Hettinger Chamber of Commerce works hard for the community

The Hettinger Chamber of Commerce is here for you the community.

Front from Left to Right:  McKenna Poss, Youth Employee of the Year, Sandy Muth, Medical Services Provider of the Year, Gwynne Smith, Educator of the Year. Back from Left to Right:  Colin Christman, Representing Dan Christman Farms, winner of Ag Producer of the Year, Ethan Andress, Representing West River Veterinary Clinic, winner of Business Person of the Year, Loren Luckow, Volunteer of the Year. [PHOTO BY REFLECTIONS STUDIO]
Front from Left to Right: McKenna Poss, Youth Employee of the Year, Sandy Muth, Medical Services Provider of the Year, Gwynne Smith, Educator of the Year. Back from Left to Right: Colin Christman, Representing Dan Christman Farms, winner of Ag Producer of the Year, Ethan Andress, Representing West River Veterinary Clinic, winner of Business Person of the Year, Loren Luckow, Volunteer of the Year.
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By Cole Benz | For The Record | cbenz@countrymedia.net

The Hettinger Chamber of Commerce is here for you the community. The decades old organization operates for the betterment of Hettinger and the businesses that serve the area.

“The purpose of the chamber is to promote local business and industry, and to encourage economic development within our community,” Aaron Roseland, Hettinger Chamber of Commerce President, said. Roseland has served as President for the past four months after serving as Vice President for the previous year. He has been a chamber member for five years in total.

The primary mode of achieving that goal has been hosting and encouraging events that will bring people to town to give businesses the opportunity to showcase their products and services.

Some of the major events of the year include the Street Fest, The Fourth of July Celebration, the rodeo, Pitchfork Fondue, Wake-Up Santa festivities and the Christmas Promotion.

This year Roseland hopes to impliment some new programs that will further accelerate the commerce of Hettinger, starting with the Fourth of July Celebration.

This event, according to Roseland, is a huge draw for Hettinger. Attracting people from all around the area, this event is one of the biggest crowd pleasers during the year.

Although unable to make an official announcement of who might be performing, Roseland said be on the look out, it should be a big act.

Street Fest is another opportunity the chamber saw working well with the community. It coincides with the city wide rummage sale and the events work well for each other.

Prior to Street Fest, Roseland said the sales wrap up by about 11 a.m. and people didn’t have anything else to do, so they left town.

That’s where Street Fest comes in.

Street Fest allowed visitors of Hettinger and the rummage sales to stick around and get a noon meal, and it allowed their kids to enjoy games, while visitors or residence could stroll up and down main street and see what the businesses had to offer.

Roseland hopes to increase the involvement in the event this year, and expand it to allow businesses that don’t reside on main street to participate.

“(We will) try to utilize that time period as an opportunity for our local businesses to reach out to customers that might not otherwise be in our area,” Roseland said.

Though the chamber works hard to promote business and community involvement, they don’t forget to recognize people in the community.

This past January, at the first open meeting of the year, the 2014 Hettinger Chamber of Commerce Awards were held and six members of the community were recognized for their work.

Dan Christman Farms won Ag Producer of the Year with Scott Mattis also being nominated. McKenna Poss won Youth Employee of the Year. Educator of the Year was awarded to Gwynne Smith with Dona VanderWal and Jeri Dunn receiving nominations. Sandy Muth was presented with the Medical Service Provider of the Year with Dr. Gerry Sailer, Dr. Josh Ranum, Myrna Schweiger, Darinda (Toots) Bjerklie, Susan Kvanvig, Tammy Wheeler and Bart Damjanovich being nominated. Nominated for Volunteer of the Year was Dennis Freed, and Aaron Roseland with Loren Luckow winning the award. Greg Jensen and Arlinda Seamands were nominated for Business Person of the Year with Ethan Andress taking home the award.

Unfortunately two awards were not given out due to lack of nominations; Pioneer Business which recognizes a business at least 20 years old and the Partner in Community Pride award.

During the first few weeks of January the nominations are open to the public and then the Awards Committee consisting of three members of the Board of Directors for the chamber vote for the winners.

Roseland wants to encourage anyone who is not in the chamber to join and get involved.

“The more members we have, the more opportunities we’ll be afforded to have events, to have programing that will be helpful to our community,” Roseland said.

Any body interested in getting involved with the Hettinger Chamber of Commerce should contact the chamber office for more information on joining.

“It’s a fun organization to be a part of, we’re always looking for volunteers for our different committees,” Roseland said. “And it’s a great way to get involved with the community and to ensure that we as a community stay together and show our community pride.”







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