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Elk River Area Chamber of Commerce Hosts 50th Annual Meeting

September 19, 2019

FOR RELEASE: September 18th, 2019

Contact:  Debbi Rydberg
Company Name: Elk River Area Chamber of Commerce
Telephone Number: 763-441-3110
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Elk River, MN, September 18th, 2019
The Elk River Area Chamber of Commerce held its Annual Meeting on September 18th and honored retiring board members, installed new board members and officers, and recognized outstanding volunteers at The Links at Northfork.


Board of Directors
Retiring from the board are Dan Dixon, Ken Beaudry and David Monroy. They each completed their terms of service and we appreciate their dedicated loyalty. Joining the ERACC Board are new directors: Brian Bohnsack of Fleming Investment Group, John Houlton of First National Bank of Elk River, Katie Jendro of Hess Law Office, Deborah Leedahl of Kemper Drug, and Nicole Novotny of Guardian Angels Senior Services.
2018 Board Chair, Corey Wemple of The Bank of Elk River, passed the gavel to Cindy Hemmer of Distinctive Iron and then installed the new board officers: Linda Cockrell of HR&Q as Treasurer and Danyell Wendland of ABRA Auto Body & Glass as chair-elect. Corey reminded the members about their important role in helping grow and building the Chamber membership. “Times are changing. Business is changing. The one constant we have is our members. However, the role of our members is changing as well. Now, more than ever, we are asking that you as our members be advocates for the Chamber. The recruiting source we have for new chamber members is YOU! Be willing to explain what the Chamber does for you and what you gain as a business from being a Chamber member. Chamber membership drives Chamber success. I encourage you to be that driving force.”
As the new Board Chair, Cindy Hemmer gave the members an overview of her leadership plan to help grow and connect more with the business community. “I would like to say what an amazing group of people and community I have the honor of serving as Board Chair. This didn’t happen by accident – it takes careful planning and hearts that care enough to continually reach out to others. Yes, there are lot of other businesses and communities out there, but the difference here in Elk River is that we have a passion within the businesses and community to help build a sustainable tomorrow.”

Outstanding Volunteers
The Ambassador of the Year Award was presented to Christie Stang of North Central Insurance Agency. She was recognized for her generous commitment of time, support and inspiration to the Ambassador program. She has served as an Ambassador for three years, serves on the Golf Committee and is a Leadership Elk River graduate. The Ambassadors visit new members, new business owners and celebrate new locations through ribbon cuttings and attendance at other business events on behalf of the chamber.
The PACESetter Award was presented to Gina Artisensi-Skime, Banquet Director for The Crown Room at the Wellstead of Rogers. Gina has set the standard of teamwork, energy and dedication to the mission of the chamber. Gina has served the chamber on the Fall Event Committee for many years, currently serves on the Golf Committee and previously served for two terms on the chamber’s board of directors. She is a Leadership Elk River graduate.  Her commitment to the chamber can be seen in the way she volunteers her time and positive approach to generating new ideas or solving problems. 
The Keystone Award was given to Dan Dixon, CEO of Guardian Angels. Dan has been involved with the chamber since he become CEO of Guardian Angels in 2001 and has supported the chamber, its mission and its programs ever since. He has served as a board member twice for a total of 12 years, and served as board chair in 2005-2006.  He has also been an active sponsor of many of the chamber’s program and events and served on many committees including those for Government Relations and the Membership Appreciation BBQ. Dan is always quick to help whenever and wherever he is needed. He is always there to help and we hope he will continue to serve both the chamber and our business community for many years to come. 
The Elk River Area Chamber of Commerce, founded in 1968, represents over 350 local businesses. The chamber energizes the PACE of business through Promotion, Advocacy, Connections and Education. 
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Debbi Rydberg, Executive Director