I resigned from the Harbor Country Chamber of Commerce last week after 8 years at the helm.

I know I’m not unique, but having worked consistently for 45 years with only a 4 week break, I’m looking forward to a much longer one in the coming months. For once in my life, I am not making any plans and will see what opportunities might excite me enough to get off the back porch (or not).

There are lots of people to thank for helping me take the Chamber to a new level. First and foremost — Rich Kochanny, Gregg Bubb, Maureen Culp and Kevin Harrington — the Steering Committee that hired me and had a vision for economic development in Harbor Country. Chamber staff past and present especially Kim Wendt, Emily Hojara, Robin Quackenbush and Kim Pruitt, who made every day in the office fun. Margaret Adams of Cornerstone Alliance for her partnership and inspiration. To the Chamber Board of Directors, past and present, for their guidance and support. And to the 500 Chamber members who I had the pleasure to serve and get to know.

Last, but most certainly not least, I would like to thank Dave Johnson of Harbor Country News and the staff of New Buffalo Times for their commitment to covering Chamber activities. We are so fortunate to have two local papers in our community.

I can’t wait to get back to gardening, classes at the Y, and walking … lots of walking. See you around town!

Warm regards

Viki Gudas

Union Pier

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