Message from the Chair
As the heat of summer is replaced with the crisp air of autumn, we welcome the annual certainties of the season. We are treated to the beauty of the colorful leaves, crisp apples right off the tree, backyard fire pits and we bring those snowblowers in for an annual tune-up (hoping we don’t have to use them too soon.)
By connecting quality projects with tremendous volunteers, we have strung together a seven-decade record of strong campaigns.
This is also the time of year that the Chamber’s Community Appeals Committee reviews applications from local non-profits and educational institutions seeking approval for a capital campaign. The committee, which is made up of 20 volunteers, diligently reviews each application, listens to the proposals and considers the financial capacity within the business community. Their careful vetting helps support successful capital campaigns for nonprofits in our community.
It is no secret that our Chamber shines as one of the top organizations of its kind nationwide. And one of our brightest stars is the Community Appeals program. The fact is, we don’t know of another chamber of commerce that has the long track record of success with capital campaigns as we have in Sioux Falls. In the November edition of Chamber News, you will be reminded of the Community Appeals 70-year history and process. While there is proven playbook for this program, we all know the key ingredient is Sioux Falls’ “secret sauce.”
Our “secret sauce” consists of a non-ego driven commitment to the future. By connecting quality projects with tremendous volunteers, we have strung together a seven-decade record of strong campaigns. Many Community Appeals campaigns significantly exceed their goal. The millions upon millions of dollars raised over the years have translated into much needed services for our youth, elderly, at-risk populations and others throughout the region.
I am honored to serve as the Chamber’s board chair for many reasons, but carrying on traditions of service is at the top of the list. These are the principles of a successful chamber of commerce and community.
As we look forward to the holiday season, I am grateful for you – the members of the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce – who work in concert to make our community a great place to live and work!
Lawrence & Schiller, Inc.