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Volunteers keeping Summit Chamber afloat

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SUMMIT COUNTY – When financial troubles caused the Summit County Chamber of Commerce to lay off its staff of three in July, the chamber board assured its members that services would continue as usual. And after restructuring its services, the Chamber’s sticking to its word – in large part due to an outpouring of support from volunteers and local businesses.

“I think we’re doing pretty well,” said Rob Waterman, the Chamber board president. “It’s moving along and I’m becoming more and more optimistic. We’re setting up committees and the Diplomats (a group of dedicated Chamber volunteers) are taking a lot of responsibility over from staff.”

Waterman said Chamber volunteers are the “heart and soul” of the organization, enabling it to provide essential services, like organizing mixers, answering phones and e-mail, managing the website and putting out the newsletter.

“Chamber finances are stabilizing,” he added, and mixers are continuing to happen.

The Summit County Chamber’s next mixer is set for Sept. 17 at Alpine Bank in the Dillon Ridge shopping center.

“They’re celebrating their 10th anniversary at the main branch,” Waterman said. “There’s no admission and they’re going to make a contribution to the Chamber for every Chamber member that shows up. … They’re really stepping up to help us out.”

Waterman also said the Chamber is moving forward with plans to hold the annual COO breakfast, where heads of all the ski resorts have a kickoff in the fall.

“It’s a big event and we’re looking to continue that,” he said, adding that they’re currently looking for help to put it on.

To learn more about the Chamber or to volunteer, e-mail Waterman at waterman12@mindspring.com. Visit the chamber website at http://www.summitchamber.org.

Caitlin Row can be reached at (970) 668-4633 or at crow@summitdaily.com.

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