LeMars Area Chamber of Commerce Newsletter by mifei

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									Dates to Note :
?? Agri—Business Luncheon—Tuesday, March 17th ?? KLEM Home Expo March 27th and 28th ?? Main Street Fundraiser - Thursday, May 7 ?? Ice Cream Days June 18—20 ?? Ply. Co. Fair July 29 - Aug 2 ?? Chamber Golf Outing Tuesday, August 11 ?? Scoop the Loop Wed., August 19th ?? Blue Grass Festival Aug 31—Sept 6 ?? Gehlen Catholic Homecoming— September 25 ?? Santa Breakfast Sat., November 28 ?? Main Street New Years Eve Live Dance Thurs., Dec 31st Would your business like to host a Chamber Coffee or After 5’ event? Contact Sue Butcher at 546-8821

LeMars Area Chamber of Commerce Newsletter
February 2009

2009 Chamber Board of Directors
Pictured l to r front row—Stacie Groetken, Sandra Norby, Delana Ihrke, Mike Murphy, Micah Lang. Back row l to r—Jodi Brown, Becky Klohs, Janelle Bixenman, Jason VandeBrake, Graham Forbes, Carol Schneider, Dave Shaver. Unavailable for photo– Meg Tentinger, Lisa Whitehead, Angela Watson, Dave Smetter, and Alex Szczech

Chamber coffees and ribbon cuttings
Kooiker, Inc. Chamber Coffee— Wednesday, February 4


Jeneary Dental Grand Opening 3:30pm to 6:30pm with Chamber Ribbon Cutting at 3:30pm Friday, February 6 “After 5” - American Heart Association - location Holiday Inn Express Tuesday, February 17

Kooiker, Inc. Featured in Contractor’s Magazine
In 1948, John Kooiker, started a business in Hull, Iowa that has now been the financial back bone of the family for 60 years. It started as just an individual proprietorship with a purchased dragline and lowboy. He hired out his dragline to other contractors who needed a crane and worked installing roadway culverts for area grading contractors operating throughout northwest Iowa. From the early age of seven, John’s twin sons Clayton and Calvin often accompanied their dad to the jobs. After military service and college, the twin boys joined their father’s business in 1969 – incorporating as Kooiker, Inc. At the time the company built some concrete slab bridges and precast beam bridges throughout an increasing radius around Le Mars. “We eventually decided that spreading our work throughout a large area wasn’t in our company plan,” says Calvin Kooiker. “Instead of focusing on becoming a large contractor throughout a large area; we attempted to restrict our operation to smaller projects in the six or seven northwest Iowa counties – placing a high emphasis on efficiency, quality and dependability working two or three crews simultaneously.” Those qualities proved to be a successful recipe for the family business. An excellent opportunity arrived shortly after incorporating in the mid-1970’s when a number of area county engineers wanted to discontinue the county bridge crews. Instead, they encouraged the company to take over that part of their maintenance programs. This work involves anything from repairing separated pipe culverts and constructing headwalls on them, driving new piling under a bridge where piling have been knocked out by high water or become unstable, temporarily supporting a bridge on false work piers while replacing rotten creosote piers with new H-pilings piers, constructing whole new five or six span timber bridges to almost anything in between. “Some of these jobs don’t amount to much and some get quite involved,” admits Calvin. “But we find it to be the different, challenging and often ‘one-of-a-kind” jobs that require our ingenuity.” Recently, the Kooiker’s plied that professional ingenuity in developing a mascot for the company. The family business restored a 1947 M -47 Shield Bantam crane mounted on a 1942 World War II 6x6 army truck. Not only does the vehicle serve as a branding component for the organization, it is also been invited to appear in a number shows. The Kooiker, Inc. mascot has appeared in many area parades, participated in several working Historical Construction Equipment Association shows, and was even invited by Conexpo-Con/Agg. to be one of 24 pieces of antique equipment from around the country to be on display at the 2002 show in Las Vegas. Through the company’s mascot as well as their solid reputation in the area, Kooiker, Inc’s primarily involved in bidding and installing all sizes of concrete and corrugated steel culverts, precast box culverts, multi plate culverts and smaller timber, I-beam or precast bridges. To do this work, Kooiker, Inc’s workforce varies from eight to 12 employees depending on the type of projects involved. Regardless of the varying size, the company has had key employees who have served the company more than 30 years. Calvin says these employees are an excellent resource for both the company and their clients – as are all of the other employees. Another long-standing component of the company is their involvement with the AGC. Kooiker, Inc. has been an AGC member for 38 years and credits the association as being a vital resource for the firm.“We are one of their smaller members, but we realize how AGC serves small contractors as well as large ones,” says Calvin. “We appreciate the way their information keeps us up to date on new and current laws, safety regulations, specification changes, trucking and permit rules as well as many other areas. We especially appreciate the influence they have on legislative issues and lobbying efforts to fund highways.” Calvin goes on to note, “We feel that even as a small contractor operating a business in today’s high speed, high tech, and complex world that an AGC membership is a must to keep on top of an ever changing industry.”
Reprinted with permission from the Associated General Contractors of Iowa Newsletter

Nominate a remarkable woman in one of seven categories, including the newest category, “Women Developing the Community.” Women of Excellence Nomination forms are available from Women Aware by calling 258-4174, or 1 800-465-6165, e-mail womenaware@cableone.net or download from www.womenawarescia.org . Nominations are due by March 3, 2009.

