Grafton Area Chamber of Commerce

APRIL 2019
Grafton Area
Chamber of Commerce
April Newsletter

April 9th, 5-6:30pm
Grafton Orthodontics 
Open House

April 13,12:30pm
Grafton Parks & Rec
Easter Egg Hunt

May 8, 8:00-9:30am
Ozaukee Networking Chamber Exchange Breakfast

May 22nd. 2019
A nnual Meeting
& Awards Dinner

Summer Parks & Rec Books are available 
at the Parks & Rec office, the Chamber or CLICK HERE to View Online 
The Belgium Chamber is looking for professionals to participate in their  upcoming Career event on April 17th.
For those of you who are hiring, this may be a unique opportunity to "tap" another area for potential employees, but high school age and adults.

A Message From Your Chamber President

Bruce McIlnay
McIlnay Button Law, LLC
Dear Chamber Members,

Some of you have probably wondered throughout the year about the song lyrics and how it got started. It was actually during a staff meeting and one of the staff asked me what had happened with a former female client. This staff member had thought we might become an item. Without thinking, I recited the following for a Bob Dylan song, Tangled up in Blue:

She was married when we first met
Soon to be divorced
I helped her out of a jam I guess
But I used a little too much force
Surprisingly, my partner was amused, so I started to quote lyrics more often, usually just one line.
Then I got an iPod touch and learned that I could read the lyrics to my favorite songs and it just became a thing. As I went along, I was intrigued by the depth and breath of the language skills of the lyricists. Then in 2016, Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature and I really got interested because apparently sane, sober and intelligent people took his lyrics seriously.
This brings me to this month's selection. It is two different versions of the same stanzas of Tangled up in Blue. I'm not certain how much time passed between the writing of these verses (you can Google it), but the first was the original commercial success. The moral is that even a great writer is never satisfied with even their commercial successes and want to tinker.
I lived with them on Montague Street
In a basement down the stairs
There was music in the caf├ęs at night
And revolution in the air
Then he started into dealing with slaves
And something inside of him died
She had to sell everything she owned
And froze up inside
And when finally the bottom fell out
I became withdrawn
The only thing I knew how to do
Was to keep on keepin' on
Like a bird that flew
Tangled up in blue


He was always in a hurry
Too busy or too stoned
And everything that she ever planned
Just had to be postponed
He thought they were successful
She thought they were blessed
With objects and material things
But I never was impressed
And when it all came crashin' down
I became withdrawn
The only thing I knew how to do
Was keep on keepin' on
like a bird that flew
Tangled up in blue
The first version evokes memories of the sixty's when "revolution was in the air." I'm not sure, but in the latter version Bob could have been writing to that same revolutionary generation who, despite their idealism, ultimately became impressed with objects and material things. Perhaps we always were. Some serious introspection may be necessary.

Chamber Members - Take advantage of the NEW FEATURES that you can utilize to enhance your Business Directory Listing!  Add your Logo, Links, Photos, YouTube Video and Expanded Description!  Here's how:

  • Login
     with your Username and Password. If you need help, call (262-377-1650) or email to reset. Username can be your email and please have a password selected. 
  •  Click on the Web tab and click Add image in the Action Column of the LOGO row. Browse, Open and Upload Image. Repeat for Photos. Save & Preview!
  • Be sure to edit your description and update any changed to your page.

Watch for Registration Information Coming soon! 
We are confirming who our delicious Breakfast Caterer will be!


Grafton Gladiators
Contact: Mark Rowland
P.O. Box 1043
Grafton, WI  53024
Grafton Gladiators Youth Football strives to introduce football to all youth in our community by developing solid fundamentals of football.  The Gladiators are a full-contact tackle football program, playing against other area teams of similar size, weight and age. The goal of the program is to introduce as many young athletes to the sport of football as possible and to have a positive experience while doing so.The Gladiators have  15 Division titles, appeared in 4 League Championship games, winning 2, and winning 2  Chicago Area Super Bowls.
Co ntact: Glenn Rieker
1341 Terminal Road
Grafton, WI  53024
OurTopSpots partners with a carefully curated list of local restaurants, unique shops and outdoor experiences to share their stories through our social media platforms and interactive podcasts while offering potential new and existing customers great values through our unique and extensive gift card/discount program. 

