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By Tom Durkin
Chamber elects new officers, sets goals for 2018
As the new members of the board of directors of the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce prepare to be installed at the 116th Annual Installation and Awards Dinner Feb. 3, the Advocate conducted an informal survey of new and continuing directors.

We asked the members who responded to requests for interviews what their top agenda items are for 2018.

“My top focus is the Nevada City Classic Bike Race,” reported Matt Margulies, the newly elected president of the board. “We have moved the Nevada City Classic Bike Race to the weekend following Father’s Day.”

Additionally, the race committee has added more events than last year, said the owner of Matteo’s Public on Commercial Street. Margulies has served on the chamber board for six years, but this is his first term as president.

In addition to Saturday sprints up Broad Street, this year will feature a brewfest and street party Saturday night before the 58th running of the race on Sunday, June 24, he said.

Margulies explained the race date change was to attract more people to the “best yet” Nevada City Classic. He said the Father’s Day holiday itself and the Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival drew too many people away from the second-oldest bike race in the country.

Other directors
“I was surprised to be elected,” laughed Barbara Johnson, who owns, with her husband Ken, the Madison House bed-and-breakfast on Broad Street.

Johnson said she was surprised, because she’s only lived here four years. Nevertheless, she has a clear vision of what she wants to accomplish with the chamber.

“My agenda is to assist and cooperate as much as I can to help the chamber achieve its goals,” she said.

“If Nevada City prospers, we all prosper. That’s my motto,” Johnson added.
Newly elected director Homer Nottingham is a classic chamber booster.
“I will strive to show others the fun and fellowship chamber members have with one another,” said the owner of Vital Energy Arts.

Furthermore, “NC Chamber partners with a number of organizations that offer products and services that can support businesses,” Nottingham noted.

Carissa Stroh, general manager of Friar Truck’s Restaurant, also knows what she wants to accomplish during her first term on the board.
“As a director, my goal is to continue moving Nevada City forward while not losing sight of our history and unique culture,” she said.

Stroh added, “My only agenda is to make sure our decisions are working toward that goal.”

Elected as an associate member of the chamber this year, Barbara Tanner is focused on “promoting economic prosperity for the business community … (while) maintaining and preserving the charm of Nevada City.”

Like Margulies, Peggy Peterson has been serving on the chamber board for six years.

The owner of Asylum Down, Yabobo and California Gold revealed what she has learned from her service with the chamber:
“You know, you may have been here all these years in your community, but when you’re on the board of directors, you really start to feel such a strong connection to the people around you.
“It’s a great learning experience,” Peterson said.

Installation dinner
The 10 new directors and this year’s chamber community award winners will be honored Saturday, Feb. 3, at Miners Foundry. Cocktails are at 6 p.m. and dinner is a 7 p.m.

This year’s new Nevada City Chamber of Commerce directors, in addition to Johnson, Nottingham, Stroh and Tanner, are:
• Matthew H. Haas, associate member
• Hilary Hodge, Sierra Commons
• Tom Coleman, The National Hotel
• Linda Hansen, Nevada City Chocolate Shoppe
• Gretchen Bond, Miners Foundry
• Teresa Berliner-Mann, J.J. Jackson’s

The winners of the chamber’s community awards for 2017 are Pascale Fusshoeller, Elza Kilroy Award for outstanding community service; Barbara Tanner, the Dr. Leland and Sally Lewis Visual Arts Award; Sierra Stages, the Dr. Leland and Sally Lewis Performing Arts Award; Rebecca Coffman, the Stan Halls Architectural Award; Music in the Mountains Young Composers Program, the Live Music Award; and Dan Reinhard Masonry, the W. Lon Cooper New Construction Award.

The Annual Nevada City Chamber of Commerce Installation and Awards Dinner is open to the public. Tickets are $50 and can be obtained by calling the chamber at 265-6174.

Tom Durkin is a freelance writer and photographer in Nevada County. Contact him at tdurkin@vfr.net or www.tomdurkin-writer.net.
Matt Margulies