P ierre Area Chamber of Commerce
 March 2017 Newsletter

Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce, Pierre Convention & Visitors Bureau & Pierre Economic Development Corporation E-News

This is the electronic version of the Pierre Area Chamber's March 2017 newsletter. We continue to provide a hard copy of this document in the Capital Journal as well.

Life is good on the river,
The Staff at the
Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce

In This Issue

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Stay involved during the 2017 Legislative Session:
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Senator Jeff Monroe
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Pierre Economic Development Corporation 2017 Investor List
 (from 1/19 to 2/23)
Thank you to the following businesses, organizations and individuals who are supporting economic development in Central South Dakota through their PEDCO membership investment.

Platinum Investors - $1000
  Montana-Dakota Utilities,
Wells Fargo Bank
Silver Investors - $300
Anderson Nill & Associated Inc.,
Hermanson, Swenson & Rath, DDS, PC,
Sanford Clinic Pierre

  Bronze Investors - $150
All Around Graphix, Anderson Contractors Inc., Anderson Dental, Arby's Restaurant, Baumann Lumber Inc., Bechtold Thompson Dental Clinic, Bob's Lounge, Capital Journal, Cone Ag Inc., East Pierre Landscape & Garden Center, KCCR 1240 AM/KLXS 95.3 FM, Midcontinent Communications, Oahe Home Builders Association, Pizza Ranch, Pryntcomm, Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center, S.D. Electric Utility Companies, US Bank, Weather All Roofing Inc.,Willard & Associates Inc.
Individual & Non-Profit Investors - $60
Black Hills Special Services Cooperative


President's Report
Melissa Puepke, Board President
As I write my first article as the 2017 President for the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce, I have to consider the beautiful, smiling face of my first Spanish teacher, Ms. Hyrma Zakahi. She was fresh out of college teaching in her first year at Mitchell Sr. High, back in 1980-something. She inspired my class with her sincere passion to teach and an unwavering and genuine devotion to her students. It is evident that did not fade over time. Ms. Z inspired many to catch their dreams and emerge as leaders with her gentle, yet persuasive manner.
I am reminded by reading the Capital Journal article about her what first class leadership means. "People don't care about how much you know until they know how much you care."  I hope to keep this perspective and I am honored with this great opportunity of leading the Chamber Board of Directors this year. I hope to inspire individuals to become involved and caring leaders in our great community just as she did with her students!
There are some fantastic leaders on the 2017 Board of Directors.   Sharing Executive Committee responsibilities this year will be Past- President, Dennis Rounds; 2018 President- Elect, Bryan Beck; Vice President, Steve Bass; Secretary, John Hight; and Treasurer, Jennifer Anderson. This team is complemented with the remaining members of the Board, including Lance Bertram, Paul Bowen, Kim Brakke, Doug Day, Maggie Dell, Meredith Lee, Gina Schuetzle, Randy Schumacher, Liz Stokes, & Vincent Tyson.
The Chamber also consists of a very dedicated staff, including our Chief, Laura Schoen Carbonneau, who has guided our Chamber for over 10 amazing years as the CEO. Additionally, our remarkable CVB Director, Lois Ries, our enthusiastic Membership Director, Katie Johnson, the invaluable Administrative Assistant, Penny Anderson, and of course our new eager Communications Manager, Mallory Gordon!
Just like the mission statement says, the Chamber is here "to promote the interests of local and regional individuals, businesses, and organizations. Our commitment is to provide quality services and representation in the areas of government, health, agriculture, education, recreation and culture to enhance our presence in the state of South Dakota".
If you want to get involved, your opportunity awaits. Get involved with a committee today! There are several exciting and thriving committees and the Chamber is always on the lookout for additional people wanting to help out and have some fun!   Call the office today at 224-7361 and get matched up to something you may have an interest in. You can always share your ideas with any of the board members or staff.   You can be involved in just one event or a full committee membership helping plan activities throughout the year. It is a perfect way to get to know the community and network with others sharing your interests.
There are some great long-standing events that will continue such as the Golf Tournament, scheduled for June 15, the Ag Tour, the Parade of Lights, and the Chamber Annual Celebration. Leadercast is also scheduled to make a comeback on May 5th and will not disappoint with its talented lineup of speakers. Check out the link on the Chamber website at www.pierre.org and register for your seat!  
There are also some EXCITING opportunities coming for our communities, including The Fireball Run and Imagine This, a new parade of homes event. Both of these will be in the fall of 2017 and have a multitude of opportunities for involvement.
If you want to be included and aren't sure what is open and available, talk to one of the individuals mentioned above. They can share why it is rewarding and fun to be a part of the Chamber!
Don't forget another way to network and get involved is to visit our Business after Hours events held monthly and all the ribbon cuttings our Ambassador group hosts. If you aren't signed up for the Chamber "What's Happening" or the Monthly Newsletter to be delivered directly into your email, subscribe today at the link on the website www.pierre.org - it's easy and you won't miss any activities or hot deals if you do! Stay connected with what is going on in YOUR community!
Remember to show You Care- about Yourself, Your Family, and Your Community!
(Ms. Z - you will be missed)



