to increase membership while increasing awareness of Chamber activities and its members. The Chamber has served Klamath County since 1905 and offers important benefits including access to local and state leaders, educational programs, and networking opportunities. Executive Director Charles Massie says, “We are proud of the accomplishments of our chamber and our members. We want to take the next few months to celebrate these accomplishments while reaching out to non-members. Many may not understand all of the benefits that come with Chamber membership and our goal is to change that.”

The Chamber’s goal is to recruit 50 new members by the end of the year. “We want to help new and existing businesses and partner with them to grow and market their business” said Heather Tramp, marketing and program coordinator, “We have set our goal high but I’m confident we can reach our goal.”

If you are interested in learning more about the Chamber, call (541) 884-5193 or email heathert@klamath.org to schedule an appointment or request a membership packet..

Leadership Klamath Seeks Service Project
October 26, 2010
The Klamath County Chamber of Commerce is requesting project ideas from community organizations. The project ideas will be considered for the 2010-2011 Leadership Klamath class project. Community organizations are invited to submit project ideas to the Chamber before November 15, 2010.

The Leadership Klamath program was created to help build an active corps of engaged, dedicated civic leaders. Class members participate in a service project that they complete during the program. The service project should offer an opportunity to address a community issue and provide a solution. The goal of the project is to sharpen leadership skills and allow participants to have a true problem solving experience.

The Leadership Klamath program has become and remains a signature Chamber community-building program. Since its inception, the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce has graduated hundreds of individuals from the program.

To submit project ideas or for more information, call (541) 884-5193 or email heathert@klamath.org.

Business After Hours at American Legion
October 26, 2010
The Klamath County Chamber of Commerce invites its members and the community to join them November 18th from 5 to 7 p.m. for Business After Hours at the American Legion, 228 N. 8th Street. This event will feature a festive atmosphere, great food, wine-tasting and a cash bar, with ample opportunities for networking. Executive Director Charles Massie says, This event helps people create new business relationships in a relaxed social setting. Well over 100 people attended our October After Hours Party and we expect a good turnout at the November event, too.”

If you are interested in learning more about the Chamber’s After Hours program, call (541) 884-5193 or visit their website klamath.org.

Candidates Featured At Debates
September 9, 2010
The Klamath County Chamber of Commerce, Klamath Basin Home Builders Association and Klamath County Association of Realtors have teamed up to offer opportunities for public and member question and answer forums. These forums will feature candidates in our local political races for City Council Wards 3, 4 and 5 along with the County Commissioner seat. This will give attendees a chance to learn firsthand each candidate’s vision for the community. “This format will provide a well-rounded forum for which community members can learn more about their candidates and make an informed decision,” said the Klamath Basin Home Builders Association President Cary Brennan.

Home Builders members, Chamber members and KCAR members as well as the general public are invited and encouraged to attend. The schedule for the Debates is as follows:

Date Position Candidates
Wednesday,
September 22, 2010
6:00 pm
City Council Ward 3 Greg Taylor
*Cheri Howard, unable to attend due to a scheduling conflict
Wednesday,
September 29, 2010
6:00 pm
City Council Ward 4 Betty Dickson, incumbent
Russ Dunn
Dan Tofell
Wednesday,
October 6, 2010
6:00 pm
City Council Ward 5 Bill Adams, incumbent
*Vicki Elam – declined to attend due to unavailability
Wednesday,
October 13, 2010
6:00 pm
County Commissioner Dennis Linthicum
Kirk Oakes

 

The debates are free to attend with no RSVP required. All debates will be held at 6:00 p.m. at the South Portal Building at 205 Riverside Drive. If you have any questions, contact the Klamath Basin Home Builders Association at (541) 884-8570.

Candidates Featured At Fireside Chat
September 2, 2010
The Klamath County Chamber of Commerce, the Klamath Basin Home Builders Association, and the Klamath County Association of Realtors have teamed up to begin offering opportunities for the public to meet candidates in both the City Council and County Commissioner races. This will give attendees a chance to learn firsthand each candidate’s vision for the community. “It’s a great way for our local residents to meet the candidates that are going to affect decisions in the community,” said the Chamber’s Executive Director Charles Massie.

