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Where Did The Year Go?
As 2019 comes to a close, we look back over the events of the past twelve months and are pleased with what our Chamber and community has been able to accomplish. In January, the Chamber celebrated a great kick-off to the year with a nearly sold-out Annual Dinner. Later that winter, we enjoyed a St. Patrick’s Day-themed Comedy Night that was another chance for our members and residents to share a laugh together. Spring brought our annual Craft ‘n Crop event which was another opportunity for us to share a favorite community hobby, as well as multiple Easter events offered by local organizations.
The Chamber is very proud of the continued success of our Annual Golf Outing which supports scholarships for Chesaning High School seniors. This year we were able to increase the scholarship amounts from $500 to $1000 for two hard-working students. We also added a new twist to the Golf Outing, introducing the chance to shoot a golf ball from an air cannon... a huge hit with our players. We hope that you will continue to support this event for our students in 2020.
Summer is always a lot of fun in Chesaning with great festivals, fairs and events offered by our community organizations. Our residents and visitors always look forward to the Town-Wide Attic Sales, Car Show, Dawn Patrol Fly-In, Saginaw County Fair, MMOGTA Tractor Show and, of course, the Fireworks in Showboat Park. We were fortunate this year that our Poker Room fundraisers were very successful enabling us to add new family-friendly entertainment to the Fireworks, such as a petting zoo, balloon twist and more. The Chamber hopes to make 2020’s fireworks event bigger and better yet again and welcomes your participation. If you’d like to be a part of the planning committee, please contact the Chamber office to be included.
In an effort to help our members make valuable connections in the community and find resources to grow, the Chamber has been committed to offering more networking events. This past year, we introduced a new member meet and greet networking morning that was very well received. We also hosted a “Meet Your SBDC” event to connect our small businesses with the Great Lakes Bay Region Small Business Development Center, resulting in many beneficial follow-up meetings for the businesses in attendance.
As you know, our new sign arrived just in time for Christmas and we are excited about the opportunities moving forward for our members to utilize this state-of-the-art promotional tool. 2020 is already shaping up to be great and we look forward to seeing everyone at the Annual Dinner on January 18 to start the year off right!
Please take time to enjoy your families over the holidays… I wish you a very Merry Christmas!
President—Chamber Board of Directors