Thursday, September 30, 2010

Carroll Chamber of Commerce Band Day Parade

On Saturday, October 2 spectators will be choosing viewing spots in anticipation of the 53rd  Annual Carroll Band Day Parade. At 10:30 AM the parade will take off at 12th & Adams and proceed  to Graham Park where the judging of bands takes place. Immediately following the parade, the Carroll  and Jefferson-Scranton High Schools will perform field presentations at the Carroll Stadium. Presentation of the trophies will follow. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. This year Band Day is sponsored by Lou Walsh Motors and the Carroll Chamber is partnered with Carroll Community Schools and Kuemper Catholic School. See you all there!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

New Maps Have Arrived

Thanks to 42 sponsors who purchased advertising, the Carroll Chamber of Commerce has updated the City and County maps.  If you would like to have them available at your business or for your personal use, stop by the Chamber and pick up a supply.  The map was last updated in 2008, a new copy may come in handy.

The Chamber has local and state visitor information, the Carroll magazines and maps of the 50 states. 

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Carroll County Leadership Institute Began Last Night

Members of CCLI during orientation.
The first session of 2010-2011 Carroll County Leadership Institute was kicked-off with John Brockelsby, DMACC sharing leadership theory and discussing motivation.  John explained the differences between leadership and management.  Thank you John for a great beginning to the session.

John Brockelsby, Professor at DMACC instructing Carroll County Leadership Institute
There are 18 members of 2010/2011 CCLI. They will meet at different locations for the next seven months with topics including: Tourism & Volunteerism, Small Business Development &Value-Added Ag, Government & Citizenship, Education, Healthcare, Economic Development and then Graduation.  The Chamber's goal in facilitating  CCLI is to help participants learn more about Carroll County and effectively assume leadership roles in the future.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Carroll Chamber of Commerce hosts the 53rd Annual Carroll Band Day Parade, October 2

17 bands will be performing at the 53rd Annual Carroll Band Day Parade on Saturday, October 2, hosted by the Carroll Chamber of Commerce. Beginning at 10:30 AM., bands from around the State will be filling the City of Carroll with music performed by talented and enthusiastic high school and middle school band students. Lou Walsh Motors will be sponsoring this year's parade. Carroll Public High School and Kuemper Catholic Schools will be partnering with the Chamber. Due to construction of the Carroll Downtown Business District, an alternate route will be used. Check the Chamber's website to view the parade route. Immediately following the parade there will be band field presentations and the awarding of trophies at the football stadium. Anyone still wanting to participate in the parade should contact the Chamber office at 712-792-4383 or email

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Welcome New Chamber Members!

Welcome to Dave Wiges, marketing consultant for the Denison Bulletin/Review.  The Denison Bulletin/Review offers several newspaper and online options to market your business and bring customers in your door.  Check Dave out at or

Welcome to Matt Hodges, owner of Irrigation Specialties.  Irrigation Specialties in many cases can improve a system by making it 30% more efficient while maintaining the beauty of your lawn.  With 10 years of experience, Irrigation Specialties can do repairs, upgrades, start-ups and shut-downs as well as complete installations.  Email Matt at with any questions.

Welcome Doug Leiting, owner of Leiting Construction.  Leiting Construction does light construction consisting of decks, roofing, windows, three and four season rooms and other outdoor creations.  Contact Doug at 712-792-2044 with questions.

We welcome these new members to the Chamber!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Chamber Golf Outing

It was a Great day of Golf
 even with the rain delay !

It was REALLY a great day for Steve Schulz who got a Hole-in-One on #15. 
Steve won a Harley Davidson Golf Package worth over $700.
Steve is pictured here (center) with Terry Ruchti and Bob Brown from
Carroll Cycle Center the hole sponsor  

First Flight Winners - Team Score 53
Troy Auen, Rob Cordes, Craig Mertz, Mike Franey

The Boss !

The New Hope Village Ladies

Carroll Broadcasting Team



Monday, September 13, 2010

Dedication of Laker Court, Carroll Iowa

Who is this man and what is he doing??
Minneapolis Laker Tommy Hawkins gave the most moving speech about what Carroll Iowa means to him, a surviver of the Miracle Cornfield Landing of 1960 in Carroll. Learn more by following the links to photos, video and news stories below.

The Chamber Blog has the most content on the web of the dedication of Laker Court in Carroll, Iowa. If you have photos, video or links from these events, comment on this post or email to

Follow this blog post and the links to those who were at the ceremony on Sunday:


Chamber Blog Exclusive Video - 
Gifford and Passenger Hawkins aboard DC-3 Discuss Landing.

