Cowra’s Business Chamber needs a president.
A committee was elected unopposed at the Chamber’s annual general meeting on Wednesday but is without a president and a vice president.
The Business Chamber can however continue, under its constitution, with a chairman selected from its committee to run its meetings.
Outgoing president Simon Davis listed among the highlights of his time as president last year’s Cowra CWA Conference and the very successful Cowra Christmas Night Festival.
The CWA conference was staged in partnership with the Cowra CWA and Cowra PCYC.
“Collectively with Rowena Casey and her team we were able to organise a bus from the showground to get these ladies into town spending money.
“Every one of the delegates was given a Cowra Cash Card to encourage them to get out and about and spend money in the town.
“The cash injection for the town was estimated at $2.5 million while they were here,” Mr Davis told the meeting.
He said the Christmas Street Festival, which is run in partnership with Cowra Council and Cowra Tourism was an “outstanding” achievement.
“The street festival capped out at 112 stall holders.
“The Cracker prize pool was nearly $9000 and between Cowra Business Chamber and Cowra Council we put up 100 marquees in 30 minutes in late 30 degrees heat which was astounding.”
Last financial year Cowra Business Chamber had 104 financial members, which he said compared very well with much larger centres such as Orange.
“Member base is the highest we’ve ever had.
“Whatever we’re doing has some relevance.”
Mr Davis thanked a number of people for their support during the past 12 months, in particular Cowra Council general manager Paul Devery.
“You’ve been very supportive of me in my role.
“To our partners at Cowra Tourism I think the relationship is as strong as it has ever been.
“To my committee, I couldn’t have done it without you.
“We can still function with a chair for the meetings, but we won’t have a president.
“If someone decides further down the track they want to be the vice president or president we can run another election at a special general meeting,” Mr Davis said.