Time sure flies when you’re having fun. This is only one of the many pearls of wisdom my Grandpa Thompson passed on to me at an early age and boy was he right! While I had been a volunteer with Story City Greater Chamber Connection (SC GCC) and from the area, I never realized how much I would learn about Story City and the community. It’s been nine months since I started working for the GCC, and I can say that it is in no way a boring job. I originally became a volunteer with the SC GCC to gain experience working with smaller communities. While studying for my master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning at Iowa State, I realized that I had a particular interest in working with communities outside of the metropolitan areas. That is when I decided to complete a second master’s degree in Community Development.

When Aaron Lott, the Director of the Story City GCC, asked me if I wanted to write an article this week, my first thought was what in the world am I going to write about. But, after giving it some thought, I decided to write about something I’ve learned from the community. In school, you can sometimes become a little disheartened by the state of our small towns. We often hear how our small towns are declining in population, businesses are closing, and people are basically becoming disinvested in their towns. It can be a pretty bleak picture. So, what about Story City? Are they following the typical decline and disinvestment?

I would say no. My perception has been that Story City has a number of dedicated individuals who truly care about its future. It also appears not only to be the feeling of those who have grown up here or have lived in the community for generations, but also of those who are new members of the Story City community. Volunteers are the backbone of communities. They are individuals who are actively involved in making a community the best it can be. Communities like Story City rely heavily on volunteers to make things happen and without them the community would suffer. There are a number of ways to be involved in the community. If you haven’t found one yet, please contact the GCC or any of our other great Story City organizations today!

The annual Story City GCC Golf Tournament is coming up fast and will be held on Friday, July 12. This is a fun event for a foursome or individual to spend a Friday out on the golf course. Waddle Exteriors will be sponsoring lunch, and "Guys With Grills BBQ and Catering" will be doing the grilling for dinner. It is an 18-hole 4 person best shot event.

The Story City Antique Carousel has a couple of events coming up this month as the celebrations continue for its 100th birthday. Saturday, July 13, will be the Carousel Super Hero Party. Admission will be $5.00 with games, rides, and snacks. Be sure to come and enjoy! On Thursday, July 25, the Carousel will be celebrating its 100th birthday with a party and free birthday cake. It will be a day full of events for the whole family. In addition to riding the Carousel, take time to enjoy the children’s games that will be available from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The inflatables will also be making a return. Inflatables admission will be free so come out and enjoy them from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. It is being held in conjunction with National Carousel Day, which is an annual event every July 25th. The Carousel will be open from noon to 8 p.m., so don’t miss the chance to take a whirl on Story City’s own Antique Carousel. The 1913 Herschell-Spillman merry-go-round is not only an amazing attraction for Story City, but also a unique treasure. Don’t miss the opportunity to take a ride, it’s fun for those of any age! Also, you won’t want to miss the live entertainment at the North Park band shell stage starting at 6:00 p.m. Stan Dahl will be on hand to entertain visitors with his Caribbean Island Steel Drums from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer and helping to shape Story City, please contact the Story City Greater Chamber Connection office at 733-4214. We would be happy to work with you or connect you with other organizations in the community to keep Story City growing!