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The Chamber of Commerce is led by a board of 21 directors chosen from its membership. Each year, in September, about one-third of them are up for election for a new three year term. So what does a board member do?

Your Chamber board determines policies and sets goals aimed at improving the well being of our community. They team with other directors in developing a program of work, through the Chamber, that gives the community the greatest opportunity for growth and prosperity. You must believe strongly in the problem solving powers that are created when people are mobilized for action.

Board members are doers, not just policy makers. They lead by example. They all serve on at least one of the Action Teams, like tourism or business development and support, or Leadership Coos, or transportation, or the Legislative Action team, just to name a few. They encourage other members to actively participate, as well. They ensure the team has clearly defined objectives to meet its responsibilities and challenges. They also have fun.

Your community has succeeded as a result of people working together. Your Chamber of Commerce provides the perfect mechanism for continued community cooperation and success. As a director you have an opportunity —and an obligation — to move your Chamber and the community into an even more exciting future.

So Chamber member, if this sounds like an exciting opportunity to you, throw your hat in the election ring. Give us a call and we will line you up with the nominating committee.

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Timm Slater is executive director of the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce. For more information on your Chamber, email us at timmslater@oregonsbayarea.org.

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