Chamber members and the general public are invited to attend. The schedule for the Fireside Chats is as follows:

  • 9/15 - Bill Adams, Council Member Ward 5
  • 9/17 - Russ Dunn, Candidate for Council Ward 4
  • 9/22 - Kirk Oakes, Candidate for Commissioner
  • 9/29 - Betty Dickson, Council Member Ward 4
  • 9/30 - Dennis Linthicum, Candidate for Commissioner
  • 10/6 - Greg Taylor, Candidate for Council Ward 3
  • 10/13 - Dan Tofell, Candidate for Council Ward 4

The sessions will be held in the lobby at the South Portal Buidling, 205 Riverside Drive from 8 to 9 a.m. These sessions are free to attend and no RSVP is required. If you have any questions, contact the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce at (541) 884-5193.


The Klamath County Chamber of Commerce is a non-partisan community service organization whose sole focus is the business community that comprises our membership. As such, we do not endorse any candidate for office, nor do we promote the activities of one partisan political party over another. The information provided during this event is provided as a courtesy to our community, and should not be viewed as an endorsement by the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce.

New Health Care Act to Impact Small Businesses
September 2009
Sixty-six percent of businesses surveyed are worried the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA also known as health care reform) will add greatly to their business expenses. Twenty five percent are unsure how the act will affect their expenses. These are the results of recent surveys conducted by the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce.

Businesses, large and small, have many questions regarding the more than 2400-page Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) passed by Congress last year. “There are many misconceptions regarding the act,” says Joe Spendolini, co-chair of the Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee, “including the misconception that it won’t affect businesses that employ less than 50 employees.” Spendolini points out that while some requirements only affect those larger employers, there are other items that smaller businesses will have to comply with as well. Spendolini says, “Employers need to be aware of several new taxes and penalties that can be levied against them if they are unable to provide minimum health care coverage levels that have yet to be determined.”

Educational Workshop

The Klamath County Chamber of Commerce is planning a comprehensive, educational workshop bringing together experts with political, legal and financial expertise on navigating and complying with the new law. The Chamber Government Affairs Committee (GAC) has scheduled the workshop for September 16th and participants can choose to attend the morning or afternoon session. Renee Radcliff Sinclair, Northwest Regional Director of Congressional and Public Affairs for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, will be featured as the keynote speaker. Sinclair has tracked this issue closely. The workshop will feature other experts who will answer questions and share information on the implementation of the Act.

“Every employer faces unique circumstances and challenges; understanding and complying with the PPACA will be no exception,” Dan Keppen, co-Chair with Spendolini, said. “ The committee was unanimous in voicing its commitment to bring this vital information to the business community this year. Some of the requirements have kicked in already, and many more become effective next year,” said Keppen.

This complex legislation has made sweeping changes to our country’s health care system and will impose many new requirements and mandates for employer-sponsored health care coverage. Some of the requirements set forth by the PPACA are:

  • All existing health insurance plans will be subject to new regulations that prohibit lifetime limits, rescissions, and excessive waiting periods.
  • Employers will be required to report the value of employees’ health benefits onW-2s. Businesses will have to complete 1099 forms for business-to-business transactions that add up to $600 or more - a tremendous new paperwork burden for small business.
  • All U.S. citizens and legal residents must have qualifying health coverage or pay penalties. Other than individuals who meet a hardship exemption, individuals will be required to carry eligible health coverage.

The Government Affairs Committee furthers the Chamber’s mission by advocating positions and initiatives that enhance member businesses and address member concerns in matters involving government at all levels.

Klamath County Chamber of Commerce Announces 4th of July Parade Winners
July 6, 2010
The Klamath County Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the winners of the 2010 4th of July Parade:
  • Religious — United Pentecostal Church Life In Focus Education
  • Civic — General MacArthur’s Honor Guard
  • Commercial — Grange Co-Op
  • Youth — YMCA Cheerleaders
  • Non Profit — American Legion
  • Fraternal — Shriners
  • Club — Klamath Cowboys
  • Family/Individual — Queen of Pelican Springs

Trophies will be presented to the winners on Thursday, July 15th at the Chamber offices, 205 Riverside Drive Suite A. Many organizations, businesses, and families displayed their creativity while embracing this year’s parade theme — “The Heart of Our Community.” Melody Kirk, parade judge, said, “The parade was well organized and charming to watch. I believe the entries were certainly geared toward showcasing children and our Basin’s volunteers, arguably the ‘heart of the community’ in the Klamath Basin.”

