What’s the status of the Strasburg Chamber of Commerce? The office does not appear to be routinely open, the website is down, events have been canceled, and the town had to scramble at the last minute to plan the annual Christmas parade that the chamber usually manages.
Chamber President Richard Orndorff Jr., who is also the mayor of Strasburg, said Monday that he and the chamber’s board are considering “the direction of the organization.”
He declined to elaborate on what “the direction of the organization” means until the organization makes a decision and is ready to make a prepared statement.
Orndorff said they had hoped to have reached a decision and to have had a prepared statement by now but because of the recent holiday and because a board member had not been available, that decision has been delayed.
“There will be a decision made prior to the end of the year,” Orndorff said.
The chamber is operating with volunteers, Orndorff said Monday.
The office, at 139 E. King St., was not staffed on Tuesday during daylight hours when the organization’s Facebook page said it should be open.
A few weeks ago, the town took over the planning of the Christmas parade, which is usually a chamber function. Orndorff said the chamber did not plan the parade due to a lack of resources.
A chamber event, the Woman’s Mid-Day Marketing Luncheon scheduled for Dec. 18 has been canceled, according to the Historical Homemaker Bakery & Cafe, which was to be the venue.
The chamber’s website is also no longer online. When asked about it, Orndorff said he would look into that.