Le Mars Chamber of Commerce
A Mainstreet Iowa Community
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Le Mars Ice Cream Days!
The Le Mars, Iowa Ice Cream Days/Sesquicentennial Committee is in the process of planning the Parade. This year’s parade will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 15, with line-up starting at 7:00 a.m. on Stadium Drive, near the Le Mars Community High School (see page 2 for parade route). We hope to see all individuals, businesses and organizations that have participated in past parades and would like to invite any new parade units that are unique and entertaining. We encourage you to decorate your entry to reflect an Ice Cream or Historical theme. Due to extensive planning involved, entries received after May 24th will not be accepted. After May 24th, You will be mailed a letter with detailed line-up information and line-up number. Dollars from the parade entry fee will be used to improve the quality of our parade and to reinforce and demonstrate why “Life is Sweet” in Le Mars, Iowa.
Le Mars is on the threshold of a momentous event: our 150th Birthday! It is a tremendous opportunity to showcase our community and how it has evolved over the decades. It is a way to honor those who have made our community what it is and inspire future generations to continue to make Le Mars a wonderful place to live, work, raise a family and retire. Perhaps most important it presents a unique opportunity for present citizens to renew a sense of ownership and build relationships on the basis of our community. From children to seniors, “old timers” to newly arrived, this is a moment to seize for the continued quality of life we have as a community. The “welcome mat” is out in a very special way as we celebrate this milestone. A special invitation to chamber members: you are needed to make this event all it can be. Please choose to participate and avail yourselves and resources when called upon. We desire to maximize this unique opportunity and need the participation of everyone to assure it will fulfill its potential!
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Chamber members may register their parade entry online
Parade Registration use this downloadable form
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a place to have some fun!
Sesquicentennial Pie Contest 11:30-1:00 p.m. Sportsman’s Club in Pioneer Village Show off your pie baking skills in a pie contest. Entries will be received from 11:30-12:30 p.m. with judging to follow. Pies must be a fruit pie and baked in a 8-9 inch (no more than 10 inch) disposable pie pan. Entrants need to be at least 6 years of age, may have assistance from an adult, and at least one person must be a Plymouth County resident. Place recipes on 3”x 5” card. Contact ISU Extension and Outreach Plymouth County for questions and contest rules 712-546-7835 or visit www.extension.iastate.edu/plymouth . No prior registration needed. Awards given to Champion and Reserve Champion pies.
Founder’s Day Luncheon Plans Announced A Founder’s Day luncheon will be held during the Sesquicentennial to honor the history of our community over the past 150 years. The Founder’s Day Luncheon will be held on Saturday, June 15 11:30am to 1:30pm at the Le Mars Convention Center lower level. Cost is $35 a person. Reservations are required. The luncheon will feature short vignettes on the settling of Le Mars, the history of schools and churches. Speakers will be Iris Hemmingson, Rich Ziettlow and Dr. Wayne Marty. During the luncheon “Did you Know” segments will provide attendees with tidbits about Le Mars that they may never have known. Presenting these segments are Linda Mayrose, Dr. Steven and Barb Collins and Jessica Brownmiller. Julie Beitelspacher will present “Le Mars—A special place in my life.” A buffet luncheon, served by Habitue’ Catering, will include roast beef, roasted potatoes, green beans, lettuce salad, corn bread and fruit cobbler. Dave Grosenheider will serve as Master of Ceremony. There will be a special reading of two of Valda Embree’s poems by Dr. Robert Embree. Jennifer Scholten will perform two songs that were written during the early days in Le Mars. Invocation will be given by Rev. Dr. Jean Ziettlow. Founder’s Day Luncheon Committee includes Mary Reynolds, Cheryl Bolser and Lu Langel. To make a reservation, call the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce 712-546- 8821. Limited seating capacity.
