April 2012 Presidents Message
Wow what a March it was. Many great things happened with the Chamber. At our Luncheon we had another great turnout of over 50 members, Debbie Dane spoke to us about the NEW Southern Idaho Tourism mobile app and about other things going on in our area on tourism. The Women’s Seminar and Expo Committee is in full swing and are planning the BEST event ever. The Mark Moorman/Regatta golf scramble committee is working hard to get a great event planned as well. Idaho had its first ever Republican Caucus and what a great turnout it had. These are just a few things that went on and are going on right now.
Also, I just returned from the Northwest Chamber Leadership Conference in Coeur d’ Alene along with Ron Christensen and Kae Cameron. What a great conference it was and a big eye opener as well.
I think that the main thing that I took away from the conference was presented by Dave Kilby who has been part of the chamber business for the last 30 + years. His presentation was on “Winning Strategies for 2012 and beyond”. He stated that there were 3 strategies that we need to do as a Chamber and business owners to make 2012 and beyond great. They are 1.) CHANGE 2.) INNOVATION and 3.) RISK.
1.) CHANGE: I hope you would all agree that the way we do business today is not the same as it was even 10 years ago. We have to continually change how we do business to keep up with all the different challenges that we face. The same goes for the Chamber of Commerce, if we are not continually changing what we are doing to accomplish the goals that have been set for you our members then we are failing. I believe we have taken great strides in keeping up with change in the last few years and we will continue to change to give you, our members, greater Value.
2.) INNOVATION: We must continue to be innovative with new ideas, and programs to help you our members to make our Chamber stronger and more effective.
3.) RISK: We must be willing to take Risks. As business owners every one of us have taken big risks just to start our own companies, and we take many risks throughout each week, month, and year to better our positions. We as a Chamber also need to take Risks to further our position in the community we live.
So you all know that the focus of the Chamber in 2012 is to Create more Value for you our members, and that is Goal we have set out to do. To accomplish this goal we must Change, be more Innovative, and take some calculated Risks. Our April luncheon is at Conner’s Café on the 12th, we are planning a great luncheon and we need to see you all there. It would be record setting to see 100 members there to participate in the discussion. This luncheon will be like none you have ever been to, and I would like to invite you all to attend.
I would like to take the opportunity to express my deepest gratitude to you all for being a part of our community and our Chamber. We value you all and want to do our part to help you and your businesses. Have a great month.