April 4, 2022
DWACC April 2022 Newsletter
Welcome Members! Chamber Luncheon, Leadership Series, Golf Classic, 4th of July, Community Events and Member News!
Upcoming Chamber Events
Chamber April Luncheon
Tuesday, April 5th, 2022
DeForest Area Community & Senior Center
11:30am to 1:00pm
Ambassador Mike Leckrone will come to share with us information regarding the non-profit COPA: Community Organizations Promoting the Arts ~ empowering local organizations to drive a love of the arts to the people who participate and observe by supporting programming for youth and adults.

We will also have new member, Advocate MD, owner Dr. Nicole Hemkes, MD, come and share information and answer questions about their medical services and opportunities for Chamber members!

Check out Advocate MD's website, http://www.advocatedpc.com 
and come and meet Dr. Hemkes and ask about their Direct Primary Care model!

Chamber Leadership Series starts April 18th!
As Spring quickly approaches, there is no time like the present to take advantage of another Chamber professional development opportunity!

In a collaboration between the DeForest Windsor Area Chamber and the Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce, we are pleased to offer an exceptional educational opportunity to sharpen your leadership skills and network with fellow members from across the Chambers. Our partners at Madison College have worked with us to create a short and impactful Leadership Development Series, highlighting the latest skills and behaviors associate with some of the most common leadership practices and competencies. 

Course Topics
Essentials of Leadership
Managing Diversity & Generations
Organizational Culture
Effective Communication
Managing Conflict & Difficult People

Register by Friday, April 15th for all five courses or individually on the date it begins!
Check the Chamber Website Calendar of Events to Register for individual courses! 

Save the Date!
Chamber Golf Classic
Thursday, June 9th at
Lake Windsor Country Club
We are excited to host the Chamber Golf Classic at Lake Windsor Country Club!

The day will feature 18 holes of golf, two carts per team included. Enjoy a boxed lunch and fun games at the holes with chances to win premium prizes! Check out the raffle prizes and drop your tickets in the baskets, time following golf will be given to enter raffles. 

Join us on the patio following golf for awards and prizes, food and beverages and networking! 

Register for Sponsorship HERE
Register for Golf HERE
Volunteer Sign-up HERE

4th of July Community Celebration!
July 2nd - 4th, 2022
The DeForest Windsor Area Chamber 4th of July Community Celebration is a tradition to come together as community to honor those who fought and continue to fight for our freedom and independence! Many people attend our event to enjoy a variety of entertainment for kids of all ages!

It is a wonderful opportunity for your business to show its community support and receive brand recognition for sponsoring these activities for families to do for free!

Sponsorship & Event Information: HERE
Parade Registration HERE

Volunteer sign-up coming soon!

Badger Bounceback Grants
Upcoming Community Events
Celebrate #NationalLibraryWeek and 20 years on Library Street!
The DAPL Open House on Saturday, April 9th from 10am to 1pm will include:

> Scavenger hunt with a chance to win a Kindle
> Activities & crafts
> Game buffet
> New and unique items to borrow
> Program displays and demonstrations
> DeForest Area Historical Society gallery displays and tours
> Friends of the DAPL book give-away & children's book sale
> Button making and mini-tours in the Workshop
> Refreshments & giveaways

The Annual Easter Scramble will take place on Sunday, April 10th, starting at 1:00pm at Lake Windsor Country Club.
Arrive between 12:15pm - 12:45pm and register for the appropriate age group for the Egg Hunt! Take pictures with the Easter Bunny and don't forget your baskets!

Special Thanks to Essential Family Vision Care, Terra Firma Realty - The Mike Coke Team and Lake Windsor Country Club for sponsoring this wonderful community event!
Blood Drive on Tuesday, April 12th
from 1:00pm to 6:00pm
at the DeForest Area Public Library
Drive Details:
Site: Deforest Area Public Library
Address: 203 Library St., De Forest, WI, 53532
Room Name: Community Room
Date: Tue Apr 12, 2022
Time: 1:00: PM - 6:00: PM
Blood Program Leader Name: Nicole Rundahl
Blood Program Leader Phone Number:

DASD Alumni Hall of Fame
Nominations due April 15, 2022
The DeForest Area School District is accepting nominations of distinguished graduates for consideration to the DeForest Area School District’s 2022 Alumni Hall of Fame. In its eighth year, this program recognizes and honors former DeForest Area School District graduates for achieving a significant degree of success in their pursuits of higher education and/or in their professional careers.

Each year the Hall of Fame committee will induct up to five members to the Hall, final selections are made by May 30. 

Applications for this honor can be made by self-nomination.
A nomination form can be downloaded from the district’s website — www.deforestschools.org > Community > Alumni Hall of Fame (fillable PDF file). Completed nominations are due Friday, April 15, 2022.
Windsor Needs Closet Collection &
Blood Drive on Saturday, April 16th
from 9:00am to 2:00pm
Windsor Police Department

What: Windsor Community Blood Drive
When: Saturday, April 16th from 9am-2pm
Where: Windsor PD (6770 Depot St., Windsor)

The Windsor Deputies are creating a Windsor Needs Closet and will be collecting items such as: non-perishable food, blankets, bottled water, diapers and wipes, and other essential items to give to those in need. Items can be dropped off at the Windsor Police Department, 6770 Depot Street, Windsor!

Special thanks to our local businesses supporting the Blood Drive with treats and coupons for donors! Register to donate blood and drop off items for the Windsor Needs Closet!

