A Message from our Board Chair
By 2017 Board Chair Corina Knott
Here we are at the half year mark as your Board of Directors Chair for our great Chamber. Six months has truly flown by, and what a busy six months it has been!
Going into this year I had lots of big plans. What do they say about the best laid plans?? Needless to say we’ve had to go back to the drawing board. I will have to admit that in the beginning I felt like I was staring at a blank page. But now, 6 months in our Chamber year, I want to share some of our accomplishments.
Kelly Wallace stepped in as Interim President and I have enjoyed working with her to get things done at the Chamber. Most notably will be the culmination of the Capital Campaign started 7 years ago to provide much needed updates to the historic Yelvington-Lee house. As I type, the carpet is being ripped up, cabinets are being refaced, and our Chamber of Commerce is getting a much needed face lift. I applaud the work Kelly has done to bring this project to completion, and look forward to welcoming you all back into our unique house once the project is finished.
Our Chamber committees are working diligently on their plans of work. Marketing continues to run with the new branding campaign, and I am working with Kelly in creating a comprehensive marketing timeline to be used for all events. Economic Development has met with both Smithfield and Selma town officials to better understand how we can support their economic development efforts. Stay tuned for some big things to come out of those planning meetings. Education is on a well-deserved hiatus for the summer. They continue to produce great events recognizing both students and teachers who are doing great things in and for our community. CWBN has had a banner year and in just 6 months already raised $4500.00 for our scholarship fund! Our Ambassadors have reminded us that all work and no play is no fun at all and hosted a fabulous March Membership Madness event and is now planning ChamberFest 2017. We have been busy and I am so proud and appreciative of our board of directors who work full time and give so much to our Chamber.
I always say “Someone is sitting in shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago”…Well..maybe Warren Buffett said that, but it is a good thought. We are in a new era of the Chamber and in my year I am just laying seeds, we are irrigating the field and I know the work we are doing today will provide lots of shade in the years to come. I look forward to our new growth and I deeply appreciate you all as we work together to make that growth possible.