Who’s ready for some sunshine and warmer temps?

According to the calendar, the first day of spring is March 20th and that’s what I am focusing on while ignoring the mounds of snow all around us!

Business After Hours –

AgriVision hosted our February Business After Hours.  What a great turn out of Chamber members and their customers!  Derrick Bucy spoke about the history of AgriVision and a very informative tour was given by other AgriVision representatives. 

Our next Business After Hours will be hosted by Vial Insurance, LLC on Friday, March 29th.  Watch for details coming very soon!   Interested in hosting a Business After Hours or want to know more about hosting?  Give me a call!  712-623-4821.

Legislative Briefings –

The next legislative briefing is scheduled for 8:00 am on Saturday, March 9th in the meeting room at the Montgomery County History Center. Senator Mark Costello, Representative David Sieck, and Representative Cecil Dolecheck will be present. The third legislative briefing will be held during the SW IA Buy Local Expo on Saturday, April 6th at 10 am in the media center of Inman Primary Elementary. 

Leadership Red Oak –

We had an awesome kick off session for our 2019 Leadership Red Oak program!  Tina Bakehouse, a communications and professional career coach, facilitated a workshop called “Know Thyself: Learn and Lead.”  It was a very informative and enlightening program that was well received by all.  Following the workshop, the class was given a five-star presentation and tour of the Montgomery County History Center by Dave McFarland.  The hosts for the next 3 sessions in March are: United Farmers Cooperative,         Na-churs/Alpine Solutions, AgriVision Equipment Group, the Civic Service Groups of Red Oak at the Red Oak Grand Theatre, Nishna Productions, Johnson Controls, Fres-Co System USA, and Red Oak Fabrication.  A huge thanks to all of our hosts and the following sponsors: Red Oak Greenhouse; Building Crafts, Inc.; Carrick & Associates, LLP; United Farmers Cooperative; Johnson Controls; American Hydraulics; Goranson See & Crop Specialists; H&R Block; Montgomery Co. Family YMCA; Montgomery Co. Memorial Hospital.  Without the investment and generosity of our sponsors, we would not be able to offer Leadership Red Oak or any other programs and events. 

New Members –  

Please help us welcome our newest members of the Red Oak Chamber & Industry Association!  Thanks for being loyal & buying local!

  • AgriSmart Info Systems
  • Brower Home Improvement
  • Farmers Mutual Telephone Company
  • KRC Farms, Inc.
  • Red Oak Glass
  • Mark & Marcia Benda
  • Jeff Bradley
  • Angie Britten
  • Nick & Dianne Hildreth

Ribbon Cuttings – Please Join Us:

March 20th at 9:30 am – Vial Insurance, LLC at 300 East Coolbaugh St.

March 27th at 9:30 am – Diamonds & Dirt at 308 East Coolbaugh St.

Need gift ideas?

How about Red Oak Bucks?  You can purchase Red Oak Bucks only at the Red Oak Chamber office which can only be spent at Red Oak Chamber Member businesses. What a great way to support our local businesses by giving Red Oak Bucks as gifts!  We also sell Red Oak wine glasses, tumblers, and coffee cups. New Red Oak promotional item alert – We are so excited about our Red Oak Tree ornaments made exclusively for the Red Oak Chamber!  They are $10 and can only be purchased at the Red Oak Chamber.  Red Oak Grand Theatre movie tickets are available in our office as well. 

Does your business have a milestone anniversary this year?

If your business has a milestone anniversary coming up, please let me know!  We want to help promote your business by recognizing those milestone anniversaries!  This year’s milestone anniversaries will be acknowledged at the 2019 Junction Days Kickoff on June 27th in the Fountain Square Park and also at our Annual Membership/Volunteer Appreciation Dinner in October.

For more information about our members, promotions, & events within and around our community, please visit our website  If you have questions about becoming a member of the ROCIA or are interested in volunteering opportunities, please contact me at (712)623-4821. 

See you in the Spring!

Elaine Carlson

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