The Chamber and its events committee would like to thank all the parade entrants for making the parade enjoyable. The Chamber would also like to thank the following people and/or businesses who helped make the event a success:

  • Events Committee: Cheya Alvis (Anytime Fitness), Erin Williams (Discover Klamath), Nikki McQuilliams (Express Employment Professionals)
  • Volunteers: Sandra Fugate, Joseph Broussard, Brian Wigen and family, Kymri Butcher and John Harder, Wesley and Ryan Williams, Heather Vandusen
  • Grand Marshall Sponsor: Pelican Signs
  • Judges: KLAD Wakeup Crew Kevin Lawrence and Melody Kirk, Mark Slezak (Columbia Forest Products)
  • Announcers Joe Spendolini and Dan Keppen
  • Harvest Ford
  • Kingsley Field
  • Klamath Falls City Police Department
  • City of Klamath Falls Street Department
  • Parr Lumber

If you have any questions or for more information, visit the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce on the web at www.klamath.org or call (541) 884-5193.

Chamber Partners with Discover Klamath and RWIB on Community Education Program
May 17, 2010
The Klamath County Chamber of Commerce has developed a “frontline” service personnel training program in cooperation with Discover Klamath and the Regional Workforce Investment Board. “Frontline education is a major component in improving Klamaths brand in the eyes of visitors” says Charles Massie, Executive Director of the Chamber. The idea for the training program began when the Chamber commissioned a hidden camera study of various businesses that visitors regularly interact with such as; gas stations, fast food outlets and coffee stands. The project showed frontline employees have a great interest in helping guests who are visiting the community but lack the material and informational support to answer many basic questions.

“We developed the education program as an outreach to local businesses”, says Heather Tramp, program coordinator for the Chamber, “to help improve overall service levels and supply tools to employees so they can share the great opportunities available for visitors to Klamath.” The program is provided at no charge to the business community and will be scheduled to meet the needs of the largest number of businesses possible. Heather went on to say, “It is important to provide businesses with as many options as possible to bring the training in and engage the largest number of employees. Local businesses will be able to choose the best days and times for training and we will be there to provide it.” The program runs approximately 90 minutes and features a variety of customer service tips, community information, effective ways in which to deliver excellent customer service and share the Klamath message with guests.

For more information please contact the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce at 541-884-5193.


The Klamath County Chamber of Commerce is the oldest active business advocacy organization (incorporated in 1905) in Klamath County. Chamber members provide support for a wide variety of community activities, events and charities. For information on joining the Chamber as a business, organization or individual please call 541-884-5193 or see us on the web at www.klamath.org.

GRANT WRITING 101
May 2010
The Klamath County Chamber of Commerce is once again sponsoring Grant Writing 101 Saturday, June 5th, 2010 @ 9am to 4pm. The course will be held in the South Portal Building conference room at 205 Riverside Drive. Instructor Trish Seiler is a consultant to the non-profit sector in strategic planning, board development and fund development. Seiler has 30 years' experience in fundraising and grant proposal writing.

The class curriculum was created by the Grantsmanship Center of Los Angeles and is designed for the beginning grant writer. The course outline includes:

  • basic principles of grant writing
  • materials needed for grant research and proposal writing
  • components of the cover letter
  • composing the summary
  • writing an attention-getting introduction
  • effectively communicating community problems and needs
  • detailing program objectives
  • outlining program methods
  • program evaluation
  • budget preparation and presentation

The course offers inside information and tips on the grant process, from research to submission of proposals to follow up with funders. A former student wrote her first proposal within six weeks of taking the class and received a $60,000 grant award.

Seiler commented, “During these difficult economic times it is imperative that organizations explore all options for accessing scarce resources. This workshop takes the fear out of grant writing and helps non-profit organizations understand what it takes to be competitive in today's fundraising environment.”

Cost

  • $80.00 Chamber Members
  • $100.00 Non-Chamber Members

Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. For more information or to register contact us at (541) 884-5193 or email us.


The Klamath County Chamber of Commerce is the oldest active business advocacy organization (incorporated in 1905) in Klamath County. Chamber members provide support for a wide variety of community activities, events and charities. For information on joining the Chamber as a business, organization or individual please call 541-884-5193 or see us on the web at www.klamath.org.

