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Focusing On The Good of 2020

We have made it to the final month of 2020.  As much as we can look back at all the struggles our community went through throughout the year, we should rather spend our energy focusing on the good.  And there has been a lot of good out there.

When COVID first hit and shut down not only our county, but our entire state, we had a group of local leaders come together and form the Crook County COVID-19 Task Force.  Their quick actions provided funding before any other state agency or organization and supplied over $250,000 in grant funds to local businesses.  The requirements made it easy for businesses to qualify, and most of these grants were distributed within a few weeks of the application process.  There are many to thank for these efforts, but mostly we thank our businesses for doing what they could to keep going and stay strong during these tough financial times.

With schools being suddenly shut down in March, our community saw an amazing response from our school district.  Crook County School District was one of the first school districts in the state to get virtual learning up and running so that our students could get back to education.  Meals were being delivered to students, busses were set up with Wifi for those who did not have access to it at their home, and then there was the epic new way that we celebrated the graduating class of 2020.  Although the traditional commencement ceremony did not happen, we saw a town wide celebration and parade that snaked several miles through our town to celebrate our seniors.  This took the creativity and brains of our educators and others that started an event our future seniors are hoping will be a part of their graduation.

As June came around, there was the cancellation of our Roundup and Horse Races but the parades went on. Maybe not as large as in the past, but numerous organizations and volunteers got together and coordinated these traditional events in a new way.  Vehicles snaked their way through our neighborhoods creating a route that accommodated the distancing and safety requirements and brought neighbors out all over town to celebrate the Prineville tradition of having summer parades. The Roundup and 4th of July parades both happened, with many standing on street corners and driveways to celebrate even with the new routes. 

Then there was the month of August known as “fair week” in Crook County.  With the hard work of our Fairgrounds staff and board, the Crook County Fair was able to go on.  Kids were able to show animals, the auctions went virtual, and vendors set up all over parks in Prineville in the “Fair Around Town”.  And as is tradition, there were fair concerts that kept crowds down, but kept live music going and boosted spirits for those in attendance.

As we ventured into fall the school district again stepped up to offer the best education possible while abiding by the new state restrictions.  They provided options to students and parents, and had our kids back to meeting in person when it was safe to do so.  Our administrators, teachers and classified staff all found themselves doing their jobs differently than ever before, and often speaking to screens instead of a classroom.  Not an easy task by any means, but they continue to work hard at providing the best education possible in this pandemic.

At the Chamber we have also found ourselves doing what we can to connect local businesses to resources and information, and our community.  We have been a resource for Covid-19  grant information, we have continued to plan events in a way that encourages safe and cautious behavior, and we will continue to do what we can as this pandemic continues.  Our community has been blessed with great individuals, businesses and organizations that all worked together to keep things going in Crook County.  It may not appear that there is an end in sight to the pandemic, but we need be thankful for those who have tirelessly worked to find a way to keep Crook County alive, supported and succeeding.  Be sure to thank those that you see pushing through and making things happen during this crisis.  Thank our businesses for keeping their doors open, despite trying times and falling profits.  And thank you for encouraging our community and remember to focus on the good that is happening here.

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.