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Spencer RAGBRAI 2017 Announcements

The Entertainment and Publicity Committees have announced the headline band, 2017 Spencer RAGBRAI Logo and theme for the Spencer overnight stay on July 23rd.
The Johnny Holm Band will take the stage as the headline act when riders stay in Spencer on Sunday, July 23.  Johnny Holm is the most entertaining entertainer performing today.  The show is dedicated to the fans, and they do most of the entertaining.  Mostly impromptu, the show moves with the speed of lightning and changes direction as soon as "the pied piper" notices a lag.  "Never a Dull Moment" was never a more true description.  Surrounding himself with the finest musicians in the Midwest, the band rocks, picks, and thunders along for 3-4 hours, almost non-stop from the first song to the last laugh.
"The Johnny Holm Band is the ultimate entertainer in the Midwest," says Ryan Odor, Executive Committee Co-Chair.  "He performed for Spencer RAGBRAI 2007 and we knew we wanted him to be a part of our event again this year."
The Spencer RAGBRAI committee also released the theme and 2017 Spencer logo at a recent Spencer Chamber Business After Hours held at the Clay County Fair.  The theme "Kick Your Wheels Up!" and the logo were inspired by the Centennial of the Clay County Fair, which will be held September 9 - 17 of this year.
"Most of the RAGBRAI activities are held at the fair, and the tower gates are an iconic part of Spencer," says Spencer RAGBRAI Executive Co-Chair Kevin Brown.  "We knew we wanted to work at least part of the fair into our design, while still making sure we included RAGBRAI elements, I think we've done a great job of that!"
Stay up to date with Spencer RAGBRAI Information on the Spencer RAGBRAI Facebook Page or on the website at www.spencerragbrai.com


Spencer Chamber "Community Patron" Memberships Available!

Did you know that as an individual, you can still support the community by being a member of the Spencer Chamber of Commerce?  Enjoy the many benefits of being a Chamber Member with our "Community Patron" Individual Memberships.  Several in the community have already discovered the benefits of knowing what's happening in the community and by being able to attend Chamber functions and events.  As a "Community Patron" you are entitled to the same opportunities as any other member of the Chamber.  Attend Business Before and After Hours, participate in events such as the Golf Outing, Bowling Outing, Annual Celebration and much more.  The best part is that your commitment is just $124!  Your name will appear in the newest Spencer Chamber Community Guide as well as the Chamber Online Membership Guide as being a supporter of the Chamber.  No business name or business relationship can be attached to this membership.

 For more information please contact the Chamber Office at 712-262-5680, or email at: info@spenceriowachamber.org
or go to our online membership application at: http://spenceriowachamber.org/jointhechamber.php


Clay County Ag Appreciation Breakfast

The public is invited to attend the FREE Clay County Ag Appreciation Breakfast on Tuesday, March 21 at the Clay County Regional Events Center.
From 6 to 9 am enjoy Made-to-Order Omelets, Donuts, Juice, Milk and Coffee as a courtesy of the Clay County Ag Commodity Groups.
Each year these groups and businesses come together to show their appreciation to residents of Clay County for their support of the agricultural economy.
These sponsoring groups include:  Clay County Cattlemen, Clay County Farm Bureau, Clay County Growers, Clay County Pork Producers, Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative, Jones Dairy and the Spencer Chamber of Commerce.


Spencer Selected as Overnight Stop on RAGBRAI

At the Official RAGBRAI Route Announcement Party on Saturday, January 21, it was announced that Spencer will again be an overnight host for the ride which will begin in Orange City on Sunday, July 23.
This will be the fifth time Spencer has been selected as an overnight stop for the thousands of riders as they take a far northern route in 2017.  After Spencer, the ride will continue to Algona followed by Clear Lake.
An Executive and Advisory Board is in place to begin the planning for the ride with other assignments to follow including those who will be in charge of housing, publicity, food, entertainment, public safety and much more.
The last time the ride spent the night in Spencer was 2007 with the theme "License to Thrill".  One of the first tasks of the committee as they begin planning for this year will be to develop a theme and corresponding logo.
As you can imagine this massive undertaking takes many volunteers.  If you would give of your time to assist in the planning of the event as well as working in many areas the day they arrive please fill out a Chamber Volunteer Form at:
http://spenceriowachamber.org/volunteer.php


