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4th Annual Joint Golf Outing

Monday, July 27, 2015

38700519_sOconto Legion Golf Course
532 Jefferson St

“Rain or Shine”

Proceeds benefit both
Oconto Falls Area and Oconto Area
Chamber of Commerce
in their joint marketing activities

Special Events and Refreshments on the Course

Hole in 1 Contest
2015 Chevrolet
1st 9 Holes – Sponsored by Koehne Chevrolet Buick GMC
2nd 9 Holes – Sponsored by Packerland Websites, Abrams

10:00 a.m.
Mandatory Registration 18 holes
11:00 a.m.
Shotgun Start/Scramble Format (18 Holes)
1:00 p.m.
Mandatory Registration 9 holes
2:00 p.m.
Shotgun Start/Scramble Format (9 Holes)
5:30 p.m.
Cash Bar, Dinner
Golf & Event Prizes Awarded


CLICK HERE for golf forms and signups!


The Oconto Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its 2nd Recognition Banquet on Saturday, April 27th at Irish Greens Golf Course. The recipient of the “Volunteer of the Year” award was Jeremy Wusterbarth who was nominated by City of Oconto Administrator, Sara Perrizo.

Jeremy, who is the Superintendent of Public Works and manager of the Utility Department for the City of Oconto was chosen for his outstanding volunteer work with the youth of Oconto especially in revitalizing the Youth Wrestling program, as tournament director of the Oconto Little league for the past 6 years and tournament director for the Oconto Softball Tournament for the first time this year. Jeremy was instrumental in helping to decorate the larger trees in Winter Wonderland this past holiday season to help out the Chamber. Jeremy is also assistant Wrestling Coach and Varsity Softball Coach for the Oconto School District. Some of his greatest coaching memories include the Sectional Softball Championship game in 2007 and coaching 9 individual wrestlers at the State Tournament. Jeremy is married to the former Laurie Allen and has three children, Aiden, Hallie and Ethan. Congratulations, Jeremy!

The Chamber also selected John Matravers for “Business of the Year” as John is one of the City of Oconto’s foremost owners of 4 different businesses: Matravers Hardware, Matravers TV & Appliance, Matravers Power Center and Oconto Furniture. John employs 16 employees and has always been optimistic about Oconto’s future. He has not been afraid to take chances and has stated that he has “his whole life invested here.” In addition to operating the 4 different businesses, John is also Chairman of the Board for Maple Valley Mutual Insurance. John along with a few others started the Copperfest Parade in 1983 and was parade chairman for 15 years. The reasons that John is successful is that he has competitive prices, good selection, excellent service, delivery, and financing. Many of John’s former as well as current employees attended the banquet. John is married to his wife Rose who has done childcare in her home for the past 29 years and has 2 daughters, Michelle and Amy and 3 grandchildren, Bobby, Jackson, and Colin and 2 sons-in-law Robert and Tucker.

Congratulation, John!
Ron Hayes, President of the Oconto Area Chamber of Commerce introduced the recipients as well as the dignitaries that attended which included Dave Hansen, 30th District Wisconsin State Senator and wife Jane, and 89th District Assemblyman John Nyren and his wife Maggie. Reid Ribble, Wisconsin’s 8th District Congressman, was unable to attend, but sent an excellent DVD congratulating the recipients. Kathy Hayes was emcee for the program and wishes to thank her technical staff, Sara & Tim Perrizo. The Chamber wishes to thank Irish Greens, owners Ken & Erin Sikora and the staff, especially, Patty Trepanier and Cindy Olson for their hospitality, service and excellent food.

Thank you also to all those who attended. The Recognition Banquet is held every other year and the Chamber accepts nominations of current Chamber members from anyone for these prestigious awards.


The Oconto Area Chamber of Commerce hosted an After 5 in cooperation with the upcoming new Bayshore Community Academy in the Oconto School District on Tuesday, March 12, 2013. The new academy is for students who love to learn but are frustrated with school and want to be more independent but seek a deeper engagement in topics of interest.

Each grade level is limited to 20 students each in grades 5-7 in the fall of 2013. The learning experience can be in cooperation with community members who could offer hands-on projects, innovative use of technology and a learning environment focused on academic excellence and success in a global economy.

