Terri Martin Mainstreet Volunteer Award
Employees of the Month Honored
Paul Oson Award Daniel Hystad
Humorist Speaker Juli
Le Mars Chamber Annual Dinner
Bosses of the Quarter Honored
Downloadable Registrations
Le Mars Ice Cream Days!
The Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce Ice Cream Days Committee would like to inform you of our 2020 plans for a vendor event. The festival will run Wednesday, June 17 to Sunday, June 21, 2020 with Saturday, June 20 the day that vendors are featured in downtown Le Mars. This year we are consolidating many of the ICD festival events and activities to our downtown. This past year the City of Le Mars completely renovated the Olson Cultural Event Center into a green space with wonderful seating, gazebos, flower beds, etc. Three streets surrounding the event center will be closed off allowing all vendor participants to be in this location. We hope you will choose to be a part of the 2020 Ice Cream Days Festival. This year, the parade will be Saturday, June 20. The parade will once again line up on Stadium Drive, near the Le Mars Community High School. The parade will travel along Central Avenue starting at 8th Street South and continuing to 6th Street North, then East on 6th Street to the Fairgrounds.
Chamber members may register their parade entry online
Parade Registration use this downloadable form
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Perspective Insurance has a special congratulation to extend to the Support Staff, as they have been selected as the January 2020 LeMars Area Chamber of Commerce Employees of the Month. The support staff at Perspective Insurance has been the backbone of this organization in one way or another for nearly two decades. Both serving our customers individually as AmBank Insurance and Bixenman Insurance, and together as Perspective Insurance, you will not find a better support staff anywhere. The amount of customer and industry knowledge, experience, dedication and most importantly the level of care they provide in their everyday jobs is unparalleled. We are truly fortunate to have all of them here working within our agency, as we would not be nearly as successful without them. Whether you send an email, pick up the phone, or stop by the office, you can absolutely count on seeing one of their faces ready and willing to help, no matter the reason for the visit. This award can’t begin to show how thankful we are to work with you all. It’s with great pleasure that we recognize the Perspective Insurance Support Staff as the January 2020 LeMars Area Chamber of Commerce Employees of the Month. Nominated by Matt Lancaster
In nominating Doug Downing as the LeMars Area Chamber of Commerce Boss of the Quarter, Primebank Vice President and co-worker Lisa Boehm indicated that being of good character can be defined as possessing and displaying virtues such as honesty, kindness, trustworthiness, generosity and fairness. Currently serving as Senior Vice President, Chief Credit Officer, and a member of the Primebank Board of Directors, Doug Downing consistently demonstrates good character in his treatment of customers and co-workers alike. Building upon teamwork whenever possible, Doug communicates in a manner that is both inclusive and candid. While not one to coddle his staff, Doug is always there to listen and provide support and guidance. He has an innate ability to find the right blend of praise mixed with constructive criticism in order to bring out the best in people. Honest and open, Doug is always happy to provide feedback in order to help others grow and take on more challenges and responsibilities. A graduate of LeMars Community High School and Westmar College, Doug began his career in banking as an Examiner with the State Division of Banking. From there he went on to serve as an officer and director at a small bank in Central Iowa, before returning to his home community in 1989 and accepting a lending position with Primebank. Today, in addition to his duties as a lending officer, Doug also heads Primebank’s Credit Division, including the Credit Review Department, and the Centralized Loan Servicing Department; serves as Primebank’s Chief Credit Officer; and is a member of Primebank’s Board of Directors. In adding his support to Doug’s nomination for Boss of the Quarter, Primebank CEO Matt Ahlers indicated his appreciation for Doug’s contribution to Primebank’s success. Doug can be counted on to provide sound advice and counsel not only to those he supervises, but to his customers as well. We are grateful to count Doug as one of Primebank’s many assets.
Employee of the Month Boss of the Quarter
Support Staff Perspective Insurance January Employees of the Month
Douglas Downing– Sr. V.P. and Chief Credit Officer, Director Primebank 1st Quarter Boss
Contact Chamber Headquarters for more information 546-8821
Clinical Associate Professor and Swine Extension Veterinarian, Department of Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine College of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University, Ames, IA.
