June 2012

You can reach the Chamber at:

 300 Main Street

Fort Morgan, CO 80701




For Chamber Members

A Microsoft® Office Tips and Tricks Event, Tuesday, June 12th, 12:00 noon - 1:00, Brown Bag Lunch at the Fort Morgan Chamber or 5:30-6:30pm at the Brush Chamber.

Join us for an informative technology event featuring step-by-step demonstrations designed to help you get the most from Microsoft Office in your day-to-day work.

You'll learn how to:  • Get through everyday tasks more quickly • Overcome email overload • Create professional documents and presentations with more impact • Get insight into your data • Easily connect and share with customers and colleagues

The event includes live demos, and a chance to win a great door prize.

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Time: 12:00 (noon) - 1:00 pm, Brown Bag Lunch, Fort Morgan Chamber or 5:30-6:30 pm, Brush Chamber

Location: Fort Morgan Chamber, 300 Main St, Fort Morgan CO 80701 or

Brush Chamber, 218 Clayton St, Brush, CO 80723

About the speaker: Russ Kauk, aka The Brush Geek, has over 30 years experience in the IT industry. As an active user of Windows and Microsoft Office since their early days, Russ has seen the growth in those products over the years. Both as a trainer and provider of computer services, Russ’ goal is to help small businesses utilize their computers to most effectively accomplish their business objectives.

Each seminar will have limited seating.  You can register for either location by contacting the Brush Chamber at 842-2666 or the Fort Morgan Chamber at 867-6702.

***A Drawing will be held for free MS Software at each event.

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Ambassador Team

Join us on the first Monday of each month at the Chamber Office, 12:00 noon and become a part of the Ambassador Team.  The Fort Morgan Chamber team visits our members, confirms their information and listens to what our fellow members have to say.  We have had great success with our current team, but are always looking to add more people to our group.  You can make your own schedule to visit members and only have to dedicate a small amount of time each month.  We thank the following team members:  Jeff Osuch - Ehrlich Toyota East, Heath Stencel - Longmeadow Event Center, Bob Farmer - Key Bank, Julie Spradlin - Northeast Broadcasting, Deb Elrick - Coates Realty, Jen Elrick - Coates Realty, Ron Sands - Sands Motel, Debbie Gibbs - FMS Bank and Deb Franzen - Clarion Inn.


Stand Out On-Air AND On-Line!

A free 40 minute seminar sponsored by 97.5 BOB FM (Media Logic Radio) will be presented at the Fort Morgan Library & Museum, 414 Main Street, Fort Morgan on Thursday, June 14th.  With so many choices today, it's hard to know which marketing tactics are best for your company.  Learn how to make your business stand out in the local marketplace and on social networks!  Learn how Radio and the power of Social Media, Mobile Marketing and the Internet can make your business top of mind.  Just for attending one of the presentations, each business will receive a gift certificate to a local restaurant.  Plus, you will be registered to win a $6,500 Advertising Campaign!  

Events for Fort Morgan will be held at 8:30am, 10:30am, 1:30pm and 3:30pm.  Other presentations for this event:  Plainsman Grill, Sterling - Wed June 13th, Wray Rehabilitation & Activities Center, Friday, June 15th and the Quintech Center in Yuma on Friday, June 15th.  Contact Media Logic Radio for event times and registration at 970 867 5974.

Success Depends on Your Team: Tap the Potential

John Baldoni - http://www.inc.com/john-baldoni/leadership

Take it from Ford's Alan Mulally. Leaders who look for talent, nurture it, and give it authority are ones who achieve.

Wise leaders look at what an employee can do rather than what he cannot do.

When Alan Mulally became CEO of Ford Motor Company in September 2006, it was expected among senior executives that some, if not many, would lose their jobs. Mulally was an outsider, hired from Boeing for his expertise in turning around big organizations.

But according to Bryce Hoffman's riveting account, American Icon: Alan Mulally and the Fight to Save Ford Motor Company, the newly appointed CEO did just the opposite. He chose to keep nearly all the top leaders despite being warned by some on the board as well as inside the company that infighting might cripple turnaround efforts.

