By Steve Guntli
The Birch Bay community came out in big numbers for the annual general membership (AGM) meeting on November 21.
The Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce has held the AGM for more than 20 years, but this year chamber directors wanted to go big. They rented out the Ferndale Events Center and fashioned the AGM as more of a social event than a meeting. More than 380 people came out to dance, drink and socialize, exceeding the chamber’s goal of 300 attendees.
“I look out here, and it warms my heart, because I see community,” said chamber director Jeff Carrington. “I see families, friends and co-workers. I see people coming together for one common cause, and that’s beautiful.”
Whatcom County Executive Jack Louws spoke on the progress for Birch Bay’s berm and beach park projects.
“I’ve always felt that a plan is a waste of time if you don’t enact it,” Louws said. “Well, we’ve got a plan for Birch Bay, and we’re making progress.” If everything falls into place, the beach park may be ready as soon as 2017, Louws said.
Chamber president Dave Hiller outlined some of the chamber’s progress over the last year, highlighting that the chamber’s membership increased from 109 members in 2013 to 142 members in 2014.
The AGM also provided chamber members the opportunity to cast their ballots for four new board members for 2015.
The four winners, Doralee Booth, Wayne Diaz, Billy Brown and Tammy Pierce will assume their offices in 2015.
The evening concluded with a live auction and a few hours of dancing, with music courtesy of The Replayzmentz.
For more information on the chamber and its upcoming projects, visit birchbaychamber.com.