Chamber Committees - Get Involved!

Ambassadors Committee

Chairperson: Stefanie Bradley - Animart Corporate

Membership is by election by the existing committee members. Terms are for 3 years. There are no term limits. Policies require a minimum of 18 active members, but no more than 25 active members. Current membership is at 20 individuals. Members are required to pay half the cost of their standout Masters green sport coats; the chamber pays the other half. Retiring members are encouraged to recycle their sport coats when possible. Time commitment: 11 annual committee meetings and up to another 20 - 30 event or activity commitments annually. Purpose of the committee: to act as ambassadors for the chamber, including welcoming members to chamber events, welcoming new members by posing for ribbon cutting photos and plaque presentation photos and as general volunteers throughout the year for our many activities, events and programs. The Ambassadors have also played a key role with the annual Member Appreciation Day and in supporting membership recruitment. The Ambassadors also exclusively coordinate the annual chamber Golf Outing with staff.

 

Breakfast Network Committee

Chairperson: Dianne Bell - Preferred Realty Group

Purpose of the committee: to coordinate between 6 and 7 breakfast meetings each year, with the triple goals of fostering networking, providing a relevant speaker/topic to the Beaver Dam business community and featuring a decent breakfast for those attending. Responsibilities include assisting staff in securing breakfast locations, sponsors and programs. In addition, committee members are asked to attend each breakfast in order to act as a Table Captain for one of the table of guests. Their role is to ensure that everyone at their table has a few minutes to give a verbal commercial about themselves and their business, before and during the breakfast meal.

 

Events Committee - Cache & Release

Chairperson: Kraig Kasten - Monumental Hosting

Membership is open to any chamber member volunteer. While there is no prohibition on overall size of the committee, the consensus is that 6 to 8 individuals is a good number to share the work load and to ensure that a quorum can be met on a regular basis. The event is a day long geocache event with several different contest options to attract both novice geocachers as well as veteran geocachers Committee members assist with securing sponsors, and some prizes for the event, and help host the day of the event at the registration and the final check in. Time commitment: about 9 committee meetings annually plus hosting the day of the event. Purpose of the committee: to create a fun event for the public that brings visitors to Beaver Dam (especially overnight visitors), provides marketing opportunities for our members and provides a revenue stream for the Chamber. Date: The event is always held on the fourth Saturday of August. he event is budgeted to make a profit, annually.

 

Events Committee--Spring Election Candidates Forum

Membership is open to any chamber member volunteer. While there is no prohibition on overall size of the committee, typically the event is coordinated by a member of the Board of Directors as Chair and by Chamber staff. The committee shares the work of coordinating at least one, and possibly two, public candidate forums in advance of the annual local Spring Elections. The Chamber uses the forums to provide information to the public, in the form of the actual political stands of the candidates in local elections as evidenced by their own statements, and in the form of their answers to questions that are proposed from the media, each other and the general public attending the events. The Chamber is legally prohibited from endorsing any candidates or political referendums, by design of its non-profit status, and in no way tries to shape the outcome of local elections other than by making the electorate better informed on the issues. Time commitment: 1 to 2 committee meetings annually plus hosting the days of the events. Purpose of the committee: to host a Spring Election Primary Candidates Forum for candidates in any primary races for the following local jurisdictions: City of Beaver Dam, Town of Beaver Dam, those seats on the Dodge County Board that represent part or all of the City or Town of Beaver Dam, and the Beaver Dam Unified School District; to host a Spring Election Candidates Forum for candidates in any contested races for the following local jurisdictions: City of Beaver Dam, Town of Beaver Dam, those seats on the Dodge County Board that represent part or all of the City or Town of Beaver Dam, and the Beaver Dam Unified School District Date: The Candidates Forum event is always held the last Wednesday evening of the month of March. If a Primary Candidates Forum event is necessary, it is held on the Wednesday evening of the week prior to the Primary Election date.

 

Events Committees--Annual Meeting / Business & Citizen of the Year Recognition Dinner

Chairperson: Jeff Davidson - Inter-Quest Corp.

