Chamber Announces New Board Nominees

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Although nominations will continue to be accepted until this Thursday, Jan. 10, the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce nominating committee has announced its slate of candidates to fill four seats within the organization's board of directors.

Three of the nominees Will E. Dietz of AZ Golden Southwest Realty, Rose Harper of MVP Realty, and Stephanie Oswald of CAVU Aviation are currently on the board. The sole potential newcomer, Buck Horn of the Longhorn Steel Construction Co., will run for the slot to be vacated by long-time board member Patrick Willis of Stockmen's Bank of Payson.

"We haven't had any mail-in nominees yet, but we will be getting them," said chamber president Bob Ware. "There's a (nomination ballot) in the chamber newsletter that's just hit the streets. So probably over the next three or four days we'll get some more nominees, and we'll be taking them the day of the Jan. 10 meeting as well."

Ware said he and the chamber board would like to mull over as many nominees as possible.

"The main thing is that we find someone who really serves, and doesn't just warm the seat," he said.

"We need someone who will serve and assist and is willing to work on the rodeo, the electric light parade, any fund-raising we do for the community, and on and on and on. Those are the people we want nominated. It would be no value to have a very nice person who just occupies the space ... because we're trying to do things that will help to create a vibrant business community."

The chamber's current nomination and election processes are similar to those used a couple of years ago, when anyone who wanted to be on the board could apply to be a nominee. From those names, the board selected its final slate of nominees; and ballots were sent out to all chamber members.

That process was altered by Ware's predecessor, Tom Kaleta, and his board of directors, who decided that nominations should be made exclusively by the chamber-selected nominating committee, whose nominees were then voted upon by the general membership.

"This year, if you're a chamber member, you can make a nomination and you can vote as long as you attend the Jan. 10 meeting or see that we receive your proxy vote," Ware said.

The nomination forms will be assembled and their names put on the ballots prior to the meeting, during which write-in candidates will be accepted. When all votes have been counted, the chamber's newest and/or re-elected board members will be announced.

"I've seen elections like this where the whole difference was made by just a vote or two," Ware said.

"I've even seen write-ins get elected because, at the last minute, somebody said, 'Yeah, Charlie's perfect for that,' and that's all it takes."

For anyone who wants to make a nomination but cannot attend the meeting, Ware said, "they can come to the chamber office until Wednesday, Jan. 9, and get a proxy that they can fill out or give to someone of their choice who can vote their vote."

The Jan. 10 meeting of the RCRCC board of directors will be held in the conference room at Eastern Arizona College beginning at 3:30 p.m.

Nominations will be accepted by mail addressed to P.O. Box 1380, Payson, AZ 85547. Nominations must be postmarked no later than Jan. 7.

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