Business Of The Year
Not just a leader in the mid-Willamette financial
community, Valley Credit Union is a
leader in giving back to the community they
serve. From the Real Honors Breakfast to the
Diaper Drive, Cross Walk of Salem, The Salem
Festival, and so many more listed in this
article. Valley Credit Union is always there.
Valley Credit Union Staff
is always there for their
members and the community.
Left to Right, Back to Front,
Bryce, Linda, Jean, Terri,
Renee, Jennifer, Heather
Keshia, Rachel, Shellie,
Katie C., Katie S., Autumn,
Carla, Jody, Mindi
It takes a great deal of time, planning and a
true commitment to support all these great
events each year. They are each so important
and vital in their own way. The Salem Business
Journal salutes Valley Credit Union as
“Business of the Year” 2014 for all they do.
At Valley, our local community is at the
center of those we serve. Our members are
our number one priority, but the neighborhoods
and communities that we live in are
extremely important as well.
Our philosophy is "people helping people,"
which has been the guiding principle
for credit unions since the beginning of the
credit union movement. It goes beyond just
serving our members, ensuring a vibrant, cooperative
community for everyone.
Our staff and members have identified
several non-profit and charitable organizations
we wish to support. Our direct involvement
is not only important but essential to
presenting who we are to our community.
Hip... New Stores
New developments have increased the
draw for downtown Salem, and the surrounding
communities and we wanted tell
you about four things happening that will
make you not only sit up and take notice.
but will hopefully be a catalyst to create
better community experiences for everyone
in the Salem that we all know and
Doug Doty, Salem Mayor Anna Peterson
and Gayle Calderazzo-Doty at grand
pre-opening and ribbon-cutting
ceremony at Gayle’s Italian Market
The first big story that has the whole community
buzzing downtown is the renovation
and opening of the Roth-McGilcrest building
and the new retail shops that have opened
in the space. There was a grand pre-opening
and ribbon-cutting for Gayle's Italian Market.
Shoppers were able to tour Ricky's Bubbles
& Sweets Shoppe, and Archive Coffee
& Bar. The sidewalk and lobby were packed
with hundreds of friends, shoppers, and key
players who came out to celebrate and give
support to the new retail and living spaces.
Here’s what people had to say about it:
“What an extraordinary addition to Salem's
Downtown. The height of new urban cool in
an historic setting. Thank you Doug Doty
and Gayle Caldarazzo-Doty for the vision
and investment. Can't wait to have a pizza
and glass of wine in Gayle's Italian Market!
“Absolutely fantastic for downtown...it
sets a new standard for downtown Salem...
of what can happen to these old buildings in
downtown...using all three floors...re-purposing
and rennovating-Warren Bendarz
With the continuing addition of new living
spaces in downtown Salem, the vibe and
makeup of our city is changing for the better....
more people living downtown will add
to the dynamic community and will help
support local shops. The Roth’s McGilcrest
buiding has added 9 new living spaces and
the upcoming Boise Cascade Pringle Square
development will will add hundreds more
downtown residents and shoppers, creating
the demand for a new culture of downtown
life and consumer spending. Residents now
have some fantastic new choices close by in
the heart of downtown.
“... I like the ability to walk right outside
and find cafes, shops and markets. If I can
avoid driving I do, so having these amenities
just outside my door is great.” -Ian Factor
(New downtown resident).
New Downtown Salem
Over the last year, Downtown Salem Strong
created more videos and photos galleries of
downtown Salem (National NIght Out Photo)
than any other local news source. With
their mission of creating stronger neighborhoods
by sharing positive stories over social
media, co-founders David Dahle and Diana
Dettwyler are passionate about capturing the
moments that make up the community and
spirit of downtown.
New Cashback Mobile Phone Loyalty App
Arrives to Salem
In addition to new stores, new residents,
and a new media campaign, there is a loyalty
cashback app program called Lyoness. We
talked to the Downtown Salem
Strong team who spent nearly a
month researching the effects it
has had on the local economy as
a whole and the positive effect
it has had individually on small
businesses. What they found
is that the Lyoness loyalty app
and cashback program has generated
over 3 million dollars in
sales in a community about half
the size of Salem, through businesses
who have signed up with
“What is significant about
the Lyoness Shopping network
is that it has literally changed
the behavior of consumers and
shoppers who use the app on their smartphone.
