Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce

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Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce
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Dexter’s official history predates that of the state of Michigan by 13 years, having been founded June 10, 1824, by Samuel William Dexter. Today, Dexter’s village is a thriving community with a strong mix of residential and commercial interests. It boasts excellent schools, good proximity to major highways and a way of life that has held true to the initial vision for the village.
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Dexter Chamber of Commerce
3074 Baker Road
Dexter, MI 48130
734.426.0887

Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce Interviews:

dexter_717August 28, 2014: Joe Schultz, Chamber President – Most children are heading back to school next Tuesday with some of those who attend private schools already getting back in the classroom this week. As we wrap-up summer, the Dexter Chamber President takes a look at what’s ahead in his community in the coming year.

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Dexter_821August 21, 2014: Joe Schultz, Chamber President – From the upcoming election for Village President to new business, we take a look at the Dexter community and the latest news there.

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August 14, 2014: Joe Schultz, Chamber President; Laurie Isley, President, Lenawee County Farm Bureau – School kids learn how food makes it from the farm to the table, thanks to this program from the Michigan Farm Bureau. Also, the Farm Bureau is actively studying the impact farms may have had on the algae bloom in Ohio that impacted the water supply there.

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Dexter_807August 7, 2014: Joe Schultz, Chamber President; Kim Covert, Director, Dexter Community Education; Dr. Chris Timmis, Superintendent, Dexter Community Schools – With just weeks to go until the start of school, districts are once again wondering if school funding is ever going to be fixed.

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dexter_731July 31, 2014: Tom Paup, Dexter Area Chamber; Paul Cousins & Victoria Schon, Arts, Culture and Heritage Committee, Dexter Plein Art Fair – En plein air is a French expression which means “in the open air” and is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors. Artists will be doing just that in Dexter at the Paint Dexter Plein Air Festival the week of August 11-16, 2014.
Check out the Paint Dexter Plein Air Festival’s Facebook page here.

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dexter_724July 24, 2014: KayLyn Pace, Musician; Joe Schultz, Chamber President; Kelly Pace, Mom and Manager – This 18-year-old country/rock/acoustic performer from Dexter has been performing since she was 8 years old and produced her first EP CD earlier this year. See her perform Friday night at Dexter’s Summer Series Concert at the Gazebo.

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dexter_717July 17, 2014: Joe Schultz, Chamber President – Dexter Daze, now in its 42nd year, offers artisans, crafters, businesses, and free entertainment for the whole family. New this year is a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, as well. Dexter Daze is August 8 & 9, 2014. Visit www.dexterdaze.org for more info.

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dexter_710July 10, 2014: Jeff Morris, Chamber Board Member; Dawn Simpson, Staffing Solutions Leader, Talent Acquisition, and Bryan Smith staffing specialist, Manpower – Founded in 1962 by Ann Arbor’s Roger and Carolyn Gatward, Manpower, Inc. of Southeastern Michigan has helped both companies and individuals navigate the ever-changing world of work in Washtenaw and Monroe Counties. Manpower offers over 50 years of experience providing recruitment, employee assessment and training, outsourcing and consulting services.

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dexter_703July 3, 2014: Joe Schultz, Chamber President; Sam Short, Owner, Beer Grotto There’s a new way for you to try out beer and wine before you buy it. The Beer Grotto recently opened in the former pharmacy on Main Street in Dexter. Its concept is to offer free samples of beers and wine samples for a fee

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dexter_626June 26, 2014: Joe Schultz, Chamber President; Dr. Will Meurer & Leo Babcock, Actors, Dexter Community Players – Formed in 1981, the Dexter Community Players holds open auditions for shows where anyone can tryout. This weekend the Dexter Community Players performs “The King and I”. Visit www.DexterCommunityPlayers.org for details.

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dexter 6:19June 19, 2014: Joe Schultz, Chamber President; Great Lakes Family Dental Group’s Rachel Ritchie, Registered Dental Assistant, Heather Pall, Office Manager, and Dr. Peter Wloszek – This Dexter dental practice is committed to getting kids into the habit of good dental care.

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dexter_612June 12, 2014: Joe Schultz, Chamber President; Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Department’s Derrick Jackson, Community Engagement Director, and Sgt. Keith Flores, Dexter Community Liaison – Come support the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office as the staff as they take on the hilariously talented Hollywood Diamond Jester Comedy Softball Team this Friday, June 13 at 5:30 PM

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dexter_605June 5, 2014: Joe Schultz, Chamber President; Jim Carson, Village Trustee; Dexter Area Historical Society’s Abby Fisher and Ina Germain - Civil War Days 1864 at Gordon Hall is in its 4th year and all proceeds are dedicated to mortgage reduction. We acquired the Hall in 2006 from the University of Michigan for $1.500,000 and now in 2014 owe $147,000.

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dexter_529May 29, 2014: Joe Schultz, Chamber President – Valerie Stead Potsos is well known as the University of Michigan Dance Team coach, but she is also a longtime business woman as well. She recently opened her dance studio, Dancer’s Edge, in a new Dexter location.

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dexter_Self ExplainatoryMay 22, 2014: Joe Schultz, Chamber President – Soon the kids will be out of school and families will be looking for summer time fun. Dexter is gearing up to offer a myriad of events that all ages will enjoy.

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dexter_515May 15, 2014: Chris Monaghan, Chamber Board; Kim Jarvis, Huron Clinton Metropolitan Authority – The Huron-Clinton Metroparks system is a regional park system located along the Huron and Clinton rivers. There are 13 beautiful parks covering 24,000 acres in Southeast Michigan, encompassing Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw and Livingston counties.

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May 8, 2014: Joe Schultz, Chamber President; Aaron Peggs, General Manager/Executive Chef, Ann Arbor Country Club / Max & Bella’s On The Green – Ann Arbor Country Club’s roots go back more than 70 years when the golf course was constructed. Since then they’ve become a full-service country club. Located between Ann Arbor and Dexter, the Ann Arbor Country Club is undergoing several improvements.

