Chairman of the Board: Celebrate Fall!

Oct 1, 2019

Michele Starkenburg, 2019 Chairman of the Board

It’s officially fall! The weather is finally reaching cooler temps and I’ve been enjoying football and all things fall with my family. I hope you have taken advantage of all the wonderful activities available in the Ankeny community to celebrate autumn!

As we reach the last quarter of 2019 at the Ankeny Area Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Directors is already looking ahead to 2020. This month we’ll take nominations for leaders in the community to serve on the Chamber Board next year. We look forward to having new leaders join us! I also want to thank the Board members for their days, months, and years spent with the Chamber. I’m grateful for their leadership and time they’ve given serving the Chamber and community.

I want to recap the events the Chamber hosted this fall and let you know of other events to attend. I had a wonderful time at Corks & Caps: Iowa Wine and Craft Beer Festival in September, despite a little rain. I sampled tons of impressive beers, wine, and ciders, and the food sponsors served tasty dishes. Live music made the event that much more enjoyable! If you didn’t make it to Corks & Caps this year, make sure you get tickets in 2020! It is open to the entire community. Next, I took part in the Fall Ball Golf Outing earlier this month. Our Chamber members love playing and making business connections in both the fall and spring outings. If you’re interested in networking tee time, contact the Chamber about becoming a member and reserve your team for the spring!

Finally, I’m looking forward to Discover Ankeny on November 7 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. This is a great way to experience what Ankeny has to offer – join over 60 local businesses as they feature food, beverages, products and services. Purchase a ticket and spend the evening sampling food, drinks, and more at no additional cost! Tickets are on sale at This event is open to all community members, so invite your family and friends and experience Ankeny for yourselves!

There is always so much going on at the Ankeny Area Chamber and I invite you to take advantage of these opportunities to get to know your community better and expand your network, whether it’s personally or professionally. Please make sure to check for a full calendar of events. I hope you get to take time to enjoy this beautiful Iowa autumn!

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