Cham­ber board hold­ing drive

The Standard Journal - - LIFESTYLES - SJ Cor­re­spon­dent

The Polk County Cham­ber of Com­merce has a mem­ber­ship in­creas­ing plan that in­volves skydiving, grilling hot dogs, and hit­ting staff mem­bers with pies.

Polk County’s Com­merce Cham­ber is a not­for- profit or­ga­ni­za­tion with the goal of sup­ply­ing in­for­ma­tion, re­sources, and de­vel­op­ment to lo­cal busi­nesses, ed­u­ca­tion, gov­ern­ment and in­dus­try. The cham­ber has 285 mem­bers count­ing busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als, but with such an im­por­tant re­spon­si­bil­ity in their hands, the cham­ber has set up a fam­ily feud­styled ri­valry to bring in more mem­bers.

The two teams are Team Britt, with team leader Britt Mad­den Jr.; and Team Cody, with team leader Cody Ni­chols.

These teams, de­ter­mined by each leader’s pick from the rest of the board at the April Cham­ber meet­ing.

Each team has been tasked with re­cruit­ing at least 40 new mem­bers, though as of the last board meet­ing ear­lier in the month of May had only one new mem­ber signed up for each team.

Team mem­bers can re­cruit any way they see fit. From word of mouth to ad­ver­tis­ing, as long as a new per­son joins the Cham­ber it counts for the team; how­ever, the group that fails to bring in forty mem­bers will be forced to watch as their team cap­tain is van­quished by a pie in the face.

Al­ter­na­tively, if both or nei­ther teams meet their quota, the team with the high­est new mem­ber count will be saved from the wrath of the pie.

The loser and pie vic­tim will be de­cided on June 1st at Skydive Space­land where grilled hot dogs and le­mon­ade will also be served. Skydive Space­land- a mem­ber of the Com­merce Cham­ber- gra­ciously agreed to host the event.

Along­side the op­por­tu­nity to see one of Polk’s ma­jor tourist at­trac­tions, chow down on food, and wit­ness a pie at­tack, cit­i­zens will have a golden op­por­tu­nity to in­ter­act with the cham­ber and help to en­rich the qual­ity of the city.

While the feud may be over on the 1st, cit­i­zens can en­roll to the cham­ber at any time.

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