Video - Minneapolis Laker Tommy Hawkins thanking Carroll
Video - Minneapolis Laker Tommy Hawkins recounts Miracle Cornfield Landing
Video - Laker VP Jeanie Buss thanks Carroll, Iowa
Video - Ribbon cutting and flyover
Video - Laker Jeanie Buss (Daily Times Herald)
Video - Tommy Hawkins Minneapolis Lakers Miracle Landing (Daily Times Herald)

Slide Show - Laker Court Dedication and Carroll Airport Fly-in
Slide Show - taken by Chamber President Rob's Cordes
Slide Show - from Flight Day at Carroll Airport - KKRL Radio - Carroll

News Link - Buss, Hawkins Say Carroll Saved Lakers and NBA
News Link - Carroll Airport Holds Successful Flight Day, KKRL Radio, Carroll
News Link - Interviews with Tommy Hawkins, Jeannie Buss and John Steffes - KKRL Radio, Carroll
News Link New Laker Court dedicated in Carroll Sunday - KKRL Radio, Carroll
News Link  - Pictures of Laker Court dedication along with audio from ceremony - KCIM, Carroll
News Link  - Basketball Court Built On Lakers Plane Crash Site - KCAU-TV, Sioux City
News - Los Angeles Examiner

Miracle Cornfield Landing
Los Angeles Lakers
Minneapolis Lakers
Carroll Chamber of Commerce
Carroll Area Development Corp.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Lakers VP Jeanie Buss will dedicate Laker Court this Sunday

John Steffes sits on the new Laker Court!

Los Angeles Lakers Vice President Jeanie Buss
It all began on a snowy night in January 1960. A Minneapolis Lakers team flight home from St. Louis was in trouble and had to land. The pilot found the Carroll water tower and set down safely in what is now Veteran's Memorial Park. Players were taken to the Burke Hotel and left the next day. The plane was repaired and flown out of the cornfield. Not too long after, the team moved from Minneapolis to Los Angeles.

Last January, a 50th Anniversary celebration was held honoring the crew. Organizers asked the Los Angeles Lakers to send someone to Carroll to help recognize the anniversary. But in the middle of the season, folks here understand why that would not work out. Lakers Vice President Jeanie Buss sent a very nice letter to be read at the ceremony. A plaque commemorating the landing was installed in the park.

Soon Norm Hutcheson, the long time member of the Carroll Airport Commission arranged for a DC3 to join the Fly-In Breakfast at the Carroll Airport on September 12, 2010. John Steffes, who organized the events in January, was pleased with the plaque in the Park, but had bigger plans. "What about a basketball court there? We could make it purple and gold like the Lakers...maybe they would help fund it in recognition of the anniversary." 

The Lakers are not only providing $25,000 to fund the construction of the court, but Jeanie Buss will be here to cut the ribbon. Also scheduled to appear is Minneapolis Laker Tommy Hawkins, who was a passenger on the plane.

 6:30 a.m - 1:00 p.m. - Fly-In Breakfast - Arthur N. Neu Municipal Airport, 21177 Quail Ave., Carroll.
A brief program to honor the historic DC3/C47 will begin at 10:00 a.m.

1:30 p.m.  -  Carroll Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Laker Court at Veteran's Memorial Park, 2100 Grant Rd., Carroll.
The culdesac at the south end of Ashwood Drive
 has been renamed Laker Court

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Chamber Golf Outing

Monday's weather forecast sounds great,
so why not get in one more game of golf at:
Chamber's 48th Annual Golf Outing
Monday September 13, 2010
Carroll Country Club
12:30 Shotgun Start
It promises to be a fun day of
golf with your Chamber friends.
Call the Chamber 792-4383
to sign up your team.

Carroll County Leadership Institute

There is still time to sign-up, but you must hurry because only a few spots in the class remain, so send in your application today!

Carroll County Leadership Institute will begin its 12th year with a series of eight sessions begin on Wednesday, September 22.  The Institute's ultimate goals are to motivate participants to a higher level of community awareness and involvement as well as ensure that Carroll County has a strong flow of leadership well into the future.  Encourage your employees to take part in CCLI and take an active role in Carroll Counties future.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Earn $50 in Chamber Bucks and a Chance to Win $200 off 2011 Dues

DMACC earned $50 in Chamber Bucks and you can too.  But hurry, offer expires the end of September.

Our newest Chamber member, Carol Thompson of Private Quarters was referred by DMACC.  Both will be entered into a drawing for $200 off their Chamber membership dues in 2011.

This program is a financial opportunity for you, but more importantly it is an opportunity to expend and strengthen the Chamber of Commerce membership.

Please take a moment to review your business relationships and if they are not a member give us a call at the Chamber.  Together we can share the benefits of membership with the potential new member.