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  • The Chamber Education Committee hosted the2017 Educators Reception and Chamber Mixer onAugust 30th at the Dakota Prairie Playhouse with over100 in attendance. The event allows educators of alllevels an opportunity to gather to renewacquaintances, share ideas, and welcome neweducators to the community. It is also a time forChamber Members and the Education Committee toshow their appreciation to the educators and the vitalrole they play in the future of our community.

    Serving as the emcee for the evening, CommitteeChair Charlotte Groce kept the crowd entertained onceagain with her wit. Groce related our community,

    educators, award recipients, and presenters to SchoolSpirit. She went on to talk about how haunted Madisonis by this thing called School Spirit and how it makesa community come together. Our Educator of the Yearand Friend of Education Award recipientsencompassed this theme well. Kept confidential untilthe Educators Reception, Educator of the Year wasawarded to retired St. Thomas Kindergarten teacher,Ann Zerfas while our Friend of Education was retiredMadison Elementary School Secretary, Joan Merager.Congratulations to these two wonderful ladies andthank you for all you have done and continue to do forour community.

    A newsletter of the Greater Madison Area Chamber of Commerce September/October 2017

    See DSU: Rising on pg. 2

    Call us at 256-2454 | www.chamberofmadisonsd.com

    Madison isHAUNTED ...School Spirit Everywhere

    August 20th, 2017 was nothing less thana transformational and historic day inMadison. Dakota State University held its

    Grand Opening Celebration for the first newbuilding on the universitys campus in over30 years, The Beacom Institute of

    Technology. Announced at the celebrationwas a tremendous gift in the amount of 30million dollars from Denny Sanford, Ownerof First Premier Bank and PREMIER BankCard, and PREMIER Bank Card CEO andPresident Miles Beacom along with his wifeLisa. To add to the excitement, SouthDakota Governor Dennis Daugaardannounced the state will be giving DSU 10million dollars from the Future Fund tosupport the growing CyberSecurity efforts.DSU has also committed to a goal toleverage an additional 20 million dollars infederal funding for a total of 60 milliondollars in funds to promote and build DSUsCyberSecurity education and researchprograms.

    In recognition of the Beacoms beyondgenerous gift, the state Board of Regents hasapproved the renaming of the Dakota StateUniversity College of Computing to the

    Dakota State University: RISING

    As a token of appreciation for all her hardwork, Miles Beacom presented Dr. Griffithswith an autographed guitar by Jake Owenand Opening Act Hunter Phelps.

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    ERIC HORTNESS,Executive Director

    The feeling of fall is in the air and thehustle and bustle of school and all of theactivities it brings are happening.

    What an exciting time to live in Madison,there seems to be a buzz in the air from allthe activities that have been going on.Miracle Treat Day, Discovery Day, 4-H days,the recent DSU expansion & the monetarygifts, the recent Ag Bowl, and the list goeson The future is bright in Madison!

    On behalf of the Chamber Board wewould like to say thank you to all of ourmembers and also to our area farmers andthose connected to Agriculture in Madisonand the surrounding communities.

    Twenty percent of all jobs in SD, or one inevery five, is connected in some way toAgriculture. We have 31,000 farmers and

    ranchers who grow a variety of productsevery year that make their way into ourhomes and on our kitchen tables every day.So, we need to really think about the largeimpact our area producers have on ourcommunity that we live in, and the impactthey have on our everyday lives.

    So as harvest approaches, be SAFE andgive extra caution to those farmers with thebig equipment on the roads.

    Again, thank you on behalf of theGMACC and let us knowwhat we can do for you!

    Note from theDirectorFrom the Board. . .

