Volunteers help WC Chamber reopen

Office was closed under ‘an extraordinary set of circumstances

WEBSTER CITY — Despite announcing last week that its office would be closed indefinitely, the Webster City Chamber of Commerce has managed to open its doors thanks to volunteers.

Lynn McKinney, president of the Chamber’s board of directors, said on Thursday that the office will be open a few hours each weekday, probably from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 2 p.m.

While there is no paid staff at this time, McKinney said the volunteers will be answering phone calls, checking email, helping customers and working on projects like the table tents.

“We have some former employees who have stepped in to help us,” she said.

She also said that Chamber Bucks are still good.

The Webster City Chamber of Commerce announced last week that the office would be closed indefinitely, but it has not disclosed why.

In a letter dated June 29, and signed by McKinney, the Chamber of Commerce announced to members that the office would be closed until further notice. The letter also stated that all chamber events, including the July 20 Chamber Golf Outing, were postponed..

McKinney said in the letter that the Chamber of Commerce was experiencing “an extraordinary set of circumstances,” which required the office to be shuttered and events canceled.

The letter also stated that more information would be released as it becomes available.

On Thursday, McKinney again declined to comment on the circumstances surrounding the office closure.

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