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Chamber’s CEO focused on future

Marshalltown High School Principal Jacque Wyant bid farewell to November student Rotarians Zoeie Fontanini, Taylor Naughton, Emily Manis and Jack Gruening at the club’s Nov. 26 luncheon meeting. Kim Jass-Ramirez announced members will soon have the opportunity to sort and deliver the “Operation Warm” winter coats to area children.

Rotarian and Marshalltown Area Chamber CEO Lynn Olberding gave the program on an organization that has served Marshalltown for more than 120 years. The Marshalltown Chamber was one of the founding members of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 1912 and was recently named the Iowa Chamber of the Year.

It is in a select group of 5-star designated Chamber organizations across the country. Olberding shared a short history of Economic Development and Convention and Visitors Bureau which are now under the roof and brand of the Marshalltown Area Chamber of Commerce.

She described the goal of doing things efficiently and without duplicative efforts in five primary areas: education and workforce, economic development, advocacy, membership and tourism. Her staff is working as a team to collaborate effectively with the community and stakeholders. The passion and dedication to Marshalltown was evident in Olberding’s presentation.

The Marshalltown Rotary club is part of an international organization dedicated to leadership and service.