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Long-time Warrensburg Chamber president steps down

Coordinating details for the 2001 World’s Largest Garage Sale, Lynn Smith talks with a prospective vendor. Smith, who  has led the Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce for nearly every year since 2001, stepped down last week as Chamber president. She is renowned for devoting countless hours to Chamber business, including annually administering the great sale, which has brought national fame to Warrensburg.

Coordinating details for the 2001 World’s Largest Garage Sale, Lynn Smith talks with a prospective vendor. Smith, who has led the Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce for nearly every year since 2001, stepped down last week as Chamber president. She is renowned for devoting countless hours to Chamber business, including annually administering the great sale, which has brought national fame to Warrensburg. Photo by Thom Randall.

— Lynn Smith, one of the longest reigning presidents of the Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce in recent history, is stepping down from her executive role.

On Jan. 9, the Chamber held its annual election of officers, and both Candice Healy and Smith were nominated for the post of president, and Smith declined to be a candidate. As a result, Healy — who is Warrensburg branch manager of Glens Falls National Bank — was unanimously voted in as president.

Voted in as vice president of the Chamber was Linda Baker Marcella, broker-owner of Adirondack Real Estate.Brooke Ackley of Direct Deposit Redemption Center was re-elected as Secretary-Treasurer.

Smith has been known for her dedicated volunteer work annually on the Warrensburg Largest Garage Sale, shepherding this nationally renowned event through some tough times financially.

For months every year, planning and overseeing the Garage Sale event has been a full time job for Smith, a responsibility she’s balanced along with operating Alynn’s Butterfly Inn Bed & Breakfast on State Rte. 28.

Contacted Jan. 13, Smith said that others deserved credit for their work on behalf of the Chamber.

“I thank everyone for their support,” she said. Smith joined the Chamber in 2000, and was elected president of the group in 2001. She served as president ever since except for a short break several years ago.

“I’m glad Candice was nominated — it’s time for me to move on, and Candice will do a good job,” she said. “Any organization needs new blood. After such a long time, it’s good to have change.”

The change in leadership comes at a time that some new members joined — individuals who expressed interest in the Chamber tackling new events and initiatives.

Smith said that she will continue to volunteer for the Garage Sale, which the Warren County Board of Supervisors has recognized as one of the most popular events in the county.

Warrensburg Town Supervisor Kevin Geraghty, who serves as Chairman of the county Board of Supervisors, praised Smith for her many years of work on the World’s Largest Garage Sale.

“Many thanks go to Lynn for her volunteer effort,” he said. “ I know as President of the Warrensburg Volunteer Fire Co. that a lot of work goes on behind the scenes, and I know that’s the situation with the Chamber. I wish Lynn all the best and the incoming president good luck in promoting the town.”

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