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Four chamber positions up for grabs

Two members don't plan to run

   Four positions on the Madras-Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors will be up for grabs in the chamber's late November election.
   The four open positions on the 12-member board are currently held by Marvin Butler, Gary Gruner, Pat Boyle, and Kathy Duman.
   Butler, the director of Oregon State University's Central Oregon Agricultural Research Center, has served on the board for five years, with the past three as treasurer. On Friday, Butler said that he hasn't yet decided whether or not he will run for another two-year term.
   Both Gary Gruner, the owner of Gary Gruner Chevrolet, who has served for two years, and Pat Boyle, an agent at Western States Insurance, who was appointed to the board in the spring, don't plan to run again.
   Kathy Duman, a real estate broker at Coldwell Banker, has served on the board for the past three months and plans to submit her name for election to a two-year term.
   Joe Krenowicz, executive director of the chamber, said that chamber members who wish to run for any of the positions need to fill out a nomination form and fax, email or deliver it to the chamber office by Oct. 12.
   Members may nominate another member, provided that the other member agrees to the nomination. The ballot will be distributed to members in the November newsletter.
   "Then the election is the latter part of November or early December so we can ratify it by the December chamber board meeting on Dec. 18," said Krenowicz.
   Other board members and the communities or organizations they represent include Tom Brown, city of Madras; Shawna Clanton, city of Culver; Pat Hanenkrat, city of Metolius; Hope Johnson, Crooked River Ranch; John Hatfield, Jefferson County Commission; Royce Embanks, at large; Bill Bellamy, at large; and President Laura Crocker, at large.
   Chamber members were notified of the openings on the board in the September newsletter, Krenowicz said on Friday, adding, "I haven't had any responses."