November 23, 2015


YankTON Challenge Team Signup!
The YankTON Challenge kicks off January 4, 2016 sign up your team NOW (the deadline is 12/1/15)! This 12 week program is a fun way for businesses to create a healthier workforce and the committee has some great new events planned.

Team Coordinators Meeting - December 3, 2015 Czeckers Sports Bar & Grill from 4 - 6pm
Kickoff Wellness Expo - Monday, January 4, 2016 Avera Pavilion, 501 Summit from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Free for all participants of the Challenge - visit health and wellness booths, register for door prizes, hear motivational speakers.
**Chamber Businesses - Free booth space is available to you for Expo, reserve yours today!
12 Week Challenge - 1st Weigh-in - Monday, January 4, 2016;
Final Weigh-in - Monday, March 21, 2016; Celebration Event - Friday, April 1, 2016

Cost to Sign-up your team: 
Note - Participation fee is based on total number of participants per team and not according to business size. The fees below are for businesses who did not select this option in their bundled membership package.
1-10 Participants = $60
11-30 Participants = $85 
31-50 Participants $125 
51+ Participants = $150


Upcoming Events
Nov. 23, 2015
  Tokyo Japanese Cuisine Ribbon Cutting - THIS MORNING!  
November 23rd -9:38am to 10:00am @ 2007 Broadway Ave!  Read more...
Nov. 24, 2015
Public Open House at Avera Sacred Heart Majestic Bluffs
November 24th there will be tours and refreshments from 4 to 7pm at Avera Sacred Heart Majestic Bluffs.  The Public is invited. 
Nov. 28, 2015
Small Business Saturday
November 28th is Small Business Saturday!  Remember to shop local!  Read more...
Dec. 3, 2015
   The Schaeffer Store & Mayer Signs Ribbon Cutting
December 3rd -  The Schaeffer Store and Mayer Signs will be have a joint Ribbon Cutting at 3 pm.  Read more...
Dec. 4, 2015
The Gurney Landing Parade of Lights
December 4th - Find out more information by clicking HERE...
Dec. 4 & 5th, 2015
   Rescheduled! - Cedar County Veterinary  Ribbon Cutting & Open House
December 4th-  New Member Ribbon Cutting @ 4210 W. 8th St. @ 11:30am
December 5th- Open House @ 4210 W. 8th St.  10:00am to 6:00pm
(previously scheduled for Friday, Nov. 20th)
Dec. 8, 2015
December's Chamber Member Mixer
December 8th - 5pm to 7pm - Hosted by Avera Sacred Heart Hospital!  Read more...


SD Department of Tourism
Tuesday, Nov. 10th 
The South Dakota Department of Tourism has recognized 152 businesses and organizations in 46 communities across South Dakota for their outstanding customer service.

The Great Service Star Program is designed to recognize businesses that develop and complete hospitality training programs for their staff, reward employees for offering great service, and find unique ways to show customer appreciation. Those that meet the criteria are awarded a star symbol from the Department of Tourism for use in marketing their business and to visually show visitors their commitment to "Great Service."

 "Our state is renowned for its friendly people and the warm welcome we give to our visitors," said Jim Hagen, Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Tourism. "The recipients of this award have continued to provide exceptional service to guests and are committed to the success of the visitor industry in South Dakota. The Great Service Star program encourages the continued development of skills and techniques that make South Dakota stand apart from other states," continued Hagen.

Yankton Community Business that have received the Great Service Star designation for 2016 are as follows:
  • Best Western Kelly Inn
  • Chief White Crane Recreation Area, SD Game, Fish & Parks
  • Lewis & Clark Recreation Area, SD Game, Fish & Parks
  • Pierson Ranch Recreation Area, SD Game, Fish & Parks
  • Yankton Convention & Visitors Center

For a complete listing of recipients, please visit:

The Chamber's new Members Only Business Education Video Library is coming at the end of November.  Watch for more information!
Dr. Wayne Kindle, Superintendent
Yankton School District
U.S. Presidential Scholars
Six of the 25 South Dakota seniors nominated as U.S. Presidential Scholars are from Yankton High School!  The U.S. Presidential Scholars recognition program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President to recognize and honor some our nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. Presidential Scholars will be selected by the Commission on Presidential Scholars and be honored at a ceremony in Washington, DC.

