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2014 Leadership Class to begin in January Wednesday, 07 December 2011 19:53

The Leadership Challenge

One measure of a community’s greatness is the voluntary contributions made by its leaders.  The future of our community is closely tied to the quality and commitment of our next generation of leaders; the individuals who are needed to serve on boards, commissions, in community groups and in elected positions.  This kind of leadership talent must be aggressively sought out, nurtured and given the tools to lead successfully.  As we look out into the community, many of the most profound accomplishments have been made possible through the leadership of volunteers giving of their time and talents.  The Chamber is a wonderful example of volunteer leadership.  It’s Board of Directors as well as all of the committees and task forces are made up of volunteers that give of their time and share their expertise and talents.  We need to realize that it takes the efforts of willing leaders to build and better the community.

The business community and individuals can be a part of building leaders for tomorrow by nurturing potential leaders today.  Seeking out opportunities for those with leadership talent, providing responsibilities in daily routine or through special projects, companies can teach and cultivate the leadership abilities of their staff thus producing leaders for their organization for years to come.  Individuals may also be proactive in seeking out opportunities to take on additional responsibilities and volunteer for such leadership roles that will give them the chance to stretch and practice their abilities to direct and accomplish results through group actions.

The Chamber sees this nurturing or leadership as a vital part of sustaining the growth of our community.  We admonish and invite the businesses in our area to review what they are doing to foster leadership in their companies and how they can foster leadership talent or allow those with demonstrated skills to apply their talent.  We invite individuals and the business community to become more active in volunteering their time to build the community in whatever capacity they see fit.

The Chamber, understanding the importance of nourishing new leaders and helping to foster leadership talent, instituted the Leadership Program in 2004.  Taking cues from the many wonderful programs already in place throughout the United States and Idaho, the Chamber will enter its eighth year hosting the leadership program.

This eight month program is geared at cultivating the needed talents, knowledge and networks that help create an effective leader. Each year, the aim of the program is to increase a base of informed and capable leaders who are committed to using their talents to meet the needs of our businesses and community.

All of the sessions are designed to be highly interactive, stimulating and thought provoking.  A typical day might involve a fast-paced combination of group discussion, exercises, field trips and presentations by respected local leaders.  Class sessions will be held in locations appropriate to the topic, the community is the classroom.  The instruction will not reflect any one solution or political viewpoint but rather will present varied and diverse approaches to problem solving.  Participants will be expected to share their unique experiences and learn from one another.

The 2014 program will be held once a month typically from eight-thirty in the morning to five in the afternoon.  Areas of exploration in 2014 will include:  Personal Leadership Skills, Industry & Agriculture, Local Government, Health Care, Education, Law & Justice, Media, and Tourism.  2014 Mini-Cassia Leadership will begin on January 16, 2014 and graduation will be in August.  If you or someone in your company would like to participate, the registration deadline is January 13, 2014 and class space is limited to 18 participants.  Tuition is $395, all transportation, meals and materials will be provided.  Tuition must be paid prior to the first session.  For more information, please call the Chamber at 679-4793.

This community draws strength and moves forward through the efforts and abilities of those who are willing to work at making a difference.  Leadership is not only the directing and teaching of others, but more importantly the courage to take that first step towards getting something done.

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Tuesday, 10 July 2012 20:34

Haight Bed and Breakfast

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Tuesday, 10 July 2012 17:12

Sunrise Cleaners

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The Mini-Cassia Chamber Ambassadors hosted a ribbon cutting at Sunrise Cleaners Dry Cleaning & Laundry to welcome the new owners. It is located at 714 F Street in Rupert, next to the Post Office.  The building it’s in was Carter’s Cleaners in 1927.  The business is owned and managed by Tammy and Coy Parton who are pictured cutting the ribbon, next to the Coys on the left is Sherri Miles, Community & Economic Development Director from the City of Rupert and to her left is Tammy’s mom, Betty Gibson. The City of Rupert’s “Operation Face Lift” project recently painted around the doors and windows of the business.

Sunrise Cleaners is your neighborhood dry cleaner. They offer onsite dry cleaning and rush orders too. They can dry clean your clothes, quilts, draperies, sleeping bags, comforters, wedding gowns and launder your shirts. Their business hours are from 8am – 5:30pm, Monday through Friday and their business number is 436-3430.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012 17:12

Mad River Laser

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Mad River Laser Engraving

The Mini-Cassia Chamber Ambassadors hosted a ribbon cutting at Mad River Laser Engraving located at 700 S. Oneida Street in Rupert, to commemorate their grand opening. The business is owned by Nicole and Alex Pratt.  Nicole is pictured cutting the ribbon with her family, friends and members of the Ambassadors. Not pictured is Alex who was out on kayaking on the Snake River not on Mad River. They offer a unique style of engraving with laser technology which can be utilized on variety of products and surfaces such as crystal, plastic, wood, stainless steel and acrylic. They specialize in missionary plaques, awards and trophies, vinyl lettering for store fronts and custom T-shirts. Business hours are Monday thru Friday 9 to 5 and phone number is 436-2293. Check them out on the web www.madriverlaser.com.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012 17:11

Elevate

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The Mini-Cassia Chamber Ambassadors hosted a ribbon cutting at Elevate Gym located at 2273 Overland Ave in Burley to commemorate their grand opening.  The business is owned by VerLynn Anthon and Jenn Jones, pictured cutting the ribbon.

USA Gymnastics is back in Mini-Cassia just in time to celebrate the 2012 London Olympics!!!

Topflight Tumbling, headed by VerLynn Anthon, has 40 years of experience teaching tumbling in the Magic Valley.  She is also a professional USA Gymnastics member.  Topflight tumbling offers recreation and competitive power tumbling following USA Gymnastics guidelines.  They compete on both the tumble track and the double mini trampoline. Tumbling classes are offered for boys and girls ages 3 and up. Joining VerLynn's coaching staff will be her daughter Kodi Gregerson, a former national level competitive power tumbler with USAG.  She has taught at Topflight for 4 years.

Women's (girls) gymnastics includes bars, beam, vault, and floor exercise.  Floor exercise is a combination of both tumbling and dance.  Men's (boys) gymnastics will also be offered. Gymnastics classes are available for children ages 2 and up.  Elevate Cheer includes competitive All-Star cheer programs for girls 4 and up as well as recreational cheer, and stunting/tumbling classes for jr/sr high school students. These programs are run by Jenn Jones.  Jenn was a competitive gymnast in Moscow, ID, a cheerleader, and has years of coaching experience; including coaching tumbling at Impact Athletic, she is also a professional USA Gymnastics member.  Joining Jenn on the Elevate staff is Renee Craney, a former gymnast, and head of Impact Athletic All-Star Cheer and Tumbling program; Sissy Phillips former Minico High School Varsity Cheer Coach, and Texas college cheerleader; and Jenny Kidd, former competitive gymnast.  Elevate will also be offering preschool taught by Dianna Prescott, BS Elementary and Special Education, and Kiley Pierce, BS, Child Development.  Their top priority is to prepare children for kindergarten through a fun, interactive program, including gymnastics instruction.

For more information about Gymnastics, Cheer, or Preschool Contact Jenn at 219-2085 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

For more information about Tumbling contact VerLynn at 312-1651 or Kodi at 312-1653.

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