South County Chamber of Commerce Installs New Board, Officers

The South County Chamber of Commerce installed their new officers Friday at Andre's.

New South County Chamber of Commerce President Fred Baras said they only way businesses can survive in this economy is working together. And the chamber, he said, was the perfect place for camaraderie. 

Baras and the rest of the new chamber officers and board members were inducted Friday afternoon at Andre's Banquet Center. 

"There's a lot that is going on in South County," Baras told the crowd. "For our chamber to be successful, we need people like you." 

Baras said he was excited about the beautification projects and road improvements the chamber would work on in 2012. His wife, Carole, was the president of the chamber 15 years ago. 

The New Year brings a new change to the chamber as the office will be relocating to Crescent Lane, near Toys 'R' Us. Executive Director Donna Schumann said the chamber office will move by the end of February and have an open house in the spring. 

The chamber also welcomed new members from American Eagle Credit Union, Commerce Bank, Embroidery for You, Gift Basket Glam, Mr. Electric, United Background Screening and Service Master. 

Below are the new officers and board members: 

President: Fred Baras

President Elect: Teresa Dorlac

Vice President: Lee Williams

Secretary: Cathy Donze

Treasurer: Bruce Hopson

Sergeant at Arms: Art Schuermann

Past President: David Storms

Lifetime Board Member: Dot Jarvis-Kellet

Ex-Officios: Capt. Mike Dierkes, Capt. Marion Monteleone, Claudia Jean Potts, Dr. Eric Knost, Dr. Jim Simpson, Jim Silvernail

Executive Director: Donna Schumann

Assistant Director: Roger Lesch

Board Members: Nicky Arnold, Ember Beutel, Craig Gissy, Carl Hendrickson, Shan Herwig, Ben Hoeft, Patty Iverson, Brian Lenhardt, John Meyer, Pat Pettey, Cathie Sorbello, Diana Switzer


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