August 14, 2018 

Next Breakfast: Aug 23
Featured Speaker: Eve Knudtsen 

Eve Knudtsen, President of Knudtsen Chevrolet, be speaking about Simon Sinek's theory on how important it is for businesses to find the "why." Why they are in the business they are in. She uses Knudtsen as an example and explains how the company's purpose is greater than selling vehicles and how that connects to our community.

Sorry, Reservations  Closed.
Hope to see you next month!

July's Networking Breakfast featured Lora Whalen covering suicide awareness and prevention and how the local SPAN chapter (Suicide Prevention Action Network) for Region 1 is working towards eradicating suicide in Idaho through statewide advocacy, collaboration and education in best practices as well as details of their 10th Annual SPAN 5K Walk.

Join us monthly to hear unique and informational speakers, meet new members and hear the latest happenings.

Breakfast Schedule
7:00            Check-in Starts
7:00-7:20    Networking  
7:30            Program Begins
8:30            Program Ends

Salvation Army Kroc Center 
1765 W Golf Course Rd, Coeur d'Alene

Be a Breakfast Sponsor!
Includes one free breakfast, your banner displayed at the breakfast and on all marketing, a slide added the PowerPoint, 5-7 minutes to present, literature at each place setting as well as a table topper, and a free trade table (can be used at a future breakfast.)
Call us to Sponsor a table
(208) 762-1185

September's Featured Speaker
Jamie Lynn Morgan
Marketing Manager & Business Coach
Idaho Small Business Development Center
North Idaho College

How the North Idaho SBDC Helps Create World Class Businesses

 For September's Breakfast, click   HERE  to:
Register, reserve a Trade Table or
become a Sponsor.

October's Featured Speaker

Dr. James Grassi
Dr. Jim Grassi is the founder and president of the culturally strategic Men's Ministry Catalyst, an international men's organization founded in 1981.   Known for his unique presentations and story-telling abilities, he teaches and writes to audiences from a background as a chaplain and character coach with police and fire departments, the National Football League, and a church leader.  Jim is known for his unique work as speaker and resource provider to men, hall of fame outdoorsman, college professor, businessman, and community leader.
He has authored numerous articles, written thirteen books, and co-hosted various television programs. Most important to Jim is his passion for assisting people and corporations in becoming good role models for the youth of our nation.

 For October's Breakfast, c lick  HERE  to:
Register, reserve a Trade Table or
become a Sponsor.

Click HERE to reserve your spot today!

Create your Login and Password, and make one change to your company's profile and we'll put you into a drawing for a free admission to an upcoming Network Breakfast!

Did you know?
Chambermaster is an awesome tool for your business and it's one of the benefits of your Chamber membership!

We're on your team and want to make sure the information we share is correct. Log in and update your profile information today. The program interfaces directly with the Hayden Chamber website, so it's really important to login and update or correct your profile. Then, check out all possabilities to promote your business on Chambermaster. 

To provide its members with more tools to network, advertise and grow, your Hayden Chamber has added member access to Chambermaster, its membership management program; the online members-only information center for the Hayden Chamber of Commerce.

What's great about this program are the benefits it provides the Chamber and you, our member. 
  • New members will be able to sign up and pay in one process.
  • It interfaces directly with the Hayden Chamber's website, allowing members to post upcoming activities on the Events Calendar
  • Members can create "Hot Deals", which is a simple, template driven coupon you can make for your business, making it available to visitors of the Chamber's website.
  • You'll be able to view the status of your account.
  • You can post on the Community Events calendar for your organization.
  • Members will be able to add or update their organization's account information, such as representatives, email addresses, phone numbers, etc.
  • It will allow you to pay your membership dues online, as well as buy tickets for the Networks Breakfast, the Annual Banquet, and any other events that we provide online payment, as well as making reservations for events.

Click  HERE and start using your benefits today. If you haven't yet logged in to your profile, or are having trouble, please call us and we'll be happy to help!

Call us at Hayden Chamber of Commerce at (208) 762-1185 or email


Post Falls Library Begins Building
a Teen, Multi-Use Space

T he Community Library Network at Post Falls will begin carving out a space in the library to construct a 1200-foot teen and multi-use area.  Thanks to a $47,900 bequest by long-time library user Wilma Beauchot late last year, the project is off to a good start.  The donated funds will cover the placement of modular walls, electrical outlets, and data lines.  Because the walls will be mostly transparent, the area will feel large and spacious.
The rest of the project will be completed in stages as a fund raising campaign develops.  "Flooring, furnishings, lighting, and technology are all in need," said Jennifer Craft, Post Falls Library community librarian/manager.  "The idea is to create a space that is welcoming to teens and ideal for staff-led programming," she said.  About 40 teens were surveyed asking what features they would like to see.  Some of the elements rising to the top include color-changing lights, beanbag chairs, a craft closet, and of course, lots of technology.  The project is expected to cost roughly $100,000 to complete.
In 2016, when the District held community meetings about library services, the number one public concern was teens loitering near the entrances and being noisy in the library, said Craft. In response to these concerns, the new, modern space will give teens a place of their own. For more information about the project, contact Craft, 208-773-1506

Community Library Network Presents
Self-Defense Programs

Dr. Eberwein, a 5th Degree Black Belt or Go Dan, will present basic self-defense programs at several Community Library Network locations. A student of American Kenpo Karate, Eberwein has more than 40 years of experience in teaching the Chinese/Okinawan martial art. Kenpo incorporates a study of motion and body position that allows practitioners to protect themselves against potential attack.

