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Kiwanis of Fern Ridge

Scott Sanders

The awarding of the Distinguished Service Award will take place on March 6th at Elmira High School. Every fall they run the Holiday Food Drive, which uses the collective might of local volunteers to raise donations of food and necessities for families in need. Approximately 250 area families applied for assistance and will receive 600 food boxes this past December.

Fern Ridge Chamber of Commerce

Tami Sakany

The Fern Ridge Chamber of Commerce is working to develop a business information clearinghouse, initiate a targeted business recruitment team and create a volunteer service corps mentoring program. Ongoing projects include an effort to categorize and inventory local businesses.

The Chamber works with all aspects of the community from general local community involvement to work at the state level. At the local level they frequently partner with other organizations. This past holiday season they sponsored the annual light parade for the third year running and collected a large toy donation for the S.A.N.T.A. project. Members also made substantial donations to the Love Project and supported the ART Inc. fundraiser. In cooperation with Kiwanis, they will host the Distinguished Service Awards again on March 8th at Elmira High School. The chamber is also moving ahead with the Fern Ridge Brand ‘Inspired by Nature’. Recently the Chamber completed a survey to 6,000 homes in the Fern Ridge Area as part of a project to bring more workshops to the Fern Ridge area from the Small Business Development Center.

Their work with local businesses includes several round table meetings.

The Chamber worked closely with Lane county to develop an entrepreneur program and recently awarded prizes to Goaty Girlz, Oregon Sewn and MWH Fabrication in a contest for local entrepreneurs. They are also working with the Eugene Yacht Club on a promotion for a Regatta during the Olympic Trials and are working with the Lane County Historical Museum and Forests Today and Forever on possible tours during the Olympic Trials.

At the state level the Chamber is working on an increase in regional Investment Board funding during the special legislative session. They also work closely with other rural chambers, the Oregon State Chamber and with the Eugene Chamber to stay apprised of other issues affecting the business community.

Finally, the Chamber is working on updating their website and creating their brochure. Their boardroom is being used on a weekly basis for various meetings.

City of Veneta Parks Board

Gail Wilkie

Fern Ridgeopoly is now available for sale as a fundraiser for the Parks Board.

The Parks Board is collaborating with the Key Club and the Honor Society at Elmira High School as well as Scout Troop #54 for year’s annual Easter Egg Hunt. The Key Club and Honor Society will stuff the eggs. All three groups will help with all aspects of the Easter Egg Hunt on the day

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