Deb Warnke, executive director of the Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce for the past nine years, will resign at the end of the year.
Warnke presided over many changes including taking over host duties of the Prism Awards, a local initiative to honor excellence in businesses and organizations. The Prism Awards program was started by a group of community leaders whose goal was to bring the communities east of the Maumee River closer together. As the awards program grew the small committee, which called itself the Eastern Maumee Bay Business Association, disbanded and turned over the program to the larger chamber.
The program, which celebrated its 16th year in March, has recognized more than 100 local businesses and organizations. Attendance at the event has ranged from 200 to 300.
Warnke also presided over the chamber’s Here Come the Raccoons program held in conjunction with the City of Oregon’s 50th anniversary, held in 2007. Fifty businesses and organizations adopted raccoon figures, painted them and displayed them throughout the city.
The chamber has 175 to 180 members, most of them from Oregon, Northwood and Lake Township.
Warnke will go to work for her son, Ben, at his business, Warnke Enterprises.
Pat Slygh, chamber president, stated in a news release, Warnke made “great contributions to the success of the organization.” She added a search committee will be formed to review candidates and hire a successor.
Bay Park Community Hospital is looking for volunteers to work in the gift shop, materials management, human resources, Health Resource Library, medical staff office, and various other departments.
Both adult and teen programs are available.
All volunteers receive a free health screening, orientation and training prior to their volunteer experience. A 40-hour commitment over a six-month period is requested. 419-690-7509.
At the clubs
Nick Vitucci, Toledo Walleye hockey coach, will speak to The East Toledo club Thursday, Noon at Packos at the Park. Call Andrea at 419-691-7651.
The Oregon Economic Development Foundation will meet Friday, 7:15 am at Bay Park Community Hospital. Call 419-693-9999.
Angie Gozdowski of Genoa has joined Tastefully Simple as an independent consultant.
Tastefully Simple is a home-tasting company featuring easy-to-prepare foods.
The Bay Park Community Hospital Foundation will host its annual Holiday Plant Sale, Thursday and Friday, December 3 & 4, 9:00 am. to 3:00 pm. in the Bay Café located on the Garden Level.
A variety of holiday plants will be available along with holiday cactuses, cyclamens and poinsettias.
To receive an order form via mail, e-mail or fax, call 419-690-7720. Proceeds will support projects sponsored by the BPCH Foundation Business Council, a volunteer organization of business leaders in the community who work to assist the Foundation.
Just the fax: Fax items before Wednesday Noon to 419-836-1319, e-mail to
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