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dexter_501May 1, 2014: DUMC Leadercast – Paula Palmer Burns, Past Chamber President – Leadercast® is a one-day leadership event broadcast live from Atlanta, GA to hundreds of locations around the world, including Dexter United Methodist Churcxh. Join 140,000 leaders on May 09, 2014.

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dexter_424April 24, 2014: Joe Schultz, Chamber President; Brooke Parish, Officer, United Bank & Trust Dexter; Barb Hiltz, Executive Director, Cancer Support Community – CSC’s 6th annual fundraiser, The Amazing Race, is a road rally in which teams of four travel by car on an Ann Arbor-wide scavenger hunt, solving clues to find hidden locations. Teams will compete to be the first team back to finish line. Upon completing the race teams are encouraged to attend the post-race party complete with live music, refreshments, raffles and prizes. All of this for a great cause – to help raise money for the free support services offered to adults and children in our community affected by cancer.

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dexter 417April 17, 2014: Joe Schultz, Chamber President; Tobin Hissong, Assoc. Artistic Director, Encore Musical Theatre Company – This entertainment venue in Dexter is now in its 6th season and is presenting “The Foreigner”.

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dexter 410April 10, 2014: Joe Schultz, Chamber President; Keri Romine, Manager, Dexter Mill – She has worked at the Dexter Mill since she was 18 years old. Now, Keri Romine has entered into an agreement to buy out the owners over a 4-year period. The Dexter Mill has been called “the heart of Dexter” and is this year’s Chamber Hall of Fame winner.

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April 3, 2014: Paula Palmer Burns, Owner, Palmer Insurance – Finance guru Dave Ramsey created his Endorsed Local Providers (ELP) program—a network of endorsed professionals who are held accountable by members of Dave’s team and customer reviews – to help his fans find professionals they can trust. Now Palmer Insurance has been received one of those endorsements

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March 27, 2014: Joe Schultz, Chamber President; Quaila Pant, Business Development Manager, LaFontaine Automotive Group – As a marketing representative at Sam’s Club, Quaila Pant requested a visit to the LaFontaine dealerships to promote club memberships. She made such an impact that they hired her as their Business Development Manager. She is now being saluted for her networking skills and community work as the Dexter Chamber’s MVP this year.

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dexter 320March 20, 2014: Joe Schultz, Chamber President; Bene Fusilier, President, Dexter Area Historical Society & Museum; Sandy Matsco, Chairperson, Dexter Artisan Fair – Many new vendors are coming to the Dexter Artisan Fair on Saturday, March 22 at Creekside Intermediate School on Baker Road. Among the returning artists is Beverly Larsen, who makes “The Best Sox of Your Life” on an antique knitting machine.

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dexter 313March 13, 2014: Joe Schultz, Chamber President; Tom Paup, Chair, Dexter Daze / Chamber VP – Winter still has a solid foothold on our region, but it won’t be too long before one of summer’s best events comes to Dexter.

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dexter_Self ExplainatoryMarch 6, 2014: Joe Schultz, Chamber President – A 400 square mile region that spans from Western Washtenaw into Jackson is gearing up for this weekend’s celebration of Maple Sugar.

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dexter_227February 27, 2014: Joe Schultz, Chamber President; Chet Cook, Pryme Solutions – Specializing in designing and hosting websites, Pryme Solutions has experience in designing and maintaining computer networks.

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February 20, 2014: Tom Bordenkircher, State Director for Teaching Fellowships-Michigan, Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship – Started as a way to attract veterans back to academic careers following WWII, what has now become known as the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship Foundation has broadened its commitment to providing opportunities in higher education for the best students from all walks of life.

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dexter_213February 13, 2014: Joe Schultz, Chamber President; Dexter Schools’ Kim Covert, Director of Community Education, & Dr. Chris Timmis, Superintendent – As Dexter’s superintendent prepares to give his annual update to the community, we talk about school funding and the services provided by the Dexter Schools.

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February 6, 2014: Joe Schultz, Chamber President; Doug Owen, D. Fitzgerald’s Fine Jewelry in Dexter – Owned and operated by award winning jewelry designer Douglas Fitzgerald Owen, and his partner Dr. Thomas D. Maves, D. Fitzgerald’s Fine Jewelry brings over 30 years experience in jewelry design and manufacturing to the Dexter community.

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dexter_ Bruce Dishnow Athletes in ActionJanuary 30, 2014: Joe Schultz, Chamber President; Bruce Dishnow, UM Athletes in Action; DUMC’s Frank Schramm and Doug White – UM athletes will share life stories of the role their Christian faith plays in their lives. It happens at the Super Bowl Breakfast this weekend at Dexter United Methodist Church. Be inspired by NFL coaches and players like Bart Starr via a webcast of the Super Bowl Breakfast in New York, as well. Admission is free at this Super Bowl sanctioned event. The event is Saturday, February 1 at DUMC. Doors open at 8 AM. There will be an opportunity to contribute in support of Athletes in Action.

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January 23, 2014: Joe Schultz, Chamber President; Doug Owen, D. Fitzgerald’s Fine Jewelry in Dexter – Owned and operated by award winning jewelry designer Douglas Fitzgerald Owen, and his partner Dr. Thomas D. Maves, D. Fitzgerald’s Fine Jewelry brings over 30 years experience in jewelry design and manufacturing to the Dexter community.

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dexter 116January 16, 2014: Joe Schultz, Chamber President – The Dexter Chamber’s Annual Dinner, which is on March 20 at Reddeman Farms, is a salute to area businesses and the people behind them.

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dexter 109January 9, 2014: Chris Monaghan, Board Member; Lucy Andersen, Realtor, The Gould Team – A background in the arts has proved valuable for this local realtor, who says homes that have been staged sell for approximately 10-20% more than a home that has not been staged. Learn how to position your home to get the best return on the sale.

