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Six seek seats on chamber board

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The Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce has six people seeking four open positions on its board of directors.

At the December meeting held last week, the candidates introduced themselves to the sitting board members and to members in attendance.

They are the following:

• Dottie Whitlock, who served previously as a chamber board member and wants to be involved again;

• Nancy Hovde, a former member and president of DMEA's board;

• Carol Jarbo, a businesswoman who organizes the chamber-sponsored ice fishing derby each year;

• Stacy Morton, a businesswoman with experience in retail, promotions and events planning;

• John Whitney of Keystone Design Masonry, who lives north of town;

• and businessman, musician and music promoter David Starr.

According to chamber board member Bill Miller, the four new directors were to be selected on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at a morning meeting. Miller said the chamber officers for 2016 will be selected at the board's January regular meeting.

Other matters dealt with at the December meeting included the following:

• A discussion of making revisions to the chamber membership fee schedule;

• A discussion of using member contributions to pay for a redesigned website. Member businesses may be asked to pay $100 for their name listed in boldface lettering on the website business roster. It will take 30 businesses to sign up at $100 each to cover the project. The chamber board doesn't want to dip into its own funds to pay for the project, Miller explained.

• A possible revision of the bylaws will spell out duties for chamber board members. More participation and active involvement in planning projects and staging events are among the duties that may be added. In the past, getting board members to volunteer for projects has been difficult, it was noted. The chamber wants to have a more active board of directors than in the past.

• Board member Phyllis Hoffman read a proposal she drafted for establishing an "ambassador program" that would function similar to the Montrose Chamber of Commerce Red Coats to promote the chamber and the community.

• A report on the Delta County Tourism Cabinet was presented by one of the cabinet's two Surface Creek representatives, Patricia Luna.

• The AppleFest made $14,681. However, the Golden Gala, which precedes the big two-day AppleFest, was a money loser once again, draining $12,097 from the chamber's finances.

As of Nov. 4, the chamber reported $22,474 in available funds.

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