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Big Stone Lak e community in the coming months. Greetings from the Big Stone Lake Area Chamber of Commerce! We hope that our community and our businesses have had a ,ery bountiful fall harvest season. The holidays are right around the comer and the Chamber has many events planned for the season. If you have something you would like to add to our 2012 Calendar of Events, please contact the C-hamber office. I have been writing the Chamber 101, on and off, for the past 10 years. I have never been faced with the challenges that we have been faced with this year. I would be happy to answer any questions at any time that concern what the Chamber stands for and what we do. At a recent Ortonville City Council meeting, the Chamber was asked what we do and who we are. I will clarify all these questions. Our mission statement reads..."Using our resources to promote a positive environment for the Big Stone Lake area'.' As a board, we feel we do the best job possible to do this. I understand cutbacks. We all have had to face them in our lives, but cuts are hard to take. We wonder, do you want a Chamber in our community? The Chamber can no longer afford a full time employee. We have, in the past, had one full-time and one part-time employee. Now we have one employee who gets paid for 30 hours a week and another who gets paid up to 16 hours a week. They receive very min- imal pay and NO benefits. Why do we do this you may ask? For no reason other than a 10re and faith in our community. Lucinda and / myself are so proud of our towns and we believe that we have so much to offer in the Big/Stone Lake area. We have a Board of Directors of nine volunteers who also believe in the community. They donate endless hours and get very little respect for the job they do iThey are usually the ones who receive the complaints and many of them own businesses and have lost cus- tomers for volunteering. Wl")y? Because they love our community. Now to answer the question from the Ortonville City Council, "What do we do for Ortonville?" We bring people to our community for Comfest and Sports & Lisure Show. We give our heart and soul to make these huge events. These two events take major planning and dedication. We send cot of our office over 2,000 visitor packets per year. These are for people who have inquired about our area, either by phone or emaiL They receive a letter, a lake map and a vis- itor guide. Other annual events we hold are Chamber meetings, golf tour- naments, Winteffest, Crazy Days, Harvest Madness and Santa Days, We have ary user-friendly website that needs daily changes. We write grants, hold ribbon cuttings, visit Chamber mem- bers, hold month!y Chamber After Five events, run an active Business Associgtlon Committee and help at various events held in the community(We also fundraise and pay for Ortonvill main street banners, srwflakes, whiskey barrels and flowers. We hold ribbon cuttings r new businesses. We have an advertising budget that needs tgJbe spent very carefully and tourism dollars that need to be / / / // sent in to the State. We advertise to bring people i into our community to utilize Big Stone Lake, the Golf Course, resorts and to shop locally in our com- munity, We help to promote fishing tournaments to help our motels, lodging facilities, gas stations and restaurants stay busy. All these things help dollars turn over in our towns several times. Who would do these things if there was no Chamber? The office itself is very busy. We have lots of phone calls and emails that need to be answered daily and visitors who want information. These are all good prob- lems to have! "How are 'we funded?" We are funded by our members. They pay dues at the beginning of the year. We also give them many. opportunities during the year to sponsor events. We hold several fundraisers during the year to help defray costs and help promote events. Do you, the citizens of our community, want all of these thing to end? I hope not. We need a Chamber of Commerce. We have a lot }o offer, and we need to tell others. We need the Cit support and. we need them to understand what we do. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 320- 839-3284 or myself at 320-265-6139 and we will personally answer any questions you may have. Treat Street Treat Street is set for Friday, Oct. 28, so by the time you read this we will be done, but that event is always a success. ItS; so fun to see all the kids trick or treating! The town is filled with kids and families having fun together. We are proud to say that we usually see over 250 kids out enjoying this event. 2011 Holiday Season Santa Day is set for for Dec 8th this year at the Community Center. Mark your calendars! Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there and it an evening of fun! Crafts, cookies, bingo, pictures and treats will all be there for the kids. Please doflt forget to shop locally! We have a lot to offer and we need to support our local stores. Check the paper for extended holiday hours for your shopping convenience. The lighting ceremony is set for Nov. 17th. Come check out the businesses light up main street. k out the snowflakes that help make our town more festive for the Holiday Season!! Welcome Wagon We now have kicked off the Welcome Wagon Program. If you have a new neighbor or know of someone who has purchased a home in the county, please let us know. Summer 2011 July was a hot and busy month. The Big Stone County ir was great fun and seemed to be a huge success this year. It so great to see the ir grow every year and it so enjoyable. This year Crazy Days landed on the fair weekend, but we made the best of it and gave free rides to the ir on Saturday. We also gave away free ride tickets. We had crazy bargains throughout the town. We feel it was a success. August brought us another very successful Comfest. What a huge crowd at all events and I cannot believe all the people who come home to Ortonville to spend time with family and friends at class reunions. It so great to see all the people. Thank you so much for all the sponsors of Comfest and all the attendees! If you have any ideas or suggestions, please let us know. We are constantly working on Comfest. Looking Ahead to 2012 We are currently dealing with the 2012 budgets and working on getting tourism grant work done for the 2012 season. We are also working on how we can help promote the businesses that we have in our community. New Members for 2011 Here are our new 2011 members. Thank you for being a part of the Big Stone Lake Area Chamber of Commerce! Thanks again and welcome to: Bauer Building, 1112 Big Stone Cruisers Blue Tag Treasures City of Graceville City of Odessa Design Electronics Radio Shack Graceville Health Center Just For Kix Minnesota Townhouses Association Rob & Marlise Gronholz Rod Fireworks Steve Stem Sykora Plumbing United Country 1st Choice Realty Herberg Harvesting Norwex - Mary Haugen Scentsy - Lisa Merritt big Rock grill & Casino Pampered Chef (Brenda Haugen) Pleasant Valley Kennels & Crystal Clear Car Wash We appreciate our new and old members who have been dedi- cated to the Chamber and community throughout the years. We greatly appreciate your sponsorship, dedication and support more than you will ever know!! I hope that everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday season!!! Please remember to Check out our website for community happenings at www.bigstonelake.com Blessings to you and your families, Donnette Herberg This+ newsletter is brought to you courtesy of the + following businesses... 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