Staying Busy on the Hill

Chamber Staff - Dixie Johnson, Executive Director
by Dixie Johnson
Executive Director
Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce

This article was published in the “Community Perspective” column
of The Sheridan Press, December 13, 2011.

The Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce stays very busy, and this time of year is no exception. We just wrapped up another successful Christmas Stroll (16 years and going strong) and would like to remind you button-wearers to make sure to check your number at each of the participating businesses. There’s something special in store for the winner at each business AND if you are a winner, you are entered into $1000.00 grand prize Chamber Bucks drawing (set to take place on 12/27 at the Chamber Office).

December was kicked off with a burst of arctic air, a blanket of snow, and a most delicious egg casserole and coffee cake in the cozy setting of Story. At our second Chamber Coffee, held at the Wagon Box Inn, owner Andrea Philips served up the delectable dishes, along with steaming hot coffee and her customary hospitality. The open forum (and the fire) welcomed a dozen or so from Sheridan and Story. It was a wonderful time of connecting and sharing with business people and residents there. I encourage you all to experience for yourself the unique shopping and dining opportunities in Sheridan County’s outlying communities. You’ll be glad you did!

I’ve been aware of the Community Holiday Dinner for several years now, and I even volunteered a few years back, but this year I was able to take a bigger part in the planning of this wonderful event. I was just amazed at the number of individuals and organizations that selflessly give annually to this event, through monetary donations, donations of supplies, and donations of time. Nearly 1,100 people were treated to a free traditional holiday dinner of turkey and all the trimmings. This was the 21st year for this community-wide dinner, and it’s truly something Sheridan should be very proud of.

In addition to wrapping up many events, we are looking forward to more in the near future. Mark your calendars for (wise) Men’s Night on December 22, and come out for an evening (5-8pm) of hors d’oeuvres and drink specials at participating restaurants, as well as in-store specials, refreshments and prize drawings at many of our retailers.

Also, we are preparing for the 2012 Leadership Sheridan County program. This intense program is designed to inspire a new generation to assume leadership roles in our community and is delivered through eight full-day modules that take place monthly, January through August.

The Chamber’s annual Legislative Forum is scheduled for January 4 and 5, and provides an opportunity for organizations and individuals to bring their issues before a panel of our local state legislators prior to the next session of the Wyoming State Legislature. This event is open to the public.

As you can see, we continue to stay busy up on the hill at the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce. For more information on any of our happenings, please give us a call at 672-2485. And, at this special time of year, we’d like to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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