The new Christmas Ornament for 2006 featuring the Clarke Observatory on the former Yankton College campus is now available in Yankton at various outlets. The Chamber's Trade & Growth Committee sponsors the ornament.

The ornament series was started by the Chamber's Convention & Visitors Bureau as a great way to display Yankton's historic past. It will make a great gift for the Christmas season. It's never too late to start a collection for yourself, a family member or a friend.

The Chamber has now produced four ornaments that represent Yankton's past; Yankton County Courthouse, Meridian Bridge, Lewis & Clark Bicentennial and Walnut Historic School. The fifth ornament was done in honor of the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial.

All ornaments are now available at the Chamber of Commerce office, Yankton College Alumni Office-SAC, Monta's Framing, Design & Floral, Evie's Hallmark-Yankton Mall and Yankton Rexall Drug. The cost for all ornaments is $15.

ACOUSTIC CHRISTMAS CONCERT RETURNS TO YANKTON'S SAC

The Acoustic Christmas Concert returns to Yankton, at the Summit Activity Center, on Thursday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The South Dakota Acoustic Christmas has been a traditional Christmas concert in Yankton for many years.

Tickets are now available at the following locations, Chamber of Commerce, Hy-Vee, Evie's Hallmark and Yankton Rexall Drug. Cost is $15 per person.

Rewards FOR SHOPPING IN YANKTON

Seventeen businesses are participating in the annual Chamber's Holiday Shopping Rewards promotion sponsored by the Trade & Growth Committee.

Customers may register at one of the business. Each Friday, the participating businesses will draw a name from their registration box and submit them for the weekly drawing for Chamber Gift Certificates.

The remaining drawings are set for Dec. 8, Dec. 15 and Dec. 22. Additional gift items will be given way with the final drawing on Dec. 22.

The participating businesses are: Ace Hardware & Bike Shop; Brunick Furniture; Dakota Archery & Outdoor Sports; Hatch Furniture; Hy-Vee; Jones Communications; Kline's Jewelry; Meredith's Jewelry; Mike's Bikes & Ice; Robinson Motor Company; Roger's Family Pharmacy; Royal Sport Shop; Slumberland, Triple Time Rudy's; Wal-Mart, Western Office Plus and Yankton Motor Company.

YOU CAN BE A ÔSUPER SANTA' BY GIVING CHAMBER DOLLARS

Christmas is coming in three weeks, but many shoppers are still trying to think of something to give those hard-to-buy for persons.

The Chamber of Commerce would like to make giving a whole lot easier again this year. If you need a gift for a drawing at the office, school or even the year-end bonus for the employees, then consider Yankton Chamber Dollars. Call the Chamber office, (605) 665-3636 to place your order for the Yankton Chamber Dollars.

NOTE TO BUSINESSES: When a customer presents a Yankton Chamber Dollar certificate for payment of a purchase, remember they are encoded by the bank and can be used like a personal check. Please make sure all your employees who handle money are well-informed of the program and do not turn away customers who bring in the certificate.

COMMITTEE TO HOST PRE-LEGISLATIVE LUNCHEON

Registration is under way for the annual pre-legislative luncheon sponsored by the Chamber's Governmental Affairs Committee on Wednesday, Dec. 13 from 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. at JoDean's Steak House & Lounge. Lunch is $10 (includes beverage, tax and tip).

David Owen, President, S.D. Chamber of Commerce & Industry schedules these pre-legislative meetings to provide the communities with his insight on what may transpire with the legislature in a new session. David Owen will review the recent election results and then discuss the issues that may appear before the 2007 legislature including (1) Education Policy & Funding; (2) Minimum Wage; (3) Property Tax; (4) Workforce Development and (5) FY'08 budget. Also, he will entertain questions from the participants on issues of their concern.

RSVP to the Chamber at (605) 665-3636.

DATE Set FOR YANKTON DAY @ LEGISLATURE

The Chamber's Governmental Affairs Committee has selected Thursday, Feb.1, for the annual Yankton Day @ Legislature.

The Governmental Affairs Committee has decided to return, after a one-year absence, to the traditional format of using the day to meet with various heads of state government, to talk about issues and projects related to Yankton.

The itinerary for the day will be to leave early the morning of Feb.1 and host the meetings at the Mathew Training Center, Foss Building across from the S.D. State Capitol Building. During the day, the delegation will meet with department heads, District 18 legislators and visit the S.D. Senate and House of Representatives chambers. It is hoped we will be able to meet with the governor during the day.

The fee for the trip will be set once the costs have been established by the committee.

Persons interested in being a member of the delegation may call now to have their name placed on the list going to Pierre.

LEGISLATIVE CRACKER BARREL DATES ARE SCHEDULED BY THE CHAMBER

The legislative houses convene on Tuesday, Jan. 9 for a 40-day session in Pierre at the state capital. The Governmental Affairs Committee, in conjunction with the District 18 legislators, will host three legislative "cracker barrels" on Saturdays, Jan. 27, Feb. 10 and Feb. 24. All three meetings will be held from 10-11 a.m. Locations to be determined.

MINERVAS AND BEST WESTERN KELLY INN TO CO-SPONSOR MEMBERSHIP MIXER

On Tuesday, Dec. 12, Minervas and Best Western Kelly Inn will co-sponsor the Chamber's monthly Membership Mixer.

Membership Mixers are an outstanding way to network with other member-investors. It never hurts to bring along a few business cards. The Membership Mixers are hosted by the Chamber Ambassadors.

AMBASSADORS TO HONOR NEW BUSINESSES IN DECEMBER

The Chamber Ambassadors will honor two new businesses in Yankton. On Friday, Dec.8 at 10 a.m., the Ambassadors will host a "First Dollar" ribbon-cutting for Willowdale Pottery, 2200 Willowdale Road. The owner of Willowdale Pottery is Dan Bartos.

A groundbreaking ceremony is planned for to Degaza Equestrian Estates on North Highway 81. The date has not been established by the owners.

On Thursday, Nov. 30, the Ambassadors honored Rena and Dale Hebda, owners of Garrity's Prairie Gardens/Hebda Produce with a "First Dollar" ribbon-cutting.

NEWS OFFICERS ELECTED FOR 2007 CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

The Chamber's Board of Directors appointed Dr. Tim Barry, President of Mount Marty College will take over the reigns of the Chamber of Commerce on Jan. 1. Other officers appointed include Nate Franzen, Vice-President, First Dakota National Bank; Carla Ewald, Treasurer, Shur-Co and Dave Hosmer, Past President, Attorney-at-Law.

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