Fort Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson's Report
Congratulations to Fort Pierre's 2016 Business of the Year, Fort Pierre Livestock Auction! The award was presented at the annual meeting of the Fort Pierre Development Corporation on January 26 by outgoing President Joel Catlin to Dennis and Bryan Hanson, owners and operators of the business.
Fort Pierre Livestock Auction was established in 1947. Dennis' father, Leif Hanson, bought it in 1953, and it's been a Hanson family business ever since.   Dennis took over the business when Leif passed away in 1981. Dennis' son Bryan literally grew up at the sale barn. A graduate of the Worldwide College of Auctioneering in Mason City, Iowa, Bryan is a first class auctioneer who has expanded his auctioneering to include real estate.
We all recognize the importance of the ag industry to our communities, but you may be surprised to learn the magnitude of Fort Pierre Livestock's financial impact to the local economy. In 2015, 237,008 head of cattle was sold through the business, representing a dollar amount of $418 million!
Dennis credits their success to three things: the people in the livestock industry, their employees, and their strategic location in the center of the state.
It's important to note that the impact on the community of Fort Pierre Livestock and the Hanson family isn't limited to the business. As individuals, they are generous and dedicated supporters of the community, ready to assist in any way. Bryan and his wife DeLynn can be found at any major event of the Community & Youth Involved Center, organizing, emceeing, auctioneering, cooking and cleaning up. DeLynn serves on the CYI board of directors and on the Bicentennial Planning Committee.
Kudos to a local business that is surely the oldest family-owned business in our two cities, and one of the biggest in terms of economic impact. We are proud to recognize Fort Pierre Livestock Auction as an integral part of our business community, congratulate them on 70 years of business, and sincerely thank Dennis, Bryan and DeLynn for making our little town a better place.

Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill's Report
After 18 months of effort, the Pierre / Fort Pierre Workforce Development Council has completed its work! The volunteer group's final recommendations were recently presented to the Pierre City Commission and the Fort Pierre City Council.
The report was full of great insight into our local workforce shortage. And all of those insights pointed to one thing, commitment. If the communities of Pierre and Fort Pierre really want to see change relative to our available workforce, it's going to require a great commitment from all sectors of our communities. Governments, schools, the private sector, service groups and our citizens will need to be part of the solution.
To that end, Mayor Hanson and I are both looking for partners to help us execute the recommendations brought forward by the Workforce Development Council. If you have any interest in seeing our community continue to develop and our workforce shortage improve, I hope you will join us in working toward those solutions.
I also want to publicly acknowledge the commitment already shown by the members of the Workforce Development Council. The volunteer group gave up many noon hours throughout the last year and half to find solutions that will work for this community. Thank you to council members, in particular the subcommittee chairs, Pierre city staff, and Kimberly J. Olson who facilitated the entire process.
I'm pleased with the array of recommendations provided, and I look forward to seeing the solutions realized in our community!





DOL Unveiling Enhanced Job Listing Site
Jim Protexter, COO

Pierre area employers take note: The South Dakota Department of Labor will be launching a new SDWORKS jobs database. The target date to go live is Monday, April 3.
As an employer, this is great news for you! The enhanced virtual one-stop system will offer greater access to job services, and the technology is much more intuitive.
Mark Anderson, manager of the local Job Service office, says the key benefit for employers is being able to create job listings based on the skills and competencies you need for the position. "This is a superior product compared to the past database that offered only generic job titles or job descriptions," says Anderson.
Anderson says there is no action necessary prior to the launch date. When the new system is live, you can log-in as normal and follow the prompts. Your account information will be saved, though you may need to update some elements.
If you have any questions or need any assistance, please don't hesitate to contact the local office at 773-3372.


