Table of Contents Looking Forward in 2009
President’s Message............1 As we begin 2009, we find climate. You are represented
ourselves poised for another great by 18 community members on
Main Street Awards ......... 2 year for the Cheyenne County the Board of Directors who are
Holiday Events ............... 2 Chamber of Commerce. Our actively involved in the towns
number one focus is to continue we serve and continually looking
Labor Agenda...................3 building upon the successes for opportunities to assist you.
that we have experienced One of our greatest assets is
Member Spotlight ............ 4 from supporting and promoting our Chamber staff: Executive
Event Recap .................... 5 an environment for you, our Director Megan McGown and
members, to grow. Assistant Chamber Director and
Board Members ............... 6 Looking back on 2008, Keep Sidney Beautiful Director
there are many accomplishments Ashley Hart.
Vision 2020. ............. ......7 to celebrate. We had a 8% Although I am originally
net growth in membership, a from Northeast Iowa, I have
successful golf tournament, the found living in Sidney and
promotion of a multiple listing serving Cheyenne County a
service, and over 21 “Business most rewarding experience. The
After Hours” and business rich culture and partnerships
Save the Date! promotional events, including separate us from the rest. I
numerous Downtown Events. believe that one of the most, if
Additionally, local businesses not the most, important roles for
Annual Chamber were honored with four awards the Chamber is one of building
and one honorable recognition at networks and relationships which
Banquet the Nebraska Main Street Awards parallels my role as the Chief
of Excellence. Executive Officer at Memorial
In my position as incoming Health Center.
Thursday, president and business manager, Thank for the opportunity
January 29, 2009 I feel the key question is: What to continue to serve you in 2009,
is the benefit of a Chamber and we look forward to seeing
membership? It must be very you at the Annual Cheyenne
See Insert for details tangible and responsive to the County Chamber Banquet!
needs of the business. Our goal
is to continue to support your Respectfully,
organization by being alert to Danielle Gearhart
the business community and its
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Lt. Governor Rick Sheehy Visits Historic 12 Days of Christmas and Christmas
Downtown Sidney Activities
The Christmas season began with the Annual
Lieutenant Governor Rick Sheehy came to Historic Christmas Kick-off on November 28. Included in
Downtown Sidney to personally congratulate the the festivities were the tree lighting, hot chocolate,
2008 Sidney winners of Nebraska’s Main Street soup supper, Santa,
Program that had previously been announced music, and hayrack
in October at the Nebraska Main Street Awards rides.
Banquet. Sidney’s Main Street volunteers,
merchants, and business/building owners took The Chamber’s
nine awards at this year’s Awards Banquet. The P r o m o t i o n s
local awards presentation and celebration was C o m m i t t e e
held at Trombetta’s Dog House on December d e v e l o p e d
16th. a Christmas
Director of the Nebraska Main Street program year to generate
Elizabeth Chase and Director of Heritage and implement ideas
Nebraska J.L.Schmidt, attended the local encouraging patrons
celebration as well to congratulate Sidney’s Main to shop locally and
Street Program, volunteers, merchants, property stay close to home.
owners, and staff. They stated that the program
in Sidney is the perfect example of what a Main The committee
Street Program should look like. scheduled activities
and promotions during each of the weekends
leading up to Christmas. Such events were
carolers, craft fairs, kids ornament making,
concerts, and more.
They organized The Twelve Days of Christmas
which was designed to have some kind of event
or giveaway everyday leading up to Christmas.
This was a way for our downtown businesses
to show their appreciation during the Holiday
Season with candy canes, Hershey Kisses, wine
tasting, fudge tasting, and much more.
Thank you to all of the business that participated
and thank you to the Sidney Fine Arts Center for
providing the location for many of the events!
Lt. Governor Rick Sheehy presented Barb Meier,
owner of The Coffee Corner, with the Merchant of the
Congratulations Historic Downtown Sidney
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Wines West owner, Patrick Zimmerer, serves wine to
attendees at the 12 Days of Christmas Wine Tasting
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Top 10 Things On Big Labor’s Agenda
(Human Events magazine) - expansion of the employers for Transportation Security
- Here are the top 10 items covered by the act. Administration workers.
on the agenda of “big labor” Big Labor will also seek the
federal agenda, as listed by 4. Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act: forced unionization of police,
Human Events magazine: This proposal is a response firefighters, and EMTs by
to the Ledbetter v. Goodyear federal fiat -- overturning the
1. Employee Free Choice Act: Tire & Rubber Co. decision, laws of more than two dozen
In addition to the notorious in which the Supreme Court states.
