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Vote Today! It's your right and privilege

Tuesday, November 2nd, is Election Day, and we as citizens should make every effort to get out and vote, whether it be at the polls or by absentee ballot. This is our chance to pick and choose the people we want in office. Citizens who feel their vote won’t make a difference and do not vote, have no reason to complain later on.

Wyoming voters have a proposal on the ballot to amend the Charter.  If this proposal is approved, it would allow Capital Improvement Millage funds to be used for some of the general operations where needed. This is your chance to voice your opinion.

I am always amazed when I read articles about how few Americans take the time to vote in comparison to people in foreign countries. Some of these people walk for miles to get to the polls to cast their votes. With an absentee ballot that we have available, you only have to make your choices and drop it in the mail

Make an effort to get to the polls this election.

Rogers Ladies Volleyball Players "Dig Pink" For Breast Cancer Research

This fall, the Rogers High School volleyball teams hosted two “Dig Pink” events to raise money for breast cancer research.  The events were organized by Rogers sophomore Kayleigh Vigh who, while reading about other schools who have organized similar events, thought it would be great to get her school involved.  Because she is related to a survivor of breast cancer, Kayleigh connected with this idea and was compelled to see it through.   Dig Pink T-shirts and Reminder Bracelets were sold over a two week period and at the events, with proceeds going to the “Side-Out Foundation” who raises money specifically for this cause. 

Walk 4 Hearing in West Michigan raises awareness

Wyoming, Mich. (WZZM) -  Approximately 17% of American adults have some degree of hearing loss.

Living with significant hearing loss can not only be frustrating but costly.

Sunday afternoon the Michigan Division of the Hearing Loss Association of America held its annual Walk 4 Hearing to help offset some of those costs. The 5K walk at Metro Health raised more than $21,000 dollars.

The money will go to help those like Samantha Wilson, a high school student with significant hearing loss. Even though she wears a cochlear implant she still feels like she misses out on some things, "In a high school environment everything is very loud in the hallways so you can't hear everything and it makes it hard to talk with you're friends."

The Hearing Loss Association offers programs and services to assist those in West Michigan with hearing loss.

Chamber thanks charter members for 30 years of continuous membership

From: http://www.southkent.org/

The 30th Anniversary of the Wyoming-Kentwood Area Chamber of Commerce would not be possible without the continuous support of long time member businesses who've reliably renewed their membership dues year after year.

Membership renewal is important to keep the voice of the Chamber strong in our community and in our government. Our power is in the numbers of business owners who support our organization.

Business owners who drive the economy of a community. Businesses can't vote on election day but they are very affected by the legislation generated by our elected of? cials. Your Chamber Membership gives your business a voice.

The Chamber has made it easy to keep your dues current. You may opt to pay semi annually or quarterly for a small service charge.

Fire Prevention Week October 3-9

From: Robert Austin, Fire Chief

“Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With!” is NFPA’s official theme for Fire Prevention Week (FPW), October 3-9, 2010. This year's campaign is designed to educate people about the importance of smoke alarms and encourages everyone to take the steps necessary to update and maintain their home smoke alarm protection.
In recognition of National Fire Prevention Week, the Wyoming Fire Department will be hosting an Open House on Wednesday, October 6, 2010. The entire community is invited to join your local firefighters at your neighborhood fire station.

Turn on 28th Street Ideas Workshop! - Thursday, October 7

From: http://www.southkent.org/

What can be done to make 28th Street vibrant and prosperous? What does 28th Street need to be a destination? What does 28th Street mean to you? Join us on Thurs, Oct 7. Two sessions to choose from: 11 am to 1 pm or 6 pm to 8 pm. At the Wyoming Public Library. Contact Tim Cochran by 9/30: plan_info@wyomingmi.gov or call 616-530-7258. Each session will be an informative discussion on the progress to date, with breakout sessions for further discussion. Light Refreshments will be provided.

What is Turn on 28th Street?

Turn on 28th Street is a community planning process designed to inform and guide the redevelopment of the 28th Street corridor between Clyde Park and Burlingame Avenue.

Can't do a float for the 2010 Santa Parade?

From: http://www.southkent.org

Employees with Santa hats can march with YOUR company banner and pass treats to the kids and flyers and brochures to the parents.

Our 2009 parade had more than 50 entries. Kids, parents and grandparents attended from all over Kent County. Some of them may have been your customers or potential customers. The crowd gets bigger every year as the community begins to look forward to this annual event. It's fast becoming a family holiday tradition in the Wyoming and Kentwood Communities.

Many Chamber Member businesses are already becoming annual fixtures in the parade and the spectators look for them to go by. Don't miss this opportunity to brand your business.

Don't miss this fun and unique community marketing opportunity. How will your business help us welcome Santa and the Holiday Shopping season?