Members of the Webster City Area Development and Chamber of Commerce were attired in black and white when they met Jan. 28 for an evening of great food, fun and prizes. “Professor Webster” greeted the guests as they arrived for the Annual Meeting Gala at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish Center.
The Chamber is grateful to the sponsors of the event: Black Hills Energy, Executive Inn, Iowa Central Community College, Peterson Construction, Webster City Custom Meats and Van Diest Supply Company. Bob Van Diest of Van Diest Supply Company and Phil Voge of Webster City Custom Meats shared information about their companies with the group.
Business ADventure videos played in the background while the 125 guests mingled. Theo Boman offered the invocation prior to the catered dinner. Those in attendance had the opportunity to purchase mystery boxes which later revealed a myriad of gifts. A huge thank you goes to the 63 businesses that donated the prizes and to RSVP for wrapping the 200 boxes.
Chamber board president Jeanne Hill recognized outgoing board members Tyler Abens, Jenny Maharry and Kevin Rubash. She also introduced vice president Darcy Swon, treasurer Karla Wetzler and board members Sherry Adams, Sarah Kopriva, Stacy Wearda, Mona Everson, Russ Appel, Justin Malloy and Mike Wiemann.
Guest speaker was Deadra Stanton, a Mason City teacher and owner/presenter of Creative Communication. She entertained the audience with her humorous life tales, charged us to pick our battles and “don’t shoot skinny rabbits.”
Carrie Fitzgerald presented highlights of 2012: 17 new members, RAGBRAI, seven “From How to Wow” seminars, popular website, sent visitor packets to 18 states, weekly e-Chatter newsletter, dispersed revolving loan funds, awarded design grants, M2M cards, Hot Deals, table tents in new holders, 35 Chamber Coffees/Business after Hours, 16 ribbon cuttings, five new Business ADventure videos, hosted Legislative Forum, Cardboard Boat Regatta, Crazy Day, Chamber Golf Outing, Ladies Night Out, Merchant’s Trick or Treat, Wacky Wednesday and Santa’s Workshop.
She then thanked the Chamber for the opportunity to serve as its executive director for five years and assist Webster City’s business community.
The Chamber board is actively engaged in hiring an executive director. Additional goals of the Chamber for this year are to:
• Increase the value of membership in the Chamber.
• Re-create, restructure and invent new events.
It’s membership renewal time. Members are reminded to pay their dues soon.
If your business is interested in joining the Webster City Area Chamber, please contact the office or any board member. They will be eager to tell you about the value of belonging to our organization.
Information provided by Carrie Fitzgerald, Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce, 628 Second St., Webster City. For more information call 515-832-2564.