Schedule for Chamber Candidate Forum Announced; All Voters Invited to Attend

The Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce’s Government Affairs Committee is hosting a Candidate Forum for primary election candidates in contested races on Wednesday, June 26, 2024, at 6 p.m. at the WYO Theater. All voters are encouraged to attend.

The forums provide an opportunity for those running in contested races for elected office in the Aug. 20, 2024, primary election to share information about themselves and their platforms. Each candidate will give a brief introduction, followed by a Q&A period and a closing statement.

The forum will host candidates for United States Senator, United States Representative, State Senator District 22, State Representative Districts 30 and 40, County Commissioners, City of Sheridan Mayor and Sheridan Councilmember.

Candidates confirming attendance and the order of appearance at the forum are as follows: United States Senator – Reid Rasner (Republican); United States Representative – Steven R. Helling (Republican); State Senator District 22 – Mark Jennings (Republican); State Representative District 30 – Tom Kelly (Republican) and Gail Symons (Republican); State Representative District 40 – Marilyn Connolly (Republican) and Mark Jones (Republican); County Commissioners (four-year term) – Michael R. Arzy (Republican), Lynn Custis (Republican), Nicholas George (Republican), Harley Shuck (Republican) and Lonnie Wright (Republican); County Commissioners (unexpired two-year term) – John Heyneman (Republican) and Holly Jennings (Republican); City of Sheridan Mayor – Rich Bridger; and Sheridan Councilmember – Steve Brantz, Bev Leichtnam and Scott Van Dorsten.

Questions for the candidates may be submitted in advance to the Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee for the committee’s consideration. The deadline to submit questions is 5 p.m. on Monday, June 24, 2024 . Questions should be emailed to kmyers@sheridanwyomingchamber.org or delivered to the Chamber office at 54 S. Main St. in Sheridan.

All questions will be asked by the moderator. Due to time limitations, no direct questions from the audience will be allowed.

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. The forum will be recorded and available on the Chamber’s YouTube channel and website within 48 hours.

For more information, contact the Chamber at (307) 672-2485.


Candidate Forum for Primary Election Candidates Set for June 26

The Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce’s Government Affairs Committee is hosting a Candidate Forum for the primary election candidates on Wednesday, June 26, 2024, at 6 p.m. at the WYO Theater.

The forums provide an opportunity for those running in contested races for elected office in the Aug. 20, 2024, primary election to share information about themselves and their platforms. Each candidate will give a brief introduction, followed by a Q&A period and a closing statement.

The forum will host primary candidates for city and county races, including County Commissioners, Sheridan City Council and City of Sheridan Mayor. In addition, candidates for United States Senator and Representative, State Senator for District 22 and State Representatives for District 30 and District 40 have been invited. Communications regarding the candidate forum will be sent to the contact information provided by each candidate in their filing.

Questions for the candidates may be submitted in advance to the Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee for the committee’s consideration. The deadline to submit questions is 5 p.m. on Monday, June 24, 2024. Questions should be emailed to kmyers@sheridanwyomingchamber.org or delivered to the Chamber office at 54 S. Main St. in Sheridan.

All questions will be asked by the moderator. Due to time limitations, no direct questions from the audience will be allowed.

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. The forum will be recorded and available within 48 hours on the Chamber’s YouTube channel and website, sheridanwyomingchamber.org.

The schedule and names of candidates attending will be available prior to the forum via local media and the Chamber’s newsletter, website and social media.

For more information, contact the Chamber at (307) 672-2485.


‘Get Your Paws on Some Chamber Bucks’ giveaway to increase to $500 in Chamber Bucks each week

The Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce that thanks to a generous donation from First Federal Bank & Trust, their volunteers will be handing out an additional $400 in Chamber Bucks each week for the “Get Your Paws on Some Chamber Bucks” giveaway.

The giveaway is part of the Sheridan Main Street Resurfacing and Utility Upgrade Project “Bear with Us” campaign.

This donation means a total of $500 in Chamber Bucks will be given away each week to people “caught supporting” local businesses within the active construction zone.

