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Northwest Soccer Park, one of the county’s most active athletic facilities for nearly 25 years, is about to undergo a major transformation, thanks to a generous influx of funding combined from the state legislature and Phillips 66.

“The Phillips 66 Ferndale Refinery workforce is proud of the contributions we’ve made in Ferndale, Bellingham and other surrounding communities,” said Ferndale refinery manager Rich Harbison. “To our knowledge, this is the largest single gift we’ve made during more than 60 years of operation here in Whatcom County, and we’re excited that this donation will benefit so many young people and adults.”

Whatcom Sports & Recreation will combine funding allocated to the soccer park in the 2015-17 Washington State budget with a $700,000 donation from Phillips 66 to construct two artificial turf fields, with lights and scoreboard.


On December 20, Grief Diaries, a community and brand dedicated to offering company, comfort and hope through life’s losses, released a 10-book anthology featuring stories from contributors around the world. Packed with intimate experiences, the series offers comfort and promote healing and understanding in the aftermath of the loss and other dark challenges.

Published by AlyBlue Media, the anthology series will be available on Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, and other major retail book sellers around the world.



Sanitary Service Company (SSC) was named the Outstanding Philanthropic Small Business of 2015 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Advancement Northwest (AFP). The award was accepted by Recycling Manager, Rodd Pemble, at the AFP’s annual National Philanthropy Day Luncheon held Thursday, November 12 in Seattle in recognition of SSC’s longtime support of Western Washington University (WWU) and more than 100 other Whatcom County community organizations. “We are privileged to serve the people, businesses, and institutions in our communities, and to work in partnership, and I emphasize the word partnership, with so many others to improve the quality of life for all,” said Pemble.


Social Media Stats

Here’s where we stand after the 4th quarter of 2015!

Visits:  3,172

New Likes: 84


New Followers: 68


New Followers: 23


In the Visitor’s Center..


October: 84

November: 62

December: 48


Visit us at 2007 Cherry Street in Ferndale WA!


A Word From Chamber President, Adrian Hilde

AdrianOut with the old and in with the new 2016 Ferndale Chamber.

I hope you all had a happy and safe holiday season. My name is Adrian Hilde your new Chamber president. I own BPOC Services, a commercial janitorial company, along with my business partner Tom Manion.

I have been a Member of the Chamber for going on six years now and I look forward to serving as your president. I encourage each and every one of you to tell me how the Chamber could be improved to serve you, the Member, better.  Let’s all do our part to make this the best Chamber ever.

I would like to thank Larry Hoffman and the current Board of Directors for all of their hard work in the last year, as well as Ann and Kelsey, who are two of the best assets we have as a Chamber.  I would also like to take a moment to welcome the newest addition to our Board, Lisa Hanley of Baker Septic Tank Pumping Inc.

If you have not taken advantage of ChamberMaster yet, please spend some time learning how to use this useful tool as I am more than positive it will be beneficial to you and your business. If you would like an introduction or a tutorial of ChamberMaster all you have to do is ask and we would be happy to assist you.

We are here to help you and the Ferndale community grow and prosper into a bigger and better place to live and work. Our annual Board Retreat is just around the corner and I am looking forward to holing up in a room for a few hours and deciding the direction of the Chamber for the next year.

If you have not yet RSVP’d for the Annual Banquet, you will be missing out on our Diamond Jubilee celebration. That’s right folks your Chamber has hit the 60 year milestone. I encourage you to come out and wish it a happy birthday with food and fun for all. This is a great event to connect to your fellow Chamber Members, celebrate accomplishments and support local scholarships by helping us raise money at our silent auction.

I hope to see you all at the banquet in my ill fitting suit.
—Adrian Hilde, 2016 Chamber President










—Adrian Hilde, Ferndale Chamber President