Customers love getting the immediate
feedback in the form of a text message
of how much money they’ve just received in
the form of cashback rewards and shopping
points.” -Diana Dettwyler
“We interviewed small business owners
such as restaurants, a tire store, a tax accountant,
an owner of a hair salon and the owners
of a cutting horse farm. What we heard over
and over is that the Cashback Loyalty app
has not only paid for itself within months,
but has increased business by bringing in
new customers, and creating more spending
per sale.” -David Dahle
Jim Seymour Filled With Love & Empathy For Others
Jim Seymour was born
January 13, 1950 in
Corvallis. His 19 year old
dad, Ted, was a logger.
His 15 year old mother,
Mary, did some occasional
but was mostly a home
maker. His own dreadful
early family life prepared
him for a life filled with
love and empathy for others who have experienced
life and family crisis. He’s walked a
mile in their shoes.
Early life growing up in Glenbrook, a wide
spot in the road about 25 miles SW of Corvallis,
was anything but easy. His father
had been abused as a child and he acted
like him when he was drunk. Mary, Jim,
and his younger siblings, Rose, and Dick,
found it nearly impossible to escape Ted’s
violence during his drinking episodes, which
were common. Escaping to the surrounding
woods was the only way he could stay sane.
Another way to escape Ted’s drunken behavior
was when his mom would take the
children to her parents' farmhouse in Junction
City. His grandparent’s home served as
a welcoming oasis in those terrible times.
When he was a third grader at the now
closed Alpine Elementary School near Monroe,
Jim broke his arm during recess. His
mom had no car so his grandparents picked
them up at the school and gave them a ride to
the hospital in Eugene. His pain was soothed
by the sense that someone cared.
That same year, his mother had had
enough and worked up the courage to leave
Ted. Their parting was a very ugly thing with
her husband threatening all kinds of retribution.
But they finally did leave for Tillamook
where she would remarry. Ted Seymour
would, later, be sent to the Oregon State
Penitentiary for killing a friend in Junction
City in 1972 and he died in 1983.
In Tillamook, Jim, who tried so hard not
to be like his father, was arrested for a serious
prank and sent to a smoky, filthy jail. It
was as if fate was pulling him into his father's
Thanks to the appeal made by his girlfriend
to the principal of the Tillamook Catholic
High School, Benedictine Father Cosmas
White, a deal was struck between the priest,
the sheriff, and Jim that would get him out
of jail. Jim agreed to go to the Tillamook
Catholic High School to earn his diploma.
But he had to work hard, behave and keep
his grades up. In retrospect, this was the major
turning point in his life.
About a month later, he recalls, on his walk
to the school, he paused for a moment to appreciate
the beautiful environment around
him and to value his freedom to enjoy it all.
Jim, who played football and wrestled, went
on to earn a 4.0 GPA at Tillamook Catholic.
He graduated from Tillamook Catholic High
School in 1968 and was baptized by Father
Cosmas in 1969.
"I felt like I got rescued," says Seymour, now
a member of St. Peter Parish in Newberg. I
knew I had to respond to that kind of love
and that it would be foolish not too." Ever
since that awful early family and jail experience,
he responds to the pain of others with
visceral compassion. He’s walked in their
From high school, Jim enrolled at Oregon
College of Education (OCE), now Western
Oregon University. He wrestled heavyweight
for them and
a volunteer for
He was hired
as a group life
the Mid Valley
Center for 3
years then promoted
for the next 7
years. CCS elevated
executive director in 1983 and that’s where
he is today. “I guess interim became permanent
somewhere along the way”, says Seymour.
