You spoke and we listened! After a few years of trial and error, Founders’ Days is returning to its roots. The 2016 event committee listened to feedback regarding past events to determine what has and hasn’t worked, and made adjustments to the focus, venue and schedule of the event.
Founders’ Days 2016 will be a two-day community celebration once again. It will be held on Friday & Saturday, June 24-25 and designed to complement services and activities offered by area businesses. In an effort to highlight the heart and history of our town, the event will return to Cottage Avenue and expand to include an open house at the Cashmere Museum & Pioneer Village. The Crunch Pak Grand Parade will be held in the evening to take advantage of cooler temperatures and be followed by a fireworks show at Riverside Park.
A preliminary event schedule and applications for interested parade participants, vendors and sponsors are now available on the Event web page. Further details will be posted in the coming weeks – so stay tuned!
Spring may be a season of transition, but change has been in the air at the Cashmere Chamber of Commerce since the new year started.
We are pleased to welcome four new members to the 2016 Board of Directors as well as a new Chamber Manager. The newly-elected board members were sworn in in January and include John Clifford (Clifford’s Hardware), Cheryl Maher (Retired; Cashmere United Methodist Church), Melissa McClendon (Milepost 111 Brewing Company), and Charmaine Sierra (59er Diner).
They join President Jay Zimmerman (Crunch Pak), Vice President Kathy Miller (IGA Martin’s Market), Treasurer Laurie Pipkin (LC Accounting), Secretary Mark Botello (City of Cashmere), and Greg Taylor (Liberty Orchards).
After 11 months of service, Dawn Collings left her position as Chamber Manager to accept a position in sales. The Cashmere Chamber of Commerce welcomed Gina Imperato as the new Chamber Manager in March. Her prior experience with the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce and educational background in marketing communications make her an excellent candidate for the position and we are very happy to have her on board.
Cashmere Valley Record Staff Writer, Graham Perednia, interviewed Gina shortly after she started and published the following article…
The Cashmere Chamber of Commerce’s new manager, Gina Imperato, has been on the job for just over a week and is excited for the next year.
“Right now I am eager for the year to go by, so I have a better idea of what is in store,” Imperato said. “I’m looking forward to a year from now.”
Right after her meeting with the Chamber Board, the decision was made to hire her, Board President Jay Zimmerman said. It was obvious that she was the person for the job.
“We know she will accomplish a lot,” he said.
Born and raised in Wenatchee, Imperato attended Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in marketing communication. She also holds a Master’s degree in business administration from Western Governor’s University.
Before moving back to the valley, Imperato worked as the Membership Coordinator at the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce on Whidbey Island. Although Oak Harbor is the largest town on the island, it still had a small town feel, she said. That made her and her fiancé’s move to Cashmere an easy transition.
“We really like the small town vibe,” Imperato said.
Before moving to Oak Harbor, Imperato lived in Las Vegas and worked as an administrator at an adoption agency while she was getting her Master’s degree. For the past 10 years Imperato has been working within the nonprofit industry at various locations across the country.
“(My fiancé) is a chef and we have traveled throughout the United States,” she said.
The mountains are something Imperato missed at Oak Harbor. She lived close to the water, but it was not the same. Here in the valley she is closer to hiking locations and her walks with her dogs are more scenic in the shadow of the Cascades. Headed forward, Imperato is focusing on preparing for Founders’ Days as she finds her footing in her new part-time position. Halfway through her first week on the job she is still settling into her office and getting to know all of the businesses and people in Cashmere.
“I’m eager for everything, and getting to know everyone,” she said.
Imperato replaces Dawn Collings, who worked as Chamber Manager for 11 months. Collings accepted a sales position earlier this month.
In her job as manager, Imperato works with Chamber members and Board members to organize events and serves as the public face of the chamber. She is the go-to person in chamber.
By Graham Perednia, Cashmere Valley Record Staff Writer
The nominations have been reviewed, and the Cashmere Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the 2015 Business & Citizen of the Year.
Business of the Year has been awarded to Bruce Cheadle State Farm Insurance, with owner Bruce Cheadle accepting the honor, and Tracy Franklin has been selected as the Citizen of the Year.
Cheadle has been with State Farm Insurance Companies since 1993, with the last twenty years in Cashmere. “Like a Good Neighbor State Farm is there”, is more than just a slogan to Bruce and his team members. “We worry about our Policyholders more than they worry about themselves,” he stated.
Cheadle managed an orchard and a controlled atmosphere storage facility in the Wenatchee Valley for 15 years, prior to joining State Farm Insurance Companies as an Agent. He has been a member of the Cashmere Rotary Club for many years, having served as President for one year and Club Secretary for a number of years.
Franklin has lived in Cashmere most of her life, and is happy to be able to give her time and energy back to the community. Being raised in Cashmere, Tracy and her husband wanted their boys to have the same experience. “It is the adults in Cashmere who created those memories and experiences and now it is my turn,” she stated.
Franklin owned and operated Apple Tree Academy for 17 years, prior to joining John L. Scott Real Estate as a Real Estate broker in 2006. She has been a member of the Cashmere Rotary Club since 2007, and has served on the Rotary Board of Directors for the last three years. Tracy has been a Cashmere School Foundation Trustee since 2008, served 12 years on the Cashmere School Board, is co-organizer every 2-3 years for Challenge Day for Cashmere Schools, a mentor for Cashmere High School seniors, and organizes Annual Food Drive for Cashmere Food Bank sponsored by NCW Association of Realtors.
Bruce Cheadle and Tracy Franklin will be honored at the Cashmere Chamber of Commerce Annual Recognition Dinner & Auction, to be held 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., March 11, at the Cashmere Riverside Center. Tickets for the event are $30 a person. Tickets are on sale now at the Chamber office, or are available through a board member.
“The recognition dinner is an opportunity for the community to come together to honor the contributions Bruce Cheadle and Tracy Franklin have made to Cashmere,” said Jay Zimmerman of Crunch Pak, Chamber Board President. It is also the primary fundraiser for the Chamber. The Chamber uses the funds raised to support Founders’ Days, Scare~Crazy, Christmas in Cashmere and other community marketing efforts.
All honorees were chosen in February by a committee of six of their peers following a community-wide nomination process in January.