400 Chambers in 90 days?
Maybe not quite that many, but . . .
A trip to the WACE meeting San Francisco. Adinner with chambers in Central GA. The Council of State Chambers wintermeeting. Two three-day sessions of theFord Regional Development Fellows. USChamber Committee of 100 meeting, NW Chamber Leaders Conference in Coeur d'Alene. World ChambersFederation board meeting. Throw in a dozen chambers stopping by our offices in Alexandria for awards judging and I may haveset my personal record for member contact in a quarter.
In most of those meetings, the inevitable question arises: "So how are things - out there?" And the simple answer? Chambers are figuring out how to do more work with 20% fewer resources.And at home? Yourplanned vacations have been shortened or postponed, in part because of your guilt over the workload you're imposing on your staffs.
My good friend Jay Chesshir at the Little Rock Chamber told me the other day: "Hey, it ain't easy, but chamber leaders are NOT Dilbert."
And that's one more reason that I am so glad that we are . . . in this together.