How else would the Golden Chamber of Commerce celebrate its 100th birthday, than with a ribbon cutting. The organization has helped countless other organizations celebrate milestones with ribbon …
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How else would the Golden Chamber of Commerce celebrate its 100th birthday, than with a ribbon cutting.
The organization has helped countless other organizations celebrate milestones with ribbon cuttings for a century now. So it was only fitting that the chamber celebrated its own significant milestone, its 100th birthday, with a ribbon cutting of its own.
“This time I get to hold the scissors and do the cutting which is different,” said Nola Krajewski, the chamber’s interim executive director.”
Around 50 chamber members and other members of the Golden community came out to the chamber building to see the ribbon be cut and enjoy the reception that proceeded it.
“We are very excited to have reached 100 years and we couldn’t have do it without our members and community supporting us all along the way,” Krajewski said. “This is a celebration of you which is why I wanted all of you in this picture with us and to be part of our ribbon-cutting today. Let’s cut this ribbon.”
Although the chamber does not know the exact date of its anniversary, the chamber does possess records that show that it was founded in April of 1920 after a meeting of a small group of business leaders under the leadership of Herman Coors, the manager of Coors Porcelain. Coors was the first president of the chamber. The organization has grown considerably over the century that followed and now has about 375 members.
But while its actual birthday isn’t until April, the chamber is celebrating throughout the year. Other events will include a birthday party luncheon event in November and the launch of a “100 for 100” campaign, which will create a scholarship fund for Golden area high school seniors.
So what is behind the chamber’s longevity and sustained success?
Michael Herman, the chair of the chamber’s Ambassador Committee that attempts to connect chamber members to both the organization and broader Golden, says it comes back to the chamber’s members and their passion for both the organization and the community.
“The chamber is full of great people I think that’s what makes it great,” said Herman, who has been a member of the chamber for 11 years. “It’s not the chamber itself it’s the people that are in it.”
Jen Perez said being a member of the chamber has helped her to integrate into the Golden community while also helping her business.
“I have met so many people, I have made so many friends,” she said. “And my business has picked up a lot since I joined.”
While the chamber’s members have undoubtedly been instrumental in its success, so too has the wider community, Krajewski said.
“We have a community that cares about the businesses in Golden and wants to see them be successful and so they in turn support the chamber so that we can help make them successful,” she said. “We are just very thankful to our community.”
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