Eight community leaders have been elected as the newest members of the board of directors of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce and will serve three-year terms. Their terms of office begin April 1 of this year.
The new board members and their professional affiliations are:
Joe Bauman, Kansas University; Smitty Belcher, Huxtable and Associates; Marilyn Bittenbender, Stephens Real Estate; Tom Ferriter, The Quaker Oats Co.; Mike Kautsch, Kansas University; John Pendleton, Pendleton's Kaw Valley Asparagus; Vickie Randel, Bank IV Kansas City; and Bob Treanor, Art&Sign Graphics Inc.
The chamber has more than 1,800 members representing 1,400 membership firms.
The directors who are serving the second year of a three-year term are:
David Ambler, Kansas University; Joe Baker, Calvin, Eddy & Kappelman Inc.; Jane Bateman, Jane Bateman Inc.; John Bush, Columbia Savings; Bob Martin, Haskell Indian Junior College; Richard Orchard, Richard A. Orchard, M.D.; Andrew Ramirez, Andrew R. Ramirez Law Office; and Dan Watkins, Dan Watkins, Attorney at Law.
Directors serving the third year of a three-year term are:
Arly Allen, Allen Press Inc.; Nadine Button, Bogner & Button, CPA; John Elmore, First National Bank of Lawrence; Joe Flannery, Weavers Inc.; Tim Fritzel, Gene Fritzel Construction Co. Inc.; John Humphrey, Hallmark Cards Inc.; Scott Shmalberg, Scotch Fabric Care Services; and Elaine VanDeventer, Lawrence National Bank.
The chamber board meets at least monthly with the chamber's officers and members of the professional staff to set policy and to help carry out the various projects of the local organization.
Presently, a nominating committee relying heavily on input from the general membership, makes up as diversified a slate of candidates as possible and submits the list of candidates to the board of directors.
During the nominating process, suggestions from candidates are sought from members of the chamber. Then the committee formulates the final slate to be presented to the board for consideration.