Virtual Zoom Event - 2020 Manufacturers Appreciation Luncheon
October 14th, 2020
Due to the pandemic, the Annual Manufacturers Appreciation Luncheon was held as a virtual event this year. Special thanks to our 2020 Manufacturers Appreciation Luncheon event sponsor; Gamrath-Doyle Insurance! During the week of October 11th, treats were delivered to all manufacturers, courtesy of Gamrath-Doyle Insurance.
WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Darien Sloat, Chief Executive Officer
Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce
INTRODUCTION OF GAMRATH DOYLE
Pat Doyle and Dru Bridges
Fairfield Manufacturers Month
Connie Boyer, Mayor of Fairfield
Michael Nelson, Interim President
Fairfield Manufacturers Association
GOLF OUTING UPDATE:
Joshua Laraby, Executive Director
Fairfield Economic Development Association
INTRODUCTION OF MANUFACTURERS:
Michael Nelson, President
Fairfield Manufacturers Association
Please click on these links to see the video and photos:
Werner Elmker Audio-Visual Studio
Fairfield Media Center
Two articles from the Southeast Iowa Union newspaper about the projects:
Trojan Honor Courtyard nears completion FAIRFIELD – Progress continues on the construction of the Trojan Honor Courtyard south of the Fairfield High School, and should be ready for students when they return to class this fall, assuming they do. The project honors Fairfield High School’s tradition of fine arts with a courtyard in an octagonal shape and a concrete sitting wall and brick floor. Funds for the project will come partly from selling the bricks in the courtyard, which will bear the names of those honored such as Fairfield graduates, teachers, coaches, district or state champions, In the middle of the courtyard will be the school’s logo, an image of a Trojan soldier. As of Thursday, the outline of the octagon was complete, and a bed of rocks had been poured that the bricks will rest on. One half of the project is already done, and that’s the concrete slab leading to the octagon. This “bridge” bears a design with the names of the school’s fine arts programs: art, drama, musicals, plays, speech, its choirs such as concert and jazz, and its bands such as concert, jazz and pep. The letters in the design are stainless steel, and were installed last August. The Trojan Honor Courtyard is the second “Trojan Honor” project at Fairfield High School. The first was the Trojan Honor Plaza on the east side of the school near Trojan Stadium. That began as a project to commemorate the contributions of Fairfield alumni Fred Behner and James Evans, and expanded into a place to recognize other graduates. The instigator of the project is Ron Hunerdosse, who said that since the Honor Plaza has an athletic theme, he wanted to do something to honor the school’s fine arts programs as well. Thus was born the Trojan Honor Courtyard. It’s fitting that the courtyard is just outside the auditorium where the school’s concerts, musicals and plays are held. Though Hunerdosse oversees the project, he feels that the credit for the courtyard should go to two other people: Sue Buch and Kent Whitney. Buch hatched the idea of the courtyard, and Whitney designed the octagon and picked out the bricks for it. “I have nothing to do with most of these ideas,” Hunerdosse joked. “I just go around and make sure they get done. I found the right people to help me out.” The courtyard is being built by Brandon Buch and Cole Boatright. Hunerdosse said 60 of the bricks have already been purchased, which will go a long way toward defraying the cost of the project. The committee is hopeful many more bricks will be purchased for engraving in the near future. Hunerdosse noted that, unfortunately, the shape of the courtyard will mean that many of the bricks will not be engravable because they will be small, partial bricks.
Andy Hallman/The Union • July 17, 2020
Trojan Honor Courtyard under construction The project is known as the Trojan Honor Courtyard, and it’s a companion project to one done a few years ago on the east side of the high school called the Trojan Honor Plaza. The courtyard will be an octagon shape with a concrete sitting wall and a brick floor. Funds for the project will come partly from selling the bricks in the courtyard, which will bear the names of those honored such as FHS graduates, teachers, coaches, district or state champions, etc. In the middle of the courtyard will be the school’s logo, an image of a Trojan soldier. The courtyard also includes a concrete bridge connecting it to the front doors of the FHS Auditorium. That bridge bears a design with the names of the school’s fine arts programs: art, drama, musicals, plays, speech, its choirs such as concert and jazz, and it's bands such as concert, jazz and pep. The letters in the design are stainless steel, and were just installed Aug. 19. The bricks and the sitting wall will soon follow. Ron Hunerdosse, who has organized the project, is hopeful the courtyard can be ready by Fairfield’s Homecoming football game Oct. Hunerdosse said he grew nervous as he watched Jeff Schafer and his son Joe pour concrete over the letters. “I was in panic mode,” Hunerdosse said. But they knew what they were doing. Jeff and Joe quickly grabbed a trowel to smooth the concrete so it came right up to the top of the letters without covering them. Then they sanded the letters so they stood out nicely.
