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June 2011 / Vol. 12, No. 6

South Bay Press Grand Re-Opening, see page 6


Inside this issue Calendar of Events


President’s Message


Letter from PSE


Kidwiler Scholarship Awards


South Bay Press Grand Re-Opening


Lacey in Tune


Five Things to do Before Vacation


Fun Fair Thank Yous


Kidwiler Thank Yous


Business is Booming!


Openings still available for the golf tournament on June 3, see page 10

South Sound BBQ Festival, see page 11



Forum–—Wednesday, June 1

Topic/Speaker: Major General Lowenburg —“What is the Army and Air National Guard and what is Follow us on:

Where: When: Cost:

their role in support of State Emergency Response situations?” Saint Martin’s Worthington Center Registration begins at 11:30 a.m.; program begins at noon. Pre-pay NOW online at Members $18 prepaid / $20 at the door / $25 for guests

It is important you prepay and preregister by Monday, May 30, so we are able to properly plan.

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Wednesday—Forum Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. Program begins at noon Saint Martin’s Worthington Center Topic: Major General Lowenberg—“What is the Army and Air National Guard and What is Their Role in Support of State Emergency Response Situations?” Cost: members prepaid online $18/at the door $20/guests $25 Please prepay online at for $18 until May 31 Thank you to our Forum and Media Sponsors: Hometown Property Management

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Tuesday—Military Affairs Meeting 7:30 a.m. Hawks Prairie Restaurant 8306 Quinault Drive NE


Tuesday—Auction Meeting


Wednesday—Fundraising Committee Meeting 2:00 p.m. Chamber Conference Room


Tuesday—5:01 Surge


Wednesday Executive Meeting 8:30 a.m. Board Meeting 9:30 a.m. Chamber Conference Room


Monday—BBQ Committee Meeting 4:00 p.m. Cabela’s Conference Room


Tuesday—Ambassador’s Meeting 12:00 p.m. (noon) Dirty Dave’s Pizza 3939 Martin Way


Friday—13th Annual Golf Classic Tourney 7:00 a.m. Golf Club at Hawks Prairie-Woodland Course


Friday—Government Affairs Meeting 11:30 a.m. Panorama – Chambers House Restaurant 1751 Circle Lane SE


Monday—BBQ Committee Meeting 4:00 p.m. Cabela’s Conference Room

11:30 a.m. Chamber Conference Room

Budd Bay Embroidery & Specialties, Inc. 6906 Martin Way East 5:01–7:00 p.m.


2011 Board of Directors

Forum Sponsor

Executive Board Jerry Farmer, President, 94.5 ROXY, 236-1010 Felix Peguero, President Elect, Edward Jones Investments, 438-0341 Lowell Gordon, Vice President, The Creative Office, 754-1732 Mike Harris, Treasurer & Board Member, Columbia Bank, 459-3344 Karen Schade, Secretary, America’s Credit Union, 253-912-3257

Hometown Property Management 1600 4th Ave E Olympia, WA 98506 (360) 456-7368

Media Sponsor Custom Security 4500 3rd Avenue SE, Suite 2 Lacey, WA 98503 (360) 491-6320

5:01 Surge—Tuesday, June 21 Budd Bay Embroidery & Specialties, Inc. 6906 Martin Way East Olympia, WA 98516 (360) 709-0483 5:01–7:00 p.m. Great opportunity to network! See you there! We are in the old Kirks Medical building. FREE gifts and super DEALS for anyone who pre-registers or attends!


Board of Directors Andrew Barkis, Hometown Property Management, 456-7368* Ryan Betz, Boys & Girls Club of Thurston County, 956-0755* Tom Carroll, Network Communications International, 701-1532 Greg Cuoio, City of Lacey, 491-3214* Al Eckroth, Virgil Adams Real Estate, 701-3307 Tony Salas, CompuPay, 349-3493 Renée Sunde, Thurston EDC, 754-6320 Brent Walz, OBee Credit Union, 528-5361* Angelique Wilson, Professional Temp Staffing Agency, 786-8443 Jeff Powell, Past President, Prime Development Group, 528-2550 *Recently elected, serving a two year term. Committees Ambassadors–Amanda Graham, Lacey Chamber Event Coordinator, 491-4141 Auction–Tony Salas, CompuPay, 349-3493 BBQ–Al Eckroth, Virgil Adams Real Estate, 701-3307 Fundraising–Tony Salas, 349-3493 Government Affairs–Daniela Anderson, Hometown Prop. Mgmt, 456-7368 Golf–Joanna West, Washington Business Bank, 754-1954 Kidwiler Scholarship Foundation–Stewart Ridgeway, CPA, 459-4404 Military Affairs–Carlene Joseph, Harborstone Credit Union, (253) 983-8636

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Message from the President By Jerry Farmer, 94.5 ROXY, Chamber President


t’s June and summer is just around the corner.

partnership with the military.

