Jackie Larson

Jackie Larson

Jackie Larson is the Mini-Cassia Chamber of Commerce Office Administrator.

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Dear Chamber of Commerce Members,

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else.
Charles Dickens


We are surrounded by the quick fix, the get it now, the hurry-up-and-do-it marketing and the pressured pace of modern life.  We don’t really want to wait for anything, do we?  Or do we?  There is a certain grace, even virtue, in waiting for something you want.  Our grandparents knew this.  In a time when things were “less convenient”, we waited.  We wrote letters, sent them, and waited for a response.  We saved our money or used layaway with the pleasure of anticipating “that wonderful thing” we’d have – eventually.  We had the chance to embrace the longings of our heart; whether it was for a material object or human contact or growing into a position of responsibility and attainment, we waited. We learned the most marvelous things about ourselves during that time of longing, and what we attained became all the more valuable.

We live in a great place.  The majority of freedoms that our forefathers fought and died for are still evident in the Mini-Cassia area.  The opportunities that people looked for when coming to America are still available here; political freedom, religious tolerance, economic opportunity, people want a better life, better job, more money, family reunification and a safe secure place to raise a family.

I am Thankful for this area and the atmosphere that exists here.  You pick up a newspaper and read about a new pastor locating in the area, the local schools sports teams and events, about a man’s son winning a music award, a guest editorial from a local School Dist Superintendent, to a local man getting recognized for outstanding service to the community, Students of the Week, to a local FFA Chapter winning $1,000 for taking honorable mention in the Pfizer Animal Health FFA Marketing Contest.

I am thankful for the quality of people and education opportunities that come from this area. If we wanted to do the research in order to find out what the youth from our area have become and how they live their lives, we would conclude that we have produced some quality individuals to fill the positions needed in our communities to take on leadership roles.  As well as those who choose to live elsewhere.  Just in my small mind I can think of individuals that have received a full ride scholarship to Harvard University as well as other prestige’s college scholarships, sports scholarships to top competitive schools and on into the  professional arena. All you need to do is go to one of our high school scholarship and award presentations to be impressed with the quality of people that live here.

There actually is something for everyone in the Mini-Cassia area. Whether you are looking for adventure in the great outdoors, exploration into history, the Mini-Cassia area is home to 12 cities and towns plus 7 state & national parks, forests, and reserves. The area provides very diverse opportunities, Pomerelle resort open year round with the longest snow season and most snowfall as well as Great Mountain biking in the summer.  Great water sports on the Snake River. There is always something to do, with the multitude of events from festivals and fairs to tournaments and triathlons, local theatre etc... I can’t list it all. The Mini-Cassia area has something for everyone!

One thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.
Albert Schweitzer

Thanksgiving this month.  A challenge that I will put out for us all, is to be thankful all 30 days of November instead of just the 4th Thursday of November.

The Mini-Cassia Chamber of Commerce works on the local level to bring the business & the farming community together to develop strong local networks, which can result in a business-to-business exchange. In most cases, local Chambers work with their local government, such as their mayor, their city council and local representatives to develop pro-business, farming, community initiatives & advocate working to assure economic vitality and quality of life within the region.

Let’s embrace the future with resolve to make a difference in the outcome by involving ourselves with the process.

I look forward to visiting with you, please feel free to email me ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or get in touch with me if there is anything that

Respectfully submitted

David Hruza

Dear Chamber of Commerce Members,

I spent some time in September in Washington D.C. this trip was definitely all business as I didn’t do any site seeing.

I spent most of the time in a conference which was held at the Washington Hilton and spent the balance of the time in regulatory meetings and on Capitol Hill visiting with our Representatives.  I have done this a few times in years past but this time was the most effective we had immediate reaction to an issue that we were talking about.

