|Mt. Hood Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes a new president posted on 03/01/2018|
For the first time in about 10 years, the Mt. Hood Area
Chamber of Commerce will welcome a new president. At the Tuesday, March 6
meeting, Coni Scott’s tenure as the organization’s president will end, with
Jeri McMahan taking on the role.
McMahan noted that there are “big shoes to fill” and that
she hopes to continue the momentum built up over the past decade.
“We have a good board; it’s a volunteer position and I
always believe it’s the board, it’s the group that runs it,” she said. “It’s
not one person.”
McMahan headed the Hoodland Senior Center for 28 years and
served as a board member for the Welches Schools prior to school district
consolidation. She also serves with Clackamas County Tourism and Cultural
Affairs, a community partnership program.
“This woman is extremely qualified, I’m excited,” Scott
McMahan added that she hopes to engage with the chamber’s
members to get more ideas on improving tourism and getting people to stay on
the mountain to help area businesses. But she also doesn’t see a need to make
any changes with the group.
“I think the chamber its well organized right now, I think
my idea right now is to keep going with the way we have things organized right
now,” McMahan said. “I don’t see anything that’s broken that we need to fix
Scott, who will be the chamber’s vice president, noted that
she’s most proud of all the people that worked hard to make the chamber a
success during her tenure as president.
“If I’m going to be proud of anything, I’m going to be proud
of our family of friends up here,” she said. “I did nothing by myself. The
volunteers and the number of people we had from everywhere was amazing.”
Accomplishments during the past 10 years for the chamber
include a yearly breakfast honoring area volunteers, television commercials,
various brochures and more.
But one event Scott played a role in starting up, The Bite
of Mt. Hood, will not be back this year. Both Scott and McMahan cited the
amount of work and the numbers of volunteers needed to put the event on as the
biggest reason for not bringing it back this spring.
“We’re going out on a high note right now, and I think
that’s the way to do it instead of watch something fizzle out,” McMahan said.
“Hopefully, if we bring it back again, people will be out there waiting for
Scott noted that while she is sad the event will not happen,
she is proud of how the profits from The Bite were used to support other
organizations in the community, including the school and the Boy Scouts.
“The community gave, and I hope they know we gave back to
them, as well,” she said. “That’s really important, as far as I’m concerned.”
By Garth Guibord/MT