Christine Dieker’s last day as executive director of the Keizer Chamber of Commerce was April 28. She retired after more than 17 years as the manager and the public face of the chamber.
The Keizer business community was always her focus. She was a vocal advocate of Keizer and its businesses as any one. The Chamber today is much different than when she took the reins. The organization is much more involved with government affairs and lobbying efforts than ever before.
Dieker oversaw the chamber’s move from a small space in the Keizer Heritage Center to a large, welcoming office at Keizer Station, emphasizing the visitor center, and then a move to a different space recently due to development at the shopping center.
It didn’t matter if the chamber had a small or large office. It didn’t matter that there was a new president of the board each year. Dieker was the constant for almost two decades.
While no longer executive director Dieker, will still be very much involved—she will head up the various runs sponsored by the chamber including the five upcoming run events at this month’s Iris Festival.
The Keizer Chamber is a stronger organization because of Christine Dieker. For that we say thank you.