The board meets the second Wednesday of every month at noon in the K.K. Berge Building. From left to right, Brad Peterson, John Schultz, John Berends, Pam Rosenau, Dave Smiglewski and Greg Holmstrom. (Nancy Fiegen not in attendance.) If you're interested in serving on the chamber board of directors, please contact any of the board members or the chamber office at 320-564-4039.
Some of the board members explained why they volunteered to serve:
President, Brad Peterson, is a loan officer at Citizen's Alliance Bank, "I joined the board to find out more about the Chamber and how it affects the local business community. I enjoy learning about how the Chamber helps local businesses and also helping the community in general by the miscellaneous projects the Chamber becomes involved in."
Vice President, Pam Rosenau, works for MVTV Wireless. She explains, "I joined the board because I believe in helping out the small communities and working together as a team to get all the businesses on the same page, working together as a group. Without the chamber, everyone is running in totally different directions. Nobody is working together, they're all working against each other more or less trying to get business and not helping anyone else out. So having the Chamber of Commerce here in Granite Falls definitely pulls the businesses in a direction that we need to go in order to build Granite Falls bigger and better in the hopes that one day one day our kids can grow up in a wealthy, well educated community."
Greg Holmstrom, Past President, is an attorney and also serves as the City Attorney. "I'm on the board because I think it's an important thing to do. The existence of the community requires people working together in a collaborative fashion to promote the community, rather than everybody running off in different directions and not trying to cooperate with each other. It's tough for small towns to stay alive in this day and age without people who are willing to try to promote the community. I've always felt the chamber of commerce is an important function and I'm more than happy to try to provide a little bit of help. "
John Berends is a restaurant owner and Yellow Medicine County commissioner. "For me being on the board means being more closely connected to the community, staying in touch with all that is going on and giving back to the community some of the experience life has given me."
Thanks to our great community volunteer board members for their service!