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  • Gradatim Club, GFWC


    Civic & Community

    About Us

    Gradatim Club of Sauk Centre had its beginning in October, 1895. Nine ladies of the community decided to organize a Literary Society. At the first meeting the name ''Gradatim'' was chosen, meaning ''moving forward step by step''. These pioneers looked forward to helping their community by furthering education, aiding in beautification of their city, and helping to institiue social events.

    Mrs. E. G.Lewis, stepmother of Sinclair Lewis, was instrumental in organizing the club. She also assisted in the organization of the Minnesota Federation of Women's Clubs in Minneapolis in 1894. In 1902, she was a leader in forming the Sixth District Foundation. As a member of Gradatim, Mrs. Lewis helped in the establishment of the Sauk Centre Library and other civic projects. This highly esteemed lady, who worked so diligently for her home club and the Federation passed away June 14, 1921.

    Today the Gradatim Club of Sauk Centre consists of members who attempt to continue its tradition of furthering education, aiding our city and helping to institue social events. We try to take our tradition one step further...aiding our fellow human beings, doing what we can in our little corner, and working for the betterment of this, our planet 'Earth'. ~Sumbitted by Mona Kohorst President, October 1994


    • To improve social, culteral, and physical environment
    • To promote interest in, and appreciation of, the arts
    • To become responsible and dynamic leaders in our community
    • To expand horizons by meeting friends, stimulating new interests, gaining knowledge, creating awareness
  • Q: I received Chamber Bucks - How do I use them?

    Use them like cash at participating businesses. See the list of businesses here.

    Chamber Bucks certificates must be used in full at time of purchase.


    Q: How do I buy Chamber Bucks?

    Please email saukcentrechamber@gmail.com or call 320-352-5201 to order. Pick up at our office at 524 4th St S, Suite 1, Sauk Centre, MN 56378 

    Q: My business takes Chamber Bucks, how does my business get reimbursed?

    Businesses can contact the Chamber by phone or email to drop off/pick up a check or you can mail the chamber bucks to us and a check will be mailed back to you. There are no fees to our member businesses to accept them, there are no handling fees passed on to customers to purchase them. This is a benefit of our members and an effort to further promote the importance of keeping our dollars local in support of our small businesses. 

    What happens when you shop local?

    1. More of your money will be kept in your local economy: For every $100 you spend at locally owned businesses, $68 will stay in the community.

    2. You embrace what makes your community unique: You wouldn’t want your house to look like everyone else’s in the U.S. So why would you want your community to look that way?

    3. You create local jobs: Local businesses are better at creating higher-paying jobs for your neighbors. When you shop locally, you help create jobs for teachers, firemen, police officers, and many other essential professions.

    4. You help the environment: Buying from a locally owned business conserves energy and resources in the form of less fuel for transportation and less packaging.

    5. You nurture community: Local business owners know you, and you know them. Studies have shown that local businesses donate to community causes at more than twice the rate of chains.

    6. You conserve your tax dollars: Shopping in a local business district means less infrastructure, less maintenance, and more money available to beautify your community. Also, spending locally instead of online ensures that your sales taxes are reinvested where they belong— in your community!

    7. You create more choice: Locally owned businesses pick the items and products they sell based on what they know you like and want. Local businesses carry a wid­er array of unique products because they buy for their own individual markets.

    8. You took advantage of their expertise: You are their friends and neighbors, and locally owned businesses have a vested interest in knowing how to serve you. They’re passionate about what they do. Why not take advantage of it?

    9. You invested in entrepreneurship: Creativity and entrepreneurship are what the American economy is founded upon. Nurturing local business en­sures a strong community.

    10. You made your community a destination: The more interesting and unique you community, the more we will attract new neighbors, visitors and guests. This benefits everyone!

    *Source: Civic Economics – Andersonville Study of Retail Economics.