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Business 2013 Klamath County Chamber of Commerce



Members of the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce recently attended Southern Oregon Chamber Day at the Capitol. From left to right: Rachael Spoon (Klamath Basin Home Builders Association), Nathan Cherpeski (City of Klamath Falls), Heather Tramp (Klamath County Chamber of Commerce), Charles Massie (Klamath County Chamber of Commerce), and Stan Gilbert (Klamath Youth Development Center). For more information on the trip, turn to page 3.

Photo by Brian Gailey Photography.

Inside This Issue: • • • • •

Maximum Impact Leadership Event - pg 2 JA Finance Launch Party - pg 5 Cinco de Mayo Parade - pg 6 Home and Garden Show - pg 7 New Members - pg 11


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World Renowned Leaders to Speak at OIT

For the fourth year in a row, the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce brings Maximum Impact Leadercast to the community. Community business leaders can access the knowledge and experience of world-renowned leaders by attending this event at the Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls on May 10, 2013. The Chamber thanks Pacific Crest Federal Credit Union for sponsoring the event. Leadercast® is a one-day leader development event broadcast LIVE from Atlanta, Ga. to hundreds of sites throughout the nation, including Klamath Falls. Speakers for this year’s event include: o Jack Welch, Former Chairman and CEO of General Electric o Andy Stanley, Best-selling leadership author and communicator o Mike Krzyzewski, Head men’s basketball coach, Duke University and Team USA o John Maxwell, Best-selling author and leadership expert o Dr. Henry Cloud, Best-selling author and leadership consultant o LCDR Rorke Denver, Navy SEAL and star of the 2012 movie Act of Valor o Sanya Richards-Ross, 2012 London Olympic gold medalist, track & field o David Allen, Best-selling author of Getting Things Done and productivity expert o Condolezza Rice, Secretary of State (2005-2009) , via exclusive Simply Lead video interview Last year, over 100,000 leaders


from 14 countries attended Leadercast®. In its 14th year, this full day, experiential conference is predicted to reach its largest audience to date. “It is one of the single most consolidated sources of leadership that I know of,” said Kathie Philp, CEO of Pacific Crest Federal Credit Union. “But it goes beyond that. I think this conference, although very focused on leadership, transcends the topic and really shows you how to lead in life.” This year the program will focus on the idea of simply leading. Our lives are full of things that we think will grow our businesses and increase our influence. What if there was potential impact in simplifying our lives so that our leadership could thrive? Leading in a complex world requires simplicity to cut through the clutter. This diverse group of internationally-acclaimed authors, leadership experts and practitioners will share insights to help leaders learn how to Simply Lead. This event is broadcast live from Atlanta, Georgia. The Chamber would like to thank Cal-Ore Communications for sponsoring the technology portion of this event. Tickets for this event are on sale now. The cost is $75 for Chamber members, $100 for non-members.Insert event details here Tickets include admission, materials, and lunch sponsored by US Cellular Cellular Solutions. Call (541) 8845193 to purchase your tickets today.

Is your business or organization a member of the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce? Call (541) 884-5193 to join.

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Klamath’s Premier One Day Leadership Event

May 10, 2013

Limited Seating $75 Chamber Member/$100 Non-Member Tickets include admission, materials, lunch, refreshments, and 5.5 hours CEU.

For more info or to purchase tickets,

Visit or call (541) 884-5193

Sponsored by:

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PERS Reform and Education Top Concerns in Salem


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The Klamath County Chamber of Committee recently introduced their Commerce participated in a Southern proposed legislative budget blue Oregon Chamber Day at the Capitol print, which responds to Governor in Salem recently. The group visited Kitzhaber’s budget proposal that with State Representatives, State included $865 million in Public EmSenators, the Governor, and Secreployees Retirement System (PERS) tary of State. The Chamber thanks reform. The legislators essentially reall who sponded dropped with a in to proposal visit and that answer wants to quesdo the tions. The same group, things close to the 50 in size, governor included does, Chamber but with members, much Board less agmemgressive bers and PERS staff from Chamber members met with Governor Kitzhaber at the Southern reform. Oregon Chamber Day at the Capitol on March 21st. Klamath, They are Photo by Brian Gailey Photography Medford proposand Grants ing $275 Pass. million in new taxes to make up for Executive Director Charles Massie what is not being done with PERS. said, “It was a very enlightening and They will likely try to cap mortgage instructive day, and for me caused interest deductions on state taxes wonder as to how the State actually and/or set limits on the number of manages to function in a coherent deductions that can be claimed. This way at all.” Massie added, “The wide contentious issue will likely drive the interests represented to our group legislative agenda in Salem for the by the various legislative and execunext few months. tive representatives are staggering.” Both political Parties agree on a To date nearly 4000 bills have been number of priorities, such as; PERS presented in the House and Senate Reform, Job Creation, and improved for consideration this session, which funding for K-12 and higher educaends June 30th. tion. The disagreement lies with how The number one topic throughthese priorities are best addressed. out the day was the effort to reform As the session continues, the PERS. Every representative spoke to Klamath County Chamber of Comthe subject, all with differing perspec- merce Government Affairs Comtives on the likelihood or the extent mittee (GAC) continues to watch of reform, potential success, and real legislation that could affect Chamber long term impact. PERS is a weighty membership. Every Friday, the GAC subject and touches everyone in the participates in a legislative update state in some way, whether through conference call from 2 to 2:30 p.m. individual retirement, school fundAny Chamber member interested in ing, or state services; all of which are participating is welcome to sit in. Call impacted by the amount of money the Chamber at (541) 884-5193 for flowing to PERS. State legislative more information. leaders from the Ways and Means

