The Press Newspaper
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.
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