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Reynoldsburg Area Chamber of Commerce

Dackin, McCloud headline Feb. 7 event

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Mayor Brad McCloud and schools Superintendent Steve Dackin will present their annual state of the city and schools speeches at the Feb. 7 Reynoldsburg Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

Chamber Executive Chairman Greta Stake said the event at Wesley Ridge Retirement Center, 2225 Taylor Park Drive, will start at 11 a.m. for new members. Registration will open at 11:15 a.m. with the lunch set for noon to 1 p.m.

She said seating is limited, but anyone interested in attending should email her at admin@reynoldsburgchamber.com or call 614-866-4753.

Registration for chamber members is available online at reynoldsburgchamber.com. The luncheon fee is $10 for members and $15 for guests.

Stake said the Chamber holds an informational luncheon each month of the year for its members, plus other events, such as the Jan. 17 bowling fundraiser at Holiday Lanes in Whitehall to benefit the Sam Bish Foundation, which raises money for families who have children with pediatric cancer.

Stake said the Reynoldsburg Area Chamber of Commerce currently has 270 members.

"When businesses join us, they can find an inexpensive way to advertise," she said. "We are able to send out notices four times a year to our members on what is happening with local businesses.

"The way I look at it is that we should all work together locally because everything we do begins right here at home," she said. "If I want to get my car fixed, I would rather do it right here in Reynoldsburg."

She said the chamber is getting ready to publish its 2013 directory, which is dropped off at libraries, Reynoldsburg City Hall and other local venues.

"We try to find inexpensive ways for businesses to get their names out there," she said.

Stake became executive administrator of the chamber last February, after Jan Hills resigned after 21 years as executive director.

"At the time I took over, the chamber was hurting some from the economy, but since that time, I have signed up 37 new members," she said. "I think having someone come in with new energy was a good idea.

"This is the perfect job for me and I love it," she said. "It is also the first job I've had where I have 270 bosses."

Stake said she has lived in Reynoldsburg for the past 22 years and that both her sons attended Reynoldsburg schools from kindergarten through high school.

"Reynoldsburg is a great locality and I like being involved," she said.

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