Faux Impressions

Are you ready to create a new look in your home, but unsure of where to start? If so, decorative paint finishes and techniques could be the right choice for you. Add dimension and character to your walls with Sherwin-Williams Faux Impressions® and make every room an original. Consider these faux style options: A stroke of genius. Inspired by plastering methods once used by master craftsmen in ancient Rome, choose one of the Old World Impressions techniques for a unique, handcrafted appearance that boasts incredible depth and dimension. Choose from natural, earthy color combinations created by the design experts at Sherwin-Williams® that will work in a contemporary home or Southwestern ranch as well as they would in a quaint, European chateau. Simply dazzling. Mix timeless sophistication with a dash of glitz, and you’ll find the radiant collection of Metallic Impressions from SherwinWilliams®. Reflective pearlescence evokes the glamour and romance of the Hollywood silver screen creating an ultra cool and fabulously fresh look. Try one of the stunning jeweltone color choices to add even more drama and richness to your walls (or home). Make a striking impression.

Quartz Stone Impressions offer a rich visual and tactile experience that is certain to create an eye-catching focal point in your home. The softly sparkling beauty of this collection evokes a look of semi-precious stones that tectonic activity has revealed among majestic plateaus and awe-inspiring canyon ridges. Glistening flecks are revealed as your eye follows light reflecting across the surface. Think of it as earthy meets exotic. Capture the moment. No two applications of Artisan Impressions will be the same because your handcrafted touch transforms these finishes into a personal expression of your creativity. But don’t confuse handcrafted for rustic. Whether you choose crackle, leaf or tissue paper, the results can range from decorative and natural to casually elegant and sophisticated depending on color choice and where you use it in your space. Updating your rooms (or home) with decorative paint techniques and finishes is a simple way to add pizzazz and your own personal style to your home. For more information, visit or learn about these different styles by participating in a demonstration at the Klamath Home Builders Home Show, Saturday April 6th.

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Visitor Center Looks for Volunteers by: Dahniel Ferris, In-County Programs Manager, Discover Klamath

The Klamath Basin is filled with individuals who love their community and enjoy volunteering for various efforts. From being a Chamber of Commerce Ambassador, to a dedicated child advocate with CASA, a variety of volunteer opportunities are available. Discover Klamath is excited to announce the launch of our Volunteer Program for the Welcome Center at 205 Riverside Drive. We are looking for area residents who have knowledge of the events, attractions and recreational activities of the area; however, a passion for the Basin and a desire to welcome visitors are far more important attributes. The Welcome Center greets guests from all over the world during the summer months. Some have come to see Crater Lake and want to know what else there is to do in the area. Others come for a different reason and don’t even know about Crater Lake, the National Wildlife Refuges, our many museums or the Ross Ragland Theater, so we gladly give maps and information to help show the diversity of this awesome

place that we call ‘home’. Visitors are not the only folks who walk through the doors needing information. We get plenty of locals who are looking for ideas for day trips, planning family reunions or just stopping by because they have never seen our beautiful facility. It’s really rewarding to see the amazement some people show at not only the wealth of information available in the lobby, but the lovely artwork and displays that can be enjoyed throughout the building. If you like talking with people and would like to volunteer during our busy season, May-August, there will be an informational gathering on Tuesday, April 9th at the Welcome Center, 6-7pm. Come by and have some refreshments and learn how you can help the official Klamath County tourism agency showcase the unique and unexpected aspects of Klamath County. In the meantime, be sure to visit . We look forward to seeing you!

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CASA Gearing Up For 10th Annual Cycling Event

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is currently organizing the 10th Annual Ride For The Child (formerly known as Ride Through Paradise). CASA recruits, trains, and supports community volunteers to stand up for the best interest of foster youth in the court system. Annually, CASA offers a fabulous cycling event the 3rd Saturday in July, featuring 4 well-marked and well-supported routes: 12, 32, 60, and 100 miles. Featuring a bike decorating contest for children, hot, post-ride lunch, sag wagon, well-stocked rest stops, live entertainment, & familyfriendly events (for those waiting

for the longer riders), CASA’s ride is sure to have something for everyone in the family. For more information on ride events and how to register, please visit www.klamathfallscasa. org/events/cycling. CASA is also looking for sponsors to support the initial ride cost. Your business will be recognized in print, radio, & television ads, as well as through representation on the ride’s tee shirt, posters, and fliers. If your business is interested in funding CASA’s 10th Annual Ride For The Child, please call (541) 885-6017, or e-mail

Student Employment and Volunteer Fair Oregon Tech Career Services is happy to present the Spring 2013 Student Employment and Volunteer Fair on Wednesday, May 1 from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM in the College Union Bookstore Lobby. This fair will provide Oregon Tech students, departments, and local businesses a simple and timely way to connect for campus, workstudy and community jobs, as well as volunteering opportunities. We are happy to provide this fair at no charge and appreciate your partici-

pation. Tables for the Student Employment and Volunteer Fair can be reserved online at www.myinterfase. com/oit/employer. Go to “Career Events” on the blue navigation bar and select “Student Employment/ Volunteer Fair.” For additional information, please contact Jan Goodyear in the Oregon Tech Career Services office, 885-1023 or email

Pacific Power Grant Supports CASA

Pacific Power presents a check to CASA for Children of Klamath County. From left to right: Andrea Howell (CASA Executive Director), Angela Price (Pacific Power), Rob Siems (CASA Board of Directors Vice President), and Julie Gilman (CASA Board of Directors Chair).