Membership is open to any chamber member volunteer. While there is no prohibition on overall size of the committee, it is typically a coordination between the Chamber President, Executive Director, and representatives for the Business and Citizen of the Year that will be recognized. A separate subcommittee of former Citizens of the Year and representatives of former Businesses of the Year, along with the current Chamber President and Executive Director forward their choice for Business and Citizen of the Year to the Chamber Board of Directors for ratification. The choices are picked from the nominations received that year from the public. Those selected are honored at the Annual Dinner. The Chamber Board of Directors selects a Chamber Member of the Year from the year past to be recognized at the dinner, from the nominations publicly requested from the membership. Staff creates the Annual Report to be distributed the night of the event and coordinates the remarks for the evening with the outgoing and incoming Presidents of the Chamber. The subcommittees to recognize the Citizen of the Year, and those individuals or representatives of the Business of the Year that will recognize that organization, coordinate their remarks with Chamber Staff. Time commitment: meet as needed as determined by the Chair; typically 1 or 2 meetings annually. Purpose of the committee: to host the required Annual Meeting of the Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce which includes remarks from the outgoing and incoming Presidents, to publicly recognize a valued chamber volunteer as Chamber Member of the Year, to publicly recognize the Chambers choice of a Citizen and Business of the Year and to use the venue for distribution of the Annual Report for the Chamber for the year past. Date: The event is always scheduled for the fourth Wednesday night of the month of January, but may be moved to ensure participation from the Citizen of the Year or top representatives of the Business of the Year.

 

Events Committees--Chamber Golf Outing

Chairperson: Jeff Kitchen - Century 21 Affiliated

Membership consists of the Chamber Ambassadors, who exclusively coordinate this annual event with the assistance of Chamber staff. The committee/Ambassadors help secure sponsors, coordinate the details of the contests and host the event by manning the registration table and some of the hole/event contests. Time commitment: about 4 to 5 committee meetings annually plus volunteer participation the day of the event. Purpose of the committee: this event has a number of goals, including fostering professional networking in a fun, social environment, raising funds to support Chamber operations and as the culmination of the annual Summer Raffle. Date: The event is always held the fourth Monday of June, with rotation between the two chamber member golf courses.

 

Events Committees--Corn Roast

Chairperson: Mark Mahoney - Powersports Company

Membership is open to any chamber member volunteer. While there is no prohibition on overall size of the committee, the consensus is that 4 to 6 individuals is a good number to share the work load and to ensure that a quorum can be met on a regular basis. The committee is being rebuilt as it has gone through substantial changes in recent years in an effort to reverse its downward trend in attendance. From a high of over 1,000 attendees in the early 1990s, the event was down to a couple hundred pre-sold tickets with another 20 or so walk-in attendees in 2006. The event is the oldest continuously held Chamber event, first held in 1961, and has a great tradition. It has been held at various locations including local golf courses, the Dodge County Fairgrounds and most recently at the Charter Raceway Park. Until recent years there was an admission price per person that allowed all-you-could-eat and all-you-could-drink service for the night. Only chamber members were invited to attend. In 2003 the decision was made to open the event to the public for the first time. In 2005 the all-you-can-eat/drink option became a members only pre-event purchase exclusive, and the public was invited to attend for free sweet corn. Brats, hot dogs, soda and beer were sold on a per item basis. Both the public and members who were walk-ins had to pay cash for everything but corn. The event was originally created as a way for the business community to network with local elected officials representing Dodge County or the City of Beaver Dam, at various levels, in a private setting. While Chamber members had to pay, all elected officials were provided free entry. Free passes were eliminated in 2004, in part due to concern about campaign laws governing "gifts" to elected officials. The event offers free sweet corn, other food and beverages, and entertainment. Time commitment: about 8 to 10 committee meetings annually plus volunteer participation (including set up and tear down) the evening of the event. Purpose of the committee: this event is now a public end-of-summer function with several goals, including providing our membership with a relatively low cost, high value way of holding a summer picnic for their employees, promoting networking for the business community, and raising non-dues revenue to help cover the Chamber's operational costs. Date: The event is scheduled for the fourth Thursday of August.

 

Events Committees--Economic Update Luncheon

Chairperson: Mike Devitt - QBS Law

Membership is open to any chamber member volunteer. While there is no prohibition on overall size of the committee, typically the event is coordinated by a member volunteer as Chair, Chamber staff and one or two other volunteers. Chamber staff coordinates the speakers at each year's event, and produces the annually updated Economic Overview pamphlet that is distributed at the event. The committee provides proofing/input on the Economic Overview, and the Chair acts as the M.C. at each years lunch. The event program takes the form of a State of the County and State of the City address by the Dodge County Board Chairman and the Mayor of Beaver Dam, with a third speaker that presents economic statistical information. Time commitment: 2 to 3 committee meetings annually plus hosting the day of the luncheon. Purpose of the committee: to create a venue that appeals to top management and leaders in the community by providing exclusive opportunities to hear and dialogue with the top elected officials of the city and county, and to provide valuable economic insight for the chamber membership. Date: The event is held annually on the fourth Wednesday of November.

