Letter — Outgoing leader offers thanks
May 27, 2003
As departing president of the Tahoe Douglas Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, I would be remiss in not acknowledging the contributions of two very important people during my reign: first and foremost, my wife of 40-plus years, Anne, who sacrificed a lot of personal and family time with me so I could attend to Chamber business; and second, George Echan, who not only acted as satiric master of ceremonies of the installation, but also did a lot of pro bono legal work.
Also, kudos are in order for the incoming and outgoing Board of Directors, the key players and dedicated Chamber staff, under the able leadership of Kathy Farrell. We have also partnered with the South Lake Tahoe and Carson Valley chambers to create and manage many programs, not the least of which are successful leadership programs at the lake and in the valley.
Of course, the real source of our existence are the members. In a community with very limited growth, our members must be satisfied with our service. We appreciate how the community has banded around the chambers to make this area a great place to live. When I was installed as president in May 2002, my number one issue was affordable housing. Although we do not have a permanent solution, I am proud to say that the St. Joseph’s Community Land Trust and Tahoe Tomorrow are reaching out for answers — and so are many private companies.
Finally, thanks to the group of loyal business sponsors that contribute to our events to make them much more affordable.
Diane Means Imbach, the new president, will continue in the direction we have been headed. She is young and strong (which I am not) and those characteristics should allow us to achieve our goals more quickly with much more force and energy.
Thank you to the entire community for your interest and cooperation.
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Mike Riley, departing president
Tahoe Douglas Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors