The 2019-2020 Leadership Fairfield class held their December session on Tuesday, December 3rd. Each month Leadership Fairfield meets at the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center for a full day of learning about leadership; December's theme was City and County Government.
The class started the day with a little journalism; what they liked the most about Fairfield, the least about Fairfield, how it could be improved and why. Following the journal activity, everyone joined together to participate in a group activity called the Human Knot. The Human Knot activity was intended to get everyone problem solving and thinking in a creative way and how that applies to leadership in the workplace.
Tuesday was a busy day full of tours around Fairfield! The group toured the Jefferson County Courthouse in the morning and learned about the extensive renovations that the building has undergone since it was built in the late 1800s (1890-1893). Following the Courthouse, the group toured the Fairfield Fire Station. They learned about how the Fire Station is managed and staffed and even witnessed staff heading out on an emergency call.
After enjoying a lovely lunch at a famous local cafe, Revelations Cafe & Bookstore, the group walked and toured the downtown Fairfield square to see the annual holiday decorations. After gaining some behind-the-scenes knowledge of Fairfield's holiday decor and very recent upgrades of the Santa House thanks to JC Huffman Cabinetry of Fairfield, they stopped at the Chamber of Commerce. Subsequently, the main afternoon tours consisted of visiting City Hall and touring the Fairfield Police Station. At City Hall, the group had the opportunity to sit in the main conference room and listen to Fairfield City Administrator, Aaron Kooiker, discuss the daily operations of City Hall. At the Police Station, the group received a tour and had the opportunity to ask local jailers and the deputy sheriff questions. In Fairfield, the local police force and the Jefferson County Deputy Sheriff's office operate out of the same building.
Upon returning to the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center, the group enjoyed listening to a Panel discussion focused on city, county and state government. Special thanks to panel participants Michael Halley (Fairfield City Council), Lee Dimmitt (Jefferson County Supervisor), Dee Sandquist (Jefferson County Supervisor) and Jeff Shipley (Iowa House District 82 Representative).
The group looks forward to meeting again on Tuesday, January 7th, after the holidays and the New Year.
JC Huffman Cabinetry, Fairfield, IA
Mantel Décor Ideas
The season of winter means cozy nights by the fire. Mantels are natural focal points, when you walk into a room that has a mantel, your eye is immediately drawn to it. There are many décor trends to consider when styling your mantel, and we are here to help. Before we get to the mantel décor ideas, let’s discuss what is above your mantel. If you have a television above your mantel you must be mindful in choosing tall items, but if you have a piece of art above your mantel, you can be more versatile with item height. There are many ways to decorate your mantel, whether you are decorating for the holidays or for an everyday look, we have the ideas for you! To start, the first thing you should do is choose your theme.
Farmhouse Mantel Decor
Thanks to popular TV shows, Farmhouse style is a hot trend. Whether you have a rustic wood mantel or a sleek white mantel, a farmhouse theme will be very complementary to that style. Farmhouse décor is also a style that goes with all the seasons!
Simple Mantel Decor
If you already have a busy living room with lots of patterns and textures, a simple mantel is perfect for you!
Christmas Mantel Decor
We all get excited about bringing out Christmas décor! Your mantel is the perfect place to hang the stockings. Continue your Christmas tree décor throughout your mantel to create a winter wonderland. There are many different Christmas color schemes to choose from; green and silver, red and gold or blue and white!
Artwork Above Fireplace Mantel
A painting over the mantel is a traditional look but can still be stylish. There are many different styles of paintings that exist now which makes it easy to find one that fits you! A painting can tie everything together with its unique pattern of colors.Need a mantel to decorate? Our custom mantels are available for nationwide shipping! Give JC Huffman a call (641) 472-8385 or stop by our showroom for more information!
As we are quickly approaching the holiday shopping season, the Chamber would like to invite customers of Chamber merchants to participate in our Holiday Chamber Bucks drawing. We will be giving away five $50 Chamber Bucks gift certificates, for a total of $250!
The drawing entry period will be from Tuesday, November 26th, through Friday, December 20th. 5 winners will be drawn on Monday, December 23rd. Shop at any one of the participating Chamber Member locations listed below to enter!
Participating Members (this list may continue to be updated):
Cedar Valley Winery
Chamber of Commerce
Frontline Print & Web
Iowa State Bank
Overland Sheepskin Co.
Pickle Creek Herbs
Stuff A Bear & More
**Times available to enter the drawing will vary depending on business hours of each location.
See Fairfield’s square come to life with holiday cheer! The Annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony will be held on Friday, November 29th, at Central Park in Fairfield. To commence the illumination and the holiday season, the Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce organizes this festive tradition with the lights being turned on at 6:00pm.
Special thanks to our Holiday Lighting Ceremony Sponsor, Everybody's Whole Foods!