That means we’ve just passed Memorial Day, the time we set aside to honor those in our military who have made the ultimate sacrifice. In their honor and those that continue to sacrifice in other ways every day to preserve our way of life, the main theme of the June Chamber Forum is our special

Here in Lacey we have a great relationship with the folks working north of us. Joint Base Lewis McChord and the Air National Guard are just a few “klicks” away. But that’s just when they are working. When they go about their everyday lives they are right here in our community. They shop here, worship here, do business here, and play here—and they volunteer here. Because they are a part of us—we are all richer for it. Over the years, the Lacey area has benefited in countless ways from our interaction with the military. They are an integral part of our community and a fantastic option for opportunity. So, we are honored this month to have Major General Timothy J. Lowenberg, who was appointed as adjutant general of the State of Washington on September 13, 1999, as our Forum speaker. As the adjutant general, he is the commander of all Washington Army and Air National Guard forces and director of the state’s Emergency Management and Enhanced 911 programs. General Lowenberg also serves as Homeland Security Advisor to the Governor of Washington and as State Administrative Agent (SAA) for all U.S. Department of

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Homeland Security grants awarded to Washington State; local, tribal, and non-profit agencies and organizations. In addition, he is Chair of Homeland Defense and Homeland Security of the Adjutants General Association of the United States (AGAUS); immediate past chair of the Governors Homeland Security Advisors [NGA] Council (National Governors Association Center for Best Practices); founding co-chair of the National Homeland Security Consortium—a coalition of more than two-dozen public and private sector national associations, and co-executive of the national Strategic Advisory Council on Achieving Interoperability in a Net-Centric Environment. We are lucky to have him take time out of his busy schedule to share his insights with us. June is also the time for grads, so we will be honoring the recipients of our Kidwiler Scholarships in this month’s Forum. These young people are amazing and really make you feel inspired about the future of entrepreneurship in our country. Energy, enthusiasm, a commitment to community, and pursuing options for opportunity are Lacey Chamber watchwords and watchwords of our partners as well. Be sure to come to the June Forum and see it all in action, network with other business people, have fun with your peers, and honor our friends in the military and the best of the new generation of Lacey entrepreneurs. The Forum is on Wednesday, June 1. Please go to our website at and reserve your place now, you will help us plan better and save some money for yourself at the same time. Also, there’s still time to sign up for the Chamber’s 13th Annual Golf Classic Tourney on June 3, get your ad in the 50th Anniversary Chamber Resource Guide, or get involved in the first ever South Sound BBQ Fest. Lots of options for opportunity, because that’s what we do at your premier business resource, the Lacey Chamber of Commerce.


Open Letter From PSE Green Power Dear Lacey Chamber Members, Now is the time to take the momentum from last month’s Lacey Chamber Forum and put it into action. There are two things your business can do today to support renewable energy in our region as well as increase energy efficiency and save money: 1. Flip the Switch to Green Power. Buy renewable energy equal to the electricity your businesses uses. By doing so, you’ll become a green power business, bring Lacey one step closer to a $20,000 grant for a solar project right here in our city, and benefit from marketing and advertising Puget Sound Energy provides on your behalf. For a customized proposal on how your business can ‘Flip the Switch to Green Power’ contact Jason Boyd, PSE Commercial Outreach at 425-213-5301,, or visit PSE. com/Flip.

ARRA-funded program, provides low-cost energy use evaluations and efficiency upgrade services to homes and business in Thurston County. And now, with additional funds through the City of Lacey, Thurston Energy is offering homes and businesses in the City of Lacey special deals to get on the pathway to savings. This project is just beginning and will run through August 2012 or until the funds run out. Call us to learn more at 360-754-6320, or visit: http://www.

