Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce members gathered at the Badlands Community Facility on Thursday evening, March 23 for their Annual General Meeting.
 
About 35 people turned out to hear a recap of the past year at the Chamber, including plans to keep the World's Largest Dinosaur in working order.
 
They also elected directors to take the place of Nathan Fleming, Darcy Thompson and Landon Bosch, whose terms were up, along with that of Chamber president Shelley Rymal.
 
"It's been really great sitting on the Chamber board for the past five years," she told 99.5 Drum FM. "I'm really happy that I'm able to sit for another year as past president."
 
Rymal is pleased with the direction the Chamber took under her presidency, including increased cooperation with the Town of Drumheller and other groups and closer contacts with business owners.
 
"I think that's because there are so many people that are sitting on the board now that are actual small business owners," she speculated. "It really helps to bring things to the forefront."
 
Rymal also thinks her successor will have to continue to work with other levels of government to promote tourism and other industries important to the Drumheller Valley.
 
"I just finished coming back from the Canadian Badlands conference; I also worked for a full week with Travel Alberta," she reported. "It's good to see Travel Alberta come to the forefront to help out with the SHIFT program to help businesses bring themselves to another level."
 
The new Chamber directors elected Thursday are: Nathan Fleming, who ran for re-election, Cindy Clark and Jeff Hall.
 
Rymal's successor as Chamber President will be chosen at the next Chamber of Commerce board meeting on April 11.
 
 

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