The Hiawatha Chamber and Visitors Bureau is excited to announce some new faces will be on board this summer.

President Kate Miller said the Chamber board has hired Sarah Kleopfer as the new HCVB Administrator. She is a familiar face in the area — recently retiring after 32 years as the middle and high school vocal music teacher for Hiawatha USD 415.

Kleopfer holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Northwest Missouri State University and a Master’s degree in Education from Baker University. Miller said Kleopfer has been very active in the Hiawatha community through HAATS productions and benefit concerts. She is also a member of the Hiawatha Music Club and is a member of and part-time organist for St. Paul Lutheran Church in Fairview. She is married to Doug Kleopfer and has two daughters, Hannah Kleopfer and Emma Boyer and a son-in-law, Nate Boyer.

“We are so excited to have her on our HCVB team! “ Miller said. “You will see Sarah more often starting in August!”

Also this summer, the HCVB has hired Randee Wisdom as a summer intern. Miller said Wisdom started earlier this month and has already been hard at work.

“Becoming an intern at the Hiawatha Chamber and Visitors Bureau is an amazing opportunity to tap into my hobbies and special interests,” Wisdom said. “I have always been drawn to exploring the many opportunities you can find to take that extra step toward building better leadership skills through community involvement. Being able to interact with people who share a love and passion for this small community and it’s traditions is a driving force in my life and has been since I moved back to attend high school here. Having graduated high school here and moved on to college it has given me a much deeper appreciation for the hard work and creativity that people in the Hiawatha community have given and shared. I love learning about Hiawatha’s history and helping people bring their ideas to life here because it helps Hiawatha put its best foot forward. Working with HCVB has allowed me to do all of these things and so much more. I am very excited to see what is next for our town.”

Miller said Linda Duesing, who has held the position of interim administrator since October, has not left the organization — but is taking on a role of HCVB ambassador to help with specific events.

“We adore Linda and all she has done for us and are so pleased she is staying on to lend us and our wonderful community a hand when needed,” Miller said.

The HCVB has also launched into its new hours — from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Stop by the office and say hello to these new Chamber representatives or email at hiawathachamber@rainbowtel.net; phone 742-7136. Find the Chamber on Facebook at Hiawatha Chamber and Visitors Bureau, Hiawatha Happenings, Maple Leaf Festival and Halloween Frolic.

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