This year's Installation Dinner was a big success! Approximately 120 people attended. The dinner was excellent! Thank you, Tom Winters and the Elk’s Lodge crew, for all your hard work!

Jack Southworth was entertaining and witty as usual as our emcee. Our guest speakers, Ron Lundbom, Cam Marlowe, Chris Labhart and Haley Walker, shared some very interesting news about what will be happening in the future for the city of John Day, Blue Mountain Hospital, Kam Wah Chung and the Grant County Regional Airport.

Achievement awards were presented to Angie Jones from the People Mover and Mindy Winegar from the fairgrounds, and Grant County Hope 4 Paws received the Civic Award.

Our official tourist season is coming to a close for this year. Reports from Kam Wah Chung and the John Day Fossil Beds tell us it was a great season with more visitors than last year!

Here at the chamber, our board president Jerry Franklin and the board of directors have been working hard. Jerry has been busy working on getting a new flagpole in front of the office. The base is in, and the flagpole will be installed soon. The budget committee presented a budget at our September meeting, which was adopted by the board. The marketing committee is focusing on developing a new logo and tourism brand to market Grant County.

Our October meeting will be held Thursday, Oct. 17. The Board meets at 10:30 a.m. at the chamber office, and the no-host luncheon will be at 12 p.m. at the Outpost Pizza, Pub & Grill. The guest speakers this month will be Beth Simonson from Grant County Economic Development and Shelley Whale and Cindy Kalin from Heart of Grant County. They will be giving a brief presentation about the Community Development Block Grant to build the Meredith House, a domestic trauma service center for Heart of Grant County and Fair Housing.

We hope to see you there!

Tammy Bremner is the manager of the Grant County Chamber of Commerce.

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