SHELDON—The purpose of the Sheldon Young Professionals is to provide ways for younger business professionals to connect with others in the community.

A popular way to do that is by going out for a drink with someone or a group.

The Sheldon Young Professionals is offering that chance with a Fall Brewery Tour on Saturday, Oct. 16.

The brewery tour starts at 6 p.m. at The Lounge in Sheldon. After a drink at The Lounge, the group will gravel to Rock Rapids to Rock River Brewing Company and then Drink Me Brewing Company in Sibley before the tour makes it way back to The Lounge.

A bus will provide the transportation and there will be snacks and refreshments on the bus.

The cost for the brewery tour is $25 and to RSVP, go to https://forms.gle/snkdEeb4ekrvdv8G9. RSVP by Oct. 11.

“It should be a lot of fun traveling around to the different breweries,” said Sheldon Young Professionals Board member Brandi Fuerstenberg, who spoke about the organization during the Sheldon Chamber and Development Corporation lunch on Sept. 16.

Eric Maassen, another Sheldon Young Professionals Board member, said the brewery tour is open to anyone 21 and over.

“We are not checking IDs on the upper end,” he joked. “Just a really nice opportunity to get around to some different areas. That same mission that we are talking about, just connecting people.”

Before the brewery tour, the Sheldon Young Professionals’ next event is its monthly luncheon, which is Thursday, Oct. 14, at The Lounge.

The organization holds a luncheon at the different restaurants in Sheldon at noon on the second Thursday of each month.

“It’s probably the biggest thing we are doing consistently,” Maassen said. “It’s a nice way for people to meet and get to know someone in a low-stress situation. It’s a really nice thing. We want to continue pushing this and we want to get to the point where we are taking reservations because too many people are showing up.

“Our goal is to do the luncheon available every month, but we’d also like to have something else available,” he said. “We are excited about the brewery tour. Some of you have been in communities besides Sheldon and we are always looking to steal ideas from some other young professional groups in the area, too.”

The Sheldon Young Professionals are planning a winter holiday event.

Fuerstenberg said the organization plans to hold Christmas Bingo in November or December at the Crossroads Pavilion Event Center. Admission to Christmas Bingo will be either a toy or a nonperishable food item to donate to Love In the Name of Christ and the food pantry.

“Bingo is always a good time and it should be fun getting people together to play it,” Fuerstenberg said.

The organization started about three years as a way for young professionals to get to know each other.

“We are a program that tries to provide ways for young people from all types of employment and different places to connect with the community,” Fuerstenberg said. “We want people to come to Sheldon and to stay in Sheldon and to have something fun to do on different nights. We also want to form ways for people to meet others in Sheldon.

“That may be tricky for someone who moves to town and doesn’t know anyone. This is a way people can get out and meet new people and meet people from outside of work that they don’t meet every day.”

The group had to slow down the number of events it offered during the coronavirus pandemic, but it started back up with a virtual trivia night during the winter.

Musical Bingo then was held in-person during the spring. A social hour later was held as en event along with a glow ball tournament early in the summer. A cornhole tournament was held later in the summer.

Maassen is looking forward to planning other events with the rest of Sheldon Young Professionals Board.

“Moving forward, if you have any suggestions for an event you would like to see, you can always reach out. We’d love some new ideas,” Maassen said. “These are some of the things we highlighted before that we’ve consistently done but we are always looking for new ideas.”

The Sheldon Young Professionals also has a Facebook page that has all of the group’s information and upcoming events.

“There’s a lot of great things coming up with the program and we have done a lot of great things,” Fuerstenberg said.