ChamberNEWS July 2021
July 2021| Issue 7
Message from Rich Phelan

What has the Chamber done for you lately?

Continuing with our theme of how your Chamber investment affects you as Chamber members....

One of the things a Chamber should do is blow the horn for our great community. Do you agree? Good! .......

Membership Corner by Jenny Holm

Hello! HOORAY for SUMMER and HOORAY for the lifting of all pandemic restrictions! We are extremely busy at the Chamber. Our members are up and running at full speed and we couldn't be happier about it.

June presented several.......

CVB News by Lesley Webster

Happy Independence Day, Friends! Here in Clinton, July is a month full of music, music, bicycles, and music.

The Showboat Theatre has been able to move productions back on stage inside. Lyons Farmer's Market and.......

149th Annual Meeting
On Thursday, June 3rd, the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated it's 149th Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner at NelsonCorp Field. The weather was fantastic, and it was great to give out the following well-deserved awards!

Ambassador of the Year: Chris Streets, MAC94.7 FM/KCLN AM Radio
Outstanding Business of the Year: LyondellBasell
Outstanding Community Leader of the Year: Julie Allesee
Outstanding Volunteer of the Year: Barb Jacobsen, Make-A-Wish Foundation
Outstanding Manager of the Year: Steve Clements, Citizens First Bank
Outstanding Board Member of the Year: Jenny Boysen, Clinton National Bank
Outstanding Businessperson of the Year: Tim Clark, Zirkelbach Home Appliances
Distinguished Service Award: Bob Holesinger, Quality Concrete

2020-2021 Board Chair, Eddie Dunham, of Citizens First Bank handed the gavel over to 2021-2022 Board Chair, David Pillers, of Pillers and Richmond.

As more and more COVID restrictions are lifted, and events getting back to normal, we look forward to a fun and prosperous year ahead!
Chris Streets
Megan Borchers - LyondellBasell
Jenny Boysen
Barb Jacobsen
Steve Clements
Tim Clark
Bob Holesinger
Julie Allesee
Eddie Dunham passes the gavel to David Pillers
July 2021 Calendar

1- Leadership Committee, 12:00 Noon, Chamber of Commerce.

2 - KROS Radio Show, 9:00 a.m., 1340 AM/105.9 FM
Hometown Pride Committee, 10:00 a.m., Chamber of Commerce.

4 - Independence Day!

5 - Chamber office CLOSED for Independence Day Holiday.

7 - RAGBRAI Meeting, 10:00 a.m., The Sawmill Museum.
Medical Associates Health Plans, 10:30 a.m., Chamber of Commerce.

9 - KROS Radio Show, 9:00 a.m., 1340 AM/105.9 FM.

12 - Chamber Staff Meeting, 2:00 p.m., Chamber of Commerce.
Miss Clinton County Scholarship Program Board, 6:00 p.m., Chamber of Commerce.

13- KCLN/MAC Radio Show, 8:30 a.m., 1390 AM/94.7 FM
Clinton County Government Committee, 12:00 Noon, Clinton Schools Admin Bldg.

15- CVB Board, 12:00 Noon, Chamber of Commerce/MS Teams.

16- KROS Radio Show, 9:00 a.m., 1340 AM/105.9 FM
RAGBRAI Executive Committee, 11:00 a.m., Chamber of Commerce.

19 - Exec/Finance Committee, 12:00 Noon, Chamber of Commerce.
Chamber Staff Meeting, 2:00 p.m., Chamber of Commerce.

20- KCLN Radio Show, 8:30 a.m., 1390 AM/94.7 FM
ABC's of Essential Oils, 6:30 p.m., Chamber of Commerce.

21- Clinton County Development Association, 7:30 a.m., Wild Rose Casino.

22 - Chamber Board of Directors, 7:30 a.m., Chamber of Commerce.
Medical Associates Health Plans, 10:30 a.m., Chamber of Commerce.

23 - KCLN/MAC Radio Show, 8:30 a.m., 1390 AM/94.7 FM.

26 - Chamber Staff Meeting, 2:00 p.m., Chamber of Commerce.

27 - KCLN/MAC Radio Show, 8:30 a.m., 1390 AM/94.7FM.

28 - CRDC Board of Directors, 12:00 Noon, Chamber of Commerce.
Clinton Engineering, 12:00 Noon, Chamber of Commerce.

30- KROS Radio Show, 9:00 a.m., 1340 AM/105.9 FM.
Golf Playday FUNraiser, 12:00 Noon Shotgun Start, Valley Oaks Golf Course. (reservations required)
Ribbon Cuttings & Groundbreakings!
Naeve Family Beef
The Ambassadors were on hand for the Groundbreaking for Naeve Family Beef, 1902 7th Avenue in Camanche.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and many other dignitaries were on hand for the celebration.

Naeve Family Beef anticipates the building will be completed late in 2021 and will employee 40 – 50 employees at the single species beef plant. The Naeve Family are 6th generation family farmers that grow row crops and raise beef cattle near Andover, Iowa.
Wilson Building Lofts
The Ambassadors helped Economic Growth Corporation celebrate the Goundbreaking for the Wilson Building Lofts, 210 5th Avenue South in Downtown Clinton.

