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Rotary Golf Tournament, Golf Ball Drop Saturday

Kick off a busy Saturday, Aug. 8, by participating in the Rotary Golf Tournament at the Pagosa Springs Golf Club.

This is a four-person scramble for 18 holes and a four-person nine-hole scramble for non-golfers.

Tournament fees are $65 per person and include golf cart, range balls and barbecue buffet lunch.

There are also several contests you can enter.

You do not have to sign up as a member of a team.

Start time is 9 a.m. Call Troy Persson at 731-4755 for more information.

After the tournament, it will be raining golf balls, as balls are dropped to the course, with the owner of the ball going into the hole, or the closest ball to the hole being awarded 20 percent of the total purse collected. Second place will be awarded 5 percent.

All proceeds assist Rotary in its efforts to award youth scholarships and provide assistance to community programs.

Tickets for the ball drop are $40 per golf ball, or you can buy three balls for $100. If you’re not so lucky on the golf course, try your hand at the golf ball drop.

Utilize your benefits

Are you utilizing your membership benefits to the best of your ability?

Do you know that you can manage the content of your Chamber membership Web site listing through your own log-in code? Do you know that people can look for your business in a variety of ways including category and key word searches? Almost every day we get a call from a member business owner who has a question about, or change to, their membership listing. The information in print and online is only as good as the information you give the Chamber — make it the best it can be!

We would like to assist businesses and make sure they are in the correct business category and, just as you do with your own Web site, we want to ensure that businesses are using the “Search Engine Optimization” (SEO) guidelines. When people find you on the Chamber Web site, are they intrigued by your business description, or do you barely have enough information about your services? When was the last time you checked your listing or updated your membership? Have your employee numbers gone down with any cutbacks — this could affect your yearly membership fee.

We encourage all businesses to let us help them answer all these questions and discuss many more benefits the Chamber offers. One of the easiest ways to accomplish this dialogue is to attend a Maximizing Your Membership luncheon. These luncheons are held on the fourth Monday of the month at 11:30 a.m. They are conducted at the Chamber and are free. Lunch is provided and the session lasts approximately one hour. I have never seen a business member who has attended one of these sessions leave and not make a Web site improvement, or become more aware and utilize some of the services the Chamber offers. If you are not able to attend one of these sessions, we are happy to work with you on a one-on-one basis. We will review your membership information, look at your Web site listing and key words, and make sure you are represented in the best light. If you do not have a Web site, then an enhanced listing may be for you.

Another tool to utilize is one of our training classes through Business Bites or Wake Up Pagosa. Business Bites is designed to give you bite-sized bits of information you can act on immediately, or research further and incorporate into your business plan. Subjects range from health and insurance topics, to self improvement, various avenues of marketing, electronic or IT assistance, and issues that may be pertinent to the effectiveness or survival of your business. For the cost of a lunch, you might be able to enhance sales, or protect yourself against a major catastrophe such as a computer problem. Wake Up Pagosa goes to the source of community issues to arm you with current information and help you make appropriate decisions related to your business. Wake Up Pagosa is held the first Tuesday of every month at 7:30 a.m. at the Pagosa Mountain Hospital and Business Bites is held the third Tuesday of every month, at noon, at Boss Hoggs Restaurant.

If you have a business that does not have store frontage, when was the last time you attended a SunDowner to network with other organizations and get your name out there? SunDowners are held the fourth Wednesday of each month, except for January and September when there are alternative Chamber functions, and November and December when they move to the third Wednesday of the month due to the holidays.

Does your business need some customer service reminders? We will work with you to design and host a class for your staff members, at no charge! Customer service is crucial to the success of our businesses; poor service is unacceptable and should not be tolerated. Let us help you provide the best service possible.

We want to work for you to the best of our ability. We are constantly bringing on more benefits to meet your needs and we offer a range of services at minimal or no charge. We constantly hear “I never knew you offered that,” or “I’m so glad you told me about that.” If you would like to make some changes, call for an appointment at 264-2360.

Duck race and picnic

On Saturday, Aug. 15, there will be some very valuable ducks floating down the San Juan River,

The owner of the winning duck in the Knights of Columbus Duck Race will win $1,000 in prize money. Second place will bring $500 to the owner and $250 will go to the third place winner. Festivities begin at 11:30 a.m. in Town Park, with games and a food court. The duck race itself is scheduled to begin at 3. This is a wonderful day to spend in the park with family and friends. All proceeds benefit the Knights of Columbus and they, in turn, donate their fine works back to the community. Duck race tickets are on sale at the Buffalo Inn, Silver Dollar Liquor and the Chamber of Commerce.

U-Way golf tournament

The annual United Way Charity Golf Tournament will be held Aug. 15. This four-person scramble has two different flights – a championship flight and “just for fun” flight. Entry fees include a golf cart, green fees, lunch and fun prizes. The championship flight entry is $100 and the “just for fun” entry is $75. For more information or to register as a group or individual, call Teddy Adler Finney at 731-0484.

Membership news

We have a number of renewals this week to celebrate and we thank them for their continued support: The Cabins at Hartland Ranch; Cool Pines RV Park; Lake Capote Recreation Area; Chavolo’s Taqueria; Enchanted Valley Farm; Durango Mountain Resort; and the Cervid Elk Research and Recovery Center at Durango. Big Brothers Big Sisters is our renewing non-profit agency, and Joan and Gene Cortright are our renewing Friends of the Chamber.

Take the time to invest in yourself and your business. Verify your Chamber information and call the Chamber or schedule an appointment. We want to enhance your efforts to market your business and put your best foot forward.