Coffee talk

Members of the Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce shared business updates, honors and news of upcoming events Thursday morning during the quarterly coffee meeting at Kendall Young Library.

Chamber Director Deb Brown and Sheena Anderson of Stein Heating and Cooling, the coffee sponsor, welcomed the members.

Mayor John Hawkins gave an update on behalf of the city staff. He said plans were moving forward for projects along East Second Street. He also recapped the goal setting session held last week by the City Council and told the crowd the search for the new city manager is underway.

Several businesses introduced new employees. Steve Mourlam of WCF Financial Bank, introduced Kasie Doering, the bank’s new Chief Financial Officer.

Lori Foster of Van Diest Medical Center introduced Gina Schnathorst, the VDMC clinic manager. She gave an update on the progress of the new Van Diest Family Health Clinic construction. With work scheduled to be completed in August, Schnathorst said opening for the clinic is planned for early May.

Other companies welcoming new employees included Southfield Wellness Community and Farm Credit of America. John Boughton of Southfield Wellness introduced Mari Jo Timmons, the new director of nursing, and Don Stangeland, director of maintenance. Jeanne Hill of Farm Credit introduced employees Miriam Rhinehart, Kendra Chizek, Lori Nelson, Erin Mickelson and Lisa Berglund.

Organizers of Smart Money Week, scheduled for April 23 to 30, presented the schedule of events for the week. Events get underway Saturday, April 23 with a community shred event at the WCF Financial Bank parking lot. The event gives community members the chance to shred paperwork and documents at no cost. Barb Wollan will present a “Welcome to Retirement” workshop and activity on April 25 at Kendall Young Library.

A program on business succession planning will be held Tuesday, April 26 at WCF Financial Bank’s meeting room, sponsored by the chamber and Small Business Development Center. A home insurance versus a house fire program will be held on Wednesday, April 27, sponsored by the Webster City Fire Department and Town and Country Insurance.

Attorney Zach Chizek will lead a program on wills and estate planning on Thursday, April 28 at Foster Funeral Home.

Maureen Seamonds of Legacy Learning Boone River Valley talked about upcoming workshops and classes, as well as the second visioning meeting planned for later this month.

Other events discussed included the upcoming Webster City Community Theatre production of “Cheaper by the Dozen,” which opens April 1; Sip N’ Stroll on April 15; the St. Thomas Ball, set for April 30 and Junquefest, scheduled for Memorial Day Weekend.