I have successfully completed one month as your Chamber president, and I’m happy to say that the Chamber is still in operation.
Month two and three, however, bring challenges for me personally. The first was Feb. 6 at the Chamber Annual Dinner. For the first time in my life I spoke publicly in front of 300-plus people. No small task for even the most confident speakers, but for me, I am only used to speaking in front of 50 – 100 people at my place of business on topics I am more than comfortable discussing.
The second challenge comes on March 1 as I attempt to complete the Chamber Chill 5K. Yes, I have run 5Ks in the past, but I may have been in a little better shape and perhaps a bit younger when that happened. Luckily, walking is allowed. I hope you will join me and all the other walker/runners on March 1 on the Des Moines Area Community College Campus for the second Annual Chamber Chill! It’s a lot of fun, and once you get moving, you don’t even realize it’s chilly.
So what challenges do you or your business face? Is there a goal you would like to accomplish that would help your business move to the next level if only you could conquer that one thing? By getting involved in the Chamber, you will make contacts that can help you or, better yet, expose you or your business to something new that might take you to that next level professionally or personally. Until you get involved, you really don’t know how far you can go with what the Chamber can offer.
I hope to see you at the Chamber Chill on March 1. In the meantime, if there is anything I can do to help any of our members, please feel free to contact me.