Jim holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration
from Lewis and Clark College, a
Quality Administration Certificate from Oregon
State University and a Certificate in Advanced
Child, Youth and Family Assessment,
Planning and Treatment from Portland State
His life, though, has not been perfect since
his rebirth after jail. He overcame a drinking
problem, suffered periods of exhaustion
and anger, and married too young and
went through a divorce. The lives of those he
serves can trigger old trauma. A large part of
Seymour's ongoing task, he says, is learning
to forgive his father.
Seymour met his wife, Debbie in 1994 at a
United Way event. He was planning a trip to
the Galapagos with someone from Mexico
who was an activist in Ecuador and they were
going to visit there to get a sense of the social
needs. Coincidently, Debbie grew up there to
age 13 and wanted to talk to him about his
experience after he returned in 5 weeks.
They were married February 1,1997, live in
Newburg where Debbie was from, and have
raised 7 children in their blended family.
They have a lot in common in their careers.
Debbie’s executive director at Chehalas
Youth an d Family Services (CYFS) a nonprofit
organization in Newberg that provides
residential services, counseling, supervised
visitation and other services for children and
families of Oregon.
CCS has over ten programs. They include
and work for
people with intellectual
CCS has just
to End Poverty”.
Run by my
Bill August, it
consists of employers
to the root
causes of poverty.
this and all the
other programs under the umbrella of CCS
3737 Portland Road Northeast, Salem or call
(503) 390-2600. You can also go to their web
site at: CCSWV.ORG.
"I feel like God has called me into this," he
says about his life of service. "It's like my own
life depends upon it as well. To not respond
to that call is just impossible."
Catholic Community Services is a not for
profit 501(3)c organization, helping people
on the margins of life. Its mission is to champion
the positive development of children
and adults, strengthen families and build
community. Their core values are love, justice,
truth, and freedom. They serve our
neighbors who are poor and face adversity
without regard for anything other than their
needs, their dreams, and their willingness to
do everything they can for themselves.
In the allocation of their resources they focus
on three overarching goals:
1. Every family in our community, that is
willing to do whatever it takes to protect and
nurture their children, gets the support they
need to succeed, therefore, no child from our
community enters foster care unless it is in
their best interest.
2. Every foster child from our community
thrives while in care and transitions out of
foster care to a nurturing, permanent family,
therefore, no child from our community
"ages out" of foster on their own.
3. Every adult with intellectual disabilities,
that longs to live, work, and enjoy life in our
community, gets the support they need to
succeed, therefore, no adult with intellectual
disabilities is excluded from full participation
in community life.
When Jim started as executive director of
Catholic Community Services in 1983 they
served two hundred children, adults and
their families each year with a staff of 20 employees.
Today the workforce includes more
than 300 employees and 60 foster parents
and they serve more than 2000 children,
adults, and their families on any given day.
“The biggest struggles we face today”, says
Jim, “are recruiting enough foster parents to
care for children whose families are either
unwilling or unable to care for them and
recruiting volunteers who will to provide
friendship and mentoring, and other services
in support of the children and adults we
Seymour cites three things, taken together,
that distinguish CCS from other social service
First, all their work is grounded in credible
science. They are nationally accredited and
maintain a connection with the Center on
the Developing Child at Harvard University.
Second, they conform to both the Golden
Rule and the Iron Rule, i.e. "Do unto others
as you would have them do unto you." and
"Don't do things for others that they can and
should do for themselves."
Finally, their work is grounded in their
faith in a loving God who created human beings
in His own image and has commanded
all of us to love one another.
Seymour has received a number of awards
of recognition including: A recipient of the
Diamond Leadership Award from the Oregon
Alliance of Children’s Program, twice
selected Citizen of the Year by the Oregon
Association of Child and Youth Workers and
has twice been appointed to the Governor’s
Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee.
Way back in his college days, working with
those delinquent boys as a volunteer, he
would often tell them that they could emerge
from mistreatment and mistakes and used
his own story to prove it. His own dreadful
early family life prepared him for a life filled
with love and empathy for others who have
experienced life and family crisis. He passionately
relates to their lives and he does so
because, indeed, he’s walked a mile in their
Note: some information here was taken
from an article written by Ed Langlois in the
Catholic Sentinel, Feb 2012.
Bill Isabell is chief meteorologist for KBZY