Economic Growth Corporation has worked 7 hard years to bring more than $13.88 million of investment into downtown Clinton through the redevelopment of the Wilson Building into Wilson Lofts
American Legion June Van Meter Post No. 190
The Chamber Ambassadors were on hand for the American Legion's dedication of plaques honoring Lt. Bill Schick and John Albert Lubbers for their contributions during WW II.

These plaques will be located at Lubbers Fountain in Riverview Park.
Zirkelbach Home Appliances
The Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors celebrated the 75th Anniversary of Zirkelbach Home Appliances with a Ribbon Cutting.

Located at 225 5th Avenue South in Clinton, Zirkelbach's hosted a Biz After 5 event to celebrate their anniversary.
Clinton High School Groundbreaking
The Chamber Ambassadors were on hand to help celebrate a Groundbreaking for the new Clinton High School building project.

Located at 817 8th Avenue South, the initial construction area will be on the east side of the campus.

This project was made possible by the successful passage of a bond issue.
Welcome Our New Members!
Clinton Tech Experts

We are the Tech Experts when it comes to any of your residential and business IT needs. We also supply ink and toner for your printer. Visit us at 510 So. 2nd Street in Clinton or give us a call at 563-259-6236. Check out our website at


We offer Handmade Premium Designer Jewelry and accessories using precious metals and precious/semi-precious stones. Suitable for weddings, anniversaries, and everyday-wear. Contact owner Anna Zimmerman at 515-441-5235 or check out the website at
Leadership Institute 2021 to Begin in August!
Leadership Institute 2021 has a start date of August 24th, with a Kick-Off Luncheon and will continue on consecutive Tuesdays (except Sept. 7th) from 8:00 - 11:00 a.m., at the Clinton Schools Administration Building.

Identifying and developing the next generation of leaders ensures the continuing tradition of excellence in leadership for the Clinton, Camanche and Fulton Communities. The Leadership Institute provides for dialogue between program participants and civic leaders, enriching the participants' experience. Leadership graduates describe their experience as challenging, enjoyable and worthwhile.

Click below for the application form and return to us as soon as possible!
Membership Anniversaries!
Member Spotlight
Thank You to our Golf Playday 2021 Sponsors!
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Business Bits

Citizens First Bank Donates to Clinton County Make-A-Wish...

Ascentra Credit Union Awards Ten $1,000 Scholarships..

MercyOne Clinton Awards Scholarships to Area Students.....

Mind, Body & Spirit Expo Coming August 21, 2021....

MercyOne Awarded Funding to Expand Community Health Worker Program.....

Did You Know?
Scenes From Biz After 5!
Biz Was Back on Wednesday, June 9th! We had a great turnout and it was awesome to mingle with our friends again!

Thank You to The Sawmill Museum and Co-Sponsors Sedona Staffing, Lyons Filling Station, Homer's Deli/Sweetheart Bakery, Quality Concrete and the Clinton Jaycees.
Would YOU like to host a Biz After 5?

We are now taking reservations for the rest of 2021. Call or Email Jenny Holm at 563-559-2199 or
Look Local - Shop Local
Look Local - Shop Local Winner!
The May 2021 Winner of $50 in River City Gold was Amy Portz of Albany, IL. In May there were 48 fully-punched loyalty cards for a total of $9,600 in local shopping dollars!
You could be the next winner of $50 in River City Gold! Get those cards punched at participating businesses every time you shop!!
Member 2 Member Discount
Use your Member 2 Member Savings Card to get discounts at participating Chamber member businesses! Need a card? Check with your business owner or HR Department.
Need a supply of cards for your employees? Contact Karen at 563-242-5702 or

CLICK HERE for the list of discounts.
Your 2021-2022 Board of Directors
2021 - 2022 Executive Committee

Chairman: David Pillers, Pillers and Richmond
1st Vice Chair: Drew Mangler, The Insurance Group
2nd Vice Chair: Cody Seeley, Rally Appraisal
Treasurer: Jenny Boysen, Clinton National Bank
Past Chair: Eddie Dunham, Citizens First Bank
CVB Chair: Kris Wiersema, Citizens First Bank
2021-2022 Directors

Sarah Bengtson, Howes & Jefferies Realtors
Amy Berentes/Julie Dunn, MercyOne Clinton
Shane Buer, Skyline Center, Inc.
Bill Fowler/Jim Smith, Fareway Stores Inc.
Dr. Angela Gabel, DC, Gabel Chiropractic
Dawn Holesinger, Quality Concrete Co.
Kevin Houzenga, RE/MAX Elite cc
Matt LaMere, UFP Technologies
Jeremy Peters, Custom-Pak, Inc.
Paula Steward, Alliant Energy
Colin Sullivan, Little Sea Productions
Kathy Truelson, Clysar, LLC
Your Chamber Staff

Rich Phelan, Interim Executive Director | 563-559-2194 |

Tracy Frahm, Business Manager | 563-559-2197 |

Jenny Holm, Member Engagement Coordinator | 563-559-2199 |

Lesley Webster, CVB Director | 563-559-2193 |

Caleb Kitteringham, CVB Assistant | 563-559-2192 |

Karen Friis, Administrative Services Coordinator | 563-242-5702 |