Dec. 11 , 2006

Montrose-Waverly Chamber of Commerce

By Jenni Sebora

“How can we have a positive impact on the community?” is, in essence, the motto of the Montrose-Waverly Chamber of Commerce.

Whether supporting a business or community event or organization, the Montrose-Waverly Chamber is concerned with the promotion of all aspects of life in the area, current President Randy Heuer noted.

Since its first meeting in 1999, the chamber has helped provide networking opportunities that advance the general welfare and prosperity of the Montrose-Waverly area so that its citizens, and all of the business community will flourish and prosper.

With this goal in mind, the Chamber of Commerce hosts a business expo in the fall to allow businesses to offer their products and services to the community, as well as a chance for community members to socialize.

The other large event that the Chamber of Commerce hosts is the Ice Festival in January at Waverly Legion Memorial Park. The highlight of this event is the ice fishing derby. This event is another opportunity for the community to get together and have fun in the middle of winter.

The 2007 festival will mark the third annual ice festival. All of the profits from the event will go to the organizations involved.

Approximately 40 members, including business owners, managers, and community members, make up the membership of the Montrose-Waverly Chamber of Commerce.

The chamber meets the third Thursday of the month at noon, rotating its meeting location between Citizens State Bank Montrose community room and the KC Hall in Waverly.

Besides spending time organizing its major events, the chamber meetings also spotlight businesses in the community, which may include a presentation by an area business about its products and/or services.

Each year, the Chamber of Commerce sets goals and objectives, and one of its goals is to provide monetary support to local organizations.

Most recently, the chamber has donated money to the Montrose-Waverly three-on-three basketball tournament and the community Booster Clubs.

Chamber of Commerce member Jim Tourville noted that the chamber presently has some money available in its fund for donations. If there are any community organizations that are interested in a donation, contact the chamber or attend a monthly chamber meeting, Tourville noted.

Community Bucks are sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, as well. Community Bucks are used to promote local businesses. The Bucks are the same as cash to local merchants.

For more information on how to use Community Bucks, contact Kent Houston at Citizens State Bank (763) 658-4417.

Another goal of the chamber is to continue to increase its membership.

For any questions on the chamber, contact Jim Tourville, Sonya Tourville, or Randy Heuer.

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