Committees are the heart of the Greater Georgetown Chamber organization. Through them, projects are initiated and carried through to completion. They provide an excellent training ground for future officers of the Chamber and for leaders of the Community. It is a truism that a Chamber's strength and influence can usually be measured by the character of its committees and the amount and quality of work they do.
DEFINITION OF TERMS:
Committee - If a project is of an on-going nature that will carry over to future years, then the terminology "committee" is used. Committees are established to consider, investigate, recommend or act in regard to matters affecting the organization, its members, the city, county, state or country. Usually they report to the Board for policy decisions, but in some cases they are delegated authority to take appropriate action.
Task Force -If the assignment is the accomplishment of a specific task that will be handled in a reasonably short period of time, after which the members will be dismissed to service on other projects, then the terminology "task force" is used.
All task force and committee chairpersons are appointed by the President, usually with the concurrence of the Board of Directors. Together with the ED they outline and organize the assigned activities.
The chairpersons are responsible for seeing that the activities assigned to their respective groups are carried out on time and within budget. They must evaluate their work and procedures and the progress of both the group as a whole as well as its individual members. They must be willing to give their time and energy in guiding and stimulating the group to produce.
Chairpersons are directly accountable to the President and responsible for coordination, performance and assistance to the Board of Directors.
TASK FORCE APPOINTMENTS:
While the President appoints the chairperson, the President normally delegates the appointment of the remainder of the committee or task force to the chairperson. They shall not represent the Chamber in advocacy of, or opposition to, any project without the specific consent of the Board of Directors.
Task force members are responsible for carrying out the task force's assigned projects as set up in the program and approved by the Board of Directors. Each task force member is responsible for their phase of this work as outlined by the chairperson.
Task force members are accountable to the chairperson and may be dropped from the task force for consistent non-attendance of meetings without valid excuse.
1. BY-LAWS: The By-Laws of the Chamber of Commerce prescribes the democratic processes by which the organization operates. The Board of Directors will ensure the review of the Bylaws and procedures annually and to update the documents as necessary.
2. ETHICS: Seeks to create and sustain an ethical business climate for GGCOC Officers & Directors, Chamber staff, Chamber members and the Georgetown community by adopting a Code of Business Ethics. This Model Code is a statement of principles to help guide decisions and actions based on respect for the importance of ethical business standards in the community.
3. LONG-RANGE/STRATEGIC PLANNING: Develops the direction of the GGCOC over the next three (3) years; and maintains these long-range plans, including dues structures, policies and procedures, technology issues and other areas of concern that will affect the Chamber's overall mission and goals.
4. BUDGET/FINANCE: Reviews and examines the financial affairs of the Chamber and prepares and presents to the Board at the end/beginning of each fiscal year, a budget of estimates of expenditures and revenue for the ensuing year. Maintains financial management and policies of the Chamber; and the operating and capital budgets, taxes, revenue, audits, judgments and claims of the Chamber. o
5. GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS/COMMUNITY RELATIONS: Reviews local, state and federal legislation that affects the membership, then makes recommendations to the Board to either support or oppose those pieces of pending legislation. The committee establishes and strengthens a mutually beneficial working relationship between the state, county and town governments, its members, and the business community.
6. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Utilizes the talents of Chamber members to identify, define, analyze, and address the issues and opportunities that affect the economic growth potential of the Greater Georgetown area. It promotes business with and between member firms, provides guidance and resources to members wishing to expand their operation, and assists Chamber members in implementing sound business practices via education, networking and advocacy. GGCOC is dedicated to creating and vigorously supporting an environment in which business can succeed and the quality of life is enhanced. To this end, the Chamber works hand in hand with several strategic partners to ensure that Sussex County is at the forefront of relocation choices - and that businesses already here are encouraged to stay and expand.
7. MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT: Directs recruitment and retention of Chamber members, and develops and monitors services and benefits for members. Promotes membership growth and retention by defining and communicating the value of Chamber membership to prospective, current and former members. The committee works to ensure the source of life blood of the Chamber-- dues paying members--- is continuously kept primed.
8. TOURISM: Promotes, develops and coordinates year-round tourism/visitation to the Sussex County area, and creates an awareness and understanding of tourism's effect on, and enhancement of, the local economy and residents' quality of life.
9. PUBLIC RELATIONS/MEDIA: Provides a vehicle for the distribution of information about the Chamber to its members and the public at large. It will work closely with the Board to develop a multi-level program to ensure the publication of announcements and information.
10. NOMINATION: Prepares a list of nominees from the membership at large and current Officers & Directors to fill vacancies on the Board of Directors.
11. PERSONNEL: Directs the recruitment of the Chamber Executive Director. Develops and maintains a personnel policy, compensation methods, and incentives. The Personnel Committee also aids in the annual evaluation and review process of all Chamber staff and addresses issues relevant to the Chamber staff.
BREAKFAST/MIXER/LUNCH: Responsible for the scheduling and coordination of facilities, host sites and speakers for monthly Chamber networking events.
EASTER EGG HUNT: Responsible for strategic & operational planning and financial & fundraising planning for this yearly event.
DECADENT DESSERT PARTY: Responsible for strategic & operational planning and financial & fundraising planning for this yearly event.
GEORGETOWN COMMUNITY YARD SALE: Responsible for strategic, operational and financial planning & execution for this new event. The Georgetown Community Yard Sale is established as a fund raiser and a means to build strong relationships between Chamber members, Sports at the Beach, and the community at large.
WINGS & WHEELS-A FALL FESTIVAL: Responsible for strategic & operational planning and financial & fundraising planning for this yearly event.
CHRISTMAS BALLOON PARADE: Responsible for strategic & operational planning and financial & fundraising planning for this yearly event.
CHAMBER HOLIDAY PARTY: Responsible for strategic & operational planning and financial & fundraising planning for this yearly event.
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