Fennimore Tourism Assessment Overview Shared during Annual Meeting
Fennimore area tourism stakeholders are encouraged to attend the Fennimore Area Chamber of Commerce Annual meeting Thursday Oct 13 at noon held at The Cottonwood Sports Bar and Supper Club.
Each year the Chamber, FIEDC and City Council collaborate on a project to measure how Fennimore is doing as a community. In 2015 the organizations met face-to-face with business owners during the second Business Walk. In 2016 the three entities worked with the WI Department of Tourism on something new – “The Fennimore Tourism Assessment.” Museum, lodging and dining, bars and shop owners were asked to have customers complete a brief survey to get input about their thoughts and needs of the City of Fennimore. Business owners and community stakeholders were also asked to give their input.
A diverse group of Chamber, FIEDC, council members as well as tourist related businesses joined together for a planning meeting and then a second fact finding meeting. Recently many of the committee members met to hear the findings from the Fennimore assessment which was prepared by Andrew Nusbaum, Regional Tourism Specialist, WI Department of Tourism.
Andrew praised the whole Fennimore community because 100% of stakeholders agreed that tourism has an important economic impact to Fennimore and they encourage future promotional efforts.
Fennimore is the first community who agreed 100% that they support efforts to consider new ways to attract visitors to town.
Chamber members, staff and tourism related businesses are encouraged to attend the Chamber’s annual meeting Thurs. Oct 13 at which time Andrew will share an overview of the assessment and some recommendations of how to grow Fennimore’s tourism industry.
Southwest WI Job Fair Oct 26
Those looking for employment are encouraged to attend a job fair at Southwest Tech. The Southwest Wisconsin Fall Job Fair will be held on the campus of Southwest Tech in the Lenz Conference center between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct 26. This job fair is being coordinated by Southwest Tech Career Connections and the following sponsors: SW WI Workforce Development Board, WI Job Center Southwest and Manpower Group Solutions.
Pickleball Will Move Inside
There is an active pickleball group that has been playing pickleball at the Fennimore Tennis courts. With the change in the weather, the recreation will soon move inside to the Memorial building. The public is invited in joining in games on Wednesday night starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Fennimore Memorial gym. New to pickelball? No experience is necessary, it is actually similar to ping pong or tennis, all equipment is furnished. If you need more details contact Mary 802-249-2572. Needing more info on pickleball? Search online for pickelball for more details. Families and people of all ages are welcome to attend. Mary especially welcomes people from neighboring towns and home school youth to come join in the fun.
Official City of Fennimore Trick or Treat Hours
The Fennimore Police Department has set the official Trick or Treat Hours for the City of Fennimore. They suggest youth are accompanied by a parent during the hours of 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct 31.
Here are some Trick or Treat Safety Guidelines to consider:
- A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.
- If your older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you.
- Agree on a specific time when they should return home.
- Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.
Because pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween, remind Trick-or Treaters:
- Stay in a group and communicate where they will be going.
- Carry a cell phone for quick communication.
- Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
- If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.
- Never cut across yards or use alleys.
- Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks (as recognized by local custom). Never cross between parked cars or out driveways.
- Don’t assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn’t mean others will!
- Law enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.
National 4-H Week Oct 2-8
The first week of October each year more than 6 million young people across the country will celebrate National 4-H week. 4-H, the nation’s largest youth development and empowerment organization, cultivates confident youth who tackle the issues that matter most in their communities. For a listing of area 4-H clubs, meeting dates and leaders check out the special insert in last week’s Reminder. Additional information is also available online at the National 4-H Organization website, the Grant County Extension Office website or by calling the Extension Office in Lancaster, 608-723-2125.
National Customer Service Week 2016 ONE Goal – ONE Team – No Limits
Even though it’s one week past National Customer Service Week it is still worth mentioning. Each year, thousands of businesses around the world celebrate Customer Service Week. It’s an international event devoted to recognizing the importance of customer service and honoring the employees responsible for the taking care of customers.
The purpose of Customer Service Week is to send a positive message to your customers and to generate a strong company-wide commitment to customer service excellence. Customer Service Week is the perfect time to recognize and reward employees for a job well done.
