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Feb. 06, 2013-Vol 2013 No. 2.1
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Presenting our activities for this year. Each Shorelines issue will keep you informed on the development of each of our events. We encourage member input so please contact the Chamber of Commerce with questions, ideas, and or concerns.

May 22 Tourism & Profession Development
June 6 Chamber Golf Outing
June 28 LPGA Symetra Tour
July 9th Industry After Hours
August 12-18 U.P. State Fair
August 16 Luncheon with Governor Snyder at the U.P. State Fair
September 5 Lakes States Logging Congress
September 15 Delta County Century Ride
October 10 Annual Chamber Dinner
October 17 Cabela's MWC Championship

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Professional Development Seminar
Save the Date: May 22, 2013

The Delta County Chamber of Commerce will partner with Michigan Works and the UPWard Initiative Tourism Advisory Group to offer a one-day conference this spring, just before the busy tourism season begins.

Members of the Advisory Group stepped forward to begin planning a Tourism Conference to take place on May 22, 2013 at the Island Resort and Casino in Harris, Michigan.

Group organizers are reaching out to partners and stakeholders from across the Upper Peninsula and Wisconsin border region to help organize a high impact event that will bring added value to our region's tourism efforts. We encourage our Chamber members to voice their preference for topics and sessions for this event.

- Customer Service
- Social Media
- Low Cost Business Marketing
- Grants and Resources
- Community Collaboration
- Tourism Success Stories
- Industry Concerns
- Business Promotion /Advertising

Please contact with your comments, or call 906 786 2192.
David Lord has been named the new President and CEO for OSF St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group. The announcement was made January 23rd by the Governing Board of the Sisters of the Third Order of Saint Francis. Lord's first day in his new position will be February 4th. He will succeed Peter Jennings, who is retiring after serving in this role for the past nine years.

"I am excited and humbled by this opportunity to serve our community in this capacity," expressed Lord. "This community is near and dear to my heart. I was born in Escanaba and have been a lifelong resident of the Upper Peninsula. I look forward to working with our team of talented and dedicated staff and physicians as we focus our efforts toward strategic growth. Our Sisters' have a tremendous commitment to the people of Upper Peninsula and I am proud to be a part of their Mission and this OSF Ministry."

Lord joined OSF St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group in 1996. He served as manager of planning and decision support before being named vice president of operations in 2004, overseeing laboratory, medical imaging, respiratory therapy, rehabilitation services, dietary services, plant operations, community relations and information systems. For two years prior to starting his career with OSF, he was the IT Administrator for Bell Memorial Hospital in Ishpeming. He currently serves on the Catholic Social Services of the Upper Peninsula Board of Directors, the Delta County Economic Development Alliance Board of Directors, the YMCA of Delta/Dickinson County Association Board, is a Founding Member of Bay College Technology Degree Program and serves as a volunteer for various youth sports.

Lord graduated from Escanaba Area High School and received his undergraduate degree from Northern Michigan University, where he also has completed coursework toward a master of public administration. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and recipient of the 2006 ACHE Michigan Regent's Early-Careerist Award. He lives in Escanaba with his wife, Kristin, and their three children, Kaitlyn, Nathan and Andrew.

A rural, sole community provider, OSF St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group provides care for more than 55,000 patients and their families throughout Delta County and surrounding communities, offering hospital, physician and home based services. As a part of OSF HealthCare, St. Francis offers access to state-of-the-art technology and services, delivered by a team of more than 100 physicians and advanced practice providers on its active and consulting medical staff, as well as over 700 employees throughout the Hospital & Medical Group. For more information visit

The Gallery offers original art and unique gifts for your Valentine.

Items include: Jewelry, blown glass, stained glass, fused glass, dichroic glass, woven rugs & table linens, baskets, hats and scarves, pottery, greeting cards, books, mittens, boot cuffs, wrist warmers, quilts, Escanaba landmark buildings, iron work, knives, stone shade lamps, wood carving, wood turning, raku pottery, photography, paintings and more created by U.P. artists!

East Ludington Gallery also offers layaway and shipping anywhere in the U.S. and free gift wrapping!