 

Events Committees--Holiday Party

Chairperson: Michelle Lesher - The American National Bank

This annual event is executed by staff with the President of the Women's Affiliate, in her role as Chair, assisting in the hosting of the event. Since 2003 the event has been sponsored annually by the Board of Directors, with each of their organizations sharing an equal part of the cost to fund the party. As a result, the event is free to members and their employees and their spouses. Members are invited to bring an hors d'ouvres dish or cake/cookie/sweets platter to share. The Chamber provides all adult and soft drink beverages and any food items needed to ensure a sufficient quantity of food for the guests. Time commitment: 1 to 2 committee meetings annually plus volunteer participation (including set up and tear down) the evening of the event. Purpose of the committee: to coordinate and host the annual holiday party. It is a purely social event of food, drink and fun, with networking an added benefit. Date: The event is held annually on second Wednesday of December.

 

Events Committees--Member Appreciation Week

This annual event is executed by staff with assistance from the Board of Directors and the Ambassadors. Typically the event is coordinated by a member of the Board of Directors as Chair and by Chamber staff. The event consists of delivering to all members a "thank you note" along with reminders of upcoming events and the chance to win some prizes. Out of town members are mailed their packets and the remaining local membership list is divided among the volunteers from the staff, Board and Ambassadors and personally delivered to them within a couple of days time. Time commitment: 1 or 2 committee meetings annually plus participation the day of the event. Purpose of the committee: to annually thank all members for their membership support, in a personal way, and to promote membership to the general business community as a result of the positive public relations coming out of the event. Date: The event is scheduled to begin the afternoon of the third Tuesday of the month of April. Those packets not delivered on Tuesday are delivered by the end of the week by the volunteers who took them, or they are returned to the Chamber office by Wednesday for delivery by Chamber staff.

 

Events Committees--Midwest Cream Cheese Competition

Chairperson: Jana Stevens - BD Community, Activites & Services

Membership is open to any chamber member volunteer. While there is no prohibition on overall size of the committee, the consensus is that 8 to 10 individuals is a good number to share the work load and to ensure that a quorum can be met on a regular basis. The committee shares the work of coordinating a still evolving event that is designed to bring contestants to Beaver Dam to recognize the best cream cheese recipes in Wisconsin and the Midwest. Time commitment: about 12 committee meetings annually plus set up for the actual event and hosting the day of the event. Purpose of the committee: to host a competition that both promotes our Kraft and general dairy/cheese heritage as well as grow the number of visitors coming to Beaver Dam as a result of the event. The side effect of growing tourism to Beaver Dam will mean more retail/lodging/restaurant/gift shop sales for local businesses, in an off season.

 

Events Committees--Race Into Summer Festival

Chairperson: Darla Harper - Green Valley Enterprises

Membership is open to any chamber member volunteer. While there is no prohibition on overall size of the committee, the consensus is that 4 to 6 individuals, with at least one person representing Good Karma Broadcasting (event host), is a good number to share the work load and to ensure that a quorum can be met on a regular basis. The event is actually a for-profit event "owned" by Good Karma Broadcasting, with the chamber paying $1,000 annually for the right to be the exclusive beverage and food vendors at the event. The Chamber created the event around 1996, but ceded control to Good Karma in January of 2003. Committee members assist with selection of food and beverage menu items, coordinating the set up and tear down of the vendor booths and in securing the necessary volunteers for the event. Time commitment: about 6 committee meetings annually plus set up for the actual event, volunteer participation the day of the event, and tear down for the event. Purpose of the committee: to work cooperatively with the staff of Good Karma Broadcasting to host the traditional kick off of outdoor events in Beaver Dam, each Spring. While Good Karma handles all entertainment and activities, the Chamber ensures that food and beverages are available throughout the one day event. Date: The event is always held the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend.