Customer service is the responsibility of every employee within an organization. It is earned by building positive relationships, one customer and co-worker at a time. It is far more cost-effective to build loyalty with existing customers than to keep replacing them. That is why loyalty-focused companies consistently outperform their competition.
National Customer Service Week was established by the International Customer Service Association (ICSA) in 1984 and proclaimed a national event by the U.S. Congress in 1992. National Customer Service Week is celebrated annually during the first full week of October.
In 1992, Former U.S. Senators Robert Dole and Nancy Kassebaum, along with U.S. Representatives Dan Glickman and Pat Roberts, championed this dynamic legislation on Capitol Hill resulting in the U.S. Congress proclaiming the first full week of October as National Customer Service Week. The proclamation was the culmination of two years of persistent work and effort by ICSA members who, through letters and phone calls, contacted their congressmen urging support of National Customer Service Week.
According to John Kressaty who served as President of the ICSA during these efforts, National Customer Service Week activities have far-reaching effects in October and throughout the year. “There are two main purposes of National Customer Service Week,” says Kressaty. “It lets you recognize the job that your customer service professionals do 52 weeks a year. The other purpose is to get the message across a wide range of business, government and industry that customer service is very important along with bottom line profit in running a business,” explains Kressaty.
105th Fennimore Firemen’s Dance Oct 8
Put on your dancing shoes Saturday, Oct 8 and attend the Annual Fennimore Firemen’s Dance. The Dance will run from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Fennimore Fire Station located at 1070 8th Street. This year’s band is “Charm School Rejects” a popular band from the central part of the state.
The Fennimore Volunteer Fire Department has carried on the proud tradition of firefighting to safeguard our homes, businesses and farms for more than a century. The faithful volunteer fire fighters are ready at a moment’s notice to come to our aid 365 days a year 24 hours a day. This is our opportunity to show our appreciation for their commitment to our lives, families, businesses and community.
If you are unable to attend the dance but would like to make a donation to the Fennimore Fire Department, please drop off or mail checks c/o City of Fennimore, 860 Lincoln Avenue, Fennimore WI 53809.
St Paul’s Liberty Ridge Church Fall Luncheon Oct 9
A soup and sandwich lunch will be held on Sunday, October 9 at St Paul’s Liberty Ridge Church. Serving will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. including a bake sale and raffle. Tickets $6 for adults, $3 for children, kids under six eating at no charge.
Memorial Tractor Ride Oct 9
The second annual memorial tractor ride will be Oct 9 with registration at 8:30 with the ride taking place from 9 a.m. to noon. For additional information contact 723-9173 or 778-4334.
Enjoy the fall colors and fall events held throughout the region. Also beware of slow moving vehicles on highways and back roads as farmers begin harvest of crops. The Wisconsin Department of Tourism tracks the fall colors by region call 1-800-432-TRIP
Dinner Mystery – Murder and a Wedding Oct 30
Area residents are in for a treat October 30 when a new event will be held at the Fennimore Memorial building gym. Canterbury Cafe and Rose Garden Florist along with Aiming for Acceptance and Serendipity Salon & Day Spa invite you to participate in an evening of dinner, mystery, murder and even a Wedding!
The Dinner Mystery Murder is scheduled for Sunday, Oct 30 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.. Tickets are $25 and reservations are needed by Oct 15 by calling 608-330-0354 or by visiting Serendipity Salon and Day Spa. Seating is limited, don’t be disappointed make your reservation today.
Funds raised are targeted at the goal of building a Learning Center here in Southwest Wisconsin to provide therapies, and training to help those living or working with the Autism Spectrum and Sensory Processing Disorder communities.
Phone Books & Info Available At Promotions Office
Looking for a copy of the latest phone books? I have a new supply of the TDS and Zip Local Grant County phone books. Books and brochures available outside my office in the tourist display rack at the Memorial building.
Fennimore Website Offers Variety of Information
Dennis Biddick, DPW, offers Construction Updates by clicking on the construction icon on the Fennimore Home page www.fennimore.com
The lastest news on the Fennimore pool is also available by clicking on the pool icon.
Just a reminder City Utilities will be flushing WaterMains the week of October 17. Please refrain from washing laundry when they are flushing mains in your area of town.