The Rockford Chamber of Commerce is proud to present the October installment of its popular Bi-Monthly Luncheon Series. The event is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. on Monday, October 8, at the Wolverine World Wide YMCA, 6555 Jupiter Ave., Belmont. Lunch will feature the delicious fare of Twisted Vine. This month’s luncheon will be sporting the new format and features more networking opportunities for the participants. This luncheon will spotlight Chamber members and how they help each other to attain their business goals. With the new format, there will also be three tables available for highlighting your business. This includes setting up a display at the table, placing literature at the luncheon tables and three minutes to give an overview of your business to the attendees. To find out more about this opportunity call Linda at the Chamber office. To attend this luncheon, please call the Chamber office at 866-2000, or e-mail email@example.com to register. Cost, which includes lunch, is $15 for chamber members and $20 for non-members. If you bring a friend, you may purchase their lunch for just $10. Please note that if you have registered and are unable to attend you must call and cancel prior to the event, or you will be charged. The Bi-Monthly Luncheon is a wonderful way to enjoy good food and excellent company in a relaxed atmosphere. Drawings for prizes are conducted at the conclusion of the event.
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by BETH ALTENA Hundreds of people waited on the banks of the Rogue River to hear the Rockford High School brass ensemble and choir and words of peace from local leaders as the City of Rockford officially began the holiday season the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 17. The City/Chamber of Commerce event began with an introduction by Chamber Executive Director Brenda Davis, who said the event was the sixth annual. It appeared from the number of participants that this may well be the most well-attended lighting ceremony to date. Outgoing State Representative Tom Pearce spoke about his experiences as a young man on a Souix Indian reservation and then urged the crowd, “If there is someone you are not getting along with, make a truce with them.” He urged the crowd to “make sure this holiday season you are wrapped up in other people, not wrapped up in things that don’t matter.” Mayor Steve Jazwiec shared his inspiration for the holidays, the true story of WWI foes who, for a few hours on Christmas eve, made a truce themselves and stopped fighting to share a time of peace in honor of the holy day. Senator Mark Jansen urged people to start at home in bringing peace to the world and complimented the town for being good stewards of the assets Rockford is blessed to enjoy—our students who stood by to sing and play in honor of the holiday, the beautiful downtown and the river and trail which brings so much to the community. The words of peace were followed by the music of the brass ensemble and choir—hauntingly beautiful and the most moving portion of the ceremony—and the dimming of the lights until the countdown to the town’s holiday lights coming on for the season. The evening ceremony ended with a playful rendition—repeated a few times for fun and to the delight of youngsters and adults—of the “reindeer song” with participation of the crowd encouraged. After the lighting ceremony, a lively downtown night of shopping was held, with promotions, treats and giveaways in the stores and shops. The downtown Rockford Holiday Open Houses is an annual event that lasts two evenings. However, many holiday specials can be found throughout downtown right on through the season, […]