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dexter_Self ExplainatoryJanuary 2, 2014: Joe Schultz, DACC President – Hear about what’s happening in the Dexter area.

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December 19, 2013: Paula Palmer Burns, Quaila Pant, Stephanie Schoch – The Dexter Chamber’s Ambassador Program is a committee that works directly with the community and is responsible for gatherings that help members interact.

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December 12, 2013: Joe Schultz, Chamber President; Tamara & Paul Douglas, Owners – This upscale resale boutique features kids apparel and toys. The owners recently moved their store from Manchester to Dexter.

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December 5, 2013: Karl Fink, Chris Monaghan, Paula Palmer Burns, Communications Team from Dexter United Methodist Church of Christ – A host of Christmas activities awaits patrons at Dexter United Methodist Church of Christ this season.

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November 21, 2013: Joe Schultz, Chamber President –
Dexter Area Girl Scouts will be hosting their Annual Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, December 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church of Christ, 7610 Ann Arbor Street, Dexter. The bazaar will offer a wide variety of handmade arts and crafts made by the Girl Scouts and their families. In addition to the Girl Scouts, independent artists will also be showcasing their work at the bazaar. St. Andrew’s Church Senior Choir will have lunch available for purchase.

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November 14, 2013: Joe Schultz, Chamber President; Busch’s Doug Busch, Co-Owner/Community Development Director – From Busch’s Cash for Education program to its support of numerous non-profit community organizations, this family-owned business is a great example of how companies can make an impact.

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November 7, 2013: Joe Schultz, DACC President; Kathy Toth, Keller Williams Realtor / Owner – The Toth Team has been in the local real estate market since 1989. The market continues to trend upwards. Find out what’s selling and where.

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dexter_Self ExplainatoryOctober 31, 2013: Joe Schultz, DACC President – Thirteen candidates for Dexter’s new Cityhood Charter Commission are vying for 9 available seats. The commission will be charged with crafting the charter to transform Dexter into a city.

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October 24, 2013: Prevention vs Detection – Paula Palmer Burns, Chamber Past President; Gloria Leininger, Owner, Healing Arts Center for Massage & Wellness – This is being called the safest and most accurate choice for early detection of breast cancer. Early screening with Thermology can detect breast tissue changes at a minute physical stage of development, as much as 5-8 years earlier than mammography or other conventional testing. Learn more about Breast Thermography on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 7:30 PN at the Healing Arts Center for Massage & Wellness, 8005 Main St. in Dexter. Call 734.424.3009 to RSVP.

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Anthony Elliott and Paula Palmer BurnsSeptember 20, 2013:  Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce: A Musical Taste of Dexter Paula Palmer Burns, Chamber Past President / Owner, Palmer Insurance; Dr. Anthony Elliott, Music Director, Dexter Community Orchestra - The Dexter community is fortunate to have enowned cellist Anthony Elliott, a University of Michigan Music Professor, as its leader.  We talk with Dr. Elliott about the future of music in our public schools and an upcoming fundraiser for the orchestra.  A Musical Taste of Dexter is Sunday, September 22, 2013 from 2-6 PM at the K of C Hall on Dexter-Chelsea Rd.

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ATodd Bailey Kara Keonig Paula Palmer Burnsugust 29, 2013:  Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce: Touchdown TastefestPaula Palmer Burns, Chamber Past President / Owner, Palmer Insurance; Dexter Touchdown Club’s Kara Keonig and President Todd Bailey A fantastic evening of food, fun, and football is planned for Dexter Football’s First Annual Touchdown TasteFest and Community Fun Night.  An array of 10 Dexter area restaurants will provide the food and you can shop at merchants on site, while enjoying family games and activities.  The Touchdown TasteFest and Community Fun Night is Friday, September 6, 4-6 PM at Al Ritt Field in Dexter.

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August 22, 2013:  Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce: Kim Covert, Director, Dexter Community Education New programs at Dexter Community Education include swimming and golf lessons, as well as cross country, all for elementary school students.

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Mike Fitzpatrick
August 15, 2013:  Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce: Mike Fitzpatrick, Financial Advisor, Edward Jones-Mike Fitzpatrick recently took over one of Dexter’s two Edward Jones’ offices, and is handling everything from college savings to retirement.  While he and his family have lived in Dexter for the past seven years, it’s what brought them to the area originally that explains why they decided to settle here.
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Laurie Kokmeyer and Tom PaupAugust 8, 2013:  Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce: Dexter Daze – Tom Paup, Co-Chair; Laurie Kokmeyer, Committee Member Dexter Daze, a two-day celebration featuring entertainment, food, artisan booths, and a parade, has expanded this year onto the neighboring Join The Lucy Ann Lance Show this Saturday, as we broadcast live from 9 AM-12 PM from this long-running popular Dexter event.
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Paula  Palmer Burns and Chris MerucciRain Barrel
August 1, 2013:  Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce: This Isn’t Your Grandma’s Rain Barrel – Paula Palmer Burns, Chamber Past President; Chris Merucci, Great Lakes Rain Barrel
A new partnership between business, government, and area non-profits is offering rain barrels at a discounted rate.  With features like an automatic diverter to prevent flooding and a planter screen which allows you to plant on the lid, these rain barrels beat grandma’s in any downpour.  The Dexter Farmers Market is hosting the Rain Barrel Sale Saturday, August 3 and Sat., August 17 from 8 AM-1 PM.

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Chris MonaghanJuly 11,2013:  Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce: Dexter – A Great Place to Live – Chris Monaghan, Chamber Board / The Monaghan Agency-Michigan Farm Bureau Insurance - Find out why so many people love to call Dexter home.