Mulally was not disheartened, nor did he opt to hire many from the outside like himself. He dug down into the ranks to discover new talent that had been under-utilized. He also realized that some of these folks simply needed a new opportunity and, if sufficiently motivated, they would rise to the challenge. And they did. Today Ford is sharply back in the black and is considered the most respected automaker in the world.

The lesson for leaders who evaluate people--that is, every leader--is to adopt a "glass half full" versus a "glass half empty" attitude. Sometimes, as happened at Ford, employees become beaten up by the system and they stop trying, or at least stop thinking creatively, and acting courageously. They go through the motions. It therefore falls to the leader to "wake them up" to tap into their potential.

Mulally's story is not limited to executives just like himself. All leaders have an opportunity to mine the talent of their organizations.

An executive who is evaluating talent should ask three questions about the individual:

1.    Does this person have the skills to do the job?

Most importantly, a staffer must be competent and fluent in the discipline he is being asked to manage. Competency is not simply a matter of knowing how to do the job now, but also how to do it when the job evolves into new responsibilities.

2.    What has been holding him back from achieving?

This question gets at roadblocks. Often people have been held down, or mismanaged in such a way that they have yet to prove themselves. Their skills have been sidelined due to an inept boss or simply a lack of opportunity. It is important to explore this question deeply to decide if the candidate has what it takes to undertake new responsibilities.

3.    What can I do to help him succeed?

A leader must engage in the employee development process to help unleash the individual talents. Sometimes this is simple. Delegate the authority and responsibility and watch the executive succeed. Other times it will take the form of coaching, and regularly meeting with the individual to discuss her progress, and the challenges she is facing.

There is one more important step: support from the boss. A senior leader needs to express confidence in newly promoted individuals to assure them he has their backs. Mulally is a master of this; he instilled confidence in his team by discussing his confidence in them.

There is also case for people who must be let go. Some at Ford were not on board with Mulally's One Ford plan and opted out. Fine. Companies going through a re-invention or reinvigoration need more than compliance; they need commitment. If an executive is not fully committed to the new direction it is better that he or she leave.

Talent is not a commodity. It is the lifeblood of the enterprise and those leaders who look for it, nurture it, and seek to capitalize on it are ones who achieve their objectives.

Advertise in the Chamber Newsletter

Ad spots can be purchased for the Chamber Newsletter for only $25.00.  If you would like to advertise your business, promote an event or coupon, contact Robin at the Fort Morgan Chamber at 970 867 6702 or fmchamber@qwestoffice.net

BOBSTOCK 2012 Vendor Booths

The Little River Band will be the headliner act for this summer's BOBStock concert.  The annual summer concert sponsored by Media Logic Radio features a headliner act and bands from Fort Morgan, the Front Range and Nebraska.

BOBStock will also include vendor booths, games for the kids, the Elks Lodge beer garden and a variety of food booths. For information regarding vendor space, contact the Fort Morgan Area Chamber of Commerce at 970-867-6702 or email at fmchamber@qwestoffice.net.

The event will take place at the Downtown City Park in Fort Morgan on Saturday, July 7th and Sunday, July 8th.  50% off booth spaces for Chamber Members and you can take an additional $25.00 off for an "Early Bird Discount" through June 15th.  

Ag Appreciation golf Tournament - August 24th and 25th, 2012

Ag Appreciation BBQ - Friday, Aug 24th, 5-7pm at the Morgan County REA picnic area.  Vendor Booths, Kids Activities and a Live Auction at 6:00pm.

 Golf Tournament - Saturday, Aug 25th, Quail Dunes Golf Course - Fort Morgan.  8:00am Shotgun Start

All proceeds from Ag Appreciation Days go toward the fort Morgan Chamber Foundation Ag Scholarship Program.  Contact the Fort Morgan Chamber for information on Sponsors, Teams or Booth Spaces.  

The event is sponsored by the FMS Bank.

http://www.chamberorganizer.com/fortmorganchamber/docs/2012 AgApp Sponsorship Form.pdf


Upcoming Chamber Events

June 21, 2012 - Business After Hours - Clarion Inn, Fort Morgan.  5:30 - 7:00pm

July 19, 2012 - Chamber Luncheon - Small Business Development Center.  Registration information will be available soon.  