2. Save Some Green While Being Green. Save money by making your home or business more energy efficient! Thurston Energy, a locally-based

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Kidwiler Scholarship Awards By Stewart Ridgeway, S.Stewart Ridgeway , CPA


t the June Forum, the Lacey Chamber will award three scholarships to North Thurston Public School seniors. The scholarships are awarded by the Ray Kidwiler Memorial Scholarship Fund, which is administered by the Chamber. The scholarship fund was established in memory of Ray Kidwiler, a founding member of the Chamber and two-time past president, by his widow. The scholarships are awarded to North Thurston Public School graduating seniors that plan a career in some field of business. Since its establishment, the fund has awarded over $60,000 to graduating seniors. As part of the application process, the students had to write two essays. One essay was on the importance of the private enterprise system as part of our nation’s economic system and the other was on how their educational and career goals relate to the private enterprise system. They also had to sit for an interview with a panel comprised of the scholarship fund trustees. This year, the fund awarded $1,000 scholarships to: • Andrew Brunsch, North Thurston High School. Andrew will attend Gonzaga University where he will study business. Andrew is already a partner with his

brother in a business based in Vancouver, WA, called Better Air Northwest. He will continue working part time in marketing and sales with the company while in school and after graduation devote full time to it. • Brandon Galang, North Thurston High School. Brandon will study Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington. After obtaining his master’s degree, he wants to design and build computers. • Spencer Potts, Timberline High School. Spencer will also attend the University of Washington where he plans to study business. He wants to go into business for himself after graduation, although he has not decided on the type of business. This year’s recipient of the Gene Dolan Academic Achievement and Community Service Award, which carries with it a $300 cash award, was Myranda Bell, from Timberline High School. This award was named for the Trustee Emeritus Gene Dolan who ran the scholarship program for forty years and is awarded to the student that best exemplifies a combination of academics and community service. Myranda has been accepted to Washington State University. She wants to study athletic training with a pre-medicine focus. Her eventual goal is to become an orthopedic surgeon and form a company that treats people in third world companies. It was an extremely tough job for the selection committee as all 20 of the applicants were exemplary candidates. They showed that the quality of the students coming out of North Thurston Public Schools is of the highest caliber. Members of the interview panel were Stewart Ridgeway, CPA; Felix Peguero, Edward Jones Investments; Kathy Powell, First American Title; Courtney Schrieve, North Thurston Public Schools; Mike Harris, Columbia Bank; and Gene Dolan, trustee emeritus.

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Grand Re-Opening at South Bay Press


e were delighted to be a part of a new chapter for South Bay Press on Thursday, May 12. This long-standing member of the Lacey Chamber has been serving the print needs of our community for over 20 years! Newly remodeled and complete with an art gallery section that features local artists, South Bay Press has taken on a clean and sharp image. Thank you again to South Bay Press for a wonderful event! If you have any needs for graphic design, logo creation, page layout, or print, give them a call!

Bottom left: L to R—Mike Wolfe, Mutual of Omaha (Chamber Ambassador); Wade Boulton, manager of South Bay Press; Mayor Tom Nelson; Charles Tichenor, co-owner of South Bay Press; Felix Peguero, Edward Jones Investments (Chamber President Elect).


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Calling All Volunteers! We are looking for volunteers for the South Sound BBQ Festival at Cabela’s on Saturday, July 9. We need help with setting up, selling Chamber merchandise, helping in the beverage booth, and other tasks. Please contact the Lacey Chamber office at 491-4141 or e-mail Thanks for your support of the Lacey Chamber of Commerce. We look forward to a great event with your help!

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Five Things to Do Before You Leave on a Vacation By Denise Landers, Key Organization Systems, Inc.


ummer is here, and along with the warmer weather, it means a lot of us will be headed away from the office to take a week or two of vacation with the family. Having a break with your loved ones, or at least away from the daily grind, can be a great thing… but only if you plan ahead. Otherwise, it can easily become a couple of weeks of working almost as much as you normally do, but without the tools and resources you’re used to having on hand. For a lot of us, working while we’re on vacation—or at least peeking at our email once in a while—is a way of life. But to make the most of your time away, and to spend the least amount of time worrying about the office, here are five things you should do before heading out for a break: 1. Set up e-mail and voicemail messages reminding customers and colleagues that you’re away. This is not just common courtesy, it is also a good productivity tip. Letting others know you are out is a good way to stop them from trying to track you down, not to mention leaving you dozens of messages you will have to sort through later.

filled with old items, so make an effort to clean and organize it before you go. After all, there will be enough new material to review when you return. As an added bonus, this step will make it easier for another person to find important information while you’re gone, meaning they’ll have one less reason to call you when you should be relaxing. Of course, this relates to actually taking a vacation. We all need that time off, yet so many Americans are suffering from vacation deprivation. They decline earned vacations days for a variety of reasons. Make sure you take those breaks to refresh yourself mentally and physically. It will actually help to improve your daily productivity when you are back in the office. Denise Landers is the author of Destination: Organization, A Week by Week Journey and the owner of Key Organization Systems, Inc. ( She is a national speaker, trainer, consultant, and coach providing conference sessions, corporate training, and individual assistance to improve daily work flow and time management skills. Contact her at dlanders@

