Debbie Blank The Herald-Tribune
The Batesville Herald-Tribune
---- — The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce invites area citizens to attend an evening with Gov. Mike Pence Tuesday, Aug.13, at the Hill-Rom Center. This will be the governor’s first visit to the city since he was elected.
BACC executive director Melissa Tucker points out, “We’re community driven. We wanted to offer it to everyone,” not just chamber members. “There are not many times you have the opportunity to listen to the governor in a small community like this.”
The schedule: 5:30-6 p.m., welcoming reception; 6 p.m., Pence arrives; 6:15 p.m., Pence speaks on “Vision and Ideas of Indiana”; 7-7:30 p.m., networking.
Pence’s speech “will cover his first six months in office and ... some of his missions,” Tucker reports.
Before Indiana’s leader was invited, the chamber’s board of directors did some research. Board member Mary Jon McCaig says they surveyed “over 280 members to understand their top interests and topics that they feel would help local businesses further develop ...”
According to the director, “We want to start a series of speaking events. Governor Pence was on the top of our list.” Board member Mary Ellen Rippe notes, “We felt that our members and community would gain valuable insight into our ever-changing economic environment with the opportunity to understand firsthand from the governor what the goals of his administration are.”
The board also consists of President Marilyn Schnur, Vice President Dr. Jim Roberts, Lori Feldbauer, Pete Mack, John Dickey, Liz Kellerman, Kevin Krekeler, Joan Schornick, Jolene Struewing, Tim Putnam, Chris Lowery, Megan Marshall, Andy Jaisle, Carrie Handley, Shawwn Storms, Bev Broughton, Rick Fledderman and James Helms.
The event is being sponsored by Hill-Rom, Hillenbrand Inc., Aramark and Rural Alliance for the Arts. Proceeds benefit the chamber.
Seating is limited to 200. The cost, including hors d’oeuvres, is $35 per person. Checks may be made payable to the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce. A cash bar will be available. To RSVP by Aug. 9, persons should contact the chamber at 934-3101 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pence isn’t the only speaker on the horizon. Rippe says, “We are launching a series of Lunch and Learn sessions to help our members navigate commonplace issues that crop up in the workplace.” Communications expert Amy Ruberg of Ruberg Advisory Services recently led a sold-out session. “The series is designed to help businesses pro-actively address the many obstacles that they may encounter to their continued success.”
More information on the benefits of being a Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce member is available at www.batesvillein.com.
Debbie Blank can be contacted at email@example.com or 812-934-4343, Ext. 113.