GREETINGS FROM GINCC
DISCOVER THE BEAUTY OF WINTER!

If you're like me, winter can be a difficult season....it's so cold, the days are short and dark, etc. etc.

But how would you like to give it the good, old college TRY by getting tickets to the Second Annual West End Winter Wonderland?

On Saturday, February 3, GINCC will transform the Wawonowin Country Club's front 9 into a Winter Wonderland!

With a groomed, lighted path to snowshoe, snow bike, or ski on, delicious food and libations, and fun games along the way, how could you NOT enjoy the beautiful, snowy world our amazing U.P. winter has to offer?

The best part - we've REDUCED the price this year! Admission is just $20/Adult, $10/Student or Senior, and $5/child 15 & under!

Snowshoes are required this year, but don't fret - if you don't have any, we'll have them onsite to borrow, courtesy of Wilderness Sports, while supplies last!
 
To register, go to eventbrite.com, call GINCC at (906)-486-1111 or email ginccdirector@gmail.com.

Let's view winter through a sparkly, new lens - and don't forget your commemorative headlamp!

Truly,
Kelsey

Kelsey Reyes
Executive  Director
Greater Ishpeming- Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce 
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WEST END WINTER WONDERLAND
Saturday, February 3, 2018
GINCC

It's less than a month away, have you gotten your tickets?! 
There's no excuse not to go this year, as we've REDUCED our prices!

This event is new and improved from last year, and we are making sure it's going to be a GREAT night!

Chamber Member Businesses: If you want to take part in this event by having a station along the path, let us know! It's free to participate and a great way to get your name out into the community! Click HERE to see a Station Cheat Sheet to get an idea of what you will need to set up your station. 

Tickets can be bought online HERE, or you can call/email us at the Chamber! (906) 486-1111, or ginccdirector@gmail.com.

          


ROCK 2018 WITH US
Become a GINCC Chamber Rock Star! 

You might be saying, "Why would I want to be a Chamber Rock Star? What's in it for me?"

We are glad you asked!

Being a Chamber Rock Star gives you the opportunity to spread your sponsorship for Chamber events throughout the year, all at once! This is less stress for you in the long run, as we won't be contacting you for every event. You will also get complimentary tickets to each event and can see your logo and name on all of our banners. 

Click HERE to read more about Rock Star Memberships and available sponsorship opportunities! 
          
Thank you to our current Chamber Rock Stars! 
Chamber Media Rock Stars:
 WJMN-TV Local 3
ABC 10 News
WLUC TV6
Radio Results Network
The Mining Journal
Great Lakes Radio, Inc. 

Chamber Rock Stars:
Upper Peninsula Power Company
Eagle Mine
Honor Credit Union
Bell Auxiliary
Northern Michigan University
TruNorth Federal Credit Union
UP Health System Bell
Cliffs Natural Resources



SEEKING CHEERFUL, FRIENDLY, & FUN VOLUNTEERS
Saturday, January 27, 2018
GINCC

GINCC will be an Aid Station for the Noquemanon Ski Marathon Saturday, January 27!

We are seeking volunteers to help us cheer along the contestants and hand them water and snacks. We will be set up from  8:30 am - 12 pm . Let's have some snowy fun while cheering on the skiers! 

If interested, please email Kelsey at   ginccdirector@gmail.com. We hope to see you there!
          


BELL AUXILIARY DOING GREAT THINGS FOR COMMUNITY


Bell Auxiliary donated $2,000 to Patriot Packs, a weekly program that provides healthy food for children on the weekends. Pictured  from left to right: Christa Hertel, Gail Brazeau, Julie Solka, and Jennifer Hill. The two young volunteers are Maci and Addy Hertel who help pack every week!


 







Bell Auxiliary donated $2,000 to Hematite Power Packs, which gives children food to go  home  with on the weekends. They are now up to 98 packs per week! Pictured is Julie Solka and Diana  Sundberg. 








Bell Auxiliary welcomes first baby of 2018 at UPHS Bell with a gift basket for the family. The baby weighing 6 lbs, 4 ozs and measuring 19 inches, Baby Renae, was born to Laquesha &  Renell. OB Managers, Rochelle & Lenora, presented the first baby of 2018 a basket full of  gifts from Bell Auxiliary to the parents. Each year Bell Auxiliary presents a basket worth over $100 of handmade gifts & supplies to the proud  family. Congratulations from Bell Auxiliary!






