Chamber Banquet set for March 7

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

The Aledo Area Chamber of Commerce annual banquet will take the place of the March chamber meeting with its annual banquet, set for 6 p.m. at the Mercer County VFW Hall on Saturday, March 7.

This year's organizer, John Hoscheidt, last year's chamber president, is in charge of the annual banquet and told chamber members at the Feb. 10 meeting that they will just have a relaxing evening with a dinner and entertainment. "We're not going to have a Casino Night this year," he said. The past two years the chamber has offered a Casino Night, with the public invited. "We're just having a nice meal and social gathering, followed by the awards banquet."

Hoscheidt said there will either be a guest speaker or entertainment.

Chamber members and their spouses are encouraged to come to the banquet and bring along another chamber member. "We normally have around 80 people at the banquet," Hoscheidt said. "We'd like to put it over 100."

Invitations were given out to those attending the February meeting, with the remaining to be mailed. RSVP with meal choices (either roast beef or chicken breast) by Feb. 27.

Any business wishing to donate items for prizes and silent auction items can contact the chamber office at 582-5373. "The fund-raiser is just to pay for the awards," he said.

There has been a change in the rules for choosing the Chamber Member of the Year, and Organization of the Year, according to Hoscheidt. "The executive committee will choose the award winners."

The invitations for the banquet provide a place for members to make nominations on the RSVP. For the organization of the year, he suggested, "If you know one that needs to be recognized, let us know."

July 4 fund-raiser

Other information discussed during the February meeting included the annual July 4th fireworks, which has been a chamber fund-raiser for the last several years.

Chamber President Lance Meyers said that more members need to step up and volunteer to scoop ice cream during the fireworks and suggested that if people sign up to work a two-hour shift, rather than just a few people working the whole evening it would be best. Meyers said, "If we don't get more volunteers, let's just give them $1,000 (the fire department)," he said.

Rhubarb Festival

Pam Myers, spoke about the June 5-6 Rhubarb Festival. She said that the Rhubarb Fest committee is again putting together 500 giveaway bags for attendees of the festival and invited businesses to make donations for the Rhubarb bags. "It doesn't need to be 500 of anything, just whatever you want to donate," she said. She said that visitors really respond well to that giveaway.

Anyone willing to make donations, can contact the chamber or Myers.

"The chamber is running the golf carts on Saturday," she said. The carts help move people to and from the downtown area from remote parking areas.

The chamber is also sponsoring an information booth and will be in charge of the parking lot flea market area.