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Chamber prez urges members to seize opportunity offered by upcoming solar eclipse

Posted on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 11:52 am

A portion of the crowd at Thursday night’s general membership dinner meeting of the Hermann-Area Chamber of Commerce.

Local business people should make plans to take advantage of an expected bump in the number of visitors to Hermann to view the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse, according to the president of the Hermann-Area Chamber of Commerce.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We need to grab this, folks,” said Cathi Utley during the Chamber’s recent quarterly general membership dinner meeting at OakGlenn Winery.
Utley said because of this region’s ideal location for being in the path of the eclipse, it is becoming one of the places to be to witness the event. “Lots of people have made reservations,” Utley said.
Many towns in Mid-Missouri are moving to cash in on what is expected to be an influx of visitors for the event.
In other business matters, Utley said the Chamber and City Hall continue to work through issues involving the shared website containing city and Chamber information. “We are working diligently with the city of Hermann and they’re working diligently with us,” she told the membership.
At the quarterly meeting, Mary Brennell, a co-owner of Harvest Table restaurant downtown, was elected to fill a vacant seat on the Board of Directors.
The meeting also included a teary farewell by longtime Chamber staffer June Diebal, who retired June 30 after 23 years with the Chamber.