October – Newsletter from the Director
September was the last month of the Chamber’s fiscal year and the Golf Outing was a perfect end of the year wrap up. Despite a slight delay due to a short, yet rather torrential downpour, everything went quite smoothly. I would like to thank the Country Club for allowing us to reserve the course for the day and serving a delicious dinner, all the awesome businesses that were either hole sponsors or donated items for door prizes, all the volunteers that helped put the event together, and of course all 13 teams that participated! We had four more teams than last year and it’s great to see people taking part in events and activities our Chamber and community have to offer. In case you missed the Golf Outing October is full of events for all interests and all ages!
In the News
On October 6th the Rehabilitation Department at Windom Area Hospital will be hosting their annual Soup Walk from 11:30am-1pm in the WAH Ambulance Parking Lot. The Parkinson’s Support Group will be meeting on the 11th at 2pm at the Windom Area Hospital. The Windom Haunted Sghoul House “What Nightmares Are Made of” will be taking place on the 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd, 28th, and 29th at 7pm, 8pm, 9pm, 10pm at the BARC. On the 18th the Windom Area Hospital will start their prenatal education class series; the class will be for the next five weeks on Tuesdays at 6:30pm. On the 27th Windom Senior Dining will be celebrating October birthdays (reservations are required). Also, on the 31st, Senior Dining will be having a Halloween Party with a costume contest. Reinbows will be having a Kids Fall Festival from 10am-3pm at Schwalbach Ace Hardware on the 29th and on the 31st they will be having a parade at 2:30pm in the Good Samaritan Society parking lot followed by trick-or-treating out at Reinbows from 4-6:30pm.
On Tuesday, October 25th the Windom Chamber Community Relations Committee will be hosting a Candidate Forum for Cottonwood County and City of Windom candidates seeking election or re-election at the Windom City Council Chambers starting at 7pm. Broadcasted?? Moderator Rick Frederickson with iCitizen will be questioning candidates on their goals and ideas if elected into office.
SW MN Job/Career Fair
On Wednesday, October 26th the Chamber will be hosting a job/Career Fair at the Windom Community Center from 2:30-5:30pm. There will be over 40 different businesses seeking qualified employees for many different industry positions. Jobs range from entry level, to office positions, to upper level management. The 2016 Job/Career Fair is comprised of efforts between Southwest Minnesota Workforce Council, Hennepin County, and the Windom Area Chamber of Commerce. The intent is to highlight businesses in Southwest MN to encourage job seekers to view all the region has to offer from employment to lifestyle. There will also be a focus on educational attainment and trying to better aligning job vacancies with job skills.
Gun & Knife Show
The Windom Convention and Visitors Bureau will be hosting their 13th annual Gun and Knife Show on Saturday, October 29th from 9am-5pm and Sunday, October 30th from 9am-3pm at the Windom Community Center. With over 50 vendors and over 100 tables, there’s sure to be something for everyone! Admission is $5 a day or $8 for a two day pass. Children 18 and under must be accompanied by an adult and children 12 and under get in free. A great home-style lunch will be available both days during show hours.
The Chamber is excited to announce we have recently partnered with Tammy Boerst at The Travel Place Inc and we are now offering a program called Chamber Travel. In November 2017 we will be hosting a 9 day 13 meal guided tour in Costa Rica. More details will become available in upcoming editions of the Citizen. In the meantime, please contact the Chamber or The Travel Place (507.831.1053) for further information.
Young Professionals Group
If you are younger than 40 you are welcome to join us in networking with other young professionals in the Windom area. Our next meeting date will be Wednesday, November 16th at 6pm at Plum Creek Market. Questions? Call the Chamber for more information.
Chamber Office – Volunteer Needs
The Chamber Office is seeking volunteers to assist with administrative type duties, lunch coverage of the office, and assisting visitors with information. If you would like to be part of our team, please call the Chamber Office or stop in and speak with me.