Chamber membership drive reaches news heights

December 23, 2010

The Herald-Citizen - Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010

‘Reach the Summit’ was the theme of this year’s Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Membership Drive. Chamber volunteers geared up to climb ‘Membership Mountain’ to reach the summit of 150 new members.

Twelve teams worked tirelessly to help the Chamber reach its annual membership goal of 150 new members. These teams include Bank of Putnam County, bankers at large, Chamber Ambassadors, Chamber Board of Directors, Community Bank of the Cumberlands, Cookeville Regional Medical Center, First National Bank, First Tennessee Bank, the hoteliers, J & S Construction, and Tennessee Tech University.

“Wow! Today’s workforce wears more hats and does more with less than in previous years,” said Dianne Callahan, Chamber membership services director. “I am so impressed with the businesses and their employees in spite of all that is required of them. They still make time to give to other organizations and their mission.”

The Chamber would like to recognize the top producing teams as well as top-producing individuals.

Community Bank of the Cumberlands was the number one team for the third straight year, bringing in 25 new members! The Chamber Ambassadors were not far behind them with 22 new members. The Bank of Putnam County team came in third with 18 new members, followed by J & S Construction with 15.

Jewell Miller with the Bank of Putnam County led her team with the most new members and brought in the highest dollar amount. Miller received a top prize of $500. J & S Construction’s Misty Simpson received a North Face jacket provided by Cumberland Mountain Outdoor Sports for being the second highest individual producer. Chamber Ambassador Phillip Baker placed third as an individual producer and received an Oreck vacuum cleaner.

Don Viar of Epic Technologies was this year’s Membership Campaign chair.

“Each year the chair seems to set the tone of the campaign with their unique style and special talents. Don was an outstanding chair who knows how to work smart and strategically to make things happen,” Callahan said.

“Every year I am humbled by the conscience effort our volunteers expend to reach our goal,” Callahan said, “and how much they care about their Chamber and their community.”

“I appreciate all the hard work from our teams to grow our Chamber membership,” said Viar, “but we had even more fun along the way.”

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