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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, 06 August 2013 00:00

Ribbon Cutting- Shampoochies

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1346 Overland Ave

Burley ID, 83318


The Mini-Cassia Chamber Ambassadors hosted a ribbon cutting at Shampoochies, to commemorate their grand opening.  The business is owned by and managed by Kendra Morgan pictured cutting the ribbon. They offer many different packages in grooming for dog’s, cat’s and many more four legged friends. Their business hours are 9:00 am - 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday; their business number is (208)312-9307.



Friday, 02 August 2013 00:00

Ribbon Cutting- Gaylon Autobody

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Gaylon Autobody

709 S 2nd St,

Rupter, ID 83350

The Mini-Cassia Chamber Ambassadors hosted a ribbon cutting at Gaylon Autobody, to commemorate their grand re-opening with their new Paint Facility.  The business is owned by Clint Kidd who is pictured cutting the ribbon.  Their Business hours are 8am – 6pm, Monday through Friday; their business number is (208)436-9716




Friday, 26 July 2013 00:00


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It's been a wonderful summer so far.   Chet Jeppesen, one of our directors, headed up our float for the 4th of July parade in Rupert--it was a multi-seated bicycle which I understand was a fantastic success.  I wan to thank him and everyone who helped.   Watch for us at both county fairs as well as in the Cassia county fair parade.  We'll have a booth at both fairs with Mini-Cassia trivia so come with your random facts brimming to win Chamber Cash!

This year I undertook something I've never done before.  Way back in January I signed up to participate in the Spudman Triathlon in July.  By the time this is printed it'll be all over, but as I write this I still have a few days to stew over it.  I've learned several things in preparation of this event.  I didn't get a new bike, or even a slightly used bike.  I opted to use my old Fuji 10 speed that I rode all through college.  Its handle bar wraps had come off about 2 years ago and I don't think it had ever been lubed properly.  The front brakes worked quite well, but the back brakes hadn't worked in a long time.   My first ride I took it about 6 miles.  By the time I got there, my hands were asleep and I could hardly walk.  How was I going to manage 25 miles?  So I took it to Rock's Cycle Shop and had him work it over.  New padding and working everything made a world of difference.  He also suggested I use gloves to help with the numbness and protect my hands in case I fall down.  So, what did I learn?  Taking care of your equipment, using the proper equipment and seeking advice from someone who knows can save a lot more than money.  It can make your job easier and safer.  You don't have to have everything new to succeed, but what you have needs to be functional.

Monday, 22 July 2013 00:00

Congratulations to: Daren Almond

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On June 20th, 2013 Daren won the Stokes Fresh Food Sponsored $2,500 Putting Contest at the Mark Moorman Regatta Golf Scramble at the Burley Golf Course. The contest was set up on a staked hole on the practice green across from the Pro Shop.  The Stakes were placed at a 10 feet, 30 feet and 50 feet from the hole.


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