The Fairfield High School Choir will set the mood by singing Holiday music at 5:30pm. The Chamber Christmas Committee chooses one citizen, whom best exemplifies the holiday spirit, and presents them with the opportunity to throw the switch on the lights and for the season. This citizen will be announced at 5:55pm so the lights can be turned on at 6:00pm sharp. After arriving to town as the lights come on, Santa can be found in the Kandy Kane House listening to the children share their hopes for the holiday season. There will also be horse drawn wagon rides around the square for the kids. An evening not to be missed!
Santa House Schedule
The 2019 schedule for Santa's House will be the following:
Friday, November 29th: 6-8pm OPENING NIGHT, plus Santa's Workshop
Saturday, November 30th: 6-8pm
Friday, December 6th: 6-8pm, plus Santa's Workshop
Saturday, December 7th: 6-8pm
Thursday, December 12th: 6-8pm
Friday, December 13th: 6-8pm, plus Santa's Workshop
Saturday, December 14th: 6-8pm
Thursday, December 19th: 6-8pm
Friday, December 20th: 6-8pm, plus Santa's Workshop
Saturday, December 21st: 6-8pm
Every Friday evening, in addition to visiting Santa's House and receiving a candy cane, Santa's Workshop will be open for making custom Holiday ornaments! Have your picture taken with Santa and head on over to the Workshop to make your ornament.
Special thanks to Teresa Huffman with JC Huffman Cabinetry Co. for the extensive renovations made to Santa's House! Click here for more information on this project.
If you would like more information about this event or have any questions, please contact the Chamber at 641-472-2111 or email Events@FairfieldIowa.com.
Come to Business After Hours on Thursday, November 21st from 5-7pm at Overland Sheepskin Co. in Fairfield! Overland Sheepskin Co. is located at 2096 Nutmeg Avenue on the east side of town.
Join us for wine being poured by SOMM Wines, cookies and pastries from Bountiful Bakery, and hors d'oeuvres! Overland Sheepskin Co. will be showcasing the store holiday merchandise. Don't miss the door prizes and drawings!
The Chamber Business After Hours is a free, monthly networking event open to Chamber Members, their guests and the general public. If you are interested in hosting a Business After Hours or have further questions, please contact the Chamber at 641-472-2111 or by email at Info@FairfieldIowa.com.
Leadership Fairfield met at the beginning of the month for their November session. November's session was centered around Health and Fitness. The class listened to a presentation on Emotional Intelligence from Joel Pedersen and then went and toured Jefferson County Health Center in the morning. They enjoyed lunch at the JCHC cafeteria; a small cafe that is open to the public.
In the afternoon, the class traveled to the Ambulance Bay in Fairfield and learned a lot about the daily life of our local emergency responders and paramedics. Iowa is currently a state that does not consider ambulatory services an essential service; meaning they do not receive state funding and function out of personal contracts with the city.
Also in the afternoon, the class listened to a panel of local experts presenting on mental health. Fairfield has unique services to offer for those that struggle with mental health issues and unique services to offer for those who are in a caretaker role. For more information on this subject, please contact the Chamber at 641-472-2111.
To end the day, the Leadership Fairfield class participated in a fun group activity and discussed the results of taking the MBTI Personality Assessment from last month. Next month, the class will meet on Tuesday, December 3rd.
Calling all Chamber Members! The Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to honor its invested Chamber Members at their annual Member Appreciation Reception on Thursday, November 14, 2019 from 5-7pm at the Elks Lodge on the Fairfield square; 51 1/2 S. Main Street. All Chamber Members are warmly invited to join Chamber staff and Board Members for appetizers, a free drink ticket and a cash bar. New Chamber Members and their businesses will be honored and recognized during a brief program at 6:00 pm.
In addition to fellowship and networking, this event also provides a great opportunity to interact with Chamber staff and Board Members. Become better acquainted with the Chamber’s programs, services, and committees contributing to over 90 years of success.
To RSVP online, click here. For more information please contact the Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce at 641-472-2111 or email Events@FairfieldIowa.com.
Southeastern Iowa Working Leader Series
ATW Training Solutions has partnered with area Chambers to offer a comprehensive training package in Southeastern Iowa! We’re excited to announce a partnership with the following Chambers: Washington, Fort Madison, Oskaloosa, Burlington, Fairfield, Ottumwa, Mount Pleasant, and Muscatine. Through this partnership, we’ve identified the need to serve Working Leaders in these communities. So, what is a Working Leader? Read on!
The title may differ…Manufacturing Production Lead…Lead Teller...Call Center Lead…but the expectations are the same. This person is a Working Leader. Many are challenged by lack of formal authority and other constraints, but expected nonetheless to perform at the highest level for their teams and organization. So, we’re rolling out our proven training approach to companies in Southeastern Iowa by offering a Working Leader Series! Check it out…
Session 1: Communication Essentials – (November 12, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm) - Location TBD Everything in the workplace revolves around communication. Whether we are communicating as working leaders face-to-face or over the telephone, we must ensure the message sent is the message received. During this session, we will cover the fundamentals of effective communication. These fundamentals appear to be simple, yet we often fail to implement effectively and consistently.