 

Events Committees--Taste of Wisconsin

Chairperson: John Henry IV - Verlo Mattress Store/BD Self Storage

Membership is open to any chamber member volunteer. While there is no prohibition on overall size of the committee, the consensus is that 8 to 10 individuals is a good number to share the work load and to ensure that a quorum can be met on a regular basis. The committee shares the work with Chamber staff of coordinating this brand new event that is designed to bring visitors to Beaver Dam to taste and enjoy examples of Wisconsin made cheese products and craft and mass produced Wisconsin beers. The committee will help secure sponsors, recruit Wisconsin brewers and cheese makers and develop the layout for the first event in 2007. Time commitment: about 12 committee meetings annually plus set up for the actual event, volunteer participation the day of the event and tear down for the event. Purpose of the committee: to create a venue that will bring people from throughout the south central region of Wisconsin to Beaver Dam to purchase passes to taste our Wisconsin beer and dairy heritage. If successful the event will bring new visitors to Beaver Dam and will grow the local tourism economy. Other goals are to produce positive public relations for the Chamber and the community on a regional basis, and to provide a new stream of non-dues revenue for the Chamber. Date: The event is held the Saturday before Father's Day with a possibility of precursor events held the two or three evenings prior to the date.

 

Executive Committee

Chairperson: Jeff Davidson - Inter-Quest Corp.

The Bylaws require that at the regular December Board of Directors Meeting, the President (Chair of the Board), with the approval of the new Board of Directors, shall appoint for the coming year, an Executive Committee of five members consisting of the President (Chair of the Board), President-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary and one Director at large, all of whom shall hold office for one year or until their successors qualify. The President (Chair of the Board) will serve as Chair. Vacancies may be filled by appointment of the President (Chair of the Board) and ratification of the Board of Directors to serve the unexpired term. The Executive Committee shall possess such power and be responsible for actions as determined in the Policies and Procedure Manual approved by the Board of Directors. Members serve a one year term. Time commitment: 12 annual committee meetings. Purpose of the committee: to provide oversight of Chamber operations on a monthly basis, offer input/advice for staff on issues facing the chamber and to act as a Board preview on some issues prior to the items coming before the whole Board (review and prepare recommendations for the Board on issues that could take too much time at a monthly Board meeting).

 

Finance Committee

Chairperson: John Zanghi - Horicon Bank

The Bylaws require that at the regular January Board of Directors Meeting, the Chairman of the Board, with the approval of the new Board of Directors, shall appoint for the coming year, a Finance Committee of six members consisting of the Treasurer, the Chairman of the Board, the Chairman-Elect, and any other three members at large, all of whom shall serve for one year or until their successors qualify. The Treasurer will serve as Chair. Vacancies may be filled by appointment of the Chairman and ratification of the Board of Directors to serve the unexpired term. The Finance Committee shall possess such power and be responsible for actions as determined in the Policies and Procedure Manual approved by the Board of Directors. · Members serve a one year term. · Time commitment: 12 annual committee meetings. · Purpose of the committee: to provide financial oversight of Chamber general operations on a monthly basis and provide input/advice for staff on the creation of an annual budget. During capital improvement projects the Finance Committee will also oversee capital improvement budgets and in all cases the Finance Committee will act as a Board preview on finance issues prior to the items coming before the whole Board (review and prepare summaries of monthly finance reports for Board meetings).

 

Leadership Beaver Dam Committee

Chairperson: Joel Winter - Beaver Dam Lake Improvement Association

This is the oversight committee for the Leadership Beaver Dam program which is a training program to prepare our next generation of community leaders.

 

MBA Committee

Chairperson: Pam Korth - Apache Stainless

This is the new affiliate: Manufacturing Business Alliance of the Dodge County Region; it is a regional affiliate organization of the Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce MISSION / VISION / OBJECTIVES OF MBA Vision: Dodge County will be a recognized global leader in talent for advanced manufacturing that connects a high performance workforce to career opportunities. Mission: Through collaborative efforts with educators and representatives of other supportive organizations the MBA will work to promote activities that develop the manufacturing workforce of today and tomorrow. Objectives: · To represent, advocate for and serve the manufacturing industry · To partner with education and other organizations to develop qualified talent · To promote manufacturing as a positive career choice · To sustain our region as a manufacturing site of choice

 

