NORTH WEBSTER — An enthusiastic bunch of committee chairmen reported on the 11th annual Dixie Day Festival at the North Webster-Tippecanoe Township Chamber of Commerce meeting held Monday, Aug. 12, in the chamber office, Tippecanoe Township Building. President Jim Smith presided.
The recap directed by Dixie Day Festival Chairman Mindy Scaggs, Re/Max Lakes, featured some of the best sales by food and arts and crafts vendors, best attendance and the most participants in the 5K Dixie Dash ever. Perfect weather played a big part in attendance estimated to be between 4,000 and 5,000. Each chairman reported the one thing that could be changed for the better for next year.
With the success of the event in bringing locals and visitors to town, the chamber board will look into additional parking at another off site location such as North Webster Elementary School and/or North Webster Church of the Brethren or North Webster United Methodist Church with shuttle vehicles to transport folks to downtown, the Dixie boat and the 5K.
Third Thursday Business After Hours will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, Pletcher Insurance, 132 S. Main St. (SR 13). All chamber members and their employees are invited to stop by for refreshments, wine, networking and to learn about the business. On Thursday, Sept. 19, Mohawk Pier & Lift will be the hosts.
Warsaw Morning Optimist Club Golf Outing will be held 11:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 9, at Tippecanoe Country Club, 7245 N. Kalorama Road, Leesburg. The chamber is a cosponsor. Those wishing to be hole sponsors, have a team play or volunteer to help can contact Smith, [email protected] or call (574) 265-3155. Because of the golf outing, the next chamber general meeting will be held noon Monday, Sept. 16, a week later than usual.
The chamber board voted to donate $500 to the new building fund of the North Webster Community Public Library. It will go toward matching the $500,000 grant from Dekko Foundation.
Purchased by the chamber of commerce, Sue Ward, Sue’s Creations Floral & Gifts, announced the fall banners have arrived. They will hang from the town’s street lights after Labor Day until the chamber’s holiday banners are put up after Thanksgiving. The total cost paid by the chamber was $1,441.05.
The board voted for standing order for sympathy floral arrangements in the amount of $50 when a board member’s spouse, parent and child dies.
A nominating committee for officers and board of directors whose terms expire at the end of 2019 was set up by Smith. Martha Stoelting, The Papers, will be the chairman with assistance from Elise Guy, Guy’s Lawn Care; and Brenda Peterson, Lake City Bank. Any chamber member interested in serving should contact Stoelting, [email protected] or (574) 528-0850. A ballot will be sent to all members once nominations are completed.
Ward said Clear Vision Media is starting to get in touch with all chamber members about the video projects the chamber bought a discount for the membership. Clear Vision can be reached at (888) 830-8217 or email [email protected]