 

Bell Auxiliary donated $2,000 to Miners Packs, the Negaunee-schools program that helps children
 go  home with healthy meals on the weekend. Pictured left to right: Dan Skewis, Julie Solka, and  Julie Peterson.



CREATIVE HEIRLOOM REDESIGN
Wattsson & Wattsson Jewelers
Check out this review and beautiful heirloom redesign done by Chris at Wattsson & Wattsson Jewelers! 


JANUARY EVENT CALENDAR
Ishpeming Multi-Purpose Senior Center


NEW & EASY WAY TO SEE ROOM AVAILABILITY
Maple Ridge Resort 
      
Maple Ridge Resort has updated their website! Now it's easier than ever to see room availability. All you have to do is enter the dates you're interested in staying and the website will let you know what rooms are available. Click HERE to check it out! 


JOIN FOR $1 AND GET FREE TRAINING SESSION
Anytime Fitness Ishpeming
January 10-12
                   
THREE more days left to take advantage of this awesome deal!

Stop in now until Friday, January 12th and join for only $1 down and receive a free training session!

Call 906-485-4502 with questions or to set up an appointment!
 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INTERN
Lake Superior Community Partnership
                   
Lake Superior Community Partnership is seeking an Economic Development Intern. Minimum Education Required: Currently enrolled in Northern Michigan University and eligible for work study.

Interested? Click HERE for job description and how to apply!
 

JANUARY IS BOARD DEVELOPMENT MONTH
Grow & Lead Community and Youth Development
January 10-31
We've put together four, one-hour webinars that will dive into the basics of being on a board. Webinars will be  Wednesday evenings from 6-7 p.m. from January 10 - January 31

1. Board 101: January 10
Do you know the responsibilities of being a Nonprofit Board Member? Kick off 2018 with a free refresher of your duties of a board member. This webinar will review:
  • Legal & social responsibilities of a nonprofit board
  • Different roles as a unit
  • Divisions of labor between board and executive director
  • Helpful tips, tricks, & ideas to help you be a better board member

2. Managing a Meeting: January 17
Do you get excited (or exhausted) when thinking about attending a board meeting? It doesn't matter if you're leading or participating in meetings, there are skills you can build that help keep meetings on track. This 60 minute webinar will review the legal responsibility of duty of care, different roles around the meeting table, procedures for conducting business and other tips for efficient meetings.


3. Board Role: Ambassador: January 24
Board members play the unique role of ambassadors for the organizations. Join us for a one hour webinar on ways to be a good ambassador. We'll cover things you need to know as an ambassador for your mission, ambassadorship's role in fundraising and strategies for continuing to spread the word after leaving the board.


4. Teamwork: the Board Chair and CEO Relationship: January 31
The Board Chair serves a unique role within the nonprofit organization. Join us for this one hour webinar that will examine the essential element needed for effective Board Chair and CEO leadership. Tips for creating and maintaining a good relationship will also be shared. This webinar is an expanded version of December 5 webinar. Some material is repeated.


BEAN BAG TOURNEY
Wawonowin Country Club
Saturday, January 13
Bean bag is back at Wawonowin! 

Sign up your team of two today! Cost is $30.00 per team and includes appetizers. The bar will be open at noon for registration. Registration will stop at 12:45 and play will begin at 1:00. A second tournament may be held if there is interest. 

To sign up or with questions, call 906-485-5660 or email andjacks29@gmail.com.

UP CAMPOUT GALA - ARCTIC BLAST
Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes
Saturday, January 13
You can pre-register HERE, however tickets WILL be available at the door on the day of the event! 

BLOOD DRIVE - BLOODMOBILE
UP Regional Blood Center
Sunday, January 14
           

Sunday, January 14, 8:30 AM-12:30 PM. NORTHIRON Church, 910 Palms Ave, Ishpeming. For an appointment, call Angie Meyer at 362-7280.



WILD GAME DINNER TICKETS AVAILABLE
Wilderness Sports, Inc. 
Thursday, January 18
           

Buy your U.P. Home Builders Wild Game Dinner tickets at Wilderness!

Your $50 ticket includes the Wild Game Feed AND entry into the Gun of the Year - a Kimber Customer II semi-automatic .45 acp!!

