Chamber Chatter

Bev Vanmeter

Now it finally feels like fall: cold nights and cool days with leaves blowing everywhere. It’s funny how leaves have a way of really annoying folks who just finished raking them a week before. Now is also a good time to start planning for the holidays. Dinners, parties, Christmas shopping for the ones you love – this is my favorite time of the year. Love decorating the store, wrapping presents, going to friend’s homes for parties, etc.

“Always…forgive your enemies. Nothing annoys them so much.” Oscar Wilde

There are a lot of bake sales, dinners and craft events being held in St Helen. All are worth stopping at to indulge yourself and help what ever organization benefits from the sales. Kirtland is still having shows for this year but in 2018 after their events are complete, then they are done. What a sad thing! Going out to dinner then going to a show in Roscommon County is so nice. These events will be missed by many locals.

Volunteer to adopt a family from St Helen Helping Hands! We do this every year and the pleasure you feel is what this holiday season is all about. You can check at the We Care Shop for more information.

At our annual Chamber dinner, we collected food for the We Feed Shop and donations for the We Care Shop. We even had an auction on baskets that were won to raise even more money. It was a great evening and thank you to everyone who attended!

Starting on Monday, Nov. 20, I will be wrapping presents for a donation to go to Laney’s Voice Rescue.¬†This is the rescue I was working with when I was adopting out kittens and cats last year. Heck, we might even get in a few kittens at BS Liquor Store to adopt out during the holiday season. We will also be having a bake sale to benefit them in December – still figuring out a date.

The St Helen Optimists Club will be sponsoring the Annual Santa Claus Parade again this year. It will be held on Friday, December 1. Starting at the Township Park (which is new) then going to the Township Hall. Everyone is invited to participate in the parade. The theme is Storybook Christmas. This event is always so much fun.

“The healthiest response to life is joy!” Deepak Chopra

Our next meeting will be Wednesday, November 28 at the Chamber office at 6pm. Everyone is welcome. Remember to shop our local businesses and thank you!


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