I’m In!

By Pat Berger

Do you remember a couple of years ago, that community input was sought for helping our communities and schools grow?  Many residents signed up for committees, and said “I’m In!” Now is the time to take that commitment and do something!    A lot has been going on in Remington behind the scenes, and this spring will be exciting for the Town of Remington.

This winter, the Remington Main Street organization has been quietly working behind the scenes to build on groundwork that has been laid in the past few years.  In December 2010, the organization approved Bylaws and elected officers.  These officers and the board have chosen some projects, and they need everyone’s help!  Officers are:  Rochelle Ward, President; Kendra Illingworth, Vice President; Julee Wilke, Secretary; John Ward, Treasurer; Board Members, Jon Schwab, Wendy Schwab, and Kelly Gentry.  If you want to read all about the Main Street organization go to:  http://www.in.gov/ocra/2364.htm.

Remington will start a Farmer’s Market this coming May thru October on Saturday mornings from 8 AM to Noon.  Watch for upcoming announcements about this new offering.  Selling or buying at the local Farmer’s Market is a fantastic way to say “I’m In.”

Remington Main Street has partnered with the Town of Remington to enter the “Back Home Again in Indiana Community Decoration Program.”  The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Indianapolis 500, and a contest is being offered for communities in the state.  The President & CEO of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway invited the Town of Remington to participate in the program.  Check out a sample idea on the website.  The link for the program is:  http://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/indy500/eventinfo/40857/

Communities will enter based on town population.  Towns of 1001-3000 population will compete together.  Residents and businesses will decorate in Indy 500 style.  Entrants must live in the town corporate limits.  A drawing will take place of registered entrants.  Towns in this category receive 200 qualification tickets, and eight race tickets for their entry.    The Top Ten Finalists will have community photos/videos running on IMS video boards during the month of May, and receive six guests in a suite on Race Day.  The Grand Prize winner receives $25,000 to be used for the betterment of the community.

By April 15, the Town will submit the entry application. Decorations need to be done by April 30th and stay up throughout the month of May.  The Town plans on doing some sort of celebration on April 30th.   By May 5 participants must verify their entry by providing a link to their community’s online destination page for Back Home Again in Indiana.  This is a location for residents to view what the town is doing, view photos and videos, and comment on the projects.  By May 9, judging opens and online voting begins for the general public.  We will need Remington residents and all their friends and families, home and away, to vote for our entry!  A great way to say, “I’m IN!” On May 16, the Top Ten finalists are announced.  On May 25, the Grand Prize winner will be announced by a panel of celebrity judges from the motorsports industry.

The Grand Prize Winner, which can be a town of any size will win $25,000 for the betterment of the community, a town representative will participate in the Indy 500 pre-race festivities on race morning, trophy, six tickets to the Victory Banquet, community representative to ride on the IMS Float in the 500 Festival Parade, and the IMS will host a celebration in the winning community or at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  The Town is working on a theme, local and corporate sponsors, and involving many organizations, schools, businesses and organizations.  This is a way to participate and to say I’m IN!

To participate, fill out the participant form, decorate your yard, front of house, business, display a collection of race items, and follow the town’s theme, “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”  The town will contact entrants about taking pictures and video to put on the Facebook page dedicated to this program.  If you have questions, contact Remington Town Manager, John Ward or check out the information on the Remington website:  www.remingtonindiana.com.

The Remington Main Street organization will have several opportunities for involvement.  Committees are:  Design, Organization, Promotion, and Economic Restructuring.  According to Remington Main Street President, Rochelle Ward “The Design Committee which is currently Wendy Schwab, Julee Wilke, and Lori Overbeck has come up with some ideas for doing some simple things to make Main Street’s presence known.  The group wants to put together Community Project Kits which will include picking up litter, painting and cleaning up eyesores around town, and planting flowers and landscaping.  They are also proposing to use the current planters we have downtown and make them all uniform, including decorating them for the 500 competition, and making sure a volunteer can keep them watered and fertilized.”

Remington Main Street is co-sponsoring a professional development luncheon at the Tobias Center on Thursday, March 31, 2011 from 11:30 AM to 1 PM for area business owners and managers.  The speaker is marketing expert Gunes Yilmaztuerk, founder and CMO of Solle Coaching.  She will be speaking about using social media and online marketing to keep your business current and visible as well as empowering your business’ brand to reach more customers.  This event is sponsored by Remington Main Street, the Jasper County Economic Development Organization, and the RWCDC.  There will be a $10 fee, which will include lunch made by The Homestead.  RSVP’s are required.  Contact Rochelle Ward, 219.863.3928for more information.  This luncheon is an inexpensive way for businesses, old or new, to learn more about staying up-to-date with today’s technology.  This is yet another great way to get involved and say “I’m IN!”

A summer festival is in the planning stages for June 10-11, Remington Water Tower Days Festival.  Organizers Rhonda Sondgerath, Dana Pampel, and Ashley Hensler need you to say, “I’m IN!” In order to have a festival, monies need raised, and work needs done.  Many, many hands were involved in planning and attending last summer’s sesquicentennial and it will take many more to make this summer’s festival successful.  Contact any of the festival organizers and see what help they need.  Right now they are working on entertainment, a car show, a 5K walk/run, dinners, breakfast, and a newlywed oldie wed game.  Support the fundraisers, and be involved in the festival.  All are very good ways to say, “I’m IN!”

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