by nathan oster
The Greybull Area Chamber of Commerce begins the new year with two new board members, Myles Foley and Kay Fleek, who were elected to fill the vacancies created when Jade Smith and Barbara Anne Greene announced that they wouldn’t seek re-election.
Foley is the owner of the Historic Hotel Greybull and a member of the Greybull Town Council.
Fleek also owns a downtown business, Kay’s Korner Kuts, and has previous experience as members of both the Greybull Town Council and the Big Horn County School District No. 3 board of trustees.
Foley and Fleek join Julie Owens, who has agreed to serve one more year, as well Julie Bilbrey, Ernie Smith, Sherri Emmett and Donette Prows on the seven-member chamber board, which held its first meeting of the year on Wednesday, Jan. 15.
Smith, owner of Trapper Travel and ad salesperson for the Greybull Standard and the Basin Republican-Rustler, spent 16 years on the chamber board — all of them in a leadership capacity..
“It’s been an interesting, eye-opening experience,” said Smith. “I started out when Rodger Streeter was president; I walked in to investigate whether my business, Trapper Travel, should join, and I walked out as vice president.”
That was 16 years ago.
Since then, there have been a lot more “ups” than “downs,” she said, pointing to things like the selling and installation of the memorial bricks and the excitement everyone felt when the chamber got its own building. That building is now almost paid off.
Smith said the chamber has grown in the past 16 years and added some nice events like Holidazzle and the monthly chamber monthly luncheons on the first Wednesday of every month.
“I feel much of the credit should go to our current director, Sue Anderson,” she said. “She’s been a very good director for us. I know we’re friends, but I truly do believe that. She’s very efficient and has done a good job working under circumstances she’s had to work under through the years. She’s tried to do as much as she could for Greybull, often times with short funds.”
Smith said she’s leaving the board to give others a chance to serve and because she’d like to devote her attention to other projects. “I’ll still be active in the chamber, maybe serve on a committee or something,” she said.
As for Greene, she’s leaving after about a half dozen years on the chamber board in Greybull. Like Smith, she is currently selling ads for the Basin and Greybull newspapers while also serving as a reporter for the Basin Republican-Rustler.