 

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Carl Ferch and Paula Palmer Burns
June 27, 2013:  DexterArea Chamber of Commerce: 25th Anniversary of the Scio Township Fire Department -  Carl Ferch, Scio Township Fire Chief; Paula Palmer Burns, Chamber Past President See a demonstration of a  vehicle extrication, tour an ambulance, and witness a vehicle fire exercise at this weekend’s celebration of the Scio Township Fire Department.

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Paula Palmer Burns and Marla BoothJune 20, 2013:  Dexter Area Chamber of CommerceBusch’s Job FairPaula Palmer Burns, Chamber Past President; Marla Booth, VP of Marketing, Busch’s Fresh Food Market Busch’s, a privately-held, independent supermarket chain, is actively hiring new employees.  Busch’s has a series of  Job Fairs scheduled over the next few weeks, as they get ready to open another location and complete remodeling in some of their current stores.
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Joe Schultz and Holly KipfmillerJune 13, 2013:  Dexter Area Chamber of CommerceWhat Relay of Life Means to Me – Holly Kipfmiller, Parent; Joe Schultz, Chamber President When her 18 year-old daughter was recently diagnosed with cancer, Holly Kipfmiller realized that an event she had already been involved with was their way to fight back.  It’s a remarkable story of how a teenager is learning to beat back a disease with the love and support of her family.  Dexter is hosting Relay for Life Saturday, June 15 at Monument Park.  Learn more by clicking here.

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Tom Paup and Beverly Hill
June 6, 2013:  Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce: Dexter Civil War Days at Gordon Hall –  Tom Paup, Dexter Chamber/American Legion Post 557; Beverly Hill, Dexter Historical Society & Museum Interact with history this weekend at the reenactment of the Michigan 4th in the Battle at the Wheatfield at Gettysburg.  Union and Confederate military encampments, a civilian encampment, craftdemonstrations, the Children’s Corner, musicians, and even cricket instruction will be played out on the grounds of historic Gordon Hall in Dexter.  Civil War Days is June 7-9 at Gordon Hall, 8341 Island Lake Rd., in Dexter, MI.  Visit www.dextermuseum.org more info.
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Gloria Leninger
May 30, 2013:  Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce:  Dexter Wellness - Gloria Leninger, Dexter Wellness Coalition - The Dexter Community Wellness Initiative is a coalition of Dexter, Michigan community leaders and residents who have come together to make a positive and proactive impact on its community’s health and wellness. In 2011, the Coalition gathered to develop a long term wellness plan that would satisfy the health needs of the community.
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Steve Feinman and Mariah Fink
May 23, 2013:  Dexter Area Chamber of CommerceSaving Dexter’s Memorial Day ParadeRotary Club of Dexter’s Steve Feinman, Past President, and Mariah Fink, 2014-15 Co-President  When longtime organizers of Dexter’s Memorial Day Parade bowed out, the Rotary Club stepped in to keep the tradition going.
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Bernadette Quist and Michelle Milliken
May 16, 2013:  Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce:  Company Donates Pet Oxygen Masks – Bernadette Quist, Chamber Executive Director; Dave Wisely, Dexter Firefighter; Michelle Milliken, Marketing Representative, Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling Pets are part of the family, so when a tragedy happens at your home and a pet’s life is saved it often makes the news.  Now your pet has a greater chance of survival in a fire thanks to Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling, which has donated pet oxygen mask kits to the Washtenaw Area Mutual Aid Association to distribute to local fire departments.
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Paula Palmer Burns
May 9, 2013:  Dexter Area Chamber of CommerceThe Chick-fil-A Leadercast Bernadette Quist, Chamber Executive Director; Paula Palmer Burns, Past Chamber President A one-day leadership event featuring the world’s best leaders speaking about the leadership principles that matter most.  The local event is being held at Dexter United Methodist Church.
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Bernadette Quist and Anthony Elliott
May 2, 2013:  Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce:  Musical Dexter -  Bernadette Quist, Chamber Executive Director; Dr. Anthony Elliott, Musical Director, Dexter Community Orchestra - Founded in 2005, the Dexter Community Orchestra is dedicated to cultural enrichment through live symphonic music.  It’s a place for amateur musicians to play and an opportunity for families to experience the magic of live classical music.  You are invited to their concert this Sunday, May 5 at 4 PM at Dexter High School, where you will hear competition winner Emma Sandberg performing.
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Paula Palmer Burns Joe Schultz and son NoahApril 25, 2013:  Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce:  Annual Award Winners – Joe Schultz, Chamber President; Paula Palmer Burns, Palmer Insurance/Hall of Fame Award Winner; Lisa Morden, Aubree’s/Rookie of the Year Award Winner; Dr. Brent Kolb, Dexter Family Dentistry/MVP Award Winner – Several Dexter residents and businesses were saluted for their good work in the community and business growth at the Chamber’s Annual Awards Dinner recently.
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Tom Paup and Angela NobleApril 11, 2013:  Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce:  The Sound of Music – Angela Noble, Chamber Series Coordinator, Dexter Community Orchestra; Tom Paup, DACC Representative/Upstream Investments The Chamber Series of the Dexter Community Orchestra plays a variety of music with different ensembles and is gaining new fans throughout the region.
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April 4, 2013:  Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce:  Chamber Events- Joe Schultz, Chamber President As warmer weather approaches, so do a host of events sponsored by the Chamber that enhance the Dexter community.   Joe is accompanied by his children, Noah, and twins Hannah and Emily. We love when guests come in during Spring Break!
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Bernadette Quist Thalia Schramm Tobin Hissong
March 28, 2013:  Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce: Lend Me A Tenor – Bernadette Quist, Chamber Executive Director; Encore Musical Theatre Company’s Tobin Hissong (Tenor Director), and Thalia Schramm (Associate Artistic Director)Dexter’s renowned Encore Musical Theatre Company is launching its first non-musical production.  The Tony award-winning Lend Me A Tenor, is set in 1934 at the Cleveland Opera Company.
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March 21, 2013:  Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce: Turning Mill Creek into a Trout Stream – Bernadette Quist, Chamber Executive Director; Mike
Mouradian, President, Ann Arbor Trout Unlimited
Efforts are underway to turn Mill Creek in the Dexter area into a flourishing trout stream.  Ann Arbor Trout Unlimited, the group behind the project, is committed to “hands-on” river habitat restoration, and despite the fact that you won’t find many trout populations in southern Michigan due to the warmer waters they are already calling the Mill Creek project a success.  Ann Arbor Area Trout Unlimited is hosting its 7th Annual Conservation Banquet, Thur., April 11 at Barton Hills Country Club.  Visit www.annarbortu.org.
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Bernadette Quist and Valerie Stead PotsosMarch 14, 2013:  Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce:  Dance in Dexter – Bernadette Quist, Chamber Executive Director; Valerie Potsos, Dancer’s Edge @ Studio D / University of Michigan Dance Team  - Valerie Stead Potsos is the head coach of the nationally ranked University of Michigan Dance Team and is the Director/Owner of Dancer’s Edge @ Studio D in Dexter, Michigan.  Located in the heart of downtown Dexter, Dancers Edge @Studio “D” sets the standard for dance studios in Michigan.
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February 28, 2013:  Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce: New Dexter Website WeLoveDexter.com – Joe Schultz, Chamber President; Rob Ewing, Ewing Pros A new website all about the community of Dexter is a collective opportunity to let the world know what makes Dexter a great place to live, work, and play. Learn how Dexter is sharing the spirit of its hometown.
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Denise RodriguezFebruary 14, 2013:  Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce: Dexter Relay for Life – Denise Rodriguez, Co-Chair Dexter Relay for Life The journey to end cancer starts with a single step. The American Cancer Society invites you to take that step by joining the global Relay For Life movement, the world’s largest walk to end cancer. The Dexter Relay for Life is slated for June 15, 2013.  Learn more at the kick-off, slated for February 28 at 6:30 PM at the Dexter District Library.  Contact Max Brennan at 248.663.3480 for more info.

