Tonia Stephenson Chamber Chat
January 15, 2014
Are you back into the groove yet for the year? You know what I mean — from mid November until about the second week of January, your schedule is just messed up. Because of things like New Year’s Day falling on a Wednesday, you suddenly have a week with two Mondays, not to mention having Christmas fall in the middle of the week. It takes a little while into January to get back into the routine of working full weeks and not scrambling to go shopping in the evenings or attending functions that we are blessed to have during the holiday season. I love the holidays, but there is something comforting about having a routine as well.
As you settle into your 2014 routine, I would like for you to consider something new. Have you ever considered joining a Chamber committee? We have some awesome committees and the people do great things, but they all could use new faces with fresh ideas. We have committees that meet monthly to discuss ongoing issues and we have committees that work for several months leading up to an event. They all need help; therefore, I’m inviting you to try one of our committees. You would probably meet someone new, learn something, and would definitely be a help to your Chamber and community.
In case you were wondering what committees you can serve on, let me tell you about them. If you have an interest in the educational system, how it relates to business and bridging the two, the Education Committee would be a great place for you. In a like manner, we have a Governmental Affairs committee, which works with all levels of government, from city to federal. Our GREEN Committee works tirelessly to make Scotland County cleaner and greener to make it more appealing for residents, visitors, and potential investors. If you are a professional in the area of Human Resources or Safety, we have a roundtable group that meets every other month to learn about rules, regulations, and best practices for their profession. Plant Managers have a group that meets every other month to provide support and information for these individuals.
For those of you who might like to make a difference in the programs/events we offer at the Chamber, we would welcome you to join one of those committees. These include the Annual Meeting, Laurinburg After Five, Chamber on the Half Shell Oyster Roast, and the Christmas Parade. Each of these events takes a group of committed individuals to make the event a success. These committees do not meet all year long, only a few months leading up to the event, however, these volunteers are invaluable to the success of the event.
In addition, we have a group of ambassadors, which also is our Membership Committee. This group of people is an extension of the staff. They help us call on new members, existing members, and attend events like ribbon cuttings, the Annual Meeting, and more. We are very grateful to have the help from these professionals who see the benefit of calling companies on behalf of the Chamber, a great networking tool. We have a Finance Committee which meets as needed to review the audits, prepare the budget, and review the financial position of the Chamber. Lastly, but certainly not least, if you are within the ages of 21 and 40, we have a Young Professionals Network (YPN Scotland) which gathers monthly to network, learn more about the community, and have an opportunity to see places they may otherwise not have the opportunity to see.
Like I said before, I would like to invite you to join a committee. We need you and know that you can make a difference in your Chamber by giving of your time and talents. In return, you will have an opportunity to network, learn, and grow. If you would like more information, please call us at the Chamber. We would love the opportunity to talk with you.