I have always enjoyed working with the local chamber in Grand Junction. After over ten years of being a member, I have gotten more involved in committee work. That means I have been spending more time at the Chamber for meetings and planning. It is clear to me that they really do work on behalf of the members. The question I have heard the most is “What do you think?” That is refreshing!Refreshing approach (- Brad Humphrey, Humphrey RV)
BOARDS & COMMITTEES
Any Grand Junction Area Chamber member can volunteer on one of the organization’s multiple committees to assist with the important work of the organization. Each year the board reviews the committee structure and makes changes to maximize the volunteers’ investment of time. Most committee service is limited to two to four hours per month. Shown below are current committees:
Board of Directors*
The Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors consists of eighteen to twenty members who serve a four-year term and provide policy direction for the organization. Terms are staggered so each year there are four to five openings on the board. Members who are interested in serving on this elected board are encouraged to submit a letter of interest to Diane Schwenke at any time. The nomination process typically occurs in August.
CMU 20000 Steering Committee
The CMU 20000 Steering Committee is an appointed committee composed of Chamber board members and CMU Leadership Team members to develop strategies that will lead to increased enrollment and broader community support of the university.
Career Link Committee
Career Link Committee is the Chamber’s workforce committee and brings together educators, government and businesses to address the needs of employers and potential employees, now and in the future. The group collaborates with partners on a variety of programs including the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, the Hire Me First Program, Career Wise, and Workforce Ready Community. There are monthly meetings the second Tuesday at 12:00 PM.
Diplomats provide communication and outreach with current and future Chamber members. Committee members participate in ribbon cuttings, directory delivery drive, welcome new members at Business After Hours and other events throughout the year. Ribbon cuttings are on Tuesday at 11:30 and Thursday at 4:00. Meetings are quarterly.
Energy focuses on issues and events related to the local energy industry. Members help plan the energy briefings, offer insights into industry trends and issues, and guide the Chamber on public policy issues. Meetings are a discretion of the Chair and usually occur over the lunch hour.
GJ Regional Air Service Alliance
The GJ Regional Air Service Alliance brings together varied interests to explore the opportunities for expanding commercial air service options for business travelers and visitors using the Grand Junction Regional Airport. While there is a board appointed by the Chamber and GJEP Boards, the meetings are open to anyone else who would like to participate. The Alliance meets every other first Thursday at 9:00 AM.
With over 100 members, this is the largest Chamber committee. Members help to draft policy guidelines; provide member input on issues; and generally, direct the policy discussions and actions of the Chamber upon Board approval. This committee is most active October through May. During the legislative session the committee meets approximately every other Tuesday , 7:00 AM at the Chamber.
IDI is a sister organization to the Chamber that holds property and works with GJEP and the Chamber to offer incentives to expanding and existing companies. IDI meets bi-monthly on the 2nd Tuesday at 7:30 AM.
Members of this committee help recruit participants and plan the elements of the ten-month class for up to 25 current and aspiring leaders in the community. The group meets twice a year but committee members are assigned to one full day of planning and implementation as well.Leadership Application
Mesa County Business Education Foundation
Mesa County Business Education Foundation is a sister organization to the Chamber that focus on programming that unites businesses and education in helping students explore careers and develop skills needed by area employers. The foundation meets quarterly on the 4th Wednesday at 12:00 PM..
This is the small group of board members that will help guide the annual total resource campaign, from recruiting volunteers to helping fundraise and make the ask. Committee is most active September through November.
Young Professionals Network
YPN is a group of young professionals, from diverse backgrounds, who participate in monthly networking events just for them as they grow their network and their support system. There is an additional charge to join the network which is used to defray event costs for the group. Find out more about the Young Professionals Network at www.ypnmc.org.
*Committees with an asterisk require an invitation to join in order to insure that representation and size are maintained for effectiveness.
If you are interested in serving on a committee or would like more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 970-242-3214.