Community Calendar If you have an event you’d like put on the City of Le Mars / Chamber of Commerce website, contact Mary at 546-8821 or email it to mainst@frontiernet. net

Promotions Committee

Meet the members of the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce Promotions Committee. These individuals plan, coordinate and implement the promotions and events held in Le Mars. Some of the promotions are Ridiculous Days, Holiday sales, Indoor Ridiculous Days, Back to School Sale and Holiday Chamber Dollars sale. Members of the Promotions Committee are: (l to r ) front row—Chad Hogrefe, Family Table Restaurant and Catering Co.; Terry Claussen, Claussen’s Menswear; Kathy Schwader, Hole n’ the Wall Wine Mercantile. Back row (l to r) Kathy McCrary, First National Bank; Julie Ehlers, Jobas; Sherri Bauman, Radio Shack; Robin Grosenheider, Hotopp Jewelry & Gifts; and Dave Grosenheider, Powell Broadcasting. Additional members not pictured are: Jason Heck, Bow Wow Pet Boutique and Bakery; Janelle Tentinger, Fashionette; Dave Ruden, KLEM; Stace Mahlke, Baymont Inn & Suites; Dave Copenhaver, Le Mars Daily Sentinel; Brad Pick, Primebank; Dave Heeren, Vollmar’s Shoes; Steve Harrington, Wireless World/Verizon Wireless.

Joe Constance Workshops
We had an excellent attendance—46 for the morning session and 53 for the afternoon session

Le Mars Convention Center, upper level Ticket prices are $10
(Ticket needed for lunch, not morning program)

Agri-Business Luncheon Tuesday, March 17

Schedule: 9:30-10:15 Chamber Coffee sponsored by Plymouth County Farm Bureau 10:00-10:45 Phil Smith, Plymouth Oil Company 10:45-11:15 Jill Euken, ISU Extension 11:30-12:00 Lunch served 12:00 Presentation of “Outstanding Service to Agriculture” Award 12:00-1:00 Featured Speaker – Jim Woster, Associate Editor of Tri-State Neighbor

Call Sue Butcher at (712)546-8821 to make your reservations

Local Printer Honored in National Competition
Red’s Printing Co. was recognized recently for quality printing by NAQP, an association of quick printers, copy shops, and small format commercial printers. The contest entry submitted by Red’s Printing Co. received top honors in the wide format printing category, in competition with similar printing done by hundreds of other printers across the country. The winning Le Mars Farmer’s Market banner entry was prepared for the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce and will be hanging in downtown Le Mars next summer. In presenting the honor to Red’s Printing Co. at the recent NAQP conference in Chicago, IL. NAQP President and CEO Steve Johnson commented: “This Print Image Excellence Award demonstrates that quick printers, copy shops, and small commercial printers are a viable source for serious commercial print buyers. I am pleased to present this award to Red’s Printing Co., who has clearly demonstrated the high quality of printing produced by smaller print shops.” Red’s Printing Co. provides quality printing services to businesses and professional organizations in Northwest Iowa. Red’s Printing Co. has provided printing in the Le Mars Area since 1984.

Gehlen Catholic Chamber Coffee

January Employees of the Month

Jim and Mary Jo Peters
At the Gehlen Catholic Chamber coffee on Wednesday, January 28th Jim and Mary Jo Peters were honored as the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce Employees of the Month. Jim and Mary Jo have been a part of the Gehlen family for more than 60 years. Jim attended St. Joseph’s Catholic School, their five children all attended Gehlen and currently four of their grandchildren are attending Gehlen. Jim and Mary Jo joined the Gehlen janitorial staff in 1991 and in 1992 Mary Jo added to her duties by joining the cafeteria staff.

Congratulations to Jim and Mary Jo Peters!!!

Drs. Tom and Greg Jeneary invite you to the Jeneary Clinic Grand Opening Friday, February 6th 3:30pm to 6:30pm Le Mars Area Chamber Ambassador Ribbon Cutting at 3:30pm
Working on Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce Welcome Gift Packets are: Stacie Webner, Karol Horken and Kathy Frus.

Chamber Welcome Gift Baskets Now Available
If you know of any new residents to Le Mars, please have them contact the Chamber. We have prepared a wonderful basket full of gifts, coupon packets and informational materials. Area churches, Le Mars realtors, City Hall and the Chamber have gift basket application forms. Karol Horken, pictured at left, will serve as the coordinator of this program for the Chamber. She can also be contacted to arrange a welcome gift basket—call 546-5336.