Andy Hallman/The Union • September 03, 2019
NEW DATA INSIGHTS
The Mental Health of Young Parents During COVID-19 and Beyond
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the mental health and well-being of parents and families across the United States. While we don’t yet know the pandemic’s differential effect on teen and young parents, research highlights the additional challenges and burdens facing young parents and young adults more broadly, before and during the pandemic.
Prior to COVID-19, researchers found that mental health challenges are 4 times higher among young mothers compared to their peers and mothers over the age of 21. The pandemic has brought a new set of challenges for parents, who are reporting increased levels of stress as they navigate juggling work, childcare and schooling demands. We also know that pandemic-related job losses have hit young women particularly hard, with unemployment further increasing for young Black and Latina women.
This infographic reviews what we know about the burdens facing young parents and produces solutions that can support them during the pandemic and beyond.
Resources to support young parents and mental health:
Additional NIHCM Resources
View NIHCM’s recent webinar on early childhood development and the impact of COVID-19 on children and families.
View NIHCM’s infographic series on adverse childhood experiences, the challenges facing children and families during the pandemic and actionable guidance to nurture resilience and support caregivers and parents.
View NIHCM’s recent infographic on the impact of the pandemic on workplace mental health and strategies for employees and employers to improve mental health and well-being.
Dear Business Filer,
Social media can be a great tool for business owners, but it also presents possible cybersecurity threats you might not think about. Below are 5 helpful tips to staying cybersecure while using social media for your business to implement during Cybersecurity Awareness Month.
Paul D. Pate
Iowa Secretary of State
CYBERSECURE ON SOCIAL MEDIA
With every social media account you sign up for, picture you post, & status you update, you are sharing information about yourself with the world. Take these simple steps to connect with confidence & safely navigate the social media world.
1. NEVER CLICK & TELL
Seemingly random details are all a criminal needs to know to target you, your loved ones, & your physical belongings. Keep personal information such as your full name, address, birthday, or even vacation plans off the Internet. Disable location services that allow anyone to see where you are, & where you aren't, at any given time.
2. REPORT SUSPICIOUS OR HARASSING ACTIVITY
Work with your social media platform to report & possibly block harassing users. Report an incident if you've been a victim of a cybercrime. Local & national authorities are ready to help you.
3. THERE IS NO 'DELETE' BUTTON
Just because you delete a post or picture from your profile seconds after posting, chances are someone still saw it.
4. UPDATE YOUR PRIVACY SETTINGS
Set the privacy & security settings to your comfort level for information sharing. Disable geotagging, which allows anyone to see where you are, & where you aren't, at any given time.
5. CONNECT ONLY WITH PEOPLE YOU TRUST
While some social networks might seem safer for connecting because of the limited personal information shared through them, keep your connections to people you know & trust.
These tips and tricks to help secure your business from cyber threats while on social media are provided by CISA.
For more information about how you can Do Your Part to #BeCyberSmart, visit www.cisa.gov/ncsam
Office of the Iowa Secretary of State
Des Moines, IA 50319
We hope you enjoy our November Mental Health & You Column
We are releasing this to you early due to the
topic and to share these helpful steps
Thanks for reading, and please share!
Conversations for Hope | Diana Kendros and Jan Sickler
In This Column:
Mental Health Strength During Elections
In this Column, we are sharing a timely article that can help us to understand how to handle the Stress Between Now and the Election - and afterwards.
Some helpful ways to cope include talking to others about our feelings, as well as managing our exposure to social media and the news.
According to our Psychology Today article, the good news is that we can take steps to stay mentally strong during election season. Managing stress and making a few environmental changes can go a long way toward helping us weather a bitter political climate.
We appreciate your support!
Stay Safe and Healthy, Diana and Jan
5 Ways to Stay Mentally Strong
During Campaign / Election Season
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Jan asks Diana about her decade-long journey with
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Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce
Chamber Member Trick or Treat
Friday, October 30th, 2020
Would your business like to participate in the Chamber's Trick or Treat event?
Contact the Chamber at 641-472-2111 or Info@FairfieldIowa.com!
The Fairfield Area Chamber is partnering with Chamber Member businesses to welcome trick-or-treaters during their respective regular business hours on Friday, the day before Halloween. Fairfield’s citywide Trick or Treat will be happening on Saturday, October 31st, but trick-or-treaters can don their costumes early and trick or treat during daytime at local businesses on Friday, October 30th.
Please visit this page for an updated list of participating Member businesses!
Participating Chamber Member Businesses:
Community 1st Credit Union
Dave's Plumbing & Heating
Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce
Fairfield City Hall
Fairfield Real Estate
FEDA (Fairfield Economic Development Association)
Frontline Print & Web
JC Huffman Cabinetry
MidwestOne Bank (both locations)
Morrissey Law Offices
Sweet and Saucy
Two Eagles Native Design
This free online presentation will provide an update on the 2020 legislative changes impacting Iowa taxation.
