Le Mars Chamber of Commerce
2017
  August
A Mainstreet Iowa Community
Tournament Time and Date:  Tuesday, August 8 with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start (rain date  is August 15). The event will be held at Willow Creek Golf Course in Le Mars. Announcements will be made and score cards distributed at 12:15 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7:00 p.m., please make sure you maintain an adequate pace of play and turn in your scorecard after you finish your 18 hole round so scoring and dinner can begin as soon as possible. For those not wishing to play, dinner is available for $10 per person and a reservation may be made by submitting the attached form to the Chamber along with payment.  Lunch will be offered beginning at 11:00 a.m. You can pay for lunch on-site the day of the event. Registration Information: Entry fee to play is $75 per person for Chamber members and $90 for non-Chamber members. Each team is responsible for arranging golf carts. Please contact the Pro Shop at (712) 546-6849 to make arrangements for golf carts. Submit your entry prior to July 21st to insure your team's spot in the tournament field. Sponsorship and Donor Opportunities — please see the attached information for details.
The Le Mars Chamber of Commerce Golf Invitational is a fund raising event for the Chamber.  The money generated is an integral part of the funding needed to continue the Chamber’s efforts to promote the Le Mars area economy.  The committee works hard to make this an enjoyable event and hope that you have a memorable day. 
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At Sweet 16 Lanes Friday, December 1st 3:30pm to 6:45pm
Le Mars Chamber Ugly Xmas Sweater Bowling Tournament
Le Mars is the 2018 first quarter host city for the Iowa Main Street statewide workshop.  Monies raised from  this fundraiser will be used for workshop expenses.
Fee includes 2 lines of bowling, bowling shoe rental and pizza.    Trophies will be awarded for highest and lowest team scores, most strikes, most gutter balls, highest and lowest individual scores.
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Employee of the Month -- Larry Bowers NIPCO
The staff of Northwest Iowa Power Cooperative would like to nominate Larry Bowers to be the LeMars Area Chamber of Commerce Employee of the Month for July of 2017. Larry Bowers began his career with NIPCO in 1974 as an Engineering Aid in the Engineering and Operations (E&O) Department.  In his formative years, Larry was tasked with various drafting needs, Member Billing and associated record keeping, Right-of-Way activity and other duties.  In the late 1970’s the department introduced its first “minicomputer” into the business and Larry was responsible for writing software for the E&O Department including Member Billing, Load Data, Magnetic Tape Translation and other programming duties. In the mid 1980’s Larry assumed programming duties for the Business and Finance Department.  In this role, Larry evolved processes that were tracked on paper invoices, ledger sheets, and filing cabinets full of institutional records into system platforms that were supported by “new” software like Excel, Word and Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and stored on servers. In 2002, Larry was promoted to Vice President of Information Systems and when the NIPCO Telecommunications Department was folded into the IT area in 2012, creating the new Information Technology and Infrastructure Department, Larry assumed leadership and became Vice President of Technology and Infrastructure.  Today Larry oversees all corporate IT, Telecommunications and SCADA operations as well as leads cybersecurity education and awareness training the NIPCO staff. But at the heart of all of his professional contributions to NIPCO is Larry’s giant heart, his love of classic 70’s rock, his dry wit and sense of humor, and an eagerness to always help wherever help is needed.  After 43 years of making a difference to NIPCO, Larry will retire from NIPCO to make a difference in the lives of his family as husband, Dad, and Grandpa. NIPCO thanks Larry for his leadership and his loyalty to Northwest Iowa power Cooperative.  He will be missed.
Employee of the Month
Boss of the Quarter Dr. Tom Jeneary
For over 30 years, Dr. Tom Jeneary has been providing a dental office that excels in a high standard of dental care and a stable and enjoyable work environment.  With hard work, determination and a zest for telling a good story, he grew a sleepy one doctor practice into a thriving and well- respected business.  As with any business there were bumps along the road, but he was blessed with an excellent staff that was, and still is, exceptionally loyal in a world where loyalty is becoming more and more endangered.  Without the strong team, his success could not have been fully realized.  He viewed his team as not just people, but truly as cherished friends.  The team feel made it easy for employees to come and talk to him not only about dental related topics, but for advice and a listening ear for their life concerns.  As time passed, the practice grew to a point where it was necessary to add another dentist.  It was then that Dr. Tom was very excited to welcome back his son, Dr. Greg, to join the practice.  Several years later it was time to add another doctor to the practice.  The office and staff were pleased to bring on Dr. Adam Erdmann in 2012.   Dr. Tom helped tutor and mentor these two young doctors and their growing staff to put patient needs and health as top priority. There comes a time in every person’s career where one looks to slow down and focus on life’s most important things, like fishing.  After doing many great things for many great people, Dr. Tom has earned the right to step away with a great sense of pride and accomplishment.  By epitomizing the “American Dream”, Dr. Tom will leave his scratch built practice in a position where he will be proud of its direction and know that the people of NW Iowa will always be well taken care of.  Thanks to his task driven and extroverted personality, he created a successful business with a highly motivated and respected staff, and truly is a role model that we all can look up to.  So, it is with great pleasure that we have nominated you (you have been nominated) for the very well-deserved title of LeMars Area Chamber of Commerce 2017 2nd Quarter Boss of the Quarter.  Congratulations Dr. Tom on your great career.
Boss of the Quarter
August
ribbon cuttings 2nd 2nd Wednesday	Coffee / EXIT Realty Midwest        Wednesday	Coffee / Hosted by Century 21 ProLink at the old Walmart, 345 5th Av NW                           Wednesday	Coffee / Perspective Insurance   Wednesday	Coffee / Icon Ag & Turf   Wednesday	Coffee / Verizon/Wireless World 9th 9th 16th 16th
Upcoming Events to get on your calendar . . .
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Golf Tournament, Tuesday August 8th, 2017 Rain date: 8/15 Thursday, September 7th, you’ll step back in time as students and teachers try to figure out “What Happened to the Lunch Lady?” Mystery Dinner Theater
Dr. Kristina Simonsen, Chiropracter Ribbon Cutting photo courtesy of Le Mars Sentinel
Sold Out! See you at the Event!
Chamber Coffee Schedule
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Participate, support, encourage. . . stand tall for Le Mars.
Big Brothers, Big Sisters Opportunities in Le Mars SIDS Walk for the Future 8/26 Old Time Music Festival 8/28-9/3 Flavors of NW Iowa C. Brown Gardens August 10 United Way Golf Fundraiser 8/31