Volume 11 | Issue 10
Chamber Connection

The Clintonville Public School District is asking our community an important referendum question concerning the future of our district to benefit all students on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Find out more details on our website: www.clintonville.k12.wi.us.
Important Information regarding Clintonville Athletic Event this fall

Attendance will be limited and determined by student athletes and their families. Public attendance will be restricted. If the public/community would like to watch home games, they will be live streamed in one of two places:  


Leadership and Workshop Program from UW-Stevens Point Continuing Education
The virtual Leadership Certificate Program is an opportunity for you to build and strengthen your leadership skills. Throughout these workshops, you will have the opportunity to engage in activities and discussions that will help you discover your leadership values, gather tips on how to build an effective team, as well as strategies for creating mutually beneficial long-term relationships. Register for the full series or for one specific workshop. For program information, program fee, and how to register, visit: https://www.uwsp.edu/conted/Pages/Leadership-Certificate-and-Workshop-Series.aspx
First Steps to Starting a Business
Thinking of starting a business but don't know where to begin?
Join us for our 3-part live-stream webinar: First Steps to Starting a Business. Taught by experienced business owners.
SESSION 1 - Wednesday, October 7
- Pre-Planning/networking
- Assessment, personal, financial, timing
- Business idea generation and development
SESSION 2 - Wednesday, October 14
- The problem you're solving, the need you're providing for?
- Using benchmark data for business feasibility
- Business modeling
SESSION 3 - Wednesday, October 21
- Panel discussion, Q&A
Participants will receive a variety of materials to help start their business in addition to being introduced to several resources that can help them along the way.
Your registration will be for all three sessions. Free event. Register online at: https://centerex.wisconsinsbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=19400074
Using Your Business Plan to Run Your Business
Virtual 2020 Business Education Series: Using Your Business Plan to Run Your Business. Most business plans are written to secure loans or attract investment capital and are never looked at again. Learn how to use your business plan as a roadmap to run your company with a more cohesive vision by improving marketing, sales, operations, and financial viability to increase your chance for success. Free event with various dates/times. Register online at: https://www.uwsp.edu/conted/Pages/Business-Education-Series.aspx
 WWBIC takes pride in being the front line of economic development and with our 33 year history in providing quality business and educational programming, coupled with access to fair and responsible capital – we are advancing our work in ways we never thought imaginable. Our WWBIC offices in Northeast are here to support you and the businesses you serve.
 Our programs remain committed to women, people of color, lower wealth individuals and Veterans:

Fall 2020 Program Guide

  • We converted our business and financial educational programming to virtual, online, and on-demand, as well as modified our offerings. Attached is our Fall 2020 Program Guide which outlines our services and course offerings. Registration is available here: https://www.wwbic.com/classes/.  

COVID-19 Rural Business Revival Grants Program

  • WWBIC has directly provided to date nearly $2 million of direct grant support to businesses. We are working with the many local foundations and community foundations, acting as a conduit to provide direct grants to local businesses as well as forgivable loans.

  • Attached is a Grant Opportunity in the Northeast Wisconsin Region. The COVID-19 Rural Business Revival Grants Program in the Fox Valley region of Wisconsin aims to assist single mothers who are racial and ethnic minorities who own micro and small businesses that have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 economic crisis.  
With the Clintonville Lions having to cancel two of its four major annual fundraisers — spring rose sale and spring carnival — due to the COVID-19 virus, a local florist decided to help out by conducting a four day rose sale and giving the Club the funds raised.
Lori List, owner of Wantas Floral & Gift at 147 S. Main Street Clintonville, hosted and conducted the sale at her business Monday through Thursday, August 10 - 13. Sales were so brisk on the very first day of the sale that List said she approached her wholesaler and was able “to score a deal for another allotment of more great colors.”
Roses sold for $15.95 per dozen. The Clintonville Lions received $10 for each dozen sold. The Lions Club also received $7.50 in tips. In all, the sale raised $457.50.
“Thank you all so much for supporting your community,” List says to all those who purchased roses. “Just think of it as helping to build a ramp to someone's front door while enjoying the beauty of the flowers along the way.” View the full article on the Clintonville Lions Facebook Page.
Photo: Wantas Floral & Gift owner Lori List presented a $457.50 proceeds check to the Clintonville Lions from the rose sale. Accepting the check on behalf of the Lions was Lowell Easley, Club secretary. Photo by Lion Sara Mullen-Hornung.
"I was more than happy to hand over my check to the Clintonville Area Ambulance Service from my Apple Pie Contest! With all the pie entries and samples sold I raised $451.00 but that wasn’t good enough for me. My goal was $600 so I decided to take $200 cash out my pocket and add it to the total to make my donation $651.00! My money will be heading towards a new Cardiac Monitor." Adelle from Bluebird Cafe.
The Bridge Thrift Store moved! New Address is 1931 N Shawano, New London. Reopening on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30TH, AT 9:00 AM and resuming regular schedule again!!
October 2020
Goodfellows Gear Up for Annual Campaign

The Goodfellows of Clintonville and Marion is pleased to announce that in spite of the COVID 19 pandemic that has impacted so many aspects of our daily lives, the organization is busy preparing for their 70th annual distribution of items to needy individuals and families in our area.

