The Board approved selecting Jerry Shea, Market & Johnson, to serve on the Executive Committee, effective April 1, 2017.
The Board approved two of the three one-year appointments, effective April 1, 2017: Paul Kohler, Charter Bank and Paul Madsen, RainMaster.
The Board approved the following for one year terms based on their positions:
Chamber Foundation President: Mark Faanes, Wipfli
Chair of the Young Professionals: Daneille Strong, Weld Riley
President of the Chamber Ambassadors: Nick White, Local Lounge
The Board accepted the election results for six new Board members, for three year terms, effective April 1, 2017:
Steve Anderson, Ruder Ware
Tim Benedict, Benedict Refrigeration
Nicole Lasker, Lasker Jewelers
Andy Neborak, Eau Claire Express Baseball
Laura Talley, BMO Harris Bank
Amy Wolfe, Trubilt Collision Center
The Board received an update on the President’s search committee. The listing is posted on the Chamber’s website. The committee expects to begin interviews in February and hopefully have someone hired by mid-April and to begin June 5
Thirty five people will be going on the Chamber trip to Peru on February 23, 2017. The Chamber will survey members for 2017 trips and see which one has the most interest and then hold informational meetings. Thailand in the fall of 2017, about $3,000 per person. Railroading in the Rockies, Sept. 22, 2017. About $4,700 per person, Shades of Ireland, October 2017, about $3,600 per person.
There were four (4) write ins. John Bast - EverGreen Services, John Satre - Bauman Associates, Brad Stuckert - Documation and Patrick Boughton, Business Impact Group. These names will be placed on the list for next year’s Nominating Committee to consider.
The Chippewa Valley Rally issues were presented and approved. The Rally will be January 25.
The Board discussed the Chamber Buy Local Bucks and the staff will develop an accounting spread sheet for when the five year expiration is up on the Certificates. However, the Chamber will always redeem any unexpired certificates and Chamber members businesses may accept, even if expired. This is because the Chamber owns the project and banks locally with these funds.
The Young Professionals shared their new program, ACE program, Advocate, Collaborate and Educate. They now have 402 members.
The Board discussed the President’s retirement party on June 1 at 4 pm at the Lismore.
Following the Board meeting the newly elected and appointed Board members joined the Board for a planning session for the new fiscal year, April 1, 2017, under the leadership of Tim Benedict, Benedict Refrigeration and facilitated by Bob McCoy.
The Board used the Horizons 2025 program agenda, which was developed by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. The eight areas reviewed include: The Nature of Belonging & Gathering, Communication & Technology, Scarcity & Abundance, Global Impacts, Population Shift, Political & Social Fragmentation, Resource Alignment and Catalytic Leadership.
The new Business Plan and Budget will be reviewed and approve at the February 21, 2017, Board meeting.