April 21, 2020
Weekly Update Vol.2020

April is Volunteer Recognition Month - This weeks VOLUNTEERS!

Are the Centerville Lions Club. 

This group shows the true spirit of Volunteerism, Community Pride, Team Work and Enthusiasm. 

Lead by Dan Babbitt, President they have multiple projects through out the year.  During the winter it is the Ice Fishing Contest,  Summer Fete des Lacs Festival, and the Chili Cook Off in the Fall.   

This group meets on the 3rd Thursday of the Month at 6:30 p.m.   They are currently meeting online.   

Check out & message them through their Facebook page. 

The Value of Volunteers

The impact of those giving of their time to important causes is immeasurable. Show your appreciation by focusing on imagery that attempts to showcase the magnitude of community service.

  • If we had a penny for every time you helped someone, we'd never need to fundraise again.
  • Volunteers have the most amazing superpower of all. When they touch one person, they touch them all.
  • Some people place value on power and things. Our greatest asset is people like you.
  • To gauge your impact, we'd need to create a new source of measurement.
  • As a plant spreads its seeds across the land, so do you too spread compassion far beyond where you're planted.
  • Like an earthquake, our mission emanates aftershocks thanks to your efforts.
  • In life, there are no sure bets, except that people like you will rise to the occasion and make the world a better place.
  • Without volunteers like you, we'd have a world full of services with no one to provide them.

Community Families May Pick Up Free Fresh Food at Lino Lakes YMCA


Minneapolis, MN – YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities, a leading nonprofit dedicated to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, is partnering with Loaves & Fishes and United Health Group to provide free, fresh food to families in the community to ensure youth have healthy meals during unprecedented pandemic.
The Y, Loaves & Fishes and United Health Group believe that supplying healthy fresh food is critical to supporting families in our communities to alleviate food insecurity and hunger. Together they combine the YMCA region-wide distribution network, Loaves & Fishes internationally recognized program, and United Health Group efforts to cover the more than $2 million in food costs and wages for the cafeteria employees preparing meals for people in the Greater Twin Cities. This program with the YMCA and Loaves & Fishes is part of a larger effort by United Health Group to provide healthy meals to those in need, in the Twin Cities, and around the country.
Families may pick up food from Noon – 2 p.m., Monday through Friday at most YMCAs and choose a meal package for a family of four including a protein, vegetables and other fresh food. Also, lunch bags with a sandwich, snacks and fruit are available. Anyone in the community may pick up food.  YMCA membership is not required. Supplies are limited. Please practice physical distancing when picking up food.

"Our phones have been ringing nonstop and we have identified that there is great need in cities where we really need to be,” said Cathy Maes, executive director at Loaves & Fishes. “Serving at the YMCA Twin Cities is a relationship that expands our reach and we could not be more grateful. Our goal has always been to serve those in need and together we are doing just that.”
“We are grateful to partner with Loaves & Fishes and UnitedHealth Group to ensure all of our families in our community have access to food during this very difficult time and no child goes hungry,” said Glen Gunderson, president and CEO of the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities. 
For more information on the YMCA food distribution locations, go to www.ymcamn.org/food-distribution
The Y is committed to ensuring all in the community have the resources they need to navigate the impact coronavirus is having on people’s lives. For more information on the YMCA Community Response Hub, visit www.ymcamn.org/impact-summary. To support Y programs and services for youth, families, adults and seniors, visit Y Community Response Fund at www.ymcamn.org/give.
WHO: The YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities, Loaves & Fishes, and UnitedHealth Group
WHAT:  To ensure youth and their families have nutritious meals during the coronavirus crisis, the community can get free fresh food at select YMCA locations
WHERE: Front doorways of most YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities locations. See www.ymcamn.org/food-distribution for a full list of locations.
WHEN: Noon – 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Eat Local from our Curb-side meals! New Component! Photo Contest

  1. Order a meal from a local Quad Area restaurant
  2. Take a picture of your meal
  3. Post your picture to Facebook and tag the Quad Area Chamber of Commerce or the Chain of Lakes Rotary
We are looking for likes, shares, stories, etc.    Those with the most likes or shares will be considered for upcoming marketing options for the Chain of Lakes Rotary and/or the Quad Area Chamber.   

