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Chamber welcomes new president posted on 10/01/2019

Mike Miskowicz got right to work volunteering in the community after he and his wife Lyn began residing full-time in Rhododendron in 2017 in a Steiner cabin they have owned for more than 15 years.

Now, Miskowicz will serve as the new president of the Mt. Hood Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, after being named to the position at the Sept. 3, 2019 chamber meeting.

Three other new board officers were also announced at the meeting.

“You’ve got to be involved to expect change,” Miskowicz said about his belief in the importance of civic participation.

Miskowicz assumed the responsibility of chamber president in addition to his current roles as co-chair of the Rhododendron Community Planning Organization (CPO) and member of the board of the Rhododendron Water Association (RWA).

He has been involved in the community as a volunteer for the REVEL marathon, as well as this year’s Huckleberry Marathon, and is an advocate for the Wounded Warrior Project.

Miskowicz began volunteering at the community level in 2014 by serving as the vice-chair of his homeowner’s association while living in Minneapolis, Minn.

He described his involvement in community organizations in the Mount Hood area as a “natural transition” due to the influence of his neighbor Steve Graeper, Chair of the Rhododendron CPO. Miskowicz became involved with the CPO after meeting Graeper and quickly became vice-chair, while attending Chamber meetings on behalf of the CPO during the summer of 2018.

He was encouraged by Coni Scott, former vice president of marketing for the Chamber, to run for president in July. Voting by incumbent board members took place in August. Miskowicz and other new board officers began their terms in September 2019.

“They’ve been very supportive,” Miskowicz said of the established board members, including former board president Jeri McMahan during his transition. “(The board) has a good team concept.”

McMahan will continue to offer her expertise and experience as an associate director of the board.

“Our new board brings new energy and great enthusiasm,” McMahan wrote in an email to the Mountain Times. “I hope to see chamber membership continue to grow and promote the business community.”

Miskowicz noted the upcoming goals for the Chamber include increasing membership of local businesses and making efforts to unify the businesses in the community.

The organization will also pursue the return of “The Bite of Mt. Hood,” an annual food and drink festival held in April that features local restaurants. Miskowicz described this as part of a strategy to incorporate event-based efforts to promote local businesses.

His other expectations of his new role as president include a concerted effort by the Chamber to bring businesses together to focus on mutual areas of concern and interest.

Miskowicz describes these goals as ways of “teaching (local businesses) to work together,” to promote commerce in the region.

Miskowicz will serve as the president until September 2021.

Other new board members are Vice President of Marketing Brittany Allen, Secretary Barb Bresseon and Project Officer Steve Carlson.

The Mount Hood Area Chamber of Commerce meets on the first Tuesday of every month at the Mt. Hood Village RV Resort, 65000 Hwy. 26 in Welches, and can be contacted by phone at 503-622-3017 or by email at mthoodareachamber@gmail.com.

By Benjamin Simpson/MT

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