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  • 08/10/2018 4:13 PM | Michael Morrow (Administrator)

    More Than Just Being A Member

    My Grandfather owned a Shoe Store in Modesto, California.  He was a member of the Chamber of Commerce.  Yet, he was more than that.  My Grandfather was on the Downtown Merchants with the father of George Lucas (Star Wars).  He was involved in Kiwanis and Lions Club.

    Growing up I went to pancake breakfasts, local parades and other community events.  People would stop my grandfather on the street to talk to him.  I wish I had told my grandfather while he was still alive, I was proud of him.  Instead I was in awe.

    My Grandfather took part in helping the community – but he also networked.  Local politicians visited him at his store.  Why?  Because he was a respected and influential voice in the business community.

    Have you ever wanted that?

    A Part of the Community

    You get more as a Chamber Member than just being listed and recognized.  You communicate with fellow business members to help your business and the community.  You keep abreast of news that can affect your business.  You help your community when it needs you most, including fellow businesses.  That’s what gets you credibility and respect.

    Besides, it feels good when someone you first meet already knows your name.

    What does this do for your bottom line?  The community is your bottom line.  Future customers are waiting for you at Chamber events.  Don’t believe me?  Try attending one and say hello to an attendee.  You may see me there.

    An Advocate

    The Las Vegas Health and Fitness Chamber of Commerce goes to bat for you in City, County and State Government.  Fellow members can be affected by taxes and regulations just like you.  You have more clout with your fellow Chamber members.

    You remember that old saying, “You can’t fight City Hall.”  Not alone.

    Perks

    You as a member have a number of benefits that can advance your business:

    • **Access to members only discounts**
    • Networking opportunities from businesses who can help your business or non-profit
    • Networking opportunities from non-profits who can help your business
    • Receive Chamber Newsletters to keep you up to date
    • Promotion and Publicity that gets seen not only by customers but other businesses
    • Acquiring customer referrals

    In all, The Chamber increases your businesses visibility in the community.  That’s advertising you can afford.

    Health & Fitness for the Community

    What is it we need most in Las Vegas?  Our visitors will say, “Fun!”  But many of us suffer from desert allergies.  Our seniors have difficulties, especially if they have a pre-existing medical condition.  Others just want an attractive appearance or to feel better.  The biggest problem is to stay healthy or overcome disease.

    I overcame cancer.  That’s why Health & Fitness is a passion of mine.

    Your Health & Fitness based businesses are important to our community.  Without you, we lose options...and hope.  Help make our Las Vegas a healthier place to live.

    Your Legacy in the Chamber

    Before my Grandfather retired and closed the doors to his business, customers all over town came to his store.  They weren’t there to say good-bye.  They begged him not to leave them.  Both my Grandfather and my Grandmother were all choked up.

    Can you tell me you don’t want that?

    Join the Las Vegas Health & Fitness Chamber of Commerce.  Make a difference for your business and the community.



  • 08/10/2018 10:34 AM | Michael Morrow (Administrator)

    How You Make a Difference In Someone’s Life Can Surprise You

    Embarrassing.  I was 10 years old when a girl I liked pointed it out to me.  I was turning my S around when writing.  That wasn’t the only letter I got confused about. My b became d or visa versa.  I wasn’t sure about q and g.

    It wasn’t just how I was writing them but how I was reading them.

    I would take longer reading than other kids.  I couldn’t finish my tests.  I told one teacher I didn’t have enough time.  He told me, “You just didn’t study.”  It got to where I felt hopeless.  What now?

    I tried other avenues.  Metal shop was a failure.  Sports wasn’t any better – skinny, light as a feather, and slow as my reading.

    The Diagnosis That Saved Me

    I fell into a depression.  I thought I would be living with my mother for the rest of my life.  Until, she took me to a psychologist.  He had me do tests and talked with me.  My eyes and my brain were turning certain letters around.

    I had dyslexia.

    My mother refused to let them put me in Special Ed.  Instead, I adjusted how I operated with my condition.  I went from being a C and D student to an A and B student, finishing with straight A’s.

    I got my High School Diploma and later was on the Dean’s list in college.

    My Impact

    Years later, my mother asked me to talk to her friend’s grandson.  He was having the same problems in grade school.  He felt no one understood him.

    I sat down with him at a Subway restaurant.  He listened to my story as we had sandwiches, chips and a drink.  I didn’t know if what I was saying was helping him any.  His look was more of amazement than discovery.

    What I didn’t realize at that time?  My impact would be a legacy.  His life like mine would be changed forever.  Shortly after, he went from being a D and F student to a straight A student.

    I was amazed that a short conversation could change someone’s life that fast.

    My Legacy

    You help people to adapt or do better – you change their life.  Forever.  That’s a legacy.  One you may not realize you had.  One that you’ll hear about in passing.  One that you’ll see and say, “Did I really make that much of a difference.”

    Look at other’s around you:

    • My Grandfather as a business owner helped his community in many ways
    • My Mother as a Juvenile Police Detective rescued kids
    • I – after remembering this story – realized I had a legacy

    Do you have a legacy?

    Measuring Success

    Your personal and business success is usually measured by profit.  The bottom line is focused on more than the difference you make – even to one person.  The relationship with your customer or business associate seems trivial...

    But you don’t realize how much impact you have.

    Remember the Christmas movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” and what it meant?  You and your business would be missed if both never came into being.  You have an impact.

    The Las Vegas Health & Fitness Chamber of Commerce was created to make an impact.  People in our community are affected whether you see it or not.  Better health and fitness for even one person is a victory.

    Would you like to make more of a difference?

    Join the Las Vegas Health & Fitness Chamber of Commerce

    It’s time we made an even bigger impact and an even greater legacy.



  • 08/10/2018 10:01 AM | Michael Morrow (Administrator)

    A Policeman’s Spontaneous Solution Overcomes the Impossible

    I heard this story years ago.  A small town in the 1960’s had a vagrant problem.  Not homeless, vagrant.  These were men who were drunk, filthy, harassing citizens on the street, and sleeping where they wanted.

    Some of these guys stole out of the local stores.  Nobody did anything about it.  No one wanted to touch them (eeew).  Yep, they were matted and ripe.

    The town wanted ACTION.  Who did this fall upon?   The local police who didn’t want anything to do with kicking out “Bums.”

    Tactics Don’t Work

    They first started at a campsite near the creek on the edge of town.  The cops kicked down tents and tossed blankets in the water.  Didn’t work.  It was summer.  Chasing them off was useless too.  They would just come back.  It was hopeless.

    One night a rookie officer was driving a squad car up to the railroad tracks.  His training officer barked, “Stop.”  They got out of the car and walked up to the tracks.  There was a bum stretched across the rails, unconscious, smelling of booze.

    Neither officer wanted to touch him.  Out of the corner of the senior officer’s eye, he saw another bum watching them.

    An Idea Makes the Difference

    “I told you not so hard.”  The rookie picked up on this, “I couldn’t help myself okay.”  “Do you realize what kind of trouble we...”

    The senior officer now looks plainly over at the other bum.  “We’ve got a witness.”

    Both officers walk over to the bum, who is shivering in fear.  “What did you see,” said the senior officer.  The bum shakes his head.  The rookie officer chimes in, “I say we get rid of him.”  Now the bum’s knees are knocking.

    The senior officer pushes the rookie back, “Don’t get carried away.”  The rookie officer pushes back a little, “We can’t afford to let him live.”  The bum was now frozen.  The cops walked a short distance away as if to discuss the matter.

    When the cops turned back, all they saw were feet kicking up dust.

    The word got around town that the police were killing bums.  The problem vacated in a matter of days.  Not one vagrant was harmed.

    A City of Ideas

    A single thought, an idea, can change a lot.   As crude an example as this is, it worked.  You need an idea to optimize your business.  We need an idea to help in innovating our community’s quality of life.  One person can’t do it alone.

    The one officer came up with an idea.  The other helped in making it happen.

    We need an involved community of businesses and professionals helping each other.  Working together, our city can come up with better ideas.  We can improve ourselves, our clients, and our city.  You can help make it happen.

    Join the Las Vegas Health & Fitness Chamber of Commerce.


  • 08/10/2018 8:39 AM | Stan Shields (Administrator)
    Las Vegas, Health and Fitness Chamber of Commerce, Return on Investment, ROI, Wellness

    Throughout my career I have been a member of several Chambers of Commerce. I can remember asking myself at times if it was really worth it. I would go to all the meetings, networking events and even became an ambassador. Connector is what they called it. I made a lot of friends. Many people that I am still friends with today, over 17 years later. 

    In an effort to find more value and get more involved. I joined a committee. I don't really remember the name of the committee, but it had something to do with the local schools and kids. That committee made sense to me since I was owner/operator of a martial arts school that had a student base that was two thirds kids under 12 years old. 

    After spending several months on this committee and participating in the discussions and activities I developed several relationships. But, the one that stood out was with Stan Scheer, the Superintendent of Littleton Public Schools. It's funny, because for a long time on that committee I didn't know what his role was with the school system. 

    I don't really remember what sparked the conversation, but Stan and I started talking about the kids and my leadership program and other activities at my school. He then invited me to visit him in his office. Of course I went! While there, he introduced me to Shirley Trees, the Director of Elementary Education for Littleton Public Schools. 

    Shirley and I spent some time talking over a few weeks and she arranged for me to present to the Directors of the Before and After care programs of the elementary schools. I guess they may have voted or something, but they notified me that I could present my Stranger Danger, ABC's of Success, and Bully Prevention programs in their schools. Which we started to do immediately. Over the summer we presented to all the schools that were within a five mile radius of my martial arts business. Some of them had us do all three programs I offered. 

    The value of a student for me was around $2500 per year. My chamber membership was $600 per year. I really only needed one new student from that one activity to be a success. We had more than 10 times that per year. We ran that process for several years. I would say that Chamber membership was really worth it! 

    Sometimes we have to dig deeper to calculate the true ROI that we are receiving. We have to go beyond those initial meetings, and we have to drive several layers deep into the relationships that have been established that could have led to more business that we didn't count. Maybe we overlooked it. 

    The power of a Chamber relationship is the community that we create. To gain benefit from a community, we have to give to a community.  Get involved with the Las Vegas Health & Fitness Chamber of Commerce and ask what you can give, before what you can get!

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