Operation Action U.P. Announces 2012 Award of Excellence Winners

Operation Action U.P. held its Annual Meeting on January 24th in the Great Lakes Rooms of the University Center at Northern Michigan University. The meeting featured a workforce development panel in the morning with Senator Tom Casperson, Joe Quick (Michigan Economic Development Corporation) and Tom Watkins (TDW & Associates). The afternoon panel focused on infrastructure in the Upper Peninsula with Kirk Steudle (Michigan Department of Transportation) and Thomas Nagy (MJ Electric).

The meeting also recognized two Delta County Chamber members, presenting them with an Award of Excellence. The award winners are outstanding businesses or major institutional employers who have contributed to the economic well-being of their area in the Upper Peninsula. Nominations were solicited from businesses, chambers of commerce, economic developers and the general public.

"Operation Action U.P.'s role in the future development and growth of the regional economy is vitally important given our rapidly changing economic, political and resource climates," said Dr. Tawni Ferrarini, co-chair of Operation Action U.P.

Brett French, co-chair of Operation Action U.P. adds, "Operation Action U.P. has a long tradition of recognizing noteworthy accomplishments of various U.P. businesses at its Annual Meeting. 2012 was no exception, as we highlighted the accomplishments of the recipients of the 2012 Operation Action U.P. Awards of Excellence. Operation Action U.P. is a staunch advocate for U.P. businesses, working tirelessly to develop and diversify the regional economy while retaining and creating additional family sustaining jobs."

The 2012 Awards of Excellence winners honored at the meeting were:

Delta Manufacturing, Escanaba
Delta Manufacturing opened in 2006, manufacturing high quality products for the railroad industry such as gear cases, pilot plows and specialty fabrication. Delta Manufacturing was recognized as a Michigan Top 50 Company to Watch and a MI-SBTDC Region business of the year. Delta is committed to customer satisfaction by controlling the environment through quality processes and continual improvements of man, materials, machines, methods and measurements.

For more information visit

Heritage Garden Wind Farm, Garden
The Heritage Garden Wind Farm is the first commercial wind energy generating facility in the Upper Peninsula. Over an annual period, the wind farm will generate in excess of 70 thousand megawatt hours of renewable clean electricity, equivalent to the amount of energy needed to power 45% of Delta County's households. The Wind Farm also contributes 10 million dollars to the local economy.

For more information visit

On Monday, March 4th, 2013

the Bay Area Economic Club invites you to hear from

Chuck Thiry, Vice President
Cleveland Golf/Srixon
Hometown Achiever

Location: Bay College Joseph Heirman Center
Networking and Hors d'oeuvres at 5:15pm,
Speaker at 6:15pm

Chuck Thiry is currently serving as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Cleveland Golf/Srixon, a division of Dunlop Sports Japan whose parent company is Sumitomo Rubber Industries. Chuck has been with Cleveland Golf since 1999. His previous positions with the company include--Territory Manager, Regional Sales Manager, and Cleveland Brand Manager.

Chuck began working in the Golf Industry at age 13, when he was hired in the Bag room at Escanaba Country Club in Escanaba, MI. After High School Chuck attended The San Diego Golf Academy. Following graduation in 1982, Chuck began working at Bernardo Heights Country Club in Rancho Bernardo, CA., as an Assistant Golf Professional.

Two years later Chuck joined Taylor Made Golf and entered into the field of Sales. In 1985, at age 24, Chuck was Taylor Made's youngest Sales Representative. He stayed with Taylor Made until 1993. While there Chuck steadily moved up the ranks as Sales Rep/Florida, Sales Rep/ Eastern PA., and Regional Sales Manager, Northeast United States.

In 1995 Chuck joined Accushnet Golf, Representing Titleist, Footjoy, and Cobra, in Territories that included New York, Michigan, and Illinois. Four years later Chuck joined Cleveland Golf as a Regional Sales Manager in Chicago, IL. In addition, Chuck was the President of Thiry Golf Sales inc, and Independent Golf Distribution network, and was the founder of 59GOLF, Golf Bags and accessories.


