Dear Manning Business Leaders:
A year ago a group of community volunteers launched the “C-3: Community + Christ + Celebration” initiative. We began with the dream of a summer Christian concert for the children and youth of the community. The first event brought more than three hundred community (and beyond) citizens of all ages to the Manning Heritage Park. Since that time C-3 has hosted a community meal packaging event in January and an inspirational speaker for teens in April. Many individuals and community partners have been generous with donations of time, talents, and treasure which have helped the vision to become reality and to grow in community impact.
A second summer concert is scheduled for Sunday afternoon, June 2 at the Manning Heritage Park. The event is again being offered free to charge to the Manning and surrounding communities. The C-3 committee appreciates the generous support businesses give to a variety of charitable endeavors: We invite you to participate in this year’s special event:
+ Consider a financial donation. Checks can be made out to “Summer Concert” and sent to P.O. Box 251, sent through Zion Lutheran Church (note: Summer Concert”) or shared directly with Pastor Bob Riggert, Pastor Angie Loomis, Rhonda Grimm or Jean Stadtlander. This s a free community event. The financial donations will provide the Christian music program, free t-shirts for youth and children (with the event logo and Manning’s “It’s refreshing” theme), and free food. Business donations will be publicly noted.
+ Publicize the event with a brochure display or window poster and verbal invitations to employees and customers.
+ Participate in the event. Join us Sunday afternoon, June 2, beginning at 4 p.m. at the Heritage Park (Inclement weather will move the event to Zion Lutheran Church.). Enjoy the casual atmosphere and the connections with community friends. We again anticipate many friends from neighboring communities enjoying Manning’s heritage and hospitality.
On behalf of the churches of Manning and the C-3 Committee we thank you for your support as we celebrate Christ in our community.
Pastors: Bob Riggert and Angie Loomis
Community Contacts: Jean Stadtlander and Rhonda Grimm
Do you recycle at home? If so, what would make recycling easier for you? If not, who, or what would motivate you to recycle?
Does your business recycle? If not, are you aware that recycling could save you money and sweeten your bottom line?
These and other questions are asked in the West Central Iowa Solid Waste Management Association’s surveys of recycling behaviors and beliefs. The surveys are a critical component of the Association’s effort to “Reinvigorate Recycling!” in our region. "The Association wants to learn what their customers need to be better recyclers" said Mary Wittry, Regional Contact for the Association.
Residents can go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FR5F6S9 to take the survey and business owners can go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/B89H7B6 to complete the survey. This is an innovation for the Association, which realizes that more residents and businesses are taking advantage of the ease and efficiency of e-communications. Paper surveys are also available at the solid waste offices in each county, at City Halls, and Chambers of Commerce’s.
There are separate surveys for residents and for businesses. “We know that residents and businesses have different priorities and requirements when it comes to recycling issues” noted Wittry, “and we want to make sure that we know the needs of both types of customers.”
The Association has seen recycling fall off in recent years; the regional waste reduction (recycling) percentage has dropped below 25%. This is an important benchmark because the State of Iowa imposes a landfill fee surcharge when recycling goals are not met. That additional cost is passed back to individual customers in higher garbage bills.
“Reinvigorate Recycling!” is partially funded through a grant from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The grant noted that the work of the Association will be valuable to other areas of Iowa to understand the attitudes of all Iowa residents and businesses toward recycling and to serve as a model for other cities and counties.
The West Central Iowa Solid Waste Management Association provides solid waste planning and management activities in Carroll, Crawford, Guthrie, Shelby and Calhoun counties, and several cities in other counties. The recycling facility in Carroll processes and markets 5,300 tons per year of recyclable commodities from residents and businesses in the region. Ms. Wittry can be reached at 712-792-5001 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Our IKM-Manning Graduates are preparing to "Turn a Corner", and that's refreshing! The Manning Chamber wishes them luck and congratulations. As you plan celebrations,visit ManningIA.com - "Plan Your Event" -- for a full list of local event services, venues and retail stores.
Author - Denise Doyel, Manning Chamber Treasurer
As a Main Street business person, I have been an active member of the Manning Chamber of Commerce for over twenty years. I volunteer on several committees and try to keep our members informed.