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The Silver Linings of COVID-19

In the midst of global pandemic, business shutdown, economic crisis and uncertainty we have found ourselves crippled with fear and anxiety.  But while many are in a state of gloom and doom, there is a silver lining to what has taken place due in the wake of Covid-19.

Kindness has taken a jump in popularity.  It has been showing itself in many forms.  We have witnessed businesses supporting other businesses with gifts of flowers, coffee and other items as a way to say “keep up the good work”.   Parents are now overly grateful for teachers, and many have expressed their appreciation for the work our educators take on in teaching our children. Front line workers have been awarded with meals and F-15 fly overs as gesture of gratitude for putting themselves in harms way to keep our community healthy.  Many locals have told stories about being the recipient of the “pay it forward” trend at the grocery shop or drive through window.  And the residents at many of our senior living facilities have received random cards and letters from strangers, just letting them know that someone out there is thinking of them.

We have also seen a growth in community support and people coming together whether they are friends or complete strangers.  Neighbors helping neighbors with yardwork, shopping trips and supplies.  The “Prineville Volunteer Network” group on Facebook matched up locals in need with residents that had the time, money and energy to fill their needs.  Diapers were purchased, face masks were made and errands were ran all because a group of individuals volunteered their time.  The Prineville Task Force – a combination of multiple City, County and community leaders – came together to help create a fund to support our local businesses in financial need.  Over $240,000 was donated and disbursed to Crook County businesses, contractors and sole proprietors.

The patience and grace extended to our local business that are challenged to not be able to operate as they were able to prior to Covid-19 has also been extremely appreciated.  Restaurants are unable to seat at full capacity, stores are running short on supplies, and businesses have had to close to the public, or adjust their hours.  Face masks, plastic gloves and social distancing are terms that were foreign outside of medical facilities, but are now a part of our everyday lives.  As badly as we all want life to go “back to normal”, we must realize we are in the midst of discovering our new normal and taking practices to keep each other safe.  Understanding and empathy is more important now than ever.

We may not be able to give physical hugs, but the support we have seen given in town will have a much longer effect than a hug.  Simple acts of kindness will go a long way, especially in a time when so many are in need of assistance and searching for optimism. And it goes both ways — making these connections with your community can help you feel less alone and more supported. Now is the time to reach out and build a community we can all rely on.

We challenge you to embrace the challenge of extending kindness and step forward to help as you can.  So flash a smile, send a card, pay it forward, have some patience and let’s get through this together.

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.