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February 7, 2013:  Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce:  Hope & Healing for Military Families – Julie Boyd, M.A., L.P.C., Huron Counseling Services; Abby Goldberg, Chamber Executive DirectorDexter counselor Julie Boyd is offering  assistance for service men and women and their families.  The goal is to have a safe place to talk with others, get support, and learn.  This is part of the Hope and Healing Series offered by Boyd.  Meetings will be held Wednesdays, February 20-March 27 at Dexter United Methodist Church from 7:00-8:30 PM.  For more info, call 734.426.5271.

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January 31, 2013:  Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce: Super Bowl Breakfast – Joe Schultz, Chamber President; Jerry Mader, Former Michigan Football Player – University of Michigan athletes and NFL players will discuss the importance of mentoring youth at this free event sponsored by Athletes in Action and Dexter United Methodist Church.
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January 23, 2014:  Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce: Bernadette Quist, Incoming Chamber Executive Director; Abby Goldberg, Chamber Executive Director;
Dr. Sharon Altrogge, D.V.M.,  Home Healthcare for Pets
– This veterinarian makes house calls to take care of your pets health needs, including dental care.  We also meet the new Executive Director of the Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce, who is deeply involved in her community and relishing her new role.  Note:  We’ll miss Abby Goldberg, who will be moving to Chicago with her husband.  Best wishes to you both!
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January 17, 2013:  Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce: Sarah Henry, Marketing, Development and 5K Coordinator, Girls on the Run Southeastern Michigan – Inspiring girls to be healthy and confident, Girls on the Run empowers them to boldly achieve their dreams.  The program, which is in most of our area schools, is aimed at 3rd-8th graders.  Volunteer coaches are needed for the upcoming season in some of those schools.  Schools in need of a volunteer coach/mentor are Adams in Ypsilanti, South Meadows in Chelsea, and in Ann Arbor – Wines, St. Francis, and Haisley.  Email Lisa@girlsontherunsemi.org or call 734.712.5640.
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January 10, 2013:  Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce:  Launching the Team Concept – Abby Goldberg, Chamber Director; Paula Palmer Burns, Owner, Palmer Insurance/Chamber Past President – A new effort to bring together chamber members with the community at large is underway in Dexter.
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January 2, 2013:  Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce: Girl Scout Cookie Sales -  Abby Goldberg, Chamber Director; Amy Stegmueller, Troop Leader; Emily Stegmueller,  Dexter Girl Scout Troop #40657 (Also in photo:  Boy Scout Lucas Stegmueller) – Just when you thought you’ve put away plenty of holiday cookies, it’s time to gear up for thin mints and peanut butter patties.  But it is all for a great cause; helping to develop the leaders of tomorrow.
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December 20, 2012:  Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce: Christmas Luminaria Lighting – Abby Goldberg, Chamber Executive Director; Mariah Fink, Attorney / Luminaria Committee Co-Chair – Dexter community members have put together Luminaria kits and delivered them to parts of the Village to be lit on Christmas Eve.  It’s a tradition that dates back to 1985 in Dexter.
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November 29, 2012:  Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce: Christmas at the Mansion  – Paula Palmer Burns (middle), Chamber Board Member; Julie Knight & Terry Stacey, Dexter Area Historical Society & Museum – “A Toast to Ole St. Nick” is the theme the Dexter Area Historical Society & Museum’s winter fundraiser, Christmas at the Mansion.  The event features festive holiday rooms decorated by local businesses and volunteers, a visit with Santa, hot chocolate and cookies and an opportunity to shop from the Museum’s gift shop.
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November 15, 2012:  Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce: Celebrating 100 Years of Girl Scouts  – Abby Goldberg, Chamber Executive Director;  Dexter Girl Scouts’ Debbie Koch, Service Unit Manager, Ina Germain, Gold Award Advisor; & Dianne Singer, Troop Organizer – The Girls Scouts are celebrating 100 years this year!  The program has a strong presence in Dexter, where all 10 girls in Dianne Singer’s troop of senior high school students earned their Gold Award (the equivalent of what the Eagle Scout Award is to the Boy Scouts.)
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November 1, 2012:  Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce: Holiday Extravaganza – Jill Pingston & Judy Murray from Dexter United Methodist ChurchNow that Halloween is past, the Christmas season will soon be upon us.  If you plan now you can ease into the holidays with less stress and fuss.  Start with this weekend’s Holiday Extravaganza, sponsored by the Dexter United Methodist Church.  The Holiday Extravaganza is Saturday, November 3 from 9 AM-3 PM at Dexter United Methodist Church’s Newkirk Hall.
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October 25, 2012: Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce:  Candidate Forum Brings out Issues Important to Dexter Residents – Abby Goldberg, Chamber Executive Director; Paula Palmer Burns, Chamber President:  Following this week’s candidate forum, we get an update on the topics that emerged as top priorities.
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October 18, 2012:  Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce:  A Conversation with the President of the Dexter Education Association – Abby Goldberg, Chamber Executive Director; Joe Romeo, President Dexter Education Association – While the DEA and the Dexter Chamber team up to present a Candidates Forum next week, we take the opportunity to find out about the candidates, talk about sportsmanship, and explore school funding.
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October 11, 2012:  Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce:  – Abby Goldberg, Chamber Executive Director; Paula Palmer Burns, Chamber President – The Dexter Education Association and the Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce are teaming up to present a Candidate Forum featuring candidates for the Village of Dexter, Board of Education, and 52nd District Michigan House of Representatives.
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October 4, 2012:  Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce: Dexter Apple Festival – Abby Goldberg, Chamber Executive Director; Jim Carson, Event Chair, Lions Club of Dexter / Village of Dexter Trustee – Michigan’s apple shortage isn’t stopping Dexter from hosting its traditional Apple Daze Festival, which is sponsored by the Lions Club.  From a pie eating contest to a classic car show, craft booths, and kids games, there’s fun for the whole family!
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September 27, 2012:  Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce: Dexter Bar  Crawl – Abby Goldberg, Chamber Executive Director:  Put together five restaurants, a Bar Crawl Bingo Card, and a free drink, and you have the makings of a great time in Dexter.  The upcoming Dexter Bar Crawl is the first of its kind for the community, and it’s designed to showcase the town’s myriad of restaurants.
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August 9, 2012:  Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce:  New Mill Creek ParkAllison Bishop, AICP, Village of Dexter Community Development Manager / Chamber Board SecretaryIt’s been three years since the Village of Dexter began plans for development of the Mill Creek Park after the dam there was removed.  Phase 1 of the $5 million project has been completed and this weekend is the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
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August 2, 2012:  Dexter Area Chamber of CommerceDexter Daze - Abby Goldberg, Chamber Executive Director; Karen Bentley, Dexter Daze Chair; Paula Palmer Burns, Chamber President In 1972, Elaine Owsley and Nancy McLeod began chairing the  first “Discover Dexter Days” for the  Dexter Chamber of Commerce.  The event included  old-time movies, a pie-baking contest, square dancing, and a parade.  Forty years later, Elaine and Nancy will be this year’s Dexter Daze Parade Marshals.
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July 26, 2012:  Dexter Area Chamber of CommerceArtistica Gallery - Abby Goldberg, Chamber Executive Director; Pam O’Hara, Artistica Gallery Owner Looking for beautiful and unique art and giftware is as close as downtown Dexter.  This gallery showcases beautiful items crafted by Michigan artists, including paintings, photographs,  jewelry, pottery, blown glass, and much more.