Pawsitively Purrfect
Contact: Lindsay Buchholz
1316 12th Ave
Grafton, WI  53024
We are a relaxing, bright, and home like feeling pet grooming salon. We service dogs and cats, and small animals, birds and reptiles as well. We have created this salon to be warm and welcoming with transparency in mind for peace of mind.  It was also designed with cleanliness and the environment as top priorities.  Specialties include creative grooming, cats, and snuggles! Sunday and Monday-Closed. Tues-Sat 9:00am-5pm. 

Administrative Professionals Day is Wednesday, April 24th . Recognize your secretary, administrative assistant, receptionist, or other administrative support professionals by showing your appreciation with Flowers from the  Bloomin' Olive ! "Don't just Send Flowers, Send Imagination"

Join the Cedarburg Cultural Center for Blueburg Cafe Open Mic Night on Wednesday, April 3rd and First Fridays on April 5th featuring Piano Brew Dueling Pianos! Looking to express your creativity? We are now accepting applications for Spring Classes!  Find out more about these great events and more at our website!

cornerstone bank
Cornerstone Community Bank  is Spreading the gift of warmth to those in need with 'Coats For Kids'.  SHOP for NEW winter jackets NOW while sales are going on and drop off at our location (2090 Wisconsin Avenue) through the month of April to benefit Family Sharing, who will   distribute the new coats to their clients in the fall .   CLICK HERE to view our flyer with details.
ATTENTION NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS...You are Invited to Use the Cornerstone Pavilion! Whether your group or team would like to host a car wash, brat fry or sell Christmas wreaths...consider using the Cornerstone Pavilion in Grafton for your fundraiser event. We have a GREAT location, and it is FREE for your non-profit organization. CLICK HERE for details!

Whether it's keeping up with trends or discussing some other topic, our firm is dedicated to providing sound information to our clients. Along the way, we like to have some fun, too. We offer a variety of seminars to assist you with your financial needs.  CLICK HERE to open our Lunch & Learn flyer on How to have Financial & Health care Conversations with your Aging parents CLICK HERE to register for the seminar. P lease call or send us an email at:  and we'll be happy to answer your questions.

Looking for a great place for lunch or dinner? Check out The Bunkers Restaurant at Edgewater Golf Club ( 1762 W. Cedar Creek Road). Enjoy delicious weekly specials, a complete sandwich menu, salads and a full service bar...  and don't forget about our golf!  Visit our website for more about lunch and dinner specials and golf rates and information:  or call 262-377-1230

The Grafton Lions  invite you to join in their Annual 9-Pin Tap Tournament at Circle B Recreation on Saturday, April 27th Two available shifts. 11:00am & 2:00pm  $20 per person - 4 Bowlers per team.  Auction items, live raffle, 50/50 raffle and more fun than you can imagine!  For information contact  Ryan Schmit at 262-844-2946 or Email

American Legion Auxiliary
The Cedarburg and Grafton American Legion Auxiliary Units are excited to announce the 4th Annual Post-to-Post walk, Sweat4Vets, benefiting Patriot K9s of Wisconsin. This year;'s 2.5 mile walk begins at the Grafton American Legion and ends at the Cedarburg Legion. Early Bird Registration (by May 1) $20. CLICK HERE for details and Registration information and don't miss this opportunity to make a difference!


Village Logo
Join us for PHOTO FUSION on Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 8:00am - 10:00pm ath the Grafton Mulit-Purpose Senior Center (1665 7th Ave). $62/per person includes table space to work, breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee, water and two make-and-take projects. DEADLINE IS TODAY!  
CLICK HERE to view the flyer-   or visit our website to register online .

