La Conner Chamber of Commerce THE LA CONNERITE TO ADVANCE THE ECONOMIC & CIVIC PROSPERITY OF THE GREATER LA CONNER COMMUNITY Volume 1, Issue 1 JANUARY 2007 JANUARY EVENTS A LETTER FROM THE CHAMBER PRESIDENT Chamber Board Meeting January 9 ~ 8 am. ~ Fireside Rm. Fellow Chamber Members (All are welcome to attend, please note that beginning Feb. we will meet in the One person can make a difference; but together we can spread the differ- Garden Club) ence. Chamber “After Hours Social” Resolve to daily choose your attitude. Decide to bring your best self to January 11 ~ 5:00 pm –6:30 pm. work. If we work on accomplishing this one thing, an oasis of energy, The Ginger Grater flexibility and creativity has a chance to seed a difference. Bring your favorite appetizers My heartfelt appreciation goes out to volunteers. They exemplify MoNA, Opening Reception "choosing an attitude" to serve and a choice to "be present" unlike no January 13 ~ 2-5 pm other. Visitor center volunteers, board members, committee members, fel- low merchants, friends and neighbors, thank you for sharing in and provid- La Conner Quilt Museum ing for the goodness of 2006. Six thousand plus hours are given by volun- New Exhibit “Transitions” teers "working for you"; serving La Conner. They have made the choice to January 13 –March 11 serve, to give of their time to having a viable chamber. Each chamber 11 am-4 pm., 466-4288 member, my heartfelt gratitude to you. Membership isn't just about money. It includes partnership, participation, team effort, enhancing achievements SCCEDA ~ Installation Dinner and encouragement. Thank you for spreading the difference. January 18 ~ 5:30-8 pm Skagit Valley Casino Resort Choose your 2007 attitude. Continue to connect and create. Seek to draw RSVP the chamber office, 466-4778 out, inspire and develop the best and highest within yourself and your neighboring chamber and non-chamber merchants. Skagit County Historic Museum “Fibers of Life” Exhibit Let us expect a better wheel for 2007 by making a difference together. Closing Ceremony January 20 ~ 11 am. Sharon Connell “A Gathering of Artists” Chamber President January 20 ~ 1 pm-4 pm Blood Drive Thanks to all members (new and re- January 26 ~ On Morris St. Welcome New Members newing) for their continuous support of (more information on pg. 2) the chamber! Deception Pass Tours Chamber Retreat Discovery Maps International January 30 ~ 9 am.- 4 pm. Café Culture Renewing Members The Wild Iris Meeting Room Harbor View Gallery & Gifts Lizz & Company Bank of America La Conner Neighborhood Church Marci & Bob Plank Kerstin’s Restaurant “Watato” (the children) Choir The Swinomish Yacht Club Soroptimist International of La Conner January 25 ~ 7 pm-8 pm Cattails and Dragonflies The Farmhouse Inn Restaurant Maple Hall, admission by donation PAGE 2 THE LA CONNERITE V O LU M E 1, I S S U E 1 Marketing Committee Report Welcome to the first of the monthly Marketing Committee Reports you will be receiving. Julie Burgmeier & Shanden Templar are the co-chairs of this committee. We need volunteers to help with a multitude of tasks. Please call/e-mail Julie if you are inter- ested in volunteering! (email@example.com or 466-baby) Our #1 Priority this year is: To improve the marketing program of the organization by enhancing the current marketing efforts. Our most immediate task is to propose the Marketing budget for 2007. Since “YOU” are the chamber, we need your in- put. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org your ideas & suggestions. We are now signed up for Google Analytics. The following is only a one week sampling of the monthly reports that will start with the next newsletter. December 22nd-28th laconnerchamber.com had 782 visits with 3,568 page views (an average of 4.56 page views per visit). New visitors: 83.76% Returning visitors: 16.24%. Top sources: Google 381 visits; Direct: 124 visits. 498 visits were from organic searches (non-sponsored) and 160 visits were from referrals (links from other websites) and 124 were direct (website url entered). 