Florence has become a prime tourist destination with a great business environment, thanks in part, to the terrific volunteers who enjoy being involved and making such a difference in the community. We appreciate member volunteers who are anxious to use their skills in areas that appeal to them, giving them the opportunity to meet fun, like-minded people who celebrate success.

Take a look at the list below, find the area that interests you, then call 541-997-3128 to attend a committee meeting of people who make a difference in the great city of Florence.

Technology Committee:
Purpose: Reviews and recommends the use of both the Internet and computer technology in efficient, current and cost-effective ways in order to support both the needs to members and visitors as well as those of internal Chamber operations.  Assists in the development and implementation of additional functionality for both visitors and members on the Chamber’s website. Meets the 2nd Friday of the month at 4pm at the Beachcomber.

Chair: Robbie Wright, Siuslaw Broadband
Board Member: Jenna Bartlett, Siuslaw News
Board Member: Lisa Walter Sedlacek, Laurel Bay Gardens
Member: Neil Ecker, Full Spectrum Computers
Member: Annette Foglio, Foglio Trucking

Ambassador Committee:
Purpose: Serve as the public relations arm of the Chamber. Coordinate ribbon cuttings, business after hours, and membership recruitment and retention. Ambassadors serve as public relations support for the Chamber of Commerce. They assist the Chamber’s efforts to maintain and retain members through personal interaction and involvement.  To act as the welcoming arm of the Chamber. Ambassadors attend ribbon cuttings, groundbreakings, welcome new Chamber members. Invitation only. Meets the 2nd Monday of the month at 6pm at the Bones’ residence.

Chair: Mike Bones
Board Member:
Bobby Jensen Jr., Y-Marina of Florence
Sandi Duncan
Betty Blake
Kathy Bones
Colleen Donaldson
Scott & Lisa Del Fava
Maria Eaton
Lee Klein
Christine May
Mike McCord
Dan Norton
Pattie Panther
Rosemary Rebello
Carol Retzer
Penny Ringenbeerg
Lance & Barbara Rowland
Terry & Sandy Woodward

Membership Committee:
Purpose: The membership committee is the volunteer extension of the Chamber, assisting in targeting of new members and retention of existing members, focused on helping members identify the best methods for them to utilize their Chamber membership. Meets the 4th Tuesday of the month at 3pm at the chamber office.

Chair: Bobby Jensen, Y Marina of Florence
Board Member: Jodi Newby, Able Insurance
Board Member: Jenna Bartlett, Siuslaw News
Ambassador: Pattie Panther
Ambassador: Lisa Del Fava
Ambassador: Betty Blake
Member: Linda Stent, Pacific Pines RV Park
Member: Scott Steward, Creative Wave Marketing Solutions
Member: Open

Marketing & Communications Committee:
Purpose: focused on attracting and serving visitors, from advertising and promotion to event production to visitor center operations. The Chamber is committed to the health of Florence area businesses, and tourism is one of our largest private industry sectors.

Board Member: Cindy Wobbe, Estate Sales
Board Member: Lisa Walter Sedlacek, Laurel Bay Gardens
Board Member: Jenna Bartlett, Siuslaw News
Board Member:
Jennifer Connor, Florence Events Center
Member: Byron Devries, Apex Heli
Member: Mike Rose, Three Rivers Casino Resort

Meeting times vary

Downtown Revitalization Team
Purpose: The Florence Area Chamber of Commerce seeks, in collaboration with the city and other stakeholders, to develop and implement components of the “Florence Downtown Implementation Plan” adopted by the City Council in 1999.

The goal is to continue the effort to unify and revitalize the downtown area as the primary cultural, tourist, commercial and community core to serve all of Florence’s citizens and visitors around a main-street theme.

Chair: David Wiegan, Siuslaw Outreach Services
Executive Director: Bettina Hannigan, Florence Area Chamber of Commerce
Board Member: Glenna Martin, Periwinkle Station
Board Member: Kelsey Terry, Homegrown Public House
Member: Dina McClure, Port of Siuslaw
Member: Harlen Springer, Florence Regional Arts Alliance
Member: Sharon Stiles, Lane Community College
Member: Susy Lacer, Florence City Council
Member: Kelli Weese, City of Florence
Member: Ellen Huntingdon, Oregon Pacific Bank

Seasonal Committees
Meeting times will vary, please call 541-997-3128 for more information.

Siuslaw Awards Committee:
Purpose: Plans and executes the nomination and selection process for the recipients of the awards for the program.

