Chamber drive for members in overdrive

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More than 100 volunteers will race against the clock in a blowout membership event to raise awareness about the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Billed as a membership campaign like no other, the two-and-a-half day event runs from 8:13 a.m. Tuesday to 3 p.m. Thursday. Volunteers will try to sign up as many new Chamber members as possible and build a greater awareness throughout the community of the Chamber's role.

The event is organized by a group known as "Your Chamber Connection," a Texas-based organization whose specialty is high-energy campaigns focusing on "out of the box" activities to help build membership.

"It's about business," said event guru Jimmy Cusano, in a prepared statement. "The Chamber of Commerce is the Business Community. This brings everyone together to build our Chamber."

Cusano said many people may be put off by the concept of a "membership drive." So these events focus on coming together in a competitive and fun setting to tell the Chamber story.

"When others hear about everything the Chamber does, all of a sudden you have a great deal of enthusiasm for the Chamber, and a great deal of support," he said.

For more information on getting involved call Susan Hall at the Chamber at 525-0850, or e-mail: shall@wwvchamber.com .

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Johnson's Motorsports recently hit the road, and landed about a mile up the street.

Having operated the last two years at 1434 Isaacs Ave., the business and its neighbor, Mutiny Tattoo, have moved to 2850 E. Isaacs Ave., the former home of The Target Shop.

Johnson's Motorsports, owned by Mark Johnson, offers parts, accessories and service on snowmobiles, watercraft, ATVs and motorcycles. The business can be reached at 522-1887. Mutiny Tattoo is owned by Justin Lathrop, who can be reached at 876-1079.

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A couple of local businesses are having Halloween coloring contests.

Inland Cellular in College Place has its pictures available at select grocery stores and banks. Entries are due by Oct. 26 at the business, 1605 S.E. Meadowbrook Boulevard. Entries will be judged by age group -- 0-3 years, 4-6, 7-9 and 10 and older. The winner from each category will get a $20 gift certificate from Inland Octopus.

Starting next Wednesday, Walla Walla's Harvest Foods will host its own contest, open to everyone from pre-schoolers to those who left school long ago. Entry forms are available at the Guest Services Desk.

Each entry will get a juicy apple. Additional prizes will be awarded in the following categories: Pre-school, $10 worth of items picked from the Second Avenue store's Dollar Aisle; grade-school, three $5 bills; middle school, a $20 bill; high school, $20 credit to the deli department; open category, 18-59, a $25 Harvest Foods gift certificate; and seniors 60 and older, a $25 Harvest Foods gift certificate. Winners will be announced Oct. 28.

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