Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

September 3, 2013

Chamber search could end soon

Barry Porterfield
Pauls Valley Democrat — Even the simple things are more of a struggle these days for a Pauls Valley organization still searching for the one person who will be its next leader.

The good news for the Pauls Valley Chamber of Commerce is that search could be over soon.

During a recent monthly meeting a few members of the chamber’s board of directors heard an announcement could come fairly soon as the group looks to find a new president.

The search became needed after Della Wilson resigned from the position she’d held for more than seven years.

Wilson, who had served as the chamber’s president since 2006, left the job in mid-July to take a position with a local and area bank.

“We’ve been working diligently to find a replacement,” chamber Chairman Howard Grider said during the meeting.

Grider was referring to a search committee made up mostly of chamber executive board members.

“We’ve been meeting two or three times a week for a least a month,” he said. “We’re doing this in our spare time so it’s a slow process.

“We still don’t have a replacement. We have a few good candidates.”

Grider revealed that search could possibly end any day with the naming of a new president, although this past week applications were still being accepted.

The chairman was quick to give plenty of credit to chamber office manager Lea Teves for holding things together since Wilson’s departure.

Teves’ work has included maintaining the chamber office and even organizing a couple of events, such as the recent back-to-school breakfast for school staff in Pauls Valley and Whitebead.

“Lea has been doing everything by herself,” he said.

Things like coming up with a new budget and other chamber activities have been more of a struggle these days without a president in place, Grider added.

In other chamber news Grider said the chamber hopes to establish a website this year, in addition to develop a plan for business sponsorships of event throughout the year.

Also coming up soon for the chamber is a legislative luncheon now scheduled for mid-September.

Allie Burgin, serving as the chamber’s legislative committee chairman, indicated the event will again feature state legislators and possibly Congressional officials or their representatives.

“It’s important to know what’s going on with our Legislature,” Burgin told the group.

“We will have our legislators come and speak to us at this luncheon.”

The legislative luncheon is set from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12 at the county fairgrounds in Pauls Valley. A free box lunch and drink will be provided.

Burgin added around 150 “concerned voters and taxpaying citizens” signed in at the chamber’s legislative breakfast in January and fall luncheon in 2012.

For more on the luncheon call Teaves at the chamber, 405-238-6491.