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.
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,k12.wi.us or Tom Fulton at 920-834-2095 for more information. The event was catered by Brothers.
On 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.
It 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.
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.
The Oconto Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its 5th Annual Business Expo on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at the Bond Community Center. There were about 60 businesses and organizations that hosted a booth. The Chamber sponsored a networking hour before the general public arrived so vendors could meet one another.
Hydrant Pizza gave out samples of their pizza. Mortell Studio and Digital Office Solutions offered a free business portrait to vendors. The Oconto Youth Center was the recipient of the admission fees this year. A basket at its booth was raffled off and won by Robyn LaValley.
The Chamber wishes to thank all those that donated to the raffle basket: In addition to the Chamber, Citizen’s Bank, Image Apparel, Oconto County Reporter, Patsy Bake, Avon Rep; Oconto Pharmacy, Unlimited Services, Vital Signs, Delicious Dishes, Sue Dombrowski, Miche Rep; Century Link,. Becky Dolata, Mary Kay Rep; WOCO and Mortell Studio. The Easter Duck Race took place at 4:00 P.M. in the Bond Center Pool.
The following won a $25 gift certificates to any 2012 Oconto Area Chamber of Commerce business: Kathy McDougal, Al Rasmussen, Dave Honish and Hunter Thompson. The Chamber wishes to thank the Bond Community Center and Oconto Hospital especially Connie Parkovich, Laura Cormier, John & Joni Hubacher and all their staff that helped to make this event a success.
Thanks also goes to all the Chamber volunteers that came to set up the event and also those who stayed to take down the event. Finally, thank you to the general public who attended because without you this event would not be successful.
On Saturday,March 24, 2012 at 4:00 P.M. the Oconto Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored an Easter Duck Race in the pool at the Bond Community Center. About 500 ducks were in the water assisted by some volunteer swimmers.
There were 4 lucky winners: Kathy McDougal,Al Rasmussen, Dave Honish and Hunter Thompson. Each received a $25 gift certificate that can be used at any 2012 Oconto Area Chamber Business.
The Oconto Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the joint annual holiday party with the Oconto and Oconto Falls Chambers of Commerce on January 14, 2012, at Irish Greens Golf Club on Logtown Road in Oconto which is own and operated the Jerry Herald family.
The theme was a “Historic Holiday on the Bay”. The major door prize was a weekend stay at the White Lace Inn in Sturgeon Bay which was won by Laurie Matel of NEW Credit Union . To enhance the theme, the Victorian Ladies and Gents attended in all their splendor and Victorian garb.
The Chamber wishes to thank those ladies and gents who attended: Chuck & Bernie Burg, Mary Meyer, Doug & Mary Lueskow, Bonnie Radzinski, Bonnie & Tom Whitman, Pat Hanson, Ralph & Pam Loberger, Jean & Bill Pomeroy, Marti Barribeau, and Pat & Gene Fifrick.
The menu included roasted turkey and baked ham with all the trimmings. Shirley Steier and her staff at Irish Greens did an excellent job in making this meal extra special. Clarinet music during the buffet was provided by Rebecca Erdman and Kayla Kuntz, juniors at Oconto High School under the direction of Mike Marciniak. A 32” LCD TV was raffled and the winner was Paul Trepanier.
The Chamber also wishes to thank Graphic Management, Stephenson National Bank & Trust, Patsy Bake of Avon, Bay Impressions, Irish Greens and Image Apparel for providing door prizes for this event. A special thank goes out to Pat Hanson who designed and created all of the beautiful table decorations and Ralph & Pam Loberger who brought in some of their Victorian decorations. Remember to join the Chamber by paying your 2012 dues. The Oconto Chamber meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month at local restaurants. Watch for upcoming events such as Winter Fest on Feb. 11th, the Business Expo and Easter Duck Race on March 24th.
The Chamber is also planning a mayoral debate in late March. Watch for further details and remember also to shop locally
The 1st Annual Oconto Area Chamber of Commerce “Business Recognition” and “ Chamber Volunteer of the Year” Banquet was held on February 12, 2011 at Crivello’s on Main in Oconto.
The Chamber “Business of the Year 2011” is Thompson’s County Market and the Chamber “Volunteer of the Year 2011” is Gary Zahn.
Special dignitaries were invited which included: Reid Ribble, Wisconsin’s 8th District Congressman who was unable to attend due to commitments in Washington. He sent a congratulatory DVD with a personal message to each of the recipients. John Nygren, 89th District Assemblyman; and Dave Hansen, 30th District Wisconsin Senator were also on hand to congratulate the winners.
Over 100 people attended this event. Oconto Area Chamber of Commerce President Ron Hayes welcomed the guests, award winners and dignitaries. Kathy Hayes was MC for the event and provided background information on all of the recipients.
Gary Zahn was chosen due to his extensive involvement in the Oconto Lions Club. Bob Schwartz, a current Lion Club member said: “He is the heart and soul of the Lions Club. He brings a refreshing breath of air to each meeting.” Gary was hired as a Paraprofessional in the Oconto Unified School District. Jeff Werner, Principal stated: “He meets every new situation and challenge with a smile and can-do attitude. He has already shown his leadership ability in a variety of ways.” Gary also has been a WIAA official for 32 years and was privileged to umpire the WIAA sectional baseball games in 2004, 2008, and 2009. He was also nominated by the coaches to umpire the State American Legion All-Star Game in 2005 at Miller Park. Gary was a Little League Coach, a Babe Ruth Coach for 12 years and has organized the Little League Tournament for 13 years. He was the Oconto Jaycess Outstanding Young Man in 1985 and received the very first Pebble Award from the Oconto School System in 2010. As a Chamber member, he is chairman of the Marketing Committee and was instrumental in organizing the first Christmas Parade in 2010 and also helped to organize the first Winter Fest.
Thompson’s County Market was chosen as the “Business of the Year” due to their admirable community leadership qualities, generosity and outstanding public image and reputation. The Thompson family went into business in 1948 when George & Lucille bought the former Richter Grocery Store. Mark & Sue went into partnership with George & Lucille in 1965 and then in 1980 Mark & Sue bought the business from George & Lucille. Ken, Mike & Wendy Thompson united with Mark & Sue who are now all shareholders. Mayor Tom Fulton stated: “With employment of over 100 people, many of them are students and young people, who are then able to save for their continuing education.” They are one of the City of Oconto’s major employers. Their generosity is evident as they are major contributors to the Copperfest Celebration, Family Day at City Park and their annual $2000 scholarship to an OHS graduate. They are also sponsors of the Rural/Urban Recognition Banquet, the Red Kettle Campaign, the Walking Trail at Oconto Elementary School, the Elks Easter Egg Hunt, and the Oconto County Fair. Many of the employees made comments about their work experience with the Thompson’s. One employee commented: “when you put on the red vest, you are treated like family.” Another employee stated: “they care about things that a large business would not.” Still another employee stated: “I have worked for 22 years. We have a great group of employees and bosses. After being here for so long, they become like family. The customers are your friends and it is a nice place to work.” Congratulations to all the recipients.
If you are not an Oconto Area Chamber of Commerce member, you can join by calling Nancy at 920-834-6969. The Chamber meets the third Tuesday of each month in various restaurants in the area.
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