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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 said.

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 right now.”

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 it.”

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




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