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    SIUSLAW NEWS ❚ SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2017
Annual ‘Tree of Giving’ to
begin blooming Nov. 27
The 17th annual “Tree of
Giving” is returning to
Siuslaw Glass & Mirror start-
ing Monday, Nov. 27. Stop in
for some holiday cheer and
select an ornament from the
tree. Each ornament represents
specific needs of a high school
teen in need of necessities.
Gifts must be brought to
Siuslaw Glass & Mirror no
later than Dec. 13 to be distrib-
uted before Christmas break.
Stop by and enjoy a cup of
coffee, hot chocolate and some
cookies while helping make
the season a little brighter for a
high school teen in the com-
munity.
Siuslaw Glass & Mirror is
located at 1780 Kingwood St.
Kiwanis to host free Community
Thanksgiving Dinner Nov. 23
The community is invited to
the Kiwanis of Florence’s
annual Florence Community
Free Thanksgiving Dinner on
Thursday, Nov. 23.
The dinner will be from
11:30 a.m. to 2 p..m. at the
Elks Lodge, located at 1686
12th St.
Cash donations will be
accepted but aren’t required,
along with donations of dry or
canned food for Florence Food
Share.
Free transportation within
the city limits will be provided
by River Cities Taxi by calling
541-997-8520.
Volunteers are still needed.
To help, call Pam at 541-999-
4883.
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Siuslaw News features editor receives Rotary honor
Rotarian Paula Becker named Chantelle Meyer as Paul Harris Fellow recipient
B Y J ARED A NDERSON
Siuslaw News
S
iuslaw News Features
Editor Chantelle Meyer was
awarded the Paul Harris Fellow
recognition on Tuesday, Nov.
14, by the Rotary Club of
Florence.
Rotarian Paula Becker gave
the award to Meyer during the
Tuesday Rotary meeting, say-
ing, “I’ve always hated conver-
sations that start, ‘When I was
your age.’ But when I was her
age, I was doing the same thing
Chantelle was doing. And
although I’m certainly not
doing that now, I do know what
it takes to be a reporter and to
be honest.”
The Paul Harris Fellow
recognition acknowledges indi-
viduals who contribute, or who
have contributions made in
their name, of $1,000.
The recognition was estab-
lished in 1957 to show appreci-
ation for and encourage sub-
stantial contributions to the
world. Other notable figures to
receive the recognition include
former U.S. President Jimmy
Carter,
former
Russian
President Boris Yeltsin and
U.S. astronaut James Lovell.
“Looking around for a Paul
Harris Award, we always go off
of (Rotary’s) guiding princi-
ples: Is it the truth and is it fair
to all concerned,” Becker said.
“And if a reporter can live by
those two standards, I think it
will be always excellent. I’m
really proud to give Chantelle
this award at this time.”
Meyer began as an intern for
Siuslaw News in 2014, until
officially becoming the news-
MARK BRENNAN/SIUSLAW NEWS
Rotarian Paula Becker (right) gives Chantelle Meyer the Paul Harris Fellow recognition
at the Rotary Club of Florence luncheon on Nov. 14.
paper’s city reporter in January
2015.
Her first assignment, a co-
byline with then editor Ryan
Cronk, was covering CROW as
it sought to move into its per-
manent building. She’s been
volunteering with CROW ever
since.
Meyer’s first official story
covered Erin Reynolds being
selected as Florence’s new city
manager.
“I enjoy that I started at the
same time as the city manager
and current city council,”
Meyer said. “I like working
with them as a group and being
on the same page as their proj-
ects.”
Since then, she’s been the
main reporter for the city coun-
cil, following its progress as a
“City in Motion.”
She also enjoys that she is on
a first-name basis with area
officials.
“Last year, I was in Old
Town with my family getting
ready for the holiday light festi-
val, and Mayor Joe Henry saw
me and gave me a big hug,”
Meyer said. “People in a larger
town don’t get to have that.”
In September 2016, Meyer
became the features editor for
the Siuslaw News.
She holds a BA in English
with a minor in communica-
tions
from
Concordia
University in Portland, Ore.,
and an MFA in children’s litera-
ture from Roanoke University
in Virginia.
“I couldn’t be happier for
Chantelle,” Siuslaw News edi-
tor Ned Hickson said. “I think
she is a great example of com-
mitment and integrity in jour-
nalism and we’re very lucky to
have her.
“We’re very proud of her and
happy that she was recognized
with such a fitting honor from
Rotary and Paula.”
Siuslaw News Publisher
Jenna Bartlett, herself a
Rotarian, said, “Although she’s
a Kiwanian, Chantelle catches
the spirit of Rotary in many
ways. She is a remarkable
woman and her community
spirit and dedication to her
work is inspiring.”
“I am honored and humbled
that Paula thought to nominate
me for this award,” Meyer said.
“Sometimes, I only see all the
ways that I fail or fall short, so
this is a great reminder of what
I strive to achieve in my job and
personal life.
“I will continue to work at
being worthy of being a Paul
Harris Fellow.”
Florence named among top 20 finalists for online series feature
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Florence has been selected
as one of the top 20 towns
nationwide to possibly be fea-
tured in Season 3 of “Small
Business Revolution — Main
Street.” This is an online series
that focuses on transforming
downtowns and is streamed
online and on Hulu.
If selected, Florence would
be awarded $500,000 for a
downtown makeover and be
featured in an eight-part series
on www.smallbusinessrevolu-
tion.org.
Chairwoman
of
the
Downtown
Revitalization
Team, Ellen Huntingdon of
Oregon Pacific Bank, submit-
ted an application for the series
last fall.
“I am very proud that
Florence has made it to the top
20 out of thousands of appli-
cants,” said Huntingdon.
On Sept. 28, Deluxe
launched the second season of
Small Business Revolution –
Main Street, featuring the com-
munity of Bristol Borough,
Pennsylvania and six business-
es selected to receive the
$500,000 makeover.
The series, which airs on
www.smallbusinessrevolu-
tion.org, Hulu and YouTube,
features marketing and busi-
ness expertise for small busi-
nesses in one small town. Host
Amanda Brinkman, Deluxe’s
chief brand and communica-
tions officer, along with a host
of marketing experts from
Deluxe, help struggling busi-
ness owners find their path to
success.
Between now and Dec. 4, the
Florence Downtown Revitaliz-
ation Team will be working with
community leaders to provide
Deluxe Corporation with addi-
tional information to help them
narrow down their selections.
To further narrow down the
selection, Deluxe Corporation
is also looking for information
about local businesses and non-
profits to get a better feel of the
community.
“We would like to encourage
any and all business owners
and nonprofit organizations to
contact me,” said Huntingdon.
After reviewing all the infor-
mation, Deluxe Corporation
will further narrow down the
towns and determine the top 10
cities on Dec. 12. They will
then send representatives to
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visit the top 10 communities
chosen in early January and
spend roughly two days in each
town.
After the visits, they will
determine which towns will be
eligible for final national vot-
ing in February of 2018.
“There are so many deserv-
ing towns that need this boost,”
Brinkman said. “Our team
decided to announce 20 deserv-
ing communities so we can do
a deeper dive into their struc-
ture and their needs before
moving on to the next round.
“No matter what, each of
these 20 would make a great
winner for our contest.”
To submit information about
your business or nonprofit
organization to be included,
contact
Huntingdon
at
ellen.huntingdon@opbc.com
or call 541-902-1509 to com-
plete a short survey.
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