By: Dixie Johnson, CEO, Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce
Ambassadors Give Back to the Community
This past year has been a very active one for the Chamber Ambassadors committee. This group of volunteers serves as the high profile representatives of the Chamber, as they focus on promoting new businesses, conventions, tourism and recreation in the Sheridan area, as well as encouraging progressive growth in established businesses. In addition to assisting the Chamber of Commerce organization, the Ambassadors committee, which is comprised of thirty six business men and women and is currently led by Chairperson Lindsay Fischer (Kennon Products), gives back to the community.
Regularly, one will see any number of Ambassadors officially greeting dignitaries and distinguished guests to our community and celebrating business grand openings with ribbon cuttings. But that’s not all; on any given day, Ambassadors, who are easily identified by the red blazers they don throughout the year, may stop in to a number of local businesses to visit about their needs or be spotted serving up food to over 1,300 people at the Community Holiday Dinner, helping with registration at the annual Homebuilders’ Home & Garden Show, directing traffic at Dayton Days, or assisting with the WYO Rodeo parade route.
Most recently, the Ambassadors have been planning the upcoming Sheridan WYO Rodeo Boot Kick-Off event. A few years back, the rodeo board mentioned the need for help in coordinating and facilitating the annual event, and as true ambassadors for the community, this group enthusiastically stepped up.
Now, in just over two weeks, they’ll help to officially “kick off” rodeo week with the Sheridan WYO Rodeo Boot Kickoff, a free-to-the-public event. This year’s event will be on Tuesday, July 12th, from 4-7pm in Kendrick Park and involves an evening filled with food, competition and fun for the whole family. Friendly competition begins at 5pm with stick horse barrel racing for younger children, followed by the boot kick-off competition for older kids and adults. The evening’s activities are capped off with the annual Ambassadors Challenge, followed by ice cream treats, compliments of Mars!
Age categories for the stick horse barrel racing include: 4 years & under; 5-6 years old; and 7-8 years old. Once all the barrel races have been completed and prizes awarded, the boot kick-off competition commences. Those categories include: 9-12 years old; 13-17 years old; women 18 & over; and men 18 & over. Each category has a maximum of twenty participants, with registration opening at 4pm. The Ambassadors will be awarding the top three finishers in each category not only with highly coveted trophies, but nearly $1300 in Chamber Bucks prize money as well.
The Chamber of Commerce offers applause, appreciation and acknowledgement to our Ambassadors Committee, including its past and current members, for not only giving to our organization but to the community as a whole. Join me in thanking the Ambassadors by attending the Sheridan WYO Rodeo Boot Kick-Off on July 12th at Kendrick Park.
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