The Lino Lakes, Circle Pines, Centerville and Lexington community is our business and it’s in all of our best interests to help our businesses survive the COVID-19 era. We want to encourage all of our community families to learn which businesses are serving curbside, what their hours are, and what their curbside menus comprise of. And of course, we want our neighbors to purchase curbside meals!
To learn more, go to https://www.facebook.com/QuadAreaChamber/

Flier- Curbside to Go /Delivery Options

Quad Area Chamber Community Census Challenge

Congratulations Centerville!!!
We have some tough competition for Census 2020 Community Bragging Rights!   1st goal was the largest percentage by Tax Day 4/15/2020.    Our next date is 6/1/2020.    Please do what you can to encourage your community to be COUNTED!!    

You can be counted on line at: 2020 Census Respond

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Centerville Community Market Seeking Vendor Applications

Do you want people to know you are open?

The Quad Area Chamber has added an "Our Communities are Open" page to our website.

On this page we have directories for the following categories: 

Open Essential Business
Open Essential Medical Services
Open for Business Online – Closed to Public
Open Food/Beverage for Take Out
Open Food/Beverage for Delivery

If your business falls into one of these categories, PLEASE Log In to your Member Portal and update your business categories with one of these items.   

We are also in the process of adding all community businesses to our directory.   Chamber Members WILL ALWAYS appear above non members in directory listings.  

If you or someone you know would like to be added to this listing click here. 

Together we will get through this and be a better community in the Quad Area!


Deed - updated info on reopening

Anoka County News

County Board Allowing Temporary Signage for Businesses
The Anoka County Board of Commissioners April 14 authorized placement of temporary signage within the county right-of-way, for the purpose of announcing re-openings and alternative service delivery options during the COVID-19 pandemic restriction period.
Signage must be placed with H-frame wire stakes that can be pressed into the ground with a hand or foot, and all signage must adhere to Anoka County Highway Department specifications.  Those specifications include:
  • A maximum dimension of the sign plate of 3 feet wide by 2 feet high.
  • A maximum height, measured from the ground to the top of the sign, of 3.5 feet.
  • Signs must be legible and not contain vulgar or discriminative images or language.
  • Balloons, lighting or other attachments are not allowed.
Temporary signs also must be placed at least 300 feet apart, at least 50 feet away from all roadway intersections, and they cannot impact roadway sightlines.  Signs must not impede business or residential access, they cannot be placed in the center median of a roadway, it is prohibited to attach them to existing county signage or posts, and signs cannot hinder access to pedestrian push buttons or sidewalks.
“The Anoka County Board of Commissioners is allowing temporary signage in county right-of-way areas to assist our local businesses in this time of economic uncertainty,” said Scott Schulte, chair, Anoka County Board of Commissioners.  “If businesses choose to take advantage of this opportunity, they should follow rules recently established by our Highway Department for this type of signage.”
Signs that do not meet the dimensions specified by the Highway Department, pose a threat to the safety of roadway users, or are incorrectly installed will be removed. Temporary signs will be allowed for two months after the governor ends the stay-at-home order.
Prior to installing any signs, all underground utilities need to be located. To contact Gopher State One, call 811 or 651-454-0002, or email gopherstateonecall.org at least 48 hours prior to installing any signs. Anyone with questions or comments can contact the Anoka County Highway Department at RS-HWYDEPT-Support@co.anoka.mn.us or 763-324-3100.

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Paycheck Protection Program Update from SBA
In the near future, SBA expects the amount of processed PPP loan volume to reach the
maximum amount authorized and appropriated by Congress. Once the authorization limit is reached, SBA will not be able to accept any new loan applications for the Paycheck Protection Program.
This will mean that lenders will no longer be able to load PPP applications into the Capital Access Financial System (CAFS or E-Tran) [the Lender Gateway]. SBA is unable to maintain a queue for PPP applications. Further, PPP loan amounts may not be adjusted by lenders within the CAFS system.
Additionally, once the authorization limit is reached, SBA will no longer be able to accept new lender applications to become PPP lenders.
SBA is reaching out to the lending community to make them aware of this eventuality so that they may prepare and inform their small business customers of the situation.
SBA will continue to inform its lending partners of new updates should Congress authorize additional funds.

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