By Molly • Molly Walker • 

Chamber prepares for economic forum

An economic forum sponsored by the McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce will feature three speakers, two of them local. It is set for 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at the Michelbook Country Club, located at 1301 N.W. Michelbook Lane.

The lineup will feature Jody Christensen, director of the McMinnville Economic Development Partnership and past president for the Oregon Economic Development Association; Yamhill County Commissioner Allen Springer, who serves as the county’s economic development liaison; and Karen Wilde Goodin, managing director of the innovation and trade division of Business Oregon, the state’s business development agency.

Cost to attend, which includes lunch, is $5 for members and $15 for non-members. To RSVP, call 503-472-6196.



First Federal has awarded six grants totaling $10,500 to local nonprofits as part of its community giving program.

The largest, $2,600, was awarded to the Housing Authority of Yamhill County to cover the cost for participation of three Medical Teams International dental vans in the sixth annual Community Connect, set for June 18. The focus of the daylong event is to provide a wide range of services to the homeless population and others in need.

The bank also awarded:

* $1,400 to the Yamhill County Gospel Rescue Mission. It will fund purchase of a high-capacity energy-efficient washing machine for its shelter.

* $1,500 to First Baptist Church to support its Radical Hospital Mission. The money will be used to purchase clothing, blankets, shoes and school supplies for children taking advantage of its daytime shelter services during cold snaps.

* $1,500 to Henderson House, a family crisis center. The money will go toward a kitchen remodeling project at the center, which provides services to women and children.

“Given the continuing economic climate and needs of our community, a priority of providing grants for basic human needs has been established for this year and we are pleased to support these organizations,” said Rene Bittle, executive vice president and chief savings officer.

First Federal is now accepting applications for the next funding period. Due by March 14, they can be downloaded at



Meyer Memorial Trust, one of the largest private foundations in Oregon, will hold community meetings in McMinnville and Newberg on Wednesday, Feb. 12.

The meetings will include the trust’s program officers, Sally Yee, Theresa Deibele and Kim Thomas, who will provide advice about seeking grants from its foundation as well as collecting information about this area’s needs for both the communities and nonprofits. In addition, the Spirit Mountain Community Fund will be represented by Kathleen George, director, and Louis King, program officer.

The sessions will be held from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Youth Outreach drop-in center, 719 E. First St., Newberg, contact Jennifer Kitchen, or 503-538-8023; and the Yamhill Community Action Partnership, 1317 N.E. Dustin Court, McMinnville, contact Dolores Botello, or 503-883-4181. They are part of the foundation’s Two Way Street outreach efforts.



Beth Moline, a family nurse practitioner with Willamette Valley Medical Center’s occupational medicine clinic, has completed the training and certification required by the U.S. Department of Transportation to become Yamhill County’s first certified medical examiner.

Licensed commercial drivers must complete a physical every two years. Starting in 2014, those exams can only be performed by someone holding national registry certification.

Moline has been practicing occupational medicine since 1986, after receiving her master’s degree in nursing from the University of California at Los Angeles.She is proficient in Spanish.

For more information, call 503-435-6556.



The McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce will host a Women in Business event titled “Wine and Chocolate — What a Pair,” from 5:15 to 6:30 tonight at the Willamette Valley Wine Center, 300 N.E. Third St.

The cost is $10 for members, $15 for non-members. RSVP to Rhonda Pope at 503-472-6196 or



Twelve Wine is moving its tasting room, which had been located in space shared with Honest Chocolates on Third Street, to a location in Carlton.



Jimmy John’s, a gourmet sandwich shop with locations throughout the U.S., has opened a franchise at 1421 N.E. Highway 99W.



The McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce has a greeters set for 8 to 9 a.m. Friday at Gallery Tap & Ballet, 906 N.E. 11th St., Suite B.

Newberg’s Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce has one scheduled for 8 to 9 a.m. Friday at the Newberg Public Library, 503 E. Hancock St.

Molly Walker, the News-Register’s business editor, can be reached at or 503-687-1272.

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