Chamber News
November 2021
Dear Chamber Members,
We are excited to announce that the 2021 Holiday Open House and Auction will be a hybrid event this year! What is a “hybrid event?” A hybrid event has both a virtual (online) component, as well as an in-person portion. The Annual Holiday Open House and Auction event is our largest non-dues income generator each year and allows us to keep our membership dues affordable, continue to advocate for our businesses and pursue economic development opportunities for our area.

The virtual event, which this year will be only the silent auction, will open at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, November 24, with the silent auction closing at 7:00 pm on Thursday, December 2 before the LIVE Auction starts at out in-person event. No silent auction items will be at the in-person event, however the chamber will be open on select days to preview the silent auction items.

The in-person part of our hybrid event will begin at 5:00 pm at The Hub at Village Square in Crestline on Thursday, December 2. The in-person event will include a cost to attend of $20 per ticket. COVID guidelines, as it relates to food service, are causing us to experience an increase in expenses to host the in-person event. However, we are going to be giving $10 in reverse raffle tickets for every ticket purchased!

Tickets for our annual raffle will be available again this year for $20 through the online auction site, or from any chamber board member or ambassador. The drawings for the $250, $500, $750, and $1000 prizes will be held at 6:45pm on Thursday, December 2nd at the HUB and we plan to broadcast that live to the Chamber’s Facebook page.

The silent online auction will end on Thursday, December 2nd at 7pm. At that time, we will transition to the LIVE Auction at the HUB. You can still log in from home and participate in the LIVE Auction by following our auction site. You will receive an email letting you know of the items you have won from the auction, and you can pick up winning auction items at the chamber office starting at 9am on Friday, December 3rd.

We will have the Chamber office open for viewing of the all the auction items on Monday, November 29th from 4pm to 6pm and again on Tuesday, November 30th from 8am to 11am. This will be your opportunity to see items in person and start your bidding!

Our chamber ambassadors began calling and emailing our members to solicit donations starting Wednesday, November 4th. Items can be dropped off to the chamber office between the hours 9am and 4pm. You will be recognized for your donation to the auction on the online event site with a link to your website. This is a great way to gain exposure for your business! Your donation means that you will get your name in front of hundreds of local merchants, business owners and decision-makers.

We would like to thank our co-sponsors for the 2021 Holiday Open House & Auction: Avita Health System, Cander Excavating, Carter Machine, Cleaning By Carrie, Dostal & Kirk, Dzugan Real Estate Services, Firelands Federal Credit Union, First Federal Bank of Ohio, First Federal Community Bank, Huntington Bank, Iberia Earthworm Construction, Mizick Miller, Park National Bank, and Snyder Funeral Homes - Richardson Davis Chapel.

If you have any questions, would like to co-sponsor the event, or if your donation needs to be picked up, please contact me at the Chamber office at 419-468-7737. Deadline for donations is Monday, November 22, 2021. 
The online auction can be found on our website at the below link and items will be updated daily, as they come in. The website with link to auction is:
Thank You,
Miranda Jones
Executive Director

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On Wednesday, October 27th - we held a ribbon cutting to welcome a new business, Ego Unlocked Salon to the Galion community!

Congratulations! We wish you the best!
The Chamber and the Crestline Community Development Team held a ribbon cutting October 30th at the new “Welcome to Crestline” sign at the corner of Main Street (330) and Maple Lane.

Thank you again to Park National Bank, VFW Post 2920, and the Crestline Railroad Community Center for sponsoring the new Welcome to Crestline Signs!
On October 21st, the Galion-Crestline Chamber helped the Crawford Park District open their new wetlands with a ribbon cutting.

The H2Ohio Wetlands Restoration Project from Crawford Park District across the street from Lowe Volk Park is yet another amazing asset for our community!

Thank you to the community members who donated their land, their time and their efforts to improving the quality of life for Crawford County residents and all Ohioans!

We encourage you to “Go Take a Hike!” and discover this for yourself.
Tramec Sloan - Tramec Sloan recently had a new office entry awning installed by Galion Canvas. We love seeing members helping members!
Urban Industries-On Thursday, October 29th, the Chamber awarded Sheri Burdette of Urban Industries the Chamber’s “Service in Manufacturing Award” for her 43 years of service to Urban Industries and the Galion community!
Congratulations Sheri on your retirement. It is an honor to know you and to have presented you with this award!
Do you have an anniversary, new associate or employee, sign, or business update? Contact Miranda or Candy at the Chamber Office, 419-468-7737 or email so we can add your business to the Member Spotlight in our next Newsletter.
Inspired by the popular board game, Monopoly, the two chambers of commerce in Crawford County, the Bucyrus Area Chamber and the Galion-Crestline Area Chamber, have teamed up with First Federal Community Bank to develop a way to safely drive more foot traffic to local businesses. Fifty chamber member businesses signed up for a space – called a “property” – on a monopoly-like game board. Those businesses provided gift cards to their locations and were then randomly grouped in different color sections made up of five properties each.

Prizes for each color category will include a $10 gift card to each business in that color category, for a total value of $50. There will be two winners per category, for a total of 20 – $50 winners. Also, First Federal Community Bank donated $1,000.00 for the grand prize drawing, which players are entered into if they collect 25 property cards by November 30th. This “$1,000 Community Shopping Spree” will include 10 – $100 gift cards to chamber members businesses.
Prize Drawings will be held on Friday, December 3rd.

For more information on the Crawford-Opoly Game, please visit or You can also contact the Bucyrus Area Chamber of Commerce directly at 419-562-4811 or by emailing or the Galion-Crestline Area Chamber at 419-468-7737 or by emailing
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