State of the Span­ish Fork, Salem cham­ber of com­merce

Serve Daily - - FOSTERING INNOVATION - By Clark Caras

I have been asked to give a State of the Cham­ber mes­sage for the Span­ish Fork Salem Area Cham­ber of Com­merce af­ter just com­plet­ing two full weeks of Fi­esta Days, which in­cluded two nights of py- rotech­nics, four nights of pro rodeo in a sold-out arena of 8,500, and more addi- tional ac­tiv­i­ties and events than could fill these pages, in­clud­ing the Satur­day morn- ing Fish Rodeo where kids saw their dads and grand­pas roll up their den­ims and go for it. Yes, the cel­e­bra­tion lived up to its theme of “Kick the Dust Up,” and you could say - as we move the party dial a bit south to Salem and open the Salem Days cel­e­bra­tion - that our cham­ber, its mem- bers, its cus­tomers and our lo­cal cit­i­zens live in one of the bravest and most imagi- na­tive places in Utah Val­ley. Hope­fully you vis­ited Span­ish Fork and helped kick up a bit of dust dur­ing Fi­esta Days and will stop by Pond Town dur­ing Salem Days and dip your dusty feet or boots into Salem Pond as the sum­mer slowly ticks down to its end. With 270 mem­bers, up from 240 in Jan­uary, the Span­ish Fork/Salem cham- ber might eas­ily be said to be the fast- est-grow­ing cham­ber for com­mu­ni­ties our size in the state of Utah. Count among that ac­tiv­ity some 13,000 lo­cal chil­dren who, as part of the cham­ber’s Play Un­plugged pro­gram, put down their dig­i­tal de­vices and went out to climb a tree, feed a duck, fix a doll at a spe­cial clinic at Mt. View Hos­pi­tal and par­tic­i­pate in 40 other ac­tiv- ities. We can prob­a­bly brag of be­ing one of the qui­etest or mel­low­est parts of this great val­ley. Yes, the state of our cham­ber is one of unity, em­pa­thy, net­work­ing and the shar­ing of ideas and know­ing that, yes, there is more than enough business to go around for all, but it is the quiet grace of our hu­mil­ity that in this world of sup­posed con­stant cri­sis will sus­tain the sup­port of com­merce given out of loy­alty and pride of ser­vice. The Farmer’s Mar­ket be­gan on July 30 at 8 a.m. as the sin­gle school bell tolled in the bel­fry of the Thurber School that now houses the Span­ish Fork city of­fices. But as the bell rang, it did so over a his­toric Main Street where as a cham­ber we have been able to award $4,500 in grants to those who want to honor and re­store the past his­tory of that street. Sure, I can jeal­ously say our shops, stores, bou­tiques, garages and restau- rants are the best in all the world. I could do that, but in this world of things “in- stant,” some­one or some­thing else will be able to lay claim to that cock’s strut and crow. In­stead, let me just in­vite you to dare. Dare to vote with your sup­port for whomever it is you be­lieve is the best, the bomb, Num­ber One, or the hottest place in town. And I will take a bit of pride by say­ing I have no doubt that if you do that, we’ll be see­ing you in our neck of the woods.

Dr. Cheyn Gun­ner­son­We­come

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