Volume 9  |March 1, 2017

Happy March!  I think Thalassa Cruso sums up our recent and current weather with this: 

March is a month of considerable frustration - it is so near spring and yet across a great deal of the country the weather is still so violent and changeable that outdoor activity in our yards seems light years away.

I would like to recap and thank the many people and businesses that made our Annual Meeting a success! It was lots of fun . . . and WOW was the entertainment spectacular! We loved the steel drum music, Hawaiian dancers/singers and the fire dancers. If you happened to miss it, we have video on our Facebook page (with 1.3K views!) And, thanks to Chad at The Heights for the great food and roomy venue!  And a special nod of appreciation to Heidi Bloom for the great decorations and help with the arrangement! They really set the mood.

Congratulations to our award winners – Director’s award, Halley Jones (The Purple Goose - Top left); President’s Award, Tara Osterholz (Verona Chiropractic - Above); Volunteer Award, Jon Johnson (Humana) and Stefanie Kelly (Modern Woodman Fraternal Financial - Left). Thank you for all you do for the Chamber and I greatly appreciate your support!  
  And congratulations to Ray Hegg (above left) and Brian “Perpetual Luck” Lee (above right)who won our large prizes in the raffle. Yes, that is correct… Brian has won three years in a row and has agreed to buy my lottery tickets for the rest of 2017!

I would like to thank our very generous sponsors for the event -BMO Harris, Culver’s, KSW Construction, Miller and Sons, Rockweiler Insulation, and Slaby and Associates

I would also like to thank our large prize sponsors -Capitol Bank, Oak Bank, State Bank of Cross Plains – Verona and Wisconsin Bank and Trust.

Thanks to our Raffle You Just Can’t Lose donors too! We had lots of wonderful prizes! – ACE Hardware, AJ’s Pizza, Alliant Energy, Anytime Fitness, Blain’s Farm & Fleet, Chick Fil-A, Culver’s, Deer Valley Golf Course, Edelweiss Golf Course, Edward Jones – Matt Gerlach, Engineered Construction, Fairfield Inn, Fisher King Winery, Group Health Cooperative, Goddard School, Goochi Poochi, Grandstay Hotel, Gray’s Tied House, Holiday Inn Express, Hop Haus Brewing, JNJ Craftworks, Little Caesar’s Pizza, Monk’s Bar & Grill, Mr. Brew’s, Nuage Salon, Pizza Ranch, Rainbow Child Care, Rhapsody Arts Center, Rockweiler Insulation, Schorr Construction, SVA, Ten  Pin Alley, The Purple Goose, Trademark Homes, True Veterinary Care, Tuvalu, VACT, VAPAS, Verona Lions Club, Verona Press, Verona Vision Care, Verona Woods, Walgreens, Wisconsin Brewing, Servpro and Wisconsin Distributors.

And, thank you to all of the Chamber members who attended. Our events could not happen without you!
On that note, we have some great events coming up in March that you won’t want to miss! Next week (March 8th) we have our next networking lunch at the new Verona Woods Restaurant (yummm)! The Verona Area School District will be there to do a brief informational presentation on the upcoming referendum. So, sign up soon! Both are things you won’t want to miss!

And, the ever-popular EPIC tour is on March 16th. We still have space available but sign up soon, because we do have to limit the reservations. Following the tour will be the Business After 5 held at Capitol Bank. They have a fun March Madness theme planned to get us in the mood for the tournament! You may attend the After Five without going on the tour.  And, watch for the Chamber’s tournament bracket as soon as the teams have been announced!
More details on all of these events and the registration links are later in the Newsletter!

Today maybe Doug Larson was correct when he said, Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.


VACC Building Renovation
Things are moving along swiftly for the Great Chamber Renovation Project of 2017 and we're looking to return to our usual digs in just a few weeks!  We can't wait to see the finished project and invite you all to a grand opening celebration.

In the meantime, if you need to see us, we're on the third floor of the Wisconsin Bank & Trust building on the corner of Highway PD and Verona Road. Just let a teller know you're here to see us and they'll let you up. 
Member Dues
Hard copies of your Membership Dues were mailed at the beginning of February (unless you had already remitted your payment). please contact Le or Molly at 845-5777 if you haven't received your invoice or if you have questions about your membership.
Upcoming Chamber Events
Epic Tour and Business After 5 at Capitol Bank
  March 16 - Join us for a special tour of the Epic Systems facility in Verona, a spectacular feat of creativity, form and function! This event is free but space is limited so register early!

