Thumbs up to Estherville Area Chamber of Commerce members for volunteering their time to work on the Chamber building Tuesday night. They removed wallpaper inside and scraped and painted the window wells outside. This is the sort of dedication and commitment you see all the time from these people. And if you're tired of seeing pictures of the same people in the paper all the time? Well, there's a reason for that. They're the ones volunteering all the time.
Thumbs up to the Excel Estherville Arts and Culture Committee for all its hard work this past year. Special recognition has to go to Nancy Clark for all her work with the Downtown Market and Steve Danielson who is working overtime plus on the Gospel on the Square. And be sure to save the date. Gospel on the Square will be from 3-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20.
Thumbs up and congratulations to Iowa Lakes Community College on the grand opening of the Sustainable Energy Resources and Technologies (S.E.R.T.) building Thursday. This is a world-class facility that is going to attract business and industry to Estherville. Just one example is WindTest, a German company that will test wind turbines right here in the Estherville area. Companies from around the world will come here to build turbines which WindTest will analyze. The economic potential for Estherville is enormous. The college will also train future workers in water quality and HVAC, filling a need for employees in those areas. The S.E.R.T. building will also serve as a facility for industry certification training, again attracting people from around the country.
Thumbs up to everyone who volunteers for Appreciation Night at the Estherville Good Samaritan Society. This is an event that brings the community to Good Sam residents for sharing and companionship.
Thumbs up to Rotary District Governor Kathryn Fahy on her visit to the Estherville Rotary Club Thursday. Fahy brought an inspiring message about Rotary and how Rotarians have the power to make the organization grow.
We should also give a thumbs up to Paul Harris Fellows Greg Deim and Kevin Sander, Nancy Anderson who received her third Paul Harris Fellow, and George Shadle who received his fourth in recognition of his 50 years as a Rotarian. As we all know, George's contributions to our community are profound.