Spencer Strides Community Walk Prize Winners

Those participating in the Spencer Strides Community Walks in 2016 were given the chance to win monthly prizes worth at least $100 simply by taking time to enjoy the outdoors walking around Spencer during their lunch hour.
The Spencer Blue Zones Worksite Wellness Committee, now known as the Clay County Health and Wellness Committee initiated the monthly walks in February of 2016.  Those inidividuals and groups taking part received a punch card noting the months they were active in the walk.  At the end of the 2016 cards were collected and a drawing of the monthly prizes was held at the Spencer Chamber of Commerce offices.

Winners of the monthly prize packages and sponsors were:

February - Wireless Ear Buds & Gift Card from Northwest Bank - Bill Campbell
March - 3 month adult membership at the Spencer Family YMCA - Amy Forrette
April - $100 Chamber Dollars from Community Bank & Insurance - Sara Morrow
May - $100 Chamber Dollars from Farmers Trust and Savings Bank - Scott Simpson
June - $100 Chamber Dollars from the Spencer Chamber of Commerce - Teresa Snyder
July - Oster "My Blend" and $65 in Chamber Dollars from Northwest Iowa Realty - Paul Frederiksen
August - Fitbit from Spencer Hospital - Brandy VanOtterloo
September - Blanket & $60 Gift Card from Northwest Bank - Lorri Jahn-Slaymaker
October - $100 Chamber Dollars from Spencer Municipal Utilities - Sharon Matthews
November - Fitbit from Security Land Title - Wayne Clark
December - Two Massage Sessions from Spencer Chiropractic & Wellness Center - Jane Campbell

Special thanks to all our sponsors for their support of the walk and for supplying the prize packages.  Also thanks to the Spencer Family YMCA for allowing the committee to use the walking-fitness track at the Y during times of inclement weather.
 


2017 Eggs and Issues Legislative Forums

The dates for the 2017 Spencer Chamber of Commerce "Eggs and Issues" Legislative Forums have been set.
There will be three sessions taking place on a Saturday morning from 9 to 10:30am at the Spencer City Hall Council Chambers.  State Representatives Senator David Johnson, Representatives Daniel Huseman, Megan Jones and John Will regularly attend the forums along with special guests State Auditor Mary Mosiman, Congressman Steve King and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds frequently attending.
The 2017 dates are as follows:

  • Saturday, January 21 - sponsored by Iowa Lakes Community College
  • Saturday, February 18 - sponsored by Spencer Municipal Utilities
  • Saturday, March 11 - sponsored by Spencer Hospital

Any business interested in sponsoring and providing breakfast items for each session should contact the Spencer Chamber of Commerce Office at 712-262-5680.


Members Assemble for 2016 Spencer Chamber Annual Celebration

The Board and Staff of the Spencer Chamber of Commerce held its Annual Celebration on October 13 at the Clay County Regional Events Center.
This annual event highlights the activities, accomplishments and goals of the Chamber over the past fiscal year and is capped off with the presentation of the Chamber Business of the Year and Jack Wedel Volunteer Service Award.
The keynote address of the lunchtime gathering looked at Leadership in Business and was presented by nationally known speaker, trainer and author David Aaker.
The meeting is also a time to recognize those dedicated individuals that are leaving the Chamber Board and those Directors taking new positions.  Outgoing board members were:  Jarrett Smith, Melissa Cunningham, Tony Niese and Rod Meendering.  Those elected to the board from the recent election include:  Kevin Brown, Mike Carlson, Mary Faber and Nate Schmidt.