THEN, join us afterwards for a Business after Five at 5 pm at Capitol Bank in Verona with a “March Madness” Theme!

They will have basketball games playing in the lobby, with food and drinks.  There will be a give away of 2 seats to Saturday’s Milwaukee NCAA Regional games (MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN) and all the networking you could want.

This is event is open to all!
March Networking Lunch
March 8 - Get to know your fellow Chamber members at our next Networking Lunch at the The Verona Woods  from 11:30 am - 1 pm. We will have a short presentation from the Verona Area School District regarding the upcoming referendum. Cost for lunch is $10. Take $2 off by registering early! 
Business Education Breakfast
April 6 - Please join us for the Business Education Breakfast Thursday, April 6th at 7:30 am at the Verona Area High School. Presented by the Business Education Partnership Committee and the staff at Verona Area High School. In addition to a free meal, the morning will feature brief presentations from VAHS Staff and students on programming taking place at the school. We will be done within an hour, with an optional tour of VAHS facilities at the end of the presentations. Registration for this event will be available on our website www.veronawi.com.
Save the Date! Save the Date!
What’s the best part of a Verona Chamber event! The members in attendance! So, we want to make sure you don’t miss any of our fun events that are already booked!

Information on all the events will be sent via email and there will be details in our weekly reviews (make sure you open and read them… lots of good information!) and our monthly newsletter!

But, put the dates on your calendar now!

  • Networking Lunch - March 8 - 11:30 am
  • EPIC Tour – March 16 - 3 pm
  • Business After Five - March 16 - 5 pm
  • Business Education Breakfast - April 6 - 7:30 am
  • Networking Lunch - April 12 - 11:30 am
  • Business Before Nine - April 18 - 7:30 am
  • Networking Lunch - May 10 - 11:30 am
  • Chamber Mega Mixer – May 18 - 5 pm
  • Hometown Days – June 1-4
  • American Family Champions Golf – June 19-25
  • Golf Outing – July 21
  • Summer Fun event – TBD
  • ChamberFest Fall Bonfire – Sept 21

Member Events and Updates
4th Annual Vintage Shop Hop
March 3 - 4
Retreat at The Purple Goose

"Three Painted Birds will set up shop in The Retreat at the Purple Goose in Verona, WI on March 3 and 4 for the 4th annual Vintage Shop Hop.  “We are so excited to add Verona to the Vintage Shop Hop list of stops.  Verona is a great place to discover a new small business.” Many new restaurants, stores, breweries, and shops have opened there in the last year making it the perfect stop for shoppers on March 3 and 4.  Shoppers can use the Vintage Shop Hop’s Google Map to plan their route for two days of great shopping and eating.  Kim hopes that shoppers will add Verona to their list of stops.  Besides finding great farmhouse vintage decor items, shoppers can stop at some great local businesses- shops and restaurants. “We are pulling out all the stops.  We will have refreshments and a raffle in addition shopping for many the many farmhouse vintage pieces for your home.  Come for great ideas and leave with a few pretty new things for your home.”  Read More...
Verona Lions To Hold Food Drive
March 18 | 9 - 1 pm
Miller & Sons Supermarket in Verona 

In an effort to help curb hungry in our community the Verona Lions will be holding a food drive to benefit the Badger Prairie Needs Network- Food Pantry.  For over 30 years the food pantry has proved food and non-food items to individuals living in the Verona Area School District.  That area includes the City and Town of Verona, parts of the City of Fitchburg, and parts of the City of Madison.  In 2016 470,000 pounds of food was distributed to over 11,000 individuals. 
The food drive will be held on Saturday, March 18th at the Miller & Sons Supermarket in Verona from 9:00 am-1:00 pm.  As shoppers enter the store a member of the Verona Lions will hand them a list of food and non-food items needed by the pantry.  Shoppers are encouraged to purchase one or more of the items as they shop.  Collections boxes will be located near the store exit to drop off the donations.  It is the club’s goal to fill the bed of a pickup truck with donations that day.  Cash donations will also be accepted for the pantry.  The food drive is part of a “Relieving Hunger” initiative of Lions clubs world-wide to raise public awareness of the vital role Lions clubs play in their communities.
Engineered Construction wins 2016 Projects of Distinction Award for The Employer Group Building
  Madison, Wis., February 23, 2017 — Engineered Construction was recently awarded the 2016 Projects of Distinction Award by Associated Builders and Contractors in Commercial Construction – $2-$10 million category for The Employer Group building located in Verona.