"make your own family time capsule and bring to city hall to be put in the official time capsule"
View an exhibition cricket game on Sunday, June 16 Noon at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds. Cricket was played in Le Mars in the 1880s. It was played before baseball. Location – by the clock tower Local people will play the game: Mitch Christoffel, Allie Freking, Trent Powell, Stacie Mahlke, Dustin Wright, Michaela Brown, Trish McCannon, Sam Van Wettering, Joanna Guhl, Kylie Petty, Brad Cave, Andrew Brown, Leah Adler, Tiffany Howell, Hunter Rowe, Megan Sneller, Terri Martin, Darci Athens, Adam Brown, Josiah and Todd Dempster. Free event. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. After the exhibition game, anyone can try their hand at batting a cricket ball.
Polo Exhibition game Saturday, June 15 4:00 pm Plymouth County Fairgrounds 26 polo horses and 16 riders Starting behind Donegal Insurance running southwest across the fair parking lot Field is 150 yards by 90 yards. No cost to attend. There will be bleachers, bring a cooler and enjoy the fun! Get ready to press in divets during the chuckers. Half-time, all are welcome on the field for the traditional “divot stomping.” During polo play, small patches of grass and dirt are torn up by the polo ponies' quick starts, stops and turns, creating divots that can be dangerous for the horses.
Ice Cream Bash Olson Cultural Event Center 33 1st St NE Gates open at 6:30pm Music starting at 7:30pm 4 hours of music Cost is $15.00 a person
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Experience our Heritage
The Le Mars Sesquicentennial Quilt is truly an overview of the past 150 years of our community. This amazing quilt, created by Geri Dreckman, showcases photographs of Le Mars from days gone by. These photos surround a fabulous crazy quilt filled with vintage fabrics, laces, buttons, and beads. Geri devoted more than 300 hours in constructing this masterpiece which will make a wonderful treasure for future generations. Our thanks go to Greg and Pam Wells who underwrote all aspects of the quilt. The lower level of the Le Mars convention center will open at 11:00am to view the quilt. Bruce Brock will start the auction at 11:30am preceding the Founder’s Day Luncheon on Saturday, June 15th. Everyone is welcome to bid on the quilt – you need not attend the luncheon. Bids will be taken from those in attendance and by phone. For more information contact me at 712-548-6889 or the Le Mars Chamber at 712-546-8821. Proceeds will go to help offset expenses of the Community celebration. Currently on display at Primebank … June 5 on display at American Bank.
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Employee of the Month Boss of the Quarter
Michelle Connor Le Mars Physical Therapy May Employee of the Month
Mat Trotzig – Trotzig & Bauerly Law Firm 2nd Quarter Boss of the Quarter Nominated by Tricia Ernst, Amy Berding & Jill Young On behalf of the staff of Trotzig & Bauerly Law Firm we would like to nominate Mat Trotzig as the LeMars Area Chamber of Commerce 2nd Quarter Boss of the Quarter. Mat is retiring from practicing law on June 1, 2019. He has been an attorney for 40 years, 35 years here in our LeMars and Akron offices. Mat is a dedicated and detail oriented attorney who gives 110% to each and every client. When Mat says “EXACTLY” to you – that is the highest compliment one can receive and you know you have done an outstanding job. Mat has a great sense of humor. We will never forget his priceless reaction to our office antics. We will miss Mat dearly. We wish him a great retirement and hope he enjoys every minute in Colorado with his wife, children and grandchildren. With big hugs from your hardworking employees - Tricia Ernst, Amy Berding & Jill Young It is with both appreciation and pride that we nominate Mat Trotzig as the LeMars Area Chamber of Commerce 2019 2nd Quarter Boss of the Quarter.
