Page 1

Member Focus

Josephine Community Libraries Inside your yellow envelope is an open library...

Josephine County Profile Pg. 4

County Property Manger, Mike Watson,-- I grew up mostly in Anaheim, California... Pg. 8

To Support and promote our local commerce through communication, advocacy and partnerships!


December 2016

Finding Greatness in Gratitude

ratitude illuminates everything. It "transforms common days into thanksgivings, turns routine jobs into joy, and changes ordinary opportunities into blessings" (Lifehack). It impacts how we see the world and the decisions we make. Gratitude gives us the strength and fortitude to overcome our challenges while also helping us recognize and appreciate our blessings. You don't need a reason (or a season) to show gratitude. Celebrate life's gifts all year long. You'll be grateful you did.

Qualities of Grateful People

• They have stronger relationships. Their positive energy attracts positive people. Their connections are genuine and heartfelt, which build stronger and more • They have hope. It doesn't matter what life dishes trustworthy relationships. out. Grateful people know that difficult times pass, and • They are healthier people. Research shows that there is always a new day ahead. • They are resilient. They adapt well to adversity. This "grateful people experience fewer aches and pains." They are more likely to exercise regularly, eat healthy, and see doesn't mean that they don't suffer from trauma, illness, their doctors for regular check-ups. (Research also shows or financial loss. They are just able to bounce back more that having positive emotions like gratitude can add up to quickly. • They don't hold grudges. Everyone makes mistakes. 7 years to your life.) ~ continued, page 10 Instead of letting anger and bitterness destroy them, grateful people forgive quickly and move on. • They learn from bad experiences. They ask themselves, "What has this experience taught me?" They use these lessons to either avoid going down the same path again or as stepping stones to a better life. • They are industrious. Grateful people get a lot of satisfaction out of hard work and are able to appreciate the fruits of their labor. • They have positive self-worth. They don't need to reach perfection to be happy. Grateful people like who they are, which makes them more accepting of themselves and others who are different. • They are happier. Grateful people are happy and optimistic. They don't allow negativity to weigh them down. They are Merry Ch ristmas, H also experts in recognizing the good in ap fr om your fr py Holidays & Ha every situation. pp iends at th e Chambe y New Year 1 To Support and promote our local commerce through communication, advocacy and partnerships! r!

Chamber Membership

an Investment in Your Business and our Community!


embership in the chamber is much more than a plaque on the wall, the fulfillment of a sense of civil obligation, or the means to generate new business. Rather, membership represents a commitment to the continued prosperity of Josephine County’s economy. The Grants Pass & Josephine County Chamber of Commerce is the catalyst that enables businesses to accomplish collectively what no one business could do alone. A strong united effort gives a voice to members. Tourism, service, retail and manufacturing each contibute to our business community. Come visit us about joining the Chamber and add your energetic voice to the community.

Chamber of Commerce Contact Information Staff

Grants Pass & Josephine County Chamber of Commerce 1995 NW Vine Street • Grants Pass, OR 97526 Phone: 541.476.7717 Fax: 541.476.9574 •

Colene Martin President/CEO

Sue Brown Business Director

Linda Bradley Marketing Art Dyer Customer Service Representative

Executive Board of Directors CHAIR/ Doug Bradley Holiday Inn Express

Brad Niva - Wine Hopper Tours

TREASURER/ Kelsy Ausland Ausland Group

Jason VanDusen - VanDusen Design

PAST-CHAIR/ Nelson Maler Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

J.R. Wheeler - People’s Bank

Steve Roe - Roe Motors

Board of Directors Josh Balloch - AllCare Health

Jeff Hyde - Evergreen Federal Bank Dave Kelly - Kelly’s Automotive David Kinyon - Asante Three Rivers Medical Center Christina M Kruger - Pacific Power

Nancy Venuti - The Venuti Group

Foundation Board Members Steve Ware - Chair

Jo Co Sportsman Association Jodi Wainwright, Jodi the Author Darlene Dart, People’s Bank Lowell Gibson, Recognition Specialties


very Thursday Morning at 10:30am Chamber Chatter is Sponsored by Rogue Credit Union, showcasing events and businesses in Grants Pass and Josephine County. Chamber Chatter is Fun and Informative while discussions with the Morning Hosts of KAJO and KLDR keep it lively and interesting. Join us at 10:30am each Thursday Morning to Listen to Chamber Chatter and find out what is happening in our Community for the Weekend. Keep your radio dialed to 98.3 FM or 99.7 FM or 1270 AM 10:30-11:00 am on Thursdays.


