2015 Citizen of the Year

Citizen on the Year


Hardworking, loyal, kind, supportive, friendly and thoughtful is just the tip of the iceberg of how to describe this year’s recipient.  The word that most comes to mind, however, is selfless; the word NO is not part of her vocabulary.  It is for her dedication not only to her businesses, church, local organizations of which she is a member, but also to the Jefferson community that she is being recognized this evening.

She is an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church.  She not only is a member of the Grace Notes, but she organizes their holiday caroling to the elderly.  She was instrumental in getting hand bells for the church and is the director of the Hallelujah Ringers.  She also, teaches music at the children’s Vacation Bible School.

This year’s recipient is an enthusiastic participant in Tomorrow’s Hope.  Along with being a member of Team Fischer, she organizes the music and singers for the “Remember Ceremony”, assists with wrapping the Silent Auction baskets, as well as moved the Tomorrow’s Hope House across town and remodeled it.

She is a chamber member, and has served not only on the Board of Directors, but also President of the Board.  She served 9 years on the Parade of Lights Committee and has an entry in both the Parade of Lights and Gemuetlichkeit Parade every year.  She is a member of the Jefferson County Board of Realtors and has been President of the Board two times.  She currently serves on the Jefferson Community Foundation and the Jefferson Live Music Foundations boards, even taking on the daunting task of chairing the Concession Stand for Concerts in Rotary Park.  And, in addition to all of this she is the owner of Wine & Roses and Preferred Building Systems and Real Estate.

Tonight we honor Peggy Bare as our Citizen of the Year for 2015.


2015 Business of the Year

Business of the Year Award
2016 Annual Dinner

This is the eleventh year we are presenting the business of the year award to one of our chamber members whose business has been in business for more than three years, grown during its existence, and contributed to the community in some way.

Participating in specials events and chamber functions is a great way to show presence in the community and this holds true for this business as they are always helping out at many of our functions throughout the year.  Their mission to provide numerous services to individuals with diverse abilities allows for not only those individuals to thrive, but our communities as well.

We are happy to present the Business of the Year Award for 2015 to Opportunities, Inc. 

President’s 2016 Message

Robin HeadshotHappy February!

I wanted to thank everyone who attended our annual dinner and donated items for our silent auction. We appreciate your support and for believing in the value of our organization.

Amanda Damp and our dinner committee of Denise Wild, Kim Kysley and Danielle Thompson did a remarkable job ensuring our event was a success. Heron’s Landing added to the success but treating us to a wonderfully catered meal! The evening seemed very well received by all and we couldn’t be happier.

Furthermore it was our honor to recognize the Citizen of the Year, Peggy Bare and the Business of the Year, Opportunities, Inc. for their commitment to Jefferson and their ongoing efforts to go above and beyond.

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Meet the New Executive Director


Thank you Robin and hello to all of you Jefferson Chamber members!  I have enjoyed meeting some of you during my first week, and I look forward to getting to know you and your businesses better in the upcoming months.

First, a little about myself, I was raised in Jefferson county and via an indirect route that went from Watertown up to Green Bay down to Madison up to Minneapolis and then down to Chicago, I eventually made my way back to Jefferson County—to a great place to live and raise a family—I have two twenty-something children—Austin who is a senior at UWW in Information Systems, and Charlotte who just completed her training at the Aveda Institute of Beauty and Wellness—so I’m looking forward to all the IT help I’ll ever need and free color and haircuts—what more does a girl need?

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2015 Annual Report

Every year the Chamber strives to aide our local businesses and to improve the Jefferson community and this year is no different.  This would not be possible without your membership and support this past year, and we thank you for not only that but for also volunteering at our events throughout the year.  We greatly appreciated it.  While the path to success is rarely smooth, it is the bumps along the way that often lead to growth and we look forward to continuing to grow and reach our 2016 goals.

In 2015, Jefferson welcomed the following businesses: AJ’s Place, Neighbor’s Grill & Pizza and Tea Tree Wellness. Along with the new businesses added to our community the Chamber presented three businesses with membership plaques and we ended the year with 161 members.

Last year we began a new Gift Certificate program.  You now have to bring in the gift certificates you receive and we will write a check for them.  This new system helps us to track where they are being spent.  Something our previous system didn’t allow.  Every chamber gift certificate purchased is money that goes back to our chamber members and shopping locally keeps our businesses open.

We continue to enhance the beauty of downtown by planting flowers in the pots downtown every spring, as well as decorating for the holidays.  This year’s Parade of lights had 41 entries and culminated with the Jefferson Fire Department delivering Santa to his house in front of the chamber office, where Santa and his helpers visited with 257 children and their parents.

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2015 Citizen of the Year & Business of the Year

The nomination forms for the 2015 Citizen of the Year Award and the 2015 Business of the Year award are now available under the forms and flyers tab.  We ask that all nominations be turned into the Chamber office by Tuesday, January 5, 2016.  The awards will be presented at the Chamber Annual Dinner on Monday, January 25th.