The Orofino Chamber’s President, Ashley Steinbruecker greeted membersfor the first meeting of 2020, Jan. 8. Connie Robison thanked members and the board for their support in re-electing her to serve as Vice President, (again) for the Chamber, She good-naturedly noted being the one board member absent when officers were appointed.

She introduced guest speaker Clinton Cullins, Registered Dietitian for Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics (CVHC).

Cullins shared with members a few ways to become more likely to succeed in those goals.

The beginning of a new year with the hopes of makng it better than the last, inspires roughly 45 percent of the population to make New Year’s resolutions. Those resolutions are usually related to losing weight, exercising more or maybe even drinking less. More than half of respondents said they fail their resolution before Jan. 31. Only about eight percent are successful in achieving them for the year.

Members were reminded that whether personal or business related, often goals are set without an action plan to help make them successful. Cullins identified five steps to setting goals.

S.M.A.R.T. Goals

Members were each asked to begin by writing down the goal they have in mind, then to answer the following questions:

Specific - What do you want to accomplish? Who needs to be included? Why is this a goal?

Measurable – How can you measure progress and know if you’ve successfully met your goal?

Achievable – Do you have the skills required to achieve the goal? If not, can you obtain them? What is the motivation for this goal? Is the amount of effort required on par with what the goal will achieve?

Relevant - Why am I setting this goal now? Is it aligned with overall objectives?

Time-Bound – What is the deadline and is it realistic?

With this information on paper, review and consider what has been written. Create a new goal statement based on the answers to the questions above.

Cullins will be sharing more about establishing healthier eating habits and recipes at the Ladies’ Night Out event sponsored by CVHC for fun, food, health info, and yoga. Ladies’ Night Out takes place at the Orofino Health Center, Thursday, Jan. 16, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Executive

Director’s report

Jordyn Howell, the Chamber’s Executive Director has requested the community’s assistance in creating a light committee to oversee setting up and taking down the Christmas lights each year. The lights displayed at the park, and Canon Park and throughout the town, have been a thrill for locals and visitors alike. Clearly, it has become a bigger task than one person, or a few volunteers can accomplish, and the more help the merrier.

Please contact Howell at her office to sign up, or for more information. call (208) 476-4335.

Howell said the application for the grant with Idaho Travel Council (ITC) is still in progress.

Special events

The Chamber Auction in May is still in the planning process. More details will be announced soon.

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