Forming Fennimore’s Future Feb 7
Have you often wondered how to become involved in the community? Do you have some ideas on ways to improve the community or make Fennimore a better community to live in? If so, I encourage you to attend the Feb 7 Forming Fennimore’s Future community goal setting session.
While the Chamber and Fennimore Industrial and Economic Development Corp develop strategic plans and goals annually, Forming Fennimore’s Future will bring the whole community together for community wide goals. The most recent Forming Fennimore’s Future community goal setting meeting was held in 2009 while Mindy Johnson was the president of the Fennimore Chamber of Commerce. Since then some of the goals achieved include expanded promotional advertising, informative website, continued development of baseball facilities, playground equipment and improvements to Arborvitae Park and community wide tree planting.
Forming Fennimore’s Future is co-sponsored by the Fennimore Area Chamber of Commerce, Fennimore Industrial and Economic Development Corp and the Fennimore City Council. The session will be held in the Fennimore Memorial building gym on Wednesday, February 7. The evening begins with CommUNITY soup supper served between 5 to 6 p.m. with the work session to begin promptly at 6:01 p.m. The goal is to review past achievements and collectively come up with goals to help Fennimore grow and prosper.
Who should attend? Everyone who cares about Fennimore’s future and wants to work together with others who want Fennimore to prosper today and for the decades to come. The organizers hope to see multi-generations here to take on the task. We hope to bring families, members of volunteer organizations, students from Fennimore Schools and Southwest Tech, scouts, 4-H, FFA members.
If you missed the Feb 2 registration deadline, please contact the Promotions Coordinator’s office 608-822-3599 or [email protected] we will do our best to have enough food for everyone.
Chamber members should note the Forming Fennimore’s Future goal setting meeting will take the place of the winter chamber membership meeting. Membership information and decals will be delivered to chamber member businesses in February.
FREE Wellness Fair Feb 6
Is 2018 the year you promised to take better care of yourself? Look no further the first place to start is to attend the free Wellness Fair “Creating a Healthier You!” on Wednesday, Feb 6. The Wellness Fair will be held on the campus of Southwest Tech in the Lenz Conference Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The wellness fair is sponsored by Southwest Tech and the Fennimore Area Chamber of Commerce. There are many aspects to wellness the fair is featuring the following categories: physical, emotional, financial, nutritional and safety. The following vendors have signed up to attend: American Bank, Arbonne, Clarity Clinic, Community First Bank, Connected Chiropractic, Crossing Rivers Health Clinic, Dupaco Community Credit Union, Elements, LLC, Energy for Health, First Steps, Grant Regional Health Center, Gundersen Boscobel Area Hospital and Clinics, Head 2 Toe, Kara’s Massage Therapy, New Avon LLC, Peoples State Bank, QueenB Radio, Senegence International, Southwest Health Center, Spinal Institute of Health, SSM Health @ Home, Suppz, SWCAP Neighborhood Health Partners, Thrivent Financial and Wisconsin Bank and Trust.
Make plans to attend bring on your family, friends, classmates, co-workers from throughout the region are all welcome. Food will be available on site for purchase. The event is free of charge, sign up for door prizes for a chance to win a Fitbit and a variety of other door prizes.
March 3 Taste of Fennimore Tickets On Sale
The 5th Annual Taste of Fennimore is less than a month away, March 3, 2018. Nearly 30 vendors have signed up to be part of the food and beverage taste testing of their products between the hours of 1 to 5 p.m. at The Cottonwood Supper Club and Sports Bar. Tickets are just $15 in advance or $20 by chance at the door. Tickets are available at Fennimore Banks, Carr Valley Cheese, Wood Law Firm and the Fennimore Chamber office.
Unlike many events of this type your ticket includes a tasting glass, unlimited visits to taste testing at vendor booths, a ballot to vote for the opportunity to vote for their top 3 favorites in the Eatery, Food and Beverage categories. Back by popular demand each ticket holder receives a ticket for each chamber bar; visit the bar on March 3 and drop off your ticket for a chance to win $50 in Fennimore Bucks. Winners will be drawn during the March 5 chamber board meeting.
The Fennimore Area Chamber of Commerce couldn’t host the Taste of Fennimore without the generous sponsors and vendors. We hope participants will join us in showing our appreciation to the following:
2018 Vendors will include: BD’s Eagles Nest, Benders Foods, Blue Boy Bakery, Carr Valley Cheese, Casey’s, Creature Comfort LLC, Driftless Farm, Frank Distributors, Grumpy Troll, Hammerand Farmers Market, Old School Brewing, Laura Orth/Pampered Chef, Potosi Brewery and New Glarus Brewery, Second Shot, Spurgeons Winery, Sugar & Spice Bulk Foods, The Butcher Shop, The Castle Rock Inn, The Cottonwood, Whispering Bluffs Winery, Whispering Winds Winery, Casey’s, Timothy’s, Hickory Grove Golf Course, Hop Garden Brewing, Saputo, Friederick’s Restaurant, Toppling Goliath.
Have a Heart Quilting Bee
The 16th Annual “Have a Heart Quilting Bee” will be held Saturday, Feb 17 from 9 to 3 at the Youth and Ag building located on the fairgrounds in Lancaster. This year’s event is being organized by the Oak Hill Climbers, 4-H Groups and UW Extension.
The organizers encourage members of area communities to come together for a day to make infant/toddler quilts/blankets to donate to families in need right here in Grant County. A potluck meal will also be served at noon for even greater networking and meeting new friends. Last year between 75 to 100 quilts were distributed to various agencies and organizations in Grant County. Organizers are looking for additional volunteers to take part in this year’s quilting bee. There is no need for experience; there is a job for everyone.
Monetary donations are also appreciated and will be used for supplies needed during the quilting bee. Large plain colored sheets (flannel too) and large plan colored material are needed. Donations may be left at the Youth and Ag building prior to Feb 17. Not available Feb 17? There is also a need for volunteers to help with set up on Friday, Feb 16 from 9 to noon. For more details contact Ellen Conley 608-822-3098.
Crossroad Cruizers ATV Club Formed
Have you heard the news that Fennimore and many of the neighboring townships plan to open up official ATV (UTV) trails. Thus the Crossroad Cruizers ATV club has been organized. They are currently signing up members in the club and invite anyone from the area to join them.
The Crossroads Cruizers will be a driving force in purchasing and installing signs along with perpetual maintenance. They have already started applying for some grant and are planning a fundraiser that will be used along with membership dues to help cover the expenses for signage. If you would like to become a member or friend of the club please contact any of the following officers Gary Northouse/President; Bob Lund/VP; Karla Witzig/Secretary or Sandy Weist/Treasurer.
Nation of Patriots Ride Stops in Fennimore May 19
Word has just been received that Fennimore will be the Nation of Patriots first day destination. The ride will visit all 48 states within 100 days in an effort to raise funds to assist veterans in need.
The ride begins in Beaver Dam Wisconsin the morning of Saturday, May 19 with Fennimore as their final destination for the day. While complete details are being confirmed they motorcycle riders are expected to arrive in Fennimore mid-afternoon where we will help them with a special ceremony to transfer the American Flag from the Wisconsin flag carrier to the Iowa flag carrier. Riders will leave Fennimore on Sunday morning, May 20 as they continue their travel through Iowa for the second day of the ride.
Several organizations are currently working on the plans for the day. The next planning meeting will be held Wed. Feb 21 at 7 p.m. Contact me for more details.
Lots of Community Activities
Soup Suppers, Pancake meals and Bowling Tournament Fundraisers are ongoing. Keep an eye on the calendar of events as new information is added often.