Chamber looking for new directors


With its general membership meeting slated for Nov. 30, the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce is looking to fill three possible vacancies on its board of directors.
As such, the Chamber is putting out a call to members to put their names forward for appointment or election (if need be) to the board.
Chamber manager Anthony Mason said being a director is a good way to network as well as help contribute to the success of local business.
“If people are interested in seeing the business community thrive, you have to take a special interest in the business community,” Mason remarked.
“Sitting on the Chamber, and making sure things happen, is one way to do that.”
If just enough people come forward to fill the vacancies, they’ll be appointed.
If more than enough do so, there will be an election.
Anyone interested in putting their names forward, or just to get more information about being a Chamber director, should contact Mason at 274-5773 by Tuesday, Nov. 23.
Individuals do not need to be a business owner to sit on the board, but your affiliated business must belong to the Chamber.
The board meets over the lunch hour on the fourth Tuesday of each month, excluding July and August.
Directors also are requested to serve on two Chamber committees, such as the one for the home and leisure show.
Mason noted these committees usually only have short meetings, and do not meet very often, so they are not too much of a time commitment.
The responsibilities of a Chamber director are:
•to help formulate and review various policies, proposed actions, programs, and projects so the best interests of the Chamber and community can be accomplished through concerted action;
•to provide the personal leadership, enthusiasm, and support necessary to help co-ordinate and build an effective organization geared to solving community problems; and
•to evaluate and act on issues which come, or should come, before the board of directors.
The objective of the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce is to serve its membership and be the recognized leader in influencing and affecting change for a favourable business climate in the area.
Its main goal is to improve trade and commerce, as well as the economic, civic, and social welfare of the district.