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From the Chamber President

Hello Friends,

From the Chamber President

My name is Michelle Thacker and I am the 2012 Chamber President. I have been serving on the Chamber Board since 2007. Eastern Oregon has been my home for over 36 years. Our valley is enriched with nearby mountains, rivers, lakes and riding trails. We have a variety of schooling options for our children including public and private educations. We take pride in our younger generation by attending many events including sporting games, rodeos, livestock shows and musical performances. For those who love to volunteer, there are over a dozen clubs and organizations always looking for new members. Our community thrives on volunteerism; we have community spirit!

Our local businesses, including the Chamber of Commerce, have economic challenges ahead of us. Daily, our businesses evaluate practices to see what they can do to make their businesses more successful and thrive in this ever-changing environment. Recently, the Chamber adopted the process of using an online newsletter distributed monthly. This has been a cost saving measure, but it also delivers the upcoming month’s news in a more timely fashion, besides being environmentally friendly. In our newsletter you will find upcoming events, strategic business classes, ribbon cuttings and local announcements. We have also started advertising using multi-media sources such as Facebook and increased our radio ad campaigns to keep our members informed of local business events. The Chamber is an advertising tool for its members.

As neighbors, we need to support each other’s businesses to remain successful. When shopping for your next purchase and comparing price, quality and customer service, please take one more factor into consideration. How is this business giving back to our community? I am confident you will find our local businesses support our community with their nominal donations and many hours of volunteer work. Let’s keep our valley our home and shop locally from our neighborly merchants who give back to our community, all year long.


Michelle Thacker
President, Milton-Freewater Area Chamber of Commerce

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