While most Chambers of Commerce struggle through their annual membership drive, the Thurston County Chamber hosted a ‘Membership Event’ like none other! For two and a half days, February 16, 17 and 18, over 170 community leaders worked against the clock and against each other to sign up 240 new members. The event also created greater community awareness of the important role the Thurston County Chamber plays in community development, economic development, business services and a healthy community. “The real success was 170 business people coming together to gain a deeper understanding of the role of the Chamber in the community and then sharing that message with their peers. And, we had a lot of fun in the process, “said David Schaffert, President/CEO.
The 170 community volunteers who participated in the event were led by:
- Liz Davis, NW Venture Philanthropy
- Jim Greene, Greene Realty
- John Kaufman, Kaufman Brothers
- Drew Phillips, Forma Construction
- Perry Shea, SCJ Alliance
- Mike & Brenda Williams, TAGS Awards & Specialties
- Dan O’Neill, O’Neill and Sons
- Tanya Jernigan, DTI
- Renee Sunde, City of Olympia
- Tim Shaw, ThurstonTalk.com
Those who participated in the Chamber’s Membership Event had the opportunity to hear Schaffert share the Chamber’s message, garnering support of 240 new members. That message is that the Thurston County Chamber of Commerce is made up of the membership, and together, we are building community. This happens by tackling the tough issues, from transportation to education, creating opportunity and visibility for members, and understanding that more members translates into more opportunity for all. The Chamber is a champion of Thurston County, working hard to bring new business and opportunity to our community.
The Thurston County Chamber is our region’s largest chamber serving over 1,350 members, and has been promoting economic prosperity across Thurston County for over 140 years.