Members Programs / Services Committee

Membership is open to any chamber member volunteer. While there is no prohibition on overall size of the committee, the consensus is that 6 to 8 individuals, representing the 4 main constituency categories of the membership - retail, service, industry & non-profit - is a good number and good mix to share the work load and to ensure that a quorum can be met on a regular basis. This committee is responsible for assisting in the creation of, and the maintenance of, chamber programs and services such as the Chamber health insurance program through Dean Health Plan, the Shop Beaver Dam 1st / Chamber Dollar Gift Certificate program, the Beaver Dam Community Guide, and the Beaver Dam Community Map. Time commitment: at least 1 annual committee meeting, plus meetings on an as needed basis, per the chair. Purpose of the committee: to annually evaluate Chamber programs and services, to support the efforts of staff in the creation of needed programs or services for the membership and in the maintenance of existing programs and services that provide a benefit for Chamber members.

 

Membership Committee

Membership is open to any chamber member volunteer. While there is no prohibition on overall size of the committee, the consensus is that 3 to 4 individuals is a good number to share the work load and to ensure that a quorum can be met on a regular basis. This committee's most basic responsibility is to ensure that there is at least one successful membership campaign annually. Committee members assist in ongoing membership recruitment based on the goals set by the Chamber Board and staff. Time commitment: at least quarterly committee meetings, plus meetings on an as needed basis, per the chair. Purpose of the committee: to support the efforts of staff to recruit members to the Chamber to achieve the goals set in the Annual Budget.

 

Nominating Committee

Chairperson: Chris Connaughty - National Exchange Bank & Trust

The Chamber Bylaws require that at the regular January Board of Directors Meeting, the immediate Past President, with the approval of the Board of Directors, shall appoint a Nominating Committee of five members consisting of the immediate past President, and any other four (4) past Presidents, all of whom shall hold office for one year or until their successors qualify. The immediate past President shall be the Chair. The Nominating Committee shall possess such power and be responsible for actions as determined in the Policies and Procedure Manual approved by the Board of Directors. Members serve a one year term. The committee is responsible for selecting and interviewing potential candidates regarding service on either the Board of Directors of the Chamber, or as an officer of the Board. The committee gets approval from all nominees to be placed as candidates on the ballot, prior to the distribution of the ballots to the membership or the Board. Time commitment: 2 to 4 annual committee meetings. Purpose of the committee: to provide a slate of nominees for all open Board seats (at least 4 annually) for the Chamber membership to elect through the annual Board elections each October/November and to provide a slate of nominees for the Officer positions for the Board of Directors to elect for the Officer elections each December.

 

Personnel Committee

Chairperson: Chris Connaughty - National Exchange Bank & Trust

The Bylaws require that at the regular January Board of Directors Meeting, the immediate past President will assume the role of Chair of the Personnel Committee, consisting of the immediate past President, two current Directors including at least one Executive Committee member and two members at large. The President (Chair of the Board) shall appoint the committee, with ratification of the Board of Directors. The Personnel Committee shall possess such power and be responsible for actions as determined in the Policies and Procedure Manual approved by the Board of Directors. Members serve a one year term. Time commitment: 1 to 2 committee meetings, plus meetings on an as needed basis, per the chair. Purpose of the committee: management of the Executive Director of the Chamber (Staff Assistant is managed by the Executive Director); conduct annual reviews and make recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding compensation based on effectiveness and achievements.

 

Visitor & Hospitality Committee

Chairperson: Cheryl Price - AmericInn of Beaver Dam

Membership is open to any chamber member volunteer. While there is no prohibition on overall size of the committee, the consensus is that 6 to 8 individuals with a background in retail or tourism, including at least one representative from the City of Beaver Dam, is a good number to share the work load and to ensure that a quorum can be met on a regular basis. The committee allocates approximately $6,000.00 to $7,000.00 of Room Tax revenue from the City of Beaver Dam annually in marketing the community. This committee is responsible for assisting in the creation of, and the maintenance of, community marketing materials (not chamber marketing materials) and advertising campaigns, that are broad based and to include events and activities beyond the Chamber's schedule of events, such as activities at the Beaver Dam Raceway, Lake Days, the Dodge County Fair, theatrical productions at BDACT, programs at the Seippel Center for the Arts and any other large attractions to Beaver Dam. Time commitment: 6 annual committee meetings, plus meetings on an as needed basis, per the chair. Purpose of the committee: to support the efforts of staff to promote Beaver Dam in an effort to grow the tourism industry, specifically to increase day trip visitors as well as visitors staying overnight in local lodging facilities.