Co-Chair: Lisa Walter Sedlacek, Laurel Bay Gardens
Co-Chair: Jenna Bartlett, Siuslaw News
Board Member: Robbie Wright, Siuslaw Broadband
Board Member:
Dee Osborne
Board Member: Cindy Wobbe, Estate Sales
Member: Mike Rose, Three Rivers Casino Resort
Member: Open


Rhododendron Festival
The Rhododendron Festival Director oversees all the events that are sanctioned by the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce and keeps productive lines of communication open with all non sanctioned events that take place Rhody weekend. The Rhody Director works with the Chamber Executive Director on event decisions and formulating a budget for the festival. He/she also continually checks in with committee chairs and subcommittees for updates and to be sure that all budgets are being met. The Festival Director duties are also encompass ordering festival apparel and buttons, along with making monthly festival Reports to the Chamber Board of Directors.

Festival Director: Event Coordinator
Chair: Jenna Bartlett, Siuslaw News

Vendor Fair Committee
The Committee for the Vendor Fair works with the festival director to plan the event. The Vendor chair Processes all applications received by the chamber office and should be worked once a week from January to event. All payments made for vendor space will be taken care of by the Executive Director of the chamber. It is the responsibility of Committee Chair to plot the vendors on the site maps and be available to oversee the vendors during setup and take down of the event.

Chair: Jim Martin, Silver Sand Dollar
Member: Open
Member: Open
Member: Open

Grand Floral Parade
The committee for the parade is responsible for the parade committee and putting the parade on. This person gets the proper permits to close the roads and have the appropriate safety personal for the event. Works with the Festival Director to get Distinguished Sponsor Banners and Banner carriers, review parade applications and criteria, choose parade judges and works with KCST Coast Radio for the Parade coverage. The parade Chair also is responsible for plotting the parade and the staging of the parade on every day.

Chair: Executive Director
Member: Open
Member: Open
Member: Open
Member: Open
Member: Open

Rhododendron Court and Showcase
Purpose: is to provide scholarships for higher education, to promote community outreach and volunteerism, to offer networking and mentoring opportunities to outstanding young women and this year young men in a program that perpetuates an appreciation for Rhododendron Festival history and tradition.

Chair: Dee Osborne, Banner Bank
Board Member: Jenna Bartlett, Siuslaw News
Board Member: Annette Foglio, Gary Foglio Trucking
Board Member: Cindy Wobbe, Wobbe Estates
Member: Meg Spencer, Siuslaw Public Library
Member: Jarod Anderson, Kenneth B Gallery
Member: Eric Tanikawa
Member: Katie Libby
Member: Jan McKnight

Rods & Rhodies Committee
Purpose: plans the annual Rods & Rhodies event, obtains sponsorships, prizes and recruits participants.

Chair: Gary Cargill, Florence in Bloom
Board Member: Jim & Charlene Martin, Silver Sand Dollar
Board Member: Jerry Matheney
Member: Mike Groshong, Rhody Cruisers
Member: Deb Ruiz, Wizard of Odds
Member: Wendy Wells, Associate member
Member: Gary Neal, Rhody Cruisers
Member: Gary McDaniel, Rhody Cruisers
Member: Dan Lofy, Rhody Cruisers, Lofy Construction
Member: Jim Adie, Rhody Cruisers
Member: Open
Member: Open


City Wide Garage Sale Committee
Purpose: plans the annual City Wide Garage Sale event, obtains sponsorships, prizes and recruits participants.

Chair: Cindy Wobbe, Estate Sales
Board Member: Jenna Bartlett, Siuslaw News
Ambassador: Betty Blake
Member: Open


Fourth of July Committee
Purpose: Plans the Chamber’s annual Fourth of July event.

Chair: Board Member Jim Martin, Silver Sand Dollar
Member: Dina McClure, Port of Siuslaw
Member: Open
Member: Amanda Hennesee, Shippin’ Shack


Oktoberfest Committee
Purpose: Plans the Chamber’s annual Oktoberfest Celebration, obtains sponsorships, prizes and recruits participants.

Co-Chair: Jennifer Connor, Florence Events Center
Co-Chair: Jenna Bartlett, Siuslaw News
Member: Keith Carrico
Member: Jon Thompson, KCST Radio
Member: Kevin Rhodes, Florence Events Center
Member: Rick Dreiling, Port of Siuslaw
Member: Jeanna Peterson, Siuslaw News
Member: Gary Vawter, Kiwanis

Chowder Festival & Wine Festival in Historic Old Town
Co-Chair:
Glenna Martin, Periwinkle Station
Co-Chair: Marianne Brisbane, Brisbane Enterprises

Rain Drop Festival

Co-Chair: Robyn Smith, Silver Sand Dollar
Co-Chair: Amanda Hennessee, Shippin’Shack

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