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					                          The Chamber
                             Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce

                                                          5 First Street SW * Hampton, IA 50441
                                                       Phone 641-456-5668 * Fax 641-456-5660
                                   Jennifer Gruelke, Executive Director
                                              Lori Tarr, Center 1 Assistant

                                                                        January 2008 Newsletter

Message from the President…

One word explains 2007 – RAGBRAI. The RAGBRAI organization believed in Hampton and
delivered a challenge to us – and we succeeded. The Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce
served as the leader in organizing the successful overnight stay in July. As we move forward to
2008, the Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is excited to get back to
basics. We want to work with our members – after all, it is YOUR organization. You have
ownership in the Chamber and it is our duty to listen. Our door is always open and we are
waiting to hear from you. We cannot do it alone – we need volunteer involvement and dedication
from within the membership. Together the Hampton community will be successful in 2008 and in
the future years to come. I am excited to serve as the 2008 Chamber President. I believe that
the Hampton area community has great things going on and The Chamber will continue to strive
to achieve excellence with professionalism.

Jack Clark, Redneck Trailer Supplies
Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce Board President

Chamber Business After 5

First National Bank of Hampton is excited to host a Business After 5 on Thursday, January 24
from 5:00 – 6:00 pm. Hors d’ oeuvres and drinks will be provided. Businesses and employees
are encouraged to attend the Business After 5 to help First National Bank celebrate 75 years in
service, 1933-2008. Congrats First National Bank!!

Hampton – Dumont High School News

The Hampton-Dumont High School is strongly exploring the possibility of asking seniors to
complete a job shadow during the months of March and April. Students would be asked to spend
a minimum of one hour job shadowing. Please consider how your business could participate in
this new event. Job shadowing allows students to gain a more intensive look at what careers
exist in the community, and can serve as a recruitment tool in keeping our young people in the
area after graduation and college. More information to come soon.

Member Renewals

Advanced Technology Solutions                   Hospice of North Iowa
Ady’s Floral Design                             IStop Tech Shop
AmericInn Lodge & Suites                        ISU Extension/Franklin County
Mary Barnes                                     Jeffrey Jaacks, LPA
A Better Image                                  The Kaleidoscope
Margaret Burmester                              KIMT – TV 3
Cathy’s Country Cook’n                          Kum and Go
Carlson Tree Farm                               Long Term Medical Supply Corporation
Christensen Diamond Jewelers                    The Market Place
Church of the Living Word                       Mary Kay Cosmetics, Marcia Brolsma
The Computer Guy, Patrick Palmer                Mason City Business Systems
Jo Coonley                                       McDonald’s Restaurant
Corn Belt Power Cooperative                      Mediacom
Cornerstone Cottage                              MidAmerican Energy Company
Country Heritage Bed & Breakfast                 Miller Tree Farm
Culligan Water Conditioning                      Mort’s Water Company
DataQuest                                        Movies America
Robert Davies                                    Murphy’s Heating & Plumbing
Ivan & Janiece Davis                             North Central Millwright
Raymond Drew, P.C. Attorney at Law               Northern Pipe Products, Inc
Dumont Telephone Company                         Office Elements
EZ Print & Design                                Pamida
Edward Jones                                     PDQ
Edwards Contracting Inc                          Steven Pearson
Four Oaks Enterprises                            Charlane & Harley Janssen
Franklin County Abstract Company                 Ron & Sandy Raney
Franklin County Fair Association                 Redneck Trailer Supplies
Franklin County Farm Bureau                      Rick’s Pharmacy
Franklin Financial Services                      Ridge Stone Golf Club
Franklin General Hospital                        Sackville Insurance
Franklin Grassland Seed Company                  Sandee’s Flower House
Franklin Rural Electric Cooperative              Schwan’s Ice Cream
Gold Key Motel                                   Seabee – Hampton Hydraulics
Graphics Plus                                    Service Master Cleaning Services
City of Hampton                                  St Paul’s Lutheran Church
Hampton Hardware                                 Brian & Robbie Stevens
Hampton Heating Company                          Twin State, Inc
Hampton Propane Tank Transport                   United Bank & Trust Company
Hampton Public Library                           Windsor Theatre
Hampton Publishing Company                       The Wood Cellar
Hampton Rotary Club
Hampton Dumont Education Association
Hansell Ag Repair, Inc
Jay R Hickman, DC
Maxine Hildebrand
Hobson, Cady & Cady

The Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce would not exist without its’ members! THANK YOU
for your investment in the Chamber and in the community!

 Ponder this….You can’t control the length of your life, but you can control how you use it. * You
               can’t control another’s opportunities, but you can make your own.