On September 10th, the Goodfellows board of directors met and agreed to proceed with our 2020 Holiday campaign, and began the process of modifying our registration and distribution methods for this year in order to keep our recipients as well as our volunteers as safe as possible during this trying time.

In the past, our preparation concluded with a one day distribution event held at Memory Lanes in Clintonville. After careful consideration of the effects of Covid-19, the board decided to distribute items over a 2 day period to best facilitate social distancing procedures. Wednesday December 16th will be set aside for families with children while Thursday December 17th will be for single individuals and those households without children. We've yet to work out all of the details in making these changes, but we are confident that we can serve those in need in our community this holiday season, albeit in a bit different fashion than in the past.

As our distribution area now includes residents of both the Clintonville and Marion School Districts, our efforts to serve the less fortunate residing in those areas continue to grow. The response from the Clintonville and Marion communities last year was outstanding, with churches, civic organizations, and businesses all contributing both financially as well as with donations of food, toys, and other items. Volunteers from both communities joined in helping prepare for the distribution of items collected to the less fortunate.

In the past, local churches, service organizations, and businesses have contributed everything from toys, canned goods, mittens and caps to blankets and comforters, with every item contributed finding a good home. Many of the same organizations have provided countless volunteer hours towards making the annual event a success by their assistance during distribution week.

In 2020 however, while encouraging these same groups to contribute, we respectfully ask that they refrain from collecting any canned or boxed food items as recipients will NOT be receiving boxes of food items as in the past. Instead, 2020 recipients will receive two food vouchers redeemable at Tadych's Econo Foods in Clintonville instead of one as has been the practice in years past. One voucher will be good through December and the other will be good through January. Any food items that are collected will be turned over to the local food pantry.

We continue to encourage the collection of toys, gift cards, and personal care items as we believe we will be able to distribute those items in a safe and effective manner. As always, cash contributions are most appreciated, allowing out team of great volunteers to use those donations in the most effective way possible. We pride ourselves on getting the most bang for our buck!

Founded in the early 1950's by Franks Sinkewicz, former officer at FWD Corporation, the Goodfellows program has provided countless items to the less fortunate over the years, helping to make their holiday season a bit brighter. In addition, dozens of local residents have generously volunteered their time in making each year's event a success, many of them having done so for years.

Funding for the Goodfellows comes from a variety of sources. Along with some funding from the local United Way campaign, a majority of their funding comes from cash donations from generous local businesses, civic groups, and individuals. In addition, funding is also provided through grants from charitable foundations with business ties to the Clintonville/Marion community, among them Alliant Energy, Theda Care, and Kwik Trip.

As a 501c3 charitable organization, your contribution is tax deductible. Anyone wishing to donate may mail their contribution to:
                                                Clintonville Goodfellows
                                                           P.O. Box 135
                                                Clintonville, WI 54929

Monetary donations can also be made by visiting our Facebook page “Goodfellows of Clintonville and Marion” and using the donate feature located there.

From November 1-15, volunteers begin the process of collecting the names of potential recipients. Individuals and families identified as such, are then contacted by Goodfellows members to verify their application. Shortly thereafter, recipients are selected and notified of their inclusion in the program for that year.
 As mentioned earlier, this year each family will receive two vouchers from Tadych's Econo Foods in Clintonville, allowing them to purchase fresh items and groceries from a list of approved products. The amount of the vouchers, one good through December 2020 and the other good through January 2021, varies each year, depending on donations received,

In mid December, the process of sorting and purchasing toys, and gathering all other items collected throughout the community begins, culminating with the distribution of everything collected usually around a week before Christmas. This years two day distribution will occur on Wednesday and Thursday December 16 & 17 at Memory Lanes and Banquet Hall in Clintonville from Noon until 6pm each day.
Boo Basket Sponsorship

Surprise Halloween Fun for the Kids in the Macaroni Kid Clintonville WI area

Baskets will be delivered October 7-11

Halloween will most likely look different for a lot of children this year. There will be less events and public gatherings than ever before. Let’s help spread some spooky cheer by Boo’ing 150 local families and starting the “Pay It Forward” trend throughout the month (each family that gets boo’d will boo 2 more families… think of the joy we can spread throughout the city).  
Please visit here more information on how to get involved and sponsor.
The Clintonville Public Library is now open 9-5 on Wednesday in addition to 9-5 on Mondays and Thursdays and 4-8 on Tuesdays. Patrons can contact the Library at 715-823-4563 to make appointments for curbside pickup or to enter the building for browsing the collection or to use a computer. The Library is adding more slots so that we can make room for more patrons when possible. Please contact the Library for more information.
Thank You to our October Booster Members!