Coming this month on Chamber Chatter:

Asante- Homes for the Holidays Judy's Florist & Gifts Colene, Sue & Linda

Grants Pass & Josephine County Chamber of Commerce -

Greeter of the Month


riginally, I am from Portland. I have been in print media sales for over 25 years and have worked in various markets such as Boston, Bend and Portland. I worked at the Daily Courier during the busy time of the real estate market for 8 years. I left the Courier for 2 years and moved back to Portland, working at Pamplin Media Group. Thirteen years ago, I moved back to Southern Oregon from Bend. I wanted to live closer to my sister & her family in Jacksonville and my parents who are retired in Medford. I am thrilled to be back in Grants Pass and working at the Courier. All the growth and changes in down town Grants Pass remind me of Bend in the early 1990's. There are many similarities. On weekends, I like to garden with my flower boxes, hanging out with my family, concerts in the park, trips to the coast and Crater Lake. I have 2 little fur babies, shih tzu's, Abby & Sawyer. We have a great group of people at the Chamber and I enjoy every Greeters Meeting.

November 2016 Greeter of the Month was: Barbara Schudawa

Ryan Hess-Brookdale Senior Living | Barbara Shudawa -The Daily Courier | Misty King-Rebel Bricks


541-218-7819 Cell

1830 NE 7th Street, #100 Grants Pass, OR 97526 Each Office Independently Owned and Operated.

Visit Visit one one of of our our Grants Grants Pass Pass locations: locations: Downtown, 400 400 SW SW Sixth Sixth Street, Street, 541.474.1121 541.474.1121 Downtown, Redwood Haggen, Haggen, 1690 1690 Allen Allen Creek Creek Road, Road, Redwood 541.955.4507 541.955.4507

Equal Equal Housing Housing Lender. Lender. Member Member FDIC. FDIC. Š2015 Š2015 U.S. U.S. Bank Bank 150942 150942 9/15 9/15

To Support and promote our local commerce through communication, advocacy and partnerships!


Member Focus

Josephine Community Libraries


nside your yellow envelope is an open library. Josephine Community Libraries, Inc. (JCLI) is a private, nonprofit corporation formed in September 2007. Community members founded the organization after the Josephine County Library System was closed in May 2007 due to lack of county government funding. JCLI’s mission is to ensure long-term operations of a public library system serving Josephine County while adhering to its core values of integrity and accountability. After raising awareness and funding, the majority from individual contributions, JCLI reopened the Grants Pass branch in January 2009. The Illinois Valley, Williams, and Wolf Creek branches opened one by one until by December of the same year, all four branches were reopened. They continue in operation to this day, although with limited hours and limited funding for a library system serving a population of 84,745 county residents. JCLI is a largely volunteer-operated donor-supported library system which operates in partnership with Josephine County. JCLI recognizes that library services are in a tremendous state of flux and even with its limited resources, is committed to being a library of the 21st century--providing internet computers, wireless access, reference databases, ebooks and other digital services as well as the traditional collection materials of books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, audio books, and robust children’s programs. Nearly all libraries throughout the U.S. receive regular tax funding, either from county or city government or from special library districts. However,


JCLI is unique in that it is a private, nongovernmental organization that does not receive regular tax funding. Instead, JCLI relies on donations, business sponsorships, and grants to fund its services, programs, and events. It works with Jo-

“Your donation is an investment in our community!" sephine County government as part of a public/private partnership in which Josephine County provides the buildings and existing materials; while JCLI raises funds and operates the libraries, with all services free to all Josephine County residents. The donations are not a subscription: everyone, regardless of donor status, may use the libraries. Other sources of funding include special events as well as planned giving through the Josephine County Library Foundation. This December, join neighbors and community members as we come together to keep our libraries open during the Yellow Envelope Drive and raise $175,000 by the end of the year. The JCLI annual Yellow Envelope Drive kicked off on Wednesday, November 16 with yellow envelopes inserted in The Grants Pass Daily Courier and Country Weekly newspapers. Make your donation in one of the famous yellow envelopes. Yellow envelopes are also available where you see the sign “Send in Your

Yellow Envelope” displayed, as well as at all four branches of JCLI in Grants Pass, Illinois Valley, Wolf Creek, and Williams. Remember, JCLI receives NO ongoing tax support. In 2014, a measure to form a library district for Josephine County lost by 53 percent of the vote. We are asking people who supported the effort to donate what they would have paid in taxes if the library district had passed — an average gift size of $57 a year. Visit to calculate that amount. With your donation to the Yellow Envelope Drive, JCLI can continue to provide the traditional resources you’d expect from a library: books and CDs, dictionaries and maps, magazines and newspapers. And with your help, we will also be able to provide new and innovative resources like e-books and online databases. JCLI strives to be responsive to the needs of our community. From robotics classes to eReader training sessions, from bilingual storytime to Community Reads programs and much more, your library has been at the forefront of innovation and improvement. Because of individual and family support, we can continue to be an active, vital part of Josephine County, keeping our community connected and competitive.

Grants Pass & Josephine County Chamber of Commerce -

Sore throat, fever,

or the flu?

