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Outdoor Mask Requirements begin August 27th – Be Safe


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With COVID-19 rapidly spreading, masks help stop spread of the Delta variant
Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown today announced new statewide outdoor mask requirements to help stop the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant. Effective Friday, August 27, masks will be required in most public outdoor settings, including large outdoor events, where physical distancing is not possible, and regardless of vaccination status. The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) also strongly recommends masking for outdoor gatherings at private residences when individuals from different households do not consistently maintain physical distance.

“The Delta variant is spreading fast and wide, throwing our state into a level of crisis we have not yet seen in the pandemic. Cases and hospitalizations are at a record high,” said Governor Brown. “Masks are a quick and simple tool we can immediately deploy to protect ourselves and our families, and quickly help stop further spread of COVID-19.

“The Delta variant is much more contagious than previous variants we’ve seen, and it has dramatically increased the amount of virus in our communities. Masks have proven to be effective at bringing case counts down, and are a necessary measure right now, even in some outdoor settings, to help fight COVID and protect one another.”

Under the Governor’s direction, the OHA rule will require masks for all individuals — regardless of vaccination status — in outdoor settings in which individuals from different households are unable to consistently maintain physical distance. The rule does not apply to fleeting encounters, such as two individuals walking by one another on a trail or in a park. While the rule does not apply to outdoor gatherings at private residences, masks are strongly recommended in those settings when individuals from different households do not consistently maintain physical distance.

“It is much easier for people with the Delta variant, compared to people who were sick last year, to infect others around them,” said State Health Officer Dr. Dean Sidelinger. “This is because they have one thousand times more virus in their nose – which means that those around them are much more likely to get sick because this variant behaves so differently. We are starting to see instances where cases are clustering around events, like outdoor music festivals, that happen outdoors. Wearing masks in crowded settings – even outdoors – will help slow the spread of COVID-19.”

The rule aligns with the exceptions outlined in the recent statewide indoor mask requirements, and does not apply to:
• Children under 5 years old;
• Individuals who are actively eating, drinking, or sleeping — as well as individuals living outdoors, such as persons experiencing houselessness;
• Persons playing or practicing competitive sports, or engaged in an activity in which it is not feasible to wear a mask — such as swimming;
• Individuals delivering a speech or performing — such as with outdoor music or theater;
• Mask requirements for day-to-day operations at K-12 schools are not governed by this rule, and will instead continue to fall under the school mask rule. Outside public events, spectator events, and gatherings of the general public on K-12 school grounds will be subject to the rule. Child care and youth programs will continue to follow existing OHA mask guidance; and
• In addition, entities subject to the ADA must continue to comply with that law.

The OHA rule will go into effect this Friday, August 27, however Oregonians are strongly encouraged to immediately start wearing masks outdoors, as outlined above.

Governor Brown continued, “The combination of vaccines and masks is the most powerful way we can fight this latest surge of COVID-19 and save lives. Vaccination continues to be the best way you can protect yourself and your family from the Delta variant, and the most effective way we can help our exhausted nurses and doctors, who are working around the clock to treat Oregonians sick with COVID in our ICUs — the majority of which are unvaccinated individuals. With the full FDA approval of the Pfizer vaccine this week, we have additional reassurance that the vaccines are safe and effective.”

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A video message from Governor Brown is available here.

Tigard Families Get Support During COVID-19 Pandemic

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12345 SW Main Street    ◊   Tigard, OR 97223    ◊    ◊    503.639.1656                          

Contact: Debi Mollahan                                                                                                                                                     

CEO, Tigard Chamber of Commerce (TCC)


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Tigard, OR (5/16/21)– Tigard families in need just got a large delivery of supplies to help meet their needs during the COVID-19 pandemic, thanks to Leadership Tigard, a program of the Tigard Chamber of Commerce.

Class participants in the 2021 graduating class of Leadership Tigard collected items for the Good Neighbor Center, which provides emergency housing and supportive, empowering services to parents and their children.