Eberwein obtained his fifth degree promotion in June 2011 from Master Richard "Huk" Planas who is considered by the Kenpo community to be the world's leading authority on the subject of the hows and whys of Kenpo. Eberwein has been studying with Mr. Planas since 1979.

Those attending the program can expect to become exposed to self-defense moves and vocabulary. Loose fitting gym attire (sweats) is acceptable for this class. The following programs are free and only the Pinehurst Library requires registration.

Rathdrum: Thursday, August 16, 6:30 p.m.
Pinehurst: Monday, September 24, 6:30 p.m.
Athol: Wednesday, October 10, 6:30 p.m.

For More Information:
Twylla Rehder, adult programming coordinator, 208-772-5612 x 123
Anne Abrams, communications director, 208-773-1506 x 323
 or to check out other programs, go to CommunityLibrary.Net/Adults.


"Miss Vera"

The Hayden Historic Preservation Commission is currently collecting family histories that will ultimately be gathered into a two-volume book.  In the future, we will be sharing some of the more interesting stories with you readers of the Hayden Chamber of Commerce newsletter.

Our historic heroine for today is Vera O'Meeka Lacey, born in Mohler, Washington at the beginning of the 20th century. With only an occasional country doctor and no hospitals in such a remote area of the northwest, only the strong survived. Vera's mother died when Vera was just ten years old. Luckily, she and her three younger brothers (Boyd, Marion and Louis) were welcomed into the home of their father's brother, Louis, and his wife, Grace, who were childless. The Lacey home was a happy one; the children were truly blessed with loving, adoptive parents and friendly neighbors in this corner of Idaho.
In the 1920s, a weekly farmer's market was held at the corner of 4th Street and Lakeside in Coeur d'Alene. Father Louis would hitch up the mules and drive the family into town with a wagonload of kids and fresh vegetables and flowers. All the produce not sold at the farmer's market would be sold to the Post Falls cannery.
The family gardens were popularly known as Lacey's Gardens, which were located at their home on Lacey Avenue as well as a two-acre plot north of the Hayden Lake School to Orchard Avenue on U.S. Highway 95 (now known as N. Government Way).
Thriving in this healthy atmosphere, young Vera discovered the joy of cultivation of the soil, the beauty of flowers, and the economic value of hard work. She was a good student and after graduating from Hayden Lake School, she attended Lewiston Normal School for two years where she received her teaching certificate.
Vera taught at various one-room school houses until 1923 when she married a neighbor boy, James Casey. They said their wedding vows at the Presbyterian parsonage in Coeur d'Alene; she always remembered picking wild violets from the roadside to wear on her wedding dress.
Vera and her new husband lived on in this area where Jim made a living logging and Vera continued to teach. Finally, they purchased a small farm near his father's place. They had three children: James Douglas, Meeka Janet, and Morva Marion. Following family tradition, Vera began to cultivate very large flower gardens. She was a tiny, feisty lady who seemed to work all the time, always in her beloved gardens.
The Kootenai County Fair Board asked her to oversee the care of the flowers when they were brought in at fair time. Vera Lacey Casey was Flower Superintendent for over twenty years and when she retired, she was greatly honored by the Fair Board.
James Casey died in 1985 and the flower lady, Vera, followed him in 1988.


For more information or to sign up, click HERE

NITA Website Advertising Opportunity

Keokee Publishing in Sandpoint  is adding   9 ads (3 ad blocks with 3 rotating ads each)  to the website to help showcase North Idaho.

The cost will be $200 per month for a rotating ad and $600/month for a non-rotating ad.  
Contact Keokee Publishing at (208) 263-3573 or toll free at (800)\880-3573.


120 N. 4th. Street
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814
(208) 691-1720

1924 Northwest Blvd.
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814
(208) 818-8181

411A W Miles Ave
Hayden, ID 83835
(208) 772-4386

1250 W. Lancaster Rd
Hayden, Idaho 83835
(208) 457-7001

Lora Whalen
8500 N. Atlas Rd.
Hayden, ID  83835
(208) 415-5100


3165 W Blueberry Cir
Hayden, ID 83835
(208) 518-9931

Daria Brown
8206 N. Govt. Way
Hayden, ID  83835
(208) 772-SHOE (7463)




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