    TOM BLOOMGMACC Board of Directors

    Lake County International

    Its back to school time! With that bringsa change in schedules for most of us. Also,our focus shifts from our summer activitiesto the sidelines and gymnasiums forsporting events, hunting and fishing,harvest time, and what outfit is going towin us that Halloween costume partycontest! As we look back at some of thecommunity and Chamber summeractivities, it was a very eventful couple ofmonths: July 4th Fireworks Display

    A spectacular 4th of July FireworksDisplay over Lake Herman was held. Thankyou once again to all of our sponsors thatallow us to continue to put on that event. July 27th Miracle Treat Day

    Once again MTD was an amazingsuccess. Its a testament to the communitythat we live in. Great job Dairy Queen andall that participated. July 29th Tour the City Road Races,Discovery Day and Mart-in-the-Park

    Perfect weather led to busy businesses,a packed Egan Avenue and a full LibraryPark. August 18th DSU Move-In Luncheon

    Chamber volunteers helped provide alunch for DSU students and their familiesas they moved into the dorms. Sevenhundred fifty meals were handed out alongwith welcoming all of the new communitymembers to campus and Madison. August 20th Beacom Institute ofTechnology Celebration

    What a great day for Madison andespecially Dakota State. A celebration washeld opening the new Beacom Institute ofTechnology, a major gift was announced forfuture projects and the evening ended witha free concert with country singer JakeOwen. August 25th and 26th Fall CitywideRummage Sales

    Over 20 rummage sales were registeredwith the Chamber for treasure hunters tofind their next big prize.

    One thing that doesnt change with theseasons is the great community andChamber events that are held. I wouldencourage all of you to get out this fallseason and Discover the Unexpected. A fewof the opportunities are: September 12th Off The Clock

    These are great networkingopportunities open to anybody that isinterested. This month will be hosted atMontgomerys with free appetizers, freedrinks and drawings including a $100Montgomerys Gift Card. September 23rd Trojan Day Parade

    Head down to Egan Avenue toexperience a great parade. There will beseveral floats, marching bands, displaysand of course CANDY. October 6th Rooster Rush Tailgate

    Join us at Trojan Field for a freeContinued on page 3


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    Madison Central School District

    EX-OFFICIORobert Thill

    Madison City Commissioner

    Kelli WollmannLake County Commissioner

    Dr. Jos-Marie GriffithsDSU President

    Joel JorgensonMadison Central School


    Aaron WalterCommunity Center Director

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    Julie GrossLake Area Improvement Corp (LAIC)


    STAFFEric HortnessExecutive Director

    Courtney StormPromotions & Committee


    Danielle MantheyOffice Manager

    Many gathered in support of DSU for the free Jake Owen Concert provided on campus.

    (Left) Jake Owen walked through thecrowd that gathered on DSUs campus.

    (Above) To help kick off the celebration,Rising Country Music Star, Jake Owen,performed on the South Lawn in front ofEast Hall.

    Beacom College of Computer and CyberSciences. President Jos-Marie Griffiths alsomentioned that thanks to the tremendoussupport DSU has been receiving, they will go from being one of the top leaders inCyberSecurity education to quickly rising to the top. For more information on thewonderful additions to Dakota State and the Madison Communtiy, visit dsu.edu.Congratulations to the DSU family and ahuge thanks to Miles and Lisa Beacom andDenny Sanford for their generosity.

    Continued DSU: Rising from pg. 1

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    appreciation meal that will be held beforethe Madison Bulldogs take on the Tea AreaTitans. October 7th Hobo Marlins PumpkinTrain @ Prairie Village

    Ride the train to the Pumpkin Patch outat Prairie Village to pick out your GreatPumpkin. Beware of ghosts and goblinshowever! October 14th Fall Wine TastingExtravaganza

    Join the Chamber as we take a bus toexperience three local wineries. Music, food,wine sampling, and a lot of fun will be hadby all. October 31st Trunk or Treat

    Egan Avenue will be the place to be toshowcase those Halloween Costumes.Businesses will be open and providing candyfor those that stop by. There will also beseveral non-Egan Avenue businesses in

    attendance handing out treats. November 25th Annual ChamberShow & Sell

    Check out over 100 vendor booths full ofHome Direct Sales, Homemade Gifts,Crafts, Jewelry, Art and more!

    Get those new pencils sharpened, foldersorganized and backpacks cleaned out as webegin the 2017 school year and fall season.At the time this article was written, theGreater Madison Area Chamber ofCommerce has had 32 new member signupsin 2017. Take advantage of all of theopportunities we have