Birch Bay chamber invites public to annual meeting

AGM_SG-2By Steve Guntli

The Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce is wrapping up a busy year with its annual general membership (AGM) meeting on Friday, November 6.

The AGM will take place at the Ferndale Events Center. The meeting has been held for more than 20 years, but last year’s event was the first time organizers used the large Ferndale venue, opting for more of a festive atmosphere than a meeting. The AGM will feature live music from Birch Bay band The Replayzmentz, a catered buffet from Kelly’s O’Deli in Ferndale, live and silent auctions and a no-host bar.

“It’s been a great year for the chamber. We had a lot of successful events, and we’re looking forward to closing the books on this year and welcoming the next year,” said chamber coordinator Sarah Pinkey.

A half-hour meeting for chamber members only before the AGM will give members a chance to elect their new board of directors. This year five seats are up for reelection. Current president Jeff Carrington, executive secretary Carrie Beck and directors Pam Hansen and Gary Gibbons will not be running for reelection this year. Mike Kent, the current vice president, is the only member with an expiring term who will run again.

So far, six new candidates have thrown their hats into the ring: Jesse Creydt, Yvonne Lindquist Munn, Josh Peterson, LaVinia Reneau, Toni Sutherland and Sarah Weightman. Candidates for the board of directors have until Friday, October 30 at 3 p.m. to submit their name for consideration.

These are unpaid volunteer positions that carry two-year terms. To apply, visit birchbaychamber.com or visit the Birch Bay visitor information center at 7900 Birch Bay Drive.

The AGM will open to the public at 6 p.m. Admission is $25 for an advance ticket or $30 at the door. Groups can also reserve seating for $200 for a table of eight or $250 for a table of 10.

To make reservations and for more information on the AGM schedule, visit birchbaychamber.com.

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