Capital City Economy
November 2016 Current Month Same Month 2015 Percent Change 2016 YTD 2015 YTD Percent Change
Pierre 2% $656,284 $667,486 -1.7% $7,559,976 $6,903,692 9.5%
Pierre 1% BBB $47,009 $46,704 0.7% $499,425 $497,247 0.4%
Fort Pierre 2% $95,366 $145,314 -34.4% $1,105,180 $1,184,186 -6.7%
Fort Pierre 1% BBB $10,851 $7,959 36.3% $108,584 $101,871 6.6%
OCCUPANCY TAX            
Pierre BID #1 $20,708 $21,634 -4.3% $232,045 $250,552 -7.4%
Aerodynamics Inc. 1,173 529 121.7% 5,572 6,191 -10.0%
DAILY TRAFFIC            
Missouri River Bridge 14,356 14,809 -3.1% 172,299 172,619 -0.2%
US 14 East of Pierre 2,898 3,022 -4.1% 33,695 33,605 0.3%
New Homes
Stick Built - Number 1 2 14 17
   Dollar Amount $344,484 $445,000 -22.6% $3,549,900 $4,107,270 -13.6%
Other* - Number 0 0 8 11
   Dollar Amount $0 $0 0.0% $354,716 $388,406 -8.7%
Number 4 7 67 68
   Dollar Amount $16,907 $61,355 -72.4% $1,157,169 $970,112 19.3%
New Buildings
Number 0 0 11 6
   Dollar Amount $0 $0 0.0% $7,106,927 $5,845,561 21.6%
Number 2 0 29 22
   Dollar Amount $20,000 $0 0.0% $3,975,470 $1,579,502 151.7%
Total Permits**
Number 41 65 1135 820
   Dollar Amount $766,889 $1,035,545 -25.9% $25,198,276 $19,462,854 29.5%
New Homes
Number 1 1 16 22
   Dollar Amount $225,000 $150,000 50.0% $3,971,604 $5,374,797 -26.1%
Other* - Number 0 0 1 3
   Dollar Amount $0 $0 0.0% $60,000 $180,400 -66.7%
Number 1 1 6 21
   Dollar Amount $100,000 $5,319 1780.1% $159,772 $445,641 -64.1%
New Buildings
Number 1 0 1 3
   Dollar Amount $28,100 $0 0.0% $38,000 $2,085,000 -98.2%
Number 0 0 1 1
   Dollar Amount $0 $0 0.0% $23,000 $4,000 475.0%
Total Permits**
Number 3 4 67 82
   Dollar Amount $353,100 $167,319 111.0% $5,563,121 $11,593,445 -52.0%
WORK FORCE                           
Pierre MiSA***
Total Work Force 12,921 12,825
Total Employed 12,640 12,541
Total Unemployed 281 284
Unemployment Rate 2.2% 2.2%
For local job opportunities, visit http://dol.sd.gov/localoffices/pierre
* Includes multi-family, mobile and manufactured homes
** Includes residential, commercial, and all other permits.
*** Pierre Micropolitan Statistical Area includes Hughes & Stanley counties
Source: Pierre Economic Development Corporation Research




















It was a beautiful day for the Sanford Clinic Ribbon Cutting Ceremony held on February 15, 2017.
CVB Report 
Lois Ries, CVB Director

In January, the Pierre Convention & Visitors Bureau launched the new Visitors Guide for Pierre. This guide highlights everything Pierre offers to visitors to our area. The guide is distributed to lodging, sport shows, convenience stores and the airport. It also goes out to convention attendees, interstate rest stops and other cities in South Dakota. Many people, new to our area, use the visitor guide to become acquainted.
Each year the Pierre CVB takes part in the South Dakota Tourism's Great Get-aways program which generates thousands of sales leads for visitor related businesses in our area. A visitor guide is sent to each of these who requested information about Pierre.
Over 7000 visitor guides have already been distributed to people interested in coming to Pierre. 2017 looks to be a good year.
If you are interested in having the Pierre Visitor Guide available at your business, or as handouts for your meeting, convention or conference, give our office a call and we will drop them off or have them ready for pickup.
The CVB is preparing for National Travel & Tourism Week which is the first full week in May. If you have ideas or are interested in helping with NTTW, please give me a call - 224-7361. We always appreciate new ideas.
Check out our website www.pierre.org for the calendar of events going on. If you have an event, please enter it into the calendar.
Think spring - it will be here before you know it.

