2013-01-20 / News

STC Chamber may vote to dissolve next month

Organization lacking leaders, participation
BY HILLARY GRIGONIS STAFF REPORTER

ST. CHARLES – Days may be numbered for the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce—with low meeting attendance and no leader, a possible vote to dissolve is on the agenda for the Feb. 5 meeting.

President Jay Gardner stepped down from his post on Dec. 31, 2012; Vice President Michael Wallace will retire from his position as superintendent of the schools April 1 and will no longer be able to help lead the group. Gardner said this week that no one had expressed any interest in taking a leadership role.

Attendance at meetings have also been down, Gardner said, with no retail members attending recent meetings. In a survey asking for more convenient meeting times, most members said they were just too busy.

While events like the annual car show and kids Christmas party help to promote the community, the Chamber activities do not promote the business community. “Whyarewepretendingtobeaachamber when in actuality, that isn’t what we are?” Gardner said.

At January’s meeting, the group discussed holding off on dissolving to see if interest changed; however, the group has already discontinued soliciting renewal of dues and the annual raffle and would not have any income coming in to pay for expenses.

If the group chooses to dissolve, paperwork would need to be filed with the state before it is final.

The chamber members have already discussed previously the possibility of another organization taking over the annual events, including the Golden Oldies Car show.

The meeting will be held at Nativity Lutheran Church at noon on Feb. 5.

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