The chamber's changing face
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 chambers operation and the benefits of membership.
By giving members more knowledge of the chambers 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 theres a little bit of sentiment, she said, and people were confused by that (directors 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.
Its not ideal and its not long term, Eno said of the current arrangement in the chambers operation. We have a wonderful board that is really active. So right now, were full steam ahead.
Asked if the chambers financial condition was a factor in the decision to stop paying a directors salary, Eno wouldnt answer that question directly.
Were watching the budget as we move forward, and we want to make a smart decision, she said. But were 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 Lets Be The Change We Want To See.
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