May 2020 Chamber News & Updates
Message from
Executive Director Judy Kuhl
Hello Everyone,
 
It is May already and typically a time when we would be outside enjoying all our community has to offer. There is much doom and gloom right now and understandably people are scared. The unknown is the most difficult part. We don't know what to plan for next. What we do know, however, is that we can take care of ourselves and get out into our yards to soak up the sunshine and maybe take on a new project or two or finish up one that you had placed on a back burner for one reason or another.
 
Continue to stay in contact with all your family and friends whether by phone, video, or social distancing. We certainly have a wonderful community with such caring people all trying to help and support one another. I want you all to know that your Chamber is here for you. Our doors may be closed, however you can email or leave a message anytime and we will get back to you. I have been actively staying in the loop with the various local and state officials and agencies to ensure that you receive the most vital and up to date information possible. 
 
We'll get through this together!
 
Be safe and be well,
Judy
Message from
Board President Jason King
Let's review a beautiful word:
per·se·ver·ance
noun
persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.

Very inspirational for such a simple word.

While I write this I'm imagining many members could be struggling with the events taking place. Personally day 40 on my calendar, so myself included. It's difficult to offer solace toward so many of our members being affected. To that, I say please reach out to your Newport Chamber and members at large. Collectively we will persevere!

In fact there is a Business After Hours Zoom meeting scheduled on April 30th! I sincerely hope we can all come together and share best practices, experiences, and mostly each other. I'm excited to hear from everyone!

See you "digitally" on the 30th!

Stay healthy,
Jason
Member News
Member Spotlight:
Mo's Seafood and Chowder
Mo's Seafood & Chowder has been a long-standing community business for nearly 75 years. With the spread of Covid-19 and following limits on restaurants, the McEntees thought how they could be creative. Mo's already has a fundraising program selling chowder base that has been very successful in the off-season, so they decided to travel to Idaho, Utah, and eastern Oregon selling chowder base and donating $1 from every bag sold to local food banks. Gabrielle McEntee said the most important thing Mo's can do to help during this time is to be as generous as possible. Help support Mo's as they are helping others!


Address: 622 SW Bay Blvd., Newport
Hours: 11:00 am-8:00 pm daily
Pet food bank located outside the Lincoln County Animal Shelter
Member Spotlight:
Lincoln County Animal Shelter
For nearly 50 years, the Lincoln County Animal Shelter has been the only shelter for animals in the community. In recent years, they have established a goal to be a model shelter for small, rural communities providing progressive animal care.

The animal shelter cares for approximately 1,100 animals each year. They immediately accept all sick, injured and abandoned animals and dogs running at large. They are also able to rehome surrendered animals. Thousands of other animals receive help through licensing, the food bank program, lost and found efforts, and humane education. The Animal Shelter staff work hand-in-hand with over 100 volunteers and the  Animal Services Deputies  to protect animal welfare and public safety. 

Currently, they have a pet food bank outside the shelter and are continuing to deliver pet food each month through meals on wheels. 

510 NE Harney St , Newport
Phone: 541-265-6610
Hours: Tuesday-Sat from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Leadership Lincoln
Leadership Lincoln Spotlight
Melony Heim

Melony works as the Assistant Manager at Columbia Bank. The aspect she likes best about her job is making a difference in people’s lives by helping them achieve their goals. She also is up to the challenge of solving problems when they arise. When Melony is not working, she likes to spend time with her family, go camping, fishing and read. 

One of her favorite quotes is, “This too shall pass,” which to her means, appreciate and embrace the good times, breathe and smile through the rough times. One of her great lessons so far in life is to keep smiling. Even if you don’t feel like it, especially when you don’t feel like it. Smiling improves your attitude. Melony has such a great presence in class and always offers another point of view that we all appreciate. Thank you Melony for being a fantastic addition to Leadership Lincoln.   

Leadership Lincoln Spotlight
Josh Yerly

Josh Yerly works as the Business & Employment Specialist at the Employment Department here in Newport. The thing he likes best about his job is helping people navigate through the job finding process and getting them the right fit with the right employer. When Josh isn’t working, he likes to accomplish all he can from his to do list and work toward his personal goals. 

One of his favorite quotes is, “Great leaders must also be great followers.” We asked him if he could have dinner with anyone who would it be? He said he would like to have dinner with his grandfather so he could get to know him as an adult. His greatest life lesson so far is that your attitude shapes your life. Josh brings a chipper mood to the class and is always engaged and ready to learn from everyone he meets. Thank you for all your hard work and enthusiasm Josh.  

 
Ambassadors Activities
Ambassadors Update
The Chamber Ambassadors have implemented their “new norm” for now by reinstating their weekly meetings via Zoom. It’s been a great way to share concerns, information, resources, and positive stories. It also serves as a means of continuity to help support our Chamber members, especially during such trying times.
 
We are closing in on that time of year where we’re honored to recognize our outgoing Ambassadors Executive Team and welcome a new team for 2020-2021. Many thanks to the following Ambassadors who served over the 2019-2020 year:
Kim Smith, Chair
Frank Geltner and Danielle Emerick, Co Vice-Chairs
Jessica Steenkolk, Secretary
Jenny Lingo, Sunshine Committee
Public Relations Team – Al Fitzpatrick, Frank Geltner, Dave Miller, Richard O’Hearn, Larimee Ward
Thank you all for dedicating so much of your time to the Chamber’s activities and achieving so many goals and successes throughout the year!
 