Asante Urgent Care is here for you! Asante Center for Outpatient Health 537 SW Union Ave. Grants Pass, OR 97527 Located on the Asante Three Rivers Medical Center campus

Open every day • 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. No appointment is necessary. All health plans are accepted, including Oregon Health Plan. (541) 507-2170 •


To Support and promote our local commerce through communication, advocacy and partnerships!


Chamber Tidbits

Students Serving the Community

2016-2017 Service Projects

By Steve Ware

EDUCATE STUDENTS Buddy Benches Business Academy Elementary Saving Program

Student Enrichment Campus Closets Every 15 Minutes Disability Week

HEALTH Pink Week Project FLOAT

Spreading Holiday Cheer & Best Wishes for a Prosperous New Year ~ Ugh!

Purse Project Vision Clinic

VIBRANCY Art Museum Auction Day of Service Storytellers First Community Fun Run Grant Writing Workshop Turkey Trot

Kids’ Care Fair Ladies Night Out Oregon Cycle Duck Scrub

JoCo the Caveman

“LIKE” me on FaceBook! Grants Pass Caveman

Book of the Month Library resources to help your business grow Earning It: Hard-Won Lessons from Trailblazing Women at the Top of the management news editor for the Wall Street Business World Journal. These resources were curated by the By Joann S. Lublin


ore than 50 trailblazing women who broke the glass ceiling offer inspiring and surprising insights and lessons in this essential, in-thetrenches career guide from Joann S. Lublin, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and

Collection Development Librarian for Josephine Community Libraries and are available for checkout at your local branch of Josephine Community Libraries. For more information visit: Or email us at:



C andy Morasch Independent Consultant Area Manager Arbonne ID# 127-42-815



Grants Pass & Josephine County Chamber of Commerce -

Holiday Tree Lighting Events, Santa’s Visits & Downtown Parade December 3rd ~ Saturday

Grants Pass Annual Christmas Parade ~ 6:00pm Parade Theme: The Magic of Christmas Starts at 6th & K Street and heads North on 6th St. Bring family and grab a spot along the route to see bands, floats and entertainment from our beloved community.

December 4th ~ Sunday Santa's Free Pie & Ice Cream Social Josephine County Fairgrounds Pavilion 5:30pm to 7:30pm Santa arrives at 5:30pm Vendors & “Magic Chimmey” with prizes for the kids

Santa's Schedule ~Downtown Holiday Plaza at 5th & G Street December 2nd~ Friday

December 16th~Friday

December 3rd~ Saturday

December 17th~ Saturday

December 9th~ Friday

December 23rd~ Friday

December 10th~ Saturday

December 24th~ Saturday

4:00pm to 7:00pm

5:30pm to 8:30pm 7:00pm to 9:00pm

12:00pm - 5:00pm

4:00pm to 7:00pm

12:00pm to 5:00pm ("Santa Pet" Day from 12:00pm to 2pm)

4:00pm to 7:00pm

12:00pm to 3:00pm

Santa's Schedule ~Grants Pass Shopping Center December 3rd ~ December 10th ~ December 17th 10:00 am – 1:00 pm 2:00 pm – 5:00pm

Chamber Gift Checks Available This is a blank check. You may use this check toward goods or services offered at most Grants Pass businesses. It is processed as a standard bank check, just as if you wrote a personal check for your purchase. If your purchase is less than the amount of the check, change may be issued if a small amount. You can even cash the check at your bank; just write in your name on the Pay To line. The Chamber of Commerce guarantees the funds. The goal of our gift check program is to encourage shopping at Grants Pass Merchants. We appreciate your patronage and welcome you to purchase your own Gift Checks at the Chamber for any upcoming special occasions. If you should have any questions, please contact Sue at the Chamber of Commerce, 541-956-4101.Note: Your check expires in 120 days. To Support and promote our local commerce through communication, advocacy and partnerships!


Profile on Josephine County Mike Watson

Josephine County Property Management I grew up mostly in Anaheim, Ca. It was a great place and time to be a kid. I have been in the Foodservice industry for the vast majority of my life. From humble beginning as dishwasher, I rapidly progressed to cook, manager, and ultimately owner of three successful Seafood Restaurants. That journey has taken me from Anchorage to Miami, Washington, DC to San Diego, and many places in between. I joined the Multnomah County Assessor’s Office in 2005 where I worked as a Property Appraiser and the Supervisor of two departments. My wife, of 14 years, and I decided that Grants Pass is not only our favorite part of Oregon, but also where we want to retire so we moved here last year. Kim and I have a blended family with 5 kids and 6 grandkids.

What excites me about coming to work every day: Along with the management of multiple ongoing projects, every single day is different with new challenges.

Business Role Model: : Randy Walruff – Retired Multnomah County Assessor He is an engaging and motivating leader. You always knew he was listening when you had something to say. His favorite saying is: “Never be afraid to take a little risk for big rewards”. When I’m not working: Organic gardening and canning. Always trying new recipes as I love to cook. Photography and going on long nature hikes with my wife, Kim.

