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Published 3/14/2020
10:48am

Letter from Durand Chamber Executive Director Regarding Annual Dinner

Annual Dinner Cancelled, Hometown Party Still On

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Candyce Wolsfeld, Executive Director of the Greater Durand Area Chamber of Commerce, released the following statement on Friday March 13th:

Dear Friends:

Yesterday, the Greater Durand Area Chamber Of Commerce Inc Board of Directors met to discuss postponing the award dinner scheduled for next Thursday, March 19. Mindful of the many statements made by both federal and state agencies concerning limiting social exposure in groups over 100, it was unanimously decided to postpone the annual dinner.

We all agree that there is no need for panic. The chances of contracting Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is slim, but the board felt this was the right stance to take for the current situation. As one board member stated, “If we error on the side of caution, no harm done.”

Many people have inquired if the Hometown Party will be cancelled. We want to assure everyone that has not even been discussed. Our plan is to go forward with the party.

As we know, many state and local events are being postponed or cancelled all together. Be sure to check group and event websites before you head out. If your event is continuing, please remember to wash your hands frequently, refrain from shaking hands, cough or sneeze into your elbow, and carry hand sanitizer. If you feel ill, please consider staying home.

While your first reaction may be to shop online to avoid public contact, please remember those items are handled, packed, shipped by unknown sources. It is imperative to shop local. Our local businesses are stepping up their already exemplary cleaning practices to help contain the spread of any unknown viruses.

Possibly legitimate health and safety concerns will prompt officials to take further actions in the coming days. If that becomes the case the Chamber of Commerce will respect the guidance of those professionals. But until the need for stronger guidelines presents itself, we encourage our community to conduct business as usual.

Now, more than ever, we will need to support each other. Chambers of Commerce have always encouraged everyone to shop local. It is a mantra we believe in it. Today, more than ever, we encourage you to shop local because our community and our businesses are absolutely going to need your ongoing support.

Thank you for your continued belief in the Chamber, our community, and our local establishments.

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