THANK YOU FOR A GREAT YEAR!
Words fail me as I try to express my appreciation for the outstanding work displayed by our members, board, and administrative team at OrgSupport. We accomplished a great deal in 2014 because of their dedication to the mission of the Tumwater Chamber to Inform, Promote, and Advocate for Businesses and the Community we serve. One important focus that helped us succeed was our vision: Be the Leader Connecting People and Places to Tumwater.
The Tumwater Chamber faced the challenge of having to change its business model at the beginning of 2014; but we committed to clear purposes and determined we would set new goals and objectives based on a simple philosophy: “Deliver on our Promises.” We rolled up our sleeves and knowing that it was going to be a long and demanding journey, we decided to engage in a clearly identified set of goals in the interest of our community and our members.
We were active in addressing local government leaders that affect our business in Tumwater by meeting regularly with the City Mayor and staff, giving regular reports on the Chamber’s mission, objectives and accomplishments, and we continued to pursue their involvement in the monthly Forum’s to keep our business community informed. We developed a small incubator program to maximize use of our asset in Tumwater and opened the doors to Tumwater’s only art gallery. We hope you give them your support and come out to explore the diversity of art by amazing local artists from all over the region.
The Chamber also partner with the City to support Screen on the Green and the community enjoyed the first “Root Beer Float Bar” during one of the August movie events at the Tumwater Golf Club. We also became a sponsor of the Thunder Rumble (5K & 10K for AUSA fundraising event) – supporting the transition of our military personnel as they return home. It was a joy to share plentiful treats for all participants.
The future on our community and our nation lies on the shoulders of our younger generations, and that is why the Chamber is excited to support activities that prepare students through the popular Mentor & Learn program. This annual initiative offers students the opportunity to interview and hear from local business owners about their journey and preparations for career choices which the students will make in the near future. We also focused efforts on developing a better website which is live and ready for member renewals now!
In addition to the new website, the Chamber is excited to launch the first visitor map of our area in early 2015. We heard from our members, leaders, and community residents about the need to provide a tangible item to tell people what is in Tumwater and how to get to it. So we invite our business community to “Be on the Map.” Our community is what it is because of you – so continue to get involved and please accept our invitation to you to be an active part of your Tumwater Chamber by being a part of any of the committee teams.
We look forward to 2015 with great anticipation. Best wishes for a wonderful and healthy holiday season.
Clarita Mattox, President