Membership Report
Katie Johnson, Membership Director 
Have you seen your business name spotlighted in our What's Happening email? Every week we randomly pick a chamber member to be the spotlight business of the week. It is basically your business card in our weekly What's Happening email that is sent out every Monday. We have roughly 1974 recipients of our What's Happening email, and it is growing all the time.   The information we can track from those emails is the best part and most beneficial to you. We average 29% open rate, which means 572 people are opening and reading the email. Out of those 572 opened emails, an average of 26 people click on the business ad, which means they are looking at your facebook page, your webpage and learning more about your business. 
Are you receiving the weekly What's Happening email? It is a great way to stay up to date on what is happening in the community. It is easy to get signed up, simply go to www.pierre.org, click on the What's Happening tab, and enter your email address. If you would like to post information on our the What's Happening page go to the bottom of the scroll, and click on 'click here to view all events' on the right hand side you will see 'submit new event' enter your information and click submit for approval. I am always here to help or answer any questions, have a great March!
New Chamber Members
Dakota Sky RV Park
212 Landing Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501
Gale at 605-222-8722
Dakota Sky is a full service park geared for seasonal R.V. campers. All RV Sites have full hook-ups. The park features amenities such as a landscaped common area complete with a shower-house facility. The shower house building is complete with a coin operated laundry. A central Fire Pit is located in the common area for all patrons to enjoy and use. We also have cabins available for rent as well.
Tara Berg
Hello, I'm Tara Berg - a Graphic Designer specializing in Logo design and visual Brand Identity systems. I graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and I majored in Graphic Design. Currently, I have twelve years of industry experience and I'm centrally located in South Dakota. Please peruse my portfolio and contact me with any questions at designworkstm@gmail.com or 605-222-0378.
Tinker Kennels, LLC
20081 296th Ave
Pierre, SD 57501
Tinker Kennels has everything you need for an upland bird hunting experience. Central SD is a wing shooter's paradise, where countless upland birds explode from invisible coverts in the blink of an eye. Hunting not your thing, that's ok, we also provide scenic trail rides as well. Call us for more details.
Bounce Around Pierre
1615 N. Harrison
Pierre, SD 57501
At Bounce Around Activity Center we wish to provide a clean and safe environment for elementary age kids. Please visit us at our locations in the Rushmore Mall, Rapid City, SD and at the Northridge Plaza in Pierre, SD.
















Jodi Berscheid and Kim Leiferman, of Oahe Child Development Center, draw names for door prizes at February's Business After Hours on February 23, 2017.
St. Patrick's Day Parade
The Saint Patrick's Day Parade and all that is green will be on display Friday, March 17th. The Irish Club of Central South Dakota and the Pierre/Fort Pierre Lions Club are the proud sponsors of this event. They encourage all students, school activity groups, family floats, businesses, hobby groups, fraternal and service organizations to get involved.
Parade staging will take place at the Georgia Morse parking lot at 4:30 p.m. The parade is scheduled to begin at 5:15 p.m. The parade will proceed down Pleasant Drive to Pierre Street and continue down the street to the American Legion Log Cabin.
The Lions will be hosting their annual Irish Stew Feed at the American Legion Cabin before, during, and following the parade until approximately 7:00 p.m. or until they run out of stew. Cost for the Irish stew is $6 for adults and $3 for ages 10 and under.
Look for Seamus, the leprechaun, at various businesses around town. He will be drawing for free stew tickets. If you win, your name will go in the drawing for the grand prize which will be given away on St. Patrick's Day live on KCCR radio. The Holiday Inn Express provided the grand prize-a free weekend in their Presidential suite along with free swim passes, breakfast and pizzas.
You can contact Kevin with any questions by phone (605) 223-2970. May the luck of the Irish be with you!
Don't Work Harder; Work Smarter with These 12 Tips
Robert Locke, Freelance Writer

