The full Chamber board: front row from left: JoAnne Slater, Mike Lackey, Nick Todd, Claudine Ellis and Emily Dixon. Back row: Kim Mueller, Lena Marshall, Peter Buhl, Don Strunk, David Jerome and Richmond Blake. Photo: Marshall Smith

The Idyllwild Chamber of Commerce met on Monday, July 18, with a full board of 11 directors, the first time in many years that the Chamber’s board has been complete. Directors include President Nick Todd, First Vice President Richmond Blake, Second Vice President JoAnne Slater, Treasurer Kim Mueller, Secretary David Jerome, Lena Marshall, Claudine Ellis, Emily Dixon, Don Strunk, Peter Buhl and Mike Lackey.

Slater reported that the Chamber currently has 125 business and 32 individual members. Todd reported that the installation dinner was a success with over 70 attendees including 3rd District Supervisor Jeff Stone, who said he enjoyed himself and felt very comfortable at the dinner, according to Todd.

Treasurer Mueller reported that the Chamber’s financial condition continues to improve, with over $1,600 in its operating account. David Roy was paid his final $1,000 for completing his carving “Harmony,” leaving $3,565.55 in the monument account.

In other business, Todd reported he, Buhl and Lackey have formed a committee to get the Chamber shuttle up and running.

Todd had invited Dawn Sonnier, of the Idyllwild Community Recreation Council (ICRC), to the meeting to discuss the transition of the recreation contract and the use of Town Hall from ICRC to the county. The Chamber holds the deed to Town Hall and must agree to the transfer of the lease from ICRC to the county. Sonnier and fellow board members Emily White and Linda McCaughin discussed their concerns over the county’s prospective management of the facility. The Chamber board delayed its vote to approve the lease transfer. They plan to decide before the County Service Area 36 special meeting with county officials at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, at the Caine Learning Center.