Cherokee Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Joni DeVos marked her last day on Thursday Sept. 11. DeVos has been the Executive Director since December of 2004.
DeVos has seen a lot of changes in the community and at the Chamber since she began four years ago. When she started, the Chamber had 152 members and today the chamber now has 210 members and has shown financial growth because of the growing membership.
When asked what she will miss about her job, DeVos said, " I'll miss all the volunteers who make all the events in town go off. I highly appreciate them and all the hours they have put in. That will be the hardest thing, missing all of those people, plus the board members. They have been wonderful and a big thank you to the City of Cherokee for housing the Chamber."
She also added, "When an event that you worked on for months finally comes, and it's over in a day, it's great to say, I was a part of that and seeing the pride that the community has in those events."
Some of the many events that DeVos has been apart of are: Hot Dog Days, the Cherokee PRCA Rodeo, Trick or Treat Parade, The Christmas Parade, Crazy Days, Ag Day, Scarecrow Contest, the Street Dance, the Fifth Grade Farm Tour, Bowling and Golfing tournaments, plus Chamber Bucks and the annual Discount Holiday Cash, Welcome Baskets for new residents, the hanging plants baskets that decorate the downtown area, Chamber Chat on KCHE and being part of the weekly Chamber Coffee, a 37-year tradition.
DeVos has also served on several committees involving the community. Some of those include: Promotions team; Agra- Business; PRCA Rodeo; New Business incentive programs with the CAEDC; Sesquicentennial committee and Time Capsule committee and involvement with the new city and county map, to name a few.
DeVos was also involved with the Christmas decorations that hang downtown and on Hwy 59. "A big thank you to Mid American, Family Table, Champion Electric and all the city employees that make the decorations possible each year" said DeVos.
As for her future, DeVos said "It was a hard decisions to decide to leave the Chamber, but I'll be able to spend more time with my kids." DeVos will also be the new Office Administrator at the Memorial Presbyterian Church in Cherokee.
Although she won't be the Executive Director at the Chamber, she does still plan to volunteer for Chamber events, and she will also still be working at the Chamber office from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. while the Chamber Board finds a new director.
The Chamber office will be open from 9 a.m. to noon and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday though Friday through the transition period.