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The American Legion Post 152
White Bird, Idaho
13654 Highway 95 S.
White Bird, ID  83554
208.404.8571
Walt Lindsey, Commander

When was your organization founded/established?

There was an American Legion Post active in the 80s; but, for various reasons, it disbanded.  Post 152 was “resurrected” in 2016 with rather an interesting story.  There was a veteran in town suffering from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), and the locals rallied to help with the VA.  This led to the question, “Are there other vets like this that we can assist?”  Then, we need to bring the Post back to life.  There are 88 people in the town of White Bird; Post 152 has 107 members!  Our Post is the fastest growing post in the nation!

Describe your organization.  What products or services do you provide?  Do you have a business slogan or motto?

Our goal is to support and advocate for veterans.  We help veterans coordinate their benefits and assist with claims.  We participated in the recent debate about keeping VA services as part of Syringa Hospital.  We are part of the over 10,000 veterans in Idaho, which means lobbying power with the state legislature (and nationally).  We make our needs known!  We partner with other groups such as the VFW.

Some of our activities include assisting with veteran burials at the White Bird Cemetery District.  We help with cemetery cleanup, provide flags for veterans, hold flag changing ceremonies.  Our big project at present is Veterans’ Memorial Park.  The second phase of construction, which is set for completion by Memorial Day, will be the installation of two ceremonial fire pits, granite benches and granite slabs inscribed with the names of White Bird veterans dating back to the Indian wars.  Phase three will be landscaping, ADA access, and the installation of a bathroom.  The post is selling pavers help fund the park work.

We help within our own community providing whatever help is needed.  We are White Bird’s “go-to” group when something needs doing!!  We help the community of White Bird in many and varied ways.  This winter truckloads of wood were donated.  We split and delivered firewood to persons in the community who couldn’t provide this much needed heat source for themselves.  We have assisted other groups whenever called upon:  the Rebekahs, the Fire Department, the QRU, and Medical & Relief.

The Legion is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization.  100% of the funds we receive go back into the community (Veterans’ Memorial Park, for instance).

Our motto is probably “That’s how we roll.”  We get involved with the community and “don’t argue about the kind of coffee we drink.”

What is it that you want area residents and visitors to know about your business?

We are here to help the community.  We can offer financial support or by physically doing the work.  Whoever needs us, we are there to help.  Our veterans come first; but community is a close second.

A few of our other community activities include cooking sausage at the Joe Wilson Sausage Breakfasts, and assisting with the Christmas stockings distributed at the White Bird Christmas festivities.

What’s an interesting fact about your business that most people don’t know?

We have been recognized by state and national American Legions in the Legion magazine which has over 11 million subscribers.

The American Legion sponsors baseball teams anywhere in the district (we are in District 2, the Camas Prairie, which includes White Bird, Grangeville, Kooskia, Kamiah, Nezperce, Craigmont, Moscow, Orofino, and Elk City).  An Idaho team has gone to the World Series for the past two years!  (American Legion Baseball is one of the nation’s most successful amateur athletic programs.)

This year is the 100-year anniversary of the American Legion.  We will have ceremonies on Memorial Day, May 27, at our Memorial Park.  We will start the flag ceremony and reading of the names followed by a 21-gun salute at 11:11 on Monday.  At noon the we will be in the park for a flag ceremony, 21-gun salute, fire lighting, and quilts of valor presentations.  We have invited several dignitaries to attend this celebration including the governor of Idaho and our representative, Priscilla Giddings.  And we hope to have national press coverage from the American Legion magazine.

What do you most enjoy about doing business in White Bird?

The sense of satisfaction and accomplishment when we help individuals and the community.  We sense the gratitude and appreciation of the people we assist.  There is no better feeling!

Why are you a Chamber member?  What can the Chamber do to help you?  What has been the most valuable aspect of your White Bird Chamber membership?

Being a Chamber member helps us become more aware of community happenings—and needs.  Because of being part of the Chamber, we were asked to assist at a BBQ in Riggins.  The Chamber helps with networking within the town and in the outlying communities.  The Chamber helps to promote our organization in many ways.  We have a spot on the website to help make our presence known.  The Chamber helps us with community involvement and support.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

The last weekend in June will see our 3rd annual Crawdad Feed.  I, Walt Lindsey, am President of the American Legion Riders in Area A.  The riders are motorcycle enthusiasts of the Northwest.  I hope to make White Bird and the Crawdad Feed a destination ride.  On Friday, June 28, is the American Legion Riders Legacy Ride.  We will leave White Bird at 11 a.m. for the ride/tour.  On Saturday, June 29, the Crawdad Boil begins at 4 p.m.  It promises to be another outstanding event for us!

Also, in June (15), during White Bird Days, you will be able to see us outside, next to Red’s Café for our BBQ.  Please stop by and say “hello” and treat yourself to some tasty fixins’.

APRIL MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

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White Bird and Meadows Valley
208.347.2345
idahocowgrl@gmail.com
www.IdahoVacationRentals.net
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When was your business founded/established?

Our venture into the world of rental properties began in 2017.  My husband and I own a ranch in New Meadows, and we are scaling down our ranch enterprise and beginning to look forward to retirement.  The sale of some property gave us some money for investment.  We offer two vacation rentals, one in Meadows Valley and the other in White Bird.

