Mixer kicks off reorganized Chamber of Commerce


There’s excitement being generated at the local chamber of commerce. New board members, new calendar of activities, a new phonebook, and a new name. 
The former Sequoia-Foothills Chamber of Commerce is being christened the Three Rivers Chamber of Commerce. At Tuesday night’s (May 8) mixer event, the board will unveil a new logo and reveal plans for upcoming events and activities. In addition, there is a phonebook committee and a new website coming that will be updated expressly for the promotion of Three Rivers businesses.
There are two carryover members from the former chamber board: Sheila Stone (All That Bookkeeping) and Darlene Mayfield (St. Anthony Retreat). Stone joined the board of the Sequoia-Foothills Chamber during the tenure of Leah Launey and her husband, Peter Sodhy.  Sodhy served as the board’s last president while Stone served on the former chamber’s board as treasurer and is currently president and treasurer on the new one.
“I wasn’t around in those days when the Sequoia-Foothills group was formed but the idea was that our group, including representatives of Sequoia National Park, would be a regional chamber with support from the other area cities,” Stone said. “The towns all had their own chambers but Three Rivers was difficult to find in the foothills group.”
Stone said the focus of the new chamber will be on the promotion of businesses in Three Rivers. The community is invited to attend the chamber’s mixer and meet the new board.  
The mixer event will be held at Three Rivers Brewing Company (41763 Sierra Drive) on Tuesday, May 8, beginning at 5:30 p.m.
The mixer will feature a special beer-and-cheese pairing, wine-tasting and, of course, locally made craft beer selections. More importantly, the gathering will offer an opportunity for local business persons and community members to network and get to know each other.   
The board members of the new Three Rivers Chamber of Commerce, in addition to Sheila Stone and Darlene Mayfield, are: Anne Lang (Anne Lang’s Emporium); Ete Rothenburg (Country Properties); Dayna Higgins (Three Rivers Brewing Company, Main Fork Art Station); and Nancy Brunson (independent contractor).
Stone said the board is seeking two more members to fill the remaining vacancies. The chamber meets at 8:30 a.m. on the third Tuesday of every month at Anne Lang’s Emporium and the public is always invited to attend. 
For more information, call 561-3300.  

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