Johns hired as new chamber director

by nathan oster

The Greybull Area Chamber of Commerce has hired a director with strong ties to south Big Horn County, tapping Megan (Foote) Johns to fill the part-time role of promoting the community’s businesses and attractions.

Megan grew up in Otto and attended high school in Greybull, graduating in December of 2010, a few months before the rest of her classmates in the Class of 2011.

As a student at GHS, she was involved in art, qualifying for state two times, and was also a cheerleader when her work schedule would allow it.

Megan was “13 or 14” when she took a waitressing job at the Sugar Shack. She was just getting started.  Megan moved from there to Sidekick Pizza and Subs, where she spent three years working for Dean and Shelia Waddell. That was followed by a four-year stint working for her dad, Sean Foote, and his construction company.

From August 2012 through June 2018, Megan was a loan processor and frontline worker at Security State Bank in Basin. She left that position to join Cody Regional Health, where she’s currently working as an EMT in south Big Horn County.

Megan’s ultimate goal is to become a nurse and is taking online classes through Northwest College. She’s enrolled in general courses now and will have to complete clinicals before applying for the NWC nursing program.

Megan’s job with Cody Regional Health requires her to work two, 24-hour shifts per week.  So between that and going to school, plus also being a wife and a mom, Megan is clearly a busy young lady. But she’s also community-minded, with an eye on the big picture.

“I have kids in this community and it’s nice to see people who care about the community, that want to get local events and keep local stuff here, so our kids have something to do and so our adults have things to do so they want to stay,” she said. “The more we offer the community, the more people we are going to attract and the better the community will be, because those people will bring in new businesses and support the businesses that are already here.”

Megan believes her knowledge of the area will serve her well in her new position.

“I know where to go hiking because I’ve hiked all the trails, and I know where to go on four-wheeler rides because I’ve been there,” she said. “It helps to be able to tell a person what to do from a first-hand perspective, rather than through the eyes of someone who isn’t from here.”

Megan, whose first day with the chamber was March 14, has hit the ground running.

She’s updating the chamber’s website and promoting businesses and community events on Facebook.  On Friday, Megan distributed her first Chamber Chat email, which touched on the latest news from chamber members and upcoming events in the community.

Megan’s also trying to build the membership, having reached out to business members who were members in the past but quit paying their memberships and to new businesses that are in the process of moving in, like Greybull Dental and Club Dauntless.

Because of her EMT commitments, the chamber office won’t be open five days a week, but rather on the days that Megan isn’t working.  The office will be open at least 16 hours a week and those hours will be communicated in advance to chamber members and on the front door of the chamber.

For more information, Megan can be reached at 765-2100 or by email at chamber@greybull.com. The chamber’s website is: www.greybull.com.