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2017 Officers

Jim Dick, President

Open Position Vice President

Mindi York, Secretary

Carol York, Treasurer

2017 Committee Chairs

Laura Kirchert ~ Residential Development

Candice Liljedahl ~ Business Development

Tish Glasgo ~ Membership

ECC Membership ~ Labor Day

Pete & Dana Wenstrand ~ Endowment Fund

 News!
Updated January 2010
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Best of Essex Awards
In celebrating our 100th year, the Essex Community Club is launching a new project to recognize businesses and individuals with the 1st ever “Best of Essex” awards!

Voting was held by members & guests present at the 2009 Essex Community Club Annual Meeting.

We’re happy to announce the 2010 “Best of Essex” awards!

Best New Business ~ Casey’s General Store
Best Retail Business ~ Stitches & Baskets
Best Service Business ~ Tech Support Services
Best Service Business ~ Kirchert Electric
Best Store Front ~ Stitches & Baskets
Best Customer Service ~ Bank Iowa
Best Customer Service ~ Tri-Valley Bank
Best Entertainment ~ Essex Community School Activities & Sporting Events
Best Place to Play ~ Essex Golf Club
Best Landmark ~ Railroad Inn
Most Improved Storefront ~ Babe’s Café
Best Pastor ~ Pastor James Ressegieu, Faith Evangelical Covenant Church
Best Park ~ Anderson Park
Best Restaurant ~ Babe’s Café
Best Consultant ~ Dana Wenstrand, IMAGE, PT&C
Best Community Resource ~ Essex Child Care Center
Best Community Resource ~ Essex Lied Public Library
Best Specialty Food Retailer ~ Johnson Locker
Best Volunteer Organization ~ Essex Fire Fighters Association
Best Auto Repair ~ Johnny’s Bodyshop
Best Historian ~ Alice Almquist
Best Time to Play ~ Labor Day Weekend

The “Best of Essex” winners receive a certificate to display at their business.  They may use the recognition in advertising or business promotion all throughout the year.   Congratulations!

Labor Day Celebration!
September 5-7, 2009 will be the 99th Annual Essex Community Celebration.  Read the history of our community to learn how this celebration has evolved over the past century!

The Annual Essex Labor Day celebration is hosted and sponsored by the Essex Community Club. Our membership encourages local non-profits to participate by hosting food stands, events, and activities.  All ECC Members are asked to volunteer and invite residents, alumni, and friends to participate in Labor Day activities.  Enjoy the festivities!

Labor Day Membership Volunteer Opportunities
ECC Associate & Sponsor Members are asked to volunteer for Labor Day activities hosted by the Essex Community Club.  Thank you to so many who have already volunteered.....If you've not had a chance to sign-up, please contact:
     ~ A Specific Event Chair - As Listed on the Schedule
     ~ Labor Day Chair - Laura Kirchert laborday@essexiowa.com, or
     ~ ECC Director - Dana Wenstrand dana@essexiowa.com

Volunteers are currently needed for:  carnival, kids pedal pull, building the ECC float, set-up Friday morning, set-up Friday evening, moving bleachers Saturday & Tuesday, putting up flyers prior to Labor Day. 

Whether you're able to help for an afternoon or an hour, we're happy to have your support and involvement!  Thank You!

ECC Grant Award Winners

On May 1st, 2009 Essex Community Club awarded $4,000 in grant money to go toward Business Community Development. The project estimates are over $25,500 in total investments!  There were two qualifications for application:

1 - The Business or Project had to be located in commercial or industrial zones of Essex, and
2 - The project had to be visible from the street.

Eight businesses, building owners, and organizations applied. Following is a note of those groups and their project. Please join me in congratulating these winners and encouraging them on their projects.

$250 ~ Essex Lied Public Library - Replace a Light & Landscape
$250 ~ Essex Post Office - Deep Clean Brick Exterior
$250 ~ Dave & Donna Jauron - Paint Building Exterior & Landscape 
$250 ~ James & Kala Duysen - Add Awning to Building 
$500 ~ Essex Community Schools - Landscaping.
$500 ~ Essex Community Schools - Playground Improvements & Painting
$1000 ~ Curtis & Karen Riley - Replace Windows & Paint Building Exterior
$1000 ~ Essex Child Care Center - Replace Windows & Paint Building Exterior   

All projects must be completed by August 15, 2009.

