President resigns, committees re-energize, more directors join board

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: KAREY MILNE - Chamber Board President Madeleine Eno, standing, teaches a recent workshop in the chambers Brown Bag Lunch program. The chamber is re-energizing itself, using the energy of its members who volunteer to be of service.  Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce Board President Laura Allen has resigned from the board, where she has served as a director for about three years.

Her resignation was made necessary for personal reasons, she told the board.

“Laura Allen has been a valuable director of the chamber since 2010,” said Jerry Knowlton, chamber treasurer. “We acknowledge all of the good work that she has accomplished on behalf of the chamber, and we wish her only the best.”

At its January meeting, the board elected two new directors to fill existing vacancies on the executive committee: Madeleine Eno (In The Write Place) was selected as president, and Lisa Foster-Albertus (LT Travel) became the new vice president. Keeping their elected offices were Secretary Roz Rushing (Geren’s Farm Supply/PartyLite) and Treasurer Jerry Knowlton (Jerry H. Knowlton, CLU).

Instead of hiring a new executive director, the chamber board is directing activities with much help from volunteer members who serve on several committees that serve the chamber’s more than 250 member businesses.

“As we start the new year, the board is ready and eager to get back to work on behalf of chamber members,” Eno said. “Our goal is to revitalize the programs we offer and enhance the benefits of being a member. We also want to stay connected with members as we keep our eyes on our mission: ‘Supporting business. Growing community.’ “

In other changes, Office Manager Karey Milne has taken on additional responsibilities as the chamber’s new member services manager.

As vice president, Foster-Albertus will chair the reinstituted Ambassadors program, which will create more opportunities for members to visit and shop at area businesses.

Eno said activities for a chamber on the move are available for any member on the following committees: budget, career education, marketing, events and fundraising, government affairs, board development and economic development. Meeting details are found at

The board also invites members and the public to attend their monthly meetings at 6 p.m. each third Tuesday at the chamber office, 38963 Pioneer Blvd.

People also are invited to talk with any director to offer suggestions for improving the business community. Directors not in a board office are: Rodney Barker (Mount Hood Community College), Andreanne Rode (Otto’s Ski Shop), Kathy Edwards (Clackamas County Bank), Jay McRostie (Young Twedt McRostie LLP), Mary Forrest (Farmers Insurance), Hannah Smith (TCBY) and Terry Lenchitsky. One vacant seat will be filled in the near future.

The Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce has served citizens and businesses of Sandy for more than 50 years, Eno said. With more than 250 members, the chamber provides education, advocacy and networking for local businesses.

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