Thank you to everyone that made ICD 2018
Arnold Motor Supply
Jake Bell State Farm
Call Sue or Mary at 712.546.8821
Village Northwest Unlimited, Sheldon
Le Bloom Floral and Antiques
Old Glory Roofing/Getting Gutters
Center for Financial Education
Aflac-Tia Ten Napel
Get Branded 360 Wins $8,000 in Main Street Competition
Thirteen Main Street communities across the state of Iowa participated in the semi-final round of the 2018
Open 4 Business contest. The Open 4 Business competition, coordinated by Main Street Iowa, is a grant
opportunity to help encourage business development efforts in Iowa’s Main Street districts.
Each of the state’s 54 Main Street organizations could submit one business to represent their program. The
contest is designed to help local Main Street programs provide financial and technical support for business
retention, expansion, and recruitment efforts that improve Main Street districts.
“ We are delighted that the Schuchs were
selected as the winner of the medium
population category for the state of Iowa.
They had a strong 15 minute presentation
via skype with the judges in Des Moines,”
stated Le Mars Chamber of Commerce
Main Street Manager Mary Reynolds.
The thirteen business contestants, from
across the state, were divided by
population with five businesses advancing
to the final competition.
The three population winners across the
state and two wild choices each received a
grant award of $8,000. A 25% cash
match is required by the winners for any
grant money received.
Now The Schuch’s compete for the State award of an additional $20,000. The competition is scheduled for
Tuesday, August 28 in Waterloo. The grant funds are administered by the Iowa Economic Development
Authority’s Downtown Resource Center and the Main Street Iowa program.
The Brown Family came in second in the state last year and won a total of $18,500.
Collaboration on the submission of the initial application were done by: Mary Reynolds, Rich Ziettlow, Steve
Collins and Tom and Lori Schuch and staff.
Get them in the line up for 2018. Contact Kevin.
Connie Arnold Donegal Insurance Group
Employee of the Month
Connie Arnold – May Employee of the Month
On behalf of the management and staff at Donegal Insurance Group, we would like to nominate Connie Arnold as
the LeMars Area Chamber of Commerce June Employee of the Month.
On November 30, 1970 Connie Arnold began her career at LeMars Mutual Insurance Company typing personal
lines policies at the exorbitant salary of $1.65/hour! She worked approximately one month in the Personal Lines
Department before transferring to the Claims Department doing transcription. She went into the area of claims
entry, typing up claim labels and claim drafts and then running those drafts thru the old Paymaster. All of this was
originally done on manual typewriters! Connie started working for the company when they operated from the
building on Central Avenue. She helped move into the current facility in 1986. She remained in the Claims
Department for the balance of her career, supervising the Claims Processing Unit for the past 17 years.
Over the past 47+ years Connie has seen many changes in the technology that is utilized in the company. She
believes this has probably posed the biggest challenge in her career. Going from punch cards and manual
typewriters to the current computers and systems in place has been learning and ever changing experience
throughout the years.
Connie has also watched many people come and go over the past 4 decades, many friends retired, fellow
employees began families, and she watched their children grow-up. She has indicated one of her fondest
memories at LeMars is the many good people she worked with over the years. Connie also indicated that LeMars
has been a very good company to work for and provided well for her and her family.
We all congratulate Connie on this milestone in her career. We thank her for her dedication to her job and the
Company. We wish her the very best as she enters the next exciting phase of her life. Best of luck in your travels
and enjoyment as you spend time with the grandkids!
Chamber Golf Tournament August 7, with rain date of August 14.
Mystery Dinner Theater Thursday, September 6.
encourage. . . stand tall
for Le Mars.