From: Dan Meyer
Sent: Wed, 3 Oct 2007 12:45 pm
Subject: TO ALL CHAMBER MEMBERS
To all members of the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce 10/3/2007
Regarding a post card sent by Citizens For Change to Chamber Members.
The Boone Area Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization encouraging involvement from the business sector, non-profit organizations and interested individuals. We currently have over sixty non-profit organizations in our membership.
The Citizens for Change group joined the Chamber as a nonprofit. Historically, we have had political organizations/campaigns join the Chamber during election years for the purpose of getting out their message. Any member of the Chamber may request a mailing list to use for their organization's distribution of information.
THE CHAMBER WAS NOT INVOLVED IN THE MESSAGE SENT OUT BY CITIZENS FOR CHANGE. THE CHAMBER HAD NO INPUT INTO AND CANNOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONTENT OF THE CARD SENT!
In the October issue of the Chamber VOICE distributed on October 1, 2007, was an article titled, "Chamber Suggests Candidate Qualities." The stated purpose of that article was to "promote participation in our electoral process." The last line of that article reads: "IT IS THE POLICY OF THE BOONE AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE NOT TO ENDORSE ANY POLITICAL PARTY OR INDIVIDUAL CANDIDATE OR TO PARTICIPATE IN ANY SPECIAL INTEREST OR POLITICAL ACTION GROUP."
We affirm and stand by that statement!
The Chamber's published Strategic Plan states that we will "forge strong relationships with elected officials, state agencies and the legislature." As a result, the Chamber has created a good working relationship with our local government entities. We are a unique Chamber to be included in receiving appropriations from both the Town of Boone and Watauga County.
Dan Meyer, Pres/CEO
Boone Area Chamber of Commerce
208 Howard Street, Boone, NC 28607