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Other Chamber Policies You Should Know
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Dates You Should Know:

  • The Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors meets the third Wednesday of each month at Noon at the Carrabelle Branch of the Franklin County Public Library.
  • Holiday on the Harbor (& Boat Parade of Lights) is the second Saturday of December each year.

 

Other Chamber Policies You Should Know

Our Purpose/Objective:    The Chamber is organized to promote the general welfare and prosperity of the area business community. The work of the Carrabelle Chamber of Commerce is service to its members and the community. Therefore, the Chamber’s Board of Directors and staff will give top priority to efficient and professional service. Every effort will be made to provide the best service possible, without favoritism, prejudice or un­warranted delay. The Chamber’s existence depends upon its Members, ­who deserve and expect the ultimate from the Chamber staff.

Contact with the Public:  The question is often asked, “What is the Chamber’s position in regard to the general public who are not Members of the Chamber?’  Our first principle is that we will attempt to serve everyone as best as we can.  However, there are certain requests for services which will be too time consuming and costly and therefore impractical to perform for non-members.

Referrals:    Referrals to the general public shall be provided by giving a complete listing of all Members in that particular type of business or service to the inquirer.

Mailing/Member Contact List:  A Member list with contact information is available, free of charge, to any Member.  See Privacy Policy.

Political Campaigns/Candidates:  The policy of the Chamber of Commerce regarding political campaigns is to remain neutral.  We do not support/endorse individual candidates. Some candidates may be Chamber Members, and we will promote their appearances and agendas/resumes without prejudice.  We do encourage Members to learn about all candidates and to register and vote. 

Membership Eligibility:  Any reputable person, association, corporation or partnership having an interest in the objectives of this organization shall be eligible for membership. Applications for Membership shall be in writing, on forms provided for that purpose.  All notifications to the Member will be sent via preference indicated on application, ie.. e-mail or U.S. Postal Service.  Any Member may be terminated by a majority vote of the Board of Directors, at a regularly scheduled meeting thereof, for conduct unbecoming a Member or prejudicial to the aims or repute of the Chamber.

Handling of Complaints against Members or Board Members:  When/if a written and signed complaint is received about a Chamber Member of a Board Member, the Executive Director or a Board Member will meet with the Chamber Member/Board Member to inform them a complaint has been filed with the Chamber and give them a copy of the complaint.  Upon receipt of three similar complaints from different sources, within a short period of time, that has gone unresolved, the Board will address the issue at the next regularly scheduled meeting and vote, if necessary, on whether any further action is needed.

Finances:  All money paid to the Chamber shall be placed in a general operating fund. All money subscribed or contributed for a special purpose shall be accounted for separately on the financial statements as restricted revenue for that specified purpose.  A year-to-date statement of revenues and expenditures and a balance sheet for the end-of-month of the prior month shall be furnished to Directors each month at the Board of Directors meeting.  The fiscal year of the Chamber shall end December 31 and mid-year new member investments will be pro-rated accordingly. Renewals are due January 31st each year, 10% late fee is applicable after January 31st.  Any Member shall be terminated by the Executive Director for non-payment of dues after 60 days from the due date, unless an alternate payment plan is agreed upon. The Chamber shall observe all local, state and federal laws which apply to a nonprofit organization as defined in Section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Advertising:  Advertising by the Chamber will generally be limited to Member activities, economic development and special promotions of Member and Chamber events. Institutional advertising in yearbooks, programs, etc., is not considered proper use of Chamber funds.

Endorsements and Recommendations:  The Chamber of Commerce does not provide letters of endorsement to companies, products or services.  The Chamber of Commerce will provide letters of support for other organizations grant applications if the request is made in a timely manner and the use of grant funding does not conflict with the Chamber’s goals and mission.

 

 

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