As the end of the year rolls around we all begin to take a hard look at the past year. It's a time to look for all the good things that have happened, count our blessing and to take time to thank friends, family and our community for any help that we received. It is also a good time to review what we have done to help our community, friends and family and make a commitment to better serve our fellow citizens.
Our business community deserves a big "thank you" for all the many people and charities that they help by donating goods, financial support and volunteer time to help their community to thrive and survive.
To all the business owners and managers in Aurelia, Cleghorn, Cherokee, Larrabee, Marcus, Meriden, Quimby and Washta we would like to take this time to say a huge" thank you" for making our communities a great place to live.
Cherokee Area Economic Development Corporation would like to take this time to thank all of our Board members for their donation of time and knowledge to guide our organization. Thank you to Mark Hecox, President; Tom Kellen, Past-President; Terry Graybill, Vice-President; Matt Mongan, Treasurer; Brian Freed, Secretary; Les Todd, Aurelia; Tim Haupert, Cherokee; Ramona Nitz, Cherokee; Scott Jones, Cleghorn; Al Vasher, Marcus; Mike Dunn, Meriden; Jon Simonsen, Quimby; Eric Goettsch, Washta; Jim Peck, Cherokee. Thank you to Mike Hunter and Bruce Schmadeke who left the Board this year after many years of service and dedication.
CAECD would also like to take this time to thank the Aurelia Star, Cherokee Chronicle Times, Marcus News and KCHE Radio for helping to promote the various workshops and community events that help to enrich the lives of those that live throughout Cherokee County.
Without the contributions from businesses, individuals, the County Board of Supervisors and each City within Cherokee County our organization would not exist. Your contributions allow us to do the work necessary to help businesses grow and help new businesses start within Cherokee County. Thank you to everyone that makes CAEDC the great organization that it is.
When planning your contributions for 2010 please keep in mind that contributions made to local groups and organizations directly impact your quality of life. So give generously and often to Cherokee County groups and organizations. The return on your investment will continue to pay you back year after year.
To each person in Cherokee County we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year from Mark Buschkamp, Executive Director; Penny Pingrey, Administrative Asst; and Marci Brown, Executive Asst. of Cherokee Area Economic Development Corporation.