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Nov. 27th, 2012-Vol 2012 No. 10.4
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The Chamber of Commerce continues to find resourceful ways to use electronic communication channels to better serve our Members and enhance their presence in our community. As our "Email Blasts" have become a popular way to communicate events, sales, and more to our community, it is evident that during certain times of the year, they can overwhelm an email inbox. The Chamber's goal is to provide efficient communication about our members while maintaining quality customer service.

Therefore, along with our "Fast Facts" emails that are sent out Monday, you will also find the Email Blast Magazine. This magazine is a weekly compilation of all the Email blasts pertaining to that week that include offers, discounts, community event information and much more. If you have an email blast planned, please schedule accordingly. Deadline for submission is Monday at 12:00 PM.

Please let us know what you think about our Email Blast Maganize. Send your thoughts to or give us a call (906) 786 2192. For this week's Email Blast Magazine...

OSF Receives State Recognition for Quality Care

OSF St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group has received the Michigan Center for Rural Health's 2012 "Spirit of Quality Award" for its efforts with outpatient vancomycin administration and management. Vancomycin is an antibiotic given intravenously to treat infections caused by bacteria.

"Spirit of Quality Award recipients are committed to providing their patients with high quality health care," said John Barnas, Executive Director of the Michigan Center for Rural Health. "The Michigan Center for Rural Health is pleased to sponsor this award which recognizes the dedication of hospital staff to provide the right care to the right patient each and every time."

"We strive to provide the very best in medical care and appreciate this award as recognition of our efforts," said Michelle Miron, manager of ambulatory care and surgical services at OSF. "OSF St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group is committed to the principles of quality improvement that embrace evidence-based medicine to improve health outcomes." Miron, who served as business leader for the project, stated physicians and staff at OSF made meaningful changes to benefit patients and enhance the level of care provided. Efforts were focused on service, delivery and quality. Team members reviewed current processes and created interventions that improved its outpatient vancomycin administration and management.

OSF was honored by The Michigan Center for Rural Health at an awards ceremony during the 13th Annual Michigan Critical Access Hospital Conference in November in Boyne Falls, Michigan. The Michigan Center for Rural Health is a non-profit organization formed in 1991 as part of a nation-wide, federal and state initiative to recognize the importance of rural health care and to create a mechanism for resources to flow to rural areas.

OSF St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group is a fully-integrated healthcare facility with hospital, physician and home based services. It is part of OSF Healthcare System, headquartered in Peoria, Ill.

Coldwell Banker Pro Realty was ranked #10 in the office size category of one to ten sales associates in total units for the month of October from among 813 Coldwell Banker® affiliate offices for the North America Region of the Coldwell Banker® franchise system.

"Coldwell Banker Pro Realty exemplifies the standards of excellence for which Coldwell Banker affiliate offices are known," said Ron Harris, Northern Regional Affiliate Service Manager for Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. "It is an honor to recognize Coldwell Banker Pro Realty with this exceptional award." Coldwell Banker has been proudly serving the Delta County area since 1987.

Since 1906, the Coldwell Banker® organization has been a premier provider of full-service residential and commercial real estate. Coldwell Banker is the oldest national real estate brand in the United States and today has a network of approximately 85,000 sales associates and brokers working in nearly 3,100 offices in 51 countries and territories. The Coldwell Banker brand is known for creating innovative consumer services as recently seen by being the first national real estate brand to augment its web site for smart phones, the first to create a iPhone application and the first to fully harness the power of video in real estate listings, news and information through its Coldwell Banker On LocationSM YouTube channel. The Coldwell Banker system is a leader in specialty markets such as resort, new homes and luxury properties through its Coldwell Banker Previews International® marketing program. Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Each office is independently owned and operated.

Coldwell Banker Pro Realty, located at 110 North 13th Street, Escanaba, can be reached at 906-786-5972. Coldwell Banker Pro Realty has been an affiliate of the Coldwell Banker System for 25 years.

Delta Force Class of 2013 is now being selected. For application click below and consider giving the gift of great leadership to Delta County.

Applicants will be selected on the basis of community involvement, career background, work experience, motivation, attitude and leadership potential.

The objective of Delta Force is to identify participants with potential for community leadership; acquaint these leaders with community issues, resources and opportunities; increase the leadership skills of program participants; provide participants with opportunities to network and exchange ideas with each other and community leaders; assist participants in finding volunteer roles in the community; and encourage graduates to continue their involvement by participating in community service programs.

