Nov 6, 2018
Meeting was called to order by Matthew Rainwater at 7:30am. Brian G. led the flag salute.
Jack G. moved to accept Oct 30th meeting minutes, seconded by Julie H. Motion passed.
Kaj talked about a PAHS guided tour by students with lunch included at 9am.
Andrew May asked for help unpacking ice rink lights on Saturday, 10am – 5pm.
Jack asked if anyone had attended the city stormwater presentation. Nobody had.
Debbie announced ReMax Evergreen is collecting coats for the Boys & Girls Club.
Kevin H. said to pay attention to cyber-hackers and be careful of new tricks in clicking in emails.
Program: Shenna Younger announced the new Sequim Executive Director, Anji Scalf
Anji said she was born in Port Townsend, lived in Hawaii, studied with U of BC, worked at Finn River Cidery, and helped open Salty Girls in Sequim. She has succeeded by building best practices and following evidence-focused processes. In Sequim the chamber will 4-6 business education trainings a year, both educational and for networking. She understands the small business management challenges and topics: minimum wage hike, work life balance, technology, and managing people. Some ideas are lean thinking, getting high potential employees in to leadership and corporate social responsibility. She’d like to rebrand the young professionals network to simply a professional network and said mentors are important. She hopes to inspire and engage leaders through activities and fam events. The peninsula young professionals network existed from 2012-2015. She asked membership what they could help with.
Kevin H. said a challenge is to bring more businesses online so people can find them when they visit and travel back home. Kaj agreed saying there is no reason our businesses can’t sell online to supplement their brick and mortar.
Anji said we need to improve infrastructure and connectivity.
John F. asked how she feels Port Angeles interacts with Sequim and will there be more instances to work together?
Anji agreed that we should all collaborate. Customer service and face to face interaction should be taught and she mentioned a Hospitality Fest, saying 42% of our income comes from hospitality. Like the national young professional network, we can learn from each other, gain mentors, and learn how to lead. There is a Future Business Leaders of America for healthcare in the Sequim High School. The network should extend down to 18 years of age.
Marc A said he has linked with Luke Robins of Peninsula College for a young professionals group and thanked Anji for collaborating. It is an aspect of his strategic plan.
Jon F. asked how we can help.
Anji said send experts in a field to her.
Shenna said the Sequim Chamber will most likely meet once a moth so members can overlap with the Port Angeles Chamber meetings.
It was stated that we need to support Eric Lewis when he continues to fight against the reimbursement cuts.
Kaj suggests advising each chamber of the others’ activities and who can go to the educational events. Anji said she will create inclusivity of government, service organizations, non-profits, and business. Kaj said we need to market them widely.
Rob O. suggested having a seat at each others’ table. Colleen Robinson is on both Chamber boards per Marc.
Anji envisions mentoring by making sure people are there to listen, teaching how to tackle adversity, how to get over hurdles, and perhaps will have formal applications. They have two (2) student liaisons on the chamber board, city council and school board.
Andrew asked about membership.
Anji replied it is stable at about 450 members. They will roll out a new membership package in March. Sequim Chamber hopes to meet at Guy Cole. Upcoming are 2 meetings in November, 1 in December and 1 in January with Ron Allen. Their next After Hours networking will be at the visitor information center in December where they have a new digital kiosk. They also have a networking breakfast twice monthly at the Black Bear Diner.
Marc said they plan to have a joint Chamber After Hours once a year.
Kaj asked what the focus of Sequim Chamber is.
Anji replied tourism and business, 50/50. She can be reached at Director@SequimChamber.com.
Carol said we have moved the PABA Board Meeting to Monday, Nov. 19, due to Veterans Day. There will be no PABA Meeting next week.
Meeting adjourned at 8:20am.