Umatilla’s DCA March 21st 2019!

The DCA which stands for Distinguished Citizen Award is a night that you will not want to miss! The community nominates the citizen and business that they feel was above all the others in 2018. The citizen must be a resident of Umatilla to be a qualified nominee. The awards banquet has grown in that we have added the “Above and Beyond” awards, which honors Umatilla’s long time supporter, community advocate, and must have 20 years or more giving back to their town of Umatilla. 

Download your nomination form above and submit it at one of these locations:  Umatilla Chamber of Commerce 100 Cline Avenue, Umatilla OR 97882. Rae’s Dayz Diner & Cakery, City Hall, or Harvest Foods Grocery Store. Nomination forms must be submitted by March 6th 2019, no later. You can purchase your tickets for the event at one of the above locations as well.

Volkssport – ?

What is Volksmarching?

A volksmarch is a noncompetitive 3.1 mile (5 km) or 6.2 mile (10 km) walk. It’s not a pledge walk, it’s not a race, it is a fun activity you do with a club, with your family, with your pet, or all by yourself. Volksmarching got its name from its origins in Europe. Today there are thousands of volkssport clubs around the world, allied in the International Volkssport Federation, the IVV.


Volkssport – a noun or verb. The noun meaning a group of “people’s” sports that include walking, swimming, skiing, swimming, snow shoeing, and biking (and occasionally roller-skating). The verb means to participate in those sports – ex. volkssport Washington state.

Volkssporting – a noun or verb. Same definition as above.

Volkssporter – A person who participates in Volkssporting events.

Volksmarch – a walking event. Also termed volkswalk. In Germany, these events were originally termed Volkswanderung – “volkswandering.” Reportedly this was difficult for American military stationed in Germany to understand and so they started using the term Volksmarsch. It evolved into Volksmarch in the United States. Those feeling that the term was too foreign, coined the word – Volkswalk.

IVV – Internationaler Volkssport Verband – This is the international parent organization which is headquartered in Germany. Many nations have chapters. Our AVA is one of the chapters of these “International Popular Sports Clubs.” The AVA pays dues to the IVV, we have adopted their awards program, we have a vote as a member nation, etc. Volkssporters who travel to other countries will notice that our Distance and Event books are the same size and color, the award patch, pin and certificates are the same, etc.

AVA – American Volkssport Association – This is our national organization. Fees are paid to keep our national organization going in support of the member clubs. The AVA heads up nation-wide programs and processes our awards for us. Our officers are all volunteers.

IVV Awards Program – just like in Europe, you can record the number of events you participate in and the number of km you walk, ski or bike in record books. 

Credit – This is the entry of a validation imprint (stamp) into the event and distance record books you keep. It shows your progress toward reaching the various levels of event and distance awards. Everyone gets excited as a book is nearly filled up! 

The Umatilla Chamber of Commerce located at 100 Cline Avenue, Umatilla Oregon has a Volkssport Kiosk Box on the front side of the building, outside courtesy of Cedar Milers Club a Volkssport International Association club. Get your Walk On! or visit cedar milers association for Oregon State and local area volkssport events and trails. 

Mission Statement

Umatilla Chamber of Commerce Mission Statement

The Mission of the Umatilla Chamber of Commerce is to actively promote local and regional businesses by providing opportunities and platforms where our members connect for the benefit of the community.
Supporting and encouraging a healthy business community, while working to increase tourism to ensure economic growth and stability.

Umatilla Destination Management Plan

The Umatilla Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center teamed up with the City of Umatilla and a Travel Oregon recognized consultant, Jon-Paul Bowles Principal of Destination Management Advisors to collaborate on a plan for Umatilla becoming a destination spot. The project took all of the above mentioned a great deal of time and effort for the production of Jon-Paul Bowles final presentation.  We learned a lot along the way and had a good time working with Jon-Paul.

If you would like to view the presentation please click on the link below

Umatilla Marina and RV Park

The Umatilla Marina and RV Park is a great place to stay, boat, fish, picnic and relax.  On line reservations now available!