Where I would like to see my department in 5 years: I would like to see most, if not all, of the excess property held by the County be sold to the public and put back onto the tax roll. Josephine County has 2 Sheriff 's Auctions of County owned excess properties per year


Advice to young people entering in your field: Hone your skills of communication and negotiation. Develop a strong business acumen. Study Real Estate and work towards learning Oregon Property Management statutes.

What I’m Reading Now: Republics, Ancient and Modern by Paul A Rahe. This dauntingly large tome would be dry to most, but a delight to a history buff like me.

Grants Pass & Josephine County Chamber of Commerce -

Profile on Josephine County Property Management Property Management assists and advises the Board of County Commissioners and other elected officials in real property matters. This position works closely with the Building Operations and Maintenance department in an advisory capacity for improved real property issues. The Property Manager oversees the preparation and/or review and approval of any leases or documents conveying or accepting an interest in County owned lands. The Property Manager is now located in the Assessor's office. The position is funded through the sale of County owned real property. Does the County sell any of its real property? The answer is yes. The Oregon Revised Statutes, Chapter 271 and Chapter 275, set the terms, conditions and procedures for the County, thru the action of its Board of County Commissioners to dispose of Real Property. Properties are typically sold at a Sheriff ’s Auction and some properties are available for direct Sale. Properties are sold for the fair market value and not for the amount of back property taxes owed. Website:

Josephine County Property Management Josephine County Courthouse • 500 NW Sixth St • Grants Pass, OR 97526 Phone: (541) 474-5260 Office location:Within Assessor's Office, Courthouse basement Walk-in hours: 9:30 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Thursday Available by phone: 8:00 - 4:30 Monday through Friday Email:

To Support and promote our local commerce through communication, advocacy and partnerships!


Toys for Tots

Giveaway in Merlin DECEMBER 17th

Merlin School 345 Merlin Rd 8 AM - 2:00 PM

1012 NW 6th St. • Grants Pass, OR 97526

Nancy Venuti

Oregon Principal Broker, CRS

Office: 541.476.9616 800.906.9616 Cell: 541.660.0612

Finding Greatness in Gratitude, continued from the Cover ~

Habits of Grateful People

• Their conversations are positive and uplifting. They seek to take the high road in their thoughts and con• They keep a gratitude journal. Each night before versations. They try to eliminate any source of negativity, bed, they write down at least one experience that day they which includes gossiping, complaining, or criticizing. are thankful for. • They surround themselves with positive people. • They meditate. They spend at least 10 minutes each They know that in order to keep a positive outlook on day meditating, either before bed or when they wake up in life, they need to surround themselves with positive and the morning. (You can search “meditations on gratitude” on uplifting people. Google to find one that works for you.) • They say "thank you" often. They are proactive in Greatness Is Found In Gratitude expressing their appreciation to those who contribute to Don't wait another day to experience the positive their lives in meaningful ways. These gestures don't have to be grandiose to warrant appreciation. They can be as simple changes of being grateful. What do you have to lose? Your greatness is waiting to be revealed. as a child cleaning up after himself, a friend calling to say "hello," or an employee completing his work on-time. • They look for blessings. They look for the good in everything. Even when storms rage around them, they are able to dance in the rain. • They don't expect anything in return. Grateful people don't give to receive. The act of giving is a reward itself. 10

Grants Pass & Josephine County Chamber of Commerce -

5 steps to lower heating bills Pacific Power recommends these five simple actions to reduce energy and maintenance costs this winter, while helping to ensure comfort and productivity at your business. 1. Get a tune up. Have your system cleaned and inspected by a qualified professional to make sure all parts are operating properly. No matter what type of heating system you use, a checkup will ensure more ef- ficient operation and reduce maintenance costs. 2. Take control. Install programmable thermostats to save energy by automatically adjusting building temperatures based on your operating schedule. Smart thermostats provide remote control or scheule themselves based on your operating schedule. 3. Weatherize. Repair or replace worn or damaged caulk and weatherstripping around doors and windows. 4. Seal duct leaks. Examine accessible heating ductwork for leaks and seal with mastic tape. Leaky ducts allow up to 30 percent of the air moving through them to escape, wasting energy. 5. Check building insulation. Hire a qualified contractor to ensure that your insulation levels meet or exceed recommended levels. Poor insulation reduces heating system performance and building comfort. Ready to take energy savings to another level? If your heating system is 15 years old or more, or in need of repair, consider replacing it with a new ENERGY STARÂŽ certified unit. Pacific Power customers can take advantage of Energy Trust of Oregon services and incentives for high-efficiency upgrades. Learn more at


here is a girl named Jill who received a very large teddy bear from her husband on their first Christmas together. Jill eventually gave her bear, who she loved very much, to a child who’s house had burned leaving him without his beloved bear. Fast forward several years and here sits Jill between two large bears in Rogue River Florist and Gifts’ Greeters meeting on November 23rd. Jill shared her bear story with the group. As can happen in a family situation like Grants Pass Chamber Greeters someone, Lonnie, stepped up and purchased one of these bears for Jill. She was overwhelmed with gratitude and drove around town the remainder of the day with her

A Christmas Story

new friend riding shotgun. We are not only fellow chamber members at Greeters, we are family. Thanks, Jill, for sharing your story and thanks, Lonnie, for giving a girl back her bear friend. To Support and promote our local commerce through communication, advocacy and partnerships!