Delta Force is a series of ten full-day sessions and two evening events covering such areas as education, social needs, personal skills, and key segments of our community. Each day is designed to be highly interactive and thought provoking. A typical day involves a combination of group discussions, field trips and presentations by respected local leaders. The session dates are typically scheduled for the last Thursday of each month.

For more information please call the Delta County Chamber of Commerce, 786-2192. * * Registration Fee is $399 ~ Application Deadline is December 31st, 2012 * *
Dear Community,

The 1st Annual FurRaiser Banquet Dinner that took place October 18th was an enormous success, and we want to thank everyone that participated in the event. We want to thank the businesses that donated auction items and sponsorship money. We also want to thank every single person that bought tickets and came out to support us the night of the vent.

And then, we would like to especially thank The Island Resort and Casino for decorating and helping us host the event.

We greatly exceeded our financial goal, and we have the public to thank for that.

All of the proceeds raised from that night will fuel our daily operations for next year. This event is and always will be crucial for us to continue serving the county citizens.

We look forward to our 2nd Annual FurRaiser, which will be held October 24th, 2013.


Delta County Animal Shelter

The Annual FurRaiser Banquet Dinner benefits the Delta Animal Shelter. The Delta Animal Shelter was formed in August of 2011, when Delta County scheduled the closure of the animal shelter due to budget cuts. The members of the Delta Area Animal Society took over operations of the animal shelter to prevent the doors from permanently closing. The society is now part of the membership of the Delta Animal Shelter.
Players de Noc is presenting Christmas Belles By Jesse Jones, Nicholas Hope, & Jamie Wooten. The play directed by Jamie Peterson will be performed at the William Bonifas Fine Arts Center Theater November 30th, December 1st, 2nd, 6th, 7th, and 8th. Evening Performances begin at 8:00 P.M. Tickets are available at the Bonifast Art Center, or online. Sunday's show, December 2nd, will start at 2:00 PM.

The story will take you to Christmas-time in the small town of Fayro, Texas. the Futrelle Sisters - Frankie, Twink, and Honey Raye - are not exactly in a festive mood. A cranky Frankie is weeks overdue with her second set of twins. Twink, recently jilted and bitter about it, is in jail for inadvertently burning down half of the trailer park. And hot-flash-suffering Honey Raye is desperately trying to keep the Tabernacle of the Lamb's Christmas Program from spiraling into chaos. Their hilarious holiday journey through a misadventure-filled Christmas Eve is guaranteed to bring joy to your world!

The writing talents of Jones, Hope, & Wooten have entertained millions across the world. With working credentials of Fox Searchlight Films, ABC Television, and writing for the beloved hit, "The Golden Girls", this production is sure to please.

The Delta County Technology Planning Team (DCTPT) will be meeting on Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 in the Delta County Commerce Center. The DCTPT is off to a great start to assess the technology resources in Delta County.

During the October 30th meeting the team completed assessment worksheets in an effort to understand the technology resources present in Delta County. The assessment has three parts: Adoption, Use, and Access.

The assessment for Access was completed by Tom Stephenson, Connect Michigan's Community Technology Advisor, which he presented to the group during the meeting. Delta County's Access Score is 23 out of 40 possible points.

Through the completion of the assessment sheets, the team provided information about digital literacy, public computer centers, broadband awareness, and vulnerable population focus to provide a score for the Adoption part of the county's assessment. The team also provided information on how technology is currently used for economic opportunity, education, government, and healthcare.

"The assessment is an opportunity to understand what is already available in the county and create a plan to fill any technology gaps in our community. Most important, this plan will give us a grant-ready document if a funding opportunity presents itself," explained Vicki Schwab, Director of the Economic Development Alliance (DCEDA).

During the December 4th meeting, the team will begin focusing on the next step in completing a comprehensive action plan to develop a technology-ready community.

Through this initiative, Connect Michigan collaborates with the Michigan Public Service Commission and the DCTPT to develop and implement effective strategies to enhance technology access, adoption, and use in Michigan. The DCEDA headed an initiative to create the technology planning team. The team is composed of representatives from public and private entities.

For more information on Connect Michigan visit . For more information on the Delta County Technology Planning Team please contact the Delta County Economic Development Alliance at 906-786-2192 or at

Caregiver Support Group Meeting
Date: 11/28/2012
Time: 11:30 AM
Place: Ferdinand's Restaurant
Sponsor: Alzheimers Association
Contact: Phil Poutinen 906-228-3910
The Men's Lunch Group Meeting

Community Christmas Party
Date: 11/30/2012
Time: Social Hour 5pm, Dinner 6pm, Dancing 8pm
Price: $17
Place: The Danforth Place
Sponsor: The Danforth Place
Contact: 906-786-9522
If you are a group of 6 or 60 and looking for somewhere to go and have fun, call 786-9522 and reserve a seat or section. Social Hour w/Cash Bar or Tab, Buffet Dinner, and Dancingto to Tailored Entertainment.

