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Chamber director thanks event volunteers

Friday, October 07, 2016

By Michael Schaffer
Managing Editor
Daily Iowegian

Sarah Lind, Centerville-Rathbun Lake Area Chamber of Commerce director, Monday night during the Centerville City Council meeting, thanked the volunteers who help her make events like RAGBRAI and Pancake Day such big successes.

“If I didn’t have the great volunteers that came out I would be in so much trouble,” Lind said. “I mean, really, our volunteers are there at 6 p.m. ... all day.”

Lind was on the council agenda to deliver a report on the Chamber’s use of tourism funds for the third quarter of 2016.

Lind provided a handout showing where tourism funds were used, like events for Appanoose County “and leave project based funding to the City Tourism monies.”

During the third quarter the Chamber spent $6,000 for the State Fair, $4,600 for Friday Night Live and $15,000 for Pancake Day.

So, for the first three quarters of 2016, the Chamber spent in tourism funds: $3,000 Humble Heroes, $1,000 Junk Jaunt, $1,200 Hardwood Hustle, $1,000 Exline Community Betterment Association, $1,000 Betterment Or Bust group for Planes Trains and Automobiles, $450 for the trolley for the Appanoose Economic Development Corporation’s Iowa governor’s deer hunt, $2,500 FAM tour, $15,000 RAGBRAI, $500 Children’s Art Festival, $5,000 Wine Fest, $6,000 State Fair, $2,100 Harlem Ambassadors, $4,600 Friday Night Live and $15,000 Pancake Day.

Also, the Chamber granted a total of $2,430 to the recent Harlem Ambassador Globe Trotters basketball challenge against a team of locals held in the third quarter.

Lind talked about the lower attendance for Pancake Day and Friday Night Live.

Lind said lower attendance for Pancake Day perhaps was due to heat and humidity.

“But we still had a really good turnout,” Lind said. “The budget for it still looks great.”

Lind said tourism money helps make events like Pancake Day possible.

“So, we’re just lucky that we’re able to have that,” she said.

Lind talked about an upcoming excursion by 47 women from Ames who are coming to Appanoose County next week. Lind said they plan to eat lunch on the Centerville Square and tour the Rathbun Fish Hatchery and Honey Creek State Park.

“So, they are really going to be able to see all of Centerville and the surrounding area,” Lind said. “So, they are very excited.”

“But we still had a really good turnout, the budget for it still looks great.”

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