Forever Honor Riders ~ Dan Kirkman's granddaughters

Dan Kirkman


or as long as I can remember whenever my dad, Dan Kirkman, drove by an American Flag, especially the large ones he would comment on how awesome they were. When he purchased the property off Union Avenue in 2006, he started talking to our family about one day putting up a large American Flag on the property. Any one who knows my dad knows he is a hard worker and that anything he sets his mind to he will accomplish. Last year he started researching. The flag pole he chose was designed and made in Michigan and cost $34,000. On August 22nd, my dad told me he had the first $17,000 towards the pole and needed the other $17,000 before they would ship. He had put in $10,000 of his own money, Evergreen Bank gave $5,000 and a local Veteran, Jim Hale gave $1,000, with the remainder coming from generous local individuals. It was time to get busy fun-


draising and planning a large party for November 12th, 2016-- the day we would raise the flag for the first time and dedicate it to every veteran “who ever signed on the dotted line.� Two weeks later we had flyers to put in local business windows around town. The Daily Courier ran an article which started to bring some awareness then my dad was interviewed on television, KOBI Channel 5. It wasn't long before the money started coming in. We received donations from businesses for $100 to $2,000 and many people gave what they could, which sometimes was as little as $4. Those $4 donations always touched my dad just as much as the big ones. This really was a community effort and in the end our little town of Grants Pass really showed up to support the flag. The pole was ordered on September 14th and arrived in four large pieces on October 3rd. The pole made

Grants Pass & Josephine County Chamber of Commerce -

Dan Kirkman ~ Navy Written By Jennifer McGowan

Union Avenue behind Baskin-Robbins its way here from Michigan and what happened next was really what my family calls only possible by God. The pole arrived around 8 am on Monday, October 3rd and needed to be unloaded. My dad called local business owner Steve Fitchie to weld the pole together and he dropped what he had going and came down to the parking lot behind Baskin-Robbins on Union Avenue, where they started putting the pole together on small rollers so they could roll it as they welded. The pole is 169 feet long. 15 feet of the pole is in the ground and the gold ball that tops it makes the pole 154' and 6" above ground. While Mr. Fitchie was welding Stephen Stark Excavation went to work digging a very large and very deep hole. Once the hole was dug the conduit was placed in the ground and the hole around the conduit was filled with 60 yards of concrete (that is 240,000 pounds). This all happened on October 3rd. October 4th

the pole was painted white and October 5th the cable was run through the pole-- not an easy task and wouldn't have happened without Grant McCarty from McCarty plumbing. The Gold ball that sits on top of the pole for Old Glory was placed on the bracket and the pole was ready in less than 72 hours to be raised and secured the next morning. Randy of Cooke Crane donated his time, equipment, and crew, and went to work getting the pole ready to be lifted. Using a back hoe to push the bottom into place and the crane to lift it, the pole was gently placed 15 feet into the ground inside the conduit. If you were there to witness this or watched on Facebook live, this was a nail-biting experience, but Cook Crane was amazing. The Marble walls were purchased and sandblasted. The sandblasting took almost 24 hours in ~ continued on Page 21

To Support and promote our local commerce through communication, advocacy and partnerships!


We want our whole community to feel this good! In 1994, a group of local physicians joined together to prevent illness and to promote a healthy lifestyle in Southern Oregon. That group, Mid Rogue Independent Physician Association (IPA), now represents more than 70 physician shareholders in private practice in Josephine County and Rogue River in Jackson County. Our mission is to advance the independent practice of medicine in Southern Oregon and provide quality, cost-effective health care to our community. Mid Rogue IPA builds relationships with hospitals, health plans and local health agencies to support our mission in the community in which we live and work…and play. We’re here for you! Learn more at 740 SE 7th St.(7th and “L”) Grants Pass, Oregon 541-471-4106 14

