To Do: Dessert Tasting in May

If you are looking to do something unique in the Valley, go dessert tasting. Here are Buttercloud Bakery’s May desserts:

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Gospel Garden Project Receives Love Bucket

The Chamber Leadership class this year has chosen to build a sustainable raised garden for The Medford Gospel Mission. The project has been receiving great community support. The Love Bucket is one and was featured in the latest issue of the Auto Emporium magazine: Love Bucket Supports Gospel Garden Project


Bank Collects Socks

U.S. Bank employees in Medford donated 300 pairs of socks to United Way. Representatives of United Way will distribute the socks to local people in need.

“The socks were collected at U.S. Bank’s recent all employee meeting in Medford,” said Gloria Schell, market president for U.S. Bank in Medford. “The U.S. Bank team filled containers with socks for adults and children. This was a fun and effective way for us to help our neighbors in need.”

“What a great gift from U.S. Bank employees!  Socks and sundries are always a challenge and very needed.  We’re fortunate to have such creativity applied for meetings and hope other corporations follow suit.” said Dee Anne Everson, executive director, United Way of Jackson County.  “We all know keeping our feet warm goes a long way in keeping our bodies warm and 300 people will be helped by this inspiration way to attend an all staff meeting!”

In addition, U.S. Bank employees across the company donated more than 81,000 pairs of socks to homeless shelters and other local nonprofit organizations around the country. The nonprofits in those communities will also distribute the socks to people in need.

More than 40,000 of U.S. Bank’s employees gathered at meeting sites in more than 71 markets to receive an update on the company’s activities, employee volunteer efforts and to share ideas as to how they can assist customers and communities.

U.S. Bank supports the community with programs designed to award grants to nonprofit organizations, inspire volunteerism among its employees, highlight and support key partners such as United Way, and rally around employees who face hardship through an employee assistance program. U.S. Bank also tracks and reports its community lending, education and volunteer activities in the spirit of the federal Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) as well as in its annual Corporate Citizenship Report.

Brand Launch of Medford and The Rogue Valley

Travel Medford, formerly known as Medford Visitors & Convention Bureau, is proud to present the new destination brand for Medford & The Rogue Valley. The impetus for rebranding was born November 2010 out of a mutual realization, throughout the community, of the need for a unifying message and identity that represents our region and culture.

Over the next 15 months, a branding committee was formed and extensive research conducted. Community members, business leaders, tourism experts and visitors were surveyed. Bill Baker, destination branding expert, was hired to assist in the process. The wealth of information gained through this exercise became the foundation of the new brand.

The new brand is built around the tagline, Great Performances Daily. Describing it further, Travel Medford Senior Vice President, Anne Jenkins says, “It encompasses the many passionate and creative artists across all industries and the innovative work they produce every day.”

An additional component of the rebranding was the creation of brand personality and the identification of four key experiences most representative of Medford & The Rogue Valley: Arts & Culture, Artisan Foods, Wineries and Events. Complementing these four are five companion experiences: Outdoor Recreation, Crater Lake, Fresh Produce, Sports and our Small Towns & Downtowns.

The brand launch has been an all-day event beginning at the Ginger Rogers Craterian Theater in Medford. From there a roadshow carried the message throughout the Rogue Valley–to Butte Creek Mill in Eagle Point and the US Hotel Ballroom in Jacksonville. The roadshow will return to Medford for a press event at 4:30 p.m. at the Visitor’s Information Center and shortly following will be a celebration at the Harry & David Country Village. Please join the Harry & David team from 5 to 8 p.m to wrap up the day with complimentary wine tasting, appetizers, hors d’oeuvres and live music.