Please mark your calendars for our upcoming Business After Hours and Chamber Luncheon.  If you would like more information on these events, see the following link:  http://fortmorganchamber.org/community-calendar.htm


Burlington Welcome Center Visit

Burlington Welcome Center - This is a group of friendly volunteer travel counselors who are eager to help you with all of your Colorado travel plans and inquiries. Complimentary Colorado maps, coffee and more than 350 brochures are available. The grounds are beautifully landscaped and well lit, and the restrooms are exceptionally clean. The welcome center is located just 13 miles from the Kansas border on I-70.  The Welcome Center volunteers will be touring Fort Morgan and Brush.  We are looking forward to hosting this event with the Brush Chamber.  


Glenn Miller SwingFest Press Release

Viaero Glenn Miller SwingFest - Only 30 tickets are left for the Friday, June 22nd, dinner, dance and Bob Hope Road show and 20 tickets left for the Sunday, June 24th, Brunch featuring Alan Cass sharing the history of Glenn Miller.

Additional events during the weekend include history tours, Fly In at the airport, vendor booths and music on stage at City Park on Saturday, June 23rd plus the Little Brown Jug 5K run/walk.  Tickets are still available for dancing to The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra on Saturday night, June 23rd.
Tickets are priced from $20 to $40 and available online at www.glennmillerswingfest.com or by calling 970-768-6106.

Chamber Facts and Figures

The Fort Morgan Chamber Website - http://fortmorganchamber.org/home.htm is a resource of information for all.  Along with our Member Directory, you can find information about the Community Calendar, Tourism, Relocation, Membership ...

Traffic Report information for May 2012:

Member Directory Queries: 6654
Number of Member Exposures (statistic includes internet search engine visits): 111614

Other areas of the Website:

Calendar 2232
Calendar Detail 96

Your 2012 Board of Directors


Geoff Baumgartner
Morgan County REA
Vice President
Jeff Osuch
Ehrlich Toyota East
Melissa Johnson
Media Logic Radio LLC
Robert Farmer
Key Bank
Past Officer
Dan Marler
Morgan Community College

Board Members

Jade Spotts
Spotts Brothers Furnace 
Company Inc
Julie Spradlin
NE Colorado Broadcasting
Heath Stencel
Longmeadow Game Resort & Event Center
Greg Wagers
Fort Morgan School District

Ex-Officio Members

John Brennan
City of Fort Morgan
Brian McCracken
Morgan County
Dr. Kerry Hart
Community College
Cassandra Wilson
Morgan County 
Robin Northrup
Executive Director

Meet Our Newest Member

Mike Parker - A Personal Banker that works with the Wells Fargo Bank in Fort Morgan and Greeley.  Mike signed up with the Fort Morgan Chamber as an Individual Member.  You can often see him at many events taking place in our area.  If you have an opportunity to meet with Mike, please welcome him to the Fort Morgan Chamber.

Meet Our Newest Member

Susan G Komen for the Cure - The Denver Metropolitan Affiliate of Susan G Komen for the Cure® was founded in 1993 to carry out our promise — to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. The Affiliate continually strives to meet this mission through education, grant making, advocacy and fundraising.

The Affiliate serves 19 counties including Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Douglas, Gilpin, Jefferson, Larimer, Logan, Morgan, Park, Phillips, Sedgwick, Summit, Washington, Weld, and Yuma. Seventy-five percent of net proceeds raised by the Affiliate stay in this 19 county service area to help community members. Twenty-five percent of net proceeds support breast cancer research.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure®
Denver Metropolitan Affiliate
1835 Franklin Street
Denver, CO 80218

303.744.2088 Phone
303.744.8724 FAX

Meet Our Newest Member

DriversEdge, LLC started their first driving instruction classes May 31st.  The owners and instructors are Farron and Michelle Miller.  Michelle is a teacher for Fort Morgan School District and her husband is a Foreman for Morgan County Road and Bridge where he runs heavy equipment and will train new employees how to operate equipment.  Since Michelle is in the kid business and her husband is very knowledgeable about operation of equipment it just felt like a natural business to pursue.   They knew that teaching young drivers to drive safely would be a great way to do what they enjoy and impact the lives of the youth in Morgan County.  The classes are held at the Fort Morgan District Support Center.  Classes are structured to be 4 class sessions 7.5 hours of instruction each day and 6 hours of behind the wheel after the permit is received.  

