**Members should received mailed invitations to the Annual Banquet the week of Feb. 10th.
Devin Henderson is a multi-talented powerhouse: an author, experienced presenter and seasoned performer, having logged thousands of performances as an award-winning comedian and magician, and an in-demand keynote speaker. His unique combination of skills and storytelling and his hilarious and engaging interaction are what make him an audience favorite. His keynote clients have included Pepsi, Sprint, Cerner and hundreds more. His performances have been called, "unreal," "unexpected," and "unforgettable."
"Something Greater Is Always Possible"
What would you do and who you be if you believed anything was possible for you? For many people a once-held vision of unlimited possibility gets small and limited as a result of life’s daily stressors, persistent insecurities, self doubt, isolation and even failure. But what if you could reclaim and even expand your full potential at anytime? And what if your truest potential was bigger, richer and more satisfying than you had previously envisioned? Join seasoned speaker and performer, Devin Henderson for an entertaining, funny, and inspiring experience to break free of your perceived limits and realize your greatness like never before.
You’ll learn how to:
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The focus for the academy was “Building the Leader Within” (Day One) and “Building the Community with your Leadership” (Day Two). Day one began with professionalism activities for learning effective communication skills (Cassandra Suggs), owning your digital brand (Mason Duchatschek), and dressing for success (Gretchen Pettet). Students then spoke with Frank Hemmer at Mercy and were led in a business lunch etiquette activity by Mayor Sandy Lucy. Students ended day one with industry tours and leadership discussions at Hodges Badge, Ziglin Signs, and Clemco.
Day two began with Sal Maniaci speaking to the group at City Hall about Washington’s civic and service leadership opportunities that exist. Jon Bauer presented a message about East Central College, and Danielle Unnerstall and Jennifer Geisike covered ways students could get involved now through joining junior boards in the area. The group walked to the Bank of Washington and participated in a leadership panel that proved to be informative, engaging, insightful, and interesting. The leadership panel consisted of many area leaders including: Jay Nowak, Julie Scannell, Casey Zastrow, Andrew Clary, Becky Cox, and Matt Posinski. Leaders spoke about their journey through leadership and engaged students with authentic examples and genuine conversation. The panel and group transitioned to Marquart’s Landing for a professional pair up and lunch where more casual leadership discussions occurred. Students heard from Dana Marquart at Photogenics on Location and Jessica Sneed from Envy about their unique and recent professional journey in the great town of Washington. The day ended by learning the components of a thank you note and putting the lesson into action to thank the many people who made the inaugural Leadership Academy of Washington a successful event for area students.
A Fall Follow-Up was conducted in September with the Leadership Academy students to reflect on the Academy activities, discuss part of the book they were gifted (“Make Your Bed”), and talk about the three hour shadow experience or community service each student completed, as a requirement of the Academy. Students enjoyed their experiences and several were connected with events in the community they had never been a part of until their assignment.
Students attended and were recognized at the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce Luncheon in October to round out their leadership experience and meet and greet local business owners in a networking environment.
The goals of the Leadership Academy were to invest in youth in order to grow, support, and maintain positive leaders in the community. The committee strived to form meaningful connections between our community and the students in area schools. The Leadership Academy aligned nicely with the strategic plans of those involved by connecting youth to the community and developing potential future leaders. Students were presented multiple viewpoints on leadership and opportunities within the community. They were encouraged to think critically about leadership and also begin to identify their own particular leadership strengths.
The Leadership Academy would not have been possible without the generous contributions from the following area businesses: Enduro Binders, Ziglin Signs, Bank of Washington, Washington Area Chamber of Commerce, Four Rivers YMCA, City of Washington, Washington Rotary, Washington Lions, Washington Jaycees, Washington Kiwanis, Washington Optimist, and many others. In addition, the following community leaders worked tirelessly to create this event for the youth in our community: Pam Tholen (St. Francis Borgia Regional High School), Andy Robinson (School District of Washington), Jennifer Geisike (Washington Area Chamber of Commerce), Danielle Unnerstall (Bank of Washington), Brandy Koch (Four Rivers YMCA), Becky Cox (Four Rivers YMCA), Annie Wieland (School District of Washington, and Mary Kleekamp (School District of Washington). The hope is to offer this leadership event for many years to come.
