New London Area Chamber of Commerce Newsletter

February 2017

2017 Beer Tasting
Saturday, February 25th  6 - 9 p.m.
Crystal Falls Banquets & Catering
Come and see what we've got brewing in New London on Saturday, February 25, 2017.  Join us at Crystal Falls Banquets & Catering from 6 - 9 p.m. for our 10
th Annual Beer Tasting Event.  

We will be showcasing regional and international specialty beers in addition to some unique wines and beverages. Ticket price includes a commemorative souvenir glass, delicious hors d' oeuvres and sampling of all beverages. 
Early Bird Tickets can be purchased for $20 until the February 19th, after which Standard Tickets can be purchased for $25 through the day of the event (tickets will be available at the door).   Attendees who will not be drinking alcohol can purchase an admission ticket for $10 at any time.

For more information on this year's event click here

If you have questions y ou can reach us by e - mail; or by calling (920) 982-5822.   
MPB School 3P, 4K and 5K Registration and Screening

Friday, Feb. 3rd at 6 and 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 4th at 1 p.m. 

Walgreens Senior Discount Day
Tuesday, Feb. 7th
On Tuesday, Feb. 7th, Senior Discount Day at Walgreens.  If your are 55 years of age or older (proof of age may be required) you may be eligible for discounts at Walgreens.  All regular - priced merchandise receives a 20% discount.
Valentine's Sleigh Rides at Thern Farm
Saturday, Feb. 11th
12 noon - 3:30 p.m.

Great ready for romance!
Saturday, Feb. 11th

T he New London Public Museum and the Grand Cinema Theater bring another classic Hollywood movie to New London. Join us on Saturday, February 11 and enjoy the 1957 classic movie An Affair to Remember on the big screen. The movie starts at 7 p.m., tickets are only $2 per person and are on sale now at the museum. Bring your sweetheart, or grab a bunch of friends, then buy some popcorn and enjoy the movie! Come early and enter to win a prize, don't forget to get your Fill the Museum scratch game piece and game board!
The American Film Institute calls An Affair to Remember one of the most romantic movies of all time. Filmed in 1957 and starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr, the movie tells the story of two people who meet and fall in love on a transatlantic voyage. They paths they follow after getting off the ship are pure Hollywood magic.
Shamrock Heights Golf * Eat * Drink * Banquet * Cater
Saturday, Feb. 11th 

Wolf River Art League
47th Annual Mid - Winter Art Show
Saturday, Feb. 11th and Sunday, Feb. 12th

  New London Parks & Recreation
Daddy Daughter Dance
Friday, Feb. 10th
5 - 7 p.m.
Save the Date! 
Old Glory Honor Flight
2nd Annual
An Evening to Remember. Keep Our Veterans Flying
February 10th, Lambeau Field Atrium

I'm asking you to help heal broken families and damaged relationships. I'm asking you to help bring peace to minds that have and continue to be plagued by unimaginable memories and unseen demons. I'm asking you to offer a vet another way of dealing with their survivors guilt, rather than committing suicide and being a part of the 22 veterans per day that do end their own life. I'm asking you to help give WWII, Korean, Vietnam and our current conflict vets the courage and opportunity to share their stories with our youth in an effort to help them understand the cost of our freedom and that war and killing another human being isn't like the video games they play. I'm asking you to help me provide these opportunities to veterans via a day with their fellow vets who are able to help each other approach their memorial to say goodbye to their fallen comrades. Who hold each other when the tears begin to fall and listen with an ear that too has heard chopper blades overhead, held their dying friend in their arms on some unknown field or a fox hole, or was held captive in a POW camp as they were.
The men and women I am referring to are grandparents, fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, and friends. They are your neighbor, our community, and I'm confident there are veterans in your circle of family and friends.
This journey, for many of our vets, is life changing. One example, a WWII veteran who saw his 2 friends die in the war. Over 70 years later, on the plane home he cried uncontrollably saying, "today I let them go." Another Vietnam vet and his estranged flight...less than 24 hours...started to break down a wall between a father and son that was built by experiences the vet had over 40 years ago. 40 years of pain inflicted on two innocent individuals! A father, dealing with years of PTSD and survivors guilt, who was unable to ever tell his son he loved him and who had never embraced his son in a hug came off the plane, down the ramp and when he found his son in the large welcome home crowd, for the first time, hugged his adult son with tears streaming down his face. It is possible to break down those walls, start to heal those invisible wounds and honor and thank our vet, one plane full, one mission at a time!
There are so many ways to help. Purchase a ticket and join in what promises to be a fun and exciting event. Perhaps your employer would be interested in sponsoring a table...partial table sponsorships are also available. Donate and cover the cost of a plane ticket, a seat on the bus, meals, etc. Help spread the word!   You can learn more about Old Glory Honor Flight and our fundraising gala on our website (  
If you have any questions, please email our event chair at 
Thank you for your consideration,
Lorraine & Tony Van Kampen, (920-982-3117) Honor Flight Board Members
Save The Date
New London Chamber Educational Opportunities
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 from 7:30 - 9 a.m.
Customer Service Training - 
Research shows that 68% of your customers may not choose to return to your business, not because of the product that they receive, but because they experience an attitude of indifference or rudeness by the owner, manager, or an employee.  
For complete details click here.
Pre - registration is appreciated by the end of the day Friday prior to each class. 
To register, please contact the Chamber at (920) 982-5822 or e - mail

Crystal Falls Banquets Facility

Valentine's Dinner and Live Music
Tuesday, Feb. 14th

Grayling Pingel will be performing at Crystal Falls from 6 - 9 p.m. There is no cover charge.