The Pacific Power Foundation has awarded a $2,000 grant to CASA for Children of Klamath County to support funding for the Senior Program Coordinator. CASA for Children of Klamath County is a non-profit, evidencebased program that recruits, trains, and supports community volunteers to advocate for children in foster care. “Once again Pacific Power is supporting CASA’s work to provide an advocate for every child in foster care in Klamath County. We appre-

ciate their investment into children and youth in our community.” said Andrea Howell, CASA’s executive director. Pacific Power’s funding will allow CASA to serve a greater number of foster youth in Klamath County by providing support to the advocates who volunteer their time and energy to finding permanency for these children.

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Business Waste Reduction and Recycling Waste Management

Paper Reduction Tips: • Set all printers to print double sided by default • Make computer files whenever possible instead of printing hard copies of documents • Have each staff person set aside paper that only has text on one side. Reuse

Blue Sky Helps Fund Local Projects

Eleven new renewable energy projects in Oregon, Washington and this paper for printing drafts in your California are closer to reality thanks printer or glued together to make to Pacific scratch pads Power’s Blue • Make fewer copies and print SkySM proonly what you need gram custom• Use outdated letterhead for ers. in house memos In Oregon, • Reroute or circulate memos, Blue Sky fund periodicals and reports rather than award recipidistributing individual copies ents include: For more information about recyDeschutes cling programs and ideas about how County to reduce waste, visit www.wmnorth- Fairgrounds, Redmond Linn County Expo Center, Albany Rogue Valley International Airport, Medford South Coast Food Share, Coos Bay Tamástslikt Cultural Institute, Pendleton Pacific Power customers who participate in Blue Sky, a Green-e

Businesses in our community are greening their operations by imeproving recycling programs. Waste Management’s recycling program allows you combine all clean paper, cardboard, metal and plastic bottles and tubs in one container. s In addition to recycling, businesses in Klamath Falls are reducing waste. By preventing materials from entering your recycling or garbage, you may be able to decrease the size of your containers and reduce your monthly Waste Management bill. Paper makes up a large component of local landfills and is a material that can easily be recycled and reduced. Reducing the amount of paper your business uses will help to cut paper costs.

Chamber members learn about recycling at a Chamber Greeters meeting last year.

JA Finance Launch Party Junior Achievement and the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce invite you to to the launch party for JA Finance Park, a groundbreaking financial literacy program designed for middle and high school students that will help meet core financial literacy standards updated recently by the Oregon Board of Education. The party is scheduled for Tuesday, May 7, 2013 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Klamath County Fairgrounds, Exhibit Hall 1. The inaugural JA Finance Park tour will see more than 400 – 8thgrade students from Klamath County, City, and Private schools participate in the interactive simulation on May 6th, 7th, 8th & 9th, at

the Klamath County Fairgrounds. JA Finance Park is an innovative and interactive educational experience designed to teach personal financial literacy skills to young people. The simulation portion of the program takes place in a “business park” setting comprised of mini-businesses with which students interact as they build a balanced household budget. The JA Finance Park Launch Party will celebrate the culmination of several years of planning and capital fundraising and mark the inception of the JA Finance Park inaugural tour thoughout Oregon and SW Washington.


Energy Certified program, support the development of renewable energy in the region. Blue Sky Block

customer participation also supports smaller-scale projects like these. The program has helped bring about 156 community-based projects since 2006. To learn more, visit pacificpower. net/bluesky.


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Upcoming Events Chamber Events

Business After Hours Epicenter/Aftershock April 18 5 to 7 p.m.

Greeters Greeters at Microtel 2716 Dakota Ct. April 11 8 to 9 a.m. Greeters Greeters at US Cellular - Cellular Solutions 1779 Washburn Way April 25 8 to 9 a.m.

Now scheduling Greeters in 2013 - call to reserve a date now! Visit for more information.

The Time Is Now! There’s never been a better time to purchase a new home or refinance an existing one. With interest rates at an all-time low, now is the perfect time to discuss your home financing needs.

Don’t delay, call us today!