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July 19, 2012:  Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce:  Community & School Gardens – Mary Marshall, Dexter Schools Superintendent; Abby Goldberg, Chamber Executive Director; Paul Cousins, Village Trustee Dexter is on a quest for a healthy community with a new Wellness Center to be built, community walks, and other health-directed activities.  The community and school gardens give Dexter residents an easy way to grow healthy food for their tables.  We also talk with Superintendent Marshall about the recent tornado, her response and the impact that had on the Dexter community.
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July 12, 2012:  Dexter Area Chamber of CommerceDexter Wellness Coalition:  Abby Goldberg, Chamber Executive Director;   Larry Cobler, 5 Healthy Towns Board  - A number of healthy intervention projects are underway in Dexter, which is part of the 5 Healthy Towns initiative.  Included is the new Wellness Center currently under construction.
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July 5, 2012:  Dexter Area Chamber of CommerceDiscover Dexter:  Joe Schultz, Chamber VP; Discover Dexter’s Denise Rodriguez Monaghan, Executive Director, and  Chris Monaghan, Associate Director - DiscoverDexter.com is on a mission to help enhance the image of Dexter and assist and promote area businesses with marketing opportunities, while attracting new visitors to the community.
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June 28, 2012:  Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce:  – Stephen West, Tevye in Encore Theatre’s Fiddler on the Roof
Acclaimed bass-baritone Stephen West has appeared with many of the finest opera companies in the world, including the Metropolitan Opera.  A Professor of Voice at the University of Michigan, Stephen is performing the lead role in Encore Theatre’s production of Fiddler on the Roof.
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June 21, 2012:  Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce:    Dexter District Library – Abby Goldberg, Chamber Executive Director; Paul McCann, Director, Dexter District Library – E-book challenges for libraries and publishers.  Also:  Online initiatives, summer reading programs, and book-themed events highlight activities at the Dexter District Library.
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June 7, 2012:  Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce:  Civil War Days:  Abby Goldberg, Chamber Executive Director; Bene Fusilier, Dexter Area Historical Society & Museum
- The Dexter Area Historical Society & Museum is hosting Civil War Days at Gordon Hall to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War. It will be held on the grounds of Gordon Hall, the historical estate of Judge Samuel Dexter, west of the Village of Dexter, June 8-10.
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May 31, 2012:  Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce: Live: Dexter Ice Cream Social Benefits Seniors: Abby Goldberg, Chamber Executive Director; Jim Carson, President of the Dexter Senior Center/Village of Dexter Trustee
A mini golf course, homemade pretzels, and, of course, ice cream, will set the scene for this Saturday’s Ice Cream Social. Jim Carson gives us the details and also weighs in on Dexter’s quest for cityhood.
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May 25, 2012:  Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce:  Live: Dexter Chamber Awards:  Paula Palmer Burns, Chamber President; Abby Goldberg, Chamber Executive Director Even though the Dexter Tornado didn’t stop them from hosting their annual awards dinner, Chamber members were treated to a second night of celebration this week as well.  Many in the business community were feted for their excellent work in the community, with Dapco Industries receiving the Business of the Year Award and the Spark Plug Award going to Dexter Schools Superintendent Mary Marshall.
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May 17, 2012:  Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce: Abby Goldberg Erickson, Chamber Executive Director; Dr. Anthony Elliott, Music Director, Dexter Community OrchestraAcclaimed cellist and conductor Anthony Elliott directs this weekend’s Dexter Community Orchestra concert, 4 PM at Dexter High School. Selections include Respighi’s Fountains of Rome and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5.
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May 10, 2012:  Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce: Dexter Patch: Abby Goldberg, Chamber Executive Director; Dexter Patch’s Daniel Lai, Editor, and Jessica Nunez, Regional Editor - The concept of the online news organization Patch..com, owned by AOL, is what’s known as “hyperlocal journalism.” Local community news editors file stories and update community-specific websites on local news from the communities they serve. Dexter Patch’s Editor Daniel Lai and Regional Editor Jessica Nunez talk about what separates Patch from other media outlets in Washtenaw County.
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May 3, 2012:   Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce:  Girls on the Run:  Abby Goldberg, Chamber Executive Director; Sarah Henry, Marketing and Development Coordinator, Girls on the Run on Southeastern Michigan -  Girls on the Run is a life-changing character development program for girls in third, fourth and fifth grade (ages 8-12) that uses the power of running to teach every girl about her personal power and the importance of being healthy and active. The after-school program combines training to participate in a 3.1 mile running event with self-esteem enhancing, uplifting workouts and a community service project. This year marks the local organization’s 10th anniversary.
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April 26, 2012:  
Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce: Dexter Wellness Coalition – Abby Goldberg, Chamber Executive Director; Melissa Kesterson, Dexter Co-Motivator; and Matt Pegouskie, Program & Community Resource Manager, Chelsea Area Wellness Foundation – Wellness interventions have been incorporated into the Dexter community, thanks to the 5 Healthy Towns Project. They include a drug drop-off, safe routes to school, and Wellness Walks. A recent walk raised $12,000 for relief efforts following the Dexter tornado. Find out how this interesting collaboration between five towns and area health organizations works.
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April 19, 2012:  Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce: Karl Jennings, Borek Jennings Funeral Home Chik-fil-A Leadercast: This one-day leadership event features leaders talking about the principles that matter most. Leadercast, which is being hosted locally at Dexter United Methodist Church, is a catalyst for new ideas and better leadership practices. Among this year’s speakers: Tim Tebow, John Maxwell, Soledad O’Brien. In addition, Karl tells us about changes that are ocurring in the funeral home business.
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April 12, 2012:  Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce: Laura Telesco and Cathy Swan, who together own Nichols & Stafford (Cathy also owns The Home Store); Abby Erickson Goldberg, Chamber Director - Both Laura and Cathy have an eye for design and a flair for home decor. Cathy first parlayed her experience as a buyer at the Highpoint, North Carolina furniture shows and brought that same concept to Dexter with The Home Store. She and Laura have now teamed up to open Nichols & Stafford, which offers eclectic home decor and furnishings.
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April 5, 2012:  Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce: Dexter Chelsea Chamber Golf Outing: Abby Erickson Goldberg, Dexter Chamber Executive Director -Some of you have already hit the links and enjoyed a round or two in the nice weather we have been experiencing. You may want to show your stuff at the Dexter Chelsea Chambers of Commerce Golf Outing coming up June 5. This marks the second year the two chambers have banded together to bring this event, showing collaboration can pay off for organizations.
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March 29, 2012:   Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce: Abby Erickson Goldberg, Chamber Executive Director; Paula Palmer Burns, Chamber President; Peter & Andrea Theocharakis, Owners of Dexter’s Pub Like many of the businesses in the Dexter area, the Dexter’s Pub was a great resource following the tornado which swept through the region. They donated pizzas to the Red Cross and a Fish Fry Dinner to fire fighters who came in to help. Today (Thursday, March 29) the Dexter’s Pub is hosting a Dine to Donate Fundraiser with 15% of each bill donated to the Dexter Tornado Relief Fund.
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March 22, 2012:  Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce: Paula Palmer Burns, Chamber President; Abby Erickson Goldberg, Chamber Executive Director; Ian Boyd, Dexter H.S. Graduate; Julie Boyd, Licensed Professional Counselor, Huron Counseling Services Tornado Devastation, Trauma, & Stress: One week ago today a tornado struck the Dexter community. Talking with the Dexter Chamber earlier that morning, we had no idea what would unfold just hours afterwards. Today Abby and Paula are back to share stories on how their community is rebuilding, and they are joined by counselor Julie Boyd who helps all of us cope with the sadness and madness of this weather event.  Click & Listen:

