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Chamber News: Rifle chamber to celebrate 60 years at annual dinner

Put on your formal wear and come on out to the Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner and Awards Banquet, from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at Grand River Health. We’ll be celebrating 60 years of serving the community of Rifle.

The Oren Harmon Memorial Person of the Year, John Scalzo Lifetime Achievement, Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year, The Woman of Distinction, and, new this year, the Ambassador of the Year, awards will be presented to some very deserving and surprised individuals. We have some great silent auction items and, as always, Lynne Miller and her staff feed us very well. If you haven’t purchased tickets yet, contact Kelly or Gina at the chamber to see if any are left.



The Rifle Main Street program, chamber of commerce and Fiesta Guadalajara will host First Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. tomorrow. Free appetizers and drink specials will be available. Come on out for some high-powered networking and fun.

The chamber will host a candidate forum at Silt Town Hall, 231 N. 7th St., at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 11. Cheryl Chandler with Cheryl and Co. Real Estate will moderate the forum, featuring candidates or their representatives for Silt mayor and board of trustees.
Questions can be submitted in advance by email to mail@riflechamber.com, with a subject line of “Silt Candidate Forum Question” and indicate which candidate(s) should answer the question. Candidates will not be informed of the questions in advance and the moderator will have discretion as to the questions asked. Time permitting, the live audience will be allowed to ask questions.



The chamber will host a candidate forum at Silt Town Hall, 231 N. 7th St., at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 11. Cheryl Chandler with Cheryl and Co. Real Estate will moderate the forum, featuring candidates or their representatives for Silt mayor and board of trustees.

Questions can be submitted in advance by email to mail@riflechamber.com, with a subject line of “Silt Candidate Forum Question” and indicate which candidate(s) should answer the question. Candidates will not be informed of the questions in advance and the moderator will have discretion as to the questions asked. Time permitting, the live audience will be allowed to ask questions.

Rick Aluise and Mark S. Anderson are running for mayor and six candidates are seeking three open seats on the board: D. Aron Diaz, Dave Moore, Dylan Lewis, Paul Taylor, T.J. Tucker and Bryan Fleming.

A ballot question asks Silt voters if the town administrator should have authority to hire the town clerk, police chief and treasurer.

Join us at Mulligan’s Irish Pub for March Business after Hours at the Rifle Creek Golf Course, 3004 Colorado Highway 325, from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 25. Great food, great networking, great fun!

Women In Business will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, (notice the time change), at the Rifle Branch Library’s upstairs meeting room. Program sponsor is the Jim Lord Agency/American Family Insurance and this month’s topic is “Health, Beauty & Fashion Show.”

Want to see what’s new in the fashion world to jump start your spring? Looking for that beauty tip that will help you look your best? Most importantly, we all want to feel incredible this year and for the rest of our lives, so why not find out new and old healthy tricks that will keep you feeling young.

Bring your sack lunch, network and find out where to shop in Rifle for all of your health, beauty and fashion supplies. Members who will be showing off their businesses include Melaleuca–The Wellness Co., DoTerra, Healthy Living Center, Mistyoga, Simply Chic Salon, Grand River Health, Miller’s Dry Goods, Trendz and Twisted Studios.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 20, at Grand River Health will be the first installment of our Business Education and Training Seminars (BEATS) for 2014. Our seminar will focus on the Microsoft Office Suite, Google docs and comparable Apple products. Roger Gose, director of technology for Garfield School District Re-2, and his team of experts will be our instructors. Cost is just $15 for chamber members ($25 non-members), or sign up for all three seminars this year for just $30 members and $60 non-members. Lunch is included.

And keep these dates open: Thursday, April 20, for our Williams Energy Briefing and Friday, May 2, for the chamber’s annual golf tournament at Rifle Creek Golf Course. Have a great March and continue to buy local!

Frank Ladd is the president and CEO of the Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce.


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