Coffee talk

Chamber members gather for quarterly meeting

Kim Peck, left, introduced Jessica Nydegger, a new employee at First State Bank.

The Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce quarterly coffee meeting was held Thursday morning at the St. Thomas Aquinas School parish center.

Duane Siepker, principal at St. Thomas, welcomed the chamber members and talked about the school’s philosophy and mission. The school’s sole fundraiser, the annual Friends of St. Thomas Ball, will be held May 5 at the parish center with the theme, “A Grand Affair.” Heidi Tesdahl, a volunteer with the school and part of the ball committee, explained that the event will feature a live and silent auction, food and music, with a grand prize raffle drawing for $10,000.

Daniel Ortiz-Hernandez, city manager, gave an update on city projects during the meeting.

Branch Manager Laurie Epps of Availa Bank introduced a new employee, Tammy Johnson, who has transferred from the Jewell location.

Kim Peck of First State Bank introduced new employee Jessica Nydegger.

The Chamber of Commerce quarterly meeting was held Thursday morning at St. Thomas Aquinas School. Daniel Ortiz-Hernandez, above, city manager gave an update on city projects.

Tiffany Larson of the Bee Inspired Program gave an update on the successful Dodge for a Cause event held last week, hosted by SHIFT Happens. The event raised about $700 for a new youth mentoring program in the community.

Russ Appel of Briggs Woods Golf Course gave overview of the progress at the Briggs Woods Conference Center. He said the construction project is well-underway and that they expect the building to be completed in the fall.

Chamber Director Linda Christianson made a donation on behalf of Pam Johnson of The Big Picture to Kendall Young Library Director Ketta Lubberstedt-Arjes. The Webster City business gives a quarterly donation to the library. Christianson said Johnson will soon be moving her business to Fort Dodge.

Marilyn Middleton of Southfield Wellness Community presented her update in the form of a poem. She said this year’s Easter Egg Hunt, done in conjunction with the City of Webster City, will be held March 24 at Fuller Hall.

Other presentations were given by Lori Foster of Van Diest Medical Center and Mark Dohms of Webster City Community Theatre about upcoming programs.

New members this quarter include Community and Family Resources, DejaVu Boutique, Diamond in the Rough, Express Employment Professionals, TTMM Promotions LL dba Hamilton County Speedway, Hillcrest Manufactured Home Park and Home Grown Social Media.

Christianson reminded members of the McDonalds grand re-opening and ribbon cutting on March 12 at 4 p.m. She also told those present that plans are progressing for Junquefest 2018, scheduled for May 25-27.