2008 Chamber Board of Directors

* Jack Clark, President           Redneck Trailer Supplies
* Alan Moritz, Vice President     Winfield Solutions, LLC
* Kent Mollenbeck, Treasurer      First National Bank of Hampton
* Pat Sackville, Past President   Potage Culinary Classes
* Tricia Christiansen             Hampton Dumont Schools
* Brad Hicks                      Hampton Publishing Company
* Jeff Hofer                      Hampton Hardware
* Keri Holmes                     The Kaleidoscope
* Becky Strother                  United Bank and Trust Company
* Angela Heeren                   Franklin General Hospital
* Brian Venteicher                Jasperson Insurance & Real Estate, Ltd
* Mark Whipple                    The Marketplace
* Charlie Willms                  Hampton State Bank

* Jennifer Gruelke, Executive Director
* Lori Tarr, Center 1 Assistant
Chamber Bucks

A final total of Chamber Bucks sold in 2007 - $68,360.00!!! Studies prove that money spent
locally turns an average of seven times – that is $478,520.00 spent in the Hampton area!! This is
a great way to boost the local economy!!

Ways to make your Chamber membership work for you

* Attend Chamber functions such as Quarterly Coffees, Business After Hours, networking events,

* Get Involved in the variety of Chamber committees

* Inform The Chamber of any office changes in your business so we may update our records

* Read newsletter and news briefs to stay informed

* Contact Chamber Board of Directors or Chamber staff to give feedback and provide comments
on programs, publications and other issues/topics

* Fill out surveys that are sent to membership so that we can continually strive to meet the wants
of members

* Keep The Chamber informed with events, promotional items, etc so we can keep members

Member News…

** Hampton Rotary Club will hold its Valentine Extravaganza on Saturday, February 9, 2008 at
the Hampton Country Club. Social hour is at 6:00 pm with dinner at 7:00 pm. Musical
entertainment is The Last Minute Jazz Group. Special guests include Congressman Tom Latham
and State Representative Linda Upmeyer. For tickets, contact any Rotary member or John
Rowe, Extravaganza Chair, at 456-4946 or RSVP with checks made out to Hampton Rotary Club
by January 30. Mail to John Rowe, PO Box 148, Hampton, IA 50441. $50.00 per person.
Please designate if you would like Prime Rib, Ribeye or Salmon.

** Dancin With Roxie has moved! Roxanna Johnson has relocated her dance studio to the old
location of the Marketplace (north of Windsor Theatre). Roxanna’s dance groups have grown
immensely since the first year of business; therefore more dance space was needed. Congrats
to Dancin With Roxie!!

**Hampton Hardware purchases Radio Shack! Look for the Radio Shack merchandise at
Hampton Hardware! Congrats to Jeff Hofer and his staff of expanding his retail business!

Do you have business news to pass along to the Chamber membership? Let Lori or Jennifer
know at the Chamber office. We are here to help promote your business!

Disaster Preparedness

Living in Iowa – people think a disaster can never happen. Think again…a disaster has hit home
in Washington, Iowa as the Washington Chamber of Commerce office burnt to the ground this
past weekend. A fire destroyed everything – records, computers, etc. Susan Wellington,
Executive Director, says ”her community is fast to act in the face of tragedy.”

Disasters of any type can happen at anytime with little or no warning. Are you prepared? The
key is to have a plan and practicing the plan. Can you be prepared for every event? Of course
not, however, you can and must make some preparations to be prepared.

Disaster Preparedness Plan Steps:

1) Back up your computer system. Store back up cd’s, records, copied files, etc offsite.

2) Establish an alternative site to relocate your office.
3) Create a mobile finance office (everything you need to set up our office in another location).

4) Personnel cross train and temporary staffing.

5) Prevention planning.

It is never too late to have a disaster plan in place. Start your planning today if you do not have
one in place. Are you ready for the unexpected?

                                   Thomas Jefferson’s Ten Rules

                         Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.

                         Never trouble another for what you can do yourself.

                         Never spend your money before you have earned it.

                         Never buy what you don’t want because it is cheap.

                            Pride costs more than hunger, thirst and cold.

                             We seldom repent of having eaten too little.

                              Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly.

                     How much pain the evils have cost us that never happened.

                              Take things always by the smooth handle.

             When angry, count to ten before you speak, if very angry, count to a hundred.

Reference: The Chamber of Commerce Pacesetter


Jennifer Gruelke
Executive Director

   The purpose of the Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce is to support economic
growth, by improving the quality of life and business climate in the Franklin County area.