Good Morning Loyal Readers!
Do you hear that? … Listen closely! … It’s very faint, but there’s a strange noise coming from the horizon… the rumble of a tidal wave!
While last year was hard to predict, we ended up with incredible numbers of people coming to visit our great state from all over the country! This year all the indicators point to last year’s numbers getting blown out of the water! Are you ready?
We are super excited to be working on ways to better engage with our visitors this summer and are looking forward to welcoming our guests! Several people who live in the adjacent areas have told me that they get so confused when driving through Lead. They’re so anxious about our narrow streets that they struggle to know where to go or what to do! And these people aren’t completely new to the Black Hills! When you try to see Lead through the eyes of a visitor, it can definitely be daunting. Our hope is that our budding tourism office – Visit Lead – can solve some of these problems, engage with the tourists and better serve our members and our community!
We’re still working on the details but stay tuned for more info soon! Questions? Ideas? Want to join Visit Lead and be part of this new thing? Call us!
______ Here’s what happening in Lead this week
Today, Thursday 3/11
10am-2pm – Library curbside pickup (but the library has some open hours so check that out as well!)
3pm – Beer Bingo @ Jailhouse Taps!
6pm – Cheyenne Crossing Cooking Class with Dave! March is the last month so if you’ve wanted to do this but haven’t made it happen – doooo it soon!
5:30pm – Zumba with Debbie at Explore Fitness & Adventures – have you been yet? (Also check out BA Coffee’s amazing caramel rolls!)
Last day to submit Annual Award votes! Remember 1 vote per membership (family / business).
3:30-5:30 – MOPS at Shepherd of the Hills (basement entrance). Mamas of little kids welcome for education, discussion, snacks and some free childcare!
10:30-12 The Golden Gang will be stuffing THOUSANDS of eggs for the hunt on 3/27 at Hairs to You hair salon in Pluma. Call Rita for more information or if you’d like to help (they need all the help they can get)!
2pm – Public Planning Meeting at the Visitor Center. This is your chance to jump in on the Gold Camp Jubilee 4th of July plans! Want to help? Want to give us your good ideas? While participation in events themselves is only open to chamber members, ANYONE can suggest ideas or give us feedback!
6pm – Trivia @ Jailhouse Taps
5pm – Annual Banquet of the Chamber and Visitor Center! If you’d like to hear our annual report, and see what we’re up to you’re welcome to join! (RSVP before 4pm on Thursday 3/11.)
______ News & Notes
From our offices: We’re very sad to say goodbye to Thomas Golden. He’s been an amazing part of our team for the short time we’ve had him but we’re super excited for his next steps and amazing collaborations ahead!! We look forward to seeing all that he helps add to Lead in years to come!
We’re super excited to welcome two brand new hires – Bryan and Christine! Christine will be heading up our tourism office and Bryan will be replacing Thomas in membership. We’re looking forward to a few crazy months ahead as we all hit the ground running but big things are ahead! Stay posted for more info in the April Chamber Newsletter!
We’re hiring gift shop staff for the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center and tour guides, concierge desk staff and CDL drivers for our Visit Lead tours! Want a fun summer job? This could be it! We need people who can do some weekends, option for full and part time, holidays and hardly any evenings! Interested? Come talk to us!
These and several other jobs are listed on our website: https://business.leadmethere.
____ Save the Dates
BHSU Virtual Jacket Job Fair will be held on April 14th from 12:30-3:30 – employers can register here: https://app.joinhandshake.com/
Questions? More information? Contact [email protected]
The Chamber is hosting an in person Job fair Friday 3/26 – Saturday 3/27 at the Visitor Center. Want to participate? Chamber members can rent a table for just $20 – call to RSVP.
I hope you all are doing well, prepping for the busiest summer yet and figuring out how to keep your sanity through it all!
With Love from Lead,