Grants Pass & Josephine County Chamber of Commerce -

Thank you for Renewing Your Membership Arbonne International Asante Three Rivers Medical Center Avista Utilities Banner Bank Best Western Grants Pass Inn Brookdale at the Springs Brownell's Electric Carl's Jr. #8185 & #8532 Caveman Auto Parts & Recyclers Chapel of the Valley / L.B. Hall Funeral Charter Spectrum Business Club Northwest Constance's WRITE! Country House Inns Dave Adams Designer/Builder, Inc. Doyle, Poole & Roots CPAs, P.C. Dutch Bros. Ertel and Associates & Pine-Rok Realty Eye Care Group of So.Oregon Fred Borngasser General Credit Service, Inc. Grants Pass Grocery Outlet Grants Pass Kiwanis Club Grants Pass Pharmacy H&R Block of Grants Pass Habitat for HumanityGrants Pass Area Hays Oil Co Home Instead Senior Care Hong Kong Restaurant Jim Sigel Automotive Center

Josephine County Food Bank Josephine County Master Gardeners Josephine County Shrine Club Kent Schrock State Farm Insurance Logan Design Martin's Signs Morrison's Rogue River Lodge New York Life Office Depot Options for So. Oregon Oregon Vortex / House of Mystery Plaza Sewing & Vacuum Realty Executives So. Oregon River Mist Ranch River Valley Community Church Rogue Community College Rogue Plaza ~ 777 Bldg Rogue Valley Humane Society Sears Sizzler Family Restaurant Syngenta Seeds, Inc. The Orchid Grill The Venuti Group Inc Towne Center Tire-Point S UCAN Umpqua Bank Washington Federal. Welch Investment Group LLC Wells Fargo Bank Westlake Village Wild River Brewing & Pizza Co. Wildlife Images Zipline Gear

Renewing Members Thank you for your continued support of our community

Josephine County To Support and promote our local commerce through communication, advocacy and partnerships!


Our Newest Members

Avon - Nancy Wallace

Kendon Leet Real Estate Inc.

Avon – Nancy Wallace

Kendon Leet Real Estate Inc.

Grants Pass (541) 761-2733 Email: Website: Category: Cosmetics Description: Hi, my name is Nancy and am so happy to be sell-

ing Avon in our wonderful community, and to be getting to know the Chamber of Commerce in a bigger way. I look forward to my new venture and getting to know all of you. Avon is the company that stands for beauty, innovation, optimism, and above all for women. Learn more about Avon and its products at

132 NE Savage St, Grants Pass (541) 956-8582 Kendon Leet- Owner Email: Website: Category: Real Estate Description: Since becoming a Realtor in 1998, Kendon Leet

has experienced success usually enjoyed only by seasoned Professionals. A Million Dollar Producer since his first year in the business, Kendon is consistently a Sales Leader. The Broker/Owner of Kendon Leet Real Estate Inc., each year Kendon has been in the Top 5% of Realtors in all of Josephine County, and his business continues to grow at a rapid pace. If you’d like to work with true professionals, those that can get the job done right the first time and give personal service, then you can trust the team at Kendon Leet to handle your Real Estate needs.

Oak Lane Retirement

Home Quest Realty

Oak Lane Retirement

Home Quest Realty

quiet residential neighborhood and surrounded by over 300 roses that gives a peaceful and warm welcome to all. Each person that lives at Oak Lane Retirement is an important and respected member of our family. By offering Independent and Assisted Living apartments, we are here to meet your needs while respecting your privacy. We offer a full daily menu, weekly housekeeping, social & activity programs along with personal care services. We respect the qualities that make each person unique while providing care with your dignity and safety in mind. Oak Lane Retirement is proud to be involved in our local community and to support the many wonderful businesses and organizations that make Grants Pass and Southern Oregon a great place to live.

Home Quest Realty was established in 2012. Ellie George, Founder and President, had one clear goal in mind: to create an atmosphere where agents could work where they could feel the love, laughter, respect and professionalism. We knew this goal could only be achieved if key elements were in place. In 2013, we were presented with a rare opportunity to affiliate with Evan McArthur, a leader in the Southern Oregon Real Estate World. Evan and Ellie had been friends and colleagues for many years and both shared common values. They set out to merge and have created the largest independent brokerage in Southern Oregon. The results have been remarkable, our agents are happy and work together in unison to provide the highest level of service imaginable -- with offices in Medford and now Grants Pass!

727 SW Rogue River Ave, Grants Pass Dorie Reid- Administrator (541) 476-7727 Email: FaceBook: "Oak Lane Retirement & Assisted Living" Category: Assisted Living Description: Oak Lane Retirement and Assisted Living is in a


356 NE Beacon Drive, Grants Pass (541)612-4628 Ellie George & Evan Arthur, Owners Email: Website: Category: Real Estate Description:

Grants Pass & Josephine County Chamber of Commerce -

Our Newest Members, cont'd

Colvin Oil Company Inc.

Pacific Veterinary Clinic

Colvin Oil Company Inc

Pacific Veterinary Clinic

2520 Foothill Blvd, Grants Pass (541) 479-5343 Dawn Vandewarker – Accounting Email: Website: Category: Lube & Oil Description: Colvin Oil is a family owned business started in 1960. We are a wholesale distributor of Chevron products, and we have retail gas stations such as Chevron, 76, Fireball and Circle K’s. We deliver bulk oil’s and bulk fuel from our bulk plants.

