One of the core values at IWCO Direct is a commitment to the communities in which we live and work through mentoring, volunteering and advocacy. An important aspect of bringing this value to life is being active within our local chambers of commerce in the communities where we have facilities, along with other business-oriented organizations.
At the beginning of this year I had the honor of being named Chair of the Southwest Metro Chamber of Commerce, which serves our headquarters in the city of Chanhassen, MN. In 2002, I took on the role of our company delegate and continued until 2011, when I joined the board of directors. In my new role as Chair, I have identified three main objectives:
- To create/address opportunities to support the Chamber’s vision;
- To impact the local communities by promoting commerce and;
- To enhance our members’ business success through leadership, collaboration/partnership and expansion/growth opportunities.
I enjoy the opportunity to contribute in this manner, but I am certainly not the only one at IWCO Direct who volunteers their time and talents to community development.
Diane Ohlinger, Human Resources Manager in Hamburg, PA, is a member of the Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce and Industry. She participates in the Senior HR Roundtable discussion group sessions and attends their HR Legal Update briefings. This past November she facilitated a discussion at their Vocational Technical School Education Forum.
Rita Chrismer, Human Resources Manager in Warminster, PA, is an active member of MidAtlantic Employers’ Association, where she regularly attends its quarterly HR roundtables and their Annual Employment & Law Conference in November.
Sheila Olson, Human Resources Manager in Little Falls, MN, assists her spouse and father-in-law in the Lions Club. During the summer months, she helps the organization plan over six parades and attends them all. She is also a volunteer at Kinship, where she was recently a judge in their Soup and Chili Cook-Off.
Dana Ohnsorg, HRMS Manager in Chanhassen, MN, serves with me and CEO Jim Andersen on the Minnesota Business Partnership. While I serve on the Education Council, she is on the Health Council. Her group works to ensure that Minnesota works to achieve optimal health outcomes for its citizens. Jim, on the other hand, is on the Board of Directors for the organization.
We believe community involvement and volunteerism is essential to a community’s economic growth and sustainable development. It also helps establish shared values in areas such as education, housing, social welfare and the environment. Through the collective efforts of many IWCO Direct employees, I’m proud to say we’re making a positive impact on our local business communities.
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