Chamber of Commerce Chicken BBQ & Community Awards July 11
Summer is now in full swing and is definitely going quickly. Many say it seems as soon as we celebrate July 4 summer is almost over. I like to think the Chamber’s Chicken BBQ serves as the half way point of the summer. So if summer is flying by and you don’t feel like you’ve had much fun, why not, make plans to attend the Chamber of Commerce Chicken BBQ.
The Chamber’s Annual Chicken BBQ will be held Tuesday, July 11 in the Fennimore Memorial building which is air conditioned and bug free. The meal includes 1/2 chicken, potato salad/baked beans, coleslaw, dinner roll/butter and water. Serving begins at 4:30 p.m. and runs until 7 p.m. or until all tickets are sold.
Tickets, bought in advance, are just $10 and are available now at American Bank, Clare Bank, Peoples State Bank, and the Promotions Coordinator’s office. Tickets will also be sold, the day of, at the door and will be $10.50. Tickets sold at the door are limited, so it is recommended that you get your tickets in advance.
The chamber’s annual community awards recognition, which begins at 6:30 p.m., will be held during the Chicken BBQ. We are asking community members to nominate a their favorite volunteers for City of the Year (individual), Family of the Year, and Business of the Year volunteers who have truly made a difference in the Fennimore community. If Fennimore wasn’t known as “The City on the Move!” we could be known as “The City of Great Volunteers!” The Chamber knows there are many, many volunteers that need to be recognized; you know who they are so take the time to nominate them so they get the recognition they deserve. Just a reminder the volunteers need to live within the Fennimore School district to qualify. Nominations should be sent to Steve Birkett or dropped off at Birkett Chiropractic by noon Friday, June 30. The nomination form is available online. Forms are available at the Promotions Coordinator’s office, Fennimore Times, Birkett Chiropractic, American Bank, Clare Bank and FirstMerit Bank.
Here is a list of volunteers who have previously been recognized…
Those who have been previously recognized include Jim Larson (1985), Nick Kramer (1986), Al Truitt (1987), Harold Plattner and Charlie Roethe (1988), Hazel Craig (1989), Jim Soman (1990) Ray Hoffman (1991), Virgil Brodt (1992), Charles Stenner (1993), Gerald Munns (1994), Rob Rands (1995), Joe Novinska/Anne Novinska (1996) Steve Briehl/Marcia Bahl (1997), Dennis Lendosky/Sally Behnke (1998), Jerry Day/Richard Rogers, (1999), John Briel/Margaret Sprague (2000), Nancy Vogel/Matt Johnson (2001), Martha Hestad/Bill Wood (2002), Connie Schiestl/Richard Carlin (2003), Kris Fry/Doug Daechsel (2004), Bob Craig/Jeri Novinska (2005), Ed Klais/Alice Mudler (2006), Steve Lendosky/Henry Oechsle (2007), Pam Kreul/Tim Slack (2008), Len Leis and Renee Zintz (2009), Dr. Aguilar and Mary Davis (2010), Pastor Leroy Johnsrud, Robert and Dorothy Swenson, and WebWise Design & Marketing (2011); Jamie Nutter, Shirley & Dave and Wendy & Al Stelpflug and Rayovac Fennimore Plant (2012); Cindy Arndt, Herb & Harriet Brun and Suppz Gym (2013); Dean Ashmore; Art and Sherry Freymiller, Fennimore Livestock Exchange/Jake Klais, LuAnna, Brooke and Tyler Staskal (2014); Nelson Properties/Rick and Beth Nelson, Murray Heitzer and Peterson Family – Aaron, Sara, Aidan, Jessica and Marge Peterson (2015); Connie Neal and Ingeborg Froiland, Rob and Karla Witzig family and Good Samaritan Society(2016).
Chamber Sweetheart of the Year include Gilda Finnegan (1981), Sybil Koenecke (1982), Velma Helgeson (1983), Norma Brechler (1984), Sarah Lendosky (1985), Brenda Schumacher, Gladys Pettera, Harriet Copus, Isabelle Doyle, Bernice Woll, Arlene Dempsey, Nancy Wells, Linda Parrish, JoAnne Wiederholdt and Jane Soman.
The Chamber board has also decided to recognize one non-resident who has gone over and above in their volunteer efforts to help the Chamber achieve their goals and strategic plans. The Chamber board is also going to recognize businesses who are celebrating their 50th year in business. We will be recognizing Southwest Tech and Collision Specialist’s during the program. If there are any other businesses celebrating 50 years in 2017 please contact the Promotions Coordinators office.
Meet the New Superintendent of Fennimore Schools July 11
The Chamber is pleased to work with the Fennimore School board to offer a Meet and Greet with Jane Wonderling the new Fennimore Superintendent of Schools. The Meet and Greet will be held, Tuesday July 11th, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Fennimore Memorial gym. Let’s all stop by and give Jane a warm Fennimore welcome.
Fennimore Chamber Golf Outing Results
Gundersen Boscobel Hospital and Clinic won first place in the golf outing (donated prize back); H&N came in at second place. A total of 13 door prizes were donated by Badgerland (6); American Bank (3) Brechler Lendosky Group (3) and Birkett Chiropractic (1). Mike Ferrie won the putting contest prize, a Frank Kaminski signed basketball, donated by Steve Lendosky.
2017 Steve Woodard and DoIt4Derek Baseball Camps
Registration forms are ready to be filled in. We have a bunch of the same coaches from last year, plus one new face. This year’s coaches are: Steve Woodard, Cecil Cooper, Jim Gantner, Greg Vaughn, Pete Ladd. Paul Wagner, Willie Mueller and newcomer Scott Karl. We are honored to have these players here to help instruct our youth.
Camp #1 is July 24th and July 25th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Autographs will be available after the second day of the camp.
Camp #2 is July 26th and July 27th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Autographs will be available after the second day of this camp.
We will have the same quality instruction, and we will again have the girls softball pitching aspect added to camp after such great reviews from last year.
There have been some questions about Fennimore’s fireworks the last couple of weeks. We have good news and bad news. If you happened to miss the Fennimore Fun Fest fireworks, you will have a second opportunity to see fireworks on Monday, July 24 following the Joe’s vs Pro’s soft all game, which is part of the week long activities associated with the DoIt4Derek Baseball Camp events.
Chamber Hosts Market Nights
Market Nights (sponsored by Fennimore Area Chamber of Commerce and Lancaster Chamber of Commerce) is an outlet for fruits, vegetables, cider, honey, sorghum, maple syrup, fresh
and dried flowers, nuts, indoor and outdoor plants, baked goods, processed foods, dairy products, meats and vendor produced apparel and crafts. The market is intended to give growers, producers, and non-profits an opportunity to deal directly with each other and the consumer. The market is also intended to enhance and encourage shopping in our communities. Market Night will be held in Fennimore on the second Thursday of the month and Lancaster the fourth Thursday of the month. Dates and locations listed on registration form.