Chamber announces annual meeting

JASPER — The Jasper Chamber of Commerce will have hold its 66th annual meeting as a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 11, at the Calumet Lake Pavilion, 2210 N. Mill St.. The luncheon will be followed by a meeting, presentations and keynote speaker.

The Jasper Chamber of Commerce is comprised of 16 board members and two staff positions.

During the luncheon, outgoing Chamber Board President Tom Moorman will recognize board members and other officers who served during the 2019 term. Moorman will also make the presentation of the annual President’s Community Excellence Award. The award is given annually to an individual in the community who has given of him or herself in a variety of ways to make a difference. The award is always a surprise to the recipient.

The board of directors for 2019 also included Mark Fierst, vice president; Rachel Levin, secretary; Bernie Kreilein, treasurer; and Tim Gray, Dr. Tim Barry, Opal Sermersheim, Angie Kleinhelter, Sheri Keller, Cody Ziegler, Christian Blome, Mike Horney, Patrick Uebelhor, Mary Leah Siegel, Kate Schwenk and Ted Miller. The staff positions are held by Nancy Eckerle, executive director, and Janet Beckman, office manager. New board members for 2020 will be announced during the annual meeting.

Jasper native and United States Senator Mike Braun will be the keynote speaker. Senator Braun will tell of his experiences and goals during his first year in the U.S. Senate.

After graduating from Wabash College and Harvard Business School, Sen. Braun turned down Wall Street to return to his hometown of Jasper to raise a family and build a business just a few miles from where he grew up. He grew that small company into a national industry leader with locations in 39 states and more than 800 employees, all while keeping his company’s headquarters in Jasper. Three of Braun’s four children now work in his business, and he and his high school sweetheart, Maureen, will soon celebrate 42 years of marriage. He is proud to serve Hoosier families by taking his record of leadership and innovation in the private sector to the waste and gridlock of the U.S. Senate.

Tickets for the annual chamber meeting are priced at $30 each or tables of eight for $220.

Reservations can be made by calling the chamber office at 812-482-6866 or e-mailing the Jasper Chamber at The deadline for reservations is Friday, Oct. 4.

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