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Grandview Chamber of Commerce in state of transition

GRANDVIEW - With the recent departure of its executive director, the Grandview Chamber of Commerce is currently in a state of transition.

Beth Bourgeois left her post at the end of last week and will join the management team at Provident Horizon in Sunnyside next week.

"The sad thing is I didn't want to go," said Bourgeois. But, she said, she needed benefits, like health insurance and retirement. "All the good reasons to leave."

Chamber board member Bryce Humpherys said, "Beth accepted a position with another organization. We are sad to see her go and thankful for the excellent work she provided for the chamber."

Elizabeth Hernandez is now serving as interim director for 90 days, Humpherys said.

"The chamber hired (her) to fill the executive director position on an interim basis while the chamber conducts a full search for someone to fill the position on a permanent basis," he added.

He said the board is focused on conducting a thorough search in an effort to find the best person possible for the position. The board has not yet determined each step of the hiring process for a new director, but applications are available at the chamber office and can be dropped off at Washington Mutual Bank.

According to Cookie Shannon, also a chamber board member, the application process will close on Feb. 24, as there is a board meeting on Feb. 26.

Prior to her exit, Bourgeois sent out an email to the organization's members containing a survey as to how the chamber can better serve its members.

"I think the chamber survey may be due to the fact that we have a lot of chamber members but very few attend the meetings, even though we have excellent speakers and programs," Shannon said.

Shannon said the chamber "needs everyone's input and support to continue to offer the things that we do right now."

The chamber will host a special meeting on Saturday, Feb. 28, from 9 a.m. to noon at YVCC's Grandview campus to brainstorm ideas on how to proceed, she said.

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