McKenzie River Chamber of Commerce
Do you have new clients? You can now purchase a Welcome Basket to give to new members of the community. In it, you will find brochures, guides, the Newcomer's Guide to Life on the McKenzie River from the Chamber, and a ton of information about the McKenzie River in a beautifully crafted basket. Membership benefit: Add a brochure about your own business! For more information: email@example.com Do you have new clients? You can now purchase a Welcome Basket to give to new members of the community. In it, you will find brochures, guides, the Newcomer's Guide to Life on the McKenzie River from the Chamber, and a ton of information about the McKenzie River in a beautifully crafted basket. Membership benefit: Add a brochure about your own business! For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Speakers present vital information
By Marilyn Cross
Another successful event that brought people together from the length of the McKenzie River was the combined mixer of the Chamber and the CDC (Community Development Corporation). The After Hours Event provided social time as well as an opportunity for dialogue on issues of interest to the many organizations and people who work to make our home a better place.
The event's program focused on two projects brought to the McKenzie River Area by Rural Development Initiatives. Michael Held provided an update on the Business Retention and Expansion project and Anne Mitchell presented the results of the First Impressions project.
The strong sentiment of those I spoke with suggested that combining the McKenzie CDC Mixer and the Chamber's After Hours event was a good model for future gatherings and the next event should focus on how best to use the findings of the two RDI projects.
I would like to thank everyone who put this event together and all those who attended....another indication of what a great place the McKenzie River Valley is to live, work and recreate. What an amazing group of people we have working to make it better all the time.
Marilyn Cross is the Secretary of the CDC, member of the McKenzie River Clearwater Coalition and serves on the board of several non-profits. She is a long-time McKenzie River Area resident.
New Scenic Byway Status for McKenzie
By Ken Engleman
Three new stretches of Oregon roads have been singled out for the rich experience they offer when you travel along them, earning new "Scenic Byway" designations. With approval from the Oregon Transportation Commission on April 19th, and the Oregon Tourism Commission, the new routes bring to 29 the number of Scenic Byways crisscrossing the state.
"The Scenic Byway program thrives on and is the focal point for many communities across the state," Director Matt Garrett told the Oregon Transportation Commission. "The program is a grassroots effort, with support from local residents and businesses interested in preserving and enhancing local scenic roads, diversifying the local economy and promoting tourism opportunities."
The three new designations are:
The routes will be included in the next Oregon Scenic Byways Official Driving Guide.
Ken Engleman is the Publisher of the McKenzie River Reflections and Vice-President of the Chamber. Ken was recently awarded Travel Lane County's 2018 Tourism Ambassador Award for the McKenzie River.
Meet Joshua Cloke, New Member
Currents gets nosy with one of our newest members:
How long have you been in the McKenzie River Valley? My family moved here in January 2018 after my wife started working as a full-time nurse practitioner in the McKenzie River Valley. The move has allowed our family to have more time together and we love all of the opportunities to spend time outdoors.
Tell us a little about your background. I grew up in rural Iowa and married my high school sweetheart. My wife and I both went to college in Iowa and we have never lived more than hour from where we grew up. The transition to Oregon was a big decision, but one made to better our life with our kids. We enjoy an outdoor life style and we wanted to stay in smaller community that would best resemble where we grew up on the banks of the Mississippi River. The McKenzie River Valley has been perfect for our family with many of the outdoor activities that we enjoy such as fishing, boating, and hiking along with a friendly, relaxed community.
This is an interesting business you brought here. I joined my father, Curtis Cloke, as a financial advisor in Acuity Financial 10 years ago . This business allows me to help people achieve their financial goals by providing accurate, honest advice. We focus on retirement planning, asset management and estate planning as well as health insurance, disability, and life insurance. We have clients all over the country from New York to Florida, California, and Washington. We have another business, Thrive Income Distribution System, where we provide financial planning software and customize retirement plans for other advisors all over the world as a 3rd party planner. We pride ourselves in putting our clients first. Because of our experience, we have been asked to provide industry education through the American College RICP program, and to Texas A&M's financial planning program.
What would you like the Chamber to do for you and other members? A Chamber brings a positive and strong platform for any community to grow. As a Board member of our Chamber back in Iowa, I understand there are essential decisions that need to be addressed to help a community grow. I believe the McKenzie Chamber has an obligation to not just grow our community but grow it very focused and positively. The McKenzie River Valley has so much value - not only in its beauty and natural resources, but also in its rich history, culture, and people. The main benefit I am looking to get from the Chamber is networking and staying involved and up-to-date regarding our community.
Do you have new clients? You can now purchase a Welcome Basket to give to new members of the community. In it, you will find brochures, guides, the Newcomer's Guide to Life on the McKenzie River from the Chamber, and a ton of information about the McKenzie River in a beautifully crafted basket. Membership benefit: Add a brochure about your own business! For more information: email@example.com
The Tourism Committee is one of the most interesting and exciting committees in the McKenzie! It supports our Signature Events such as the Chainsaw Festival, McKenzie Frenzy, Wooden Boat Show and more. Do you have an event? Would you like to know more about promoting tourism? Come to the meetings the second Tuesday of each month. Get on the email list: firstname.lastname@example.org
Membership benefit: Are you a member and would like your business to be featured on the Chamber's website or in the newsletter? Have a story you would like to share? Let us know! Contact Chere Estrin, Newsletter Editor: email@example.com
Gain tremendous networking, reach new customers, get great educational sessions, PR and help promote the McKenzie Valley by joining the Chamber now!