Chamber Board Endorses Veteran’s Home Bond Measure
April 5, 2010
The Klamath County Chamber of Commerce General Board, in its regular monthly meeting, endorsed ballot measure 18-78 to provide local funding for the construction of a Veteran's Long Term Care Facility in Klamath County. The bond will raise $15 million to cover one third of the costs of constructing the facility on property donated by the City of Klamath Falls.

“This project will be good for business in Klamath County, both short and long term” said Board President, Stan Gilbert. He went on to say “The Chamber has been supportive of this project from the beginning, and the Chamber board is very comfortable supporting the bond as a means of bringing hundreds of jobs to the community at a time they are desperately needed.” The proposed $45 million facility will provide as many as 300 jobs and a $10 million annual payroll once fully operational.

The Chamber's Military Affairs Committee (MAC) has been, and will continue to be, active in supporting bringing the facility to Klamath. “There will be an active coalition of Klamath veteran's groups, businesses, local governments and residents working to secure funding and the Chamber MAC will provide as much support as possible to help site the facility in Klamath County” says MAC Co-Chair Debbie Vought, she added “We need the community to solidly support this endeavor and vote yes on ballot measure 18-78”.

Klamath County is home to nearly 17,000 veterans and proudly displays the motto “We Honor Veteran's” on signs at all entrances to the community. Southern Oregon does not currently have a long term veteran's care facility and local officials feel strongly a facility of this type is needed in the region and will be strongly supported by the community.

For more information about Measure 18-78 and the Veteran's Facility project go online to www.klamathhonorsveterans.com.

 


The Klamath County Chamber of Commerce is the oldest active business advocacy organization (incorporated in 1905) in Klamath County. Chamber members provide support for a wide variety of community activities, events and charities. For information on joining the Chamber as a business, organization or individual please call 541-884-5193 or see us on the web at www.klamath.org.

Klamath County Chamber of Commerce Announces Changes to the 4th of July Celebration
April 23, 2010
The Klamath County Chamber of Commerce has announced changes to their annual 4th of July Celebration. This year, the Chamber and its event committee made the decision to support the Klamath Freedom Celebration 2010 and therefore will not hold the downtown street fair. Executive Director Charles Massie says, "The Klamath Freedom Celebration will honor the men and women who have proudly served our country. We have a large population of veterans in our community and it's an opportunity to make them the focus of the celebration."

The Chamber will still hold the 4th of July Parade on Sunday, July 4th at 10 a.m. In light of the changes, the parade will travel down Main Street instead of Klamath Avenue. Massie says the committee chose this year's parade theme - "The Heart of Our Community" - because they were inspired by the generosity of the entire community. Organizations, businesses and clubs are invited to submit entry forms to the Chamber through June 20, 2010. Entries can be completed online at www.klamath.org or picked up at the Chamber office, 205 Riverside Drive, Suite A. For questions or more information, please contact the Chamber office at (541) 884-5193.

Klamath County Chamber of Commerce Announces 4th of July Street Fair and Parade Theme
March 2010
The Klamath County Chamber of Commerce has chosen "The Heart of Our Community" as the theme for 2010 Fourth of July Street Fair and Parade. This year's event will be held on Saturday, July 3rd in downtown Klamath Falls. Executive Director Charles Massie says the Chamber was inspired by the generosity of Klamath County. "Over the years, I've been impressed by the way this community really comes together. Our residents are some of the most caring, generous people I've ever met and they really are the heart of our community," he explained.

This will be the sixth year the Chamber has hosted a street fair and parade to celebrate our country's independence. This year's event will feature live music as well as over one hundred booths featuring arts, crafts and other vendors. The parade draws as many as 10,000 spectators at this family friendly event. Businesses, organizations, and individuals interested in joining the celebration as a vendor or a parade entry should contact the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce at (541) 884-5193. Registrations received before May 1st will receive a 15% discount.

Anyone interested in volunteering and helping make this year's event a success should contact the Chamber office at (541) 884-5193.

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2020 Klamath Vision In Progress
February 18, 2010
February 25th marked the public kick off of the 2020 Klamath Vision project. This effort, modeled after Klamath Vision 2002, endeavors to create a 10-year vision for our community. The big question being asked is, “What will Klamath County look like in 2020?” Approximately 100 people attended the kickoff event at OIT. That same night, participants joined Vision Teams to begin the process of creating a community vision in such areas as Natural Resources, Job Creation, Community Image, Sustainability and several others.