Class members recently donated:

-890 individual diapers                               -108 washcloths                   -45 bath towels                    -30 hand towels

-11 sheet sets, 1 fitted sheet                     -5 twin comforters              -5 pillows                               -1 complete twin bed set  

-feminine hygiene products                      -toothbrushes/paste           -shampoo/soap                    -hand lotion         

-coffee/tea                                                    -Kool-Aid                               -soup/chili                             -mouthwash

-protein drinks                                             -granola bars                        -Rice-A-Roni                          -toilet paper

-children’s toothbrushes                            -sunflower seeds                 -razors                                    -dental proxa brushes

“This is really incredible. To get a mass donation like this, this is months’ worth of supplies,” said Andrew Mahalik, the Outreach Coordinator at Good Neighbor Center.  “With COVID we haven’t been able to accept used cloth materials, so we’ve been going through these rapidly as families move in and out. To be able to provide a touch of home, that really enhances the program we’re able to provide here. It’s been challenging to make it through this last year, but because of generous donations like this, we’ve been able to make it happen.”

While this donation represents a significant boost to the Good Neighbor Center, the need doesn’t stop here. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to contribute to health struggles, job loss and financial hardship for so many, service providers like the Good Neighbor Center still need your help. Please consider sharing this need with your own networks to continue donating goods and supplies. You can find a current ‘wish list’ at

The 2020-2021 Leadership Tigard class also volunteered for Packed with Pride, to assemble 800 food boxes for families in the Tigard-Tualatin School District. To learn more about Packed with Pride and to schedule your own volunteer time, visit To learn more about Leadership Tigard, visit

About Tigard Chamber of Commerce (TCC)

Our Mission: Building & Connecting Businesses, Growing Leaders and Shaping Our Community

Our Vision: Business + Community = Prosperity, Vibrancy & Diversity

2021 Tigard Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Recipients

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The Tigard Chamber of Commerce (TCC) is pleased to announce the 2021 recipients of the Tigard Shining Stars Scholarship Awards. The scholarships are made possible by a generous donation from Pride Disposal and roughly 80 businesses who are members of the Tigard Chamber of Commerce. Applicants were judged based on career plans, extracurricular and/ or work activities, scholastic achievement, and letters of recommendation.

Please join us in congratulating the following students for earning this highly competitive scholarship:

  • Alexander Hernandez-Botello, Tigard High School
  • Devon Padilla, Tualatin High School
  • Isabelle Ford, Tigard High School
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Alexander Hernandez-Botello

Alexander Hernandez-Botello is a heavily involved student at Tigard High School. Through his high school career, he has been a member of the varsity track and cross-country team, Sparrow Club, National Honor Society, STUDD and is an officer for the Tigard Service Club. He has done over 350 hours of volunteer work at different organizations. While maintaining schoolwork and a 3.88 GPA, he has worked at Sky High Sports and now works for Cold Stone.

One of Alexander’s teachers said “Alex…has shown his dedication to academic excellence, his great heart, his maturity. He is the kind of person who will be a leader in his field.”

Alexander plans to go to Portland State University and study political science and economics and then continue onto law school.

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Devon Padilla

Devon Padilla is a Senior at Tualatin High School. He has played soccer competitively and recreationally. He currently works at Panda Express as a Cook. His employer says “He is a hard worker, reliable, interpersonal savvy, and he has the commitment and dedication to school and work.” Devon has also worked and volunteered at the Tigard Festival of Balloons.

Devon is passionate about business, finance, and money. His ultimate goal is to be a legendary entrepreneur. He has started working on that goal by reading business-related topics, talking with business owners and starting two businesses. One business is an eCommerce store on eBay and the other is auto detailing.

Devon plans to complete college to continue to grow personally and as an entrepreneurial businessman.

Isabelle Ford
Isabelle Ford

Isabelle Ford is part of the track and cross-country teams at Tigard High School. She is also a member of Future Business Leaders of America. While maintaining school and extracurricular activities, she also works at Fred Meyer and.

