01 Nov

November News from Your Windsor Heights Chamber

MissionThe Windsor Heights Chamber of Commerce  is here to support our members, local businesses and organizations through advocacy, publicity, education and economic development.

Welcome to November!

Your Windsor Heights Chamber has much to share with you.  Last month our Board of Directors held our Annual Planning Session where we focused on membership value and activities that meet our Mission.  Some of the projects/events that we discussed are:

  • The Annual Dinner & Business/Citizen of the Year – This is clearly mission related and while we’ve held this event during the winter the Board believes that a date change may be in order and better outreach to former Citizen and Businesses of the Year. The event has been known as “Celebrate Windsor Heights” and we hope to have more community involvement in the project. Committee members of the Board are Theresa Greenfield, Zane Muntz and Jessica Vogel.
  • Annual Golf Event – The Board believes this is mission related and this year we’re going to partner with the Des Moines West Side Chamber to build our numbers and get to know more business leaders in the Des Moines Metro. The event will be held in July and committee members are: James Smith, Pete Randol and Jonathan Koester.
  • Nights in the Heights – While this could relate to our Mission the Board feels it could be boosted for 2019. Our incoming president Louisa Dykstra will head up this effort along with Board Member David Swartz.
  • 4th of July Parade – Last year the Chamber stepped in and with the help of the City of Windsor Heights put together a great event. Lauren Campbell headed that effort and will do so again this year.  We will then evaluate to see if this is something we will do moving forward.
  • Small Business Saturday – Clearly meets our mission statement. This is the 11th year for the national Shop Small Campaign and, for the second year, the Windsor Heights Chamber will take part and encourage residents and visitors to “Shop Small” on the Saturday following Thanksgiving.  We are, right now, gathering participating members and have already started our media campaign.
  • Monthly Lunch & Learn Events – Attendance has been struggling and the Board, while they believe it meets our mission, is considering changing or abandoning the event. Over the past year we’ve had exceptional speakers from Media Training with Brooke Benschoter to Library Facts with Laura Sauser of the Urbandale Library to overviews of the University Avenue Redesign Project with Bolten & Menk and our most recent event with Tony Colosimo about issues regarding recycling. The Board will make a determination to continue this event in the near future.
  • Ribbon Cuttings – Clearly this meets our Mission and the Board enjoys giving our new members the opportunity to showcase what they are all about as we welcome them to our Chamber and our community. Recent Ribbon Cuttings have been for Sweet Swirls, Peterson Painting and coming up Davita in the Apple Valley Shopping Center.

Some dates to keep in mind:

  • Davita Ribbon Cutting – This will take place on 7 November at 5:30pm at the new center in the Apple Valley Shopping Center;
  • Greater Des Moines Partnership Leadership – Our incoming president Louisa Dykstra will be taking her seat at this monthly leadership meeting that takes place on 20 November;
  • Small Business Saturday – This happens on 24 November with our event to celebrate small businesses in Windsor  Heights. Be watching our Twitter @WHChmbr and our Facebook Page for more;
  • Annual Membership Meeting – Our By-Laws call for the Annual Meeting of the Membership to take place on “…the Wednesday following Thanksgiving”. This year our Annual Membership Meeting will take place on 28 November at 5:30pm at 515 Brewing 7700 University in Clive. And, yes, they are members.

Thank you for reading and, as always, should you have questions give us a call at 515-331-3207 or an email to Director@WindsorHeightsChamber.com


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