I belong to an association called National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA).  I enjoy belonging to this association because it is made up of people (not Companies) who deal directly face to face for the most part with their clients.  Our advocacy is ultimately for our clients, as they are the beneficiaries of the sound financial plans and of the products that we sell. Our strength is in the fact that we are advocating as Insurance and Financial Advisors that take their Grassroots message to the lawmakers and regulators on Main-street not Wall-Street.

I have copied & pasted in an article from the NAIFA website on the issue that we received immediate response from.

 

 

“NAIFA is gratified that the Department of Labor has decided to re-propose its fiduciary rule and clarify what types of investment information and fee arrangements will be exempted. We look forward to reviewing the new proposal with a singular focus on ensuring that middle-market investors continue to have access to affordable professional investment guidance for their retirement planning.”

NAIFA will work with DOL to ensure that any new proposal adequately protects consumer access to retirement savings products and services while ensuring that consumers receive investment advice of the highest quality and reliability. As NAIFA indicated in previously submitted comments to the department, any DOL proposal should:

      Not extend ERISA-based regulation to individual retirement arrangements (IRAs),

__  Include a robust seller’s exception to ensure retirement investors do not lose access to investment recommendations from broker-dealers and their representatives, and

 Not contradict the provisions of Dodd-Frank specifying that receipt of commissions and sales of proprietary products are not intrinsically fiduciary violations.

I am bringing this point up because of the type of Government we have in the United States is becoming blurred by some people’s perspective.

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

We the people for the people by the people, we need to become active as citizens of this great country and begin to define what type of system of government we want to be governed by.  Do we want to live in a free country?  Then we need to exercise our freedom and vote.   Participate in a group or as an individual to determine your own life or realize your own potential.   Freedom, in this sense, may include freedom from poverty, starvation, treatable disease, and oppression, as well as freedom from force and coercion, from whomever they may issue.

My main point is, if you have backed away or never have been one to get involved in politics at any level; if you are one of the people that the constitution is talking about; if you want to be governed by this type of system, then please participate in the process and be a part of this great country that is governed by the common people.  If I can go to Washington D.C. with a bunch of grassroots people just like me, and make a difference then we all can be a part of the process to help this country continue to be great.

The Mini-Cassia Chamber of Commerce works on the local level to bring the business & the farming community together to develop strong local networks, which can result in a business-to-business exchange. In most cases, local Chambers work with their local government, such as their mayor, their city council and local representatives to develop pro-business, farming, community initiatives & advocate working to assure economic vitality and quality of life within the region.

Let’s embrace the future with resolve to  make a difference in the outcome by involving ourselves with the process.

I look forward to visiting with you, please feel free to email me ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or get in touch with me if there is anything that

Respectfully submitted

David Hruza

Stockroom Family Shoes.

Rupert Square 509 5th Street Rupert, ID  83350

Pictured left to right Barbara Feroce, Maria Feroce, Jeff Feroce.


Jeff Feroce opened the doors to Stockroom Family Shoes in October of 1986. The family-owned and operated shoe store is conveniently located on the beautiful, historic Rupert Square. They carry quality, well-known name-brand shoes at everyday low prices. There are shoes for the whole family, from toddlers to adults. Stockroom Family Shoes carries all types of shoes, from sporting shoes to work shoes and boots with non-slip soles and steel toes. The store hours are 9:00AM to 6:00PM Monday through Saturday and they proudly accept Chamber Cash.

Hruza Insurance

723 S. 3rd

Rupert, ID 83350

Snake River Queen & Dry Dock Restaurant

197 W Hwy 30

Burley, ID 83318

678-2628

The Mini-Cassia Chamber Ambassadors hosted a ribbon cutting at Horizon Home Health and Hospice, to commemorate their grand opening.  The business is owned by Ensign Group and managed by Erica Critchfield.  Erica is pictured cutting the ribbon.  Horizon Home Health & Hospice is a full service agency offering life changing services to the community through private duty, home health, and hospice services.  Their business is located at  2311 Parke Avenue, Suite 10, Burley.  Their business number is 678-8500

The Mini-Cassia Chamber Ambassadors hosted a ribbon cutting at C-A-L Ranch, to commemorate their grand re-opening.  The business is managed by Wayne Hubbard.  C-A-L Ranch  Store is located at 226 N Overland, Burley. Business hours are 8am – 8pm, Monday through Saturday and 9am – 5 pm on Sunday; their business number is 678-7610.  C-A-L Ranch store specializes in retail, clothing, boots, livestock feed, pet food and supplies, lawn and garden, fencing, rope, chain, guns, sporting goods, camping, and vet supplies.