I imagine that, like me, you say that you never have enough time and that you just cannot cope with 60 dozen things all at once. How on earth do you get out of that spiral? Many people never sit down and look at how to work smarter, rather than harder and even longer hours. Here are 12 tips you should be following:
1. Improve your time management skills
Easier said than done? Well, no actually, because there are a few simple rules that can really help you to manage time better. For example, when setting up a top priority task, you need to switch off the phone and ignore your email first. Then you need to abandon any ideas of multitasking as that will slow you down and ruin your focus. Finally, set a reasonable deadline and do everything in your power to meet it.              
"When you're born, you're born with 30,000 days. That's it. The best strategic planning I can give to you is to think about that." -Sir Ray Avery
2. Speed up your typing and use shortcuts
These days we're all keyboard slaves. So, why not speed up your typing and try to get rid of the two finger syndrome. This is exactly what I am doing now, so I cannot honestly say I am practicing what I preach! But help is at hand. One of the best sites is Typing.com, which gets you going with free tutorials.
Using shortcuts on the keyboard is another time saver and can speed up your work. For example, press F2 to rename a selected file, while CTRL + I will put selected text in italics. There are so many of these; if you make the effort to learn them, they really can be helpful.
3. Learn how to use MACROS
It is well worth downloading this program because when you have to do a long series of boring repetitive tasks (especially with programs like Excel), a MACRO will do it with one click. Now that is really a great way of working smarter, not harder.
4. Use the phone more often
Instead of writing emails, it is often much better to pick up the phone and talk to the person responsible. It saves time. If that colleague works in the same office, it is even better to go and talk to him or her. It gives you a break, you get some exercise and you actually make human contact which is becoming quite rare in this electronic world.
5. Keep a tab on your tabs
If you are like me, you might well find that you have a ton of tabs open at the top of your browser. In order to find the one you want, you have to search for them as they are off screen. Having all these tabs open slows down your browser too. One solution is to use OneTab which can keep a neat list on the screen of all these tabs when you want to quickly get to one of them or you want to remind yourself which ones you have open.
6. Use a "to don't" list
We all know about to do lists and I find that they are generally great. They give me a great sense of achievement as I cross off the tasks done. But often we find that we are doing nonessential tasks or ones that can easily be postponed. That is why many people recommend the to don't list. Some people prefer to savagely prune the to do list while others prefer to have two separate lists, to do and to don't. You just have to work out what works best for you when you are trying to save precious time to become more productive.
7. Expect failure and fight paranoia
When failure rears its ugly head, some people get a bit paranoid and fear that this may become a trend. Projects will go wrong and failure should be expected rather than feared. Learning lessons from failure and analyzing what went wrong is the best way forward.
"Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again." -Richard Branson
8. Be concise
Rambling on at meetings, in emails and even when introducing yourself to new clients can waste a lot of people's time. One way is to practice and sharpen your "elevator speech," which tells people in 30 seconds or less why they need your skills and how they can benefit from doing business with you. Just think of the many situations where this could be useful:
* Making new contacts
* Talking about yourself at a job interview
* Meeting people at conferences or parties
* Phone calls to new clients
9. Ask the right questions
"You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions." -Naguib Mahfouz
How do you get feedback? The secret is to ask the right questions at the right time. When you do this, you are gathering the information you need to help in decision making. This will save you time and you will be able to cut meetings to a minimum.
Forbes magazine reports on research that they carried out on asking the right questions. When that happens, the positive effects are increased by 400%. There are also other benefits in staff motivation and a positive impact on the company's bottom line.
"If I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on it, I would use the first 55 minutes determining the proper question to ask, for once I know the proper question, I could solve the problem in less than five minutes." -Albert Einstein
10. Learn as much as you can
You should always be on a steep learning curve. Look at your skills profile and determine where you need to fill a gap. Talk to important connections and network in your niche. Keep up to date on trends and developments. It is a fact-changing world. When an opportunity arises, you will be the best equipped to seize it because you have never stopped learning. Just another way of working smarter.
"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." -Mahatma Gandhi
11. Look after your greatest resource
No, your greatest resource is not time. It is YOU. If you do not get enough sleep, exercise and relaxation, you find that you become less and less productive. You begin to work longer and longer hours, which is the exact opposite of what you want.
What you should be doing is making sure you are in the best shape. It is useful to remember that you need a break of 15 minutes after every one and a half hours of work. Taking breaks and getting fresh air and exercise is one of the best ways of working smarter, not harder.
12. Don't fall into the trap of working smarter and harder
As a society we are obsessed with doing everything smarter so we are more efficient and we save time all around. Great! The most important thing to remember is to accept when we are ready to switch off that computer and not fill up the time with even more work.