DriversEdge instruction is intended to teach students how to drive safely and ultimately be low risk drivers.   The earliest a student can enroll is 14 yrs. 6 mos. but the state strongly suggest they be as close to 15 as possible.  If your teen is ready to drive, visit the Colorado Department of Revenue website, or visit the DriversEdge website to see the matrix at:  www.DriversEdgeFortMorgan.com.  The next available class isscheduled for July 11, 13-15 and they are in the process of scheduling the August class that will be held on 2 weekends.  DriversEdge can also provide additional drive time (behind the wheel) that have not taken the class.  If you have questions or would like to register your teenager they can be reached at 970-380-9779 or 970-380-9107 or DriversEdgemiller@gmail.com.

Meet Our Newest Member

Life Fellowship Church

17723 MCR 20, Ft Morgan, CO 80701 (970)867-7367

Greetings and welcome to Life Fellowship. We want you to understand who we are and how we think. God has formed us with His hands and filled us with His breath. Read…learn about us. Come…journey with us!

“Let there be…Life Fellowship!”  Our Beginnings...

We started out as a Bible study in the early 1970s. It was during the Charismatic Movement, people hungry for God, collected from various church backgrounds to seek this sovereign, intimate God. The Bible study grew to several studies who desired to worship together. At first it was homes. Then, to meet the need of growth, they met at an old metal building called the Farmer’s Union. Those early pioneers became incorporated as a church in 1978 and built what is known today as Life Fellowship Church on 8th Avenue and Barlow Road.  In June of 1987, the church became a part of the Foursquare Movement. The legal name of the church is Fort Morgan Foursquare Church, but Life Fellowship is still what we are all about.  In early 2008 , we finished construction and moved into the new building. Keeping with the tradition of the those
early pioneers who were hungry and passionate for God we share the East building with two local Churches.

Meet Our Newest Member

Erker Trading Company, located in Ft. Morgan, Colorado, was founded this year to provide superior customer service, offer a wide variety of product selection, and increase the amount of product available to customers. Erker Trading Company is now the marketing headquarters of three processing facilities: Erker Grain Company of Fort Morgan, Colorado, Prairie Sun Seeds Ltd. of Souris, Manitoba, Canada, and Agua Dulce Grain Company of Alice, Texas.

Erker Trading Company currently offers round type and XL variety Sunflowers from the United States and Canada along with Millet and many other commodities. In addition, Erker Trading Company can source other items from the United States per customer request.

Although Confection Sunflowers are the main commodity that Erker Trading processes, Millet is another commodity commonly processed for the birdseed market. The finished products from Erker Grain are sold in bulk, 50 lb., and 25 lb. bags. Purchased commodities are loaded in containers on semi trucks or in boxcars and shipped around the world. Approximately 40% of Erker Trading Company’s production is shipped via boxcar to Mexico with another 40% being shipped via containers to Canada, China, Egypt Spain, Turkey, Romania, Greece and South Korea.

Erker Trading Company ships sunflower seeds from three main partner processing facilities:
Praire Sun Seeds Ltd. in Souris, Manitoba Canada.
Erker Grain Company in Fort Morgan, Colorado, United States.
Agua Dolce Grain Company in Agua Dolce Texas, United States

Congrats to the Fort Morgan Comfort Inn and Rodeway Inn - Gold Award Properties

Earning a Gold Award means ranking in the top 10% of  hotels within each Choice brand. These properties achieve high marks for providing exceptional guest services and facilities. Awards are based on a ranking system measuring:  Guest satisfaction, Product quality, Room condition, Room cleanliness and Staff service.

Community Information Area at the Chamber Office

The Fort Morgan Chamber office has a Community Information area.  We have information about current events happening in the community as well as telephone books, tourism magazines, and pamphlets/business cards from our members.  If you would like to have your information available for guests that stop in or request mail outs, please bring your items to the Chamber Office at 300 Main Street, Fort Morgan, or call us at 970 867 6702 and we will pick them up for you.

Fort Morgan Area News - June 2012

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