This year's award recipients were:
Solutions - Chamber Business of the Year
Kelly McCarty - Jack Wedel Volunteer Service Award


Jack Wedel Volunteer Service Award Goes to Kelly McCarty

A highlight of the Spencer Chamber of Commerce Annual Celebration is the presentation of the coveted Jack Wedel Volunteer Service Award.  Each year nominations are accepted for an individual or group that has dedicated themselves to volunteering with community agencies and organizations.
This year, Kelly McCarty, who serves as the Regional Director of the Northwest Iowa Small Business Development Center of Iowa Lakes, was the recipient of the award presented by last year's winner Rod Meendering.
Kelly has given an unselfish amount of time to the Spencer Daybreakers Kiwanis Club, the Y's Men's Club, Spencer Betterment Committee, Spencer Sacred Heart Church, Clay County Heritage and serves in a managing role for the Clay County revolving loan fund and the Rose Retail Revolving Loan Fund.  Kelly has also assisted the Chamber many times over with those interested in opening new small businesses in the community.


"Solutions" receives Chamber Business of the Year Award

As part of the Spencer Chamber of Commerce Annual Celebration, Solutions of Spencer received the Chamber Business of the Year Award following a nomination process.  In business for 30 years, Solutions, a privately-owned technology business located in west Spencer, has seen continued growth since their beginning in 1986.  The business and its employees have  given back to the community in many ways including the support of the Chamber and Spencer Mainstreet, SPACE, Shayla Bee, Upper Des Moines Oppportunity and many other agencies and organizations.


2016-2017 Spencer Chamber Community Guide & City Map

The printed Community and Visitors Guide from the Spencer Chamber of Commerce is available from the Chamber Office.  The newly sized book and membership directory is available to all members to share with the community.
In the publication you'll find valuable Spencer area information such as relocation, recreation, shopping, attractions and much more.  In addition, a complete listing by category of Spencer Chamber of Commerce members is featured as well as  contact information, website and services.

In addition, a newly designed Spencer City Map is being distributed throughout the community.  In partnership with the Spencer Daily Reporter, the new colorful fold out map highlights attractions and services along with the Spencer trail system and of course city streets.  Those wishing a copy can obtain them at the Spencer Chamber office or at any of the participating advertizers. 

You can explore our membership directory online along with the digital flipbook version of the Spencer Chamber of Commerce Community Guide by clicking on the link below.

http://spenceriowachamber.org/directory.php



Home Base Iowa - Clay County

in 2015 Clay County was officially designated a Home Base Iowa Community following an effort by many Spencer City and Clay County agencies and organizations. 

With around 300,000 military men and women leaving active service, communities in Iowa are encouraging these retirees to relocate and fill job opportunities matching their skill sets.  Over 100 Clay County businesses made a pledge to hire returning military veterans if a job opening takes place that matches their skill levels.  In addition, Clay County has developed an incentive package as part of this process including housing and rental assistance, hotel, gas,  food vouchers and much more.
Clay County was the first in the northwest Iowa region to receive this important designation and stands ready to assist those seeking to relocate to Spencer and Clay County.


For more information on the Home Base Iowa program and detailed information on opportunities in Clay County please visit the Home Base Iowa website and click on Clay County.

https://www.homebaseiowa.gov/clay-county-community-information





Spencer Chamber Young Professionals

Young Professionals of the Spencer area are invited to learn more about the many Spencer area opportunities and activities available to them through Spencer U.S.A., the Young Professionals of the Spencer Chamber of Commerce.
Spencer U.S.A. is made up of a core group which organizes social activities such as the popular "Lunch Gig," held monthly at various restaurants throughout the community.  Recently, the group introduced a new evening social gathering "Thirsty Thursdays," held the the first Thursday of each month from 5 - 7 pm at various Chamber Member lounges. 
In addition, Spencer U.S.A., in 2015 introduced the "Chamber Chill," a Friday night community social event that is open to the entire community.
There are NO dues associated with being a member of Spencer U.S.A., just your willingness to promote and be active in an effort to better the community.

For more information on Spencer U.S.A., the Young Professionals of the Spencer Chamber, visit their webpage at:
www.spenceriowachamber.org/youngprofessionals.php or join them on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/SpencerUSA

Along with their mission statement and event schedule, you will find an online submission form to obtain more information or to join the group.  You can also email the group at:  spencerusa@smunet.net.


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