Chamber has fun while helping others
Current officers and board members of the New Holstein Area Chamber of Commerce are (front, from left) Secretary Melissa Reese, Treasurer Cheri Reedy, Pam Van Dera, and Sonny Schaar; and (back) Dave Amel, Vice President Mark Sherry, President Wendy Jacobs, Executive Secretary Renée Jaeckel, Dave Braun, and Mike Hartmann.

Who wouldn’t want to join an organization which helps one another, does good things in the community, and has a lot of fun doing it?

That describes the New Holstein Area Chamber of Commerce, which completed another successful year in 2015 and is looking forward to even bigger and better things in 2016 and beyond.

In a nutshell, the New Holstein Area Chamber of Commerce exists first and foremost to help its members. President Wendy Jacobs of Willowdale Nursing and Rehabilitation Center said, “The Chamber is a valuable resource for businesses in New Holstein, providing our members many benefits from networking and referrals to events to help promote businesses and the community. It’s local businesses working together to help support each other and the community, with the goal of not only encouraging our community to buy local when possible, but to bring others into our area and share our unique, talented, and hometown businesses.”

The Chamber of Commerce is simply the sum of its parts—local business owners, managers, and employees working together to try to help each other and New Holstein in general.

“The Chamber is you”

As former president Bob Bosma of VanDerVart Concrete Products would always say, “The Chamber is you.” The only paid employee is part-time secretary Renée Jaeckel, although Jacobs said Jaeckel is a very important part of the Chamber and has been a tremendous asset to the organization.

Committees are all chaired and staffed by volunteers—business people who are as busy as everyone else if not more so working in their own businesses, but who also see the value in working together to do what they can to boost the community’s economy.

Their volunteerism has benefits, however, as networking takes place at and outside meetings. It is easier to do business with someone you know, so establishing those relationships can help the pocketbook of member businesses.

New Holstein Area Chamber of Commerce volunteers put on community events during the year which help member businesses, raise money for the organization to do other good things, bring people to New Holstein who might in turn spend money at local businesses, educate children and others, and provide recognition to deserving individuals.


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