UNITED BANK CONTINUES TO SPREAD THE WARMTH WITH ANNUAL BLANKET THE COMMUNITY PROJECT

UNITED BANK CONTINUES TO SPREAD THE WARMTH WITH ANNUAL BLANKET THE COMMUNITY PROJECT Warm hearts coming together make a real difference to those who struggle to stay warm during the winter months. That’s why United Bank is continuing its Blanket the Community Project, collecting blankets at all its locations and distributing them to those in need.  The bank is encouraging anyone who can help to drop off new blankets to their local United Bank branch now through the end of the year. The bank will deliver those blankets to local organizations that serve families who are homeless or simply struggle to afford heating costs. Last year, United Bank collected over 1,200 blankets– enough to cover the length of 26 football fields. This year, United Bank will donate one dollar to Family Promise of Grand Rapids for every blanket received. Family Promise of Grand Rapids is a local nonprofit that partners with families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, helping them get back on their feet so they can create a stable lifestyle for their children. “As a community bank, we feel it’s our responsibility to help support struggling local families,” said United Bank President & CEO Joe Manica. “These blankets do so much more than just meet an immediate need. They serve as a reminder to our neighbors in need that they’re not alone during difficult times, and that their community cares about them.” Founded in 1887, United Bank has more than $700 million in assets. The bank operates 12 locations throughout West Michigan, plus mortgage, wealth management and insurance divisions. A leading business lender, United Bank offers a comprehensive suite of business and personal banking products that blend cutting-edge technology with personalized...

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Chamber Announces Annual Christmas Parade & Art Hop Details

Chamber Announces Annual Christmas Parade & Art Hop Details The first full weekend of December has been set for a fun filled weekend of Christmas activities in Wayland. The fun begins on Friday, December 5th at 5:00pm which will be the start of the Wayland Main Street Annual Art Hop from 5:00pm-9:00pm. During the Art Hop, the downtown streets will be transformed into an Art Hop celebrating with many Christmas festivities. The street will closed so guests so can walk safely from the different venues. Artists will appear in various downtown businesses showcasing or selling their art. In addition to art, there will be many family friendly activities including horse and wagon rides, warming stations, strolling carolers, musicians, an annual Christmas tree lighting, and much more. Artists are encouraged to register for an opportunity to showcase and sell their art. For additional details on Art Hop, please call 269. 525.2323, visit www.downtownwayland.com or email info@downtownwayland.com. On Saturday, December 7th, the Wayland Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the annual Christmas Parade.  Leading the parade are the 2019 Grand Marshals Lindy and Eva Anderson. The parade will begin at 11:00am at the Wayland VFW Post 7581 located at 735 S Main Street. The parade will proceed North on Main, then go West on Superior. The parade will conclude at the Wayland Fire Station, 160 W Superior.  Visits with Santa will take place at the fire department after the parade. Please bring a camera for pictures with Santa. This year, the parade theme is “Christmas Wonderland” which allows those entering the parade to decorate accordingly. It is not required to decorate to the theme, but it is required to be included in theme judging. Cash prizes are awarded for the top three participants who decorate according to the theme (“For Profit” businesses are not eligible for cash awards but are eligible for the Best Theme Entry Plaque for “For Profit” businesses). Please note that the Wayland Area Chamber of Commerce provides Santa Claus for the parade so it is requested that all other parade entries do not use another Santa in their displays. This will avoid potential confusion for the children. For parade participants, vehicle line up begins at 10:00am and walkers line up at 10:30. Parade rules can be found on the chamber website www.waylandchamber.org on the Community Events page. For additional information, please call 269.792.9246. In addition, the Wayland Boy Scout Troop 97 is encouraging parade spectators to bring non-perishable food items or gently used or new coats, gloves, scarfs, boots, and hats for charity. There will be many Boy Scouts walking in the parade picking up these...

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Chamber Scholarship Recipient Announced

Article 1: Chamber Announces 2019 Scholarship Recipient Camber Barko The Wayland Area Chamber of Commerce has proudly announced 2019 Wayland High School graduate Camber Barko as the recipient of the Wayland Area Chamber of Commerce Scholarship valued at $500. The Scholarship Committee looked for a variety of experiences, involvements, volunteering, and short essay answers when deciding whom to select for this scholarship. Several items stood out with Camber’s application including the time she devotes to volunteering in and around the community as well as tutoring refugee children. Camber plans to continue to continue her education at Florida International University studying Mass Communication and Spanish.  The Wayland Area Chamber of Commerce is proud of Camber and wishes her the best in her future...

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VFW Announces Memorial Day Events

Wayland Memorial Day Events Announced – Monday, May 27, 2019 All are invited to Wayland’s VFW Annual Memorial Day events scheduled for Monday, May 27th. Veterans are needed for cemetery honors and parade participation. The bus for the cemetery honors will depart at 7:30am from the Wayland VFW. The cemetery schedule is: 8:00am: Hooker8:20am: Hill8:50am: Native American9:15am: Germond9:45am: St. Cyrils & Methodias10:15am: Elmwood As always, we ask that trucks/semis refrain from blowing horns and sirens throughout the parade duration. Beginning at 11:00am is the Annual Memorial Day Parade beginning at the MI State Police Post and concluding at the Wayland VFW Post 7581. For parade details and City Police parade rules, please view https://www.waylandchamber.org/eventscommunity. At the parade conclusion, the public is invited to the VFW to enjoy the BBQ. Cash/Check ONLY for the luncheon. If you are able to participate for the cemetery honors, would like to volunteer at the luncheon, or have any questions, please contact the Wayland VFW Post #7581 at 269-792-2975 (after...

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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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