Crystal Falls will be serving a special Valentine's Menu (to be posted soon) from 5 - 9 p.m., featuring steak, prime rib, fish, lobster, chicken, pastas, and more!

Reservations are accepted, but not required: (920) 982-0627.
Monthly Business Briefing / Networking Session

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
** St. Joseph Residence Chapel **
Please Park on Road


Please be sure to attend this exciting educational and networking opportunity for Chamber members.  On the third Wednesday of each month from 8 - 9:15 a.m. join the Chamber in the St. Joseph Residence Chapel (please park on the road) for our monthly business briefing / networking session.  


St. Joseph Residence will provide coffee and snacks for each session. Come join us and learn what's happening with the Chamber and each other.  Each of you will be given the opportunity to introduce yourself and your business and share something about your business that you want others to know.  Use this opportunity to promote and educate yourself with the offerings of other Chamber members.  In addition, we encourage you to invite either an existing Chamber Member, a prospective Chamber Member or a public service person to the meeting. We will have a great prize drawing and a lot of networking opportunities.


A monthly reminder will be sent out to everyone on our distribution lists on Monday the week of the sessions.  If you are not on our listing and would like to be added let us know.  We hope you can join us! If you have any questions please call the Chamber office at (920) 982-5822 between 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. or visit  


Caregiver Support Program
Mosquito Hill Nature Preserve
4th Wednesday of every month
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Home Show and Party Room
Saturday, Mar. 4th and Sunday, Mar. 5th

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program
helps filers keep 100% of their refund
CAP Services partners the IRS to offer the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program to help people file their taxes completely free of charge.
"Many of our filers receive over 30 percent of their annual income in tax refunds, making their tax returns vital to their financial lives, helping them pay bills, pay down debt, and invest in their families through education and savings," said Erin Olson, CAP's Innovation and Engagement Coordinator.
It is more important than ever to prepare accurate income tax returns during the 2017 tax season. A new law requires the IRS to delay issuing refunds for certain taxpayers claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) until February 15. The law has no exceptions and is designed to make it easier for the IRS to find and stop fraud. It also means some filers may be more vulnerable to refund anticipation loans and other potentially costly products.
"We are dedicated to helping as many community members as we can and encourage taxpayers to be wary of preparers promising faster refunds through expensive financial products, like loans," said Olson.
For the last ten years, CAP has helped individuals and families through the VITA Program. Volunteer tax preparers go through at least 15 hours of training and are certified by the IRS.
"We make sure our customers get high-quality, professional service by trained volunteers who are equipped to identify tax refund opportunities for customers," said Olson. "Our goal is to help our customers get their maximum refund and claim all the credits that they have earned."
Starting Monday, January 16, low- to moderate-income individuals and families can call (800) 660-5430 to determine eligibility and schedule an appointment to have their taxes prepared and e-filed for free. Households that make less than $64,000 may also choose to file online for free at
These CAP Services Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) volunteers from Portage, Waupaca and Waushara counties completed their IRS-certified training Saturday, January 21, at Mid-State Technical College in Stevens Point. For more information about VITA and how to schedule an appointment visit

App Security
Despite ongoing review and efforts to keep fake apps out of popular app stores, fraudulent apps still pop up and it's up to users to keep a watchful eye. Apps remain the most common way your phone and data stored in it can be compromised, so it is important to be discerning and responsible with the apps you choose to download.  See More...

New 'Meet the Need' Feature added
to Mission of Hope House Website
Mission of Hope House has added a 'Meet the Need' feature on their website.  Click here for a video with additional information.

New London Veterans Memorial Foundation
Vacation Sweepstakes


Old Glory Honor Flight Announces
2017 Fight Schedule and Fundraising Event
Old Glory Honor Flight is proud to announce its scheduled flight dates for 2017.
Four flights are currently scheduled for the 2017 flight season. Mission 39 will occur on April 12th, followed by other missions on June 7th, September 20th, and October 18th.  See More...

2017 Junior Golf Schedule & Program Options

Click here for the Junior Lesson Application

It's One Small Step in Battling Heroin Addiction in Community
ThedaCare has partnered with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections (DOC), Options Outpatient AODA Treatment, and Nova Inpatient AODA Treatment in Oshkosh and the manufacturers of Vivitrol for an innovative program to combat the growing problem of opioid abuse among prison populations in Wisconsin. ThedaCare joined the DOC Vivitrol Program in July to treat prisoners while serving their sentences so they would be less likely to relapse upon release. The program is currently available in Waupaca, Oshkosh and Encircle Health in Appleton.  See More...
New Hire: Tony Krause
Unitel Inc. welcomes Tony Krause to its growing team of Voice over IP specialists. Tony grew up in the Fox Cities and has degrees in Web Design & Development and Network Specialist. In addition to industry experience, he has excellent people skills.
Tony enjoys playing multiple musical instruments and creating music in his spare time. 

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New London Area Chamber of Commerce
Phone: (920) 982-5822