Column: Who are those people wearing red coats? - MACCI's ambassadors

3:53 PM, Jul. 17, 2013  |  Comments
Debbie Bauer
Debbie Bauer
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The Marshfield Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry is fortunate to have a dedicated group of volunteers representing your Chamber in the community, every day. As Ambassadors, they wear "red coats" at all of the Chamber's programs and events, and we ask them to volunteer at everything MACCI coordinates, playfully fine them for being acknowledged in the news, and call them Ambassadors.

This group of 40+ individuals represents a cross-mix of business members in our community. They are the pulse of the community, are well-known, and are respected by other business people. They are very visible and are the first people you see when attending a Chamber event. They extend that welcoming hand and work to get "first time attendees" connected.

Going back to well before my time, several of our current Ambassadors that are still actively involved have sported their "red coat" for over 28 years. From what records show, this group was formed back in 1985 by a group of businessmen who felt it was important to help grow the membership of the Chamber.

Through the years, the role of the Ambassadors has changed, and individuals have come and gone. However, one thing remains the same: their mission. The mission of the Marshfield Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry's Ambassadors Club is to enthusiastically and effectively promote membership to the Chamber. Ambassador members are area leaders and volunteer liaisons and will achieve this mission through attending Chamber events and Ambassador Club meetings and having awareness about Chamber events and programs to share with other members.

MACCI is currently represented by the following Ambassadors:

Pat Allen; Patrick Anderson, Roehl Transport; Patricia Anderson, Mid-State Enterprises; Nick Arnoldy, Marshfield Insurance Agency; Kathy Banks, Wood County Buyers' Guide; Mary Blanchard, ODC Inc.; Deb Casperson, Marshfield Clinic; Cindy Cole, BMO Harris Bank; Sheri Dick, Figi's Inc.; Tom Drendel; Ruth Elderbrook, A Slice of Heaven Catering and University of Wisconsin-Marshfield/Wood County; Arlan Ferch, Hawkins Ash CPA's; Ken Forrest, Premier Printing; Brent Fosberg, Festival Foods; Kim Fredrick; Jim Freund, Victory Promotional; Jerry Hagman, Dental Clinic of Marshfield; Marilyn Hardacre; Mary Helms-Schlagenhaft, ReMax The American Dream; Greg Hesch, Slumberland; Rochelle Hill, Marshfield Area YMCA; Paula Jero, Marshfield Area United Way; Carol Kerper, UW Marshfield/Wood County; Randy Krogman, Felker Brothers Corp.; Glenn Linzmeier; Dale Marth, Advanced Disposal; Kathy Meidl, Heritage Bank; Tammy Meissner, Norm-E-Lane Farms; Ralph Mueller; Joe Pacovsky, Marshfield Utilities; Neil Riedel; Linda Schmidtke, Schmidtke's Cleaning Services; Lisa Schneider, State Farm Insurance; Todd Schultz, RCU; Adam Severt, Premier Printing; Dick Solberg; Dana Upton, Prudential Success Realty; Mike Warren, WDLB/WOSQ Radio; Pat Wesenberg, Central City Credit Union; and Diane Wolf.

These individuals truly are the eyes and ears of our community and represent your Chamber well.

MACCI is most grateful for all they do for our organization.

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