New Fiscal Year, New Board Members, Busy October…
As we embark on a brand new fiscal year at the Chamber, I reflect on what we have accomplished and where we are going. We have had several challenges at the Chamber this past year, but with the help of our Board and their willingness to think outside of the box, we have met each challenge with a solution. As we begin our new year, we have sent ballots to the membership for electing four new candidates for our Chamber Board of Directors. All ballots are due back to the Chamber by this Friday, October 3rd. I would like to take this moment to thank our retiring Board Members for their work this past year and the years that they served. Thank you to; Kim Soderholm (Bank Midwest), Taunya Swenson (River Valley Fitness), Chad Eken (formerly of United Prairie Bank), & Gini Sorbo (Bank of the West)!
Chamber Golf Outing
We had a fabulous day of golf and networking on September 20th. The winners for the second year in a row was Edward Jones’ team (Tara Christensen Office). Thank you to all of you who sponsored the event and participated at the event. We look forward to seeing you next year!
Chamber Office – Volunteer Needs
The Chamber Office is seeking volunteers to assist with administrative type duties, lunch coverage of the office, and assisting visitor’s with information. If you would like to be part of our team, please call the Chamber Office or stop in and speak with me.
37th Annual Craft & Collectibles Show – October 4th
Our annual Craft and Collectibles is October 4th and again being held at the Windom Community Center as a co-promoted event with the Community Center. The event will run 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mark your calendars for October 4th to attend the show. This year will feature a new layout with over 40 exhibitors with a wide variety of items for sale. If you are an exhibitor and want to be part of the show contact the Chamber Office today.
New Chamber Gala to kick off the 2014-15 year – October 22nd
This year’s Annual Meeting will play host to an evening of dinner, annual meeting, awards, and entertainment/speaker. The Windom Convention & Visitors Bureau and Windom Area Development Corporation will host their Annual Meeting at the same time. The night will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a reception, followed by dinner with entertainment. Your invitation is in the mail and we ask that you reply by October 8th, so that we can get an accurate count of who will be in attendance.
Candidate Forum – October 28th
The Chamber is hosting a Candidate Forum on Tuesday, October 28th at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at City Hall. We are inviting all candidates seeking a seat on Windom’s City Council as well as those seeking a seat as a Commissioner in Cottonwood County. This is a great opportunity for you to get out and meet the candidates and hear what their view points are as potential leaders for your community.
Windom Career Fair – October 29th
The Windom Economic Development Authority, the Windom Chamber, WECC, and Windom Area School have come together to bring a career fair to Windom. The Windom Career Fair will be held at the Windom Community Center on Wednesday, October 29th. There will be a session from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. exclusively for area/regional high schools. We are already expecting attendance from over six school districts. This is a great opportunity for 9th through 12th grade students to begin to think seriously about their career path. The Career Fail will open again from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and will be open to the general public seeking employment, or considering a new career.
Chamber Coffees for OCT:
3 Good Samaritan Society – Sogge Memorial
10 River’s Edge Realty – Ribbon Cutting & Open House
17 OPEN for a Chamber Member to host a coffee
24 Bank Midwest – Employee Ownership Celebration
31 OPEN for a Chamber Member to host a coffee