The 240-some members of the Oregon Area Chamber of Commerce voted Nov. 21 to add Craig Close from LSM Chiropractic and Tom Whalen from Baer Insurance to their nine-person board of directors.

The pair will serve three-year terms, replacing Jeff Sharkus of Sharkus Hometown Dentistry and Megan Schuetz of Gorman & Company, Inc., who both cited busy schedules for their reduced role with the chamber. Board members represent the chamber at various community events like ribbon-cuttings and ground-breakings, said chamber executive director Judy Knutson.

Close and Whalen are also responsible for attending the monthly chamber meetings and steering the direction the chamber will go in the future. It is a busy time for the chamber, with a new hotel slated to open next year. A large portion of taxes on hotel rooms go to the area’s chamber of commerce to be used to promote tourism.

Including the new additions, the board is now: Staci Boudreau, President, McFarland State Bank; Elyse Smithback, Vice President, Oregon Community Bank; Greg Granberg, Treasurer, Oregon School District; Jenn Evenson, Secretary, First Weber Realtors; JJ Giese, Past President, Thysse Printing Service; Bridget Krueger, Past President, State Bank of Cross Plains; Dan Donoghue, Director, The Chocolate Caper; Craig Close, LSM Chiropractic; Tom Whalen, Baer Insurance.

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