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Chamber of Commerce

The concept of the Chamber of Commerce as a voluntary organization in the U.S. is eight years older than the Declaration of Independence. The New York State Chamber of Commerce, the first in America, was organized in 1768 and five years later the first local Chamber of Commerce was organized in Charleston, South Carolina.

The Milton-Freewater Area Chamber of Commerce was organized in 1945 with Sidney Reese as its first President.

The Milton-Freewater Area Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary organization dedicated to an agenda aimed at meeting what our members feel necessary to prosper. Our goal is to give our members value for their membership investment by offering extended educational classes and seminars, networking opportunities and maximum exposure through media publications, with our website and Facebook page.

Each year the Board of Directors identify specific goals in order to focus on what will really make a difference in the quality of life in our community. The program of work will be a strategic plan of action to guide the Board, staff and member volunteers in accomplishing the mission of the Chamber. Partnering with other area agencies gives the Chamber a broad base of support to offer programs designed to educate, inform and enhance skills essential to the success of any business.

The Milton-Freewater Area Chamber of Commerce believes that when men and women come together unselfishly on problems in which they have in common, progress will result.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Michelle Thacker, President – Baker Boyer Bank
Julie Culjak, President-Elect – Three Divas Beads
Merri Anne Huber, Treasurer – Earl Brown & Sons
Rob Johnson, Past President – Cayuse Technologies
Mike Watkins – City of Milton-Freewater
Larry Anderson – Balance Sheet
Carol Cole – Henry’s Ace Hardware
Susan Dohrmann – Century 21 Seaquist Real Estate
Gina Hartzheim – City of Milton-Freewater
Steve Irving – Columbia-Blue Mt RC&D
Tim Kennedy – Don Carlo Vineyard
Vicki Lee – Blue Mt. Valley Physical Therapy
Janet Millar – Visual Eyes/Vision Source
Mitch Odman – Farmers Insurance
Sandi Rowe – Community Bank
Sam Tucker – Monahan, Grove & Tucker

Not Pictured:
Heather Nygaard – Curves for Women
Kathryn Caldwell – Sykes Enterprises
Dr. Carl Wheeler – Wheeler Family Dental

CHAMBER MISSION STATEMENT
The Milton-Freewater Area Chamber of Commerce is an organization of professional and business members who together, in a planned manner, promote commerce, agriculture, community spirit and the quality of life in the Milton-Freewater area.

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