Christmas Belles
Date: 11/30/2012
Time: 8pm
Price: $10
Place: William Bonifas Fine Arts Center Theater
Sponsor: Players De Noc
Contact: Bonifas Fine Arts Center 906-786-3833
a jones hope wooten comedy, written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope & Jamie Wooten

Christmas Belles
Date: 12/01/2012
Time: 8pm
Price: $10
Place: William Bonifas Fine Arts Center Theater
Sponsor: Players De Noc
Contact: Bonifas Fine Arts Center 906-786-3833

The 62nd Annual GFWC Charity Ball
Date: 12/01/2012
Time: Social Hour 5:30 PM, Dinner 7 PM, Dancing 9 PM
Price: $50, Cash Bar
Place: Island Resort & Casino
Sponsor: mBank
Contact: Reserve Seats with Barb 906-474-9321, Tickets available at The Morrison Shop, Gust Asp, Darmograys Custom Jewelers, and Lisa Ann

AAUW Christmas Tea
Date: 12/01/2012
Time: 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Price: $25
Place: House of Ludington
Sponsor: Escanaba AAUW
Contact: 906-786-3415

Bethany Lutheran Church Christmas Concert
Date: 12/02/2012
Time: 1:30 pm
Price: There is no charge for the concert but a free will offering will be collected.
Place: Bethany Lutheran Church, 202 2. 11th St. Escanaba
The Bay De Noc Choral Society is presenting their Christmas concert. The group will perform Vivaldi's "Gloria" & several other pieces. Also performing on the concert will be the First Bells bell choir from First Presbyterian Church.

Christmas Belles
Date: 12/02/2012
Time: 2pm Matinee
Price: $10
Place: William Bonifas Fine Arts Center Theater
Sponsor: Players De Noc
Contact: Bonifas Fine Arts Center 906-786-3833
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Mark Your Calendars
Dessert and Discussion:Health Care Reform
December 12th at 1 p.m.

The event will take place in the Gallery and Auditorium at the Bay College Besse Center. The panel discussion will focus on what employers need to know about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

More information will be available in next week's "Shorelines."
A fun night of socializing, dining, dancing and cocktails is just around the corner. The GFWC 62nd Annual Charity Ball is promising to be a delightful event with its "Circa 1930's Hollywood Glamour" theme.

The event will take place at the Island Resort and Casino on December 1st, 2012. The social hour will start at 5:30 PM followed by dinner at 7:00 PM and Dancing at 9:00 PM.

The evening proceeds will benefit the children of the community.

Tickets are available in Escanaba at The Morrison Shop, Gust Asp, and Lisa Ann. Gladstone at Darmograys Custom Jewelry. To purchase tickets over the phone contact Barb: 906 474-9321.
December 5th 2012

Elmer's County Market, Flinn's Flowers, Richardson Jewelers, & Upper Peninsula State Bank
Networking opportunity co-sponsored by the Delta County Chamber of Commerce
The Danforth Place
5:00PM to 7:00PM
Delta County Commerce Center (906) 786-2192;
This year's Delta Chamber Shopping Excursion will be touring on December 7th and 8th 2012 departing at 9 AM. This full day of holiday shopping fun is just $25 per person and that includes a gourmet lunch at the Kipling House!

Food, fun and get your holiday shopping done! Jump aboard the 9th Annual Delta County Chamber Christmas Shopping Excursion and tour some of Delta County's finest shops. From the unique downtown districts of Escanaba & Gladstone to the pleasant experiences that await you "Off the Beaten Path", the Delta County Chamber of Commerce is proud to share Delta County's treasures with you this holiday season.

Stops Include:

Ashley Furniture HomeStore
The Beaten Path
Country Roads Furniture and Gifts
East Ludington Gallery
Flinn's Flowers & Garden Center
Lakestate Industries-Rustic Room
Lisa Ann
Northern Screen Printing and Embroidery
Sayklly's Confectionary & Gifts
Ten Mile Creek
The Frame Farm
The Morrison Shop
Wickert Floral Company
Pink Sugar
Positively! The Center for Success

To RSVP please contact (906) 786 2192 or email

We are here to promote your business and our community.


Vickie Micheau
Delta County Chamber of Commerce

phone: (906) 786-2192