2. Delegate any projects in progress. If you can pass on the project to someone else, do it. Not only will that ensure that your department’s goals keep moving forward in your absence, but it will be one less weight on your mind while you are on vacation. Even if you do not have a subordinate who can help, simply find another person in the office who roughly understands your job and have an agreement—they take care of your most critical work during vacation and you do theirs in return. 3. Make an emergency copy of names, numbers, and files. Ideally, you do not want to be calling back into the office during your vacation. Ironically, however, taking along some pertinent files and phone numbers can stop you from doing that, since knowing that they are there may stop you from worrying so much. 4. Leave your contact information with one person you trust. In the event of a true emergency, your office should be able to contact you. Leave your vacation phone number and address with someone you trust and who knows not to send anything your way unless it is absolutely critical. 5. Organize your space so you will have a clean desk before you leave. This is a good productivity and time management tip for any day, but especially when you’re heading away on summer vacation. The last thing you want to come back to is a cluttered desk


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The Lacey Chamber would like to thank the volunteers who tirelessly staffed the Chamber’s booth at this year’s Lacey Spring Fun Fair. Due to popular demand, we had the kids making Father’s Day cards and our booth was very busy. Thank you to: Diane Pieroni with TOGETHER!, Charlotte Dickinson with Greater Olympia Dixieland Jazz Festival, Madelin White with Merle Norman Cosmetics Wigs and Day Spa, Sandy Michael with GCI Ad Agency, Mike Wolfe with Mutual of Omaha Insurance, and Ted Luna with NW KICKS Indoor Soccer. Your commitment to the Lacey Chamber is very much appreciated!








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Kidwiler Scholarship Fund Thank Yous The Lacey Chamber would like to thank these member businesses who donated raffle prizes to benefit the Kidwiler Scholarship at the May 2011 Forum: 94.5 ROXY A Steve’s Professional Truck Mounted Steam Cleaning Cabinets By Trivonna Chris Lester Insurance Services Custom Security Edward Jones Investments-Felix Peguero Express Employment Professionals FASTSIGNS GL Kluh Lacey Spring Fun Fair Occasions Catering Pardiman Productions Professional Temp Staffing Agency Red Lion Hotel RelyLocal-Olympia S. Stewart Ridgeway, CPA The Ram Restaurant & Brewery UPS Store at Hawks Prairie Visitor & Convention Bureau - Lacey Olympia Tumwater Thank You for Your Continued Support!


Business is Booming! New Members MetLife Home Loans Reverse Mortgage 5400 Martin Way, Suite D Lacey, WA 98516 Contact: David Willis Category: Mortgage Companies Phone: (360) 791-8778

Stottle Winery 2641 Willamette Dr. NE, Suite C Lacey, WA 98516 Contact: Josh Stottlemyer Category: Winery-Domestic Phone: (360) 515-0356 Web:

Renewals–Thank You! Evergreen State College—IGNITE! Investor 2700 Evergreen Parkway NW Olympia, 98505 Contact: Todd Sprauge Category: Education ? Phone: (360) 867-6042 Web:

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Lacey Chamber of Commerce 13th Annual Golf Classic Tourney Friday, June 3, 2011 The Golf Club at Hawks Prairie Woodlands Course Cost: $130 per player or $500 per team. New lower prices! Prizes galore! Fun at every hole! Thank you to the following sponsors: FASTSIGNS–Signage Sponsor OBEE Credit Union–Awards Banquet Sponsor Chris Lester Insurance Services–Hole in One Sponsor Budd Bay Embroidery & Specialties–Apparel Sponsor TAGS Awards & Specialties–Tee Bag Sponsor Heritage Bank–Breakfast Sponsor Harborstone Credit Union–Water Sponsor L & E Bottling Company–Cart Sponsor Patrick Davidson, Guild Mortgage–Weather Sponsor Hole Sponsors and Green Sponsors

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The aim of marketing is to know and understand the customer so well the product or service fits him and sells itself. –Peter F. Drucker A satisfied customer is the best business strategy of all. –Michael LeBoeuf

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Do you love slow-smoked traditional BBQ? Here’s your chance to get your tastebuds satisfied. On behalf of the Lacey Chamber of Commerce, welcome to the mouth-watering world of BBQ! Professional and amateur teams will be on hand to display their skill at the grill. Event will be held at the Cabela’s parking lot from 11 a.m. to p.m. Follow your nose just off I-5, Exit 111 in Lacey for some smokin fun. You won’t want to miss it! Admission is FREE! ZZZVRXWKVRXQGEETIHVWLYDOFRP




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