Directors resign from Chamber
The director of Craig Chamber of Commerce said she has resigned to devote more time to personal matters. Membership Director Patti Mosbey also resigned Tuesday citing similar reasons.
Cathy Vanatta has served as the group’s director for the past six years, but she said Tuesday that the decision to step down is not related to the Chamber. Her last day is June 9, but she said she would stay longer to help with the transition.
“I’ve enjoyed it here,” Vanatta said. “There comes a time when it’s kind of like the saying that all good things must come to an end.”
Vanatta said that she has been putting off a couple of surgeries that she shouldn’t postpone any longer. Some of those health-related issues also would keep her from doing her job while recovering, she said.
“It has nothing to do with the Chamber,” Vanatta said. “I’m looking at personal things.”
The Chamber is ruled by a 12-member board and operates the Visitor Center and the Sportsmen Information Center. Its goal is to build a strong economic environment to help businesses succeed, according to the group’s mission statement.
Board President Christina Currie said board members haven’t yet had an opportunity to discuss Vanatta’s resignation. Currie said Vanatta has offered to stay on to “ease the transition.”
“We’re very disappointed to be losing Cathy, but the board’s moving in a very positive and very proactive direction,” she said. “This will be a bump in the road but we hope to keep it as seamless as possible.”
During Vanatta’s time as the group’s leader, the Chamber started the Crab Fest, a mud volleyball tournament and a mini-golf tournament.
Mosbey said she was equally surprised to hear of Vanatta’s resignation Tuesday. She said it was by coincidence that she decided to leave at the same time.
“It’s not related,” Mosbey said. “I had thought about leaving a month ago. My reasons for leaving are totally personal.”
Mosbey said she recently adopted two children with whom she wants to spend more time.
Mosbey has been with the Chamber for about a year and a half. She said the group has about 375 members.
Mosbey said her biggest frustration in her position was that some business owners didn’t see the value of joining the group.
Chamber officials have set some “aggressive goals,” Currie said. Those include evaluating existing services to determine whether the Chamber is meeting its members’ needs. Also on the group’s radar is working with health care providers and lawmakers to come up with a plan to offer affordable health insurance for businesses. Another Chamber goal includes working with the city and county to beautify Craig’s image.
“We’re really excited about where the Chamber’s going,” Currie said.
Vanatta said it might be good timing to resign, acknowledging the Chamber’s new direction and goals.
“It’s the perfect time to hire new director now that we’re starting to work on new goals,” Vanatta said. “You could get another person in with fresher ideas.”
Vanatta said that when she moved here about six years ago, she had originally planned to open a business. However, she almost immediately was hired as director. Now, Vanatta said she might revisit that idea.
“I’m not leaving,” she said. “I’ll still be around in the community.”
Board member Jeff Corriveau said members would discuss Vanatta’s resignation and a plan for hiring a new director at a special meeting today.
“Of course it’s always sad to have good employees leave,” he said. “We need to figure out how to go forward and look at it as optimistically as we can. We wish Cathy the best.”
Amy Hatten can be reached at 824-7031 or email@example.com
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