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Dykeman eager to ‘give back’ as chamber chair

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By Deb Hurley Brobst

Nancy Dykeman eats, breathes and lives the Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce.

And for the next 11 months, she is at the helm of the organization as chairwoman of the board of directors. Dykeman is excited about the opportunities the chamber brings to her and the direction she can help bring to the chamber.

“I’ve always been community minded,” said Dykeman, sitting in her home office of her business, Long-Term Care Planning Consultants. “I don’t look at being involved in the community by what I get out of it. I look at it as what’s good for all. It’s a way to give back, not take.”

Her mantra for the year is, “Who is the Evergreen Chamber? We are.” She wants chamber members to understand that they can do great things for the community, other businesses and citizens through the chamber.

Dykeman wants to continue changing the image of the chamber, a move started by her predecessor, Ben Allen. One way to change the image, she said, was to move the chamber office out of downtown Evergreen to Evergreen Parkway and Stagecoach Boulevard, where the office is being turned into a visitors center.

“Some people can’t handle change,” she said, “but as a board of directors, we believe this change is good for everyone.”

She has been active in the Evergreen community since she and her husband, Chick, moved here more than a decade ago. She’s been a Rotarian and held the presidency in 2005. She’s been on the Mt. Evans Home Health & Hospice board and the chamber board for the past three years.

She wants to work with the chamber board and president to determine what chamber members need.

She believes her year as president will be great.

“I think my positive attitude causes things to happen,” she said. “That’s what motivates me to get people to have a positive attitude toward Evergreen.”

She hopes the chamber will become a catalyst for recognizing good things happening in the community. She wants chamber representatives around town — wearing green vests — to do everything from ribbon cuttings at new businesses to congratulating a businessperson on retirement, to giving a visiting dignitary a key to the city.

Dykeman said the chamber will continue its shop-local program to help keep local businesses health and keep local residents shopping here.

“Being a chamber member means you’re in the know,” she said. “It’s up to (our members) how they plug in.”