Chamber board members elected
The Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce held its 2013 annual meeting via electronic correspondence Saturday morning.
The nominating committee’s nominees were elected by acclamation. President Shawn Lisk declared Stephen Pedrick of French-Reneker-Associates Inc., a member in good standing; Chad Romer of Hy-Vee, a member in good standing; and Zach Sobek, Fairfield True Value, a member in good standing, elected to their first three-year term to expire at the end of 2017 on the Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, effective Jan. 1.
Lisk also declared Susan Gail, a member in good standing; and Michael Halley, a member in good standing, duly elected to their second three-year term to expire at the end of 2017 on chamber board of directors effective Jan. 1.
In his report, Lisk wrote: “One of the primary objectives of the Chamber of Commerce is to celebrate success and focus on the positives in our community. The Chamber advocates for all of its 320 members and that makes your Chamber the single most powerful voice for the business community. Throughout this year, our business relationships have remained strong, attendances at our events have grown and the Chamber staff continues to seek ways to serve our membership. We remain optimistic about the economy, continuing to provide networking and educational opportunities while adding initiatives to help grow business in Fairfield. We have held some educational seminars and really worked on a Leadership Fairfield movement which will help to have a group of future leaders learn more about Fairfield and the diverse businesses in town. This was organized and a lot of time spent in working out the logistics to partner with Indian Hills Community College. We hope to have a new group start in the Fall of 2014. We share your goals of making Fairfield the best community to live, work, raise a family, and conduct business.”
In the treasurer’s report, Lisk wrote: “The Chamber’s 2013 balance sheet reflects an increase in reserve assets, mainly in the area of the organization’s investments. The financials are prepared by certified public accounting firm and submitted and reviewed by the full board on a monthly basis. The Chamber should see an increase in the balance sheet and an overall improvement in financial position compared with 2012. This has enabled the board to authorize donating some money back to the community for some very important issues that will help increase the quality of life in Fairfield and hopefully bring more qualified employees to our town.
“The board of directors is continually reviewing the membership fee structure and trying to simplify it along with making sure it is equitable and fair to all members. The membership dues along with an aggressive program of works, will be the foundation to generate funds for the future operational and member service expenditures.