Feed is Thursday, January 18th 5:30 at the Great Lakes Room at NMU.


OURVOICE TOUR
Travel Marquette
Thursday, January 18
                
Travel Marquette is hitting the road and they're taking  you with them. The next complimentary tour for OurVoice  is "Northern Michigan University".

We will begin with a delicious lunch at the Wildcat Den before touring the campus, learning  about 3 key attributes of NMU; Arts and Culture, Academics, and the Athletics.
Experience the excitement and give yourself a natural voice  to share our incredible tourism community with our guests.  Attendance is free and includes meal, beverages, & snacks  throughout the day.

Space is limited so register now! Click HERE



RAISE THE WOOF COMEDY SHOW
Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter
Friday, January 19

Sit, stay, and laugh with us at the Raise the Woof Comedy Show Fundraiser to benefit UPAWS! Start the New Year in great company with tons of laughs, and help homeless pets at the same time!

Want a chance to win 2 FREE TICKETS?! Click HERE to enter. 

Raise the Woof is a group of comedians committed to raising money and spreading awareness for animal rescue, giving animals a voice through laughter and putting the "fun" in fundraising! See what they're all about by clicking  HERE .

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door and can be bought online by clicking HERE or at the UPAWS facility ( 84 Snowfield Road Negaunee, MI 49866). Suggested for 16+. 

This event will take place at River Rock Lanes and Banquet Center, from 6:30-10PM. For more details on the comedians and to see the dinner options, check out the Facebook event by clicking HERE

SLEDDING PARTY WITH KIRBY
TruNorth Federal Credit Union
Friday, January 19

Join Kirby and TruNorth Federal Credit Union at the Al Quaal tube slide for a night of sledding fun! Hot chocolate and cookies will be served. A parent or guardian MUST accompany all Kirby members to this sledding event! 6-8 PM.

Please visit the event link by clicking HERE  to RSVP and to download, print, and sign the hold harmless agreement.

COMEDY NIGHT
Chappers Pub
Friday, January 19

HEIKKI LUNTA 2018
The Upper Peninsula Luge Club
Friday, January 19 & Saturday, January 20

Friday, January 19
Parade - 7PM 

Saturday, January 20
Full program of games and events all day
Conclude festival with fireworks over Old Town and live music up and down Iron Street

131st ANNUAL SKI JUMPING TOURNAMENT
Ishpeming Ski Club
Tuesday, January 23

The Ishpeming Ski Club is excited to present the 131st Annual Suicide Ski Hill Ski Jumping Tournament!

This event will take place on Tuesday, January 23 at 6 pm. There will be both foreign and US jumpers, and trial and competition rounds. 
Come and enjoy this family friendly, fun for all event with an evening filled with tailgating, concessions and bonfires while watching the jumpers compete. And don't miss out on the fireworks display at the conclusion of the tournament!

Buttons are $10 in advance, and $15 at the gate. Kids 12 and under are free. 

To see more details about event, and where you can purchase buttons, click HERE.  

LUNCH & LEARN: GRANT WRITING 101
GINCC
Wednesday, January 24

Have you ever had to write a grant application, but felt lost as to how or where to start? 

Kori Tossava will be hosting a Lunch & Learn Resource Meeting on January 24 at River Rock Lanes & Banquet Center. She will cover the basics of grant writing and help you learn how to understand and write grant applications yourself.  

$5 for GINCC Members, $10 for non-members. Light lunch will be served. Pay at the door. 

See you there!

FREE DENTAL CLINIC
West Ishpeming Dental Center
Saturday, April 14

To make an appointment, call the UP AHEC office at (906) 227-1628 on February 12-13 from 9 AM - 4 PM. 

COMING UP...

Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018:  Cupcake Wars, 11am-12pm at the Ishpeming Carnegie Public Library. Registration required. Click HERE for details. 

Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018: Girl Scout  Thin Mint Snowshoe Shuffle. 2-4pm at the Michigan Iron Industry Museum. Click HERE for details. 

Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018: Rotary Club of Ishpeming/Negaunee's 34th Annual Dinner Dance: An Evening of Romance in the Great Lakes Room at NMU. 6pm-9pm. Click HERE for details. 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018: Winter Semester Job Fair, 1-4pm at the University Center at Northern Michigan University. Click HERE for details. 

  
910 US Highway 41 West, Ishpeming, MI 49849
(906) 486-1111