Yankton School District Partners with Yankton County 4-H Club
Yankton County 4-H Club has partnered with the YSD to host Junk Drawer Robotics. This is an opportunity for elementary students in grades 4 & 5 to participate in an after-school program focusing on Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM). Students will learn how to build a marshmallow catapult, a clipmobile, and more!

This program began at Beadle Elementary School on November 12 from 3:30-4:30. Please contact Beadle Elementary School regarding participation.

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Public Open House
Tuesday, November 24th
2111 West 11th Street
Avera Sister James Care Center will open its newly expanded facility at the Avera Sacred Heart Majestic Bluffs campus, the region's premiere retirement community, on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

Tours will be open to the community from 4 - 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 24, at 2111 West 11th Street in Yankton.

The expanded facility, which replaces Avera Yankton Care Center, includes two new "neighborhoods" of Avera Sister James Care Center. In total, 55,000 square feet, 73 skilled nursing beds, a "town center" and new hospice facility were added. The hospice features six rooms in an independent hospice residential cottage for those who need end-of-life care. The facility will open sometime after the occupancy of the Care Center.

A highlight of the approximately $11.5 million expansion is the new town center, which includes a deli and café, general store, pub, theater, activity center, children's play area, bank, post office and beauty salon.  It will serve as a gathering place for residents and their family and friends.

Altogether, the Majestic Bluffs campus offers a full range of housing options for over 250 residents - from independent living to nursing home - and a separate, but attached six-bed hospice facility. Residents will have 24/7 access to health care services through Avera eCARE™ eLongTermCare and Avera Sacred Heart Hospital.
Holiday Parade of Lights!
Gurney Landing Holiday Parade of Lights 
will start at 6:00pm 

Have a float in the Gurney Landing Holiday Parade of Lights!
Friday, December 4th @ 6pm

Decorate your truck, car, pet and get in the holiday spirit!

Need ideas for lighted decoration?  Have lights, generator and extension cords but don't have other decorations?  Rent decorations for $25 (all proceeds to go to the Yankton High School Boosters Club) - Call Alison Larson at William Randall Publishing - 605-260-6870.

Parade Information:  Line up will be on Levee Street.  Parade route will go north on Capitol to 3rd, west to Cedar and east on 2nd Street back to the Gurney Building on 2nd & Capitol.  Parade winners will be announced at the end of the parade.

Call:  605-260-6870 to speak with Parade Organizers.  

To view more Holiday Promotions, please visit the Chamber's website at:   
In This Issue
New Members
Cedar County Veterinary Services, LLC
4210 W. 8th Street
Yankton, SD  57078
(605) 665-1841

Ben & Erin Schroeder, Owners
Welcome to the Chamber!
Renewing Members
Arens Engineering
Horn Law Office, Prof. L.L.C.
J & H Cleaning Service, Inc.
Kraft, A. Ronald
Lewis & Clark Recreation Area
Stepping Stones Child Care Center
Holiday Gift Giving!

Looking for Gift Ideas?

Order your Chamber Dollars now for Holiday gift giving!

Please call ahead for large orders at 665-3636.
Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce
(605) 665-3636
Convention & Visitors Bureau Calendar
Need to get your event listed?  Submit an Event!
Recent Ribbon Cuttings!
The Lemonade Stand
New Member Ribbon Cutting
November 13th
The Chamber Offices will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving on:

Thursday, November 26th
Friday, November 27th

See you again on Monday, November 30th!


Chamber Looking for Volunteers!

 Committee Volunteers Needed
Interested in becoming more involved?  Have an interest in a specific industry? 
Serve on a Chamber Committee!

The Chamber is a volunteer, members only organization and we would like to see you!  Call 665-3636 to find out more or visit our Committee Page to see more information on the committees available to work with!

Chamber Board 

President: Josh Svatos; Vice President: Chris Ferdig; Secretary/Treasurer: Ken Kopetsky

Board Members:  Chuck Aman ~ Bridget Benson ~ Shane Bertsch ~ Kevin Hunhoff ~ Tammy Matuska 

Cynthia Miller ~ Marcy Moser ~ Kathy Quinlivan ~ Kristi Palecek ~ Dan Somsen

Becky Souchek ~ Jack Weeks ~ Todd Woods