2010 Olympics Here we are celebrating the beginning of a new year, 2007. Before you know it 2010 will be on the calendar and with that date comes the Winter Olympics which will take place in Vancouver BC. It is estimated that 250,00 visitors, 10,000 people from the media and 35, 000 volunteers will be in attendance. It is also estimated $8-10 billion will be spent in connection with the games. The state of Washington, together with local chambers, are working to ensure we are active participants in all aspects of the winter games. Please take the time to review the official state website www.exportwashington.com/2010 for important up- dates and opportunities. SBA Business Information Center (BIC) The Business Information Center (BIC) has over 300 books, software and videos that you can use to research, write business plans, try out software, or take an on-line class. The BIC is intended for public use, and you are welcome anytime during busi- ness hours. Contact Cynthia at (360) 416-7873 or email email@example.com New Passport Information Here is some important passport information for you and to pass on to visitors. The U.S. Department of State and Homeland Security have extended their passport deadlines. You now have until June 1, 2009 to get a passport for land and sea travel to and from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda. However, if you are traveling by plane to and from one of these desti- nations, you’ll need a passport by January 23, 2007. For all the latest information, visit www.travel.state.gov and click on “International Travel”. Skagit County Business Leaders Dinner Mark your calendars now for one of the best county-wide networking and social events of the year! Board Chairpersons and Presidents from all six Skagit County Chambers of Commerce will be in attendance. This event is sponsored by Puget Sound Energy and produced by SCCEDA. It will be held at the Skagit Valley Casino Resort, January 18th, 5:30 pm-8 pm. Tickets will cost $35/per person. Featured speaker is Dr. Violet Malone, Professor (emeritus) at Western’s Woodring College of Edu- cation. Dr. Malone, believes learning is a lifelong process. She started her career at Western in 1991. You can RSVP for this event by calling the chamber office, 466-4778. Shop Locally! We know the holiday season is over, but there is always a need to be shopping for that “perfect” gift. Whether it is for a birth- day, anniversary or wedding and let’s not forget Valentines Day isn’t that far away. We all need to remember that La Conner IS the place to shop. Please remember, whether shopping for a gift or something for yourself….be sure and shop La Conner first. It’s important to all of us! Shop in La Conner ~ Support Our Members and Keep the Money at Home Give Blood, Save Lives, Get Cookies! Friday Morning, January 26th! The Puget Sound Blood Center Mobile Bus will be in front of the Station House Restaurant (Morris Street between 3rd and 4th). It only takes about an hour of your time to give a gift that will benefit up to three people in our community! Please call or email Marianna Metke at 360-466-4520 or firstname.lastname@example.org for further information or to schedule an appointment! V O LU M E 1, I S S U E 1 THE LA CONNERITE PAGE 3 Note of Thanks! Congratulations! Winter Sale The staff at the chamber office (that would Roberta (Bobbie) and Greg Westover January is the month for Childhood be Marci, Claudia and the volunteers) wish are the new owners of “The Ginger Bliss’s Winter Sale! With only two to thank Cathie and Keith Wyman for the Grater”. Bobbie and Greg are also the sales a year, this is an event not to be wonderful “new” printer. In answer to a owners of the very popular “Olive missed! ONE DAY ONLY on Satur- recent e-mail, Cathie donated the printer Shoppe, Gifts and More” on Morris St. day, January 20th, from 9 am-7 pm. and as if that wasn’t enough, Keith came According to Bobbie, they plan to 20% off storewide and 40% off winter in to the office and installed it. All we had “merge” the two businesses. With the fashions, strollers, diaper bags, toys, to do was buy an ink cartridge and turn it south side of the building remaining as books, clothing, online gift registry at on...wow, how nice! The office had been The Ginger Grater and the north side will childhoodbliss.com! AND, we ship “limping” along with only a printer in become the Olive Shoppe. We wish anywhere in the USA and Canada. Marci’s office, so it is great to be “up and them great success in this new venture. Please call/email us if you would like running” again. Thanks again to Cathie Our thanks to Bobbie and Greg in ad- for us to drop off our beautiful “sale” and Keith and we extend our congratula- vance, for hosting the next chamber so- postcard to you!!! tions to Keith on his recent retirement. cial on January 11th at The Ginger Enjoy!! (Note to Keith, we’re always in Grater. We hope everyone will come by Blissfully Yours, Julie & Carol need of volunteers at the chamber) to congratulate them. 521 Morris St., 466-BABY Auto Repair Database Community Organizations Basket Exhibit Closing Ceremony The La Conner Regional Library is offer- Meeting Schedules & Contacts and Artist Gathering January 20 ing a new Automotive Repair Reference Center database that includes more than Kiwanis Club of La Conner A closing ceremony for the exhibit “Fibers 150 easy-to-read illustrated auto repair PO Box 822, La Conner, WA 98257 of Life II: Native Treasures from the For- manuals for 21,000 vehicles from 1945 Contact: Doolie Pierce est to the Flats” at the Skagit County to present. The database can be accessed 466-0156 Historical Museum will feature Native at www.lclib.lib.wa.us. Usernames and Email: email@example.com songs, prayers and words of appreciation passwords are available at the library. Wed. 8-9 am., LC Retirement Inn for the work of the basket makers on Sat- 614 E. Morris 466-3352 urday, January 20, at 11 am. Following the ceremony, visitors can enjoy the art of La Conner Garden Club Northwest traditional carvers, weavers and Contact: Sandy Chomiah New Exhibits at MoNA 466-1407 photographers at Qwu?qwsa: A Gathering Beginning January 13, MoNA will open of Artists from 1 to 4 pm. Artwork will be First Thursday, 7 pm, LC Garden Club two new exhibits. One is titled “Range” available for purchase throughout the af- featuring work by Deborah Butterfield, ternoon. No admission charge for this La Conner Regional Library C. S. Price and Theodore Waddell. The 614 E. Morris, La Conner event. other exhibit titled “Calido” features the The Skagit County Historical Museum is 466-3352 work of Karen Buhler, James Minson Open: Mon. 11 am-5 pm. located at 501 S 4th Street. and Rob Snyder. They will also be host- Open Tue. - Sun., 11 am to 5 pm. Tues. & Wed. 11 am-7 pm ing an “opening reception” on January Thurs. - Sat. 11 am-5 pm For more information: 13, 2-5 pm. MoNA is open 10 am - 5 pm 360-466-3365 or visit daily. 121 S. First St., 466-4446. La Conner Rotary Club www.skagitcounty.net/museum. www.museumofnwart.org PO Box 2111, La Conner, WA 98257 Contact: Ginny Dugaw Farmers & Conservationists Working Together Phone: 360-466-1660 www.laconnerrotary.com Recently the NY Times picked up on a story about a group of lo- Mon. 6 pm., Farmhouse Restaurant cal farmers working together with the Department of Wildlife. David Hedlin (that’s Dave on the right in the photo), Gail Thulen La Conner Senior Center and Alan Mesman, will together receive up to $350,000 for three Contact: Jana Gage years of labor, expenses and the use of 210 acres, said Kevin Morse, the Skagit Delta 466-3941 project manager for the conservancy. Each man has committed about 70 acres to this 8:30 am-4 pm, Tues., Maple Center project, which is called Farming for Wildlife. A third of that land will be flooded with a few inches of fresh water in the spring, fall and winter. This will create shallow Soroptimist Int’l o f La Conner ponds to entice thousands of birds, some of them on their way to and from the Arctic, Contact: Jane Godfrey, President to stop and snack on tiny invertebrates and worms as they travel along the Pacific fly- 466-3705 way. Read more on this story at www.nytimes.com/2006/12/26/us/27farm.html Second Wed., 6:30 pm, Farmhouse La Conner Chamber of Commerce 606 Morris St. La Conner WA. 98257 www.laconnerchamber.com 360-466-4778 LA CONNER VISITOR CENTER JAN—DEC, 2006 STATS Walk-ins 3,578 Phone Calls 1,837 One of the benefits of membership is having infor- mation about your business in the Visitor Center. This can be a brochure or business card. We are there to inform visitors about La Conner but also share information regarding member businesses. 2005-2006 Executive Board Sharon Connell ~ President ~ The Next Chapter Bookstore & Coffee House ~ 466-2665 Linda Alfano ~ Vice-President ~ La Conner Fruit & Produce ~ 466-3018 Julie Burgmeier ~ Treasurer ~ Childhood Bliss ~ 466-2229 Patti Dynes ~ Secretary ~ The Ginger Grater ~ 466-4161 2005-2006 Board of Directors Marella Dubuque ~ Marella’s Bookkeeping Service ~ 466-7474 Jeff Hellam ~ Hellam’s Vineyard ~ 466-1758 Cindy Tracey ~ Katy’s Inn Bed & Breakfast ~ 466-9909 Deborah Tolbert ~ The Dulce Plate ~ 466-1630 Shelley Davis ~ Queen of the Valley Bed & Breakfast ~ 466-4578 Tom Alfano ~ La Conner Fruit & Produce ~ 466-3019 Marci Plank ~ Viking Cruises ~ 630-1628 Greg Robinson ~ Museum of NW Art ~ 466-4446 Office Staff Volunteers Marci Plank ~ Coordinator Joan Barlow Reinheld Thompson Claudia Young ~ Volunteer Coordinator Dina Ashlin Sherry Grant Mary Poppe Contact Information Phone ~ 360-466-4778 Fax ~ 360-466-0204 Address ~ 606 Morris St. Mailing Address ~ P.O. Box 1610 E-mail ~ firstname.lastname@example.org www.laconnerchamber.com Office Hours ~ Mon. ~ Fri. 11 am. to 3 pm., Sat. 11 am. to 2 pm.