Good Morning,

Thanks to the Easter Egg Hunt committee of Amber Wheeler, Robin Laurance, Kelley Robinson, David Carriger. There was a great turnout of kids, many parents advised that they liked the staggered times for the different age groups. We also want to say thank you to our sponsors of Apple Market, City of Columbus, Farmers Co-op, First United Methodist Church, MId West Color Graphics, Parks & Recreation, Sonic Drive In and The Donut Shop - whithout them there would be no egg hunt. Thanks to the Miss Columbus candidates and 4-H members for helping, also to the Easter bunny for making his appearance. The weather turned out great for it.

Thanks also to Bev Thomas, Kari Soper, Jane Rhinehart, Sally Davis, Mike Evans, David Holmes, Janet Lindsey and to Crossland Construction for all the help with the Fireworks cookout; and of course, to all those who came and had lunch. We cleared $950, so that makes the fund at around $3,500 for fireworks.

Welcome to two more new members: Midwest Life & Health, Marcia Ellinor, she operates her insurance out of the home, but she is also an agent with RealPro Realty; she has stepped forward (along with her husband) and is taking on the Car Show for the Columbus Day Festival; Welcome also to Rob & Kelley Robison, area farming operation. If you see them out and about be sure and Welcome them to the Chamber community.

The Miss Columbus committee will be hosting a Paddle Party fundraiser this Thursday, April 20, at the Girl Scout house. Silent Auction begins at 6 p.m. followed by the party at 6:30 p.m. Paddles are $3 and if you win, it is .25. I sent out the flyer last week to you all with all the details. Proceeds from this event goes toward the pageant and to scholarships for the winners. If you would like to provide an item for their silent auction contact Fawna or Gracie at Farm Bureau Insurance.

Have you registered a team for the annual golf tournament, time is running out. Golf tournament will begin at 10 a.m., on Sunday, April 23. Three person team is $75. Register with Jamie or Mike at Mike Carpino Ford - I know they have registered 20 teams so far. According to the weather, it is suppose to be nice on Sunday so come out and enjoy the day and do some networking with members. Hot dogs and chips will be served during the day.

The retail committee would still like to host a Block Party on the Square (after hours), but the date of April 26 had to be scrapped, so they are now looking into sometime in May. We only had three businesses advise that they would be interested in participating - so if you are interested in participating, let Jamie or the office know and we can proceed with some plans. They were looking into some entertainment, and other activities - good networking for your businesses. At home businesses are also welcome to participate, just let us know.

The all school reunion committee will meet this Wednesday, April 19, noon at the Chamber office. The reunion is scheduled in 2018, along with the 150th anniversary of Columbus. Dates need to be set; so we are encouraging alumni to join this committee. Once a date has been set, it will be up to each class to send out the information to their fellow classmates. The two events are working jointly on this 2018 happening. There will be activities throughout the year with the city celebration.

This week:

Wednesday, April 19 All School Reunion committee, noon

Thursday, April 20 Miss Columbus Paddle Party, Girl Scout House, 6 p.m.

Sunday, April 23 Chamber Golf Tournament, 10 a.m. Columbus Country Club

Monday, April 24 Lions Club, 6:30 p.m. Maple UnCommon Hotel

Thursday, April 27 Columbus Day committee, noon

Ribbon Cutting, Mike Carpino Ford, 4 p.m. followed by food and tours of their new facility, until 7 p.m.

I think that will cover it for now.

Have a good one!

Jean