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A new way to honor Chamber Award winners

As we started out 2020, the Prineville Crook County Chamber board and staff were all set with a strong group of nominees for our annual awards. We had chosen a theme to honor the 75th Anniversary of the Crooked River Roundup, had our food and beverage vendors working with us on a top notch menu and were even planning as a staff to have fun with our wardrobe this year and all dress up as rodeo queens. (Don’t be disappointed — that could still happen)

Then … the dreaded COVID reared its ugly head and promptly brought our event planning to a screeching halt. We originally postponed the banquet. We spent time brainstorming when and how we could hold the event. We tried to figure out how we could make it inexpensive to attend so that we didn’t have to charge our already struggling businesses to sponsor or purchase tickets to a banquet during a time that the economy was taking a hit.

We also knew that our banquet was a time we were able to support our local businesses. It is common practice that we always use Crook County Chamber members for banquet. It takes a caterer, a beverage supplier, an event planner, photographer, DJ and more to pull off the event. And with canceling the banquet altogether, we found ourselves disappointed we could not support our own. Beyond the financial support the banquet provides, we also knew we would not be able to publicly honor and highlight the winners of each award or the nominees

We improvised, put our heads together and came up with a way to support our members, and our winners. We used a Crook County film company to produce a high quality and heartwarming video that announced the amazing businesses and individuals that were recognized for their efforts in 2019. We contracted with a local company to produce our awards plaques, and we purchased gift cards to Prineville area restaurants as an extra gift to our winners that gifted them with a meal the banquet would have provided.

It didn’t look like what we originally planned, but perhaps better. Instead of doing as we have in the past and highlighting our winners for one night at a banquet in front of 200 people, we were able to show our entire community through a video — a video that will live on beyond a Saturday night in April, a video that shows the heart and spirit of those who go the extra mile in Prineville and help make our community an amazing place to live, work and play. It’s also a video we can share beyond this community, with friends, family and those who may have never heard of this amazing place we call home.

We have seen adjustments happen with other events as well. Graduation weekend greeted the community with an amazing parade of seniors through town, and posters of each graduate lining the streets. The Round Up parade got on horseback and made its way from the fairgrounds, weaving through several neighborhoods waving and smiling for our residents. The same with the Fourth of July parade. Although our usual events did not happen in the same way as normal, they happened. In a way, we are seeing our community do as we always have. Crook County is full of people who are resilient and determined to find a way. That way may be different, but we are getting things done and finding pride in the challenge to come up with new ways to continue some of our regular traditions. Carry on, Crook County!

NANCY
NENNIG

Board Member

Meet NANCY.

Prineville Lions Club

My husband and I have lived in Prineville for 17 years. I retired from the Banking Industry after 18 years, most recently working for Oregonians Credit Union. I enjoy the trails and camping in the Crook County
area.

In addition to that, I have volunteered for the Crooked River roundup for 15 years, am the current President of the Prineville Lions, a member of the Prineville Elks and a Member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

I was an active member of the Chamber Ambassador Committee for 15 years and supported all the Prineville-Crook County Chamber events and projects.

The Prineville Chamber represents all of Crook County and its individuals, organizations and business and I feel with my volunteering and networking I am able to support the Vision and Mission of the
organization.

Duane Porter

President

Meet Duane.

Financial Advisor, DFP Financial and Consulting

I grew up on a small cattle ranch in rural Southern Oregon which taught me the values of hard work, family, and a rural way of life.  I made the move to Central Oregon in 1993 for all of its beauty and activities.  Over the last 3 decades in Central Oregon, I have seen and experienced the incredible growth and expansion of this wonderful area.  In 2018 my wife and I decided to return to a rural lifestyle in Crook County.  With its diverse community, wide variety, and ever-expanding industry, the area has maintained a small-town rural feel and culture.


In 2019 after 25 years in Insurance and Investments, my wife and I decided to open DFP Financial & Consulting, a Private Wealth Management, Planning, and Consulting Firm.   We completely enjoy the people, community and all Crook County has to offer.  Being part of the Prineville Chamber is an important focus for us to give back to and help the business of the community.


In our spare time we enjoy our family and grandchildren; camping, riding horses and doing all that Central Oregon and Crook County offers, and fly fishing the Crooked River as often as possible.

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Andrea weaver

Secretary

Meet Andrea.

Recreation Coordinator, Crook County Parks & Recreation

I grew up on the North Oregon Coast in a small tight knit community. About 18 years ago my husband and I started traveling to Central Oregon a few times a year to escape the rain. We always talked about wanting to move to the Prineville area. We enjoyed the small town feel as well as the ranching lifestyle the area offers. In the fall of 2020 we made the move with our  three teenage daughters and we are so glad we did!

In the spring of 2021 I started with Crook County Parks & Recreation. A few months after that I took the Recreation Coordinator position. I love  working with Parks & Rec. I have met so many wonderful people in Prineville which has helped with adjusting to a new environment.

I got involved with the Chamber to learn more about the community and to grow relationships.

In my spare time I love working with my family on our ranch as well as watching my girls play sports and show livestock.

Casie Allen

board member

Meet Casie.

Owner - Bayberry Lane

My family has called Prineville home for several generations. Being born and raised in this amazing community, I have always felt so incredibly blessed. I strive to be an active part of the community and volunteer regularly. I am deeply involved in 4H, several youth sports programs, and have served on many other local boards and committees. 

My mom and I own a small downtown boutique called Bayberry Lane. Our motto is local people supporting local people. We enjoy being able to give back and strive to love the people of Prineville well. 

Being on the Chamber Board has allowed me to not only serve and express my opinions as a business owner, but also as a local who wants to foster a community that is able to adapt to change while holding on to their core values.

SHEENA
YORK

Treasurer

Meet SHEENA.

Signet Realty

I am the Owner & Lead Coordinator at Firefly Events and I have been planning and coordinating events for over a decade.   I also recently took on a role as a local real estate broker here in Crook County. 

I grew up around southern Oregon. I made a road trip to Prineville with a cousin, on that trip I was introduced to a handsome young Prineville man that later became my husband. I love Prineville and although I wasn’t raised here over the last 16 years it truly has come to feel like my hometown.

I was working for a business that was a Chamber member and I was looking for opportunities to get involved in the community. After several years of attending Chamber functions I was encouraged to join the Ambassador team and then the Board. It has been a great learning experience and a lot of fun to be part of the Chamber both as a member and on the Board.

I love the weather in Prineville. After growing up in the valley with so many days of rain, I truly appreciated having (mostly) defined seasons. Summertime in Prineville is definitely my all-time favorite! We enjoy paddle boarding at Ochoco reservoir, swimming at the Prineville reservoir, floating the refreshing Crooked River, hiking the Barnes Butte or Chimney Rock trails and riding our ATV’s on the many OHV trails.

Alexandra Greenberg

Vice President

Meet Alexandra

Chiropractor, Slater Chiropractic

I was born and raised in Prineville where I graduated from Crook County High School in 2009.  After that, I moved to Portland where I attended both Pacific University and the University of Western States for Chiropractic School. 

After ten years, I returned to Prineville and am now an Associate Chiropractor at Slater Chiropractic.

Since moving back, I have enjoyed how close this community is and realized how much I missed all that Crook County has to offer compared to the big city.  I started attending Chamber events to become more involved in our community and am excited to continue working with the Chamber as Vice President of the board.

I love spending my free time with friends and family, and enjoy getting out to explore all of Central Oregon.  I enjoy hiking, rock climbing, camping, kayaking and many other outdoor activities available in this beautiful area I get to call home.