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Chamber News

Lunch & Learn

Held the 4th Wednesday of the month, 11:45 to 1:00, at the Snowflake Social Hall, 111 W Center Street.

Schedule for 2019:

January 23
February 27
March 27
April 24
May 22
June 26
August 28,
September 25
October 2
November 13

Note: There is no Lunch & Learn in July and December. November is earlier in the month due to Thanksgiving.

April

Ron McArthur, FACHE, Executive Director for Summit Healthcare provided an update on the hospital’s expansion.

  • March 2019: Administrative Building opened; Patient Financial Services located on the 1st Floor.
  • June-July 2019: Staggered move into Outpatient Pavilion
  • August 2019: Ambulatory Services Building will open

We’d like to thank Summit Healthcare for sponsoring our April lunch.

March

Brad Stoddard MBA, CEO of Sunrise Ambulatory Surgical Center gave an informative talk on:

  • How to save money on surgery
  • How to decrease insurance premiums for you and your employees
  • What options consumers have in healthcare
  • The importance of patient satisfaction

An important takeaway is to be our own advocate, research our options, and know that we have options on we can request with regard to surgeries.

We’d also like to thank Sunrise ASC for being this month’s sponsor. Lunch was prepared by Celebrations.

Snowflake/Taylor Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet

Everyone had a great time at this year’s Annual Awards Banquet as we brought back the 70’s. Entertainment was provided by Denny and Linda McLelland. They had a nice mix of songs from the 60’s and 70’s.

Here are the winners:

Business Man of the Year

Josh Craner – Black Diamond Auto Glass

Business Woman of the Year

Julie McCray – World Financial Group

Large Business of the Year

Smithfield Farms

Medium Business of the Year

Compass Medical Center

Small Business of the Year

Snowflake Smokehouse

Non-profit of the Year

Equine WellBeing Rescue

The following awards were also presented:

  • Shining Star Award: Kayley Willis
    Kayley was chosen for her involvement in the community in developing the 3E Snacks program, weekend food for kids in need.
  • Shining Star Award: C.H. Packer
    C.H. was chosen for all of the volunteer work he performs on behalf of the community.
  • Executive Director Award: Dawn Reddick, in appreciation for all she does for the Chamber.
  • President’s Award: Neil Traver, in appreciation of outstanding service within our communities
    and support for the Chamber.

Highlights from last year’s Awards Banquet

A Big Thank You to Last Year’s Sponsors: The Carriage House and The Morning Rose

Small Business of the Year: Emalee's Carniceria

Medium Business of the Year: Black Diamond Auto Glass

Large Business of the Year: All Custom Exteriors

Business Woman of the Year: Frances Valdez

Business Man of the Year: Terril Kay

Executive Director Award: Silver Creek Herald

Shining Star Award: Dr. Chad Brimhall

Shining Star Award: Cathie McDowell

President's Award: Sarah Brimhall

The Golden Apron Award: John and Bev Kay

The Board Award: Patti Matyas

Ribbon Cuttings

Happenings

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Performers included:

  • Dance Amour
  • High Country Barbershop Chorus
  • Canyon Creek Performing Arts
  • Snowflake High School Madrigals
  • Britton Shirley, Trick Roper
  • Calvary Chapel Worship Band
  • John Kay and David Peterson

Snowflake Town Lighting

Vice Mayor Kerry Ballard did the countdown and turning on of the lights at this year’s town lighting event held November 30. Kicking off Santa’s arrival on the fire truck was a dance performance by a group from Dance Amour.

Santa and Mrs. Claus, along with two of their elves, stayed cozy in the Freeman home as kids divulged their wish lists for Christmas.

Local businesses and organizations prepared and served hot cocoa or cider and donated cookies to event goers as they strolled between the two entertainment areas or headed over to view the nativity displays in the Social Hall.

A new addition to the event was the Ugly Sweater Contest. Judging the event was Chamber Board Member Tyler Rausch. Marcus Marshall was the winner.

We wish to thank the businesses, entertainers, Santa and Mrs. Clause, and those who donated cookies for helping us make this a great event.

