LACON — The Lacon Area Chamber of Commerce is on its last legs and might cease to exist as soon as next month.
That message of dire straits was delivered to the City Council by a handful of leaders Monday night, just three days after it had been posted on the organization’s Facebook page.
“As of right now, we may not have a chamber next month,” Vice President Terese Cochran told the council, adding that an impact would be felt by the community.
“If it dies, we have six community events that will die with us,” she added. “It’s a really sad circumstance, but we don’t know what to do.”
The problem stems from the continual dwindling of involvement and participation, Cochran said. The chamber has about 20 dues-paying members, down from 35 at this time last year, but few of them are active in any significant way, the council was told.
“There’s only five or six of us,” Cochran said.
The situation was made especially clear in looking ahead to the March 7 monthly meeting, Cochran pointed out. That would normally be when new officers are elected, but it now appears likely to involve a vote to disband the chamber instead.
“We don’t have anybody who wants to run,” Cochran said.
Cochran urged the council to consider taking over some of six events if the chamber does disband. Members also were encouraged to think about getting involved in the chamber, though there was little response except Mayor John Wabel’s observation that other groups seem to be experiencing similar problems.
“A lot of clubs are struggling. People aren’t joiners anymore,” he said.
Cochran said representatives would return next month to report on a decision and perhaps provide further information. In the meantime, anyone interested in getting involved is asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“It will be the first time in a lot of years that there won’t be a chamber next month unless something changes,” Cochran said. “Right now, it’s not looking very good.”
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