“card-check” provision that said that the 180-day statute
strips union members of their of limitations for equal pay 8. Union Financial Disclosure:
right to a secret ballot, this bill lawsuits begins on the date Drastically revise the Office
also provides for increased the pay was agreed to. The of Labor-Management
penalties for employers who Lilly Ledbetter Act would re- Standards’ Form LM-2 that has
commit allegedly unfair labor start the statute of limitations embarrassed and caused legal
practices. These increased each time that a paycheck problems for union bosses by
penalties include treble was received. forcing them to reveal their
damages and civil penalties salaries and spending.
of up to $20,000. 5. Minimum Wage Hike: Barack
Obama’s website promises to 9. National Labor Relations
2. Repeal of Section 14(b) of “raise the minimum wage to Board: Ram through a pro-
Taft-Hartley: Repeal of this $9.50 an hour by 2011.” union-appointee to the NLRB
section 14 of the Taft-Hartley and add more labor advocates
Act would take from states 6. Patriot Employer Act: This to the board. Right now, of the
the right to enact right-to-work bill imposes tax increases on five seats, three are vacant.
laws. companies that have major
operations outside the U.S. 10. Overturn Bush orders:
3. Family Medical Leave Act and tax hikes on those don’t Immediate revocation of Bush
expansion: Bills sponsored by agree to “labor neutrality,” executive order on Beck rights
Sen. Chris Dodd (D.-Conn.) in card check, etc. notices and Bush executive
the last Congress proposed 7. Government unions: Barack order prohibitions on use of
creation of an insurance Obama promised during the discriminatory union-only
system to provide for paid campaign that he would fight Project Labor Agreements in
family medical leave and an for collective bargaining rights federal contracting.
High Plains Art Council
Wally Seiler as Mark Twain
January 10, 2009
Sidney Public Schools Auditorium
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Tri City Sign Company
363 N Elm St
Grand Island, NE 68801
Tri City Sign Company is a major manufacturer of signage for various businesses nationwide and
we install signs throughout the Midwest United States. We co-ordinate turnkey installations
Union Pacific is named a military friendly employer for fifth time in 6 years
(AP) -- Union Pacific has again been named one of the nation’s 50 most military friendly
employers. “G.I. Jobs” career guide has included the Omaha-based railroad on its military
friendly list in five of the last six years. “G.I. Jobs” bases its rankings on how much of an effort
a company makes to hire and train veterans, what percentage of its new hires are veterans and
how accommodating it is to national guard members. UP actively seeks to hire veterans by
participating in military job fairs and other outreach efforts.
Congratulations Union Pacific!
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DP Electronics - Radio Shack/Showtime Video Ricky and Lucy’s Country Greenhouse
and Mobius Host Holiday Social Business After Hours
December 4 brought many Chamber Members Owners Terri and Dan Wolff hosted their first
out to Radio Shack/Showtime Video to do some Business After Hours. It proved to be a great
mingling along with a little holiday shopping. time with outstanding food made from their
Mobius Communications co-sponsored the homegrown harvest and seasoned with their
Social and both offered door prizes throughout homemade herbs and spices. Thank you for
the evening. hosting such a great event!
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664 Glover Rd. (Across from Cabela’s)
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selection of local gifts and products.
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Meet the 2009 Board of Directors Thank You to Board of Directors
President: Danielle (Danni) Gearhart is the CEO With the close of 2008, we have several board
at Memorial Health Center. She has served in that members whose terms have ended. We would
capacity for 3 years. Danni has been a member like to take this opportunity to thank them for their
of the Cheyenne County Chamber of Commerce hard work, extra effort, support and dedication to
Board of Directors for 2 years. Something that the Cheyenne County Chamber of Commerce
not everyone knows about Danni is that she was and to the communities within Cheyenne
a cheerleader in college. County.
Vice President: Greg Huck is the owner of The following are the Board Members who
Financial/Residential Partners, which opened served 2006-2008:
in 1991 when he moved here. He has been a
member of the Chamber Board of Directors for 1 Julie Berner (Rauner and Associates)
year. The greatest gag ever pulled on Greg was Don Ogle (SPNRD)
by Shannon Smelley (Re/Max). She put Baby Aaron Clausen (Clausen Brothers Construction)
Numbs It on the mouth of his coffee cup. The Heath Holly (Holly Realty)
instant his lips came into contact with the gel Mary Katos (ADC)
plus the hot coffee, he literally poured hot coffee Gary Dible (21st Century Equipment)
down the front of his shirt!
