Individuals, organizations, businesses will be feted at annual banquet April 11

Every year, the Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce presents awards to the community and individual citizens honoring their work within and for the community. This year, the Chehalem Valley Community Awards Banquet will be held April 11, where 10 awards will be presented along with a few other EMILY HAVEN - Newberg's top business - Nate Travers (center) and his staff at Rendered Graphics & Design will be recognized as the 2013 New Business of the Year at the Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce banquet April 11 at the Chehalem Armory Center.

The celebration is from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Chehalem Armory Center. Reservations are encouraged, with dinner costing $40 a person, $325 for a table of eight. Call the chamber at 503-538-2014 for more information.

2013 Newberg Business Person of the Year - Attorney Allyn Brown

Allyn Brown has lived and worked in Newberg for more than 40 years. Looking back, he said he liked the little town as he drove through it every day on his way to his first job fresh out of law school as a Yamhill County deputy district attorney. 

“I liked the atmosphere in Newberg,” he said.

Since his first job, he co-founded Brown, Tarlow, Bridges and Palmer. He’s also the president of Newberg Chamber of Commerce, co-chairman of Yamhill County United Way Campaign and a founder of the Newberg Library Foundation. He has also served on boards for Providence Newberg Medical Center and Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland.

2013 New Business of the Year - Newberg: Nate Travers, Rendered Graphics & Design

Nate Travers never expected to work in screen printing and design, but he’s been doing so since 2009. That year he started Rendered Graphics & Design instead of going to college at age 23.

At Rendered, he works closely with the community, including the wine industry, in creating logos and company branding.

Five years later his business has grown to include four employees and a constantly expanding cliental base. As an active member of the community, he also worked to build up Tunes on Tuesday and is a member of the Rotary Club.

2013 Chairman’s Award - Kristen Stoller, Chehalem Dance Academy

Kristen Stoller strives to encourage growth and healthy child development, which go hand in hand with charity at her business, Chehalem Dance Academy. As part of that, her students and parents are required to contribute to community projects as part of the dance curriculum.

“We do shows at local assisted living facilities and contribute to elderly projects,” she said.

She volunteers with the Young Professionals of Yamhill Valley, serves on many Chamber committees and Rotary projects, and was among the last Ford Family Foundation Leadership cohort. She also mentors high school students at career fairs, is the George Fox University dance team coach, and is an adjunct professor.


2013 Citizen of the Year - Dave Haugeberg, McMinnville attorney

 Despite advocating for the Newberg-Dundee bypass for many decades, initially residents were told the project was doomed.

 “But the people of Newberg and Dundee said, ‘We’re never going to quit. We want our downtowns back.’ And they never quit,” said Haugeberg, a long-time attorney with McMinnville law firm Rueter, Gowell, Fredricks and Higgins.

 He serves as chairman for the Yamhill County Parkway Committee since he and the Yamhill County commissioners started it 27 years ago with the goal to make the bypass a reality.

 “They are now building it,” he said. “The first construction contract was awarded last summer. Work has started. This spring and early summer, two more contracts at about $50 million each, have also been awarded.”


2013 Volunteer Organization of the Year - Newberg Library Foundation

The Newberg Library Foundation’s primary function is to build an endowment fund for the library, but the organization does much more.

Funds collected also support the library’s kindergarten outreach program, which sends library staff to every kindergarten class in the Newberg-Dundee area and providing a library card to every student.

 It also funds the library newsletter, helps maintain a collection of classic books, and encouraged the children’s room remodel, which was recently completed.

 The foundation was launched in 1991 by Allyn Brown, who remains a board member.


2013 Ed Stevens Distinguished Service - Angie Stevens, The Ben Jaquith Agency

Angie Stevens has lived in Newberg for 13 years, working as marketing director for Ben Jaquith Agency of American Family Insurance. Although she never met Ed Stevens, she said she is honored to receive the award because his priorities match hers: God and people.

As the daughter of a pastor, she is also involved with Faith in Action, mentors George Fox University student interns and introduces them to the business world.

2013 Community Volunteer of the Year - Leonard Schorzman, retired WW II veteran

 At age 90, Leonard Schorzman said he keeps volunteering with Meals on Wheels “for the old people,” despite suffering both a stroke and heart attack.

As a former Army maintenance worker, he was stationed in Japan right after atomic bombs were dropped in 1945. After returning home, he worked as a machinery oiler at a paper mill.

 For years, he would put up American flags throughout Newberg as a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

“I just did it because nobody else did. Sometimes I got guys at night to pick them up after they got done working,” he said.

2013 New Business of the Year – Dundee:  Jody & Michelle Kropf, Red Hills Market

Working in the culinary arts his whole life, Jody Kropf wanted to create a neighborhood hub in Dundee. Now highly successful, he and his wife Michelle started Red Hills Market in Dundee.

With a love for pairing local food and wine, it made sense to rent out the second floor to five local businesses.

The building itself fits into downtown Dundee and the concept of sustainability.

 “Architects drew up the design based on our input,” he said, with sustainability in construction as well. The corbels around the building were made from leftover material scraps.

2013 Dundee Business Person of the Year - Allen Holstein, Argyle Winery

Allen Holstein, viticulture manager at Argyle Winery, has worked there since 1980, hired, he said, “when it got to be too much to do on the weekend.”

 He began working with the Chamber as a liaison from the wine community to the broader business community.

“They wanted Rollin Soles, the founder of Argyle,” he said “but Rollin said, ‘I’m busy, get Holstein.’”

Since then, he’s served on the Chamber’s Government Affairs and Economic Development committees and as a board member.

Watching the wine industry integrate into the community, he said he thinks wine tourism will only become more important for the local economy.

“But by the nature of the place and the climate, you have to be humble because nature kicks you regularly. The completion of the bypass will change things, too,” he said.


2013 Junior Citizen of the Year - Resi Penninger

As a senior at Newberg High School, Resi Penninger has been a generous and giving person during her high school years, according to her principal, Eric Bergmann.

 “She has served as an aide in our classroom for students with profound learning challenges,” he said.

He added that Penninger’s always calm and smiling, something staff and students appreciate. 

Bergmann singled out her senior project — knitting little purple caps for newborn babies.

She not only recruited friends to the project but was able to accomplish her goal raising awareness for Shaken Baby Syndrome when the caps were distributed, along with information about potential dangerous behavior, to new parents.

Penninger is looking to become a neonatal intensive care unit nurse practitioner and plans to begin her studies this fall at the University of Denver.

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