Feb 192015

By Linda Kor

The Winslow Chamber of Commerce Board recently held its annual election, voting in new board members Berry Larson, warden of the Arizona State Prison Complex in Winslow, and Darcy McKee of the Navajo County Health Department. Re-elected to the board were Dan Simmons of Simmons Realty and Tom McCauley of Arizona 66 Trading Company.

There are a total of 12 board members who serve three-year terms, so each year there are four seats up for election. Also serving on the board are Beth Carlson of Community Counseling Center; John Dalton, Dalton Motors; Lorraine Gonzales, Pioneer Title Company; Frank Guzman, Bank of the West; Sylvia Hartnett, Adams Hartnett Building LLC; Devin Singh, Quality Inn/DJ’s Restaurant & Lounge; Mark Strango, Graceland Portable Buildings; and Theresa Warren, Alice’s Place.

After the election, the board elected Simmons as president, Singh as vice president and Warren as secretary/treasurer.

The board also thanked outgoing board members Bill Lawler and Kyle Johnson for their dedication to the wellbeing of Winslow and years of service on the board.

Chamber Executive Director Bob Hall explained that being a chamber board member is a volunteer position within the community.

“I bring this up to highlight the character of these individuals. Each of them brings something different to the table, with the intention that it will improve the quality of life in and for the city of Winslow and its population. With no monetary gain, through a myriad of conversations and decisions, they seek to help and make a difference. In my eyes as director, they are special and a great asset to the community. I am honored to know and work for all of them, present and past.”

The chamber board elections take place in January of every year, votes are tallied in February and the newly elected take their oaths at the annual dinner, which will be held on March 12. They will attend their first meeting as board members in April.