Yahoo! Spring has sprung! The Wilber Area Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the members who brought food, volunteered their time or attended the fund raiser to contribute to the success of the Marks/Anthony benefit. Sherry Marks and Gwen Anthony both served as Chamber Officers over the years and Sherry and Edwin Marks were named honorary chamber members for their support to the organization. Sherry contributed countless photos to the paper to support Chamber events and when the chamber was short on volunteers for a downtown event, she recommended the Wilber-Clatonia FBLA members and her husband Ed, to fill those needed vacancies. The fund raiser was a successful community event with sponsorship from the local Catholic, Lutheran and Methodist Churches.
The Garage Sale Trail provided some extra traffic to downtown Wilber this past Friday and Saturday. The Chamber provided funds for advertising in greater Nebraska and Kansas, and Missouri through publication, websites, Facebook, signs, posters and radio. Thanks to GST head coordinator Trenda Zabka of Swanton and to Wilber Chairman Heidi Pospisil for the great maps of the Wilber garage sales. The Wilber maps could be found on the Wilber Chamber of Commerce website. Hundreds of dollars are spent in advertising to make the Garage Sale Trail a success. Hats off to the families who hosted garage sales for this fun weekend. Any time we can entice visitors to Wilber, they are going to visit and make purchases with our local merchants.
The Farmer’s Market will open on Thursday, May 22 at the Hotel Wilber Garden from 4:00 to 6:30 pm. Stop by for some locally grown produce or baked goods. Scott Woitalewicz is in charge of this weekly event. If you would like a cigarette holder for your business, Scott is also the contact person.
Saturday, May 17th, Wilber-Clatonia Public Schools will graduate 34 students. As we honor and celebrate this milestone of life, please check in early with our local businesses for graduation reception needs. We are fortunate to have some fine merchants providing quality products in our town. Please Shop Wilber. The Chamber will support the Alumni Banquet on Saturday, June 7th at the Wilber Sokol Hall.
The 2014 Jeep Cherokee has been ordered and tickets will soon be available to purchase. Only 350 tickets will be sold. Profits from this fund raiser help to support the town. $10,000.00 was given to the Fire Department in December and $3500.00 was recently given to the Wilber Youth Organization for football helmets and bats.
Don’t forget to invite family or friends to the Independence Day Celebration at the Wilber Care Center on Wednesday evening, July 2, 2014. A free picnic meal, games, polka music, grand stand entertainment and fireworks will complete the evening. Please plan to attend and bring a guest.
We are grateful to the 51 business members and 18 individual members who make up the Wilber Area of Chamber of Commerce. A good group of people who are dedicated to working together for the benefit of our town, Wilber. Watch the paper for the listing of this fine group!
In closing I have attached an article written by the late Sherry Marks in 2011 for the Teacher’s Breakfast. Sherry was a great life-time promoter of Wilber and she will be sadly missed by our community.