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Chamber allocates money to hire Founders' Days chair
Are you interested in earning a little money while helping out your community?
The Cashmere Chamber wants to hire someone to lead the organization of Founders' Days, one of Cashmere's largest annual community events.
In July, the Chamber's Board of Directors voted to allocate money to pay someone from the community to chair the Founders' Days Committee.
Several factors led to this decision, said Alex Cruz, Chamber president. The board would like to see a year-round committee formed to expand the event. However, because the Chamber is growing and focusing on several economic development projects, the board also agreed it was time to take Founders' Days out of the Chamber manager's job description and hire someone who will focus on only expanding that event, Cruz said.
The new chair will be in charge of organizing the event, from leading monthly meetings to raising sponsorship funds to working with businesses to create new events held that weekend. The chair also will organize the grand parade.
"It's hard to ask people to volunteer their time for an entire year," Cruz said. " We understand this position will be mostly a volunteer position. We're hoping that by paying a chairperson a stipend, this will generate more interest in the position."
Ideally, the new chairperson will be from Cashmere and has event-planning experience. Applicants must be motivated, organized and enjoy working with the community and business owners. The stipend will be negotiated between the new chairperson and board.
The board is asking for a two-year commitment from the new chairperson.
"That first year will include much learning," said Chamber manager Jill FitzSimmons. "The Chamber has a committee of community members already in place and will provide all the necessary information and support the new chairperson needs. The board is looking for someone committed to rebuilding the event."
Interested applicants can send a cover letter with contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org. The board aims to have someone in place in September.
"We don't know what Founders' Days will look like next year. It may even have a new name," Cruz said. "We hope that by hiring a chairperson, the event is re-energized. We have a great community event that will celebrate its 36th anniversary in 2014. We want to make it bigger and better than ever."
Have you checked out the museum's new audio tour?
When you visit the Cashmere Museum and Pioneer Village, you can follow along with a new audio tour.
The Cashmere Museum announces the addition of an audio tour that offers visitors a virtual tour guide in the palm of their hand.
Visitors check out a handheld device which contains pre-recorded descriptions of more than 100 museum tour points of interest. The visitor walks up to an exhibit, enters the exhibit number on the handheld device keypad and is treated to a detailed explanation or colorful story about the history and contents of the exhibit.
Tom Baldwin, museum board president, explains that until now, the visitor experience has been strictly limited to visual observations of the often intricate and elaborate displays. The new audio tour adds another important dimension by actually telling the story of the exhibits. The audio tour provides an explanation of artifact use, origin, history and the connection to the surrounding Wenatchee and Columbia River valley regions.
The Cashmere Museum emphasizes exhibits rich in local and regional historical significance. Indoor exhibits consist of archeological treasures dating back more than 9,000 years, exhibits of Native American and early American West artifacts and artwork, and much more. The museum also includes a 2-acre Pioneer Village where 20 original structures from the late 1800s are on display. The village buildings come from around Cashmere and were painstakingly transported and reassembled in the museum setting.
"The museum and village come alive with the addition of the audio tour," Baldwin said.
The Cashmere Museum Audio Tour is the result of a year-long cooperative project. A grant from the Icicle Fund provided the equipment, and museum volunteers created, produced and arranged all of the audio segments. The museum is open daily through Oct. 31.
Sorry, but we will have some irregular hours here at the Chamber office this week. While your manager is on vacation, someone will be manning the office Wednesday and Thursday, checking phone messages and helping our summer visitors. If you have any questions for the Chamber, please leave a message or drop us an email and manager Jill FitzSimmons will be back with you when she returns Aug. 6.
The Cashmere Chamber of Commerce
103 Cottage Ave., 509-782-7404
PO Box 834, Cashmere, WA 98815
July 26: The Cowboy Humorist
. Join Dave Stamey and Baxter Black for an evening of cowboy poetry and music. 7 p.m. in the Snowy Owl Theater, 7409 Icicle Road in Leavenworth.
Aug. 1: Free community dinner. Cashmere United Methodist Church, 213 S. Division St., hosts a free community meal every Thursday evening. 5 to 7 p.m. Donations are accepted but not required.
Aug. 2: Cashmere Farmer's Market. 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Chief John Harmelt Park next to the Cashmere Museum. Market runs through September.
Aug. 4: Free entrance for Cashmere residents to the Cashmere Museum and Pioneer Village
. Every first Sunday of the month, Cashmere residents get in free to the museum. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Aug. 8: Free community dinner. Cashmere United Methodist Church, 213 S. Division St., hosts a free community meal every Thursday evening. 5 to 7 p.m. Donations are accepted but not required.
Aug. 9: Cashmere Farmer's Market. 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Chief John Harmelt Park next to the Cashmere Museum. Market runs through September.
Aug. 10: Third Annual NCW Wine Awards
. 6 to 9 p.m. at Town Toyota Center in Wenatchee. Meet the wine makers and taste the award-winning wines from more than 30 regional wineries, plus enjoy locally hand-crafted distilled spirits, cider and beer, as well as a wide selection of amazing food. Tickets $40.
Aug. 15: Free community dinner. Cashmere United Methodist Church, 213 S. Division St., hosts a free community meal every Thursday evening. 5 to 7 p.m. Donations are accepted but not required.
Aug. 16: Cashmere Farmer's Market. 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Chief John Harmelt Park next to the Cashmere Museum. Market runs through September.
Aug. 17: Pak the Bins! A school supplies fundraiser for the Cashmere School District. Bring new, donated school supplies and backpacks to the school district office, 210 S. Division St., from noon to 3 p.m. Businesses are encouraged to get involved. For more information, contact Leah at 421-2233. A project from Crunch Pak
and the AJ Foundation.
Aug. 22: Free community dinner. Cashmere United Methodist Church, 213 S. Division St., hosts a free community meal every Thursday evening. 5 to 7 p.m. Donations are accepted but not required.
Aug. 23: Cashmere Farmer's Market. 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Chief John Harmelt Park next to the Cashmere Museum. Market runs through September.
Save the Date: Sept. 5-8 is the Chelan County Fair.
For more news and events, check out the Chamber's website at
When sisters Darlene Adams and Jo Keyser, both born and raised in Cashmere, opened Secondhand Memories
earlier this year, they returned an antique store and thrift shop to the downtown. Secondhand Memories
, 126 Cottage Ave., has more than 3,000 square feet of space of new and used items and collectibles. The sisters have designed a fun, creative store to browse and shop. More information at 782-0587. Open seven days a week during the summer.
Serenity Spa and Salon
, 203 Woodring St., is Cashmere's one-stop pampering shop. Owner Toni Andruss, a licensed cosmetologist since 1997, opened the downtown spa earlier this year. Serenity offers all the pampering you could ask for -- skin and body therapies, various massages, and full salon services, from haircuts for the family to tanning and pedicure s and manicures. "I think it's a great place for people in Cashmere to come and relax," Andruss said. Watch for Serenity's daily deals
on its Facebook page! For more information, contact Serenity at 888-9517.