By Molly • Molly Walker • 

Knights of Pythias donate defibrillator

The McMinnville chapter of the Order of the Knights of Pythias recently donated a defibrillator machine to the McMinnville Police Department in honor of the organization’s 150th year of service. The group’s goal is to place one of the machines in every squad car.

The chapter was also honored by a Pythian Awareness Day proclamation on Feb. 19, its 150th anniversary, signed by Mayor Rick Olson.

The international non-sectarian fraternal order and secret society was founded on Feb. 19, 1864, in Washington D.C. by Justus H. Rathbone. The inspiration for its formation came after he attended a play written by Irish poet John Banim which was based on the legendary friendship of historical characters Damon and Pythias. Dedicated to the cause of universal peace, it was the first fraternal order to be chartered by an Act of Congress.

The Diana Lodge of McMinnville was chartered on Oct. 4, 1894, and owns its own building. The group carries forward the organization’s ideals of friendship, charity and benevolence through charitable work, fundraisers and social events.



Members of the board of directors for the McMinnville Downtown Association were elected during the group’s annual meeting, held Thursday, Feb. 20.

Elected to initial two-year terms were Rene Bittle of First Federal Savings and Tommy Paterson of Wickman, Paterson & Corrigan. Elected to second two-year terms were Scott Cunningham of the Community Plate, Kyle Faulk of Citizens Bank and Zack Geary of Cellar Ridge Construction. Elected to a third two-year term was Leigh Ann Jones of Pacific Frame and Gallery.

The rest of the board consists of Doug Beck of the News-Register, Mary Beth Branch of Buchanan-Cellers, Jen Feero of La Bella Casa, Karin Moshier of Haugeberg, Reuter, Gowell, Fredricks & Higgins, Ron Pomeroy of the city of McMinnville and Wes Thomas of Oregon Mutual Insurance. Their terms don’t expire until next year.



Some 71 local charitable organizations were included in First Federal’s customer ballot program this year. By their votes, bank customers will determine the distribution of $40,000 from the bank.

Ballots must be returned to a First Federal location by Friday, Feb. 28, or dropped in the mail in time to bear a Friday postmark.

For more information, contact Pam Watts, community relations coordinator, at 503-435-3214, or visit



Beth Caster, broker for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices/Northwest Real Estate, was recently awarded the Quality Service Certified Platinum Award, the highest level of service achievement in the real estate industry. She was honored for 100 percent client service satisfaction in 2013, as measured by Leading Research Corporation. 

QSC is the only award in the real estate industry based on measurable independently validated performance. Clients of agents who are part of QSC receive a customer satisfaction survey at the end of each transaction, and the results are compiled by LRC.

Client feedback from the surveys become part of the agent’s credentials, with ratings displayed at and



A free 35-minute educational seminar titled “Annuities and Your Retirement” will be presented by Kevin Gebhart of Edward Jones financial services, at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25. It will be held in the McMinnville Senior Center, 2250 N.E. McDaniel Lane.

Participants will learn the different types of annuities and their features; retirement uncertainties that could impact a long-term strategy; and how an annuity can supplement retirement income. For more information, contact Gebhart at 503-472-0234.



Consuelo Christianson will be featured at the Tuesday, March 4, Women in Business, at the office of the McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce, 417 N.W. Adams St. The event will be held from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m.

Christianson will discuss experiences she’s had in life.

For more information, call 503-472-6196.



Lumos Wine of McMinnville has opened a new tasting room in space shared with Honest Chocolates at 575 N.E. Third St. in downtown McMinnville. It replaces Twelve Wine.



The McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce has a greeters set for 8 to 9 a.m. Friday at Cascade Water Systems, 624 Third St. in Lafayette. Newberg’s Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce has one scheduled for 8 to 9 a.m. Friday at the Newberg Bakery, 621 N.E. First St.


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

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