Topics covered include:
The Department of Revenue has partnered with the Center for Business Growth and Innovation at the University of Northern Iowa to provide free tax webinars on IASourceLink.
The presenter for this webinar is Tim Reilly, Sales & Excise Tax Policy Director - Research and Policy Division, with the Iowa Department of Revenue.
IowaWORKS Ottumwa will be hosting a Drive Through Job Fair in our parking lot on Tuesday, October 27th, 10am -12pm. Due to the Pandemic, we are not able to have employers on site. We will be putting together 100 Bags for Job Seekers and handing them out during the Drive Through Job Fair. If you are interested in being included, please send us 100 print copies of open positons that you would like to advertise or company brochures by Friday, October 16th.
What - Ottumwa IowaWORKS Drive Through Job Fair
When - Tuesday October 27th., 10am-12pm
How To Participate - Send 100 paper copies of flyers with positions available or organization brochure
Where To Send - IowaWORKS, attn: Sam Busch, 15260 Truman Street, Ottumwa, IA 52501
Deadline - Friday, October 16th
September 30, 2020
Dear Iowa Churches of Jefferson County,
The CCW Board has God-inspired news for you! The Well Fairfield has fully acquired CCW. This is an answer to prayer in meeting the needs of our struggling community members.
CCW opened July 20, 2017 and operated mostly with volunteers who had day jobs. This meant it could only serve people a couple nights a week by appointment only. We knew of The Well in Pella before we opened in 2017 and toured that site with Executive Director Jayson Henry. Since that time, The Well has opened a second site in Knoxville.
CCW is NOT struggling financially, but services for our community need to increase. Completing a community-needs assessment, increasing hours open and increasing services are important. Our Board asked The Well to open a third site in Fairfield, and they have agreed! As of September 30, 2020, CCW is no longer utilizing the building at 1208 S 5th Street in Fairfield. All CCW monetary and physical assets transferred to The Well Fairfield and will stay in our community!
The Well has purchased property at 1700 South Main Street in Fairfield. Jayson’s team is at work overseeing remodeling of the building formerly owned by Foursquare Gospel Church, so volunteers are already needed for remodeling! (Please call Tabitha at 641-621-0164, ext. 709 to volunteer!) An early phase of remodeling will prepare a thrift store to generate income for the Fairfield site. *Please wait to donate items to the thrift store until they are ready to receive them.
The Well Fairfield will be open weekdays with regular business hours. An array of services will be provided with opportunities for many more volunteers to be the hands and feet of Christ; however, there will be a necessary break in services from now until the ministry side of The Well Fairfield is open. January is a target date.
Please know that your monetary donations will be effectively utilized in our community and will be needed to grow the number of services offered. Donations may now be mailed to The Well Fairfield, 1700 S Main, Fairfield, IA 52556 OR The Well Fairfield, 419 E Oskaloosa St, Pella, IA 50219.
We invite you to visit an existing location in Pella, 419 E Oskaloosa Street or Knoxville, 404 W Pleasant Street or online at www.thewelliowa.org. There is also a Facebook page for The Well for you to stay current with opening dates. We believe you will see the reason our Board is enthusiastically welcoming The Well to Fairfield!
God Bless you for transferring your allegiance from CCW to The Well Fairfield! We truly have appreciated our volunteers as well as your prayer and financial support these past 3 years! As always, it’s great to move forward!! Together, we will make positive changes in our community.
Called to Serve,
CCW Board members:
Goodwill partners with Southeastern Community College to offer Hospitality Training Certification
October 1, 2020 — Goodwill of the Heartland in partnership with Southeastern Community College is now accepting registrations for their Hospitality Training Certification Program. This seven-week class gives participants the knowledge needed to find work in the hospitality industry. The course begins October 13th, and includes 70 hours of classroom training and the opportunity to gain five industry recognized credentials for Hospitality careers:
Topics also include job search skills training, career navigation, interpersonal skills, and conflict management. All modules covered include an exam that will be given to any student wishing to attain nationally recognized American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute Certifications. An optional connection with local employers is included. Financial assistance is available for qualifying applicants.
The registration deadline is October 9th. For more information and registration, interested applicants should call Southeastern Community College at (319) 208-5375, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Goodwill of the Heartland
The mission of Goodwill of the Heartland is to advance the social and economic well-being of people who experience barriers to independence. Goodwill offers life and job skill development, work experience, job placement assistance, day habilitation, supported community living, workforce services to employers and contract manufacturing, assembly and packaging. In 2019, Goodwill provided more than 20,000 services to people with barriers in its 19-county service area. For more information, including retail, donation and service locations, please visit www.goodwillheartland.org or call toll free 1-866-466-7881.