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Sequim-Dungeness Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce Hires New Director

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Sequim-Dungeness Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce Hires New Director

Sequim-Dungeness Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce Hires New Director

 

After just over a month of searching, the board has selected a new Executive Director for the Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce in local resident Beth Pratt.

 

Beth comes to the Chamber after more than 14 years of working in the senior long-term care world.  She first came to work in Sequim as an activity director for the Lodge at Sherwood Village.  “If you saw the Lodge Town Car or bus around the area, it was likely me driving it between 2007 and 2017.  I didn’t know work could be so much fun until I took on that role.”  Laughing, she adds, “I have also worn a number of ridiculous costumes in the Irrigation Festival parade over the years.”

 

In 2012, Beth was an enthusiastic early member of the Sequim Community Orchestra, joining the board within the first few months and taking on the board presidency for three and a half years.  “Being a part of a community organization that focuses on music, education, and having fun with others while sharing performances with our friends and neighbors has been one of the most fun, most rewarding things I have ever had the privilege to do.”  The orchestra continues today, having only just resumed rehearsals with goals for 2022 concerts ahead.    

 

“We are very excited about having Beth as the Sequim Chamber’s Executive Director” Charla Wright, President of the Sequim Chamber.  “We feel she brings a new vision, dedication, excitement and professionalism to the Chamber.”  When asked why Beth chose such a dramatic change of career, she shared, “Working through the past two years has taken a big toll on all who serve our senior communities.  After three Covid-19 lockdowns, two quarantines for other infectious diseases, and working in a very short-staffed community, I was definitely ready for a change!”

 

“The Chamber’s goal for 2022 is to grow membership, increase the support by the Chamber in downtown businesses and through events held in the community.   Also, through support, advocacy and leadership towards building more alliance between the Chamber and business owners in Sequim.”  Charla Wright a;o states, “Events will be a large focus for 2022 and Beth brings a history of successful media campaigns which can be used within the Chamber’s 501(c)3 definition to meet the Chamber’s financial needs.”  

 

Beth moved into marketing and admissions after leaving The Lodge.  She has written for Compass & Clock magazine, been a guest speaker about retirement and assisted living communities for several service organizations and senior fairs and is involved in many fundraising events with the Olympic Medical Center Foundation, serving on committees for the Festival of Trees, Harvest of Hope, and Red, Set GO.  She also worked on two different stories with Seattle based news channels in 2018.  One about a 104-year-old woman going for a ride in a Harley Club won a 2019 Northwest Emmy for Eric Johnson’s Heroes on KOMO-4.  She will bring the skills she has developed in communications and promotions to her new role, as well as her strong work ethic and willingness to get projects done well, on time, and on budget.

 

“I am excited to get started.  To meet all the business owners and managers around our area, learn what they expect of their Chamber of Commerce, and deliver to them the best services our team can offer. There is a lot we can do as a community to support each other, from shopping and dining locally to jumping in to help with civic celebrations together.  It is my honor to get to help lead the charge past Covid-19 and into the future of Sequim.”

 

For more information, call the chamber at 360-683-6197 or visit sequimchamber.com.

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