Welcome New Members: Winter 2016


AlyBlue Media

Oxford Suites Bellingham

Green Century Events

Movement Mortgage

Atlas Computer Works

AMS Print & Mail

Balanced Living Massage & Wellness

The Cheese Shop at Appel Farms

Guardian Security Systems, Inc

Honeysuckle Floral & Gifts

Five Points Appraisals


Whatcom Family Acupuncture

Essential Oil Joy—doTERRA


We are proud to have welcomed 51 new Members in 2015!




Meet Your 2016 Executive Board of Directors!

AdrianPresident, Adrian Hilde of BPOC Services

Adrian Hilde owns and operates BPOC Services, a janitorial, facility services company that has proudly served Whatcom County since 2004.

He has been a Board Member since 2014 and attributes a lot of his success to being a part of the Ferndale Chamber.

Adrian has lived in Whatcom County since 1997. Prior to BPOC Services, he was a commercial fisherman for 11 years, and fish monger for 13 years. Adrian enjoys golfing, cooking and serving his clients.


Sarah Koehler business portrait. Bellingham, WA. © 2014 Mark TurnerVice President, Sarah Koehler of Friends of the Ferndale Library

Sarah has lived in the Ferndale area for over 20 years and has worked for the Whatcom County Library System for 18 yrs. She accepted the Ferndale Branch Manager position in spring of 2008 and quickly began looking for opportunities for the Library to get more involved in the Ferndale community. The Ferndale Chamber of Commerce has been an invaluable connection, giving Sarah the opportunity to promote the many services the Whatcom County Library System offers and the hard work the  Friends of the Ferndale Library.


Tim MillerTreasurer, Tim Miller of PSE Ferndale Generation Station

I grew up in Texas and earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas, Austin.  Following college, I served as an officer in the US Navy for four years. My wife, Diane, and I moved to Whatcom County in 1992.  We specifically chose to live and raise our family here because we value the quality of life and natural beauty the area has to offer. My work brought me to the Ferndale area in 2000 as Plant Manager of the Tenaska Ferndale Cogeneration Station.  I have served as the Board appointed Treasurer for the Chamber since May of 2011.


Pete Harksell, Jr. business portrait. Bellingham, WA. © 2014 Mark Turner

Member at Large, Pete Harksell of Pete’s Auto Repair

I am a lifetime resident of Ferndale/Whatcom County. My wife Nita and I have owned and operated Pete’s Auto Repair in Ferndale for over 20 years. I am an ASE Certified Technician, Certified Parts Specialist and Certified Service Advisor. I have been an active member of the Ferndale Kiwanis for over 30 years, and have been both President and Secretary of the club. I have been a member of the Whatcom Old Settlers Association for the past 35 years, and was President in 1988.


Upcoming Ferndale Events


1—New Years Day

*6—Leading Ladies

*14—Ferndale Power Hour

18—Martin Luther King Jr. Day

*21—Annual Banquet



*3—Leading Ladies

*11—Business Unplugged

14—Valentines Day

15—Presidents’ Day

*17—Membership Luncheon



*2—Leading Ladies

*3—Chamber Member

*10—Ferndale Power Hour

*16—Membership Luncheon

*19—Ferndale Spring Run Off


Confused About ChamberMaster? Let Us Help!

The questions have been flowing in—what is ChamberMaster and how can I best utilize it in order to help my business?

To answer all of your ChamberMaster questions, we have scheduled our March Power Hour to focus on this topic!

Join us March 10th from 3:45-5pm at the Ferndale WECU branch for this education packed event!

We will show you everything from how to create your username and password, to setting up your company Information and registering for events.

Also, don’t miss our January Power Hour featuring CJ Seitz of WWU’s Small Business Development Center who will be talking about setting up your 2016 business plan!

Upcoming Power Hours

January 14—Develop Your Plan for 2016!

March 10—ChamberMaster Demystified!



Board Member Profile–Meet Our Newest Addition!

6c9180e9-4964-4887-bdd1-ddf394a65216My name is Lisa Hanley. I am the marketer for Baker Septic Tank Pumping Inc. and the owner of What A Pane Glass Studio. I have lived and worked locally for the last 11 years. While that chunk of time won’t qualify me as a local, it has certainly given me the opportunity to become quite invested in the welfare of our community. It is for that very reason that I work for Baker Septic, a family owned, 3rd generation led company that has strong roots in Ferndale. We take great pride in delivering excellent service as we take care of our customers, any time, day or night.
I believe that a community’s success stems in large part from thriving businesses, educational opportunities, job creation and enough resources for those in need. I am excited by the prospect of playing an active role as a board member, in any capacity necessary, to help foster Ferndale’s continued growth and wellness. I am especially interested in helping low income families learn about what options are available to them, and lessening any feelings of disenfranchisement they might be experiencing.

Ambassador Spotlight

Julie Farrow BESTWhen I moved my Farmers Insurance agency from Bellingham to Main Street, a year ago, I admit I didn’t know very much about Ferndale.  I decided to join the Ferndale Chamber of Commerce and have truly valued its role as a venue for meeting people, finding out about community events and marketing my agency.  
I am proud to be an Ambassador as I believe that a strong, vibrant Chamber is only possible when its members are active.  With such a small staff, and yet such a powerful and broad-reaching mission, it takes all of us to help carry the cause.  
I consider being an Ambassador for the Chamber to be a means to meet more people and discover more about this great community while trying to help build the Chamber’s effectiveness in carrying out its important work.  And I know the more in touch I am with our local businesses and our municipality at large, the better I will be able to serve their insurance needs.

–Julie Farrow, Farmer’s Insurance, Julia Farrow

Upcoming Membership Luncheons


Join us at our Annual Banquet on Thursday, January 21 from 5-8pm at The Event Center at the Silver Reef!

Thanks to our Banquet sponsors, Phillips 66 Ferndale Refinery, Starvin’ Sam’s Mini Mart, People’s Bank and Pete’s Auto Repair!


Wednesday, February 17



Thanks to our meeting sponsor, Flow Motion!


Wednesday March  16


Speaker to be announced

Meeting sponsorship still available–contact Kelsey for more information!


Biz Buzz


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!