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Audrey Butler takes over Keizer Chamber board

Audrey Butler (center) formally took over as president of the Keizer Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Tuesday from Derik Milton (right). (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)
Audrey Butler (center) formally took over as president of the Keizer Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Tuesday from Derik Milton (right). (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)

Of the Keizertimes

Audrey Butler was in line to be the new president of the Keizer Chamber of Commerce Board.

She just had to wait a bit.

When board members agreed to move the changeover date from January to June, that meant president Derik Milton was tabbed to serve an 18-month term, instead of the customary one-year term.

During a Tuesday luncheon at the Keizer Quality Inn and Conference Center (formerly the Renaissance Inn), Milton handed over control to Butler.

“We had some tough discussions and huge learning lessons,” Milton said of the past 18 months. “I have learned about bylaws. I learned there is a book called Roberts Rules of Order. This chamber has taught me more in street smarts and common sense than any job I’ve ever had. We had some stuff I didn’t agree with, but more I did agree with. To my board, I can’t thank you enough.”

Milton recognized board members Paula Moseley, Rob Miller, AJ Nash, Jerry Walker, Bob Zielinski, Scott White, Dave Walery, Karen Ellis, Nathan Bauer, James Hauge and Butler, though five of the board members weren’t among the approximately 50 people who were in attendance.

Christine Dieker, executive director of the Keizer Chamber of Commerce, thanked Milton for his service.

“It’s been special working with you,” Dieker told Milton. “We’re lifelong learners. We’re students of people. You have taught me a tremendous amount of growth.”

Butler noted current Keizer City Councilor Kim Freeman first got her involved with the chamber. She then got involved with the Giving Baskets program and helped develop the Keizer Network of Women (KNOW).

“I thank Christine for many reasons,” Butler said. “Her leadership and guidance helped me to develop KNOW and Leadership 101. She allowed me to be the change.”

After thanking others and going over her background, Butler then explained her goals for the year ahead.

“I’ll always put members first,” she said. “I have your back. I want to keep members updated. I’ll continue to work with the city council and encourage businesses to move to Keizer. I want to keep membership active and up to date. I want to have a working committed business people who are willing to actively play a role in our growth. Our growth is imminent. I hope you’ll role up your shirt sleeves and work with me.”

Board members for the year ahead are president-elect Zielinski, Miller, White, Walery, Moseley, Bauer, Larry Jackson, Craig Williams, Jodi Berry, Alicia Self and Dan Clem.