As we leave the month of October and tricks or treats behind, we look forward to the month of November.  A month to reflect on all that we are thankful and grateful for.  Many quotes about being thankful come to mind such as, “it is not happy people who are thankful, it is thankful people who are happy” – “give thanks with a grateful heart” – “let our lives be full of both thanks and  giving” – “there is always something to be thankful for” – “choose to be grateful” –  “small seeds of gratitude will produce a harvest of hope” – “it is not joy that makes us grateful it is gratitude that makes us joyful” – “life is full of give and take, give thanks and take nothing for granted”.

I feel thankful and grateful for so many things.  As Board Chair, I want to give thanks to all of the members that are a part of the Ontario Area Chamber of Commerce, for John Breidenbach-CEO and his office staff who make this organization work day in and day out.  Thank you for supporting the mission to market and strengthen our businesses while enhancing the quality of life in our community.

As Debbie Blackaby of Blackaby Insurance Agency, Inc., I want to give thanks to all of our clients that support our business and help us continue the legacy that began 98 years ago when Mr. Earl Blackaby opened the doors of “Blackaby Insurance Agency”, and to our staff who help make our business run day in and day out.  Personally, I am so thankful for my husband Mike, for my family and friends and all of those who touch my life, for all that I have and all that I have not!

The Annual TVCC Foundation Gala will be held November 3, 2017 at the Four Rivers Cultural Center.  Social Hour and Silent auction begin at 6:00 PM and Dinner and the Live Auction begin at 7:00 PM.  Dinner of Halibut and Medallions of Beef will be served by Matsy’s – the tasting was wonderful and you will not want to miss this!  Those who receive scholarships from this fundraising event and Cathy Yasuda – Executive Director of the Foundation, Lisa Meyer, Assistant and all of the board Members of TVCC Foundation are thankful and grateful for your participation.

For most of us, we do not have to wonder where our next meal is coming from, we are not ill and homebound, are not a group of people who are often overlooked and forgotten, we are not those who are considered less fortunate, who will not have gifts for Christmas and who may not have hope and cheer during this holiday season.  For those who do know these feelings, they are thankful and grateful for this Annual Festival of Trees Holiday Fundraising Event.  Festival of Trees raises funds for Malheur County Meals on Wheels and Help Them to Hope.

Mark your calendars for Friday November 17th which is the opening day of Festival of Trees at the Clarion Inn.  Doors open at 7:00 AM for your first opportunity to purchase decorated trees, wreaths, centerpieces or other novelty items.  Admission is free from 7:00 Am to 9:00 AM and cinnamon rolls, coffee and hot cocoa will be served.  Admission will be $2.00 for adults and $1.00 for children November 17th from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM, November 18th from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM and November 20th from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  And do not forget – Santa will be arriving on Saturday from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM along with children’s activities!

Many, many, many thanks to Bob Quinn and the staff at the Clarion Inn!  And many, many, many thanks to John Dillon and the Argus Observer.  I am so grateful to each of you for what you do for the Festival of Trees and those who reap the rewards from your generosity and kindness! You can help by being a donor of a decorated tree, wreath or centerpiece, you can be a sponsor of a decorated tree, wreath or centerpiece and we welcome buyers and attendees!  Each of you help create the magic of this holiday event!

“Give thanks for each new morning with its light, for rest and shelter of the night, for health and food, for love and friends, for everything thy goodness sends”. – Ralph Emerson

Happy Thanksgiving!