Thanks to our ECC Membership for hard work this past year to raise the funds which have gone toward this project

Quonset Project Success!

The Essex Community Club successfully raised $20,000 to help fund removal of two Quonset Buildings locate at Essex Community Schools.  $10,000 was donated by ECC from funds raised the past two years through Labor Day activities and Membership Dues.  An additional $11,515.00 was raised through individual donations.  The balance of $1515.00 will remain in the Essex Community Endowment & Trust Fund for continued growth.  Thank you to all who helped to make this project a success!
                                                                                                            Full Story & Donor List

ECC "WOW! Project"
Essex Community Club donated five concrete planters to the city of Essex. The project was completed May 15, 2008. Downtown businesses and community volunteers will be watering them throughout the summer.

 

2008 Goal Actions

Membership Drive
Our 2008 Membership drive is going great! 
Mail your 2008 dues back by January 25th to be entered in drawing for ECC Currency!

Quonset Buildings
Essex Community Club voted at our January 24, 2008 meeting to pledge $20,000 to the Essex Community Schools Quonset Building project!  The School Board will research options for removal of the building.  Once details are confirmed, a fund-raising campaign will begin.

Fund Raising
Confirmed City of Essex funding for 2008.  We have successfully secured funds generated through the Local Option Sales Tax for the past three years.  It is our goal to continue this community support for ECC.  Funds are utilized to help us generate additional funding, illustrate collaboration and local support. 

Letter of request & visit to Page County Supervisors on Tuesday, January 15th to request funding in fiscal year 2008-2009.

Established Sponsorship of O'Reilly Auto Parts at $2,000.00 for 2008 Labor Day Demolition Derby!

Labor Day 2008 ~ News to Date
August 29 - September 1, 2008
~ Carnival is secured!
~ O'Reilly Auto Parts is Major Sponsor for Demolition Derby ~ Funding with $2000.00 and promotional items as well as  
    advance sale tickets at O'Reilly stores in Clarinda, Shenandoah, Red Oak.
~ Essex Community Schools Music Boosters are planning a comeback with food booth this year!

Labor Day ~ 2007
We had a great Labor Day with successful events and revenues!  Come to the October 18th meeting to review the results and get involved with future projects.

ECC ~$750 Donation
ECC donated $750 to the Essex Community Endowment & Trust Fund from proceeds raised at food stands during 2007 Labor Day.  Thanks to all of the volunteers who helped to serve or provide food and to all who came to participate in activities!

Carnival Success!
Over $1000 in net proceeds was generated by Carnival & BINGO during 2007 Labor Day! Volunteers shared more than 300 hours in time to help set up, run, and tear down the carnival.  The profits were shared with the 9 volunteer organizations helping in the effort.  These groups included: Essex Boy Scouts Troop 75, Essex Housing, E-Stars, Essex Community Club, Essex Youth Athletic Association, People for Paws, Nishna Productions, Essex Child Care Center, Tarkio Valley Antique Tractor Association.

ECC Grant Award Winners

On May 1st, 2007 Essex Community Club awarded $5,000 in grant money to go toward Business Community Development. The project estimates are over $22,500 in total investments!  There were two qualifications for application:

1 - The Business or Project had to be located in commercial or industrial zones of Essex, and
2 - The project had to be visible from the street.

Eleven businesses, building owners, and organizations applied. Following is a note of those groups and their project. Please join me in congratulating these winners and encouraging them on their projects.

Railroad Inn - Outside lighting on front and patio.
Antique Caboose - Installation of windows on North side of building.
Johnson's Locker - Tuck-point & painting of East side.
Stitches & Baskets - New exterior paint & sign.
Essex Community Schools - Landscaping.
Tech Support Services - New awning.
Study & Service Club - Landscape Essex sign at city entrance.
Post Office - Power wash and seal brick.
American Legion #333 - Paint building exterior.
Essex Medical Clinic - Repair awning and shingles on building front.
529 Iowa Avenue - Replace broken window and paint building front.

All projects must be completed by August 15, 2007.

Thanks to our ECC membership for hard work this past year to raise the funds which have gone toward this project.


Membership Update

Thank you to our wonderful members who support the community with financial support and volunteer service.  We had 44 Sponsor Members & 99 Associate Members in 2007.  All members are encouraged to volunteer; individuals, businesses and organizations interested in participating in projects (whether or not they are members) are welcomed to participate. 

Please call 712-586-4541 to volunteer!