Despite the recession and a storm that all but wiped out a major fundraiser, the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce fared well in 2010.

Despite the recession and a storm that all but wiped out a major fundraiser, the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce fared well in 2010.

In fact, it earned six dollars more in net revenue than it did in 2009, said treasurer Paul Cynkar during the chamber's annual meeting on Feb. 22 at the DoubleTree by Hilton located at Crosswoods.

The loss of expected revenue from the rained-out Taste of Worthington in July hurt, as did the state of the economy. But that is only part of the story of central Ohio's third-largest chamber of commerce.

"It has not been the absence of challenges and problems, but the way Kathryn (director Kathryn Paugh) and the board have dealt with them that has made the difference," Cynkar said.

The bottom line is that the chamber ends the year with total liabilities and equity of $364,472, including restricted funds of $175,051. All but $20,000 of that is in a building fund that may one day be used to establish new chamber offices.

Currently, the Worthington chamber is located in rented space at 25 W. New England Ave.

Opportunity Knocks was the theme of the annual meeting. Participants who visited sponsor tables earned keys to try to open a door for a grand prize.

Margaret Doone, chief fiscal officer for Worthington Libraries, opened the door to the iPad, which was donated by CSC.

"The library could always use another one," she said.

Also at the meeting, Kay Lakhi of the Rite Bite was re-elected chairman of the board of trustees. Sheila Sinno of Sinno Law Office is the new chair-elect, and Cynkar, of Battelle for Kids, was re-elected treasurer.

Incoming trustees are Joe Davis of Worthington Jewelers; Amy Hall of DeVry University; Pat Bright of Comfort Inn Polaris; and Marissa Michaels, OhioHealth.

Other trustees are Bill Alsnauer, Ann Baldwin, Tony Lordo, Bill Owens, Jeff Regensburger, and Norris Woods Jr.

Outgoing trustees are Shera Skaggs and Lynn Nadler.