Delta Area Geocachers February Meet & Greet
Date: 02/06/2013
Time: 7 PM
Place: DNR Pocket Park building at the UP State
Fairgroudns Contact: Ed (aka Splat Crew) 906-280-1418
Delta Area Geocachers Monthly Meet & Greet. Will have an "Introduction to Geocaching." Everyone is encouraged to bring a friend who is new to geocaching. Anyone interested in geocaching is welcome to attend. People new to geocaching are especially encouraged to come and find out what this high tech game of hide and seek is all about. For more information contact Ed

Creating Confident Caregivers Workshop
Date: 02/07/2013
Time: 10 AM - 12 PM
Place: UPCAP at 2501 14th Ave. South
Sponsor: Upper Peninsula Area Agency on Aging, UPCAP
Contact: Tammy 786-4701 or Dial 211
Creating Confident Caregivers utilizes the Savvy Caregiver Program, a university tested program designed for family members caring for a loved one with dementia at home. Two hour sessions are held once a week for six weeks and respite care may be available. There is no charge to participants for the workshop or materials. This program provides participants with information, skill and attitudes to manage stress and increase effective caregiving skills.

Walk for Warmth and Big Brat Sale
Date: 02/08/2013
Time: 11 AM - 1 PM
Place: Ludington Post Suites, 500 Block Ludington St. Escanaba
Sponsor: Radio Results Network, Edward Jones Investments, DSTech, Viau's Market
Contact: Cathy Pearson 786-7080 ext 139
Held in conjunction with Walk for Warmth benefit, ALL proceeds help Delta County residents who are having trouble paying their hom-heating bills. Large orders should be called in to 786-7080 by noon Thursday, Feb. 7

Gladstone Public Schools Open House
Date: 02/11/2013
Time: 5:00 - 6:30 pm
Place: Gladstone Public Schools
Showcasing 6 new classrooms

6th Annual Gladstone Snowshoe Shuffle 5k Run/Walk
Date: 02/16/2013
Time: Registration - 9 AM, Race - 10 AM
Price: $20, Kids 12 and under - $15, Families $45. After Feb 2 $20, No shirt $10
Place: Community Center, Irish Oaks Golf Course Contact: Michael Klimkowski 906-233-9466,
Midwinter fun for Adults, Kids and Families. All proceeds go to local Knights of Columbus Charity Fund. All pre-registrations are guaranteed a t-shirt. Forms available at Rapid River Mini Mart, Brampton Bike & Ski, and Delta County Chamber and other businesses in Gladstone or Escanaba. All participants receive a free lunch.
Many residents of our waterfront community have weighed in on their opinion about the movie, the Escanaba in da Moonlight. Like it or not, readers of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation national publication have also voted on the subject and named the 2001 Jeff Daniels' movie as one of their top 10 movies featuring hunting. Thanks, Ann Jousma Miller for sharing this information with us!
Spencer Slade, Bay College faculty member, will speak at the Bay College's Strengthening Math and Science Colloquia presentation February 7, 2013 at 4:00pm EST in room MS122. The presentation will be broadcast iTV to Bay College's West campus room 107 beginning at 3:00pm CST. Mr. Slade earned his M.S. in mathematics from Michigan Technological University and has been instructing Bay College students for over a decade.

The coding site for a protein is signaled by a palindrome in the sequence of nitrogen bases that make up DNA. Mr. Slade will discuss probability models for palindromes as well as other mathematics involving palindromes. He will conclude his talk by relating these models to palindromes found in a strand of DNA.

The presentation is part of the Winter Semester (STEM) Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics Colloquia Series. This series is supported by the U.S. Department of Education, Title III Strengthening Institutions grant and is open to the public. The fields of STEM are rapidly changing with advancing knowledge that can affect everyone on a daily basis. Speakers for this series give educators, and Bay College students, and community members exposure to STEM work currently underway and the implications of this work, and enhances the public's understanding of STEM topics directly from the practitioners and researchers in the field.

Name: Ali Kirby

Hometown: Escanaba
Family: Jim and Debbie Kirby and Brothers Jimmy and Eric
Occupation: Sales and Marketing Manager
Employer: Sayklly's
Organizations: Big Brothers Big Sisters, Honor Flight
Interests: Traveling, Running, Reading, Cooking, Photography

February 27th 2013
Community Foundation for Delta County
& Marquette General Health Systems and Duke Lifepoint
Networking opportunity co-sponsored by the Delta County Chamber of Commerce
Terrace Bay Inn & Suites
5:00PM to 7:00PM
Delta County Commerce Center (906) 786-2192

We are here to promote your business and our community.


Vickie Micheau
Delta County Chamber of Commerce

phone: (906) 786-2192