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Ambassadors act as the good will, public relations arm of the Chamber. They welcome all members and guests to Chamber functions. They also plan the monthly Business After Hours and Rise & Shine programs. Their purpose is to make all members feel welcome and encourage them to become active in the organization along with retention. As a group, the Ambassadors meet monthly on the last Tuesday.
Bulldog Bonanza Committee
Each year a large number of new residents come to our community to further their education. The Ferris State University/Community Committee brings together Chamber members and University administration with the goal of helping students become a part of the community during their education. Their major event is a retail/services expo called the Bulldog Bonanza held early in the school year. A minimum of 2 meetings are held between Chamber and FSU staff in August of each year.
Community and Family Expo Committee
The annual event is collaboration with the Great Start Collaborative and is scheduled for the last Saturday in April. This event is a retail and services expo to offer members marketing opportunities. This committee meets from January through May.
Dam Festival Committee
The Dam Festival Committee meets from April to July as needed. The committee works to bring awareness and a day of fun to Rogers Heights Dam in July. Dam Festival activities include a Damsel in Distress race, Wet Poker Run, and “Jam at the Dam” live concert.
Educational Programming Committee
The Educational Programming Committee meets monthly. The committee works together to provide educational opportunities to Chamber members and community members. The Educational Programming Committee organizes events such as Lunch & Learns and the Speaker Series and they facilitate the SCORE Group. The Committee is also concerned with addressing legislative issues and informing members about how their businesses and community will be affected. They seek out information from a variety of sources. As a service to the members, the committee organizes legislative luncheons and meet-the-candidates forums.
Glow Run Committee
The Glow Run Committee starts meeting in January until the Glow Run 5K in May. The Glow Run is a professionally timed 5K walk/run that encourages health and exercise in a fun environment.
Golf Outing Committee
In mid-winter, the Golf Outing Committee begins preparations for the annual golf outing held on the third Wednesday in May. As a fundraiser, the golf outing continues to provide the Chamber with the resources it needs while bringing members together for an enjoyable day. As a group, the committee meets from mid-winter through May.
Holiday Gala Committee
The Holiday Gala Committee prepares for several months for one of the largest annual fund-raising events in Mecosta County. The Gala draws approximately 250 Chamber members and guests on the first Friday in December for an evening of fun. The dinner event features raffles and auctions of items donated by Chamber members. As a group, the committee meets from late summer through December.
Taste of Mecosta Committee
The Taste of Mecosta Committee meets November through February as needed. The committee works together to host the Taste of Mecosta, a fun-filled event that showcases what the restaurants and caterers in our area have to offer. This is a great committee for someone that doesn’t have a lot of time but would like to get involved. Proceeds from this event go toward Leadership Mecosta scholarships.
The job of the Promotions Committee is to promote the Chamber as the epicenter of commerce, culture, and community life for residents and visitors alike. This committee works by understanding the changing market, identifying assets, including people, programs, events, heritage, and institutions, defining the Chamber’s unique position in Mecosta County, creating new image campaigns, expressing ideas clearly with an open mind to learn from others, looking at the big picture, understanding the needs of our members, and letting people know about all of our accomplishments. This group meets as needed throughout the year.