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Office: 712.546.7811
Direct: 712.541.6501
Michelle Connor – May Employee of the Month Nominated by Sandy Norby Sandy Norby has a special congratulation to extend to Michelle Connor, OTR/L, CHT. Michelle has been selected as the May 2019 LeMars Area Chamber of Commerce Employee of the Month. Michelle joined the LeMars Physical Therapy team in June 2006 and continues to be a trusted and valued team member. Michelle and husband, Paul, chose to live in LeMars when they moved here from South Dakota. Their decision has impacted hundreds of lives in such a positive manner. Michelle is an excellent and talented Occupational Therapist who also has the distinction of Certified Hand Therapist (CHT). The CHT distinction is earned through many hours of experience and passing a rigorous exam, in which only one third pass the first time, which Michelle did pass the first time. The residents of LeMars and the surrounding community have enjoyed her expert level of care so close to home. Hand surgeons send her patients from outside LeMars because of her reputation. This nomination is not made solely on Michelle’s professional skills. What sets her apart is her commitment and passion for people. Michelle truly cares for her community and will do anything to make it better. There are so many examples to share, that I would be dismayed to forget the stellar ones. Throughout her life, she volunteers, plans, contributes and prays for members of this community. Her presence as a volunteer for her daughters activities to her steadfastness in supporting her church to putting together gift bags and organizing prayer chains for our neighbors who need it, are just a few examples of her love for this community. Michelle is a role model and we are so lucky to have her practice her profession with us, but most importantly, what she gives back to our community is the real honor in this award. Congratulations Michelle Connor for the May 2019 LeMars Area Chamber of Commerce Employee of the Month.
Chamber Annual Golf Tournament Tuesday August 6th
Le Mars Open 4 Business Contest Winner – Sugar-N- Spice The Le Mars competition for the State of Iowa Main Street Open 4 Business contest was recently held. The Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce Main Street program oversees the local portion of the competition. Two Le Mars businesses participated – Sugar-N-Spice and Bling- N-Fashions. The Iowa Main Street Program Open 4 Business contest, launched in 2015, is an opportunity for businesses located within a state-designated Main Street district, to compete for a chance to win up to $28,000 in grant funds to assist with business development or an expansion project that will benefit the local community. The two Le Mars competitors completed a 5 minute video outlining their business idea and how it would benefit the local economic climate downtown Each business had 15 minutes to present their business proposition. Then they were questioned by the judges. “The two presentations were very good and the scoring was very close. I’m excited about the plans presented,” stated Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce Main Street Manager Mary Reynolds. Judges were: Tom Schuch, 2018 Open for Business winner (Get Branded 360 $14,500), Renee Billings, Economic Development Specialist with the City of Sioux City and Michaela Brown, 2017 Open for Business winner (The Brown Century Theater $18,500). The Le Mars local winner was Sugar-N-Spice. They won a $500 cash prize to be used for their business.“ Jill Mescher will now submit sub-state materials to the Des Moines Main Street office,” said Reynolds. Dr. Steve Collins, Rich Ziettlow and Reynolds will write the Open for Business grant with Mescher. Each designated Main Street community across the state may submit one local business to represent their community. Next Mescher will compete to be selected as one of the 12 semi-finalists. Skype presentations will be made to judges in Des Moines. Sub-state competition will be held on June 27, 2019. Five sub-state winners will each receive $8,000 and advance to the state contest which will be held in Dubuque, Iowa the evening of August 27, 2019. The state winner could win up to an additional $20,000. At the sub-state and state competitions, a 25% cash match is required from the winning business. The grant funds are administered by the Iowa Economic Development Authority’s Downtown Resource Center and Main Street Iowa program.
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Ice Cream Days and Sesquicentennial Events Brochure is available and may be picked up at the Chamber of Commerce office.
Ribbon Cutting Hearing Health Centers
June 2019
ribbon cuttings All coffees 9:30 to 10:30 am                Tuesday	Ribbon Cutting / 10:00 a.m. Functional Fitness (Central Ave SW next to Piece of Cake)   Wednesday	Coffee / Rotary Club at Plymouth County Museum                                                                                   Tuesday	After 5 / Hy-Vee   Wednesday	Coffee & Ribbon Cutting / Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor    Wednesday 	Coffee / Hardees   Wednesday	Coffee / Midstates Bank 5th 5th 12th 12th 19th 19th 26th 26th 4th 4th 11th 11th
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