Chamber Announces Annual Award Recipients

On Thursday, December 13th, the Wayland Area Chamber of Commerce held their annual Chamber Awards Gala at Bay Pointe Inn & Lakefront Resort. The purpose of this event is to recognize chamber members for outstanding service in one of three areas, Business of the Year, Community Service and Presidents Choice. Dave Engbers, Co-Founder of Founder’s Brewing Company was this year’s speaker and gave an engaging presentation on his journey from having a dream to selling his beer in over 40 countries. Business of the Year Award – Fusion Fitness The Chamber recognizes that the business that demonstrates growth and success through innovation, hard work, and exceptional customer service. The business is actively involved in contributing to the success of the community as a whole by their contribution of time, energy, and resources. This year’s Business of the Year award was Fusion Fitness. Fusion Fitness was a dream that started approximately five years ago by friends Jason Hancock and Chad VanVolkinburg when they discussed starting a business that could make a difference in other people’s lives. They wanted to focus on community members and the results the members wanted – not the money the business could bring in. Fusion Fitness recognizes those who protect and serve our communities by providing discounts to those serving our country, law enforcement officers and fire fighters.  They have also helped other charities in the community by having exercise class fundraisers and setting aside 10% of new member payments for a toy fund for local children in need during the month of November. Fusion Fitness opened their doors in April of 2017 with a goal of 250 members. Today they have far exceeded their goal with 592 active members. Another event that they feel strongly about supporting is the Chamber Ambassadors Annual #JustSayThanks Law Enforcement Appreciation Campaign held by the Wayland Area Chamber Ambassadors. To accept the Business of the Year Award from Fusion Fitness was co-owner Jason Hancock. Community Service Award – The Chamber Ambassadors The Chamber recognizes this person for performing outstanding service to the Wayland area. Chamber Executive Director, Denise Behm was pleased to announce The Wayland Chamber Ambassadors as the 2018 recipient of the Community Service Award. The Chamber Ambassadors go above and beyond for the #JustSayThanks Law Enforcement Appreciation Campaign. The campaign started in 2016 when many of our law enforcement were being unfairly scrutinized for doing their jobs – protecting and serving our communities 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. After putting some thought into it, Behm stated she knew the perfect group to help show thanks and appreciation to those who serve – The Chamber Ambassadors. ...

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Chamber Announces Bob and Anna Mae Tanner as 2018 Parade Grand Marshals

Chamber Announces Bob and Anna Mae Tanner as 2018 Parade Grand Marshals   The Wayland Area Chamber of Commerce proudly announce Bob and Anna Mae Tanner of Wayland have been selected as the Grand Marshals of the 2018 Chamber Christmas Parade. “The Chamber of Commerce is honored to annually select the Grand Marshals to lead the 40th Annual Chamber Christmas Parade started in 1978. Mr. and Mrs. Tanner are longtime residents of Wayland and true pillars in our community. We couldn’t be more excited to have the Tanners as our grand marshals,” stated Denise Behm, Chamber Executive Director. The Tanners are best known for their humble servanthood attitude and willingness to helping others whether it is at their church, for city events, helping shovel a driveway, pick up groceries, or help with yard clean up. Their journey as Mr. & Mrs. Tanner began in 1960 when they were married at Dorr Christian Reformed Church.   A lifelong resident of Wayland, Bob was born in Wayland just blocks from his current home he and Anna Mae have shared for the past 54 years. Bob and Anna Mae are well known and respected community members volunteering with the area food pantry and at the voting polls. They have been members of Wayland Christian Reformed Church since 1964 where both have served in many volunteer roles. Bob has performed janitorial duties, served as a deacon, an elder and a cadet leader. Anna Mae served as a Gems leader for 19 years. Bob and Anna Mae both worked for Harding’s Market in Wayland.  Anna Mae worked there for ten years and Bob retired after working 28 years and now works for Kubiak-Cook Funeral Services. Bob has also volunteered at various chamber events including the annual golf outing. The Tanners have raised four children in Wayland and currently are proud grandparents of twelve grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. It is our sincere honor to have this year’s Grand Marshals as Bob and Anna Mae Tanner.  Please look for Mr. & Mrs. Tanner leading our Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 8th at 11:00am in downtown...

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NEW Members Welcomed!

NEW Members Welcomed! Virgils Blends, Gilson Appraisal, Shine On Sales, Young Living – Naomi Stirdivant, All Services Remodeling LLC, Centershot Gun Range For additional information on these, or any member, please view our online member directory at...

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Multi Chamber After Hours – Another Huge Success

The Gun Lake Casino welcomed the West Michigan Chamber Network for 5th Annual Multi-Chamber “Business After Hours” event on Thursday, July 19th. The event, drawing 120 attendees, consisted of chambers from Wayland Area, Byron Center, Allegan Area, Otsego-Plainwell, Coopersville, Caledonia Area, Cutlerville-Gaines, Wyoming-Kentwood, and Grandville-Jenison. Chamber members enjoyed networking within the Stage 131 while enjoying an array of appetizers and refreshments. Live music was performed by Jake Stevens who played acoustic guitar. A drawing for two gift certificates were won by Tom Duisterhof and Ashley Pool. The event, organized by Wayland Area Chamber Executive Director Denise Behm with Gun Lake Casino Community Relations Director Jeff Sorensen, proved to be a huge success when it was started five years ago as it gives members an opportunity to network with others from various...

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5 Lakes Brewery & VFW Post #7581 Announce August 26th Golf Outing

The 2nd Annual Wayland VFW Post 7581 & 5 Lakes Brewery have openings remaining for their Annual Golf Outing.  The outing is scheduled for 11:00am on Sunday, August 26th  at Yankee Springs Golf Course. All are welcome to attend this great event that supports our Veterans. The outing includes 18 holes of golf and lunch. Golfers will have an opportunity to win prizes while on the course at various golf hole contests. The outing is a four-person scramble and costs $60 per person/$240 per team (must have a full team to sign up). Event sponsorships are also available including a hole/tee sponsor for $50 each.  For additional information on registering a team, or becoming a sponsor, please contact 5 Lakes Brewery at info@5lakesbrewing.com or call Rick Lameyer at...

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