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Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce takes steps to improve its member service

The Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has made a change to aid communication with its members.

Instead of the ill-attended Good Evening Sandy gatherings, the board will meet with its members occasionally during what Board Chairwoman Madeleine Eno is calling “Chamber After Hours.”

These more social gatherings will include appetizers and beverages, but will also offer opportunities for members to ask questions and learn more about the chamber’s operation and the benefits of membership.

By giving members more knowledge of the chamber’s operations, the board is trying to quell rumors and just deal with facts.

No executive director

Eno said some members still have questions about what happened that caused the chamber to ask for the resignation of its executive director, Mitch Speck.

“I know there’s a little bit of sentiment,” she said, “and people were confused by that (director’s resignation).”

The board, she said, is taking its time deciding whether to hire another director or to continue operating with more intensive use of volunteers.

Eno described a few of the types of questions she hopes to hear: What can I expect if I join? What are the benefits of being a member, and will they change if the organization continues without a director? How will the organization continue to operate without a director?

The board, she said, is dividing the tasks among its members, and will continue in that fashion for a while — during the time it is giving due consideration to whether or not and to what degree a director is necessary.

“It’s not ideal and it’s not long term,” Eno said of the current arrangement in the chamber’s operation. “We have a wonderful board that is really active. So right now, we’re full steam ahead.”

Asked if the chamber’s financial condition was a factor in the decision to stop paying a director’s salary, Eno wouldn’t answer that question directly.

“We’re watching the budget as we move forward, and we want to make a smart decision,” she said. “But we’re looking at all kinds of options.

“We want to run a lean organization right now, and just thoughtfully go into what we are going to be next, based on what the members really need and want.”

The chamber is trying to create more opportunities for its members to share ideas about what the chamber should be doing to benefit members.

Chamber After Hours

The first evening event that Eno has tagged as Chamber After Hours will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at AntFarm, 39140 Proctor Blvd. Future after hours events will be announced.

The entire board will be there to answer questions and listen to suggestions or ideas for chamber activities and programs.

The theme of the evening, Eno said, is “Let’s Be The Change We Want To See.”

For more information and to RSVP, call the chamber office at 503-668-4006 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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