Committee Highlights

by Sukki Janke

Military Affairs Committee (MAC)

The Tempe Chamber Military Affairs Committee had a busy fall this year with several programs that furthered its mission to serve as a proactive voice supporting military personnel in the Greater Phoenix area. 

On November 13th, the Tempe Chamber MAC went to Goldwater Air National Guard base for the 2020 Copper 5 Honors event that was a live broadcast of the ceremony through a virtual platform. This year, 1st Lt. Caleb Mischung and TSgt Patrick Nelson were selected as the 2020 Goldwater ANG Base Maj Truman Young and TSgt Donald Plough award winners. Both outstanding airmen received their award in a small ceremony with a few of their Copperhead family. The event is available to watch on the Tempe Chamber Vimeo channel. 

November 13th was also the official kick-off of the two-week online silent auction fundraiser that included many donations from the business community to help raise funds for the MAC mission. 

On December 4th, the MAC held a drive-up donation event at the Tempe Chamber to collect toys and monetary donations for the Maricopa Marines Toys 4 Tots program. Every year the MAC collects for the organization, and this year the collection was held outdoors to ensure the health and safety of the volunteers and those making donations. The drive ended with a record-setting 75 toys and $400 in monetary donations. 

Women in Busines Council (WIB)

The Tempe Chamber Women in Business Council has selected Treasures for Teachers as its Charity of the year for 2020-2021. In mid- November, the WIB held a half-day donation drive in the Chamber’s parking lot. Throughout the day, donations like office equipment and furniture, home goods and craft supplies arrived in a steady stream. At the end of the day, three pick-up trucks-worth of goods were delivered to the Tempe Treasures for Teachers Warehouse. 

In other news, the WIB has updated the 2021 Mentoring Program schedule and workshop format. Rather than meeting monthly December through May, the updated program will include two monthly workshops February through April. The condensed program will include virtual workshop capabilities for attendees and speakers.

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