Chamber director presents program to Golden K


For The Daily News

KINGSFORD – The sun was shining; the flowers in bloom and the Golden Krs sang “Moonlight and Roses” and “My Blue Heaven” at their meeting on July 28.

Our thanks to Mary Jane Nelson for her month of July chairmanship of GK meetings. She clanged the GK bell to open the meeting with the “Pledge of Allegiance” and the singing of “God Bless America.”

It was a pleasure to welcome guest Lynda Zanon of the Dickinson County Chamber of Commerce and visitor Clayton Davidson introduced by Bruce Stuart.

Bill Trudell, program chairman, offered the prayer and gave several good Thoughts for the Day. One was, “Dare to be different the world is full of the ordinary.”

Ken Schultz put a smile on his face when his lucky ticket was drawn for the Pot of Gold.

The Happy Dollar guy, Don Pedo, read several reasons GK’rs are happy. They included John Corson who was happy for a family reunion. Joan Jouppi was happy that Ron did not buy GK friend John’s boat whose motor quit running in the middle of the lake with Ron in the boat. Gil Engel said, “happy to be here with a nice donut, coffee and good company.” Dr. Paul Jacobs liked having Linda Zanon as our speaker and said, “She was a wonderful dental assistant for him for 20 years until he retired.” And Margaret Trudell was happy for all the Golden Throats that sang at Freeman’s picnic and said “a job well done.”

Harlan Walters and Kirk Olson gave updates on the Golden K Club Peanut Fund-raiser happening Thursday, Aug. 28-29 at area businesses. The Peanut Fund-raiser is the only fund-raiser the GK has to assist them in the community services GK provides.

Some of their services are providing bingo, Golden Throats singing at area nursing facilities, and picnics and parties for the special needs children.

The Golden Throats have been asked to sing at the Sept. 7 at Cornerstone Community Carnival. The free picnic and celebration for area families is put on by the three churches that make up Cornerstone Ministries in Norway located west of the Norway Museum.

Letters were read about the upcoming Senior Expo that will be at the Northern Lights YMCA on Crystal Lake Boulevard and one from Integrys’ energy services discount program with enrollment in the Chamber Gas Program. Chamber director Lynda told more about the discounted natural gas program in her presentation with $25 going to registered charity’s, such as Golden K, who are registered in the program.

The program speaker of the day, Lynda Zanon, Chamber director for the Dickinson County Chamber of Commerce also known as Dickinson Area Partnership, was introduced by Bill Trudell who represents Golden K as a Chamber member.

Lynda was hired by the Chamber as an office receptionist in 1992 and was promoted to Chamber director in 2001. She has been married for 34 wonderful years to a local boy from Vulcan and they have two daughters and two grandchildren. She graduated from Norway High School and has attended classes at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and Bay de Noc Community College.

Her community involvements has been and is in many areas and many officer positions such as the Kiwanis executive board, Great Start Collaborative Communication, the DDA board and Iron Mountain Main Street board and as administrative assistant to the Iron Mountain Builders Exchange. She is a member of St. Barbara’s Church in Vulcan.

Lynda gave background information about the Chamber and the benefits of being a partnership member. For the Dickinson area and neighboring Wisconsin towns, there are many benefits. The Dickinson Area Partnership with Bruce Ottenburger, president and CEO, is comprised of three organizations. They are Economic Development; Tourism Association, director Chris LaVigne; and the Chamber of Commerce with Lynda as director.

Their mission is to stimulate economic growth, promote business development, enhance private and public relations, and improve our community’s quality of life.

The C of C focuses on leading the small business community in stimulating economic growth. They have educational seminars and workshops, and fundraising events, After Hour Events, throughout the year to promote and raise awareness of what the area has to offer. Presently there are 444 members of the Chamber with 424 private businesses, and 13 motels, hotels and bed and breakfasts and seven local governments. Iron Mountain and Kingsford business’s make up 74 percent, Norway and outlying areas make up 16 percent, Wisconsin community’s are 95 percent, and 1 percent from lower Michigan and even Texas make up the C of C membership.

Manufacturing accounts for about 20 percent of the counties employment. Paper and lumber Mills have played a long and important role in our economy. Small-specialized manufacturers accounts for about 27 percent of service related employment. Large employees include Dickinson County Healthcare, which employs 590, and the Iron Mountain VA Medical Center with almost 400 employees. The area’s school districts also employ hundreds.

Retail businesses make up 25 percent; government 19 percent; and mining and construction account for 9 percent of the local labor force.

Dickinson County has been blessed by nature. It’s pristine beauty and year round recreational opportunities are nurturing the growth of what has become our country’s second largest and fastest growing industry: Tourism.

Want to learn more about the Dickinson Area partnership? Check out their Website at or or contact them by phone at 774-2002.

Thanks Lynda for an interesting program learning how our area grows economically and the benefits of being united in a partnership to promote what we have to offer. “One community. One voice. Growing together.”

The Golden Throats will be singing at Hyland on Wednesday, Aug. 6 at 2 p.m.

Chairman for August is Bob Tashick and the Aug. 4 program chairman is Gil Engel.

All GK meetings are from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Presbyterian Church in Kingsford. Interested in being a member of the Golden K Club see any GK member. Guests and visitors are always welcome.