Oskaloosa Daily Herald from Oskaloosa, Iowa on January 30, 1957 · Page 62
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Oskaloosa Daily Herald from Oskaloosa, Iowa · Page 62

Oskaloosa, Iowa
Issue Date:
Wednesday, January 30, 1957
Page 62
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4t Wrf.. Jtiu 30. HIT OSKALOOSA DAILY HttALD GOOD Today, OSK ALOOS A -- ... BETTER Tomorrow | 1956...A Year off Record Activity by Your Chamber off Commerce QUEEN OF THE FURROW VOICE OF DEMOCRACY WMNER MDUSTRIAl EXPANSION A Greater City in 1957! OUR ANNUAL PROGRESS REPORT OSKALOOSA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ACTIVITIES DURING 1956: 1. The Board of Directors had 12 Regular and 4 special meetings. 2. In July started inviting 4 Honorary Directors every 3 months. 3. The Chamber of Commerce purchased an Industrial Site. 4. Mailed 85,000 pieces of mail during 1956. 5. Sent flowers to members having "Grand Openings" and "Open House". 6. Sponsored the Oskaloosa Relays "Coaches and Officials Dinner". I. Monthly bulletins were sent regularly to the membership. 8. Floats were sent to Pella and New Sharon for their observances. 9. A float and several cars sent to Ottumwa for the Homecoming of "Miss Universe". 10. Car caravan arranged to meet the Tracy Boys Basketball Team, II. Sent flowers and representatives to the Tracy Basketball banquet. 12. Sent representatives to the "All America City" finals in Memphis, Tenn., from "Freedom Foundation Fund". 13. Pro\-ided prize money for Cattle Shows -- S.E. Iowa Hereford Association, Central States Shoi'thom Association and South Central Iowa Angus Association. 14. With the Mahaska County Farm Bui'eau arranged a Farm Tour for Chamber of Commerce members. 15. In cooperation with the Southern Iowa Fair secured the first District FFA Show in the State. 25 counties participated at the Southern Iowa Fair. 16. Sponsored the 2nd Annual Barbecue at the Fair for 4-H Boys and Girls. FFA boys. Boy Scouts, and their leaders. 800 were served in '56. 17. forked with Successful Farming in sponsoring the Farm and Business Mens Luncheon. IS. Girls entered in the "Make It Yourself With Wool Con- test'' were guests of the Chamber of Commerce at their banquet. 19. Successfully worked to bring the "CORN BELT FARM FAMILY FIELD DAYS" to Oskaloosa June 19, 20, '57. 20. The Good Roads Committee program included the following: (1) Grading and surfacing primary highway =146 from New Sharon to Grinnell primary =225 from Searsboro to Sully; the reconstruction and widening of =92 East of Oskaloosa; the widening of -163 from Oskaloosa'to the Polk County line: the widening of =63 from Oskaloosa to the Wapello County line: construction of a new bridge across the Des Moines river: the blaektopping of farm to market secondary roads. 21. Furnished name badges, courtesy parking cards, notebooks, city brochures city maps, for 8,995 attending meetings in Oskaloosa. 22. Tours were arranged for approximately 500 visitors. 23. The Education Committee, in cooperation with the local and county Superintendents and the local and county Boards of Education held a series of eight meetings on County Re-organization. 24. The Industrial Committee prepared and submitted 42 complete Industrial Prospectus to Industries. 25. 38 contact letters were written to prospects -- most on leads given by Oskaloosa citizens. 26. Representatives attended two Industrial Commission Conferences this past year. Representatives also traveled out-of-of-town on 7 occasions to meet with industrial representatives. 27. The Community Wide Industrial Council was organized to tell the Oskaloosa Story. A great many people worked with this group -- feature and editorial stories were used, a Radio program held weekly, Slogan contest held, the wining slogan is being used on bumper strips and in many other ways, a great deal of state and nation-wide publicity was received. Group Meetings are being held, speakers furnished, billboards to be used, etc. 28. 31 new members as a result of the "One Day Membership Drive". 29. Military informaTion available at the Chamber office for those interested. 30. Sponsored a local "Armed Forces Day" observance complete with military equipment, band concert, speaker, and jet bomber fly-over. 31 Through efforts of the Military Affairs committee was able to help get furniture for Armory Recreation Room. 32. In cooperation with the local Veteran's organizations, sponsored a full day observance of "Veterans Day". 33. The Professional Mens Committee worked with the Mahaska County Medical Society in their observance of 100 years. 34. The Retail Bureau held monthly meetings. Activities Included: Spring Opening, Back to School Days, 4 Dollar 'jays, Fall Opening. Oskaloosa Day, and End of the lonth Sales. They cooperated with the Southern Iowa Fair in sale of advance tickets and in tours of the surrounding area. Cooperated with the Successful Farming magazine in the Farm and Business Mens Luncheon. Sponsored Christmas activities which included the 2,300 kids who visited Santa this year. Sponsored "Friday Night Specials" for seven months. 35. Had representatives to a U.S. Chamber of Commerce Clinic held in Iowa City last summer, covering the Hoover Commission Report. 36. Services available at the Chamber of Commerce office include (in part) the following: Maps of nearly all States and Canda, as issued by their commissions, weekly reports on the Iowa Highway detours and road work. Library of City Directories. Buyer's Guides from 5 of the larger cities. MacRae's Book of American Industry, Hotel Red Book - U.S., Canada, Mexico and other countries; Buyer's Guide - State of Iowa, AAA Accommodations Directory of North America, Official Airline Guide received monthly, Brochures on Oskaloosa and the State of Iowa, Tourist and Resort brochures as submitted by various groups, Files on rackets and questionable business practices, Doane Agricultural Digest. Military information of the Armed Forces. Information on where to locate variou^goods and services. JOIN THE MARCH OF PROGRESS..JOIN YOUR OF IN'57 ALL "AMERICA CITY GOOD TOMY DEI ....BETTER TOMORROW Oskaloosa Chamber of Commerce OFFICERS, DIRECTORS STAFF FOR 1957 Roy Coe f President; John Liley, 1st Vice President; John Lyfle, 2nd Vice President; Gale W. Stapp, Immediate Past President; Ralph Shetfon, Executive Secretary; Mrs. Robert Grandia, Office Secretary CHARLES G. BROWN STANLEY HAW . KEITH MORRIS WALTER COLVILLE GAROLD HESLINGA DON OGDEN DON E. HEMPHEL HUGH BEN McCOY PHIL WAKE ALL-AMERICA CITY

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