The governance Board consists of Dean Reed, President; Tom Fulton. Vice-President; Shannon Durand, Treasurer; and Tracey Sohrweide, Secretary. The teachers are Jenny Holmgren, Kelly Votava, Allison Campbell, Rhonda Ross, and Kari Brunette. Tours of the facility were conducted by Superintendent Dr. Sara Croney.

Bayshore Academy 004Bayshore Academy 003Bayshore Academy 002Bayshore Academy 001 If you are interested in enrolling a student, contact Aaron Malczewski, Middle School Principal at 920-834-7806, X2106 or aaron.malczewski@oconto, or Tom Fulton at 920-834-2095 for more information. The event was catered by Brothers.


Santa’s Visit

phoca_thumb_l_1291232199_santa 9On Saturday, December 1, 2012, Santa & Mrs. Claus made their annual visit to City Hall after the Chamber Christmas parade to greet all the children waiting to see them. While they were waiting, children filled out letters to Santa, made ornaments for the tree at City Hall and enjoyed cookies and hot chocolate.


The Chamber would like to thank members of the Women’s Club and Chamber members who helped to make this a successful event again this year.

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Harvest Fest

harvest fest 2013 001harvest fest 2013 003harvest fest 2013It was one of the most beautiful days of the fall season on Saturday, September 28th as the Oconto Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored its 6th Annual Harvest Fest on Pecor St. from 9 a.m.- 3p.m. There was a variety of products displayed such as woodcrafts and collectibles by Patrick Frank, assorted crafts by Rachel Demerath, , produce from Lynette Desjarlais,  Mary Kay products by Rita Skalecki and Ann Kabacinski, birdhouses and feeders and maple syrup by Norine Walters, Scentsy by Chrissy Trepanier, sweet treats by Heidi Reed and Bonnie Forgette, popcorn from the Cub Scouts, Watkins items by Bev Jensen, food items from Brothers 3 and Crivello’s and walking tacos from Pentecostal Lighthouse Church, metal flowers by Gary & Cindy Steele, metal artwork by Tanya & Jerry Wusterbarth, plants from Donna Doll-Yogerst, tupperware items by Desiree Rohde, personalized outdoor decor by Doug & Carol Janssen, perennials shrubs from Apple Valley Nursery Orchards, Chicago style hotdogs by Larry Murphy and numerous adoptable pets from the Oconto Area Humane Society.There was also an appearance by Smoky the Bear from the Oconto Fire Dept.

The Chamber would like to thank the vendors, the huge crowd that attended , Brayson’s Bouncers , Pensaukee Portables, the Oconto Police & Fire Dept. , Jeremy Wusterbarth and the Oconto Board of Public Works, Oconto Park & Rec Dept. and Larry of WOCO for providing DJ service.

Miss Copperfest

At the Copperfest Kick-Off Breakfast on Friday, June 7th, Miss Copperfest 2013 was chosen. She is the 31sth queen to receive this honor.  She is Kelly Loberger sponsored by Oconto Pharmacy.
The Oconto Area Chamber of Commerce sponsors the contest by presenting scholarship amounts. Miss Copperfest 2013 received a $1000 scholarship, the 1st Runner-up, Sara DePouw, sponsored by the Davis Agency received a $500 scholarship and the 2nd Runner-up, Alexandria Exworthy sponsored by Matravers Hardware received a $250 scholarship. Image Apparel supplied the crown, sashes and additional prizes to all 3 of the candidates.  The Chamber wishes to thank the other Chamber businesses that sponsored a candidate: McDonald’s, Unlimited Services, Crivello’s, Citizen’s Bank, and Wagner Shell.
The Oconto Area Chamber of Commerce wishes to thank the judges: Cindy Thompson, Sara Perrizo, and Patty Trepanier; Brothers 3 for hosting the meal for the judging; Vital Signs for the car signs, The Reporter and WOCO for publicity for the contest, Oconto Floral for providing coronation flowers and Kathy Hayes and Jean Davidson, co-chairs for this event.
Miss Copperfest 2013 pic