Chamber seeks 'new blood'
Lykens group wants
people 'with heart for community'
willing to take leadership roles
Duane Good, EDITOR
Perkins and Aaron Kennedy admire jewelry during last year's
Glen Park Fall Festival. (Sentinel file photo
summer, concerts. In autumn, a festival. Before Christmas, a
it would be hard to imagine Lykens without these events.
something that members of the Lykens Area Chamber of
Commerce want to imagine either.
why a call is going out for fresh faces to come on board
with the chamber, particularly people willing to serve in
According to longtime chamber members Kevin Jury, Don Sauve
and Allen Trawitz, the organization is in transition as 2015
‘‘We’re at a crossroads with change in our leadership
positions need for some new people to step up to the plate,’’ said
Jury, the current president. ‘‘We’ve been fortunate that we always
have people willing to serve in volunteer positions at our events,
but now we are looking for people to be a major part of helping to
carry some things out.’’
‘‘We are looking for ‘new blood,’ so to speak,’’
Sauve said. ‘‘Our goal is to keep the organization going and that’s
what we think will do it.’’
At this time, the chamber is seeking a new secretary,
vice-president and a president-in-training, someone willing to be
groomed to eventually assume Jury’s responsibilities in running
meetings and providing overall leadership.
Sandra Oxendine will retain the treasurer’s position.
The chamber meets the first Thursday of the month at
7 p.m., either at the railway passenger station or one of the local
businesses. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 5.
‘‘We have half a dozen to eight people in regular
attendance at the meetings,’’ Jury stated. ‘‘Our hope and dream is
for the chamber to continue on, but for that to happen, we need to
have some new faces come on board in the area of leadership.’’
People in the community always are happy to help at
the events, but at this point there is less interest among those
people to assume a larger, leadership role, Sauve noted.
According to Jury, Sauve and Trawitz, these new faces
need not reside in Lykens Borough, nor do they need to be a business
owner in the community.
‘‘Just the desire’’ is what Trawitz called the chief
requirement for anyone new.
‘‘The financial support from the community is always
there; what we really need are active new members,’’ Jury noted.
‘‘We need people with a heart for the community, wanting to see it
grow and prosper.’’
In addition to helping create and oversee events such
as the summer Concerts in the Park and the annual Glen Park Fall
Festival, the chamber bought and restored the former train station;
secured the Family Practice Center for the community; and assumed
oversight of the Memorial Day observance.
‘‘We took over the Memorial Day event because they
were going to drop it,’’ Sauve said. ‘‘It’s not that we needed it,
but our town needed it.”
“We put a lot of ‘sweat equity’ into a lot of
things,’’ he added.
‘‘We’ve never had a nickel’s worth of dues, and this
is after 30 years,’’ Trawitz said. ‘‘I think it’s remarkable that we
have been able to get a lot of things together without charging
‘‘As business people in the community, we had a stake
in the claim, but we were never trying to run the town like some
people may have thought,’’ Sauve said.
‘‘To be in leadership, you don’t have to be known at
all; it’s not a ‘seek glory’ type of thing,’’ he added.
New leaders are needed to not only sustain the
existing events, but to bring ideas to the table for new activities
and new incentives to bring new business to town and enhance the
community in other ways.
The men said the vice-president and
president-in-training would need to be willing to work together and
have one another’s backs when necessary.
‘‘When you both have businesses like Kevin and I did,
it can be tough, but I was able to do what he couldn’t, and vice
versa,’’ Sauve said, adding, ‘‘Al helped keep us all together.”
They said the secretary would serve as recording
secretary for all meetings; send out all correspondence and other
mailings; and take a supporting as the chamber plans and executes
various events and other activities.
‘‘She would be the ‘go to’ person, the person any of
us can call and ask, ‘Can you do this?’ ’’ Sauve said.
‘‘Having a personal computer can be a bonus, since
you’d be able to do the work from your own home,’’ Jury added.
Regarding a time commitment, the monthly meetings
typically are one to two hours in length, then there is extra time
needed each month to assure that the necessary things are getting
done, the men said.
Jury knows of organizations that carry on with less
members than the fingers on one hand – only because for the
membership, the alternative is unacceptable.
‘‘Some groups have two or three people hanging on,
doing the work, because they don’t want to see things not happen,’’
‘‘That’s what it is – dedication to their
community,’’ Sauve added.