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Warrensburg Chamber loses its top officers

WARRENSBURG-The local Chamber of Commerce is now seeking new members for its board of directors after the recent departure of five board members, including the agency's two top officials.

Cheryl Kenyon of Thurman, who served as the Chamber's president since January 2010, resigned from her post - and from the board - on May 5.

Contacted Monday, Kenyon said she had resigned because of increased duties at the Adirondack Gold Maple Farm which she and her husband own and operate.

"I just couldn't keep up with all the Chamber work," she said. "It was too much for me and I decided to resign."

The Warrensburg Chamber also recently lost its vice president - Karyn Ryan - who would ordinarily step into the vacant presidency, according to Chamber board member Sandi Parisi.

Ryan, manager of the Warrensburg Branch of TD Banknorth, resigned from her Chamber posts May 5 because she had recently been transferred to head up the Lake George branch of the bank, Parisi said.

That's not all the resignations endured by the Warrensburg Chamber.

Shawn Dempsey, general manager of Hickory Hill ski center, resigned from his position as Chamber board member in April because his job duties include far more traveling than before, Parisi added.

That's in addition to the resignation in April of board member Todd Trulli of George Henry's tavern in Warrensburg due to family and business responsibilities, Parisi said.

These resignations followed the death in March of Board member Barry Nichinson of Wevertown, just months after he joined the board.

Parisi said the chamber was not going to elect a new president or vice president until November, but the group was now seeking additional members for their board of directors, which includes their executive officers.

The remaining board members are now scanning their membership directory, thinking about who they might recruit to join the panel, she said.

In the meantime, the Warrensburg Chamber's 2011 events will be proceeding as planned, she said.

Chamber board member Lynn Smith of Al-Lynn's Butterfly Inn Bed & Breakfast, will be in charge of overseeing the World's Largest Garage Sale event, set for early October. Smith, who for years served as the Chamber President, rejoined the agency in January after a one-year hiatus.

The Chamber's Arts & Crafts Show, set for July, will also be conducted as planned, Parisi said.

"It's business as normal for the Chamber," she said.

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