Now only two weeks out from the kickoff, some of the Vision Teams have met as many as three times. Visions are beginning to come together, and participation is growing in this important community development project.

The effort was originally spearheaded by Klamath County Economic Development Association (KCEDA) and Team Klamath. Members of those organizations hope the project will not only create a community-driven effort to overcome economic hardship, but also that it will revitalize public interest in the community planning process.

Project organizers want people to know that it is not too late to participate in this process. Participants are encouraged to join the Vision Team meetings, which are all open to the public. Meeting information is available at the group’s website. Public participation is imperative for the project to be successful, organizers say. And, with an aggressive deadline of July 1 to release the published vision document, higher participation means a more robust product.

About 2020 Klamath Vision

2020 Klamath Vision was organized by KCEDA and Team Klamath in October, 2009. It is a grassroots community development effort and functions completely on volunteer support. The project has received a $10,000 grant from Pacific Power to assist with incidental expenses and publication of the final vision document. Additionally, a license to Huddle.net has been provided by the Huddle Foundation to assist with inter-team and project collaboration. Vision teams are facilitated by 14 trained volunteers, with direct support in this area from Kingsley Field’s 173d Fighter Wing. 2020 Klamath Vision is led by a 17-member executive committee consisting of local business, community and government leaders, and is chaired by Darin Rutledge.

Historic Agreement Promotes Stability and Economic Opportunity in Klamath County
February 2010

Klamath water sharing and dam settlements...

  • produce unprecedented local economic stimulus
  • provide investment opportunities, jobs and growth
  • deliver power protection and a cost cap for electricity customers
  • yield meaningful stability for critical agricultural industry in the region

Citing the extensive package of potential economic benefits for the Klamath basin, the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce endorsed the historic Klamath Agreement today.

The Agreement, comprised of two settlements, the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement - (KBRA) and the Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement - (KHSA) represent the culmination of years of negotiations by numerous local stakeholder groups, the federal and state governments of Oregon & California and PacifiCorp.

"These agreements clearly promote local productivity and stability for the region's more than $300 million agricultural industry, said Chamber President Stan Gilbert. "The natural resource sector of our economy must thrive for local commerce to flourish."

The KBRA, negotiated by 28 different stakeholder groups included much of the Klamath basin water user community at the settlement table and seeks to further solidify the complex relationships between the agricultural community and other vested parties and minimize costly legal battles.

"Water supply predictability and regulatory streamlining for the region's farmers and ranchers will be good for Klamath County businesses", said Chamber Executive Director, Charles Massie "We congratulate those who made this happen and recognize the incredible time and effort that went into the development of these historic agreements. It is a good reflection on this area, it will draw national attention and we support what has been accomplished".

The Chamber pointed to the immediate and long-term economic development opportunities presented by the Klamath Agreement as reason for its endorsement.

"The Chamber board voted to endorse the agreements as economically beneficial to our members but also with an eye on representing the varied points of view on this issue." said Stan Gilbert. He went on to say, "There is a need to give voice to those entities with opposing arguments and insure the agreements are implemented in a way that address their needs as well, the Chamber is well placed to do that."

Gilbert also noted some of the unique opportunities these agreements will bring to Klamath County and that they represent an unprecedented opportunity for local economic investment, job growth and business opportunities.

The KBRA outlines

  • $500,000 for a Klamath County program that will determine economic development opportunities for the County associated with fisheries enhancement, tourism and recreational development, agricultural development, alternative energy development and tribal economic development.
  • Tens of millions of dollars will be spent locally on projects in Klamath County for Restoration and Monitoring and other related activity.
  • Local entities will spend several million developing local renewable energy opportunities. Beyond the economic benefits, this could provide dozens or more family wage job opportunities.
  • Irrigation districts will put millions of dollars to work locally for development and implementation of a water plan. This means additional stability for local farm implement dealers, seed and fertilizer companies, insurance offices, banks etc.

The companion KHSA seeks to designate Klamath County as a "Western Renewable Energy Zone". This program, supported by the Western Governors Association provides a variety of ways to assist areas within the Western Interconnection in planning for new energy transmission and other needs.

The KHSA also provides a cost cap for all Pacific Power customers that lock down the portion of the costs that are normally associated with decommissioning a dam, removes all liability and allows customers to continue use of the low-cost power from the dams until at least 2020. It also allows time for Pacific Power to locate clean energy replacement power with a commitment from the company to look for renewable generation in this region.