A very warm welcome to Richard O’Hearn who will assume the Chair position starting July 1 st . Other team members will be selected over the next couple months.
 
The Chamber Ambassadors are very excited to resume their Showcases (via Zoom). Thank you very much to Chris Nicholson from Roby’s Furniture & Appliance who has agreed to be our first virtual Showcase business this Friday, May 1st! If you’re interested in providing a Showcase, contact Jeanette at the Chamber –  jeanette@newportchamber.org . This is a great way to get in front of your fellow businesses and spotlight what’s new, exciting, and different at your business. We’ll publicize it in our weekly Biz Blurbs and on our Facebook page. The Chamber is here to support our members any way we can!
 

May Member Renewals
Thank you for your continued Chamber membership!
All Heart Tree Service
Nineteen Years
 
Alsi Resort
Eight Years
 
Bay Latte
Twenty-Two Years
 
Brown & Brown Insurance
Forty-One Years
 
Builders Firstsource
Thirty Years
 
Chalet Restaurant & Bakery
Thirty-Two Years
 
Chowder Bowl at Nye Beach
Twenty Years
 
Clearwater Restaurant
Four Years
 
Coastal Refrigeration,
Heating & Air Conditioning, LLC
Six Years
 
Comfort Inn
Thirty-Four Years
 
Directors Mortgage
Six Years
 
Dolphin Construction
Thirty-One Years
 
Doug Chadwick, DDS
Six Years
 
Dr.Kenneth Bishop,
Chiropractic Physician
Eleven Years
 
First Interstate Bank
Four Years
 
Friends of Yaquina Lighthouses
Twenty-Six Years

Guy B Greco, Attourney at Law
Thirty-Eight Years
 
Hasting Coastal Woodworks
Nine Years
 
Hatfield Marine Science Center
Thirty-Four Years

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
Eleven Years

Hummingbird Auto Glass
Seventeen Years

Inn At Otter Crest
Four Years

L.C. Children's Advocacy Center
Twenty- Five Years

La Quinta Inn & Suites
Twenty Years
Larimee Ward
Nine Years
   

Mark Builder, DMD
Thirty-Six Years

Mazatlan Mexican Restaurant
Twenty-Three Years
 
Motel 6
Twenty-One Years
 
Nana's Irish Pub
Eleven Years
 
Newport Dental
Eight Years
 
Newport Farmer's Market
Twenty-Three Years
 
Newport Parks and
Recreation Center
Ten Years
 
Newport Police Volunteer Association
Four Years
 
Ocean Odyssey Vacation Rentals
Twenty-Two Years

  Oregon Coast Technology
Nine Years
 
Ove Northwest
Two Years
 
Overleaf Lodge
Twenty-Two Years

  Pacific Digital Works, Inc.
Twenty-Five Years
 
Pacific Surimi-Newport
Twenty-Eight Years
 
Peerless Puffin
Twenty Years
 
Rogue Ales Public House
Thirty-One Years
 
TEAM-Total Employment and Management
One Year
 
The Local Pages
Fourteen Years

Tips-N-Toes
Eleven Years

Toledo Chamber of Commerce
Three Years

Western Title & Escrow Company
Thirty-Seven Years

Winds of Paradise Broadcasting
Seventeen Years
Chamber Executive Committee
President | Jason King, Oregon Coast Aquarium
1st Vice President | Al Fitzpatrick, Coast Guard Comm. College
2nd Vice President | Jessica Steenkolk, Flagstar Bank
Secretary | Dr. Ken Bishop, Chiropractic Physician
Treasurer | Steve Lovas, Martek Real Estate
Past President | Richard O’Hearn, Edward Jones Investments
Past President-at-Large | Susan Beck, Farmers Insurance
 
Board of Directors
 Dr. John Baker, NW Management
Jeremy Burke, Newport News-Times
Dr. Frank Jo Maitland Geltner, Newport .. Yaquina Cab
Katherine Heater, Diamonds by the Sea
Melony Heim, Columbia Bank
Lisa Kellenberger, Thompson’s Sanitary
Jamie Michel, Sweet Homes Vacation . Getaways
Saundra Mies-Grantham, WorkSource OR
Brian Norris, Bateman Funeral Home/
. Affordable Burial & Cremation
Dana Orr, Ocean Tire and Auto Service
Catherine Rickbone, OCCA/PAC/VAC
Sandy Roumagoux, Roumagoux Studios
Kim Smith, Washington Federal Bank
 
Ex Officio Directors
Dean Sawyer, City of Newport Mayor   
Dr. Birgitte Ryslinge, Oregon Coast CC

Chamber Staff
Judy Kuhl, Executive Director
Jeanette Campagna, Membership & Business Programs Manager
Bobbi Price, Tourism Services & Festival Manager
Lonna Roe, Office & Visitor Services Manager
Julia Ryan, Marketing Manager