*Kwik Trip
*Branch + Daughter
*Windsor Breads, Bakery & Coffeehouse
*Mousehouse Cheesehaus
*A&W Windsor
*Norski Nutrition

Follow the Windsor Police Department Facebook Page for more updates: HERE

How to make an appointment to donate:       
Call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767)
Visit: https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/donation-time and enter “Windsor.”

One Community Helping Another

Dane Buy Local (DBL) has been receiving requests for suggestions on how to help the Ukrainian refugee relief efforts. It can feel like an individual contribution won’t make much of a difference, so DBL has an idea to encourage and grow our efforts on a community level.

April 18‒24
Each participating business—open to all community businesses, not just DBL members—chooses a day(s) during this week and creates its own fundraising event. Let DBL know what you’ll be doing, and we’ll help with promotion.
How to Participate
Fill out the participation form at:

Fundraising Ideas
       Pick a day(s) during this week and donate a percentage of your sales.
       Identify a service or product where a percentage of sales will be donated to the effort. As an example, 10% of gift certificates purchased during the week will be donated.
       Support a participating business. As an example, a business may buy cupcakes for their staff from a participating bakery on the date(s) of the bakery’s event to help boost its donation.
       Matching donation. A business promotes the event to their employees, offering to match their individual donations. As an example, if 14 employees each donate $10, the business donates an additional $140 for a total donation of $280.
       Make a cash donation to a relief organization.
Event Promotion
DBL will promote the week’s fundraising events on its website, in social media, and through other means. Each participant will receive marketing materials that they may use at their business and in their social media.
Where to Send Donations
Each participating business will donate 100% of the funds they raised directly to a relief organization(s) of their choice. For convenience and informational purposes only, DBL will provide a link to a list of relief organizations. DBL has not and will not be independently vetting any of the relief organizations listed in the provided link. The provision of this link by DBL is not an endorsement, recommendation, or approval of any of the listed organizations or the products, services, viewpoints, or opinions of the listed relief organizations. DBL is not responsible or liable for and does make any claims, assurances, or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of contents or information in the provided link or in any links to subsequent resources. DBL is not liable for any errors or omissions in the contents of the provided link or in any links to subsequent resources. No warranty of any kind, whether express or implied, including but not limited to the warranties of non-infringement, title, merchantability, or fitness for a particular purpose is given with respect to the contents or information contained in the provided link or in any links to subsequent resources.
Of Note
DBL is not taking a political position on the conflict, but simply acting in response to requests to provide a means to increase donations to this humanitarian effort. DBL looks at this as one community helping another, and DBL will not receive any of the donated funds nor compensation for its efforts.
Member News!!!
Capitol Bank Announces Team and the April 7th Opening Date for the new Capitol Bank East location at 5427 Eastpark Blvd. in the American Center!
Congratulations to Chamber Members
voted as the 2022 Top Places to Work
Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation
RHD Plumbing & Dina Opsahl won for Leadership Award!
Kwik Trip Inc.
Century 21 Affiliated
Heritage Credit Union
One Community Bank

Read Article: HERE
Monday, May 2, 2022 - 6:30pm
at the DeForest Area Public Library

From Parked to Driven: Why low motivation is so prevalent right now and steps to regain traction.
Presented by Jennifer Worley
These are challenging times when it comes to motivation and engagement. From Parked to Driven will look at how the past year and a half has impacted many people’s sense of motivation and explore 4 concepts & strategies to begin regaining traction. This presentation will include time for questions or conversation. 

Jennifer has 16 years of experience in the mental health and emotional wellness field. A public school counselor, a private practice therapist, a clinician in a medical setting & a trained trauma informed yoga instructor, she has seen how emotional wellness intersects with many factors for people and society.

DeForest FFA Plant Sale

May 3rd: 1PM to 6PM
May 4th: 1PM to 6PM
May 5th: 1PM to 5PM
May 6th: 1PM to 4PM May 7th: 8AM to 1PM
The greenhouse plant sale would not be possible without the cooperation of the Horticulture Class and the FFA Chapter. The FFA supplies the funds to purchase all of the supplies needed, including soil, seeds, fertilizer, pots, trays, and more.

The profits go to the FFA to be used by the chapter as well as preparation for the following horticulture class.
To see a list of plants available, click on this link: https://tinyurl.com/4cx5yr8a
Fortifi Bank's Fiesta at 4 is Back!!!
Tuesday, May 10th from 4-6pm
Register Here
The Dragon Arts Group is gearing up for the 16th Annual Dragon Art Fair 
to be held Saturday, June 4th from 9:00AM to 4:00PM 

Check out all the details at:

With 100 amazing local & regional artists working in all medias, family entertainment and great local food, the Dragon Art Fair is sure to have something for everyone. Located in Fireman’s Park, the fair offers a walkable park setting, easy access and adjacent parking, all of which provide an enjoyable experience for both artists and guests. Our silent auction, with 50+ items donated by our generous artists and community businesses, provides an opportunity have fun and support the Dragon Arts Group Scholarship fund.
Visit our Community Websites for more
Information & Upcoming Events

If you have an event or member to member deal that you would like on the Chamber Website, please go to Chamber Master and fill out an event listing or contact the Chamber office.

Chamber Master: "How to Post a Job Listing" Video link: Here
Keeping the Connection Sponsor
Thank you to TDS Telecom for sponsoring small businesses
in our communities to remain members of the
DeForest Windsor Area Chamber of Commerce!
We are so grateful for your Keeping the Connection
sponsorship in 2021 and 2022!