Board members and membership ambassadors handed out the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce membership plaques on Valentine's Day, February 14, 2017.

New Exhibit at The Cultural Heritage Center

You must remove your shoes in order to get the full effect of the newest exhibit at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.
Now through March 26, the museum will host "Walk Softly," a special exhibit of a piece of artwork produced in collaboration among Tiospa Zina Tribal School art students, their teacher Amy Woolston and visiting artist Angela Behrends from Dakota State University in Madison.
"Walk Softly" is an 11-foot diameter circle made of canvas and felt that will sit directly on the floor in the lobby of the Cultural Heritage Center. Students were asked to create any part of nature they could see or imagine. They cut shapes from colorful felt and glued them together to make animals, birds, bugs, plants, water, stars, clouds, rain, lightning and everything else visitors will see displayed. The felt was then glued to the canvas circle, along with a felt fringe to finish the edge.
"We are excited to bring this work to the museum," said museum director Jay Smith. "We like to promote youth involvement in the cultural arts, and this is a good way to demonstrate and exhibit some of the terrific work being done in South Dakota schools."
One of the main points of the piece, Smith said, is for visitors to recognize that there is nowhere you walk IN this circle without walking ON something. Their only request is that you remove your shoes to preserve the artwork and prevent damage. There is no charge to view, or to walk on, the art. Museum hours are 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. CST Monday-Saturday and 1-4:30 p.m. on Sundays.


March  Calendar of Events
Mar.1-Stanley American Legion Post 20 monthly meeting from 6-8 p.m. at the Moose Lodge in Fort Pierre. There will be a potluck dinner at 6:00 p.m. and a membership meeting at 7:00 p.m. All veterans are invited to attend and enjoy a meal on Post 20 and have fun. Contact: Royce Loesch, Post 20 Commander

Mar. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29-Seasoned Citizen Tai Chi Class from 10:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m. at the YMCA Aquatic Center Multipurpose Room   Fee: $45 for 20 classes Contact: Mindy Cheap 773-7445

