Monday, December 10, 2018

10 YEARS AGO ON DECEMBER 10: Chamber sees "new chapter" in 2009 - Clay Center Dispatch

The year 2009 will be a "new chapter" in the history of the Clay Center Area Chamber of Commerce, according to the newly-elected chairman of the organization.

"We're not starting from scratch, but 2009 will be a year of change and transition from where we are now," local attorney Monte Green told Chamber members at the organization's annual meeting at the Clay Center Country Club Tuesday night.

Under the theme "One Community," the Chamber will concentrate on membership involvement and working with various organizations and government to work together toward common goals.

Green cited the recent efforts between the city and school board to address recreation issues as an example of the kind of cooperation the Chamber will be promoting.

And he cited the county's "one stop shop," a combined office for the Chamber and the county's economic development director as another example of organizations working together.

Green takes the helm of the Chamber with a new board of directors which include Darla Brown with US Cellular, Jarrod Hopper of Citizens National Bank, Jesse Spivey with State Farm, Cathy Crier with Golden Living Center in Wakefield, Janet Clark with MasterCarved Memorials from Morganville, Wava Kramer of Longford Water and Christine Swaim, Clay County treasurer-elect.

Outgoing chairman Chris Matteson said efforts to include more representation from area communities would continue.

"We are making a conscious effort to involve more people from outside Clay Center," in the Area Chamber, Matteson told the group.

"Our goal in 2009 is to bring more volunteers to the table to strengthen our community," Andy Contreras, Chamber president said. "We want to be more inclusive, reach out to bring more people/shoppers to town and to lay a solid foundation looking forward, NOT back to the way it has always been."

Other plans mentioned included promoting the community through a YouTube presentation, re-starting business after hour mixers to bring businesses together and holding a "State of our City" event in which the Chamber, city, county and state will bring the community up to speed on what's going on in Clay Center.


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