It's been a busy month. We welcome new Chamber members: Future of Health Massage, La Perla Larocha, O'Hearn Chiropractic, Ely Apartments, P and P Electric and Iowa Home Care.
The Keep Iowa Beautiful Conference was held in Greenfield this year and Mayor Janet Adams spoke. I had the pleasure of attending as a guest and got to see Kyle Munson speak (Des Moines Register writer). The good news is on May 7, 2014 Webster City will be hosting the next Keep Iowa Beautiful Conference. We look forward to working with the fine organization to make this happen.
The Midwest Area Chamber Executives Conference was in Sioux Falls. I learned about proper procedures for boards, how to use email more effectively, Enterprising States Research information, and Scary Statistics for businesses. I also met with Debi Durham, Iowa's Economic Development Director and shared about The Tour. I invited her to Webster City this summer to spend half a day with us and she agreed. We look forward to working with her to discuss and develop supply chain ideas and businesses, to see what the state can help us create and to show her why Webster City is a perfect location for new businesses.
We finished the Activities Guide this month and are receiving good feedback on it. If you don't have one, stop by the Chamber office and we will give you one. You can find everything to do in our area in this one book. We've already started working on next year's version.
The Chamber had their last weekly coffee on May 24 at P and P Electric. We're going to be doing coffees a little differently from here on out. On June 6 we will be at the Fairgrounds for the first Chamber Quarterly Coffee. It starts at 7:45 a.m. and ends at 9 a.m. We are striving to get as many chamber members and their guests to attend. There are many people who will be recognized and get 30 seconds a piece to share their news with the rest of the group. Award winners, new businesses, new members, people with expansions at their businesses, those with new employees this is an opportunity for Chamber members to hear from each other what is going on in their businesses. We hope to see you there!
Do not worry; there will still be open houses, ribbon cuttings, and the like every month but at the convenience of the member hosting it. It won't always be on a Friday.
Summer Nights is almost here. Live music will be provided by Russell Lachney of Algona. He plays a wide variety of cover songs from the 50's through today. K and H Corporation is making it possible for everyone to enjoy Russell's music at no charge.
Webster City Federal will be selling a light meal and all proceeds will go to support Relay for Life.
"Webster City Federal employees will be grilling and serving sandwiches, chips and a drink with all proceeds to benefit the Hamilton County Relay for Life," said Kyle Swon. "We are thankful to Webster City Custom Meats for partnering with us on the use of their grill and will be purchasing all the meal items from local businesses to provide our support for shopping local."
The Odd Life of Timothy Green is the movie that will be shown in First American Bank Plaza after dark. The Farmer's Market will be in full swing and making a special appearance on Friday night during Summer Nights. Wilson Brewer Park Complex volunteers will be bringing various skins for kids to touch and experience and Pioneer Costumes for the kids to try on. Parents are encouraged to bring their cameras and take lots of pictures.
See who's on the red carpet during the fashion show presented by R Company. Rumor is there will be a lot of local celebrities. Critter Nation will be hosting a Pet Parade involving owners and their pets. Future of Health Massage is providing chair massages and is expected to be quite busy. If you don't know what kinds of wines are good or what you might like, Wine Shop at Home is hosting a Wine Aptitude Test. Learn how to relax with Scentsy look for the living room in the middle of the street. There will also be kettle corn available for sale along with homemade lemonade. Stop by the outdoor bistro at The Lunch Box for an ice cream treat or visit La Perla Larocha for corn on the cob.
Summer Nights will kick off with this first event on June 14. Come again July 5 and Aug. 9 for the next two summer nights. There is no charge to attend, the music and movies are free and there are minimal charges for food. If you are a vendor, there are still opportunities to participate. Contact the Chamber office for more information. See you at Summer Nights.
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