Committee makes sure people are Welcome to Shawano

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Carol Wagner Leader Correspondent


Photo by Carol Wagner Three of the committee members of the Welcome to Shawano project, from left, Mike Hammond, Lisa Risen, and Kim Ihrcke, are shown with the bags full of information and coupons for newcomers to Shawano County.

If you are new to this area, Welcome to Shawano would like to give you a bag of items to help you get acquainted.

The bags with information and coupons can be obtained at the Shawano County Library, Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce, and Shawano City Hall.

“We try to produce a bag for newcomers to show our resources,” said coordinator Lisa Risen.

The group was formed last year by Leadership Shawano County 2017 and is trying to get the word out about what the area has to offer.

“Between the collaboration of all of us, the project became a reality,” said committee member Mike Hammond.

In May 2017 the information and coupons were put in bags donated by the chamber. They contain things like the visitor guide, Community Education information, Aging and Disability Resource Center guide, brochures, coupons from businesses who are members of the chamber, and a directory of chamber members.

“If anybody wants to put in information or coupons, let us know,” said Risen, acknowledging that a number of businesses participate.

Brochures and posters have been distributed at various places around the city to get more information out about the program. So far, 75 bags have been given out.

The idea came from Leadership Shawano County when one of the members was new to Shawano and asked for information like where to eat, shop, and what kinds of activities were available.

Committee member Kim Ihrcke said the bags have information that many locals might now know about.

“It’s nice to see new people come into our community and welcome them,” she said.

Other members of the work group are April Adasiewicz, Kris Bahr, Wendy Crawford, Jeanne Cronce, Michelle Gishkowsky, Rob Koepp, Mikki Moesch, Wendy Rosenow, Travis Schardt, Nancy Smith and Sarah Knaup.

“The main thing is making sure people are aware of it,” Risen said.

For information, email welcometoshawano@gmail.com.