WILLCOX — The Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture hosted its annual membership meeting on Jan. 19.

During the meeting Chamber President Mary Peterson opened the floor to a discussion of “hot topics” going on in the business world of Willcox.

Kathy Klump of Sulphur Springs Valley Historical Society mentioned that in addition to partnering with the Willcox Historic Theater and the Palace of Art and Theater to present the monthly Brown Bag History series, the historical society would like to work with the Chamber to receive funding to “redo the Willcox downtown historic walking tour” as she referenced a printed booklet about the tour.   

“Now, the Chamber printed this about 10 years ago in cooperation with our historical society," Klump said. "A lot of information is outdated. Some of it was never correct. Now we have expanded the history in this booklet. The city of Willcox has agreed to give a thousand dollars and we’re hoping that the chamber will partner with us to go ahead and get our new booklets finished. They should be brought to tourists coming in or locals.”

Peterson said the chamber was looking forward to working with her on the booklet.

Later, following a discussion of amending the articles of incorporation for the Chamber and changes that have been made to those articles prior to the new year, three new board members were nominated and voted on to serve during the new term.  That new term will begin after the chamber's next meeting. The date and location of that meeting will be announced. 

Additionally, two returning board members were up for re-election.    

Newly elected board members were Lisa Smith, L&B Farm; Blaine Greer, Edward Jones Investments; and Eddie Browning, retired. 

During her speech before votes were cast, Smith said her farm that she co-owns with her husband, Burt, contributes pork products to local grocery stores and markets in the area and their reasoning for joining the Chamber of Commerce was to become more involved with the local community.

Greer grew up in Benson and has a background in finances. He mentioned he would like to use his financial knowledge to help Chamber of Commerce members, some of whom he serves as a financial advisor.

Browning, a native of Willcox, formerly served as the vice-president of Western Bank’s Arizona operations. He said he would like to bring his business background to the chamber and continue to serve his local community in any way that he can. 

Tim Anderson, general manager of SureStay Plus Hotel in Willcox, was re-elected. Former board member Mandy Kirkendall wasn’t re-elected. 

Anderson has served in the Chamber since December 2019 and he hopes to continue sharing his “knowledge and experience” with others in the community.