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From the Director...

Updated: Feb 20

King Tides were incredible and brought many out to enjoy them. I am always in awe of the ocean and beauty of it. The Oregon Coast is my home and when we moved here, I told my husband I will never take the view for granted. I am grateful to be here and support local businesses, the community and our guests. Helping businesses is truly my passion. If you need help, call me. I speak with other chamber directors regularly and the phrase we say most often is "Help me, Help you." I am here to help you and your business thrive. Together we will succeed.

We are beyond thrilled to share with you that Depoe Bay Chamber is one of the eight Oregon Coast destination management organizations (DMOs) that were granted a total of $201,240 to partner with Wheel the World, a global accessible travel company, in their effort to make the Oregon Coast more accessible to travelers with disabilities. You can learn more HERE. Get a head start and join the Lincoln City Chamber for an Accessible Travel Conference on February 10th. More details and registration below.

Crab Feed Returns on Saturday, April 15th! We are bringing back the ever-popular Crab Feed with a new twist. This year you will be able to enjoy your delicious crab meal (yes you still crack it yourself) but with a new addition... Chowder Cook-off! Come and help us pick Depoe Bay's Best Chowder and enjoy delicious crab meal. Anyone can enter and everyone can vote! Neighbors for Kids will be back with hot dogs and desserts too. More details and ticket information coming soon.

Treasures By the Sea Virtual Auction is just around the corner on February 24th to March 3rd. You can bid on great baskets, gift certificates, overnight stays, art, jewelry, experiences and more. There is still time to donate and sponsor. Our auction will be shared on several platforms and featured in the Oregon Coast Today. You and/or your business will not only be listed as a donor or sponsor, but it will have a direct link to you. It's a great way to market yourself and support your chamber.

Discover Depoe Bay Card! We are working on new ways to support you and encourage spending in our businesses. To do that we are working with chamber members on a special card that visitors and locals can purchase and use all year long at participating member businesses. We have hotels offering specials like stay 3 nights get the 4th free, restaurants with buy one get one appetizer, grocery stores with $5 off your purchase, attractions with $2-5 off and gift shops with 5-10% off your purchase and more. More details and sign up will be at the February 2nd meeting.

I know we are all gearing up for spring break and all of the activities that follow. I hope to see you all soon...

Be the reason someone smiles today,

Mellissa Sumner

Chamber Director



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