Mike Naig grew up on a family farm in the northwest corner of the state near Cylinder, Iowa and he continues to be involved in the operation today. Mike was appointed by Governor Kim Reynolds to succeed Bill Northey as Iowa Secretary of Agriculture on Monday, March 5, 2018. Prior to that, he had served as Iowa Deputy Secretary of Agriculture since September 2013. In a state where agriculture is a leading economic driver, Mike knows that protecting our air, soil and water is essential to our success. He is proud that Iowans are taking on the challenge of improving water quality and will continue to pursue new public-private partnerships to protect our precious natural resources. As Secretary, he is committed to leading efforts to expand economic opportunities for Iowans and advocating in Iowa and around the globe on behalf of the hard-working men and women who keep us fed and fueled. Attracting and retaining talent in Iowa agriculture is a reoccurring topic during his 99 county visits and Mike believes we need to continue to engage young people and encourage them to pursue rewarding careers in agriculture. As Deputy Secretary under Bill Northey, Mike had been responsible for the operations of the department, specifically policy, budget and personnel. Before joining the Department, Mike had been active in the agribusiness industry for more than 13 years, having served in public policy roles for state and national trade associations and in private industry. Mike is a graduate of Buena Vista University in Storm Lake with degrees in biology and political science. He and his wife Jaime have three boys.
Agri-Business Luncheon 2020 Tuesday March 24th
10:30 am Speaker Dr. Chris Rademacher State Swine Veterinarian with Iowa State University
9:30 Chamber Coffee Le Mars Convention Center sponsored by Plymouth County Farm Bureau
Noon Lunch All day ticket $15
After lunch keynote speaker Secretary Mike Naig
Each year we ask our Youth on Main Street participants to identify at least one project that enhances our community. One of the projects this year's group identified is to spruce up the windows of vacant downtown storefronts. The first effort is to provide some Valentine's Day artwork. The property owners were contacted and their approval was obtained. Here are pictures of the students at work. Ms. Kathy Bork, Art Instructor at Le Mars Community School provided the guidance. Student participants included students in YoMS plus LCHS Art Club students. The windows are on Bad Habits Boutique on Plymouth Street and Frugal Fusion on Central Ave. In the action shot at Bad Habits Boutique the participants are from left to right: Sydney Reeves, Lakia Eilts, Kathy Bork, Joseph Rosener and Sere Chung.
Youth on Mainstreet
In the group shot by Frugal Fusion, from left to right: Joseph Rosener, Syndey Reeves, Kathy Bork and Lakia Eilts. Sere Chung had to leave before we could get to this storefront. The Youth on Main Street program is sponsored by Le Mars Historic Preservation Commission and Le Mars Main Street Program. Program mentors are Becky Klohs and Richard Ziettlow
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The Le Mars Chamber of Commerce Youth on Main Street program has been selected as one of the presentations at National Alliance of Preservationists Forum "Engaging the Next Generation of Preservationists" theme. The Forum is in Tacoma, Washington, July 22-25. Our presentation time is on Saturday the 25th from 10:15-11:45. Rich Ziettlow will present the program.
February 2020
ribbon cuttings All coffees 9:30 to 10:30 am               Monday 	After 5 / Total Motors    Wednesday	Coffee / HyVee   Evidently, there’s a coffee shortage. 19th 19th 6th 6th
Chamber Coffee Schedule
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Welcome Heidi Nemmers as the new Chamber Operations Manager. Stop by the Chamber Office and say “hello.” Heidi’s friendly disposition will welcome many to Le Mars and we’re looking forward to the resource she will be for Chamber members. One of her strongest attributes? She’s a two-fisted ice cream eater!
Día de los Libros Day of Books Le Mars Library New Le Mars Arts Center Program Director Gehlen Catholic Adult ESL Classes open to all
RAGBRAI bike ride across Iowa will be starting in Le Mars on July 19. Stay tuned for volunteer, hosting and sponsorship information. This will be a huge undertaking and opportunity to showcase our community to the world.