Strong Committees – The Backbone of the Chamber

Chamber Staff - Dixie Johnson, Executive Director

 
by Dixie Johnson
Executive Director
Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce

This article was published in the “Community Perspective” column
of  The Sheridan Press, September 3, 2011.

The Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce has seven very active committees that are vital to our organization.  It is because of the dedication of committee members that the Chamber is able to help promote a healthy business and economic climate for our area. 

The Agriculture, Natural Resources, Public Lands Committee strives to create a better understanding and appreciation of agriculture, natural resources and public lands within our community through programs of a civic, social and cultural nature.  They represent the business community and promote collaboration to increase the public’s awareness and understanding of current political and legislative issues concerning agriculture, natural resources and public lands as they arise.  Annually, this committee sponsors the 4-H/FFA Buyers’ Reception, supports the Farmer’s Markets, and provides educational opportunities and forums. 

The Chamber Ambassadors Committee (aka The Red Coats) is comprised of 36 leaders from various member businesses.  This group serves as the high profile representatives of the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce.  They work hard to promote new business, encourage progressive growth in established businesses and promote conventions, tourism and recreation in the Sheridan County area.  They also officially greet visiting dignitaries, welcome new businesses to the community and celebrate grand openings.  Annually, the Chamber Ambassadors serve the Community Holiday Dinner, provide pictures with Santa during Stroll, conduct numerous ribbon cuttings, and volunteer at many events and parades in our area.

The Fundraising Committee’s main purpose is to help raise funds to support the Sheridan County Chamber’s programs and committees.  Many of the committees currently raise funds for specific projects; however, they may also receive funding support from this committee.  This year’s main fundraiser is the Chamberfest Toyota Giveaway, which is currently under way.    

The Governmental Affairs Committee’s mission is to be a conduit for ideas and information regarding public policy to flow between members, the board, local municipalities, and elected officials, in order to support the health of our communities and the mission of our Chamber.  Annually, this committee organizes and conducts legislative forums, as well as sponsors luncheons and programs with elected officials.

The Historic District Business Committee provides an upbeat forum for Sheridan area businesses in and around the historic district to collaborate and work to further economic prosperity.   The HDBC Committee is unique in that it is a joint committee of the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Sheridan Association.  Annually, this committee organizes Crazy Days and has been involved in the 3rd Thursday Street Festivals and Christmas Stroll.  Additionally, shopping local campaigns and promotions remain a top priority for the Historic District Business Committee.

Leadership Sheridan County is a Chamber Committee which changes annually. Each year, a new class of business and community leaders completes an eight month leadership program. Then, as graduates of the program, these leaders make up the Leadership Committee for the following year. They become responsible for the design and implementation of the next leadership program, under the direction of the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce. 

The Workforce Development Committee‘s mission is to build and reinforce work-related skills needed to succeed in today’s workforce by providing resources, mentoring, education and training for students and the community. Annually, this committee organizes Real Life Fair, Job Shadow Day, Career Expo, and new college student welcome packets, as well as provides educational and training opportunities through workshops and programs.

Thank you to our past and current volunteer committee members for your dedication to our Sheridan community. We invite you to take the first step in continuing to build a better community by becoming involved in one or more of our committees. For more detailed information on meeting dates and locations or to learn more, please give me a call at 672-2485.

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