Harvest Fest

Despite the uncertainty of the weather, this year’s Harvest Fest was a good time for all. Fest goers enjoyed arts and crafts booths, filled up on a variety of foods from our food vendors, and enjoyed performances by Britton Shirley, Navajo Twist Roper, and the Standing Horse Dancers, representing a number of Native American tribes in the area.

The Tribune sponsored a pumpkin contest and the kids enjoyed participating in pumpkin pie eating contests.

The Game Zone provided a variety of activities: Treasure Hunt, plinko, face painting, bean bag toss, Pony Express obstacle course, coloring a pumpkin, and more! A big thank you to the businesses who participated in the Game Zone for their time and effort in decorating their booth, creating and setting up the games, and for all the prizes awarded.

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Thank You Harvest Fest Sponsors

Grand Marshals

Ben & Sherree Lewis

Sweet Corn Royalty

Queen: Kynlee Hargrove

King: Drew Brubaker

Taylor Sweet Corn Festival

The annual Taylor Sweet Corn Festival was held September 1 and included various rodeo events, fireworks, arts & crafts show with kid activities, parade, and, of course, corn, food, corn and more CORN!

This year’s parade Grand Marshals were Ben and Sherree Lewis. And we offer our congratulations to Kynlee Hargrove, Sweet Corn Queen, and Drew Brubaker, Sweet Corn King.

Parade Judges awarded the Cream of the Crop (1st) to Silver Creek Mortuary, Outstanding in the Field (2nd) to Black Diamond Auto Glass, and AH Shucks! (3rd) to 6th Centennial Ward.

September 3 attendees enjoyed cornbread and beans, hayrides, and historic home tours.

Photos courtesy of Toni Gibbons.

Snowflake Pioneer Days

Arts & Crafts Show | Car Show

This year ushered in a new location at Frederickson Park for both the Arts & Crafts and Car Shows.

Attendees had plenty to see and do – strolling through the arts & crafts, checking out classic cars, semis, and motorcycles on Saturday, and various activities like the bungee trampoline and gyroscope ride.

People got their fill of fresh lemonade, Mexican food, Navajo tacos, hamburgers, guava ice cream and more.

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Cowboy Dinner & Auction

We  had a fun filled night at the Chamber’s Cowboy Dinner & Auction, our annual fundraising event. Auctioneer Dan Turley joined us again and there was lively bidding on items donated for the auction.

Everyone had their fill of steak, potatoes with all the toppings, beans, homemade bread and salad. Bev and John Kay did a great job! Dessert was donated by Silver Creek Mortuary.

In addition to the live auction, tickets were available for our Chinese auction, spin the wheel for a prize, and a Summer Fun prize package. Sam McDowell was the winner of the Summer Fun package, which included Diamondbacks tickets and tickets to Dolphinarious and Odysea Aquarium.

Thank you donors, attendees, and helpers for making our fundraiser a big success!

Snowflake Taylor Chamber of Commerce Awards Scholarships

The Snowflake Taylor Chamber of Commerce recently awarded two $500 scholarships to Snowflake High School seniors, Tyree Hancock and Taylor Lopez.

Interested seniors were asked to submit an application and essay describing their pursuit of a future career path, the next steps toward their success in that field, and how the assistance would impact their plans. Tyree and Taylor were chosen from 10 applications submitted.

The Chamber’s scholarship fund was started to support students who have been working toward their future profession. The purpose of the Chamber scholarship fund is to identify students who have demonstrated initiative in pursuing their post high school vocation and to support them in the pursuit of their passion.

This was the first year for the scholarship program; the Chamber will be continuing the program annually. All scholarship funds are derived from local Chamber member businesses through various Chamber events.

Chamber Sponsors

Snowflake/Taylor Chamber of Commerce
113 N Main Street, Ste. A
Snowflake, AZ 85937

Office: (928) 536-4331

Hours:
Monday through Friday
9am to 4pm

Executive Director:
Charlotte Hatch, IOM

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