Membership drive shifts into high gear

MEMBERSHIP DRIVE — The Rome Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for its annual membership drive. Members of the chamber’s membership committee are, from left, back row: Alexa Drake, information manager at the chamber; Sean Salce; Jennifer Grimaldi, and Sue McLoughlin. Seated: Maryalice Golden; Michele Smith, co-chair, and Holly Hoag, co-chair. (Sentinel photo by John Clifford)

Michael J. Manuele, chairman of the board of the Rome Area Chamber of Commerce, announced today that the chamber’s annual membership drive will be held March 19-21, in an effort to expand chamber efforts to improve the local economy.

"Some say the definition of the word TEAM is, ‘Together Everyone Achieves More,’" Manuele said. "They also say that it is not about individual performance but about the success of the team. I couldn’t agree more."

"The chamber is a team of more than 600 businesses, professional firms, organizations, and individuals dedicated to making the Rome area an easier place to do business and a better place to live," he added. "There’s an ongoing spirit of pride, a commitment to progress and a tremendous potential for achievement within our historically rich community."

"I am extending an invitation to share in my vision for Rome and our region and to experience what it really feels like to be part of a dynamic and growing organization," Manuele said.

The drive will be held at the Chamber office.

During the three-day campaign, chamber volunteers will be asked to make phone calls to non-members of the chamber. Volunteers will work one shift for a 1.5-hour commitment on either of the three days of the campaign.

The first shift each day is from 10:30 a.m. to noon; the second shift is from 1 to 2:30 p.m,, while the third shift is from 2:30 to 4 p.m. A typical membership drive usually nets approximately 30 new members.

The Chamber will host a buffet breakfast at the Beeches at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, March 7, for existing members who are interested participating in the drive.

The meeting will last one hour, and the Membership Committee, co-chaired by Holly Hoag and Michele Smith, will provide details, expectations, and will explain various prize incentives.

Chamber members who are interested in attending the breakfast may call Alexa Drake at 337-1700 by March 5.

The Chamber, a not-for-profit organization, is located at 139 W. Dominick St. It is funded by voluntary membership dues.