New president takes over New Market’s Chamber of Commerce

By Katie Demeria

The New Market Chamber of Commerce has recently seen new leadership.

Velma Jordan of the Schultz Theatre and former Chamber vice president, stepped up to the position of president on Sept. 13. Jordan has been a member of the chamber for almost four years.

According to Jordan, she took the place of former President Cathy Wittig-Donald, who stepped down due to a family illness.

“I was nudged into the position to help out Cathy,” Jordan said. “She was having a hard time, so I was asked to take over.”

Jordan will complete the rest of Wittig-Donald’s yearlong term, then in January will begin another term, ending December 2015.

The chamber currently supports around 50 members. Jordan said she hopes to continue operating it in the same capacity, “giving a small community the attention that it needs.”

“We can do things for them that they can’t do for themselves,” she said.

It is very important, Jordan added, that New Market have its own chamber, rather than relying on Shenandoah County’s chamber, which she said she “strongly supports.”

But the benefit of having a chamber specifically for a small town like New Market, Jordan said, is that each business gets the attention that it deserves.

Individuals in the office, she pointed out, can direct visitors to local businesses right down the street. They have a closer relationship with their members, she said.

The chamber also provides advertising and publicity to each member.

“I think by having the chamber in New Market, we are more aware of what’s going on in New Market,” Jordan said.

During her term, she said she hopes to encourage the continued support of volunteers, making sure they know they are appreciated.

The chamber depends on its volunteers, she said, not only to work in the office but to organize events like the town’s heritage festival.

Visit the chamber’s website at http://www.newmarketcoc.net.

Contact staff writer Katie Demeria at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or kdemeria@nvdaily.com