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					                                            newsletter of the frankfort-elberta chamber of commerce

                                Volume 6 issue 1                                                      january 2011

                                  Profile of tHe montH
Board of Directors                   since she started working with the chamber of commerce in 2007, donna
                                Phillips has contributed countless hours both as an employee and as a volunteer.
                                Working part time in the summer and on a volunteer basis during the winter, she
       james martin
      State Savings Bank        has helped with everything the chamber has been involved with for the past three
    Vice President                   “i do whatever is necessary, from greeting visitors to helping with major events,”
     steve christian            she said. “i’ve helped with the tree lighting in rotary Park, i’ve been a gypsy fortune
   Dinghy’s Restaurant & Bar
                                teller for the fall fest and i’ve stood out in the cold and helped with shiver by the
       secretary                river.” one of donna’s personal events is the 4th of july sand castle competition
       luann elwell             on frankfort beach. “i love seeing people having fun in frankfort during the summer,”
       Bay Port Lodging
                                she said. “everybody is having a good time, especially the kids. there is something
      treasurer                 about seeing happy kids that makes me happy too.” donna said she also enjoys
      Karen dennis              meeting new people, which is another reason she loves her work at the chamber.
       Day Bookkeeping               a retired school teacher, donna also volunteers with other organizations in
   Board memBers                Benzie, including the Paul oliver auxiliary, Benzie area christian neighbors and
      larry Hale                the first congregational church of
   Hale Special Interest Auto   frankfort. she is also secretary for
     dennis Haugen              the crystal lake yacht club and
   Dennis Haugen Architect
                                works as a substitute teacher for
    andrew johnson
                                several school districts in the county.
  Frankfort Insurance Agency
        mike jones              she is involved with other clubs and
      Wayfarer Lodgings         groups as well.
    jared macdonald             “it seems like a lot, but i just love
      MacDonald Marine          working with people,” she said. “i’ll
      linda manville            always find time to volunteer.”
   A Shear Class Experience
       Bob mcneal                    donna said she and her husband,
      Bayview Party Store       ron (who also volunteers), decided
       Bob mcnabb               to retired to Benzie county after
     BaySide Printing, Inc.     vacationing with her family at crystal
          lee mix               lake for 44 years.the couple is joined
        Lee Mix Salon
                                in retirement by their dog, sally.
 executiVe director                  “moving here was the best move
     joanne Bartley             we made in retirement,” she said.
                                “We feel like we’ve joined a real
      donna Phillips            community. it’s great knowing people
      john Patterson            you pass on the way to the library or
                                post office.”
 President’s letter                                         Business after Hours
    i hope everyone had an enjoyable and safe holiday.         sponsors are still needed to fill this year’s Business
the chamber celebrated one of best attended                after Hours gatherings. in order to be a sponsor,
christmas tree lightings in december. many thanks go       simply find a place to host the gathering, either a
to WBnZ for their help in providing christmas music        local business or your own, and provide refreshments.
and the power to light the tree.                           the chamber of commerce does the rest. multiple
    the chamber is quite busy this time of year.the art    people can sponsor BaH on the same date and
fair jury sessions begin. each artist is asked to supply   share the responsibilities of furnishing appetizers and
a sample of what they wish to sell for the committee       beverages.
to review and approve. considering we have over                the dates available for sponsorship are: january
200 applications each year, you can imagine this takes     6, march 3, april 7, may 5, june 2, july 7, august 4,
quite a bit of time organize to let the committee          september 1, october 6 and november 3. for more
properly review each artist. also, shiver by the river     information on sponsoring, contact joanne Bartley at
preparations begin and this takes a tremendous             231-352-7251.
amount of volunteer time to prepare for the snow
cross event. We hope the weather will cooperate so
we can build a much larger base for this year’s event.
shiver has become a great boost to the local economy
and even better, it showcases what this community can
do together when an opportunity presents itself. Hats
off to the many volunteers that make all our events
    the Board joins me in wishing you a happy new
year and the best for 2011.
                               jim martin, President

    iris jones has been writing the newsletter for past
few months and we would like to thank her for her
hard work! We have enlisted collin merry to write
this newsletter and the future newsletters!

 Board of directors Ballots
    it is election time for the Board of directors, so
please remember to turn in your ballots prior to
january 10th.

 office Hours
     office hours for the chamber in january are
tuesday through friday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.the office
will be closed saturday, sunday and monday. if you want
to leave a message after hours, send an e-mail to the
office or call to leave a phone message. .
sHiVer By tHe riVer
     the 3rd annual shiver by the river is coming! next
month, the two-day winter festival will bring thousands
of visitors to frankfort to watch snocross snowmobile
racing and take part in a variety of activities sponsored
by the chamber. races will start in the morning on
saturday, february 19th, followed by events such as
a winter parade, an ice rescue demo by the united
                                                                             Photos by
states coast Guard, an antique snowmobile display,
horse-drawn carriage rides, ice shanty decorating, snow
sculpting and a host of children’s games. other events
will also take place at locations throughout frankfort
serving as warming stations, such as the chamber
office, city Hall. activities will also be held in elberta’s
Waterfront Park saturday evening during shiver, and
snocross races will resume sunday morning, february
     sponsorship packages for shiver by the river
will be sent out very soon, and the shiver fundraiser                                                    Ice
                                                                                                         carvings by
will be held february 3 at the Betsie Bay inn from 5
                                                                                                         Jay Burt
p.m. to 9 p.m., and will feature good food and a fun                                                     and
auction. items to be auctioned off at the fundraiser are                                                 Ed Moody
still needed. for more information, including the full
schedule of events, contact the chamber.

  annual dinner
    invitations for the chamber’s annual dinner are out, so don’t forget to rsVP for a night of fun. the dinner will be
held at dinghy’s on january 22nd, but please register before january 17th. social hour and appetizers will begin at
5:30 p.m., with dinner following at 7 p.m. Please pay on or prior to january 22nd, cost is $25.00 per person.
                                  Print and layout

     calendar of eVents                                                                                        January
              Happy New Year!
      22         frankfort elberta chamber of commerce annual dinner at dinghy’s - reservations required by january 17.

      3          fundraiser for 3rd annual shiver by the river - at Betsie Bay inn - food fun and silent auction items! 5 - 9pm
      19-20      3rd annual shiver by the river - Winter festival including snow activities and 2 two-day snowmobile snox races
      26-27      mBa’s crystal edition tournament - Basketball tournament held at frankfort H.s., middle school, and elementary.
                 msHaa patched officials. ages 9-13 boys and girls. for more information please contact Bob taylor (989) 513-0117
                 or email or ryan longoria (989) 832-7937 x2261 or email

                            for more information visit

       ph 231.352.7251
       fx 231.352.6750
517 Main Street • P.O. Box 566
   frankfort, michigan 49635

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