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Chamber keeps moving as director search goes on


Organization refines its objectives as it adjusts to post-recession era

It is not known how long it will take for the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce to find a new executive director to replace Chuck O’Leary. But in the meantime, the chamber plans to stay very busy.

The chamber just completed the first of two board retreats with the goal of redefining how the chamber moves forward. Some changes will surely be coming.

“The board is looking at how we’re structured,” said Doug Cushing, chamber president. “What should be our agenda? Are we trying to do too much? Fortunately, Sean (Minogue) and Lori (Lauber) are good at handling the day-to-day chamber activities, which lets us think about long-range plans.”

The No. 1 item is not only finding a new executive director but also redefining that person’s roles and responsibilities. Cushing said the board is considering hiring an interim director so the chamber will have more time to find the person most suitable for the position. Several people have expressed interest in filling that role.

“It makes us feel good that we’re still perceived as a good place to work,” Cushing said.

With no director, the staff and chamber members themselves are working hard to make sure that the chamber’s many activities continue on as planned: the annual dinner in March; the village flower basket program in May; continuation of the Leadership Lake Oswego program; finding and renewing sponsors for numerous events like the annual golf tournament this summer; making recommendations on the replacement of Chris Garrett as state representative.

One of the board’s most interesting challenges will come as the city comes close to finalizing its comprehensive plan.

“That will let us know where we should go on our marketing plan,” Cushing said.

Meanwhile, the Lake Oswego Business Association’s shopping bag project is set and the membership drive will proceed.

“We’re lucky to have a lot of experienced members,” Cushing said. “Some have been active in the chamber as long as three or four decades.”

For more information about the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce, visit lake-oswego.com. The office is located at 459 Third St.

Cliff Newell can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 503-636-1281, ext. 105.