Look Up! Look Back!

Happy Sunny Morning!

Life is a slog. Which I don’t mean in a negative sense, but boy, is there a lot to get done!! Sometimes the sheer repetition and routine can distract us from the big picture.

The other day someone asked how I do it (when I outline everything I’m doing, even I get overwhelmed). My normal tactic is just to keep a good schedule and attack one day at a time. This is a pretty good plan except sometimes I can be so caught up in the present that I don’t stop to reflect on the past.

This week our office is busy preparing for the Annual Meeting/Banquet of the Lead Chamber and Visitor Center (two separate and stand alone organizations). I’ve spent a big chunk of the week preparing my speech, looking at numbers and making pie charts (I love futzing with spreadsheets). It made me realize that with the crazy upheavals we experienced in 2019, covid was pretty much par for the course. Now that we can reflect a year later, I feel really proud of how Lead weathered the storm of 2020, and prouder still of how the Chamber and Visitor Center have come out nearly on the other side.

I’m grateful for our monthly board meetings, which serve as great reflection points. There’s really something to be said for keeping records of where you are, what you’ve overcome and how you get to the future. If you run your own business you might not have a reason to print off those profit and loss sheets and write a monthly report for your stakeholders. You’re missing an opportunity, even if that stakeholder is just YOU! Don’t let your growth and progress get lost in the grind and shuffle!

______ Here’s what’s happening in Lead this week

Today, Thursday 3/18

5pm The Annual Banquet for the Lead Area Chamber of Commerce and the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center will be held at the Visitor Center. Tickets are sold and entertainment is hired! There are NO DOOR TICKETS for sale but we do have just a few more spots available if you still want to come (first call first serve). Social hour at 5, dinner and program at 6, and live dessert auction at 7. I look forward to seeing you there, and celebrating all that we’ve accomplished and overcome these past two years!

Saturday, 3/20

9:30-3:30 Makers Market & Vintage Fair at the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center! With 15 vendors lined up (including RUSTIC NOOK BAKERY). If you haven’t been down to these this is the week to check it out!

2pm Explore Fitness and Adventures is having a free group hiking event to celebrate Women’s History Month (men are also welcome!). Meet at their location 457 South Main Street before 2pm. And don’t forget to grab a snack from BA Coffee while you wait to depart!

Wednesday 3/24

9am Shepherd’s Pantry at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church will be open to the public (every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month) from 9am to noon.

_____ Save the Dates

Thursday, 3/25 – 12pm – Preservation Thursday: Explore Lakota History, Art, Culture and Dance at the Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center. Free for members and $5 for non-members. Masks are required. Starr Chief Eagle will provide a complete ethnic dive into Lakota Culture that will explore the language, art, and stories of the Lakota people in a fun, educational way.  She will showcase her artwork and talk about the instruction, materials, meaning, and history of each piece.  Chief Eagle will conclude her presentation with a Hoop Dance performance.

Friday, 3/26 –

3pm-6pm – Hiring Fair here at the Visitor Center. Are you a chamber business looking for employees? We’ll be having a hiring fair here on Friday evening and Saturday morning!  More info coming!

6pm The 17th Annual Free LEGO Contest is sponsored by the Lead Deadwood Arts Center at the high school, 320 S. Main in Lead. Registration will take place from 6 to 6:30 p.m. with judging beginning at 6:30 p.m. Participants should create a LEGO sculpture at home and enter it in the contest. Judging will be based on creativity and originality, so the less LEGO kit parts used, the better. Grade categories from pre-K-highschool +. There is no pre-registration, just come with your entry. For more information, please call 584-1461

Saturday, 3/27

10am – Golden Gang Easter Egg hunt at Manuel Brothers Park!

______ News & Notes

The Northern Hills Hospice Ball is a virtual event this year. You can purchase a ball-in-a-box for $75 instead of attending. This “event” helps support hospice efforts in the Northern Hills. See more info (which runs through this week and all of next week) here: https://monument.health/about-us/monument-health-foundation/hospice-ball/

Remember to keep track of your progress, you’ll be amazed by how far you’ve come!

With Love from Lead,
Sierra Ward

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