The Lincolnton/Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce kicked off its 2006 membership drive at the end of March.
According to Chamber president Ken Kindley, the goal of the two week membership drive is 25 new members.
â€œBy 2006, we hope to have 100 new members.â€
The Ambassador Group of the Chamber has split into four teams to recruit new members.
According to 2006 Chamber chairman Brad Rivers, being involved in the Chamber is being involved in the community.
â€œLincoln Countyâ€™s people are some of the most giving people,â€ said Rivers. â€œWe want to get new business, old business and new arrivals involved. Itâ€™s a team deal.â€
Rivers added heâ€™s been in eastern Lincoln County handing out applications for Chamber membership.
â€œIâ€™m trying to tell them about benefits of being a member of the Chamber,â€ said Rivers. â€œOne of the things that strikes me about the Chamber is someone gives someone a warm, fuzzy feeling.â€
Unlike last yearâ€™s drive which was for one month, the 2006 drive is for two weeks, ending on Wednesday, April 12.
â€œThis was based on a recommendation by the Chamberâ€™s vice-chairman, Steve Waddell,â€ said Kindley. â€œHe felt it would motivate people to get started in membership quicker if the drive was only two weeks.â€
On Thursday, April 13, an ambassadors meeting will be held noon at the Comfort Inn, Lincolnton, to hand out awards to the top performers in the membership drive.
by Jon Mayhew