The KBRA's focus on renewable energy development, whether through irrigator power programs or the Klamath Tribes' proposed biomass plans fit closely with the County's recent focus on the opportunities in renewable energy.

For more information on the Chamber, please call (541) 884-5193 or visit their contact the Chamber online.

Winners of the Fly KFalls Raffle
January 2010
The Klamath County Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the winners of the Fly KFalls Raffle:
  • Grand Prize (trip for two to Hawaii with airfare from Klamath Falls and lodging) — Cathy Foster
  • First Prize (trip for two to Portland, Oregon with airfare from Klamath Falls and lodging) — Carrie Lane
  • Second Prize (dinner for two, golf, and one night's stay at the Running Y Lodge) — Patricia Anderson
  • Third Prize (Luggage, Photo Album, Hawaiian Picture Grass Matting, Private Hula Lesson, and $50 gift certificate from Ohana Momma's) — Barb Meng
  • Fourth Prize — (Luggage and gift basket with bath and body products, candles, incense, and more from Ohana Momma's) — Fran Johnson
  • Fifth Prize (Gift basket filled with Hawaiian snacks, drinks, cooking spices, breakfast items, kitchen decor and more from Ohana Momma's) — Myra Schelb

The Chamber drew the names of the winners at their 89th Annual Awards Gala on January 23, 2010. Raffle proceeds will go to helping the Chamber further its mission: "advancing Klamath County's economic vitality and quality of life through education, promotion, and networking of its members." One of the projects the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce supports is keeping northbound air service in Klamath Falls.

The Chamber would like to thank the following businesses for sponsoring this raffle: Running Y Ranch, United Express, Ohana Momma's, and Klamath Falls Airport.

For more information on the Chamber, please call (541) 884-5193 or visit their contact the Chamber online.

New Northwest Broadcasting Wins "Business of the Year"
January 2010
Close to 300 guests enjoyed a Hollywood-style awards show on January 23rd at the 89th Annual Klamath County Chamber of Commerce Awards Gala sponsored by South Valley Bank and Trust. This year, the Chamber moved the event to The Ross Ragland Theater and changed the format from a sit-down formal dinner with keynote to a social gathering and award ceremony with entertainment. "We wanted to give our guests an opportunity to network, mingle, and just enjoy themselves," said Jennifer Sanborn of the Chamber's event committee.

The gala is the time when the Chamber recognizes dedicated efforts on behalf of the Chamber and entire community. Before the gala, Chamber members were asked to nominate businesses and/or individuals who showed support and dedication to our community. From the nominations, a committee selects the winner of each award. This year's awards went to:

  • Business of the Year: New Northwest Broadcasting in recognition of their dedication and support to the community.
  • Distinguished Service: Klamath Lake Community Action Services for their service to low income residents of Klamath and Lake Counties
  • First Citizen: Ken Hay, the City of Klamath Falls Park Superintendent, was honored for his tireless efforts in the Klamath Basin

Chamber President Darin Rutledge honored South Valley Bank and Trust with the 2009 President's Choice Award for their support and dedication to the Chamber as well as the community. Rutledge said, "If you take a look at any service organization in Klamath County, chances are you'll find a South Valley Bank and Trust employee on the board of directors." He went on to thank South Valley for their continued support of the Chamber and its programs.

Chamber Member of the Year was awarded to Servpro of Klamath and Lake Counties. Executive Director Charles Massie said, "Servpro really stepped up this year and sponsored many events including the 4th of July Street Fair and Parade, our Christmas open house, and even our Scarecrow as part of downtown's Scarecrow Row." Massie also thanked Servpro's staff for assisting the Chamber with their move into the new South Portal building.

This year, the Chamber's Military Affairs Committee recognized City Council Member, Bud Hart, with their 2010 Partnership Award.

"An event like this requires a great deal of teamwork and support and I want to thank our event committee, sponsors, and guests for a job well done," said Chamber Executive Director Charles Massie. He added, "Our volunteer committee put in countless hours to make this event a success and it wouldn't have been possible without their help."

The Annual Awards Gala is held every January and closes the Chamber's business year. For more information on this event or the Chamber, call the Chamber at (541) 884-5193 or visit their website at www.klamath.org.