275 Fruitdale Drive, Grants Pass (541) 479-2221 Pam Soberanes – Office Manager Email: Website: Category: Veterinary Description: Description: We Provide Quality Medicine with Care and Compassion. Our goal is to meet the needs of all our clients and patients. We have contingencies for emergencies and focused effort to minimize unncessary delays -- We look forward to meeting you and your pets!

Board of Directors Nominations Board of Directors Nominations At the November 10, 2016 Board meeting in accordance with Article III, Section 2 of the Chamber Bylaws, the Nominating Committee presented to the Board five renewing board members to serve a three (3) year term. •Hugh Griffiths, SOTAR •Kirk Kolb, Grants Pass School District 7 •Mike Melvin – AYPO •Denae Pinheiro - Human Bean

Additional names of candidates for directors can be nominated by petition bearing the genuine signatures of at least fifty (50) or 10% qualified members of the chamber whichever is greater. Such petition shall be filed with the Nominating Committee within ten (10) days after notice has been given of the names of those nominated. The determination of the Nominating Committee as to the legality of the petition(s) shall be final. Elections will be held at the December Board of Directors meeting on December 8, 2016 7am at the Chamber of Commerce.

•Chuck Rund To Support and promote our local commerce through communication, advocacy and partnerships!


Community Volunteers

Kiwanis-Key Club


nyone who has spent more than a few years in the beautiful Rogue Valley has experienced the unique nature of its community. Grants Pass is proud to be a place of support and service. One of the organizations that continues to diligently serve this community is the Grants Pass High School Key Club. The Key Club, sponsored by the local Kiwanis Club, is renewed each year with the enthusiasm of dozens of high school students with a willing heart for service. The Key Club is off to a lively start this 2016-17 school year and is planning to implement even more service projects up through June.

bers, the Key Club is spreading good will throughout the high school and the entire city. Already this school year, the Key Club has been actively participating in outreach activities. The students have decided to team up with a few local nonprofits such as Joe’s Place, the Salvation Army, and the new Hearts With a Mis-

sion location in Grants Pass. The Key Club most recently bought supplies for and put together 30 necessity bags full of hygiene and toiletry items for teens at Joe’s Place. The club is planning a school-wide food drive in the coming weeks to give to Hearts With a Mission for upcoming holiday food needs. Other club projects include bell-ringing for the Salvation Army, volunteering in local holiday celebrations, and many more. The Key Club is excited to move forward and serve the community this school year and beyond as its students prove to the city that community service shouldn’t just be for a graduation requirement.

Meeting twice a month, the Key Club engages students throughout Grants Pass High School. Students have opportunities not only to volunteer, but also to have a hand in planning what these projects are; giving them a true taste of what it means to serve a community. By fostering these values of service and responsibility in each of its mem18

Grants Pass & Josephine County Chamber of Commerce -

Ambassadors November 17th

Grand OpeningHomeQuest Realty 356 NE Beacon Dr, Grants Pass

UpComing: Ribbon Cutting Dec 2nd- 4:00 PM Wild Rogue Emporium

Visit Us Today! “Safer & Happier Driving” For Precision Alignment & Brakes SuperSteer® Steering & Suspension Kits Roadmaster Suspension Kits Tow Braking Systems 417 SW Henderson Lane - Grants Pass, OR 97527 Ph: 541-479-2882 or 800-245-8309

509 SE 7th Street, Grants Pass To Support and promote our local commerce through communication, advocacy and partnerships!


Spotlight on Chamber Committees: BR&E

Chris Hunsicker: The Power of Positive Leadership & Creating Connection

Steve Roe / Chris Hunsicker More than 100 attendees were inspired by the two different training workshops that Chris Hunsicker taught November 1 at Taprock Event Center. Mr. Hunsicker is an internationally recognized authority on leadership and Organizational Development. The first session targeted front line staff. It focused on seeing the possibilities of having excellent service standards; principles for creating a customer experience that make your customers keep coming back. Chris talked about emotionally engaging with customers, not just conforming to your daily routines; being committed rather than just fulfilling a customer’s expectations--create a method of anticipation. The second session targeted management leaders. The group learned about Principles for Positive Leadership, understanding why employees engage and disengage at work; understanding how to help your staff move from compliance to commitment so that the top-down accountability is replaced by bottom up personal responsibility. Mr. Hunsicker has published articles on Creating Customer Experience, Leadership, Coaching and Global Team Building. He has worked with both public and private sector organizations throughout North America and around the world. Look for another opportunity to see Chris Hunsicker in Spring of 2017. Special thanks to our sponsors Roe Motors and AllCare Health for making it possible.