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March 15, 2012:   Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce: Virginia Ryan, Chair, Dexter Pioneer Arts Fair; Abby Erickson Goldberg, Chamber Executive Director; Bene Fusilier, President, Dexter Historical Society – Ever heard of tatting or scrimshaw? Know how to tie a fly? Looking to have a silhoutte cutting done? Preserving those master crafts from long ago is the aim of the annual Pioneer Arts Fair sponsored by the Dexter Historical Society.  Note: Due to the recent tornado activity in Dexter, this event has been cancelled. Check the Dexter Historical Society’s website here for further updates.
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March 8, 2012:  Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce: Executive Director Abby Erickson Goldberg and President Paula Palmer Burns – Michigan Moving Forward: That’s the theme for this year’s Dexter Chamber Annual Dinner Banquet, scheduled for Thursday, March 15 at 5:30 PM at the Ann Arbor Country Club. The keynote address will be given by State Representative Mark Ouimet and the highlight each year is the presentation of annual awards.
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March 1, 2012:  Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce:  Coley O’Brien, Owner, Dexter A & W; Paula Palmer Burns, Chamber President - March 1st marks a rite of passage in Dexter.  The Dexter A & W reopens for the season.  Coley O’Brien grew up in Dexter and recalls riding his bike to the A & W as a 10 year-old.  Today he owns it.
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February 23, 2012:  Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce:  Abby Erickson Goldberg, Chamber Executive Director; Stephanie Schoch, Owner of Dexter Rent-ALL:  Growing up, Stephanie’s parents, the Dunlavys, owned a farm in Dexter. But when tragedy struck in the 1970s, the family was forced to move to another state and start a different business. Hard lessons to learn, but experiences like that make us stronger and teach lessons for future generations. The Schoch family is now opening up a new business in Dexter and continuing to serve their community, just like Stephanie’s family had done those many years ago.
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February 16, 2012:  Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce:   Abby Erickson Goldberg, Chamber Executive Director;  Paula Palmer Burns, Chamber President – Social Media Marketing:  After controversial postings by a previous chamber director and extensive education and research since then, the Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce is ready to dip its toes into the social media waters again.  They provide us a great lesson to understand the impact social media can have on organizations.
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February 9, 2012:  Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce:  Abby Erickson Goldberg, Chamber Executive Director;  William Smith, Loan Officer (Saline/Milan/Dexter), John Adams MortgageTwo million current and former American homeowners affected by the bursting of the housing bubble will get some relief in a $26 billion deal between the government and five of the nation’s biggest banks.  Bill Smith from John Adams Mortgage talks about the fallout.  He explains that despite the recent history, lending is not as difficult and there are several programs that will assist low to moderate income individuals achieve home ownership.

