Athena Chamber back in business with first meeting of year

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A little over a month after the Athena Chamber of Commerce contemplated discontinuing the operation with a lack of new officers, the business membership organization will host its first meeting of the year this week with a slate of officers up for election.

The meeting will take place 10 a.m. Thursday in the Community Room at City Hall.

Secretary Dyann Jo Swanson said volunteers stepped forward in December, when Chamber members had to decide whether to shut the organization down.

Roughly two dozen members are part of the operation, which runs and sponsors the community’s annual one-day citywide yard sale, annual cleanup day, First Citizen banquet, Christmas Lighting Contest, Yard of the Month Awards and Athena Day at the Oregon State Fair.

During Thursday’s meeting, a slate of officers will voted upon, and plans for the First Citizen banquet will be finalized. The latter event is set for Jan. 27 at 6:30 p.m.

Prior to a vote Thursday, dues will be collected for the calendar year. They must be paid before the vote. The costs for membership dues: $10 for an individual; $15 for a couple; $20 for business; and $50 for a contributor.

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