For more information on Leadership Academy of Washington, and to view our re-cap video of 2019, visit washmochamber.org/law.
Our annual summer mixer was scheduled for Thursday, June 6. Of course, the entire region was going crazy with Stanley Cup fever... we couldn't cancel a favorite event for so many members, but missing the game was NOT an option! Luckily, with a little help from the City of Washington and the Washington Fire Department, we were able to project the game for those who wanted to watch! We started the program a bit early, and members got updates from Chamber Chairman Dave Politte and Fair Co-Chairman Jon Ballmann. Then it was off to the serving lines for a delicious meal from B & B BBQ. I (Amanda) would be lying if I said I didn't go back for a whole plate of mashed potatoes for our table to share. Everyone was both shocked and grateful!
It was great to see our members come together and enjoy a beautiful night at the fairgrounds. We celebrated our great community, networked, enjoyed a fantastic meal, and watched an amazing hockey game. Let's Go Blues, and Thank You Washington!
Since 2015, we have hosted a Ladies' Golf Day unlike any other...
Teams, made of 3 ladies, bid on their final player/caddy, a male, and his prize package!
Packages are valued at $200 or more.
Participants are spoiled with a great lunch, drinks, cart rental, and golf, plus pizza at the end of the day.
For more information, please contact Cheryl Quennoz at the Chamber office - (636) 239-2715 x102.
Thank you to the following businesses for supporting our Chip and Ale Ladies' Golf Day!
Buzz Sutherland is a man whose smooth blend of home spun characters and outrageous facial expressions keep audiences rolling with laughter. Besides performing in major comedy clubs across the country, Buzz has opened for many big name acts and has appeared on HBO's "Comic Relief," MTV's "Half Hour Comedy Hour" and as the host of Disney/KPLR's "Kids Connection." Buzz's style of comedy is contagious as he plays with the audience rather than talking to them. He is sincerely and seriously committed to entertain audiences with humor that is "98% clean and 100% funny."
“It’s All About Family”
What is the key to personal and professional success? Quite simply, it's family! If we all take the skills and knowledge we get from growing up in a family, then we have more of a head start to success than you would ever imagine. Treat each person in a work day with the same attention, eye contact, and focus you would a family member and watch what this simple change does to empower your communication abilities and your own self-confidence.
Whether listening to the brilliantly simple observations of his eight-year-old daughter, learning to think outside the box from his four-year-old son, or the simple art of patience he's learned from his wife, professional speaker Buzz Sutherland will take you on a hysterical journey into how we can all improve our day-to-day experiences. Because when it comes to success in your personal or professional life...It's All About Family.
Buzz will be our featured speaker at the Chamber Banquet - Saturday, March 16, 2019. More details here!
The Chamber's Young Professionals group is being re-launched!
A Happy Hour networking event will be held Thursday, October 25 at Otis Campbell's (216 W Front Street, Washington). Mayor Sandy Lucy will welcome the group, but there is no formal program.
Don't forget to bring business cards to share, plus one to enter in our door prize drawing!
The Member Luncheon is quickly approaching! The event will be held in the main hall at the Knights of Columbus in Washington (1121 Columbus Ln) on Monday, September 24.
This year, the event will be catered by Droege's Catering Company.
Red Potato Salad
Green Beans w/ Ham
Rolls & Butter
Assorted Cookies & Brownies
Tea, Lemonade, Water
The program will include the presentation of the Outstanding Young Professionals Class of 2018. Thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate someone. We had a lot of qualified candidates! A representative from the Young Ambassadors, a new joint steering committee formed by the Chamber, Downtown Washington, and the City of Washington, will report on upcoming plans for the Young Professionals networking group.
Tickets to the Member Luncheon are $12/person. Please RSVP to Cheryl (636-239-2715 x102) by Friday, September 14 if you would like to attend the luncheon. Payment is due Monday, September 17 and can be brought to the Chamber Office (323 W Main Street) or mailed to PO Box 752, Washington, MO 63090.
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