Each year we set goals for the Chamber to
Incoming Board Members (Term 2009-2011) continue moving forward and adapting to change
Deb Brauer (Crossroads Coop) in this ever changing economic climate. We
Steve Davidson (Big Wally’s Pizza) depend on an active Board of Directors and
Tim Lindahl (Wheat Belt PPD) an active and supportive membership to make
Tim Monroe (Golden Living Center) things happen. We have been very blessed to
Diann Steffens (Steffens Home Interiors/Steffens have such a great pool of volunteers. Thank
Appliance Center) you to the members as well as the Board for
Margaret Waddell (The Egging Company) everything you do to support the Chamber!
Term Ending December 31, 2009 I look forward to what 2009 has in store for us
Bob Volkmer (First National Bank and and welcome any suggestions or concerns any
Insurance) of our members may have.
Wanda Brogren (Advance Services, Inc.)
Bill Butkus (American National Bank) Information will be forthcoming regarding our 2009
Tony Deitering (Cabela’s, Inc.) Planning Session. If you have any questions,
Andy Hurt (American National Bank) please do not hesitate to contact me!
Dave Collins (KSID Radio)
Happy New Year,
Term Ending December 31, 2010
Chris Gay (Cabela’s, Inc.) Megan McGown
Brett Kough (Wal-Mart)
Danielle Gearhart (MHC)
Vivek Jayapal (Cabela’s, Inc.)
Kay Hicks (The Insurance Store)
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Vision 2020 Moving Forward
Vision 2020 has divided and is conquering! In 4. Education – Met on December 3 and
October, the Vision 2020 Steering Committee decided the first step is to get all the right
divided into subcommittees to tackle goals in the people involved, i.e. members from the schools
following categories: Activities and Recreation, including administration and board, as well as
Infrastructure (which has two subcommittees others involved in education, businesses, etc.
working on 1. Transportation and 2. Creating They will meet again on January 7 at 4:30pm
a County Wide Foundation), Education, and at WNCC. The subcommittee’s purpose is to
Economic Development. discuss what positive things are we doing and
can we improve on them? For Example:
The Steering Committee will meet again on January
12, time and location are to be announced. Do we completely understand all the Services
available to the education system as a whole?
The following is a status report from each
committee: Do we know all the things that ESU, UNL-
Extension services, WNCC College has to
1. Activities and Recreation, chaired by Amy offer?
Jay – Met on November 13 and began discussions
regarding what activities and recreational Are we making the most use of the Dual Credit
opportunities are already available with in the services available?
county and then to better promote and market those
opportunities. The next meeting will be the second Is there is something else we would like to see
week of January and there will be a brain storming happen?
session regarding what additional opportunities
exist in terms of new programs, activities, and/or 5. Economic Development – chaired by
facilities. Shelly Nienhueser – met on Nov. 6, and then
also attended the public meetings on Nov. 17 and
2. Infrastructure (Transportation), chaired Dec. 11 to gain an understanding, participate in,
by Harold Perkins – met on December 3 and show support of the Downtown Revitalization
and again on December 15 to discuss public project that the City of Sidney is working on in
transportation in Cheyenne County. The owner of concert with Nebraska Department of Economic
a transportation company from McCook presented Development on a Community Development
to the subcommittee regarding the service his Block Grant. The subcommittee will meet next
company could provide. Funding is the largest during the third week in January to learn about
issue surrounding public transportation. At present what resources are available in Cheyenne
the committee is looking at proposing a route County for Economic Development projects.
system that would cover the Sidney city limits They will also discuss tools and terminology
and a second route system that would travel to commonly used in economic development such
the Sioux Meadows Industrial Park, stopping at as TIF, LB840, etc.
employers along the loop. Next meeting date is to
3. Infrastructure (County Wide Foundation),
chaired by Mike Namuth and Danni Gearhart
– Met on November 20 with more than 5 existing
foundations in Cheyenne County as well as several
other entities. The first step is to determine whether
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existing foundations. A representative from the
Phone: (308) 254-9598 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nebraska Community Foundation will present to
the group on January 26 at 6:00pm regarding what
their program offers as well as to offer examples of
how this is working in other communities.
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January 2009 STANDARD
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Thank you to the Boot Hill Committee and Soiled Doves for
participating in our Christmas Promotions this year. Also, thank
you to the Sidney Fine Arts Center for the use of your facility!
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