Type of Construction: 2-story, Design/Build steel structure office building, Class A.
Size of Project: 11356 Square Feet.
This extraordinary building design features a two story curved glass wall, extending the views to the south across the wooded fields beyond. The exterior of the building utilizes much glass and architectural detail, inviting guests to experience much of the same as they enter inside. A large stamped concrete patio incorporates the University of Wisconsin’s “W” into the design and invites staff and guests to have a seat at one of the patio tables while enjoying the surrounding landscape.

The interior of the building has a mix of open and enclosed offices arranged by a curved central spine that reflects the external curved glass wall. The main communicating stair is enclosed in glass and is constructed of stainless steel and stone slab treads/risers. The main conference room pulls the exterior materials in through the stone wall visible through the frameless glass entry wall. The second level opens into a large hospitality space decorated uniquely with reclaimed barn wood and large serpentine bar with granite top. This area was designed to gather employees together and unify the office as The Employer Group expands during future growth.

Adding to the dynamic and expanding business landscape of Verona, Engineered Construction was very proud to facilitate and construct the Employer Group’s new building.  A visually stunning architectural building coupled with an extraordinary, creative and employee-focused interior make this project a role model of achievement. 

Governor Walker Presents Awards to 15 Organizations and Businesses in Wisconsin
MADISON, Wis. — Park Bank is honored to be one of 15 individuals, businesses and organizations to receive the 2016 Governor’s Financial Literacy Award. In a recent ceremony at the Wisconsin State Capitol, Governor Scott Walker applauded the winners for efforts to promote financial literacy in schools, the workplace, and in communities throughout the state. (read more)

Friday 3/3

Madison Songwriter Showcase, Margo Tiedt, Joe Snare, & Raine Stern, 7 pm - $5 donation

Saturday 3/4

The McDougals, 6:30 pm - FREE


Friday 3/10

Stephen Lee Rich, 7 pm - FREE 

Saturday 3/11

Girls Rock fundraiser

Gin, Chocolate & Bottle Rockets, Judi Alvarado, Maria Wagner, 7 pm - $10 donation


Friday 3/17

Irish music w/Casey & Greg, 7 pm FREE 

Saturday 3/18

Acoustic Collective, 7 pm - FREE


Friday 3/24

Katie Burns, 7 pm - FREE 

Saturday, 3/25

Mile 134, 7 pm - FREE


Friday, 3/31

Liv Rather, 7 pm - FREE 

Saturday, 4/1

Krause Family Band, 7 pm - FREE

March Events at the Verona Public Library

500 Silent St, Verona, WI 53593
(608) 845-7180
Home-Building 101
Tuesday, March 7, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

If you’re considering building a house, here’s your chance to learn about new-home construction and get tips from the pros on Tuesday, March 7, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Verona Public Library.  Fred Siegenthaler, senior real estate specialist at Restaino & Associates, will discuss the joys and challenges of new construction. Tom Wellman of River Valley Bank will discuss new-home construction loans and mortgage financing.

Classical Concert Series
Beethoven: The Gentle Giant
Thursday, March 9, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Enjoy the music of classic composers at the Verona Public Library.  On Thursday, March 9, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, the Rhapsody Trio will perform works by Beethoven and offer insight into his life.  The Rhapsody Trio will share music and reflections from the master that show his love for nature and the softer side you never knew existed.

Senior Case Management Outreach
Monday, March 13
Drop in between 1-2 pm

The Verona Senior Center will be conducting senior case management outreach at the Verona Public Library on the second Monday of the month in Study Room 1. Drop in between 1 and 2 pm on March 13; no appointment necessary.  Becky Losby, case manager at the Verona Senior Center, will answer questions and provide resources for you or your aging loved one. She'll have information on Medicare, homecare, housing assistance, financial resources, and more. Contact Becky at 608-845-7471 with questions.

Pakistani Cooking Class
Saturday, March 18, 11 am–12:30 pm

Explore the flavors of Pakistan at the Verona Public Library on Saturday, March 18, from 11 am to 12:30 pm.  Join Huma Siddiqui, cookbook author and founder of White Jasmine, for a cooking demonstration featuring tandoori meatballs, cumin basmati rice, and a refreshing salad.
Enjoy a tasting of all the food prepared. White Jasmine is a Madison-based company that brings the flavors of Pakistan to Dane County through its unique spices and cheeses, recipes, cooking classes, and television show “White Jasmine Everyday Cooking.”

Member of the Month
A great place to relax with Family & Friends.
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