Chamber welcomes new board members

The membership of the Hood River County Chamber of Commerce has elected new directors for both its chamber board and visitor council. New board terms begin Jan. 1.

Chamber board directors oversee the budgets for the chamber and the visitors council, chamber policies and subsidiary groups like the Chamber Ambassadors and the Downtown Business Council.

“We’re for the upcoming year, and having such a great group of people on board to help shape both the Chamber and Visitor Council — and carry us into the next few years,” said Andrew McElderry, the chamber board’s current president.

The Hood River County Chamber supports economic and tourism development for the region and provides promotional programs to its 467 members. As a county-wide organization, it supports businesses, organizations and governmental agencies in Cascade Locks, Hood River, Parkdale, Odell, Pine Grove and Mount Hood.

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The new chamber board members include:

n Craig Bowder (Columbia State Bank)

n Christina Vander Werf (Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital)

n Kathy Watson (Nora’s Table)

n John Melesko (Doug’s)

n Linda Barber (Mt. Hood Winery)

Continuing members are president Bob Fox (Smiley’s Red Barn), president-elect Bob Francis (Hood River city manager), vice president Paul Robinson (Columbia Gorge Hotel), past president Andrew McElderry (Andrew’s Skylight Theater), Johnson Dunn (Haskell, Davies, & Dunn, PC)

The visitor council serves as an advisory board to the chamber of commerce, and helps to manage the transient room tax tourism budget for Hood River County. New 2013 visitor council members include:

n Tina Lassen (Nimble Goat Communications)

n Lori Stirn (Parks and Recreation)

n Steve Tessmer (Columbia Cliff Villas)

n Denise McCravey (Oak Street Hotel)

n Mac Cornelison (Best Western Hood River Inn)

n John Stehlik (Mt. Hood Winery)

Continuing on the council are Dave Tragethon (Mt. Hood Meadows), Maui Meyer (Hood River County), and Ann Frodel (City of Hood River)

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