Central Chamber of Commerce committees offer members the opportunity for additional networking and leadership positions. Their involvement serves as a vital link between members, the community as well as the surrounding area. The chamber is governed by a 16-member board of directors. The Executive Committee includes the Chairman of the Board, First Vice Chairperson, Second Vice chairperson, Treasurer and President/CEO. Committees are organized into four broad divisions of responsibility: Administrative, Member Development, Membership Development and Resources (fund raising). Administrative committees monitor and manage the overall fiscal direction of the Chamber; Member Development recruits new members and provides programming for Chamber meetings; Community Development serves as the principle liaison with various groups within the Central community; and, Resources (fund raising) produces various development activities throughout the year. Here are brief descriptions of the specific committees and their purposes: ADMINISTRATIVE T h e Audi t Commi t tee includes members of the Executive Committee, but excludes any director with check signing authority. It regularly reviews the financial operation of The Chamber and reports to the Board indicating the strengths and weaknesses in: 1) the receipt and disbursement of revenue; 2) the recording of all transactions; 3) the management of surplus funds. The Audit Committee also recommends ways to improve the financial operation of the Chamber, especially with respect to preserving and increasing revenue. T h e Budget Commi t tee consists of members of the Executive Committee with the President/CEO serving as the committee head. This committee develops the Chamber's operational budget for each fiscal year based on recommendations of the President and other standing committee chairpersons. T h e Per sonnel Commi t tee is made up of Executive Committee members and recommends to The Board employment or termination of full-time and/or part-time staff including the President/CEO and Chamber staff. It also establishes procedures and guidelines for the Board and develops and/or revises, as necessary, job descriptions for Chamber staff. In addition, the Personnel Committee conducts an annual review of the President/CEO and makes recommendations to the Executive Committee concerning Chamber staffing. It also serves as an “ombudsman” if there is a conflict between the Chamber and any Chamber officer. H e Publ i c Relat ions Commi t tee serves as the vital outreach liaison by helping to publicize Chamber events and activities. It works closely with the President/CEO to disseminate a positive image of Central and the Chamber through various print and broadcast media. It also provides information and guidance for the President/CEO's weekly e-newsletter that keeps members informed about news and activities. PR pursues ad sales to support the cost of these projects and to offer advertisers visibility to other members and to the public. T h e Pol i c y and P rocedures Committe e consists of members of the Executive Committee and works to develop a functional blueprint for the various Chamber committees and activities. MEMBER DEVELOPMENT T h e Member ship Commi t tee actively works to cultivate the Chamber's lifeblood, its membership. It recruits new members, builds lasting relationships with members and recommends changes to membership investment rates. It also creates, reviews and approves any services and/or products offered to members. T h e Member ship Meet ings Committe e schedules monthly membership meetings and develop innovative programs; it reviews and presents training and networking activities, etc. for the members. COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT T h e Legi s lat i ve and Gove r n m e n t a l A f fai r s Committe e informs the Chamber membership of local, state, and national legislative action affecting commerce; develops a close working relationship with local, state and national government officials; and develops commercial, industrial, educational, and agricultural interests of the community. Contacts local legislators regarding upcoming legislative session(s) and notifies the board about items which may need attention. It also raises awareness about positions promoting economic development and impacting the business community and the general public. T h e Educat ion Commi t tee assists education leaders of the public and private school systems with the development and maintenance of high quality educational programs with emphasis on improving teacher-business relationships and student-business relationships and promotes the overall quality of educational opportunity in Central. T h e Chur ch Commi t tee works with church leaders and community leaders in the development and maintenance of high quality of life with emphasis on the spiritual and to promote the general spiritual welfare of Central. It also organizes the annual Prayer Banquet. RESOURCES (FUND RAISERS) The purpose of the Resources (Fund Raisers) Division is to develop fund raising activities for The Chamber. The following are committees and activities but are not to be construed as “standing committees”. These committees, sub-committees and activities can be added to and deleted at the discretion and approval of The Board. Current annual activities include the Mardi Gras Ball, Golf Tournament and Christmas Festival. The Resources Division also supervises the publishing of the annual Membership Directory.
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