Hello there fellow VISTAs! Trish Sanders here with an update about the second half of my year here at St. Ignace Chamber of Commerce in beautiful St. Ignace. Wow, it has been busy so far and will only get busier as the summer gets here.
First, I helped set up the Show me the Money Day event. I also partnered with Michigan Works! to put on a successful job fair. During this job fair, people were being hired on the spot for summer and year-round employment. The next week I was a part of the Money 1-on-1 event at the high school that was amazing and should be done in every high school. During this event, a few of our member businesses went to the high school and taught the young people about loans and credit, investing, insurance, taxes, and balancing your checkbooks and credit accounts. These members took time out of their hectic schedules so that our young people can learn the basics of money management. Thank you, Darcy McLean, from the U. P. State Credit Union, John Kling from Edward Jones Investments and Chamber of Commerce President, Debbie Brandstrom from the U. P. State Credit Union, Greg Cheeseman from Cheeseman Insurance Agency, Merv Wyse retired from First National Bank of St. Ignace and Board Treasurer of the Chamber of Commerce, and Mike Lane from Kiwanis and the Glen Memorial Church. What an impact they made on our community’s youth!
For my everyday work I am out in the community meeting so many more members of my community up here. I have been promoting all of our members through social media and our Facebook page has increased in traffic by 100%. We are getting the community involved in our page and this is creating more traffic for the Visitors Bureau and outgoing mailing for them. Business has grown from the traffic too; the members are loving the attention!
Have fun on your final stretch of your terms, VISTAS; this experience is life changing and you will all be better people for it.