|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
“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
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
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
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
By Benjamin Simpson/MT