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Craft named new board president

During its final meeting of the year the Lunenburg County Chamber of Commerce named Chris Craft as its new president. The Nov. 21 meeting was well attended and started with comments from outgoing Chamber President Mel Payne.

Payne stated “when I started as President, I didn’t feel qualified to hold the position, however, I was surrounded by good people who helped me every step of the way. We have made good progress and I want to thank the officers, board of directors, and the all the members for their help. It has been a wonderful experience that I will cherish all my life.”

Other leadership changes for the board include Benchmark Community Bank VP/Director of Marketing Helen Person as the chamber vice president and new directors Louise Lewis, Paul Davies and Mike Landry. Payne will transition from president to board member. Corresponding Secretary Ashley Sweitzer, Responding Secretary Glenn Millican and Treasure Bernice Thompson will all maintain their current positions. Leaving the board will be Carol Watson, Robert Ledbetter and Gus Villalobos.

Senior Director of Legal Shield and new Chamber President Craft shared his hopes for the coming year, “The Chamber Board and Chamber Members will be working with the business community to determine how the Chamber can best be of support to them as small-business owners. In addition, we will be working with Chamber members and the wider community to develop a signature event to celebrate our Lunenburg heritage and culture and showcase our business community.”

Incoming chamber vice president Person said “I’m excited for this opportunity to represent Benchmark Community Bank in our birthplace and where our corporate headquarters is located. For the Chamber in 2020: The Chamber Board will be working with the business community to determine how the Chamber can best be of support to them as small-business owners. This includes re-tooling our membership program to build a package that will benefit our members’ efforts to strengthen their businesses and attract new business to Lunenburg County.”

A discussion was also held about the upcoming Christmas decorating contest. According to the chamber there will be two categories for the contest, one for businesses and one homes. Entrants for both contests can choose between religious, traditional or novelty themes. First, second, third and honorable mention will be awarded in each theme. The contest entry deadline is Dec. 6 for homes and the judging will take place on Dec. 12. Business entry deadline is Nov. 29, and the judging will be on Dec. 5. Forms to enter the contest can be found at any Benchmark Bank, the Kenbridge or Victoria post office, libraries, or town offices. A motion was made and approved that anyone who has won previously cannot win again for five years.