August 2018
Dear Chamber Member,

Many of you constantly receive calls about your natural gas/electric program, often from companies promising you a "lower rate" or sizable rebates. The callers frequently skip over important contract terms and won’t provide you anything in writing or the time to review their offer before pressuring you for your consent. Too often these “deals” result in higher prices.

A disturbing trend is for energy marketers to pose as utility representatives, asking you get a copy of your bill so you can verify their “discount” is in place. Once they get you to provide them your current rate, the high-pressure sales pitch for a discounted rate begins. Only their rate is no discount at all. After a month, they start charging you a much higher “market rate.” Any attempt to cancel is usually met with threat of astronomical early termination fees.

Beyond the constant calls, the continuously changing energy market can make it difficult to sort it all out.

We want to make it easy for you to protect the financial security of your business, have confidence in your energy program and offload the barrage of calls from energy companies. 

That's why we teamed up with Alternative Energy Source (AES) to develop a no-cost, no-obligation energy evaluation, even if you are currently under contract. We have worked with them for over 10 years and many of our members already rely on them for their energy needs. They are a proven and trusted resource.

AES is skilled at uncovering hidden contract costs and errors that often go unchecked. They can also help you understand your current contract, plan for the future, and secure pricing.

With shared goals of safeguarding your business, we encourage you to take advantage of this quick review. You will walk away with a sound plan for your future energy needs.

Contact the Chamber at 419-468-7737 or Thomas Hertzfeld, AES Account Manager, directly via email at , or by phone at 866-646-7322. More information about Alternative Energy Source can be found at .

Joe Kleinknecht

Mid-Ohio Insurance Solutions, Inc ., 727 W. Church St., Galion, Ohio 44833, 419-718-4033
Mikes Roofing Inc ., 217 S. Elm St., Prospect, Ohio 43342, 419-562-5752 
Thank you to United Bank for sponsoring the July 13th, Hot Dogs at the Gazebo. Galion area residents enjoyed hot dogs, chips, cookies and drinks! THANK YOU!
Golf Outing Raises Money for Ronald McDonald House Charities

Chamber President/CEO, Joe Kleinknecht and Chamber Vice Chair, Erik Flick are shown presenting the check for the Ronald McDonald House Charities to Galion McDonald's owner Scott Nickell. To date, we have donated over $27,000 to Ronald McDonald House Charities from our annual golf outing.

Save the Date for next years event, which will take place on Thursday, June 27, 2018 at Valley View Golf Course.
WBCO Host Dave Bush Recognized
The Crawford Park District took some time from its annual Animal Extravaganza Saturday to recognize a local radio station host for his efforts to promote the district’s goals of nature preservation and education. In a bit of a surprise ceremony, Park District Director Bill Fisher awarded WBCO “Spotlight” host Dave Bush with a certificate of appreciation. visit Crawford County Now for the complete story
The Galion Community Theatre
A "Car Show Feature Film", the movie Bullitt will play this Saturday, August 4th, with showings at 2pm and 7pm. sponsored by the Whistle Stop Cafe, during the Uptowne Galion Car Show.
Kurtzman Sanitation ;
is celebrating its 42 nd year in business. They began operating in August of 1976.
Walter & Company Financial Services;
is celebrating its 30th year in business. They opened their doors in August of 1988. Join them on Friday, August 10th during Hot Dogs at the Gazebo from 11:30am to 1pm in Uptowne Galion for a complimentary ice cream cone from Mark's Homemade Ice Cream.
Avita Announces New Board Officers

BUCYRUS / GALION / ONTARIO – July 20, 2018 – The Avita Health System Board of Directors announced the recent election of the following new Officers: Joseph J. Shadeed, DDS, MS, Chair; Kym Fox, Vice Chair; and Kay E. McDonald, Secretary. Rex A. Cramer will retain the position of Board Treasurer.
Dr. Shadeed practiced Orthodontics in Bucyrus, Ohio from 1981 to 2007 and is currently retired. He has served on the Avita Board of Directors since 2011. 
Ms. Fox is the Co-President of Covert Manufacturing, Inc. in Galion, Ohio and has served on the Avita Board of Directors, and previously the Galion Community Hospital Board of Directors, since 2001.
Ms. McDonald retired as the Administrator of Magnolia Terrace in July 2013. She has been a member of the Avita Board of Directors for eight years.
For more information, visit
Do you have an anniversary, new associate or employee, sign, or business update? Contact Joe or Miranda at the Chamber Office, 419-468-7737 or email so we can add your business to the Member Spotlight in our next Newsletter.
Friday, September 21st - 10am to 2pm - Shred It Day - Parking Lot Behind the Chamber Office off Union Street, Galion - Sponsored by Plymale Insurance

Wednesday, October 17th - 7:30am - Galion High School Cafetorium - In observance of October being designated as Manufacturing Month in Ohio, the Chamber and the Crawford Partnership has scheduled its third annual Manufacturers Breakfast.

Thursday, October 18th - 4pm to 7pm - Regional Business Expo - All Occassions Catering, Waldo
All concerts start at 7:00pm

Thursday, August 2 nd ……....Baker 47 / The Stovers
Thursday, August 16 th ……..Darryl & Andrea Gatlin
Thursday, August 30 th ………Michelle Romary Trio 
Third Fridays In Galion, or TFIG, will return to the square in Uptowne Galion on Friday, August 17th. This is an opportunity for the Galion community to gather Uptowne and support local Galion merchants.
Boxes are out now for out 2018 Stuff the Bus campaign in both Galion and Crestline. Supplies will stay local in the community in which they are donated. For more information on how to donate or to request a box for your business, call the Chamber Office at 419-468-7737.

Drop off donations in Crestline to United Bank, or in Galion to the Chamber Office.
Join us for the Regional Business Expo, a joint effort of six Chambers of Commerce! This is a great opportunity to get your business out in front of other business leaders and network and gain regional exposure. Last year, over 80 businesses participated and we expect more participation this year.

Don't miss the early bird pricing of $125 if you register by September 1st. Call the office at 419-468-7737 or email Miranda Jones at for more details.