Going into high school, she wanted to become a forensic scientist. During her Junior year, she took an accounting class and that opened a whole new area of interest. She now hopes to attend University of Washington and work towards pursuing the career path in accounting. Her goal is to find a career in forensic accounting.

One of Isabelle’s teachers said “Izzy is an outstanding person and an all-around good person who will excel as she pursues her undergraduate in Accounting next year.”

Our congratulation again to all three recipients. The scholarships will formally be given out at the virtual Tigard Shining Stars Community Awards on Friday, April 30 at 7 p.m… Visit for more information.  

For further details about the Tigard Shining Stars Community Awards, please contact the Tigard Chamber of Commerce at 503-639-1656 or at

Jason Rogers Named 2021 Tigard’s First Citizen

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Jason Rogers has been named as the 2021 recipient of the Tigard’s First Citizen award.   This award recognizes someone who has made in-depth, long-term volunteer contributions to the Tigard community over the years. The winner is active, involved, interested and enthusiastic about making Tigard a nice place to live and work. This individual excels in any area of unpaid endeavor of education, social services, youth work, and community improvement of public services. This award is given in the spirit of all volunteers who remain unknown. The recipient joins the ranks of those previously honored in continually striving to improve the Tigard Area. 

Jason Rogers has been making an impact in the Tigard community for more than 19 years! His volunteer resume begins back in 2002 when he was the EMS representative for the Behavioral Health subcommittee for the Vision Action Network – Washington County.

He later served as the President of the Summerlake Homeowners Association where he worked to improve the by connecting neighbors through annual picnics and events, neighborhood hanging flower baskets and wreaths and by revamping the neighborhood newsletter.

Jason began volunteering for the City of Tigard 1999 by adopting a local trail near his home in Tigard.  Soon after, Jason went on to join the Parks and Recreation Board and was appointed Chair. The Park and Recreation Board advises Public Works and City Council about park and recreation policies, the parks budget, facilities and other needs related to parks and recreation in Tigard. Some of the things Jason assisted with during his time on the board was revisioning of Tigard’s Parks System Master Plan and led two bond measures resulting in Tigard voters approving a $17 million parks bond. He also assisted with the acquisition of the Summer Creek Park, Potso Dog Park, and the Sunrise property.

In January of 2011, he was appointed Tigard Planning Commissioner by City Council and the Mayor and was President of the commission. As a Planning Commissioner, Jason advised the City Council on general land use and transportation planning issues, reviewed development projects and development code provisions delegated to the commission and acted as a hearings body for certain land use applications and land use appeals. He also assisted City Council to develop, maintain, update, and implement the city Comprehensive Plan and Tigard’s Capital Improvements Program, and Urban Forestry Plan.

Jason then transitioned his volunteer efforts to a county level. He was an EMS representative on the Suicide Prevention Council and later joined the Park and Recreation Board for Washington County.

Jason has also been an active volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America since 2007. He is currently Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 874. From May of 2018 to July of 2020, he served as the District Chairman for the Tuality District of the Boy Scouts of America. In this role, he led the districts executive board, secured support from top community leaders, appointed a district nominating committee, planned and presided at district committee meetings, recruited the operating committee chairs, communicated between the council and district and coordinate the work of the district to ensure the success of the units in the district to improve in Journey to Excellence.

And if that is not enough, Jason is also a current member of The American Legion.

As you can see, Jason has a high level of commitment to the betterment of Tigard for the community. His engagements with Tigard range from his local neighborhood to Washington County. You can also see his commitment to youth with his roles with the Boy Scouts on a local and district level.  

Please join us in congratulating Jason on his award and thanking him for his service to our Tigard community.  His award will be formally presented with other Tigard volunteer and business awards at Tigard’s 2021 Shining Stars Community Awards Gala, held on Friday, April 30 from 7-9 p.m. virtually on the Tigard Chamber Facebook page and YouTube channel. Join in on the celebration by pre-ordering dinner from De Angelo’s Catering, get dressed up and join the conversation online while enjoying the award ceremony from the comfort of your home.