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Cinco de Mayo Parade and Festival Your invited to the 9th annual Cinco de Mayo Parade and Festival held in Downtown Klamath Falls & Veteran’s Park This Year’s Celebration will be held Saturday, May 4th, 2013 from 11 AM - 5 PM A parade down Main Street begins at 11 a.m., with police and fire department floats, high school dancers, Klamath Union High School’s marching band, Henley High School’s color guard, and a car carrying Miss Cinco de Mayo. Miss Cinco de Mayo is a high school student selected through a scholarship program for Hispanic students. The Festival will start at 11 AM and will run till 5 pm at the Veterans Memorial Park. There will be Latino dancers, a mariachi band and plenty of authentic Mexican food. This event is organized by Lutheran Community Services’ Hispanic Advisory Board. If you are interested in being a vendor or a participant in the parade, applications are available at the Lutheran Community Services office located at: 2545 North Eldorado, Klamath Falls, OR. 97601 (541) 883-3471. Usted esta invitado a la 9a Fiesta Anual del Cinco de Mayo Desfile y Festival que se celebra en el centro

de Klamath Falls Y Parque Veteranos. Esta celebración Annual se celebrará Sábado, 4 de Mayo 2013, de 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Un desfile por la calle principal comienza a las 11 am, con flotadores de departamentos de policía y bomberos, los bailarines de la escuela secundaria, banda Klamath Union High School marcha, guardia Escuela Henley High, y un vehículo que transportara a la señorita del Cinco de Mayo. Señorita Cinco de Mayo es un estudiante de secundaria seleccionados a través de un programa de becas para estudiantes hispanos. El Festival comenzará a las 11 de la mañana y se extenderá hasta las 5 de la tarde en el Parque Memorial de los Veteranos. Habrá bailarines latinos, una banda de mariachi y un montón de comida mexicana auténtica. Este evento está organizado por Hispanic Advisory Board y Lutheran Community Services. Si usted está interesado en ser un vendedor o un participante en el desfile, las aplicaciones estaran disponibles en la oficina de Lutheran Community Services office located at: 2545 North Eldorado, Klamath Falls, OR. 97601 (541) 883-3471

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Home & Garden Show Showcases Seminars for Home Owners The Members of the Klamath Basin Home Builders Association are pleased to host their 38th Annual Home & Garden Show presented by Title Sponsor Coldwell Banker Holman Premier Realty. We look forward to seeing you for one of our great seminars provided by the experts at the Show! The event happens this weekend, Friday April 5, Saturday April 6 and Sunday April 7 at the Klamath County Fairgrounds in the Event Center. Admission is just $3 for 17 and older or $2 with a canned food item and allows entry to the Show the entire weekend. KBHBA reminds homeowners and business owners that when you have any construction projects completed, contact a contractor that is licensed through the Oregon Construction Contractors Board (CCB) as well as a member of the Klamath Basin Home Builders Association. See our website for a list of reputable contractors in the area: or give us a call at 541-884-8570 for assistance.

Schedule of Events

Friday, April 5 ‐‐ 4:00‐8:00 

  Sponsored by  Fisher  Nicholson  4:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Realtors  4:00  Cindy Mora   Matthew  5:00  Johnson 

  Beer & Wine Walk – tickets are $20 in advance or  $25 at the door – sample 6 different wines and 4  beers courtesy of Portland Street Market  CCB‐Inquire Before you Hire‐How to check a  contractor’s license 

6:00 Debra Gisriel 

Seasons Change‐ Home Performance Training  Fisher Nicholson Realty trends and updates on the  market 

7:00 Geoff Saunders 

Diamond Home Improvement 

  Saturday, April 6 ‐‐ 9:00‐ 5:00 




  CCB‐Inquire Before you Hire‐How to check a  contractor’s license 

10:00 Cindy Mora   Erica  10‐1pm  Hockersmith  The Home  11‐3pm  Depot  Russell  11:00  Redfield  12:00  Nabil Taha  1:00  Debra Gisriel  2:00  Angela Reid  Matthew  3:00  Johnson  4:00  Nabil  Russell  4:00  Redfield  Sunday, April 15 ‐‐ 10:00‐ 4:00     11:00  Cindy Mora   The Home  11‐3pm  Depot  12:00  Debra Gisriel 

Faux Finishing Workshop‐Free Registration Required  Kid's Workshop (train demonstration area)  The Home Depot‐  Precision Structural Engineering‐The Least Expensive  Way to Build   Fisher Nicholson Realty trends and updates on the  market  KCC‐ Gardening  Seasons Change‐ Home Performance Training  Precision Structural Engineering‐ Let Mother Nature  Build Your Home  The Home Depot‐     CCB‐Inquire Before you Hire‐How to check a  contractor’s license  Kid's Workshop (train demonstration area)  Fisher Nicholson Realty trends and updates on the  market 

1:00 Angela Reid  Matthew  2:00  Johnson 

KCC‐ Gardening  Seasons Change‐ Home Performance Training 

3:00 Russell 

The Home Depot 



Kombucha Workshop Date: April 6th at 10:30 a.m. Cost: $25 Description: Have you ever wondered what are in those colorful Kombucha bottles? If the idea of making your own healthy probiotic drink intrigues you, we have an exciting class for you! Come learn how to make your own Kombucha with Ashley Moncrief. In this class you will learn the ins and outs of the Kombucha-brewing process. You will enjoy different Kombucha flavors during this class and learn how to create your own flavors. This class comes with a new detailed information packet allowing you to go home feeling confident in brewing your own Kombucha. Learn To Make Natural Olive Oil Soaps For Natural Skin Care Dates: April 19th AND April 26th, from 4:00 to 6:00 - ONE STUDENT AT A TIME Cost: $30 Description: You’ve probably

