Greg Johnson takes helm as BP Chamber president
One era ends and another begins as Greg Johnson of B to Z Hardware takes over the reins of leadership of the Blooming Prairie Area Chamber of Commerce.
The actual change in leadership took place at the Chamber’s annual meeting at the Pizza Cellar on Wednesday, Nov. 16 with Luke Swenson completing his second year as Chamber president.
Reading from a long list of names, Swenson sincerely thanked those who had helped him during his two-year term as president and two years as a chamber vice president. He especially thanked Chamber executive director Becky Noble who he said “went above and beyond” her duties to assist him.
“I really feel I got more than I put in,” Swenson said.
Swenson said time has gone by fast explaining that four years ago, he and wife Teresa had an 11-year-old and a child on the way. Now, four years later, the Swensons are car shopping for their eldest and they now have a child in pre-school.
Johnson welcomed the challenge and said he was proud to be a part of the active community of Blooming Prairie.
He pointed to an example of community involvement, relating to efforts led by Doreen Blome to purchase 256 chairs, 42 flat tables and 15 round tables at the Servicemen’s Club. Swenson reminded members that Johnson sold the tables to the club at his cost.
Moving into the vice president’s chair is Dan Peach, a Blooming Prairie police officer and part-time employee at B to Z Hardware. Sara Esplan will remain as secretary and Joanne Nahlovski will return as treasurer.
Citizens of the Year
A highlight of Wednesday’s meeting was the announcement of the 2016 Citizen of the Year award.The husband and wife team of Jake and Alecia Peterson will receive the award at the annual Chamber banquet on Jan. 19, 2017.
During the business meeting, director Noble said the Chamber enjoyed two successful events recently, a car show that brought in $1,485 and a wine tasting event that netted $1,875.
Members were also informed about upcoming shop locally campaigns to be capped by a Holiday Dazzle promotion on Dec. 2.
Planning continues for the city’s 150th birthday celebration next summer. Noble said mayor sesquicentennial activities will be observed on July 2 with a huge birthday cake, release of 150 balloons and a kiddie parade.
A drawing for Blooming Prairie Bucks was won by Dale and Austra Hanson of Blooming Prairie.
Following the chamber business meeting Dr.Diane Wallner, medical director for the I-35 corridor of the Mayo Clinic Health System which includes, Owatonna, Faribault, Kenyon and Blooming Prairie, spoke to the group.
“Medicine is changing rapidly and it very different today from yesterday,” Dr. Wallner said. You deserve responsible and affordable care,” she emphasized.
Dr. Wallner recapped Mayo’s extensive health care services by referring to a Power Point chart. Dr. Wallner and Mark Brown, operations administrator for Mayo, encourages patients to sign up for patient portal care which allows them to have access to their health records.