Mar. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29-Seasoned Citizen Linedance Class from 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. at the YMCA Aquatic Center Multipurpose Room   Instructor: Geraldine Ray   Fee: $30 Contact: Mindy Cheap 773-7445
Mar. 1-Bounce Around Pierre Open House/Ribbon Cutting at Northridge Plaza from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. with ribbon cutting at 4:30 p.m.   Contact: Jeanine Maskovich 494-0412   http://www.bouncearoundsd.com
Mar. 2, 16-Breast Cancer Survivors from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Countryside Classroom. Contact number: 945-0827
Mar. 2-Wishes in Flight Campaign (all day) contact: Paul Krueger Help make travel wishes come true to kids facing life-threatening medical conditions in S.D. by donating your unused airline miles from Delta or United Airlines. Watch KSFY on March 2 for more information or call 800-640-9198 or donate online at www.southdakota.wish.org . You can donate a minimum of 1,000 Delta miles and 500 United Miles.   Please have your account number and how many miles you would like to donate when you call. Donated miles will help make travel wishes come true for the Make-A-Wish South Dakota kids and their families.
Mar. 2-4- Pierre Players present "The Best Man". Performances will be at the Grand Opera House. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Contact: Box Office 224-7326   General Admission: Adult-$15, student (high school and under) and senior citizen (age 62+)-$13. http://www.pierreplayers.com
Mar. 2, 9, 16-Childbirth Class from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. at Avera St. Mary's Hospital. Contact: Dawn Tassler 224-3189   Fees: $40 and scholarships are available.
Mar. 4- Country Baked Steak Dinner from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at the Pierre Senior Center. Tickets available from the Pierre Senior Center every day between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. or from any Senior Center Member   Contact: pirascc@yahoo.com      Fees: $10 for adults, $5 for children (10 and under).
Mar. 5-Third Annual Live and Silent Auction at the First United Methodist Church at 12:00 p.m. as a fundraiser for youth and adults attending the 2017 Conference Youth Mission. Contact: Pastor Peggy Stempson at 224-5939.
Mar. 6-Canvasback Art Club monthly meeting from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. at Rawlins Library. Contact: Ralph Stephens 224-1841
Mar. 6-Pierre Players Auditions for "Goodbye, My Fancy" at the Grand Opera House from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.     Contact: Director Alisa DeMers 280-3700 or ademers@pie.midco.net or visit www.pierreplayers.com
Mar.7- Volunteers needed at the food bank at the Feeding South Dakota building from           5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. 20-30 volunteers are needed for this project. Contact: Russ or Andrew at 494-3663.
Mar. 9-Capital Area Job Fair will be located in the former Radio Shack location in Northridge Plaza from 12:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. Businesses must sign up by March 5th to participate.   Contact: Mallory 224-7361 or mgordon@pierre.org
Mar. 9-Pierre Ducks Unlimited Annual Membership Banquet at the Izaak Walton League Clubhouse. Doors open at 5:00 p.m., with social at 5:30 p.m., and dinner at 6:30 p.m. Auction will begin at 7:30 p.m. Contact: Kyle at 280-3280   Fees: $45-single, $60-couple, $15-Greenwing (youth). Tickets available from committee members, Lynn's Dakotamart, or online at www.duck.org/events.
Mar.10-12-64th Annual Hayes Community Play at the Hayes Community Hall. Performances: March 10-7:00 p.m., March 11-7:00 p.m., March 12-2:00 p.m.   Contact: Joy Yost 567-3567   Fees: $5.00
Mar.11-25th Annual Hollywood Tonight 2017 Guardians of Hope at Drifters Event CenterFees/Admission: Sponsor Table-$650.00 (8 tickets), Supporter Table-$350.00 ( 8 tickets), General Admission-$45.00 (1 ticket)
Mar. 13-Stately Stitchers Guild Meeting from 6:45 p.m.-8:45 p.m. at Lutheran Memorial Church Contact: Myrna Buckles 222-6847 Fees/admission: no fee to attend as a guest, when you join the guild dues are $12 per year.
Mar. 14-History and Heritage Book Club meeting at Cultural Heritage Center from 7:00 p.m. 8:30 p.m.     Contact: Dorinda Daniel     Dorinda.daniel@state.sd.us
Mar. 14-Chamber's Hospitality Committee Meeting at 4:00 p.m. at the Chamber's Boardroom. Contact: 224-7361
Mar. 14- Central SD Survivors of Suicide Support Group from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. with monthly location to be announced. Contact: Julie Moore@avera.org
Mar. 14, 21, 28-Common Sense Parenting Class at Avera St. Mary's from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Contact: Dawn Tassler 224-3189   www.growinguptogether.org      Fees: $45.00 with scholarships available.
Mar. 17-St. Patrick's Day Parade and Stew Feed from 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Parade entries line up at 4:30 and the parade begins at 5:15. Parade route-gather at GMMS travel Pleasant to Pierre Street to the Legion Cabin. Stew feed is before, during, and after the parade at the Legion Cabin. Fees: $6 for adults and $2 for 10 years and younger.
Mar. 19-Drifters Bridal Showcase from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at Drifters Event Center in Fort pierre, admission is free!            Contact: events@driftersbarandgrille.com
Mar. 21- Health & Wellness Fair at Edgewood Senior Living from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.   Contact: Kim Brakke 494-3400
Mar. 21- Retirement Open House from 4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. in the Courtyard for Rick Murray, General Manager with the Pierre Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center since 1986.         Contact: Lana Blair    sales@pierreramkota.com       http://ramkotapierre.com
Mar. 24-Piano Conversations with Julian Gargiulo at Riggs High Theater from 7:30 p.m. -9:30 p.m. Contact: 224-7909   Fees: Admittance is by season membership only. Memberships may be purchased at the door.
Mar. 27-Paws Animal Rescue Potato Bar at the American Legion at 5:00 p.m.   Contact: Brenda Manning 223-CATS   http://pets4adoption.org/ Admission: free will offering
Mar. 30-Breastfeeding Class at Avera St. Mary's Hospital from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.           Contact: Dawn Tassler 224-3189 www.growinguptogether.org Fees: $10.00 with scholarships available.