For further details about the Tigard Shining Stars Community Awards Gala, please contact the Tigard Chamber of Commerce at 503-639-1656 or at, or go to our website at

Pride Disposal – Tigard Named 2021 Tigard Chamber Business of the Year

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Pride Disposal, Owned by the Leichner Family, has been selected as the 2021 Tigard Chamber Business of the YearThis award recognizes a chamber business that has made in-depth contributions to the Tigard community through their business. The winner is active, involved, interested, and enthusiastic about continuing to make Tigard a destination of choice for local business. Nominee must be a current dues paying member.

Pride Disposal is a family-owned and operated business that has served the Sherwood, Tigard, and Washington County areas since 1986. The Leichner family has worked in the solid waste business since 1917. They have been a Tigard Chamber member from the very beginning.

Pride Disposal & Recycling is dedicated to being a good neighbor and an active member of the communities they serve. They have been community event supporters for events such as the Sherwood Robin Hood Festival, the Sherwood Community Services Fair, the Tigard Balloon Festival, Tigard Tualatin Relay for Life sponsors and donors, Christmas tree collection events for regional Boy Scout troops, and many more. They also sponsor several local youth sports teams.

Some other ways Pride Disposal & Recycling has impacted our community is through their significant and generous donation to the Tigard Chamber of Commerce scholarship fund for the last 20 years. They have fully funded at least one scholarship each year.


Pride Disposal hosts an annual holiday drive where they collect donations for a local organization. In November of 2020, the Good Neighbor Center in Tigard was the recipient of the donations that year. In 2018, they collected new and unused socks and pajamas and donated all the items to the Tigard Caring Closet.

Pride Disposal has been a supporter of the Tigard Chamber of Commerce by donating each year to our silent auction. They also were an in-kind donor for the Tigard Chamber building capital campaign in 1999 – 2000 for garbage services.

In addition to their contributions enumerated above, Pride Disposal & Recycling utilizes the most advanced, state-of-the-art equipment available in order to provide customers with service that is reliable, efficient, competitive, and environmentally friendly. These include:

  • Digitized Route Integration – Pride owns and maintains a fleet of more than 40 of the most sophisticated trucks on the road today. Each truck is equipped with a Routeware system, which provides electronic routes for their drivers, GPS tracking, and communicates seamlessly with the office computers. This system has allowed them to eliminate paper route sheets from their trucks. As a result, their routes have been paperless for more than 15 years!
  • Route Cameras – Each Pride truck has five to six cameras that record the truck’s route. These cameras, which include a camera for backing up, as well as a blind spot camera, are not only paramount for safety but give their company the on-the-job information they need to continually provide excellent customer service.
  • Clean Fuels – Beginning in 2010, they have undergone the process of updating their fleet to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicles. The US Department of Energy estimates that CNG reduces particulate matter emissions by 86%, carbon monoxide emissions by 80%, nitrogen oxide emissions by up to 32%, and greenhouse emissions by 25%. That means these vehicles not only keep your air cleaner, but are 50% quieter than diesel trucks.
  • High Grade Truck Lubricants – All Pride vehicles stay operational through the use of synthetic Hydrotex Hydrosynthetic fluids and food-grade lubricants that eliminate known carcinogens, substantially reduce harmful exhaust emissions, improve fuel economy, increase the life and performance of their engines, and conserve valuable natural resources.

As you can see, Pride Disposal & Recycling has made their impact felt on our community.  Please join us in congratulating the Leichner family and Pride Disposal with their staff on this well-deserved award.  This award will be formally presented with other Tigard volunteer and business awards at Tigard’s 2021 Shining Stars Community Awards Gala, held on Friday, April 30 from 7-9 p.m. virtually on the Tigard Chamber Facebook page and YouTube channel. Join in on the celebration by pre-ordering dinner from De Angelo’s Catering, get dressed up and join the conversation online while enjoying the award ceremony from the comfort of your home.

For further details about Shining Stars, please contact the Tigard Chamber of Commerce at 503-639-1656 or at  or go to our webpage at