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Green Way Ecomart April Classes

noticed how many handmade soap start-ups there are around town. You can learn to make your own natural olive oil soaps for your friends and family - just in time for holiday giftgiving or to sell at markets or online. Why pay high prices for quality skincare products when you can make them yourself for a fraction of the price? This is a one-on-one class from a master soapmaker with 20+ years of experience creating soaps and recipes with natural vegetable oils and essential oils. Best of all, this class is all about hands-on experience. To that end, there will be one student at a time. This is a practical skills class that includes ingredients to make a batch of your own soap at home. Earth Day Chocolate-Banana Pops Class Date: April 21 (2:00-3:00) Cost: $10 AGE GROUP: Children ages 5 to 10 Description: In honor of Earth

Day (April 22), we invite you to bring your children, ages 5 to 10, to our raw organic chocolate-making class designed especially for this age group. We’ll be talking about food and practices that are good for our bodies and for our planet. Each child will make (and get to eat!) a raw organic chocolate-covered banana and go home with the instructions to make these delicious treats at home. NOTE: We will be using tree nuts in this class. If your child has a tree nut allergy, this class will not work. However, if there is enough interest we may be able to set up a separate class in the future. Raw Chocolate Workshop Dates: April 25th (6:30 pm-8:00 pm) Cost: $28 Description: Join Lisa Weatherby and Green Way EcoMart on Saturday, March 16th, and learn to make delicious raw, organic chocolate. We pretty much guarantee you will LOVE this workshop, especially

tasting the lovely raw chocolate treats we make in class. Lisa Weatherby, a student at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, will lead this class. You will learn to make superhealthy and delicious raw chocolate treats. These treats, made with raw, organic, unprocessed ingredients, are perfect for guilt-free whole foods enjoyment. Lisa will talk to us about the health benefits of raw chocolate as we work with our ingredients to create our own signature health foods. We can customize the chocolates to each person’s own dietary needs or health issues. You can learn to make delicious, sugar-free chocolate in this class. All students will take home a handout with recipes, instructions and notes. We hope you can join us for a class or two. You must register and pay for ALL CLASSES in advance by calling 541-205-2139 or emailing ronda@ Green Way carries all the raw and organic ingredients used in the classes.

Date Set for Chamber’s Annual Swing into Summer Golf Tournament

Join the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce for the 2013 Swing into Summer Golf Tournament on Friday, June 28, 2013. This year’s event will be held at Reames Golf Course. Thank you to Seasons Change Heating and Air Conditioning for sponsoring this year’s tournament. Golfers of all abilities are welcome. Register early to ensure a place. Door prizes, cash prizes for gross and net flight, mulligan packages and a few special nuances on the course make the tournament fun for everyone involved. “Last year, we handed out nearly $4,000 in cash awards plus additional prizes,” says committee chairperson Bridgitte Griffin, “This tournament continues to grow and we think this year will be even better

than last.” Registration begins at 11 a.m. with the tournament at Noon with a shotgun start. Registration includes golf, cart, gifts, on-course snacks, drink tickets, and awards. Sign up as a single or a team. Cost for individual golfers is $87.50; teams are $350. In addition to awards, Chamber members have also donated raffle prizes as well as give-away items for participants. Register today - receive a 10% discount on any entries received before May 17, 2013. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. Anyone wishing information on sponsorship or the tournament is encouraged to call the Chamber at 541-884-5193.

(541) 882-1636

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Individual · Business · Trusts · Estates Todd Goebel, CPA, MBA DeAnn M. Bogart, CPA Lois M. Snyder, LTC Joanne Angel

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Disability Income Insurance Provides Money When You Can’t Chances are you probably haven’t given a thought to how dramatically your life would change if you suddenly were unable to earn a paycheck due to a disabling injury or illness. However, the possibility does exist. One-third of all Americans will suffer a serious disability between ages 35 and 65. In the United States, a disabling injury occurs every 1.6 seconds. It’s important to take the steps necessary to protect you, your loved ones and your possessions if a disabling injury or illness occurs. Among the best protection is disability income insurance. Disability income insurance is designed to provide money to you if you ever become disabled. That means money will be there when you need it most. It will help pay bills and meet other expenses associated with the disability. A disability is usually defined as the continuous inability, because of injury or illness, to perform the material and substantial duties of your regular occupation or profession for a stated period of time, or any occupation or profession after that. Most disabilities last longer than three months. If a person is disabled for three months or longer, it is likely the disability will last, on average, for three years. Millions of workers have some disability income insurance through their employers. However, this is usually short-term coverage and may only provide benefits for 24 weeks. Disabilities lasting longer are not usually covered. If you don’t have disability income insurance, don’t count on Social Security disability payments either. About 49 percent of all disability claims submitted to the Social Security Administration are regularly turned down. If Social Security should pay your claim, benefits normally will not be paid until at least five months after your disability began. Should your disabling injury or illness be work-related, you likely are

protected by workers’ compensation insurance. However, disabling injuries or illnesses that occur away from work activities are not covered under workers’ compensation. Disability income insurance protects you both on and off the job. Most disability income insurance policies can be designed to meet your particular needs. You usually choose among several benefit and waiting periods, and policy options. For instance, COUNTRY Financial offers three benefit period options and five waiting period options. COUNTRY also offers a waiver of premium benefit. In addition, there are policy options for accidental dismemberment, cash value, cost-ofliving adjustments, hospital confinement income, monthly benefit increase and removal of the benefit adjustment provision. Disability income insurance is frequently overlooked but is very important regardless of your marital status or family situation. In fact, this insurance can replace a good part of the income you’d lose if you were unable to work because of an accident or illness. Even if you have some form of disability income coverage, see your local COUNTRY financial representative for a review and more information regarding this coverage. For more information on life insurance, call Gene Thomas or Justin Pearlstein at Country Financial. Their offices are located at 4240 Hwy 39. Call (541) 882-3921.


