Photo by Audrey Caro
Thirsty Thursday at Rogue Farms gave participants a peek at what goes into brews.
As of Tuesday, August 21, 2018
MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE — Expect a friendly phone call from a Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce member next month.
Monmouth Community Yard Sale: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 1 at Main Street Park, 120 Main St. E, Monmouth.
Greeters: 8:30 to 10 a.m., second Wednesday of the month at different locations
Sept. 12 – Indy Commons, 278 Main St., Independence
Oct. 10 – Community Services Consortium, 750 S. Fifth St., Independence
Nov. 14 – Washington Federal Monmouth Branch, 523 Main St. E, Monmouth
Dec. 12 – Location to be determined
Thirsty Thursday: 5:30 to 7 p.m., third Thursday of the month at different locations.
Sept. 20 – MaMere’s Guest House, 212 Knox St. N, Monmouth.
Oct. 18 – Arena Sports Bar & Grill, 174 S. Main St., Independence.
Nov. 15 – Indy Commons, 278 S. Main St., Independence.
Dec. 20 – Petals & Vines, 410 Main St. E., Monmouth.
MICC’s membership drive will be from 3 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11, and from 10 a.m. to noon on Sept. 12.
“Two teams of volunteers will be contacting businesses registered in the Independence and Monmouth area that have not yet joined the chamber,” said Vikkye Fetters-Delfino, MICC executive director. “Our goal for each interaction is just that, to open the lines of communication. We wanted it to be a real grassroots effort, not a high-gloss sales environment.”
Volunteers will be referencing their own chamber membership experiences when speaking to potential members, she said.
“Because we are the ‘business and community connection,’ we want to begin making these connections with non-members so they can stay informed throughout the year whether they decide to join us during the drive or not,” Fetters-Delfino said.
Fetters-Delfino has a goal of gaining two new members each month.
In January of this year, the chamber had 140 members. As of Aug. 17, the chamber has 163 members.
Advertising the free chamber networking events, facilitating ribbon cuttings, and connecting with businesses and community members — whether they belong to the chamber or not — are some of the things Fetters-Delfino has been focused on to drive membership.
The chamber hosts regular events each month, such as Greeters, which is from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on the second Wednesday, and Thirsty Thursday, which is from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on the third Thursday.
“We strive to give people the opportunity to see the value for themselves before making a commitment,” she said. “Most commonly this year, people are being referred by other pleased chamber members, and my first contact with them is when we receive their application to join online.”