The “Get Your Paws on Some Chamber Bucks” giveaway is a partnership of the Chamber, Downtown Sheridan Association and the City of Sheridan. It began during last year’s Main Street Project to encourage and reward folks for frequenting the businesses on Main Street affected by the street closure. Over the course of the two-year project, the City of Sheridan will have provided $4,600 for the Chamber to give away $100 in Chamber Bucks each week.

Chamber volunteers have been out each week looking for someone supporting the businesses within the project zone to reward them with $100 in Chamber Bucks. From June 1 through July 31, they’ll be looking for five recipients every week – each receiving $100 in Chamber Bucks.

“As Sheridan’s only mutual bank since 1935, we strive to help local businesses succeed to ensure the future viability of our community,” said Kevin Bailey, president and CEO of First Federal Bank & Trust.

“We’re immensely grateful to First Federal Bank & Trust for their generous support of this campaign and our local businesses,” said Jodi Hartley, Chamber marketing and communications director. “We hope that these additional funds will be even more incentive for people to visit and support the businesses impacted by the project.”

Chamber Bucks is an actual check issued on a Chamber of Commerce account to be used just like a personal check or cash. They can be used as payment at most Sheridan County businesses and  keep dollars in our community. In 2023 the Chamber issued $212,883 in Chamber Bucks.

For more information about the “Get Your Paws on Some Chamber Bucks” campaign, call the Chamber at (307) 672-2485.


Sheridan County Students Invited to Submit Designs for 2024 Christmas Stroll Button Design Contest

The Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce invites Sheridan County students currently in Grades 1 through 6 to submit designs for the 2024 Sheridan Christmas Stroll Button Design Contest.

The theme for the 2024 Christmas Stroll is “Cowboy Christmas Stroll.”

Chosen by the Stroll Committee, the winning design will be featured on this year’s Christmas Stroll buttons. The committee selects the winning design based upon how well it reflects the theme “Cowboy Christmas Stroll.” The winning artist receives $100 in Chamber Bucks, their framed Stroll Button Design and Stroll Button No. 1.

Stroll Button Design entry forms are available at all Sheridan County elementary schools, the Chamber office at 54 S. Main St., Kid Curious at 129 N. Main St. and downloaded here:

Entries are due June 7 and can be mailed to the Chamber at P.O. Box 707, Sheridan, or dropped off at the Chamber Office at 54 S. Main St.

The 2024 Christmas Stroll event will be Nov. 29, the Friday after Thanksgiving.

For more information, contact the Chamber at 672-2485 or email info@sheridanwyomingchamber.org.


Chamber Unveils NEW Community Calendar

At today’s Chamber Lunch Program, a NEW shared online Community Calendar was unveiled by Sheridan Media’s General Manager Bob Grammens and The Sheridan Press’ Publisher Bryce Jacobson.
 

The Sheridan Press Publisher Bryce Jacobson (left) and Sheridan Media General Manager Bob Grammens (right)

The calendar is a shared partnership with Sheridan Media, The Sheridan Press, the Chamber and Sheridan County Travel & Tourism. Events posted to one organization’s calendar will also appear on each organization’s community calendar on their own individual websites.



“We are very excited to launch this new shared community calendar,” said Dixie Johnson, Chamber CEO. “The new modern platform allows members of the community to post events one time and have them shared across all four calendars. It also provides a one-stop shop for folks looking for upcoming events. We appreciate all of the work done by Sheridan Media and The Sheridan Press to spearhead this partnership.”

Individuals may submit events for the calendar via any of the participating organization’s sites. Those posting events will be asked to create an account for the calendar, and they will then be able to input information and images for the event. There is also the option to feature events for a fee. The feature option pulls the event to the top of the calendar through which it is posted (please note that the feature option does not crossover to the other calendars).

The calendar platform is the same one that The Sheridan Press has been using for a number of years so if you already have an account for their calendar, you will be able to continue using it.

Businesses and organizations may also include the calendar on their websites. If interested, contact either Sheridan Media at (307) 672-7421 or The Sheridan Press at (307) 672-2431.

View the new community calendar at https://www.sheridanwyomingchamber.org/visiting-sheridan/community-calendar/?_evDiscoveryPath=/.

If you have any questions or need assistance setting up your account/posting events, please call the Chamber office at (307) 672-2485 or email info@sheridanwyomingchamber.org.



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