It feels like an end of an era. We have Dr. Burling retiring, Dr. Montgomery retiring, and Steinman's selling.
While all are huge supporters of the Chamber, many of us have used their services over the years, and I feel as if a hole has been created. Thank you Tina Behnke and Tim Steinman, also Greg Steinman. You have done a great service in this community! You will be missed! Dr. Burling - a true community leader - I have appreciated your support and will miss you! Dr. Montgomery - thank you for your years of support - for the community and the Chamber!
Plans are underway for our Annual Meeting. Start thinking about Member of the Year! Who is worthy?
I want to share a story about one of our award winners last year. I was in my office with a client, and when they are leaving I see there is an accident at the 4-way stop outside my office. This in itself is not surprising - so many people run that stop sign on a daily basis I am surprised we don't have more accidents! The police showed up very quickly, and within a couple of minutes a tow truck showed up. While the tow truck was hooking up the disabled car, the officer walked the couple to a bench to wait. The tow truck driver moved the vehicle out of the street and parked on the side street. Then an SUV pulled up, and the tow truck driver walked over to the couple and assisted them into the vehicle. (I didn't realize there were courtesy vehicles! Nice!!) Once they left he walked to the middle of the street, obviously concerned about the accumulation of fluid in the street. He and the officer discussed this, and satisfied, the driver left. I was so impressed with the way True's handled this - and the attention to detail the driver showed. It was very heartwarming! You don't find that in other cities. Dowagiac is very unique that way. While I am sure there is always something to complain about (downtown parking!!) we need to take a moment and look around us, and see the thoughtful things people are doing. By the way, this same driver from True's (I apologize not knowing your name!) helped the BMX folks (from Summer in the City) move their trailer into and out of a tight spot! Always willing to help out! Thank you!!
Summer in the City has wrapped up! A number of stores reported record sales! We love it when a plan comes together! Next up Under the Harvest Moon! And we hope to see you at the Business After Hours @ Accounting Consultants on September 13th!
As always, let us know if you would like to be involved in any of our events! We are happy to have you!
Make it a great day!