On Saturday, April 6th   from 4-5:30pm, MATC and the Ozaukee NAACP will host Serve2Unite, a collaboration between Pardeep Kaleka (who lost his father in the Sikh temple attack) and Arno Michaelis (a former white supremacist) at the MATC Mequon Campus. They will share their story of how they came together and found common ground, peace, and a desire for positive activism. They will also lead a discussion about what we can  do to  work towards harmony in our own communities.  Please Click Here for Details

SAVE THE DATE for Mel' Charities 2019 Signature  Events!  
BC's 8 Pin Tap Bowling  MAY 10-11 - Cedars III -Mel's Night Lakeshore Chinooks  JUNE 14 - Kapco Park -Melapalooza Music and Softball  JULY 19-20 -  Centennial Park - Mel's Pig Scramble Golf Outing  JULY 29 - River Club - 10th Annual Mel's Fun Run/Walk  SEPT 28 - Cedars III - Mel's Pig Roast  SEPT 29 -  Cedars III  - See you this summer!!!

Please join us for Ozaukee Economic Development's 12th Annual Outreach Event Wednesday, May 1,2019. Networking 4:30-5:30 Program 5:30-7:30The Watermark at Shully's (146 Green Bay Road, Thiensville) Complimentary Hors d'oeuvres & Cash Bar. Featured Speaker Mark Toth, ManpowerGroup Chief Legal and Public Affairs Officer, North America.

Ozaukee Family Services is offering FREE classes/workshops (with Free limited childcare).  Talking to Your Teen About Suicide and Self-Harm,  April 9, 6:30  9:00pm.   Infant Massage,  April 23 - May 21, 9:30 - 10:30am with Certified Educator of Infant Maggage  Kathy Bergmann. 
Save the date - OFS Spring Brunch  Wednesday, May 8, 10am-noon  at Shully's Watermark in Thiensville.
Barbara Rinella returns and will be presenting a tribute to Barbara Bush. This new program is based on two books written by Bush's grandchildren. Boswell Books will be on hand selling a variety of books with a portion of the sales going to OFS. $50 includes the program and brunch. CLICK HERE to register!

The Ozaukee County Historical Society invites you to see the newly restored Miss Columbia during an afternoon of celebration! Milwaukee's popular bluegrass band "Pickin' Up Speed' will be entertaining and there will be refreshments and historical exhibits. FREE! Saturday, April 13, 2019 at the Old Courthouse (121 W Main Street in Port Washington) from 2:00-5:00pm. C LICK HERE to view the flyer -CLICK HERE to read the Press Release with all the details!  See you there!

Port  Washington State Bank  is sponsoring the Bunny Breakfast on Saturday, April 13th from 8:00am - 11:00am at Circle B Recreation. All you can eat pancakes, crafts & activities and visit with the bunny! Tickets available at all PWSB locations.

Grafton Education Foundation
Mark your calendars for Grafton Education Foundation's COLOR BLAST on June 4th, 2019 at Grafton High School track. Please help support the quality education of Grafton Schools by becoming an Event Sponsor year! All profits will be used to fund grants to the GSD teachers and staff for educational projects not funded in the annual district budget.   CLICK HERE to view the Sponsorship Opportunities!


Join  Riveredge Nature Center for Frothy Forage & Beer Trek on Saturday, may 18, 2019. Experience the trails at Riveredge  while sampling fantastic 21+  concoctions by breweries, wineries,  and other beverage producers from  throughout our region. Register by April 20 for early bird pricing. Riveredge is still welcoming
potential sponsors and vendors.  
CLICK HERE to view our flyer! 

Don't miss FREE Photos with the Easter Bunny on Sunday, April 7th from 9:00am-noon at the Towne Place Suites in Grafton (1601 Gateway Drive). We will also have a cookie decorating and craft station! CLICK HERE to view flyer!

The Wisconsin Women's Fund is hosting their 2019 Cindyrella Classic on Mother's day Weekend: Sat. May 11th in West Bend and Sunday, May 12th in Cedarburg. Both events run from 9:00am-noon and benefit the fight against Cancer. Don't miss your chance to take part in Bike Skills Clinics for women including Road Bike, Mountain Bike and Cyclocross clinics. Save the date for Bike4aCause on July 27th. For information on all of our clinics and events, please visit our website: