Yesterday a friend and fellow business owner emailed the Chamber to say their business would not be sending holiday cards this year. She explained that during these difficult times, the money they could have spent on buying cards and postage would instead be donated to local food banks and toy drives.
A nice idea, and we sent them a reply reciprocating our holiday well wishes and our commitment to helping those amongst us in need.
However, the thought of giving up holiday traditions stayed with us. Truthfully, we look forward to cards from our friends each year. Sometimes the cards include a creatively written family update or a delightful photo of the kids or grandkids. These tiny treasures serve as pleasant pieces of joy amidst the bills and catalogs that typically clog our mailboxes.
This got us thinking about great ways to celebrate the holidays while helping people in our community.
We decided our mission would be to keep it local…for all of our holiday wants and wishes.
Whether it’s the search for the perfect holiday tree, some new lights and decorations for our home or business, a few toys for the kids, or the perfect pack of holiday cards, we made the commitment to staying in Fennville and shopping in our own community.
Our enthusiasm for this idea grew. We decided it would be easy to arrange meeting friends and family at local restaurants for our holiday gatherings. Also, gift certificates to bed and breakfasts and other local businesses would be perfect as stocking stuffers and special gifts under the tree.
We decided this approach would create stress free holiday shopping!
We would never have to leave town nor deal with any traffic. We would get to exchange holiday well wishes with friends, not over email, but in person. And we know the money that we spend will help those around us.
What a nice way to spread holiday cheer.
Oh, and we can’t forget to stop by Chemical Bank and drop off some canned or boxed food for their donation program that will benefit the Holiday basket program – another simple way to help those around us.
So, this December, we hope join us in our efforts to help those around us by staying local for all your holiday activities!
The Greater Fennville Chamber of Commerce
Christmas Celebration Review & Results:
What a great night for a parade! Thanks to everyone who came downtown to participate in and be part of the fun. If you missed all the great activities downtown for the Christmas celebration, here’s a recap of the results:
Business Property: 1st place – Steven’s Hotel
2nd place – Salt of the Earth
Business Window: 1st place – Dickinson’s Hardware
2nd place – Children’s Museum
Parade Float: Salt of the Earth
Annual Chamber Banquet
Save the Date! Looking forward to 2011, mark your calendar now for the Annual Greater Fennville Chamber of Commerce Dinner Banquet: Saturday, January 29 at Fenn Valley Winery & Vineyards beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Citizen/Business of the Year
Make your voice heard by casting your vote for the Outstanding Citizen and Business of the Year Awards! Visit www.greaterfennville.com/news/index.php?newsid=7
for more information and a downloadable voting form. Awards will be presented at the Annual Banquet Saturday, January 29 at Fenn Valley.
Greater Fennville Chamber of Commerce Membership Renewal
Finally, a reminder that January is the month for your membership renewal with the Chamber. We’re excited by our new website and are working hard to improve our outreach services for all our members. Be watching your mail and our website for upcoming renewal information.