Session 2: On-the-Job Training Techniques - (December 10, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm) - Location TBD In today’s “maximize resources” world, many working leaders are being called upon not only to perform their own duties, but to train others. While showing competency on the job, most working leaders aren’t equipped to be effective trainers. In this session we introduce Subject Matter Experts to adult learning theory through case studies, lecture, role play, and discussion. Participants will learn how to structure on-the-job training, encourage dialogue with trainees, recognize learning hurdles, and contribute to expected company results through their training efforts.
Session 3: Peer to Peer Feedback - (January 7, 2020 1:00pm - 4:00pm) - Location TBD Every day we give and receive feedback to others, which we mostly do informally. In the workplace, it’s important for working leaders to formalize our feedback process to provide feedback that is effective and received well by the other person. When feedback is delivered effectively, it can build relationships, increase productivity, and create a positive workplace culture.
Session 4: People Smarts - Emotional Intelligence - (February 4, 2020 1:00pm - 4:00pm) - Location TBD Many employees today have been conditioned to believe that emotions are unwelcome in the workplace—that decisions should be based upon cold, logical reason. In short, we “leave our emotions at home.” Today there is an increasing amount of research regarding emotional intelligence (EI), which indicates that proper understanding and use of emotions are critical to helping us be more effective employees, better communicators, and can be a critical skill for working leaders.
Session 5: CEO of You - Lead Yourself to Success - (March 3, 2020 1:00pm - 4:00pm) – Location TBD We often think we are dependent on others to reach our goals and achieve success. But, we don’t need to place our future success in the hands of other people—we can design our destiny today. High achievers understand the value of clarity and courage in reaching their goals and they actively work to create opportunities for action. In this session, we will help working leaders examine their sphere of influence, leverage their skills and motivation, and develop a plan for their future.
Traveling is required to attend each session.***
• Registration is open now thru the date of the first session.
• Series is limited to the first 30 participants.
• The price is just $695 per person to companies with local Chamber membership. (Regular price is $895)
• No multiple person discounts, but take an additional 5% off your total by registering prior to October 15, 2019.
• Once enrollments are confirmed, ATW will work with the participating Chambers to schedule the sessions at locations throughout the communities represented.
• ATW will provide snacks and beverages at all events.
• To register, just contact Mark Purcell at 515-727-0731, or email@example.com.
Each year the Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce conducts the annual Trees of Lights Campaign to support Fairfield's holiday decorations and the Holiday Lighting Dedication. We invite you to help keep this tradition alive.
Click Here for the donation form!
The 2019 Trees of Lights Campaign publication will be printed in the Southeast Iowa Union Fairfield Ledger on Thursday, December 26th, 2019. Happy Holidays!
The Chamber Christmas Committee extends its gratitude to every generous donor for keeping alive the tradition of holiday cheer in Fairfield for future generations.
Questions? Contact the Chamber at 641-472-2111 or Info@FairfieldIowa.com
Nominations Open for Cultural Achievement Awards at FCA Annual Arts & Culture Celebration
Since 2005 when they ﬁrst helped create a state designated Cultural District in Fairﬁeld, the Fairﬁeld Cultural Alliance has been working to support arts, culture, history, and creative expression in our town. In 2019, the FCA applied for and received redesignation for our Cultural and Entertainment District from the state of Iowa, published the 2019 edition of the Heritage Tour booklet, and organized the second World Fair Field International Festival.
In addition, they are having a Celebration of Arts & Culture, bringing together citizens, artists, entertainers, historians, educators, and businesses who are all part of our cultural community. Everyone interested is invited to come enjoy snacks, lively conversation, music, and reports from our arts and culture community on December 10 at ICON Gallery on the downtown square.
• The celebration is a venue for folks to speak to each other personally and as a group, to let each other know what is going on and to show appreciation of these efforts. • The FCA will report on their activities for 2019.
• Our Mayor (present and Mayor-elect) will give a report on Arts & Cultural progress in Fairﬁeld from the City Hall perspective.
• The FHS JazzX vocal group will perform!
• Cultural Trust Fund Mini-Grant Awards, and who they will be supporting will be announced. • Awards for Cultural Achievement for 2019 will be announced.
Nominations for these awards are now being accepted from the community until Sunday, December 1. Email fairﬁeldculturalalliance@gmail.com your nominee’s name, contact info, and a description of what they have done to merit recognition.
Come help us honor the talents of our local artists, entertainers, and all those who create beauty and love here in our Great Place, Fairﬁeld, Jefferson County, Iowa. Doors will open at 7:00 pm for conversation and networking. The program will start at 7:30.
For more info, email the FCA at firstname.lastname@example.org .