October 6th, 2021
“No voice is too soft when that voice speaks for others.”

This past week, Chris Clapper and myself, sat around several tables with our peers at the WCCE Conference. Speeches were made, presentations clicked through and the classic buffet of cookies, granola bars and diet cokes were served. I walked out of Lambeau Field after 2.5 days, not with a cheese shaped head piece, but with an appreciation for two words.
Advocacy and Collaboration.

When talked about on the conference stage, these topics felt daunting. Words [like task force and public policy] were thrown out like candy at a parade. But unlike the thrilled recipient of a tossed snickers, I sat staring at hand-outs and scribbled notes thinking, how do we do this? To paint the full picture, we were in a room with chamber executives who have a staff directory that rivals a McDonald's menu. These chambers represent zip codes that house much larger populations. Let's be honest, they all have more than one zip code!

As one of the two staff members of the Elkhorn Chamber, I can truly say, I felt like the guppy in the fish bowl. But that was day one. By day two, we had sat around dinner tables and networking sessions and dug into conversations with other chamber leaders and the reality of our community efforts were beginning to shine through.
By day three, we could confidently tell our story regarding advocacy. Because truthfully, there is not a day that goes by without Chris, or myself, taking the time to educate, support or promote a business or organization that we partner with at the Elkhorn Chamber. The same is true for my five syllable friend, collaboration. One of our greatest strengths we possess is our ability to partner with group organizations who have a voice around diversity, family welfare, inclusion, education, and community impact. We are grateful that together we can build a stronger tomorrow.
Chris and Kate sharing with the Elkhorn Rotary about mission and upcoming events.
At first glance, it felt like we had to make a complete overhaul to our efforts and workday. But when we peeled back the layers and scaled the tasks to our community, we realized we were doing the right things. We're supporting the business community, we're advocating for others and we're strengthening relationships in and outside of our workplace. Don't worry, we did learn a few things and have launched conversations and have began navigating what these shared practices look like in the Elkhorn area. We are excited and looking forward to what's to come.

All this to say, when you hear people talking big, don't make yourself small. More than likely, you are doing more than you give yourself credit for. And if you're in need of a cheerleader, just call.
#TogetherAgain

The Elkhorn Chamber
submitted by Kate Abbe
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VOLUNTEER WITH THE ELKHORN CHAMBER!
October 16th, 2021 9am-5pm
NEW CHAMBER PARTNERS
WHY JOIN?
CHAMBER UPDATES
Join us downtown Elkhorn, on Saturday, October 16th, for the
16th Annual "GOLDEN" Elkhorn Oktoberfest. We're expanding the grounds at the Walworth/Wisconsin intersection to include in this year's fest grounds N. Wisconsin, S. Wisconsin, W. Walworth and E. Walworth.

We are excited to welcome back the All Around Town Beer & Wine Tasting and this new footprint, will allow our Oktoberfest guests to enjoy their beverage of choice inside the establishment, and outside!

Check out the map below for the updated layout and what to expect when celebrating with us this year!
PARTNER UPDATES
New Team, New Location
for United Way of Walworth County
The United Way of Walworth County began its fiscal year on August 1st with the appointment of a new Board of Directors, and the announcement of a new location.

“We are grateful for our years in Elkhorn, and excited for this new opportunity to
strengthen the collaboration of nonprofit agencies in Walworth County. This brings us a
giant leap closer to our goal of what we refer to as the One Mission Zone,” said Dunn,

adding, “in addition to two offices and plenty of storage, the campus provides ample
meeting space for events and presentations, and room to house additional nonprofits.”
The United Way will continue to serve all of Walworth County. Plans for a countywide
nonprofit event calendar, a resource library, and volunteer center are underway.

Currently office hours are by appointment, as they continue to develop the space. UWWC
can be reached at 262-374-4474. Their new mailing address is P.O. Box 202, Lake
Geneva, WI 53147. You can also send an email to give@unitedwaywalworth.org.
Information, including a directory of area nonprofit agencies can be found at
Bullying behaviors STOP with Martial Arts - so let’s stop bullying together!
October is Bullying Prevention Month and our school is contributing to the confidence and self-esteem needed for young people to take control of their emotions and actions to STOP and prevent bullying behavior, even before it starts.
COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS
ANNUAL BINGO DINNER
TREEHOUSE
Friday, October 22, 2021
Hawk's View Golf Club
Lake Geneva, WI

Dinner: 5:00-6:45pm
BINGO: 7:00-9:30pm
Raffle drawings and BINGO games!

COMMERCIAL SPACE
Sierra Financial Services in Elkhorn has extra space to rent in their office. (1) locking office and up to (3) cubicles. Would have access to off-street parking for both employees and clients. Two conference rooms & separate wi-fi stream.

For additional details, please email Jim Pfeil at jim@sierrafinancialservices.com.
LEARN & GROW
Staying healthy includes having regular tests to help prevent problems or find them at early stages.
Here are some of the major recommendations* for healthy adults. Talk with your doctor about what
tests you need. Ask about other tests or vaccines you may need if you are pregnant or are at risk for
certain health problems. It is recommended that you check with your insurance plan regarding your
coverage benefit.
A FREE monthly seminar series brought to you by the Elkhorn Resilience Coalition. 
WHEN | Third Wednesday of the month, 6 - 7:30 p.m.

WHERE | James A. Wehner Auditorium, Elkhorn High School

DETAILS | Doors open at 5:30 p.m., limit 75 in-person attendees

*Conversations are also available online*

JOB POSTINGS
Part-Time Customer Service Rep
Sugar Creek Mutual Insurance Company
Elkhorn, WI
Part-Time position assisting customers via telephone or in-person from our office; handling inquiries from customers, answering billing questions and processing customer requests. Provide product/service information and resolve any emerging problems that a customer encounters with accuracy and efficiency. Assist company management with policy administration, billing, claims, and regular clerical work. Flexible hours of work and will average between 15-20 hours per week.
 
If interested, please contact Adam Reed at 262-723-3244 or by email at areed@sugarcreekmutual.com.
COVID-19 UPDATES
If you or a business you know are in need of assistance please reach out