Dysart's H.A.T. (Hospitality and Tour) team members are having a very busy summer. The team consists of Ann Anniss, Pat Hanson, Jackie Hennessy, Claudette Gumbert and Catherine Wieck. The five volunteers have joined the efforts of the Dysart Development Cooperation in promoting Dysart community and its businesses to the visitors coming to enjoy Dysart's excellent restaurants and unique shops. The H.A.T. team trademark is the large, striking blue hats and matching outfits which they wear while "on duty."
One, two or more of the members try to be on hand to welcome visitors who come to the local restaurants or to community wide events such as the Soiree, Wine Fest, business open houses and ribbon cuttings. During the warm weather, the team also conducts tours of some of Dysart's beautiful gardens and city landscaping along with the Dysart Historical Museum and restored country school . In December they conduct tours of some of Dysart's beautiful decorated homes. The Norma Anders Public Library is a favorite gathering place for visitors who are always amazed to find such a beautiful facility in a small town. There are many positive comments about the attractive Main Street, the city park, the beautiful yards and garden and the friendliness of local residents.
The welcome project was begun in June 2008 and by the end of that year the team had welcomed over 600 visitors, In 2009, the team has already greeting over 700 visitors and many more tours are scheduled this summer and fall. This year the H.A.T. team also represented Dysart at the Waterloo Home Show, the Waterloo Red Dress program for womens heart health, the Walking Tall health program in Cedar Falls and the Waterloo Christian Women's Club. Team members hand out beautiful new Dysart as a "destination' has spread rapidly through word of mouth, advertising in regional newspaper, Our Iowa magazine and H.A.T. team appearances at area events. The team member were also recognized for their work by the Tama County Economic Development group this spring and the team will be helping the Dysart businesses host a State of Iowa Tourism Convention group expected to visit Dysart in October. If anyone in the community has friends and relatives coming to visit and would like to have a "blue H.A.T. welcome." or schedule a tour of gardens and the Dysart Historical Center for them, just give any team member a call.