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Navy commander to take the helm of the Mount Hood Chamber

Bob duBiel expected to be named chamber president

The Mount Hood Area Chamber of Commerce is expected to select Bob duBiel, 83, of Welches as its new president during its next meeting, to be held from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, in the Fireside Room at Mt. Hood Village. duBiel, who is retired but does not own a business, will succeed president Karen Norton.

'I'm looking forward to it, to increasing our membership and also getting back members who haven't been coming lately,' duBiel said. 'I'm also interested in people who aren't affiliated coming to the chamber and seeing what's going on. We want their opinions as well as the opinions of the business community.'

duBiel served in the Navy for 30 years before moving to Portland, where he worked as a business manager for several law firms. In 1980 he moved to Welches. Although he joined the chamber 10 years ago, it wasn't until the group's October meeting that he considered the presidency.

'The board couldn't find a potential president from the board, and there didn't seem anybody ready to volunteer, so I said 'how about a retired military officer?' ' duBiel said. 'No matter how it occurred, I'm going to do my best this year.'

He hopes to use his experiences and other involvements - which have included memberships with the Mount Hood Golf Club, the Old Church Society, the Association of Legal Administrators, the Pittock Mansion Society, Trillium Trail Garden Club and the League of Women Voters - to lead the mountain business organization.

Norton - the chamber representative from Mt. Hood Skibowl - served for one year as president and one of the highlights of her term was the inaugural Family Feast and Fun fund-raiser held this September.

She stressed the need for greater community involvement with the chamber and believes that duBiel is the right guy for the position.

'He is tremendously involved with the community,' Norton said. 'I think Bob will be open to change and will have a little more influence because he does have history here. I wish him well.'