By Lowell Gordon, The Creative Office
One thing I’ve always loved about the Lacey Chamber of Commerce is that things are constantly busy. Well, that’s the understatement of the year. With the recent sad announcement that our Executive Director Tony Salas has resigned, not only have things gotten busy, but they’ve gotten crazy busy. Tony has led our Chamber in remarkable ways the past few years and he’ll be greatly missed. His hard work and dedication has amazed me. To name a few of his many accomplishments, Tony helped us create the “Think Chamber First” campaign, helped to get the South Sound BBQ Festival started, kept the 3rd of July Fireworks alive, and brought stability back to the Chamber. His passion for the Chamber and desire to ensure its continued success never ceased. We’ve been fortunate to have him as our executive director. THANK YOU, MR. SALAS. We wish you well. Tony will be moving on to new adventures in Mount Vernon, Washington, to be with his family and we wish you all the best.
Upon receiving Tony’s resignation, I quickly assembled a search committee. As I write this, we’ve narrowed down our list of candidates to our few finalists. We hope to be announcing our new executive director soon.
While we’re busy finding our new executive director, we’re also busy planning for our upcoming 25th Annual Golf Tournament, scheduled for June 7th at The Golf Club at Hawks Prairie. Tee off will be at 8:00 a.m. If you haven’t put your foursome together yet, please do so right away. If you’d like to be a sponsor, it’s not too late. Contact the Chamber office and we’ll be glad to assist you.
We’re also preparing for our 3rd annual South Sound BBQ Festival on July 6 at Huntamer Park. This is a family oriented, fun-filled event for the entire family to enjoy. I would encourage you to get involved in this event as it’s a great way to meet others and help your Chamber. It’s also a great event to promote your business through a variety of sponsorship opportunities. Please contact the Chamber office for more information.
This month’s March Forum topic is our State of the City address and our speaker is Lacey City Manager Scott Spence. Scott will bring us up to date with what’s happening in our community. You won’t want to miss his dynamic and exciting presentation!