Spring is in the air, and for the Conifer Chamber that means we are voting in new board members and saying goodbye to those rolling off. This year, we have five board members rolling off, which include Jodi Dolph with Keller Williams Real Estate, Dean Arniotes with Conifer Stagedoor Theatre, Julie Dikken with Macaroni Kid, Jeanie Boymel with Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, and Lisa Hoffman with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elevated Living Real Estate. This group has been on the board at the Chamber for three years. During this time, a lot has happened and their leadership has been key to the success of the Chamber.

It would be impossible to name all they have done, but I want to highlight a few areas. As board president, Jodi Dolph walked the Chamber through our first strategic planning process. She has been coordinating 285 Winterfest for the past three years and volunteers at all of our events. Dean Arniotes has done an amazing job representing the nonprofit organizations in our membership. In addition, he has been leading the charge to create a welcome center and community center in the yellow house at Meyer Ranch. This is a long process, but we are hopeful our partnership with Conifer Area Council, Conifer Historical Society and Jefferson County Open Space will prove beneficial in moving forward. Can you imagine how great it will be to turn that house into a welcome center?! It is such an iconic building, it needs to be highlighted as people drive into our community. Julie Dikken has been sharing her social media expertise by educating members on the latest trends and helping members promote their businesses through social media. Julie has also been a huge part of many of our event committees and has dedicated much of her time to making those events successful for both our community and our members. Jeannie Boymel has also been a part of our event committees, specifically Elevation Celebration. She has worked closely with Conifer Area Council and Conifer Lobos Unified Boosters to organize the run event to Elevation Celebration. Lisa Hoffman has, most recently, been working on updating the “Welcome to Conifer” signs along 285. We have noticed over the past couple of years that the signs are deteriorating and need some work done. Thanks to Lisa, we are now moving in that direction and you will soon see some changes.

Of course, over the past year, all of these amazing board members have been guiding the Chamber and our local small businesses through all the COVID changes. They have been right there leading the way as we figured out the funding and grants available to small businesses. They reached out to members and local small businesses to offer their assistance and support. I am so impressed with this team. I know this group will continue to volunteer at the Chamber and support our community, but I will miss having them on the leadership team. To Jodi, Dean, Julie, Lisa and Jeannie—thank you for all your service! Our community is better because of you!

If you are ready to be a part of an amazing community, now is the time to plug into the Conifer Chamber and take advantage of the resources that are available to help grow your business. Our members recognize the value of being a part of something bigger, an organization to help them connect with the community, to increase their visibility, to advocate for their business and to provide educational skill building opportunities. Becoming a Conifer Chamber member is a great opportunity to increase the reputation and reach of your business.