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Lack of manpower leaves Grandview chamber in trouble

Without more volunteers, Grandview stands to lose several popular community events currently sponsored by the Grandview Chamber of Commerce, according to chamber president Lonnie Hendrickson.

“We are at risk of not be-ing able to function,” he said.

Hendrickson said he fears the chamber is in danger of abandoning most of its sig-nature events due to a lack of manpower. While he didn’t go so far as to suggest disbanding the chamber board, “…we do need more members willing to serve on the board and to be involved in the events that the chamber sponsors,” he said.

The decades old chamber is in serious need of leaders on its board of directors since the recent departure of three strong board members.

Leaving the chamber’s leadership board are long-time members Cookie Shannon, the current board secretary, who is moving out of the community, Melody Smith, the board treasurer, who had announced last year this would be her final year on the board, and Bryce Humphries, whose job responsibilities have changed. Hendrickson said the board is left with his wife, Andrea Hendrickson, Mike Bradshaw, Kathy Charvet, Todd Thornock and himself.

Hendrickson said the Grandview chamber board met last week to nominate its 2014 slate of officers.

“We didn’t have enough people to put together an executive board for next year,” he said.

“The departure of Shan-non, Humphries and Smith leaves the chamber board shorthanded,” he said.

Currently, he and Thornock make up the rem-nants of the chamber’s executive board.

Hendrickson said he is worried that without at least 10 community representa-tives willing to step up to handle chamber business it will be unable to continue to function.

“We have been struggling for quite some time due to a lack of manpower and now leadership,” he said.

“Our concern is that our chamber board as it stands cannot sustain events which in the past have been en-joyed by the community,” he said.

The first of the chamber’s community event casualties was the popular Grandview Grape Stomp. Normally sponsored by the chamber, the annual event was can-celled last month, “…because we couldn’t get enough volunteers to help out at the event,” Hendrick-son said.

He noted that events like the Grandview community parade, the car show, the community awards banquet, the Grandview float, Grandview’s participation in the tri-chamber social and the annual chamber auction will suffer.

Hendrickson said the chamber bylaws calls for the board to consist of up to 20 members.

“We (the board) feel that the community cannot be properly serviced without more involvement and more members to serve on the board.

“Volunteers need to be in-volved in the events the chamber sponsors,” he said.

With Grandview chamber membership just shy of 40 members, Hendrickson is hoping community members will step up to continue some or all of the popular community events.

Anyone wishing to con-tact Hendrickson about possible chamber board or event participation may call him at 822-2879 or call Thornock at 832-1620.

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