Chamber board meeting, April 2017

Chamber board members gathered and took sides during their April regular meeting as part of a new campaign to increase Chamber membership starting on May 1. Chamber board chair Britt Madden (left) is one of the team captains. 

Kevin Myrick

 Board members will compete in a “Family Feud” style challenge to increase Chamber participation

The race is on between two teams to see who can get the most number of new memberships to the Polk County Chamber of Commerce.

Two teams of board members have been divided between team captains, board chair Britt Madden Jr. and vice chair Cody Nichols, who have until June 1 to get businesses new and old to join the Chamber of Commerce.

Whichever team loses will get a pie in the face, but the hope is the Chamber will grow their overall membership base during the upcoming drive, devised as the Chamber’s “Family Feud” between the two seven-member teams made up of the board.

In past months, the chamber has announced rate changes to begin in January 2018 with slight increases to help with budget needs for the coming year.

Madden said the chamber needs to meet a goal of getting at least 40 new members to sign up to meet this year’s budget goal of having dues cover more than $58,000 of the figures. Currently the chamber has covered some $35,339 for the year.

“I’ve been a member of the board for several years and our membership investment figures have always been off,” he said. “I want to see us meet that figure this year.”

It’s a goal he said the Chamber board can meet this coming month, when the drive starts on May 1 with a Facebook Live event being held to get the community involved with the drive as well.

The stakes are high for the two teams, who will be competing not only for the most number of new signups, but also not to have to face getting stuck with a pie in the face for losing.

“This is just your part to play in taking Polk to the next level as a community,” Hudson explained to the board members in their April meeting.

When the Chamber’s campaign ends on June 1, they’ll hold a new member cookout to determine the winning team and to give an opportunity for the community to celebrate the chamber reaching their goal or not.

It’s also a way to potentially get a final decision from those who might be reluctant to sign on for annual membership to chamber.

The membership drive kickoff is coming up this Monday at the Chamber office in downtown Rockmart at the history museum on Marble Street. The coffee and doughnuts social will be broadcast on Facebook Live.

Captains will have to check in with the Chamber each week about the number of new signups. Teams will also be able to promote their own drive to get the top score in June.

The Chamber provides a number of benefits to members, from networking opportunities to connections between business and individuals to promote economic opportunities locally and globally.

Check out the Chamber website and social media outlets for more information about the new membership drive and competition, and keep track of progress weekly with the team’s score with the Standard Journal in the coming weeks.