Chamber of Commerce banquet set for Monday, Jan. 20

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The Guttenberg Chamber of Commerce annual banquet and membership meeting will be Monday, Jan. 20, at the Guttenberg Golf and Country Club.  

"The annual banquet is held each January for Chamber members to gather and discuss Chamber events, activities, and projects for the past and upcoming year," said Chamber Director Mandy Ludovissy. "All Guttenberg Chamber members are invited and encouraged to attend the annual meeting, and anyone interested in knowing more about the Guttenberg Chamber is welcome to attend." 

Tickets are $20 each, and those planning to attend are asked to RSVP by calling the Guttenberg Welcome Center at 563-252-2323 or emailing guttenberg@alpinecom.net.  

The social hour begins at 5:30 p.m., a dinner catered by Picket Fence Café will be served at 6 p.m., and the program will begin at 7 p.m.

The program will begin with guest speaker Michael Leclere. He was born into a fourth-generation farming family in Northeast Iowa. He went on to study design at The University of Iowa and The University of Oregon with a focus on community revitalization, creative placemaking, preservation, and sustainability. He currently is a member of the Linn County Historic Preservation Commission, a volunteer with the Community Design Program through the Iowa Architectural Foundation and is involved in the Community Visioning Program run jointly through ISU, the Iowa Department of Transportation, and Trees Forever. These experiences were fundamental to him in illustrating the effects of making design more visible and accessible as a strategy to enhance street life, stimulate local economies and mitigate decline.

Following the guest speaker, the Chamber director will give an overview of 2019 and 2020 activities and events and facilitate any discussion on the direction and focus of the Guttenberg Chamber of Commerce.  

Board election

The Guttenberg Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is made up of seven elected members serving three-year terms. Five board seats will be filled in the board election on Jan. 20.  Incumbent board members Kevin Hennessey (Hennessey Financial), Dan Parker (Parker Realty), Dave Brown (Browns Classic Rides), and Patty Schwarz (The Guttenberg Motel) will join candidates Amy Tway (Peoples State Bank), Amy Speed (Guttenberg Municipal Hospital & Clinics), Jane Parker (Rosemarys Bed & Bath) and Kristina Johnson (Fidelity Bank & Trust) on the 2020 election ballot.  

Board members Michelle Geuder (Degnan Green Insurance) and Todd Priske (Guttenberg Golf Course) have completed the first year of their term and will remain on the Chamber Board for 2020 along with City Representative Board Member Bill Frommelt.  

To learn more about candidates for the 2020 Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors visit  www.guttenbergiowa.net/chamber-board-monthly-meeting.html or call the Chamber office, 252-2323.

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