Chamber Of Commerce To Give Business People A Forum

Round-table Groups Will Meet Monthly

January 15, 1992|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Staff writer

WESTMINSTER — The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce plans to launch round-table discussions this year to give business people a chance to share solutions to problems, the group's new president said.

The discussions will help business people become "more well-rounded and successful," said R. Wayne Barnes, who was installed as the 1992 chamber president Saturday.

Barnes, who served as chamber vice president last year, was elected by the general membership to a one-year term as president. He is president of Barnes-Bollinger Insurance Services Inc. in Westminster.

Scott Manhoff of McShea & Co. Inc. was elected vice president, andJanet M. Gross, owner of a certified public accounting firm in Westminster, was elected to a second term as treasurer.

The officers and six new board members were announced at the group's annual scholarship dinner-dance at Martin's Westminster. About 220 people attended the event, which benefits the Charles D. Schaffer Scholarship Foundation.

The foundation will award three $500 scholarships this year tograduating high school seniors at county public schools, said foundation chairman George Sparks Jr. of New Windsor.

The dinner-dance Saturday raised between $1,500 and $2,000, he said. Schaffer, who diedin 1983, was the chamber's executive director for 17 years.

The round-table groups, each with 10 members from non-competing businesses, will meet once a month, said Helen Utz, the chamber's executive director.

Members will be able to talk about solutions to personnel or cash-flow problems, for example, she said. The groups have been used successfully by chambers around the country.

"Hopefully, some more experienced people will join these groups," she said.

Utz, who will have been executive director for 20 years in July, was honored Saturday for her service. Members surprised her by giving her a watch.

"In her quiet, soft-spoken way, she gives her guidance to the chamber. She could sell refrigerators to Eskimos," Barnes said.

Outgoing President Thomas F. See said, "To many people, Helen Utz is the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce. Much of the success of the chamberis due to her leadership."

The chamber has more than 600 members.

Barnes said one of his goals for this year is to provide "qualityprograms on timely subjects" at breakfast and lunch meetings. The group hopes to foster "a friendly atmosphere" at the meetings to increase attendance, he added.

The chamber also wants to entice more members to serve on its 16 standing committees, Barnes said. The committees meet monthly and deal with county relations, business and education, business fairs, economic development and long-range planning, among other issues.

See honored Gross and Terri Meushaw as outstanding chamber members for 1991. Meushaw was chairwoman of the public relations committee.

New board members announced Saturday were: Charles Mooshian of Fountain Valley Analytical Laboratory Inc.; Lee Depot of First National Bank of Maryland; Ellen Horine of Westminster Graphics; Loraine Long of Long's Florist; Cherie Jenkins of Jenkins Insurance Associates; and Paul Cross of Basically Computers.

All but Mooshian were elected to three-year terms; he will serve a one-year term.

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