Stroup Promoted to Manager of US Bank’s Klamath Falls Branch Kimberly Stroup has been promoted to branch manager of U.S. Bank’s Klamath Falls office, located at 740 Main Street. Stroup will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the branch and customer service. Previously the branch’s sales and service manager, Stroup has seven years experience in the financial services industry and has been with U.S. Bank for over four years. “Kim’s in-depth knowledge of bank operations and commitment to the Klamath Falls community is the perfect combination to ensure this branch’s continued success,” says Jill Letendre, Cal Ore district manager. “We pride ourselves in being a company that promotes great talent from within, and Kim has excelled in every way.”

Stroup is active in the Klamath Falls community, most recently serving as a Junior Achievement instructor and a volunteer for Muscular Dystrophy Association’s annual LockUp® fund raising event. U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB), with $354 billion in assets as of December 31, 2012, is the parent company of U.S. Bank, the fifth-largest commercial bank in the United States. The company operates 3,084 banking offices in 25 states and 5,065 ATMs and provides a comprehensive line of banking, brokerage, insurance, investment, mortgage, trust and payment services products to consumers, businesses and institutions. Visit U.S. Bancorp on the web at www.

Running Y Hires New General Manager The Running Y is excited to announce and welcome a new General Manager. Patrick Fetsch is a seasoned hotelier with years of experience with Westin Hotel & Resorts, Disney Cruise Lines and a few statewide & international independent resorts. He recently left work in the Bahamas to return to his native Oregon roots. His extended family is scattered throughout Oregon for a much easier commute to get together on holidays and special events. Please feel free to stop by and say hello and introduce yourself to Patrick. You will see he is a hands on follow through manager that is committed

to improve the resort and community at large. He also wanted to remind everyone that Spring has Sprung and the full 18 holes of golf are open along with all the hiking and birding trails free of winters snow. The Lobby restaurant; The Ruddy Duck is now open and serving breakfast, lunch and dinners daily. Come and enjoy a smooth glass of wine at Ruddy Duck’s overlook vista cafe patio at sunset. See you at the Running Y; Why not!


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Faultline Arcade Ribbon Cutting

Where can you get cotton candy, play games, and get your picture taken other than the fair? The Faultline Arcade “Where EVERYONE Can Be A Kid” all year round. Conveniently incorporated in the Epicenter Family Entertainment Complex the Faultline Arcade offers the largest state-of-the-art video arcade for 80 miles in any direction, with games and prizes for all ages. With your favorite games like Fruit Nija®, The Price is Right® Plinko, Deal Or No Deal ®, Dance Dance Revolution Extreme® this is an arcade experience like never before. The state-of-the-art technology allows you to take the coins out of your pocket, and put them on an electronic card so you can swipe your way to more fun. After you win it big turn your tickets in, and keep them

on your personal electronic redemption card and make it easier to save for VIP prizes. On your way out don’t forget to take a picture and grab a stick of cotton candy. Customize your memory with many theme options for you and your friend, family member, or sweetheart. With Cotton Candy Factory® you can watch a fresh stick of cotton candy be made right in front of your eyes. On March 16th, 2013 the Chamber of Commerce had the opportunity during a ribbon cutting ceremony to enjoy some of these great attractions. You too can come down and experience the newest cutting edge arcade technology available to you at the Klamath Basins favorite family hangout.

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Business After Hours

The Epicenter Family Entertainment Complex, and the Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham will present the first annual Afterhours at the Aftershock, on Thursday April 18th from 5PM to 7PM. These three great local companies are happy to partner with the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce to create this wonderful networking opportunity. The Afterhours at the Aftershock will be a 1920’s theme, and offer hor’devours, beverages, music, prizes and a great networking opportunity for your business. Come dressed in your favorite 1920’s attire, and enjoy the company of your fellow chamber members. You will also be able to receive a drink ticket* for every two cans of food that you bring to be donated to the Klamath County Food Bank. With your business card be entered to win one of our amazing door prizes! * (Limit two tickets per person, limit 50 tickets for the event) When I sell liquor, it’s called bootlegging; when my patrons serve it on Lake Shore Drive, it’s called hospitality. - Al Capone The Epicenter Bowling Complex is three businesses in one, and is the Klamath Basin favorite family hangout. The Epicenter Bowling Center offers 32 lanes of bowling with nightly specials, and great

atmosphere. The Faultline Arcade “Where Everyone Can Be a Kid” offers the largest state-of-the-art video arcade for 80 miles in any direction, with games and prizes for all ages. The Aftershock Sports Bar & Grill and Nightclub is the hottest party place in the basin. These three great business come together to create a fun and exciting atmosphere for all ages. YourBizDr.Com the largest online business consultancy with over 2,500 clients and growing is based right here in Klamath Falls Oregon. Founded on the premise that business owners and managers want and need support for their businesses at a reasonable fee, Individual Advantages a world-wide management consulting firm established YourBizDr.Com. Microtel was built in 2008 making it the newest hotel in Klamath Falls. Microtel Inn & Suites has 58 beautifully designed guest rooms, an indoor/ outdoor pool, hot tub, and business center. Microtel Inn & Suites is Designed for a Better Hotel Stay, and offers guests free WiFi, local and long distance calls, and hot breakfast with great items like biscuits and gravy, sausage, and scrambled eggs.

