FCC Highlight Reel:
No Quiet on the Chamber Front
by Kirby LindsayThe most recent Fremont Chamber of Commerce (FCC) Board of Directors meeting, held February 24th, covered a wealth of information, and confirmed, for anyone that still needed convincing, that there is a whole lot going on in this community.
So Many Things To Do
The meeting began with a surprisingly brief report on the Fremont Street Fair, now the responsibility of the Chamber, until Phil Megenhardt, of Bold Hat Productions (the company actually producing the Fair for the FCC) arrived late. He filled in details, including the possibility of FairRewards kiosks being located throughout the fairgrounds. The 2010 Fair now a web site, poster art, entertainment and vendor sign ups.
During his report, Megenhardt also mentioned other Fremont events Bold Hat will produce this year including Hop Scotch (April 24 & 25) and a geocaching event for Groundspeak on July 4th. He also initiated a discussion on capacity methods and mediation for the Chamber fundraiser, Fremont Oktoberfest (September 24 - 26).
Discussion of upcoming events brought up others, with first being the Red, White & Dead Zombie Walk on July 3rd. Suzie Burke mentioned the upcoming 10th Anniversary celebration of the Rotary Club of Fremont, to be held at Theo Chocolate. Anne Helmholtz invited all to the Literacy Source breakfast on May 5 at Seattle Pacific University. Also, Solid Ground will hold their luncheon on May 21st. Fremont Abbey Arts Center will hold an event, still to-be-determined, in the Fremont Village (Upper Fremont) on May 1, and a fundraiser for the arts program at B.F. Day Elementary School on April 24th.
Yet More Ways To Make Trouble
The Marketing/Membership committee seeks volunteers for the new FCC Ambassador Program. This program encourages Chamber members to get out in the neighborhood for distribution of information on Chamber programs, the neighborhood, and the volunteer’s own business, or cause. FCC President (and Edward Jones representative) Marko Tubic, who has done this in the past, has raved about how connected it made him feel to our community.
Following a report by FCC Executive Director Jessica Vets on the previous month’s activities (“we’ve had more meetings than ever before,” she stated,) the Board discussed hiring a work/study student to assist Vets. The Board agreed, having seen how, in only her second year, Vets has seriously built up the Chamber, and Fremont’s activity level.
Jon Hegeman gave a Troll Report that had nothing to do with the sculpture. He has encountered a comic, costumed performance troupe, Big Nazo that includes mountain trolls. Hegeman would like to contract with the “absolutely mesmerizing” Rhode Island based company to create Fremont’s own troupe of articulated, troll costumes. “Fremont culture needs to be reanimated,” Hegeman stated, and this troupe, “has Rock Star possibilities.”
The meeting ended with a request from the Chamber web master (Pat Carr) for testimonials for the web site, and from a Chamber blogger (yours truly) for everyone to check out the blog. While electronic monitoring of the Chamber may fill-in blanks, the best way to learn what is going on is to attend an FCC Board meeting. Held on the last Wednesday of each month (next one on March 31st) at 8 a.m. at History House (790 North 34th St), the meetings are open to the public and everyone, awake, is welcome!
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