The Perry Chamber of Commerce moved its administrative machinery from one corner office to another last week, and the members gathered Friday morning to mark the occasion with a Chamber Coffee Time event.
The Chamber vacated its rooms in the Security Bank Building at 1102 Willis Ave. in exchange for a spot in the former bank at the other end of block — at 1124 Willis Ave., offices formerly occupied by the Center for Town/Craft, a partnership between the city of Perry, the Iowa State University College of Design and the ISU Extension and Outreach Community and Economic Development program.
“We’re really excited about this latest development of the Chamber,” said Emily Leslie, Chamber board member and the commercial group’s marketing director. “The Chamber is so excited to have the support of so many community members and businesses.”
About 25 Chamber members attended Friday’s monthly coffee event, which offers members commercial fellowship and a chance to keep up on the many goings on around town.
Chamber member Dave Wright presented a $1,000 donation check on behalf of the Chamber to Gary Iles of the Rowley Masonic Community. The funds were raised at last month’s second annual Perry Cruise car show, and the donation will go toward the annual Dallas County Relay for Life cancer drive.
The Perry Chamber is still seeking an executive director for its operations, Leslie said, but that has not slowed down the pace of Chamber-sponsored activities. Not only was last month’s Perry Cruise car show was a big success, she said, but plans for the Sept. 20 Perry High School Homecoming Parade are also taking shape nicely.
“The PHS Homecoming Parade is coming together so beautifully with the Chamber and community working side by side,” Leslie said. “The community of Perry has so many talented individuals and when we come together, great things happen, like the Homecoming Parade. Homecoming is such an exciting time of year, and we want to encourage everyone to jump in and get involved in their community.”
Also coming together beautifully were the built-in counters and desks formerly adorning the offices of the Raccoon Valley Bank and generously donated by the bank for reuse in the new Chamber offices.