It has been a long and difficult year for Yoncalla Area Chamber of Commerce, as it has been for everyone.

It began in January with the sudden death of our long-term President, Dick McHaffie, followed by the loss of a number of senior Chamber members to health related issues. Public health guidelines effectively cancelled our usual events, and fundraising efforts ground to a halt.

Yoncalla Chamber is not a traditional Chamber of Commerce, but rather a civic service organization devoted to improving quality of life and supporting, maintaining and promoting our local community. We work on a slim budget with a small group of volunteers, and are proud of the continuing impact of our efforts here in Yoncalla.

In 2020, we managed to bring our Fourth of July Parade to the entire community, adjusting our parade route to come within a block of every residence. In partnership with Care and Share, we provided 60 Thanksgiving food boxes and another 60 food boxes at Christmas. Lacking our traditional Christmas Party, we presented a Town Christmas Tree as a gift to the community. We take great pride in these accomplishments.

This year will be a year of rebuilding and restructuring, but our commitment to providing for our community remains as strong as ever. We will expand on what we have done in the past, and hope for new initiatives that will continue to add to the quality of life and sense of community that Yoncalla Area Chamber has long stood for. We hope you will join us.

James Beck is president of the Yoncalla Area Chamber of Commerce

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