By Kellie Sites
Love this job!
In June I completed a four year course for Organizational Management, earning my IOM designation in the Chamber and Association world. It was rigorous and enlightening, fun and useful. Thank you to my Board of Directors for seeing the value in continuing education.
Now I’m back at work, with some new ideas and new ways of doing things. In the earlier part of my career, I did big events that lasted about six or seven months, and then moved on to a new event. In my job here, we do many of the same events every year. This is a challenge as we work to keep things fresh and also continue to do the things that have worked in the past!
Let’s take the 4th of July fireworks for instance. We always know the date and time. The Lake Waconia Fireworks Festival is responsible for raising the funds necessary to do this extremely popular show. The Waconia Lions are the top sponsor, followed by the Waconia Fire Department and Lola’s Lakehouse. This year to help with the proceeds, we have been selling raffle tickets as a new way to infuse some much needed funding.
Thanks to Lola’s Lakehouse, Waconia Ford and the AmericInn of Waconia for their donations on the ticket! No tax dollars are used for this show — just volunteers, business and organization funding and contributions from the public. Also new this year, KJGT 88.3 FM radio will be playing patriotic music during the show — so make sure to tune in while you are watching the fireworks from the Lake Waconia Regional Park, Cedar Point Park, InTowne Marina, Lola’s Lakehouse or from a boat on Lake Waconia!
An event for the Waconia Chamber of Commerce that is in its 7th year is the Golf Scramble. This is open to the public and we hope you’ll sign up today to golf on Monday, July 15 at Island View Golf Club. This is a great opportunity to network and support the Chamber. We will have an after-golf party for folks who may not want to golf. Enjoy great food and a fun silent auction! Please let us know if you want to join in the fun by Wednesday, July 10 by contacting (952) 442-5812.
We are so fortunate to have great events going on all the time in Waconia. This weekend we welcome triathletes to town — with their fans! It’s really fun to watch the different events — I suggest grabbing a cup of coffee and watching it on Main Street. Riders and runners appreciate some cheering – bring your cowbell!
Lots of you have checked out the new Farmer’s Market on Saturdays. If you don’t know about it, check it out! Local farmers and shop owners are set up in Municipal lot #1 from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday through mid-October. Thanks to Terra Waconia for sponsoring this growing endeavor. You also have daily opportunities for farm fresh goods at Mackenthun’s — Minnesota Grown Grocer of the year! At the Farm on Hwy 5, Parley Lake Winery, Sovereign Estate Wine and many shops in town sell Waconia made items. Ask for them!
Another thing I love about my job is connecting people. We had Jon and Tim Schmidt speak at our June luncheon about the life lessons they learned climbing Mt. Rainier. Elizabeth Brammer of Minnetrista came to hear them speak as she is preparing to climb Mt. Rainier. She now has a chance to win a Kilimanjaro climb and safari — view her video at the Backpacker Facebook page and vote for her to win the prize!
Last but not least, a reminder to every business… we are here for you! Make sure you have your Chamber decal on the window. We are your advocate and we appreciate your support of our Chamber and community! Not yet a member? Join us! www.destinationwaconia.org.
See you around town!