Karol Horken

Newcomers Luncheon Thursday, February 5th At the Art Center 12pm to 1pm
Cost is $5.00 for lunch and program
To make reservations contact Misty Szczech at 546—4011 work 540-1941 cell

Misty Szczech

Willow Creek Place Open House and Dedication was held Wednesday, January 14th

Main Street Mentors Committee

Meet the Main Street Mentors Committee for the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce. The mentors meet monthly and work on historic preservation projects for the Main Street area. They work on design, promotion, organization and building renovation projects. Members pictured above are (from the left): Delana Ihrke, Le Mars City Council; Angie Erdmann, Frontier Communications; Beth Conley, Vantus Bank; Tom Stangl, Le Mars Daily Sentinel; Theresa Westra, American Bank; Jodi Brown, Primebank; Becky Klohs, Primebank; Kay Luckett, Le Mars Historic Preservation Commission; Jenny Galvin, First National Bank; Kathy McCarty, Powell Broadcasting;; Matt Middendorp, Pizza Ranch. Unavailable for photo were committee members: Jason VandeBrake, Edward D. Jones; Kelli Pick, American Bank; Misty Szczech, Jan Wagner Real Estate; and Lisa Neibuhr, Gehlen Catholic School.

Chamber Bucks
Need employee incentive prizes? A gift for a special occasion? Why not give Chamber Bucks?

KLEM HOME EXPO March 27th and 28th To secure a booth contact: Dave Ruden Kathy McCarty or Allyn Anderson 546-4121

Over $115,000 in Chamber Bucks were sold in 2008. Contact Sue Butcher 546-8821 to purchase Chamber bucks Support Chamber Members!!

Sherla Combs and the Mystery Jewel Robbery
Six women have been robbed of their jewels. Who is the culprit????
Is it -Lady Diamond Worthalot, an important socialite who is snobbish and loves to flaunt her affluence. Jewel Reebox, a faded movie star from the past and unfortunately, still lives in the past. (She tends to use movie titles as she speaks) Opal Winfree, a famous television personality. No explanation needed! Goldie Lockets, a “Shirley Temple” with a teddy bear and a bit of an attitude. Ruby Ring, regardless of the color of her hair, is a woman all of those dumb blonde jokes were written about. Her boyfriend is a gangster. Ruby has a shady past but a heart of gold. Sapphire Blue, is a Southern Belle and her rich Daddy has spoiled her. Her nickname, Sappy, fits her to a T. Sherla Combs, the famous detective, and her side kick, Dr. Whatstone,a famed gemologist and Sherla Comb’s faithful sidekick, solve the crimes. The Main Street fundraiser will be held -

May Mainstreet Fundraiser

Thursday, May 7th At the Le Mars Golf Course Cost $25.00 per person Afternoon performance 1:00pm Evening performance 6:30pm
Reservations are required. Call the Le Mars Chamber at 546-8821. Seating is limited. Sponsored by the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce Main Street Mentors Theater production director — Danna Schuster Dinner will be prepared by Timmy’s Catering Monies raised from this event will be used for Main Street projects.

2009 Chamber Coffee Schedule 9:30am - 10:30am
Wednesday, January 28 Gehlen Catholic Wednesday, February 4 Kooiker Inc. Wednesday, February 11 OPEN Wednesday, February 18 OPEN Wednesday, February 25 OPEN Wednesday, March 4 OPEN Wednesday, March 11 OPEN Wednesday, March 18 OPEN Wednesday, March 25 Main Street Mentors - at Chamber Wednesday, April 1 Le Mars Beauty College Wednesday, April 8 OPEN Wednesday, April 15 Friends of the Le Mars Public Library Wednesday, April 22 OPEN Wednesday, April 29 Plymouth County Historical Society Wednesday, May 6 Plymouth Manor Wednesday, May 13 Floyd Valley Hospital Wednesday, May 20 Plains Area Mental Health Wednesday, May 27 OPEN Wednesday, June 3 OPEN Wednesday, June 10 OPEN Wednesday, June 17 OPEN Wednesday, June 24 OPEN Wednesday, July 1 OPEN Wednesday, July 8 OPEN Wednesday, July 15 OPEN Wednesday, July 22 OPEN Wednesday, July 29 OPEN Wednesday, August 5 OPEN Wednesday, August 12 OPEN Wednesday, August 19 OPEN Wednesday, August 26 Life Skills Training Center Wednesday, September 2 KC Phonothon Wednesday, September 9 Schneider Swine - 125th anniversary hosted at the farm Wednesday, September 16 Park Place Estates Wednesday, September 23 OPEN Wednesday, September 30 OPEN Wednesday, October 7 OPEN Wednesday, October 14 OPEN Wednesday, October 21 OPEN Wednesday, October 28 OPEN Wednesday, November 4 OPEN Wednesday, November 11 OPEN Wednesday, November 18 Vantus Bank Wednesday, November 25 Le Mars Insurance Agency Wednesday, December 2 Primebank Wednesday, December 9 American Bank Wednesday, December 16 First National Bank Wednesday, December 23 Jobas/Radio ShackW Wednesday, December 30 OPEN

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