DAYTON -- Claudia Nysoe, Dayton's new Chamber of Commerce manager, says she "hit the ground running, and since then I've been trying to find out what we've been doing."
Nysoe was hired by the Chamber in early January, and since beginning work Jan.10, she has been getting acquainted with Chamber board members, and familiarizing herself with Chamber activities.
Her first day on the job was spent working with a representative of Mule Mania, a new event sponsored by Columbia Rural Electric Association, slated for July.
The first Chamber-sponsored event for 2011 is the Blue Mountain Brix & Brew Festival, the Chamber's major fundraiser. Although Nysoe has not attended "I know they've had a lot of fun," she said.
Nysoe hopes to facilitate more involvement from more members "because I think by working together we could grow a stronger community."
She hopes to see a fading boundary between Waitsburg and Dayton. "I can see we need to break down that border between the two towns. I see a partnership between the two," she said.
She brings a background in marketing, event planning and media relations to her new job.
Before moving to husband Dain's hometown two years ago, the Nysoes lived in Port Orchard, Wash., where her career path included five years as marketing manager of Charter Communications/Wave Broadband, and more recently, two years as a full-time Realtor with John L. Scott Real Estate.
Several new businesses opened in Dayton in the last few months, or are soon to open. These include Dayton Wine Works, Mace Mead Works, CW and Friends -- offering pet grooming -- and a barbershop. Nysoe said she is excited about the new businesses, and also the new owners who opened Bluewood ski area for the season.
Nysoe works at the direction of the Chamber Board of Directors, but is thinking about changes she'd like to implement, including updating the Chamber's website. She also envisions a volunteer group that would share history of the area with visitors.
Communication with membership is high on Nysoe's "to-do" list. She plans to do this by publishing a regular newsletter.
Chamber-sponsored events fall in the "if it isn't broken don't fix it" category. "The Chamber has done a good job with events and we want to keep on with that," she said. The Chamber, at 166 E. Main St., is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. For more details, see www.historicdayton.com, or phone 382-4825.
Carrie Chicken can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 522-5289.