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Faultline Arcade celebrates grand opening. From left to right: Charles Massie (Chamber), Bobbi Adams (Chamber), Don Marquart (Epicenter), Victoria Haley (Microtel), Eva Massie (Chamber).

The Epicenter Bowling Complex is three businesses in one, combined to serve the Klamath Basin with fun for all ages. The Epicenter Bowling Center offers 32 lanes of bowling with a terrific staff of managers and customer service people to offer a good time for everyone. The Faultline Arcade offers the largest state-of-the-art video arcade for 80 miles in any direction, with games and prizes for all ages. The Aftershock Sports Bar & Grill and Nightclub is the hottest party place in the basin. Aftershock has the rare opportunity to bring some great professional comedians to the Klamath Basin. Every Friday till April 12th two comedians will grace the stage at the Aftershock, making for a wonderful atmosphere and entertaining show. Keep up to date on all of the upcoming events at the Epicenter on our Facebook page at

Basin Mediactive, LLC is offering new Klamath County Chamber of Commerce members $500 in radio advertising. This is a great way to get your business and your message in front of the Basin’s largest listening audience. After you join the Chamber, you’ll be contacted by a Basin Mediactive, LLC Advertising professional. The radio pro will meet with you and then set up your one week, $500

bonus schedule. Free advertising and free advice from the Klamath Basin’s most trusted media company. For more information on this offer or Chamber membership, visit or call (541) 884-5193. Chamber membership is affordable and starts at just $129.00 per year. Members enjoy special promotions, free event listings, many networking opportunities and much, much more.

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Renewing Members

The following Klamath County Chamber of Commerce members renewed their membership for another year:

Access Conversions Amerigas Assured Quality Home Care Inc. Atrio Health Plans Best Western Olympic Inn Carter Jones Collection Service Century 21 JC Jones American Dream Countertops by Top Secret Express Employment Professionals Exquisite Limousine Floyd A Boyd and Son Grange Co-op imortgage Intergral Youth Services Jalapenos Taco Shop Inc Klamath Art Association and Gallery Klamath Basin Sunrise Rotary Klamath County Farm Bureau Klamath County Fire District 1 Klamath County Republican Central Committee Klamath Equestrian Center


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Klamath Symphony Orchestra Kruise of Klamath Les Schwab Tire Center Linkville Players M’Bellish Majestic Inn and Suites Masami Foods Metal Masters Mick Insurance Agency Oregon Child Development Coalition Oregon Human Development Corp. Pelican Pointe Rogue Federal Credit Union Sizzler Take Shape for Life The Creamery Brewpub and Grill The Shuttle/Pelican Charters US Bank Ward’s Funeral Home Waste Management Win-R Insulation Woodland Lighting Design

New Members A1 Storage and Mini-warehouse 2669 Maywood Drive, Klamath Falls, OR 541-884-3378 Coldwell Banker Holman Premier Realty 3815 S. 6th St, Ste 110, Klamath Falls, OR 541-884-1343 Cumming Roofing PO Box 41, Klamath Falls, OR 541-884-2620 Klamath Rental Housing Association 4509 S. 6th St #314, Klamath Falls, OR 888-983-4212

Is your business or organization a member of the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce? Call (541) 884-5193 to join.

Klamath County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Staff 2013 Executive Board

President: Stan Gilbert, Klamath Youth Development Center 1st VP: Bridgitte Griffin, AG-Sense, inc. 2nd VP: Dan Keppen, Dan Keppen and Associates, Inc. Treasurer/Secretary: Kathie Philp, Pacific Crest Federal Credit Union Heidi Wright, Herald and News Rachael Spoon, KBHBA Randy L. Shaw, Coldwell Banker Willie Riggs, OSU Extension Center

General Board

Curtis Waite, 173d Fighter Wing/Kingsley Field Ellsworth Lang, Running Y Mike Angeli, The Ledge/Yeti’s Lair E. Werner Reschke, wrinkledog, inc. George Ormsbee, Cal-Ore Communications Harold Youngs, Walmart Jason Chapman, Chapman Farms Jennifer McKoen, County Cork Collectibles Kelley Minty Morris, Citizens for Safe Schools Maggie Polson, Klamath Youth Development Center

Ex-Officio Board

City of Klamath Falls Klamath County KCEDA Oregon Institute of Technology Klamath Community College KUHS DECA


Charles “Chip” Massie Executive Director Heather Tramp Marketing & Program Coordinator Andie Alvarez Outreach Coordinator


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April 2013 Newsletter for Oregon State Senator Doug Whitsett, District 28 Senator Doug Whitsett

R-Klamath Falls - District 28 I represent the citizens of Senate District 28, which includes Klamath, Lake and Crook, as well as parts of Jackson and Deschutes Counties. As Senator of one of the largest Senate districts in the state, it is extremely important that my constituents remain in contact with me about the issues and concerns that affect their lives. You and I must work together to protect the common interests of rural Oregonians. I encourage you to contact my office by either email or telephone so that I can know how to best serve you. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Best Regards, Senator Doug Whitsett

Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, S-303 Salem, OR 97301 Capitol Phone: 503-986-1728 Newsletters: Email Senator Doug Whitsett:

THE PERS PROBOLEM IS THE TAXPAYERS’ BILLION DOLLAR PROBLEM The need to reform Oregon’s Public Employment Retirement System (PERS) should not be a partisan issue. The existing design of the System is no longer affordable to the taxpayer. Moreover, I believe that without significant reform, PERS is likely to collapse depriving benefits to those who have already retired. Public employees were promised retirement benefits that cannot be financed by the employee and employer contributions to the plan. Therefore, more than 70 percent of the money needed to pay for the benefits must come from money earned by the PERS Trust Fund. The PERS Board has made the assumption that the Trust Fund will produce and average annual return on investment of eight percent. This is at best a flawed assumption. Over the past 20 years the Trust Fund earnings have not come close to making the required payments. It is likely that the long term earnings will never be enough to make the payments necessary to keep PERS solvent. The result is that PERS now has about $14 billion less than it needs to meet its obligations. PERS has amassed this huge deficit even though the stock market has reached an all-time high. Future market downturns are likely to add to that deficit. Oregon’s taxpayers are required to pick up the tab for all of the unfunded liability to pay for PERS retirement benefits. That tab amounts to an increase of $1.1 billion in taxpayer contribution to PERS during the current two year budget period. The PERS governing board has already decided that more than $900 million more in additional taxpayer contribution will be needed to maintain the status quo for the next budget period beginning July 1st. The board further assumes that between $650 and $700 million more will be required to keep the System solvent for the following two year budget cycle beginning July 1st 2015. The governing board’s best prediction is that this entire $2.7 billion ($2,700,000,000) increase in taxpayer supported contributions will need to be continued each budget period into the foreseeable future. The PERS problem is further compounded by the

changing ratio of PERS members who are paying into the Fund compared to PERS retirees who are collecting from the Fund. That ratio will continue to worsen as more employees retire and fewer new employees are hired. That ratio is now being driven sharply downward by the rapidly increasing taxpayer funded employer contributions needed to sustain the Fund. Money spent to prop up PERS cannot be used to hire new employees. The $2.7 billion tab required to maintain PERS solvency is equivalent to the average total compensation for nearly 18,000 public employees. About one third of that $2.7 billion, or about $900 million, must be paid by school districts. That payment is equivalent to the full salary and benefits for about 6,000 teachers. About $1 billion, or about 40%, of that total cost must be paid by local governments and service districts. A billion dollars is equivalent to the salary and benefits for about 6,700 police or firemen. The remaining 27% percent of the $2.7 billion cost, or about $730 million, must be paid by state agency employers. That sum is equivalent to the full compensation for nearly 5,000 state employees. The ability to pay salary and benefits for new employees is directly offset by the $2.7 billion that must be spent to pay for the benefits of existing retirees. This reality can only result in the hiring of about 18,000 fewer public employees statewide. That is 18,000 fewer public employees that will be making payments into the retirement fund. This equation is obviously unsustainable. All fourteen Senate Republicans have pledged to support an omnibus PERS reform bill. The bill will actually reverse most of the $2.7 billion increase in PERS taxpayer contributions while maintaining the solvency of the Fund. It will also sustain those savings each budget period into the foreseeable future. Enacting this legislation would allow the $2.7 billion to be invested in hiring new teachers, policemen, firemen and other essential public employees rather than continuing to pour all that money into the retirement benefits of existing and future retirees. These new employees will be able to

provide essential services to Oregonians. They will also pay into the PERS Trust Fund thereby improving the long term ratio of retirees to active employees. The omnibus PERS bill (SB 754) contains a clause that sends any appeal directly to the Oregon Supreme Court. It has a severability clause so that if any of its provisions are struck down by the Court the remaining provisions remain in force. Finally, it provides standing for any Oregon legislator to appeal to the United States Supreme Court. The Omnibus bill is one of more than 40 measures introduced this session by Republican legislators. I have attempted to provide the Legislature with a wide range of options by either sponsoring or co-sponsoring at least twenty of the bills. In fact, all of the provisions of the SB 754 mirror provisions of bills that I have introduced. The Democrat leadership has finally brought forward what they are saying is a PERS reform bill (SB 822). Please do not be taken in by their rhetoric. SB 822 only addresses about 20 percent of the PERS shortfall, “collars” or kicks another 17 percent down the road to be paid in the 201517 budget period, and totally ignores the other 63 percent of the PERS deficit. To put their effort into perspective, the provisions of SB 822 fail to address about $2.2 billion of the $2.7 billion increase in taxpayer funded payments that are required to keep PERS solvent. The provisions of the bill are so inadequate that I cannot support it as currently written. We are continuing to work with our Democrat colleagues to formulate a bill that can garner enough votes to become law. That bill must restructure PERS to make it stable, affordable to taxpayers and fair to current and future public retirees. At this time, Senate Republicans do not plan to go home until the PERS problem is fixed. Please remember, if we do not stand up for rural Oregon no one will. Best regards, Doug

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