Dear Chamber of Commerce Members,

Autumn is one of the four temperate seasons. Autumn marks the transition from summer into winter usually in September (Northern Hemisphere) or March (Southern Hemisphere) when the arrival of night becomes noticeably earlier.

The word autumn comes from the Old French word autompne (automne in modern French), and was later normalised to the original Latin word autumnus.[7] There are rare examples of its use as early as the 12th century, but it became common by the 16th century.

Before the 16th century, harvest was the term usually used to refer to the season, as it is common in other West Germanic languages to this day (cf. Dutch herfst and German Herbst). However, as more people gradually moved from working the land to living in towns (especially those who could read and write,  the only people whose use of language we now know), the word harvest lost its reference to the time of year and came to refer only to the actual activity of reaping, and autumn, as well as fall, began to replace it as a reference to the season.[8][9]

Yep, Fall is the greatest time of the year - warm during the day and cool at nights, and NO mosquitoes!

The alternative word fall for the season traces its origins to old Germanic languages. The exact derivation is unclear, the Old English fiæll or feallan and the Old Norse fall all being possible candidates. However, these words all have the meaning "to fall from a height" and are clearly derived either from a common root or from each other. The term came to denote the season in 16th century England, a contraction of Middle English expressions like "fall of the leaf" and "fall of the year".[10]

During the 17th century, English emigration to the British colonies in North America was at its peak, and the new settlers took the English language with them. While the term fall gradually became obsolete in Britain, it became the more common term in North America.

I hope you got past the definitions and continued to read on;  I found it fascinating how we got some terms for the language that we use most of the time on a daily basis.

School is in session, or about to start, and that reminds us that fall is “just around the corner.”   A new school year, chances to make new friends, and catch up on all those self-made promises to do better this year at my studies. Kids are telling stories of what they did over the summer; the shock of getting up earlier in the morning is beginning to ease, and most of the kids are looking forward to class.  As we see  kids running to and from the busses, we are reminded to drive extra defensively, especially through those school zones!

The leaves are starting to change on the trees, bursting into a kaleidoscope of wonderful colors - one would almost think they are looking at a canvass painting by a Skilled Painter (well they are).

Changes are in the air.  Even if the temperature is still in the 80’s and 90’s, changes are happening.  The days are getting shorter and the crops are telling us that harvest needs to happen in the fields and in our gardens also.   I do hope that this growing season of 2011 has been a productive one for all of the Mini-Cassia area.

As the season of change occurs in Nature, there are also changes happening in our community and workplaces.  Change is inevitable, such as what is happening in our schools, economy, health care, taxes, just to name a few, flexibility in our lives is necessary because of the laws enacted by the State and Federal government.  We don’t want to stick our heads in the sand and deny that change may affect us.   I believe that we will want to have some input with what happens in our work place and community.  It might be time to join the Chamber of Commerce to add our input and support.

The Chamber of Commerce works on the local level to bring the business & the farming community together to develop strong local networks, which can result in a business-to-business exchange. In most cases, local Chambers work with their local government, such as their mayor, their city council and local representatives to develop pro-business, farming, community initiatives & advocate working to assure economic vitality and quality of life within the region.

Let’s embrace the future with resolve that we can make a difference in the outcome by involving ourselves with the process.

I look forward to visiting with you, please feel free to email me ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or get in touch with me if there is anything that

Respectfully submitted

David Hruza

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