January 2016
Welcome to 2016! 
Happy New Year!!
You are invited to
January Bizology
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Sponsored by:
Northwoods Promotions
Thompson Nelson Insurance
113 N. Main Street

January Member of the Month 
Kitchen & Floor Decor
"We at Kitchen & Floor Decor, Inc. are very excited to be chosen Chamber Member of the Month. It is our pleasure to be a part of Rice lake's downtown retail community. Whether you need a simple room of carpet, new hardware for your cabinets or are tearing out a wall and doing a major remodel, we are able to coordinate plumbers, electricians, painter and carpenters. Our showroom consists of three floors of all your building or remodeling design needs. We have three designers and four support staff to assist you. Please feel free to come in, have a cup of coffee and a cookie and browse our plumbing, flooring, counter-tops, cabinets, wallpaper and window treatments. We are here to make building a new house or remodeling your existing one less stressful."

Ambassador Activities

Ribbon Cutting at the Grand Opening of The Aussie Brew House, 800 Hammond Ave., 715-719-0755.
Pictured: Kathy Kadlec, Scott Fredrickson, Wendy Markgren, Sandie LeVan,  Glenn Leis, Curt Snyder, Lyn Dunham, Linda Wiese, and Dana Heller.

Slumberland's 17th annual Homes for the Holidays was a huge success on Thursday, December 10th. Over 30 beds were distributed with the help of Early Head Start to children in our area that didn't have one to sleep on. Pillows, mattress protectors and sheets were donated by Jody Elmquist, as well as quilts made by area churches including Bethany Lutheran and Faith Lutheran in Cameron. Don Johnson Motors helped load and deliver along with Slumberland staff.

A group of Ambassadors got together and made decorations for a tree that was given to a needy family in conjunction with the Main Street Holiday Parade.
Congratulations to the Ambassadors for winning first place!

2016 Heart of the North Day
Heart of The North
The Heart of the North Day Committee has scheduled the day we will be going down to Madison to visit with our Legislators and Agency heads.

Mark your calendar for Tuesday, February 2, 2016!
In preparation for the day, a survey is set up on the website: hondays.com 

Please fill out the survey to help us know what issues we need to take to Madison.  

If you are interested in participating, either on the committee or by going to Madison with us, contact the Chamber office at 715-234-2126 and let us know!

Spotlighting You...
Real Estate Solutions in Rice Lake WI is excited to announce the expansion of their office with the opening of a Commercial Real Estate Division. Real Estate Solutions welcomes Charles (Chick) and Kevin Feather of Feather Real Estate Group to lead the new division at 1815A South Main Street Rice Lake. The team at Real Estate Solutions looks forward to serving both the residential and commercial needs of their clients!
Bert's Joke of the Month
I was at the Supermarket buying a large bag of Purina dog chow for my loyal pet, Jake, the Wonder Dog and was in the check-out line when a woman behind me asked if I had a dog. 
What did she think I had an elephant? So because I'm retired and have little to do, on impulse I told her that no, I didn't have a dog, I was starting the Purina Diet again. I added that I probably shouldn't because I ended up in the hospital last time, but that I'd lost 50 pounds before I awakened in an intensive care ward with tubes coming out of most of my orifices and IVs in both arms. 
I told her that it was essentially a Perfect Diet and that the way that it works is to load your pants pockets with Purina Nuggets and simply eat one or two every time you feel hungry. The food is nutritionally complete so it works well and I was going to try it again. (I have to mention here that practically everyone in line was now enthralled with my story.)  Horrified, she asked if I ended up in intensive care because the dog food poisoned me. I told her no, I stopped to pee on a Fire Hydrant and a car hit me. I thought the guy behind her was going to have a heart attack he was laughing so hard. 
The Supermarket won't let me shop there anymore. Better watch what you ask retired people. They have all the time in the World to think of crazy things to say.
In This Issue
2016 Bizology Scheduled
Feb. 9 - Woodstone Senior Living (at NOON)

March 8 - Elk's Club/Taste of Rice Lake

April 12 - Rice Lake Main Street "Artscape"

May 12 - Community Bank of Northern Wisconsin


Annual Chilly Bowl
February 26, 2016
6:30 p.m.
at Rand's Bowling Lanes
$150/team (5 on a team)

Start planning your teams! 
Funds go toward Placemaking efforts and youth scholarships!


New Members
Northern Star Theatre Co.
104 S. Main Street


Membership Renewal
Alliance Realty - 12 years
American Christian Tours -
      25 years
Applebee's - 14 years
Chippewa Valley Council -
      12 years
Confidential Records - 
      11 years
Dan Fitzgerald - 4 years
Furnish 1-2-3 - 3 years
Herberger's - 56 years
J Shoes - 23 years
Johnson Bank - 17 years
Dwight Johnson - 13 years
King's Way Bible & Gift -
      26 years
McCain Foods - 48 years
Rice Lake Snow & Dirt Club 
      3 years
Superior Silica Sands - 2
WITC - 41 years
Zimmerman Jewelers -
     65 years


Committee Meetings
Placemaking, Tuesday, January 5, 11:30 a.m.
Economic Development & Education, Thursday, January 7, 7:30 a.m.
Heart of the North Day, Friday, January 8, 8 a.m.
Board of Directors, Tuesday, January 12, 7:30 a.m.
Golden K Board - Tuesday, January 19, 9:30 a.m.
Ambassadors - Friday, January 22, 8 a.m.
Executive Committee. Tuesday, January 26, 7:30 a.m.
H.O.N. Issues Education, Thursday, January 28, at WITC, 5-7 p.m.
Customer Service Recognition Award
The Rice Lake Chamber Ambassadors love to recognize individuals who have provided exceptional customer service to you.

Please fill out this form with details of how someone went above the standard service.  How their personality left you feeling great. How they worked out an issue for you. How they provided exceptional Customer Service!


Member Appreciation!
Thank you to Mosaic Telecom for sponsoring our December Bizology After Hours!

Thank you to Linda Wiese of Team Realty for sponsoring our November Chamber Chat program!

We appreciate YOUR support!!


Free Website Benefits
Our NEW website it set up to help us promote YOUR business!  See what you can do:

-Add events to the calendar for the public to see

-Post jobs on the Job Posting section

-Promote your business with sales, promotions, coupons on the Hot Deals section

-Add a logo to your listing in the directory

-Update and add descriptions etc. to your listing in the directory

These services are free to our members, so please take advantage of the opportunities available!


Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!

Karen Heram
Rice Lake Chamber of Commerce