Describe your Business.  What products or services do you provide?  Do you have a business slogan or motto?

Experience it all…beautiful views, serenity, peace, and privacy.  Easy access to the best that Central Idaho offers.  An abundance of wildlife, thousands of miles of State and Federal land to explore, hiking, biking, riding ATVs, birding, fishing, hunting, white water rafting…and oh yes, the wildflowers in the Spring!  It’s all available to you here.  We offer a charming home in White Bird with beautiful views of the mountains and the Salmon River.  You can rent a whole house at an affordable price.  Families and groups can relax and have a more enjoyable vacation experience.

Our properties are your “home away from home.”  In rural settings, one can have peace and quiet and privacy.  But we are close enough to all the action and activity the surrounding area has to offer.  This is a good place to relax and do nothing at all; or, for the outdoor minded person, to be active in the fresh air!

Our website has photos of our rentals and detailed descriptions of all the amenities offered.  There are also photos of the surrounding area and all the beautiful scenery and wildlife.  Please take a look.

What is it that you want area residents and visitors to know about your business?

We provide a family friendly atmosphere at both rentals.  We are conveniently located in Central Idaho—close to all the action.

We are always available to our customers to provide whatever they might need.  But, if you want privacy, we can handle that too!

Spend your next getaway with us at one of our vacation rentals.  You will enjoy the breathtaking views.  Lots of space to relax and lots of amenities.

What’s an interesting fact about your business that most people don’t know?

Our rentals are one of the few places in the area providing spacious accommodations.  We offer a comfortable in-home setting and provide a unique vacation experience.

Staying at a vacation rental is less expensive and more comfortable than some other lodging offerings.

At our Meadows Valley property, you just might be able to watch some ranch activities first-hand (in warmer weather, of course) since we deal in registered Angus cattle.

Cliff Barnett is an avid hunter and fisherman and knows a great deal about this area.  He can give expert advice to the pro or the novice about the out-of-doors in this area.

What do you most enjoy about doing business in White Bird?

Our rental properties have provided us with the opportunity to interact with people from all walks of life.  We enjoy our visitors very much.  We have had renters from as far away as Oklahoma and Arizona.

Our business provides a place to stay for folks visiting the area, folks attending family get-togethers in the area (such as family reunions and funerals).  We take pride in our ability to provide comfortable and affordable lodging when away from your own home.

Why are you a Chamber member?  What can the Chamber do to help you?  What has been the most valuable aspect of your White Bird Chamber membership?

My main reason for joining the Chamber was to advertise on the website.  I also wanted more contact with other Chamber members.  I feel the Chamber of Commerce is good for promoting my business; connections with other members is very helpful from a business standpoint.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

I am an artist working with many media.  I am a member of the Salmon River Art Guild and the Central Idaho Artists Association.  In the future I hope to have some of my works on display in our rentals.  I am particularly interested in focusing on the western way of life as a way of recording what I feel is a disappearing lifestyle.  I enjoy painting dilapidated barns, homesteads, and other buildings; livestock, and wildlife.  I want to share my love of ranching and the out-of-doors with others.

MARCH MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

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The Canyon House
128 White Bird Rd
White Bird, ID 83554
208.839.2777
canyonhouse@yahoo.com
canyonhousewhitebird.com
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When was your business founded/established?

The Canyon House started the first day of Spring in 2003.  We will be celebrating 16 years in business on March 21, 2019.

Describe your Business.  What products or services do you provide?  Do you have a business slogan or motto?

We offer unique gifts, espresso, and lodging in our spacious vacation rental.  We are a fully stocked liquor store.  We have made-in-Idaho wines.  In addition, we function as the official headquarters of the White Bird Chamber.  There is lots of information about this area available in the brochure rack.  We advertise for local jet boat companies.  Several of the staff are quite knowledgeable about White Bird and its surroundings.  Ask a question; they have the answers.  Visitors and town residents alike enjoy conversing with the owners and staff.  We are the “You gotta stop shop!”

What is it that you want area residents and visitors to know about your business?

We are reliable.  We are open 7 days a week with convenient hours to serve you.  If we don’t have it, we’ll get it for you!  Just make your request known.

What’s an interesting fact about your business that most people don’t know?

Most people know about our store offerings, but fewer know about our vacation rental.  We rent a spacious suite for personal or business use.  Over the years many travelers have taken advantage of our accommodations.  At times we have entertained persons who have had vehicle breakdowns or encountered severe weather conditions and stayed with us until they could move on.  We always enjoy our quests.

What do you most enjoy about doing business in White Bird?

We most enjoy the opportunity to meet-and-greet many different people from many different places.  Conversing with visitors and local residents alike makes for an interesting day.  We learn from them, and they learn from us.  People like to talk and visit at our store; we are an informal “chat room.”

Why are you a Chamber member?  What can the Chamber do to help you?  What has been the most valuable aspect of your White Bird Chamber membership?

Chamber membership provides us with an opportunity to advertise and promote our business.  We also enjoy the many activities the Chamber sponsors, and we contribute to and participate in them in order to help this community.

We look forward to a continued relationship with the Chamber and its assistance in promoting our business and this town of White Bird.

The most valuable aspect of our membership, we feel, is advertisement.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

We (Verna, Joaquin, and Nicole) would like to thank everyone in the community for their great support these past 16 years.