January, 2020
Dear Chamber

New Years has always been one of my favorite times of the year. Perhaps it is because I have always enjoyed a good “year in review.” It might be a product of growing up in the 90’s, with EVERY demographic, genre, niche and channel hosting their own recap show. Whatever the reason, I find myself strangely driven to create one for myself… The problem is that at this time of the holiday season, I can hardly remember what I did yesterday!

Earlier last year Lisa Taubner, our longtime Administrative Assistant, left us for a simpler life of semi-retirement. While we never thought we would find someone to fill Lisa’s shoes, Sarah McCraw has given us a fresh, new perspective. Paired with the addition of Annalise Jasinski as Tourism Promotion and Special Events Coordinator, our team has experienced quite an evolution. With Pam King at the helm, our office has not missed a step, and has even introduced several new events and opportunities for involvement in 2019 to our existing slate. Our staff oversaw the addition of the Food Truck Tour, Unique Boutique, and the procurement of a JEM grant (Joint Effort Marketing) from the State Department of Tourism to develop and implement marketing strategies designed to increase user ship of the Ozaukee County Interurban Trail. There was also the revitalization of our Young Professionals group. These three women deserve all the credit for keeping the Grafton Area Chamber of Commerce as relevant as it has ever been for our members.

If you would like to know more about the progress and changes the Chamber has made over the past year please join us for the State of the Community Luncheon on Wednesday, January 29 th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the River Room on the Milwaukee. Community leaders including myself, Village President Jim Brunquell, Town of Grafton Chairman Lester Bartel and Grafton School District Superintendent Jeff Nelson will present highlights on our community from 2019 and look ahead to 2020. Thank you all for being a part of another wonderful year.


Dustin Beck
Grafton Chamber President

Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Monday, Jan. 20 th

Winter Farmers Market
Saturday, Jan 11 th

Grafton Park and Recreation Department
Family Fun Night-GHS Pool
Saturday, Jan 18 th

State of the Community Luncheon Wednesday, January 29 th

YP Bowling Bash
Friday, February 7 th

Valentine's Day
Friday, February 14 th

ONCE Luncheon
Wednesday, February 19 th

Winter Farmers Market
Saturday, Feb 22 nd

Chasin' Dem Blues Theater Event
Friday, February 29 th

YP Family Game & Movie Night
Saturday, March 7 th

St. Patrick's Day
Tuesday, March 17 th

The Grafton Area Chamber of Commerce and the Milwaukee Repertory Theater have partnered up to give Grafton residents a VIP experience at its musical, "Chasin' Dem Blues," happening on Saturday, Feb. 29th from 5 to 11:30 p.m.
The cost will be $100 and will include transportation to and from the show in downtown Milwaukee via a coach bus, a three-course meal and admission to the performance!
We have a limited amount of tickets, so buy yours ASAP!
They would be an amazing Christmas present for the theatre-lovers in your life!
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Grafton Planning & Development Newsletter
CLICK HERE to read the December issue of the Village's Planning and Development Newsletter .
Thank You!

To all of the Young Professionals who made it out for our Ugly Sweater Party, held at the Fermentorium, in December. We have a variety of events being held throughout the winter and later this spring, so please join us if you are able!

Stay Up To Date!
Want to get the scoop on the latest YP events and activities? Have young professionals at your business who'd want to join? Get them -or yourself- on our mailing list! Call the Chamber at 262-377-1650 or e-mail sarah@grafton-wi.org to be entered on our list.

Welcome New Members
Cedar Creek Community Church


Arriann Tauer
1414 first Avenue
Grafton, WI 53024

Babcock Solutions, LLC

Brett Babcock
1533 Wisconsin Avenue
Grafton, WI 53012

From Our Chamber Members
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ozaukee County is seeking prize donations for our annual Bowl For Kids' Sake . Dates for this event are February 28 th , and March 6 th , 13 th , 14 th and 20 th . We are looking for items such as gift cards, gift certificates, gift baskets, wine, etc. But we will accept just about anything! If you wish you make a donation, please contact Executive Director, Nicole Bulow at nicoleb@bbboz.org, or by calling 262-377-0784. Items are needed by January 31st, 2020. Items can be delivered to 885 Badger Circle, Grafton. We are also happy to make arrangements to pick them up from your locations. Thank you!
Grafton Lions invites you to attend the 9 Pin Tap Bowling Tournament on Saturday, February 22nd, 2020. There are two shifts, one at 11 a.m. and the other at 2 p.m. This is being held at Circle B Recreation Center, 6261 Hwy. 60. This is for 4-person teams at $20 per bowler. Top bowling prizes, 50/50 & raffle prizes, basket raffles and so much more! Please contact Bob Lauer 414-333-3079 or Ryan Schmitt 262-844-2946 for more information.
Homes by Towne has been named the 2019 Builder of the Year
by the Milwaukee Builders Association of Greater Milwaukee. This distinguished award recognizes leaders int he building industry who exhibit integrity, strength of personal character, excellence in quality craftsmanship and the ability to navigate economic challenges. Congratulations to the entire Homes by Towne team!
Ozaukee Family Serives is offering these FREE classes and workshops (with free childcare available for most.)
Kindergarten Readiness - The Social/Emotional Piece
Tuesday, January 28 th from 6-7:30 p.m .
Believe it or not... ABC's and 123's are not the most important part! Learn how social/emotional readiness, self-regulation and perseverance play a big role in kindergarten success! Facilitated by Amy Springhetti and Betsy Bergmann, K4 teachers at Parkview Elementary in Cedarburg.

Let's Play to Learn: Pinch, Pull, Snip- Small Muscle Fun!
Thursday, January 30 th , from 10-11 a.m.
Learn ways to stimulate your 2-4-year-old's learning and creativity through these play-based parent and child workshops. Register early, these workshops fill quickly! Free childcare available for siblings under 2 years old.

To register (or for our full schedule of playgroups and workshops), Cal 262-377-7774 or go to http://ozaukeefamilyservices.org/workshops/