“What can we do?”

   After the announcement of Heidel House’s May 20 closing left Green Lake in upheaval, this was the question the Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce along with local business owners attempted to answer.

   During a meeting last week Thursday created by the chamber for its members with lodging and meeting space, Liane Walsh, executive director of the chamber, wondered what the community could do.

   Her answer?

   “We can come together,” she said. “We have services out that not everybody may be aware of.”

   According to Walsh, the purpose of the meeting was to collect information about chamber members who could provide lodging and meeting space for groups who previously had reservations at Heidel House, but due to the closing, need to look elsewhere.

   “The last thing we want to do is turn anybody away,” Walsh said. “Last week I got all kinds of calls and we worked really hard to get these people to stay here. Heidel [House] did schedule some people after that May 20 date, so they were scrambling to find places to stay.”

   She noted she has been in contact with Heidel House and has asked company representatives to call her at anytime.

   “We’re going to make it work; we’re going to figure out where to put them,” Walsh said. “We’re going to have a great summer [and] we’re going to go forward like we always have.

   Read the full story, including concerns from the attending members and plans to help provide work for the Heidel House employees, in the March 21, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.