One specific item that our Board Chairman, Dave Politte, mentioned at the Chamber Mixer on June 6, was a renewed focus on member retention, and specifically, our recognition of members.
We want to make sure our members are getting the most out of their membership, and feel comfortable giving suggestions for improvements. Our staff is implementing a plan to assign each member to a staffer who will try to reach out a few times a year with a personal contact. Of course, we always welcome you to visit our office, and we look forward to visiting at your place as well. With over 500 members, we want to do a better job of making sure no ne is getting lost in the shuffle!
Another way we are hoping to give more attention to our members is by recognizing membership milestones at some of our events! Beginning in 2020, we will implement the following schedule:
Business Breakfast Meeting (January)
New Members from Previous Year
25, 30, and 40-Year Anniversaries
Chairman's Circle (Members 50 years or more!)
Summer Mixer (June)
10 and 20-Year Anniversaries
One other new perk that we have started is a drawing at each event for two tickets to the following event. Each member business that has a representative at the event is entered into a drawing (one entry per member - you don't get extras for sending lots of people, although we always love that!). We'll choose a winner and announce it before the event is over. It's just another way we want to show our appreciation for the members that continue to support our Chamber and community. **Congrats to Bank of Washington, who won the drawing at the 2019 Summer Mixer - they get two free tickets to the Member Luncheon (Monday, October 7)!
As always, you also have opportunities to promote your business by updating your online member listing and submitting content for the blog (we always need more Member Features and Ask The Expert Columns), or sponsoring events. Plus, keep an eye out for advertising options in some upcoming publications as well!
Our annual summer mixer was scheduled for Thursday, June 6. Of course, the entire region was going crazy with Stanley Cup fever... we couldn't cancel a favorite event for so many members, but missing the game was NOT an option! Luckily, with a little help from the City of Washington and the Washington Fire Department, we were able to project the game for those who wanted to watch! We started the program a bit early, and members got updates from Chamber Chairman Dave Politte and Fair Co-Chairman Jon Ballmann. Then it was off to the serving lines for a delicious meal from B & B BBQ. I (Amanda) would be lying if I said I didn't go back for a whole plate of mashed potatoes for our table to share. Everyone was both shocked and grateful!
It was great to see our members come together and enjoy a beautiful night at the fairgrounds. We celebrated our great community, networked, enjoyed a fantastic meal, and watched an amazing hockey game. Let's Go Blues, and Thank You Washington!
How easy is it for people to find your business on the our website?
Our Directory has a number of categories to help, so please take a few moments to review yours!
To find out what categories are currently associated with your account, go to the Chamber homepage, click Directory, and then type your business name in the search bar. The search function will suggest pages for you, so select yours to get to "your" page on the Chamber site. Once on your member page, your categories are listed under your business name.
Would you like to be listed in more categories? No Problem!! Check our list below for current categories, and then contact Amanda to have your profile updated, or request your own username and password to make updates yourself. **User account invitations were sent to all members without a log-in on Thursday, April 11. Check your junk mail and then contact Amanda if you didn't receive one!
This is also a great time to see what other updates you need to make on your page, too! If you don't have a logo, pictures, and social accounts linked, please send that information to Amanda, or sign into your account to make the changes.
CHAMBER DIRECTORY CATEGORIES (See a printable list HERE)
Since 2015, we have hosted a Ladies' Golf Day unlike any other...
Teams, made of 3 ladies, bid on their final player/caddy, a male, and his prize package!
Packages are valued at $200 or more.
Participants are spoiled with a great lunch, drinks, cart rental, and golf, plus pizza at the end of the day.
For more information, please contact Cheryl Quennoz at the Chamber office - (636) 239-2715 x102.
Thank you to the following businesses for supporting our Chip and Ale Ladies' Golf Day!
Buzz Sutherland is a man whose smooth blend of home spun characters and outrageous facial expressions keep audiences rolling with laughter. Besides performing in major comedy clubs across the country, Buzz has opened for many big name acts and has appeared on HBO's "Comic Relief," MTV's "Half Hour Comedy Hour" and as the host of Disney/KPLR's "Kids Connection." Buzz's style of comedy is contagious as he plays with the audience rather than talking to them. He is sincerely and seriously committed to entertain audiences with humor that is "98% clean and 100% funny."
“It’s All About Family”
What is the key to personal and professional success? Quite simply, it's family! If we all take the skills and knowledge we get from growing up in a family, then we have more of a head start to success than you would ever imagine. Treat each person in a work day with the same attention, eye contact, and focus you would a family member and watch what this simple change does to empower your communication abilities and your own self-confidence.
Whether listening to the brilliantly simple observations of his eight-year-old daughter, learning to think outside the box from his four-year-old son, or the simple art of patience he's learned from his wife, professional speaker Buzz Sutherland will take you on a hysterical journey into how we can all improve our day-to-day experiences. Because when it comes to success in your personal or professional life...It's All About Family.
Buzz will be our featured speaker at the Chamber Banquet - Saturday, March 16, 2019. More details here!
The Member Luncheon is quickly approaching! The event will be held in the main hall at the Knights of Columbus in Washington (1121 Columbus Ln) on Monday, September 24.
This year, the event will be catered by Droege's Catering Company.
Red Potato Salad
Green Beans w/ Ham
Rolls & Butter
Assorted Cookies & Brownies
Tea, Lemonade, Water
The program will include the presentation of the Outstanding Young Professionals Class of 2018. Thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate someone. We had a lot of qualified candidates! A representative from the Young Ambassadors, a new joint steering committee formed by the Chamber, Downtown Washington, and the City of Washington, will report on upcoming plans for the Young Professionals networking group.
Tickets to the Member Luncheon are $12/person. Please RSVP to Cheryl (636-239-2715 x102) by Friday, September 14 if you would like to attend the luncheon. Payment is due Monday, September 17 and can be brought to the Chamber Office (323 W Main Street) or mailed to PO Box 752, Washington, MO 63090.
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