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Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce Plans Reorganization

OAKHURST — The Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce is in the beginning stages of an organizational restructure, according to its board of directors.

“The goal of the Oakhurst Chamber is to support and promote local business,” the Chamber announced today.

“The decision to reorganize the current chamber structure was not made lightly, and is being carried out with thoughtful analysis of member services and programs. Promoting our mountain community and its businesses continues to be the OACC’s mission.”

Throughout many strategic planning sessions and board meetings, the Chamber says, the difficult decision to restructure became the most viable option.

“Sustaining a healthy and financially sound business model over the long-term is the ultimate goal. Member services and engagement will continue to be core to the chamber’s values.”

Under the current structure, the OACC operates with a staff of three: Executive Director, Administrative Assistant and Bookkeeper.

“Unfortunately, this model has become unsustainable over the past several years, creating the need for change.”

While the reorganization is essential, the Chamber notes, it also leads to the elimination of positions held by current employees. Duties will be carried out by a part-time chamber administrator, the OACC Board of Directors, and volunteers.

“We value the hard work and dedication that Executive Director Joelle Leder and Administrative Assistant Micheala Edwards have provided our chamber,” says Betty Linn, OACC 2017 President.

“We move forward with this reorganization in an effort to create the healthiest chamber possible and regret that jobs are being edited in the process. The focus of the board of directors is the responsible allocation of member dues and contributions. That is at the heart of the decision.”

The OACC Board of Directors invites members to attend a Membership Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, Apr. 6 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Association of Realtors located at 40298 Junction Drive in Oakhurst. Light refreshments and beverages will be served. This meeting will focus on gathering member feedback about current and future programs while encouraging ideas for successful local business promotion.

About the Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce:  The Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce was founded 1959 and currently serves approximately 300 members in all lines of business and professional organizations. 

OACC Board Officers

Betty Linn, President

Melanie Barker, President Elect

Don Eaves, Past-President

Donna Smith, Secretary

Andrew Pence, Treasurer

OACC Directors

Shelle Abbott

Mike DeVito

Anne Driscoll

Brian Negley

Shawna Petrushkin

Darin Soukup

Donna Dozier

Mike Sullivan

Julie Fulmer

Mark Choe


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