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February 2, 2012:  Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce: Amy “Al” Bulszewicz, Co-Owner, Aubree’s in Dexter - After six months in business, Dexter’s newest restaurant (the first franchise for its Ypsilanti parent company) “blew our projections out of the water,” says co-owner Al Bulszewicz.
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January 18, 2012:  Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce:  Abby Erickson Goldberg, Chamber Executive Director; Jerry Mader – Super Bowl Breakfast IV:  Dubbed Rivals United, what could possibly cause players from the “backyard brawl” in the state of Michigan to unite?  Athletes in Action and Dexter United Methodist Church present this inspirational event that goes deeper than bleeding blue or green, as UM and MSU coaches and athletes share life stories of how their common Christian faith goes beyond their rivalry to unite them in one purpose.

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January 12, 2012:  Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce: Lee Jenkins, Generations Together; Abby Erickson, Chamber Executive Director – The first facility in Michigan built specifically to link the young and old, Generations Together is a unique concept of intergenerational day care.
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January 5, 2012:Abby Erickson, Chamber Executive Director; Paula Palmer Burns, Chamber President – Window contest winners, plus a highlight of upcoming Chamber events, including the Annual Dinner and Golf Outing.
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December 2011:  Paula Palmer Burns, Chamber President – How to invest 100% of your gift giving dollars in your local community and be able to do it very easily.  Also, Paula shares with us how a busy mom of four girls teaches her children the meaning of Christmas.
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December 15, 2011:  Abby Erickson, Chamber Executive Director; Paula Palmer Burns, Chamber President – With a goal of getting more members directly involved in the Dexter Chamber, the executive staff is putting out a call for members to join many of the committees that have been formed.
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December 8, 2011:  Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce:   Abby Erickson, Chamber Executive Director; Former Washtenaw County Judge Karl Fink, Dexter United Methodist Church – A Christmas Odyssey:  The Bible comes to life this weekend, as Dexter United Methodist Church presents 10 interactive Bible scenes, from the Garden of Eden to Moses to the birth of Jesus.  Who better to play Moses than a former judge?
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December 1, 2011:  Abby Erickson, Chamber Executive Director – 2012:  The Dexter Chamber introduces its new board members and unveils an Enhanced Membership Benefit program.
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November 17, 2011:  Abby Erickson, Chamber Executive Director – Winter Festival & Christmas at the Mansion
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November 10, 2011:  Chamber Executive Director; Paula Palmer Burns, Chamber President; Tracy Sikora, DUMC Chair of Operation Christmas ChildOperation Christmas ChildSimple shoe boxes filled with Christmas cheer will bring joy to children around the world, thanks in part to Dexter United Methodist Church.  Samaritan Purse sponsors this worldwide initiative.
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November 3, 2011:  Abby Erickson, Chamber Executive Director; Paula Palmer Burns, Chamber PresidentDexter United Methodist Holiday Extravaganza – Homemade crafts, baked goods, and a “Grandma’s Attic Sale” highlight the Dexter United Methodist Holiday Extravaganza this Saturday, November 5.  This marks the first year they’ve opened the show to the public.  Proceeds ($8,000 last year) will fund mission programs.
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October 27, 2011:  Abby Erickson, Chamber Executive Director:  Possibility of Cityhood for Dexter - The Village of Dexter is a step closer to becoming a city after the state’s approval for a boundary request.  Abby weighs in what that means for her community.
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