November 2018
Aurora Chamber of Commerce Newsletter
The mission of the Aurora Chamber of Commerce is to facilitate the growth of 
Aurora area businesses, promote tourism, and invest in programs 
that enhance and enrich the community.  

November 2018

Every November, one of my nieces makes daily thankful posts on Facebook. I read them and usually can relate to them and then think of something else that I am thankful for. But last week, I learned how truly thankful I should be for the life that I have. I attended Human Services Day in Portage County through a class that I am currently enrolled in. We learned about Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Stigma of Mental Illness, Addiction as a Disease, Portage County Children’s Services, Treating Children with Trauma. We had lunch at Center of Hope - they provide hot meals and food assistance to disadvantaged residents of Portage County. We visited homes that offer emergency shelter, homes that help men and women with addiction, places for victims of domestic abuse to feel safe, a place designed just for children who have been victims of abuse. I have never had to experience being homeless or hungry. I never needed emergency shelter. I haven’t had an addiction problem.

I am truly thankful for my husband, my late parents, my siblings, my mother in law, my blended family, my beautiful grandchildren, my warm home, a hot meal every night, the new friends that I made through the Chamber, the old friends that I met through the Chamber, my high school and college friends, the lights that turn on every night in my house, the water that runs through the faucets. I could keep going but I think you get the picture.

During this month of Thanksgiving, take a moment to think about all that you have to be grateful for and try to carry it over to December - the month of giving. Volunteer, donate food or toys to the less fortunate, visit someone with no family. We need to remember that not everyone has what you have and if you need help, please reach out to someone and ask for it! Don’t try to go it alone!

Happy Thanksgiving!  

October Fall Festival
Thank you to all who were able to join us for the Aurora Fall Festival and Business Showcase on October 6th!!

A special thank you to our Sponsors and all who volunteered their time!

And a huge thank you to those who donated a raffle prize. With your help, we were able to collect $255 for the Aurora Scholarship Fund!
Upcoming Chamber Events
Come and join us for our annual AWiN Holiday Gathering and enjoy a relaxing evening during this busy time of year!
You are invited to help us celebrate the year and to congratulate
our 2018 Person of the Year,
Mr. Manny Barenholtz;
and our 2018 Business of the Year,
Aurora Car Care.
For a Complete List of Events,
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2018 Board of Directors

Laura Radcliff
Edward Jones

Vice President
Kyle Hersh
Aurora Farms Premium Outlets
Vicky Rovder
Excalibur Collision

Doug Wieder
Mill Distributors, Inc.

Karen Adams
Don Joseph Toyota

Diane Barben

Greg Davis
Liberty Ford

Jonathan Harris
Aurora Memorial Library

Tracey Nagy
Skala Insurance Agency

Natasha Schwartz
Third Federal Savings Bank

Alan Shorr
Reitz, Paul & Shorr

Sue Tinlin
Platinum Real Estate

Member News & Events
UH Portage, MHRB Receive State Grant for Opioid, Alcohol Addiction Treatment.
Our Members are Hiring
Information & Resources
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Portage Development Board
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Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County
Mental health and addiction recovery information: 330.673.1756
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