About the Dimmitt Chamber of Commerce:
What is the Dimmitt Chamber of Commerce?
It is a voluntary organization of Dimmitt citizens who are investing in
a community development program – trying to improve the agricultural,
industrial and civic well-being of the community.
What are the purposes of the Chamber of Commerce?
To sponsor and encourage any activity that will lead toward the creation
of more dollars for more people and improve the overall economic welfare of
the city. To provide a clearing house for community ideas, activities and
information. To translate community improvement ideas into action and to
always be of the most service to the most people in the community.
Who can join the Dimmitt Chamber of Commerce?
Any responsible citizen of Dimmitt and the surrounding area who is interested in the improvement of the city and who is willing to make an investment in the organization.
Why should I belong to the Chamber of Commerce?
Active membership in the Chamber of Commerce carries with it a sense of accomplishments and inner satisfaction from the knowledge that one is doing
his fair share in an important job. Although everyone in the community benefits
from the work of the Chamber of Commerce, one can accepts those benefits with a
sense of pride ONLY if he has a part in bringing them about. Build your business by
building your community – be a member of the Dimmitt Chamber of Commerce.
Is the Dimmit Chamber of Commerce tax supported?
No. The Dimmitt Chamber of Commerce depends upon membership
dues to carry out the projects that will benefit the community.
Are the Offices and Directors paid for their work?
No. The only paid employees are the Executive Directors and Secretary who
devote their full time to Dimmitt Chamber of Commerce activities. Officer,
Directors, Committee Chairmen and Committee Members all serve without pay.
Who runs the Dimmitt Chamber of Commerce?
The membership. A Board of Directors, consisting of twelve members elected by
the entire membership to determine the policies and direct activities. The by-laws
provide for a change of personnel on the Board of Directors each year to
serve a three year term. Suggestions from members on projects, policies or
other matters of interest are always welcomed and appreciated. All members,
regardless of dues they pay, have the same voice, same privileges and
the same opportunity for service. Officers, consisting of a President, Vice
President and a Secretary, are elected annually by the Board of Directors.
The Executive Director, who is a paid employee, is responsible to the entire membership
for carrying out the administrative functions of the Dimmitt Chamber of Commerce.
How does the Dimmitt Chamber of Commerce work?
Primarily through committees. The needs of the community are listed in the form of a written Program of Work and committees are named to carry out the various projects. Some projects may be completed in a short time, while others may require several years of sustained effort. The Dimmitt Chamber of Commerce should not be mistaken for a social club. It is an action organization – a business institution dedicated to those projects that will provide a more abundant life for all the people of Dimmitt.
What actual benefits do members receive?
Numerous benefits are available to members. However, the real benefits come
indirectly through the continuous development of the community. An active,
well-supported Chamber of Commerce program provides increased income for farmers,
more business for merchants and professional people, better workers and greater
production for industry and more job opportunities for the working people.
Is the Dimmit Chamber of Commerce interested in
dairy, agriculture and the welfare of the rural community?
Yes. Agriculture is a basic economic factor in Dimmitt. The Chamber of Commerce
is extremely interested in those projects that will bring more prosperity for
the rural people and has an Agricultural Committee to help with many projects.
Though you live outside Dimmitt, you are affected by the quality of life we provide.
Is the Dimmitt Chamber of Commerce really interested in securing new industry?
Yes. Industry provides employment – employment provides payrolls –
payrolls mean prosperity. The Dimmitt Chamber of Commerce recognizes
the vital needs for additional employment opportunities in Dimmitt.
Does the Dimmit Chamber of Commerce enter into political or controversial matters?
The Dimmit Chamber of Commerce, although interested in
good government and the welfare of the community, takes no
part in politics, belongs to no party and supports no candidates.
In controversial matters that affect the welfare of the community,
the Dimmitt Chamber of Commerce tries to seek out the facts and
present them to the clear view of everyone in the community. By its
very nature, the Chamber of Commerce must ignore all special interests.
We believe in Dimmitt, and we believe you do too!
Dues are rated on a “fair-share” formula. What is your “fair-share”? This
formula is a suggested equitable method for determining your level of
financial support for the Dimmitt Chamber of Commerce.
Rate yourself: In each of the three categories, find the place where you belong.
Total the factor scores and find the recommended amount of your investment.
This is meant to be a confidential way of determining your investment.
Total Factor Score Recommended minimum annual fair share investment
Individual membership (farmers, teachers, retired)
THE DIMMIT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE DOES FOR YOU
for the future of the city. Its goal is to make Dimmitt a better place to live,
work and raise a family through economic development.
Visitors and many residents often make their first contact with Dimmitt a
t the Chamber office. They arrive with many questions about the
community that are answered cheerfully and accurately.
Visitors and local residents often inquire about places to lodge,
eat, shop and obtain services such as attorneys, doctors, realtors and
builders. We always provide them with information concerning
members of the Chamber who can serve their needs.
Hundreds of pieces of correspondence are received weekly by the
Dimmitt Chamber of Commerce concerning all phases of life in Dimmitt.
Visitors write about locating in Dimmitt. The Chamber staff answers this correspondence for you. The Dimmitt Chamber, through its committee structure, constantly
stimulates self-appraisal by the citizens of Dimmitt and focuses attention
on Dimmitt assets. We strive to keep printed brochures and souvenirs representing Dimmitt available. The Dimmitt Chamber serves as host for various meetings,
sporting events, newcomers and the annual pheasant season. The
Chamber sponsors the Christmas Open House and City-Wide Garage Sale Day,
promotion along with an on-going campaign to “Shop Dimmitt First.”
The Chamber provides educational programs on customer relations and small
business management. It conducts ribbon cuttings to welcome new businesses.
It also sponsors an annual clean-up campaign with an on-going program
for beautifying Dimmitt, better known as CUFUPU (clean up, fix up, pride up).
It sponsors the annual Harvest Days Celebration with activities for young and old.
The Chamber also holds and annual banquet designed to honor outstanding
citizens in our community. It also coordinates the 4th of July fireworks display.
The Chamber assisted in establishing and works with the Economic Development Commission for encouraging the retention and expansion of existing businesses
and industry as well as attracting new ones. We keep a team of volunteers ready to
work with prospects and maintain files on buildings and land sites available.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS & CHAMBER MEMBERS
Chamber of Commerce Staff
Lourdes Chavez– Executive Director
Dr. Skylar Bizzell
The Board of Directors meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month.
Please Contact Us if you would like to attend.