Chamber looks forward to “fresh start”

Sundance Area Chamber of Commerce President presents Todd Kahler with an award commemorating his selection as Sundance’s Outstanding Citizen of the Year at the organization’s banquet on Friday.(Curt Moberg photo)

By Sarah Pridgeon

The Chamber of Commerce, having elected its board for 2012, will begin exploring a number of fresh plans and events for the coming year, says Reggie Gaylord, President. To launch the chamber in its chosen new directions, several subcommittees have been established, each focusing on a specific area of interest.

The board features Gaylord as President, Trudy Pridgeon as Vice President, Robyn Finch as Secretary and Jim Durfee as Treasurer.

The newly created subcommittees will focus on tourism, headed by Dave Mathis, the chamber’s website, led by Wes Pridgeon, economic development, with Ted Davis in charge, and retail and membership, both headed by Gaylord. The intention of the subcommittees is to divide the workload evenly among members of the chamber.

The chamber is also actively seeking new members, says Gaylord, particularly anyone interested in participating in one or more of the subcommittees. Residents who would like to know more about membership are encouraged to contact a member of the board.

Around 90 guests attended last weekend’s annual chamber banquet, held at Etta’s Fine Dining in honor of Todd Kahler, winner of Outstanding Citizen of the Year. Kahler and Moorcroft music teacher Joe Kissack brought out guitars and led a jam session that lasted until 11.30 p.m.

“We also had a surprise combo band for our honoree,” says Gaylord. “There was a lot of socializing – it was a fun evening,”

Upcoming events for the Chamber of Commerce include the Fourth Annual Quilt Show and the Show and Shine Car Show. Sundance residents are invited to contact a board member if they would like the chamber to be involved in a future event.