The Chamber's Business Retention & Expansion (BR&E) Committee began in 1998. The purpose of BR&E is to help existing local businesses grow, expand and overcome obstacles. Formal face-to-face business surveys are conducted every three years to gather vital information to better provide assistance to local firms. We then develop strategies to aid them based on the data that we gather. We also host an annual dinner event to present awards to outstanding business leaders. From time to time, we coordinate or help to coordinate special events and projects based on the needs of the business community. The current BR&E committee chair is Steve Roe at Roe Motors GM. Regular BR&E Committee meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 a.m. for one hour. Meetings are held at the Chamber of Commerce office, 1995 NW Vine St, Grants Pass. 20

Grants Pass & Josephine County Chamber of Commerce -

A Season of Inspiration


December 17th 6:30 PM San Diego

North Medford High School 1900 N. Keene Way Dr. Medford, Oregon 97504

Flag: Forever Honor, Never Forget, continued total which was done by George Keller and my dad Dan Kirkman. The landscaping around the flag pole was completed and a wall was built that would later hold the names of those who had donated over $500 as well as the crafted marble that holds a dedication to all Veterans that have served. We then continued to fundraise and plan a very large “Welcome Home Party" for all veterans. The donations continued to pour in for labor, concrete, and time; local businesses and individuals in our community continued to give to help raise Old Glory on November 12th. November 12th arrived and the weather was perfect. We estimated over 2,000 people were in attendance. The agenda was packed with 34 minutes of patriotism. From our Forever Honor Riders (local girls age 8 years old to 19) who presented the flags, the Grants Pass High School Band, the

Rogue Singers, Butch and Christina who recited a poem and led the crowd in God Bless America, and State Representative Carl Wilson who led the crowd in the pledge of Allegiance. Multiple veterans helped raise the flag while “The National Anthem," like you have never heard it before, played and Jessica Daggot sang as two World War 2 planes flew overhead at the perfect time.

After closing remarks, there was free lunch which was provided by multiple business from the community, including Casa Amiga, Albertsons, Abby's, Little Caesar’s and Walmart. My 4-H club and another club came and not only helped cook hot dogs, but served everyone in the crowd.

To Support and promote our local commerce through communication, advocacy and partnerships!

The day was amazing!


N H C E W ! A E C S U R S R TOME The Grants Pass & Josephine County Chamber of Commerce and Colene Martin, Director, are excited to offer advertising opportunities for

The Official 2017 Chamber of Commerce Map of Grants Pass, Oregon including Cave Junction & Merlin with a detailed Josephine County Highway Map • 10,000 high quality, full color, glossy maps will be produced. The map is easy to read and will feature points of interest including: parks, schools, hospital, courthouse, etc. • Distribution: The Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau will distribute the maps throughout the year to newcomers, prospective residents, potential commercial relocation candidates, as well as long-time residents looking for a good local map. Newcomer Quick Facts: New movers are 5 times more likely to become your long-term customers – if you reach them first. New homeowners spend more within 6 months than the average consumer spends in 3 years. Source: “The New Movers Marketing Potential” The Chamber of Commerce is the sole distributor of this map product. Participating advertisers will receive one copy with their receipt. Additional copies will be available through the Chamber office and Visitors Bureau.

Advertising Size & Rate Information

Limited space available. Reserve your ad TODAY!


Full panel (first fold) 3-1/2” x 8-3/4”


2/3 panel 3-1/2” x 5-3/4”


4”x5” or 8” x 2-1/2” horizontal or vertical $1,150 1/2 panel 3-1/2” x 4-1/4”

$ 935

Space Reservation Deadline:

1/3 panel 3-1/2” x 2-3/4”

$ 665

Wed., Jan. 4th, 2017

5” x 2-1/2” horizontal or vertical

$ 750

4” x 2-1/2” horizontal or vertical

$ 615

2-1/2” x 2-1/2”

$ 400

Contact Courier Publishing Company at 541-474-3733 or 22

Back Cover (Outside) 3-1/2” x 8-3/4”

Grants Pass & Josephine County Chamber of Commerce -







TBD Finance Committee






7 7am 8 9 Ambassadors 7am Board Meeting Greeters 7:45-9:00am Southern Oregon Good- Chamber Office







14 Greeters 7:45-9:00am Judy’s Florist 135 NE Steiger


13 7:30am BR&E Chamber Office




23 Chamber closing At 1:00


21 Greeters 7:45-9:00am St Paul’s Lutheran Church



30 Chamber closing At 1:00

28 Greeters 7:45-9:00am No Greeters


December 2016 Click here for Community Events 5



26 Chamber Closed


To Support and promote our local commerce through communication, advocacy and partnerships!


Chamber News To Support and promote our local commerce through communication, advocacy and partnerships!

September 2016

Chamber News - December 2016  

Member Newsletter for Grants Pass & Josephine County Chamber of Commerce

Chamber News - December 2016  

Member Newsletter for Grants Pass & Josephine County Chamber of Commerce