OPINION

News and notes from the Story City GCC

Staff Writer
Story City Herald

—by Abby Huff, GCC Executive Director

This week I want to highlight our Organization Committee. This committee plays a key role in keeping the Board, committees, staff, and program in ‘good shape.’ They take responsibility for managing the financial and logistical aspects of the Greater Chamber Connection.

The committee is currently working on our annual Skunk River Duck Race. On Sunday June 5th spectators will gather on Story City’s Historic South Park and Swinging Bridge to watch as our “quacky crew” spill hundreds of ducks into the Skunk River, sending them streaming to the finish line. The first duck to cross the finish line wins $1,000 cash from MBS. The committee is working on both securing prizes for our winners and selling ducks. They are still taking donations of prizes and you can buy tickets from them and also from the GCC office up until the day of the event. Ducks are $5.00 each or a six quack for $25.00.

This committee also plans the annual Beer & Wine event and the Golf Tournament. Their biggest responsibility every year is the Greater Chamber Connection’s partnership drive. The partnership drive not only gives Story City and surrounding area businesses a helping hand through the GCC office, it also allows the Greater Chamber Connection to continue to plan and host fun events all year round.

The achievements for this committee would not have been able to be completed without the following amazing volunteers: Paula Brown and Matt Law serve as the co-chairs for this committee. Paula Brown is the Story City Branch Manager for Great Western Bank. She is married and has two kids and joined the committee last November. She joined because she wanted to support the community growth of Story City. Matt works at Century 21 Signature Real Estate. He is married and has two kids and has also been on the committee since November. He joined the committee because he believes volunteering is an exercise of democracy. He says “we vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in. I believe it is important to be involved to accomplish that.”

Monica Emerson, owner of Story City Floral and Garden, has been on the committee for 5 years. She is married and has three dogs. She joined the committee because she wanted to help keep Story City a great place to live and do business.

Tasha Hannusch is a customer relations representative at State Farm Insurance. She is married and has been on the committee for 2 ½ years. She joined because she wanted to get involved in the community.

Finally, Lisa Davis works for Huffer, Coleman, & Ward PLC. She is married and has five children. She just joined the committee and did so because she was invited and liked to have their business included in community events.

I want to personally thank all of these members for the time and attention they put into the Organization Committee. If you feel like you would be a good fit to this committee, please email me at director@storycitygcc.com or you can call the office at 515.733.4214.