Danville hosts state chamber executives

July 18, 2004|JULIE McGLOTHLIN

Leadership Kentucky wasn't the only group using Danville as a meeting place this week.

The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Executives held their annual retreat at the Holiday Inn Express Thursday to plan the year's events as well as discuss several board positions and hold a business meeting.

This is only the second year KCCE has held a retreat. Last year, they held a meeting to restructure and "to plan which direction our organization wanted to go," said Ali Crain of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce and KCCE president. It worked out so well, they decided to do it again, she said.

The main order of business was to plan the fall conference, to be held in Richmond later this year. The conference brings together chamber of commerce professionals from around the state, as well as some chamber board members, to learn and share ideas.


This year's guest speaker will be Bob Harris of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He will discuss policies and procedures for good chambers. It's "geared to help all of us do our jobs better," said Paula Kilby of the Danville/Boyle County Chamber.

The conference also includes an awards ceremony for local chambers, honoring the organizations for membership, community involvement and executive of the year.

According to Lisa Miller of the Madisonville Chamber, one of the most important aspects of the conference is simply sharing ideas with other chamber leaders.

"There are no peers in the community to toss ideas back and forth," she said.

The conference provides a forum to network, discuss projects and gather advice from chambers who have done similar things in the past. The mantra seems to be "let's not reinvent the wheel."

"We feel each other's pain," Miller said, with Kilby adding, "And share each other's joy."

Danville was selected for Thursday's meeting because it's a central location and, as Kilby said, "I volunteered. I'm the new kid on the block."

Although the group was only in Danville briefly, they still found time to enjoy the town. Wednesday evening they attended the performance of "Cactus Flower" at Pioneer Playhouse. They raved about the show, saying it was "awesome," "so funny," and "a great girls' night out."

The KCCE is made up of Crain, Kilby, Miller, Dorothy White of the Bardstown Chamber, Charmagne Castle of the Winchester Chamber of Commerce, Lucy Cooper of the Paris-Bourbon County Chamber, Tonya Coleman of the Cynthiana Chamber, Jo Emary of the Radcliffe-Hardin County Chamber, and Beth Cassity of the Bullitt County Chamber.

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