The Greater Riverview Chamber had the most successful membership drive in its 46-year history, adding 167 new members, bringing total membership to 547. 

The Oliver Group DIRECT, LLC was key in promoting the Direct Drive and facilitating the activities. Members divided into groups, selecting a patriotic name with the theme: Uncle Sam says, “I Want You” to join the Riverview Chamber for Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.  A kickoff party held at Camp Christina Y with cheers and patriotic hats, Clik Me Quik’s Farnans with their photo booth, along with food and drinks, was an awesome start to the event. Tanya Doran, director of the chamber, said, “This was an amazing effort by the chamber members.” 

Times were set for each team having two hours to sign up new members from lists of friends, acquaintances, business leads and past members. There was excitement in the room with each team member on a cell phone frantically making calls. The incentives for new members were perks like a free 1/8 page in the Osprey Observer, free pest evaluation/service from Alley Cat Pest Control, one free delivery a month from TakeOut Butler for one year and more.

Congratulations to the winning team, the Chamber Champions, who, led by Captain Lisa Kennedy, added 47 members and received accolades at the chamber luncheon.

Rich Roede, of R Processor, took home a Kindle for bringing in the most members by 8 a.m. on the first morning. The big prize, a 32-inch flat screen TV went to Sandy Lee, of Integrity Insurance and Investments, Inc., who brought in 14 new members.  A close second was Erik Butler, of TakeOut Butler.

In all, the Direct Drive campaign was fun and netted some great new members, some who are already involved with Chamber activities. Thanks to Doran and her staff for their help and encouragement.  For more information, visit or call 234-9544.

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Suzy Wiesenhart
Suzy is one of the Advertising Representatives for the Riverview area. She started with the Osprey as an advertising assistant in 2008 and has various positions since then. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Riverview Chamber of Commerce. She has lived in Bloomingdale with her husband, Tom for the last 22 years.