Chamber Ambassadors

The Chamber’s Ambassador Program is comprised of business professionals who support the Chamber’s mission. Ambassadors act as voluntary liaisons between the Chamber and its membership (i.e. ribbon cuttings, etc).

The purpose of the Ambassador Club is to communicate and promote the mission, goals and programs of the Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce to area business and professional people. The organization is part of the structure of the Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce, securing its authority for operation from the Chamber’s Board of Directors.

2018 Officers

Michelle Matthys

Michelle Matthys

Chair

Gateway Community Bank

Holly Friel

Holly Friel

Vice Chair

Edward Jones

Cori Olson

Cori Olson

Member at Large

Stateline Boys & Girls Club

Nancy Heidt

Nancy Heidt

Secretary

Blackhawk Bank

Cathy Niliaram

Cathy Niliaram

Member at Large

Entre Computer Solutions

Steve Stupec

Steve Stupec

Treasurer

First National Bank & Trust

Nikkie Chadwick

Nikkie Chadwick

Past Chair

Walnut Creek Awards & Promotions

2018 Ambassador Meetings

DATELOCATIONSPEAKERTAKE 5
January 8First National BankLori Luther / Andrew JankeNicole Morgan, Hospice
February 12Hampton InnMax Maiken, BIFFTeen Monk-Berger, Alzheimers
March 12RockTekTim Storm, RockTekEllen, Meals on Wheels
April 9YMCADoug Britt, YMCAJulie Thomas, Rockford Symphony Orchestra
May 14ConfluenceCelestino Ruffini, Visit BeloitTherese Oldenburg, The Confluence
June 11Alliant EnergyPaul Gregor, Riverside Energy CenterT.B.D.
JulyNo MeetingNo MeetingNo Meeting
August 13SnappersT.B.D.T.B.D.
September 10CareerTekTina Salzman, Hendricks CareerTekT.B.D.
October 8Community ActionMark Perry, Community ActionT.B.D.
November 12TBDTBDT.B.D.
December 10TBDHoliday ProgramN/A

Executive Meeting Location

DATELOCATION
JanuaryDomenico’s
FebruaryNo Meeting
MarchWendy’s, S.B.
AprilThe Rock
MayT.B.D.
JuneT.B.D.
JulyT.B.D.
AugustT.B.D.
SeptemberT.B.D.
OctoberT.B.D.
NovemberT.B.D.
DecemberT.B.D.

Join GBCC Ambassadors

To become an Ambassador a candidate must be affiliated with a Chamber member organization. Prospective members must submit a Membership Application Form to the Club’s Secretary. The prospective member will be voted on at the Club’s monthly meeting.

There are two levels of membership, active and sustaining. All new members begin in the active category and must remain in the active category for three consecutive years.

Active
An “Active” member shall regularly attend monthly meetings and serve on committees as requested and attend 50% of designatedAmbassador Club and Chamber sponsored events such as Business After Hours and Legislative Breakfasts. As a requirement for continued Active status, members must participate in ribbon cutting and ground breaking events as their schedule permits.

Membership in the “Active” category may be terminated when an Ambassador misses three (3) consecutive meetings, or an aggregate of five(5) monthly meetings in a year; fails to serve on at least one (1) committee, or fails to attend 50% of designated Ambassador Club and Chamber sponsored events such as Business After Hours and Legislative Breakfasts. Reasons for a member missing meetings shall be evaluated by the officers,who are to notify any member whose “Active” status is terminated. Such member may make a direct appeal for reinstatement to the Ambassador Executive committee, with reinstatement requiring a majority vote of the membership.

Sustaining
A “Sustaining” member shall have served three (3) years as an “Active” Ambassador Club member, but no longer chooses to be in the “Active” category and commits to less than 50% activity and/or participation.

Dues
Membership dues are set annually and payable by January 31st. The membership dues are $25.

Attire
Ambassadors are required to wear the Club’s jacket, polo shirt or other red attire as deemed appropriate by the club when attending Ambassador or Chamber events or when representing either organization. These events are referred to as “red coat” events.

Monthly Meetings
Monthly lunch meetings are held at various locations in the area. Active members are expected to attend all monthly meetings. Sustaining members are encouraged to attend but have no attendance requirement.

Join GBCC Ambassadors

To become an Ambassador a candidate must be affiliated with a Chamber member organization. Prospective members must submit a Membership Application Form to the Club’s Secretary. The prospective member will be voted on at the Club’s monthly meeting.

There are two levels of membership, active and sustaining. All new members begin in the active category and must remain in the active category for three consecutive years.

Active
An “Active” member shall regularly attend monthly meetings and serve on committees as requested and attend 50% of designatedAmbassador Club and Chamber sponsored events such as Business After Hours and Legislative Breakfasts. As a requirement for continued Active status, members must participate in ribbon cutting and ground breaking events as their schedule permits.

Membership in the “Active” category may be terminated when an Ambassador misses three (3) consecutive meetings, or an aggregate of five(5) monthly meetings in a year; fails to serve on at least one (1) committee, or fails to attend 50% of designated Ambassador Club and Chamber sponsored events such as Business After Hours and Legislative Breakfasts. Reasons for a member missing meetings shall be evaluated by the officers,who are to notify any member whose “Active” status is terminated. Such member may make a direct appeal for reinstatement to the Ambassador Executive committee, with reinstatement requiring a majority vote of the membership.

Sustaining
A “Sustaining” member shall have served three (3) years as an “Active” Ambassador Club member, but no longer chooses to be in the “Active” category and commits to less than 50% activity and/or participation.

Dues
Membership dues are set annually and payable by January 31st. The membership dues are $25.

Attire
Ambassadors are required to wear the Club’s jacket, polo shirt or other red attire as deemed appropriate by the club when attending Ambassador or Chamber events or when representing either organization. These events are referred to as “red coat” events.

Monthly Meetings
Monthly lunch meetings are held at various locations in the area. Active members are expected to attend all monthly meetings. Sustaining members are encouraged to attend but have no attendance requirement.

Ambassador Committees

Golf Classic:
The Golf Classic Committee is a sub-committee of the Chamber special events committee. The Chamber Golf Classic is held annually in September and Ambassadors on the committee are expected to attend committee meetings as requested and assist the day of the outing. Duties on the day of the outing include: hole spotting, registration, assisting at “betting” holes and any other duties as determined by Chamber staff. This event can be a half day or full day commitment.

Nominating:
The Nominating Committee is a selection committee for the next year’s slate of officers.

Scholarship:
The Ambassador Scholarship Committee determines the recipients of the Chamber Scholarship Award given to area High School Seniors. Requirements include participation in any committee meetings scheduled by the Chamber and selection of the recipient.

Ambassador Recruitment:
The Ambassador Recruitment Committee is expected to assist the Ambassador Club in the recruitment of new members. The Chamber staff will also assist in Ambassador Club recruitment.

Ambassador of the Year:
This committee shall determine the recipient of the Ambassador of the Year award. Membership in this committee is open to all past recipients of the award.

Annual Dinner:
The Ambassador Annual Dinner Committee is a sub-committee of the Chamber Special Events Committee. Ambassadors are expected to attend committee meetings as requested and assist the day of the event.

Chamber Membership:
This committee works directly with the Chamber staff to help retain existing Chamber members and recruit new members for the Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce.

Executive Committee:
This committee consists of all officers and two “Active” members-at-large. Members-at-large are appointed by the Chair of the Ambassador Club.

Ambassadors Grant

The Ambassador Club of the Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for grants from Greater Beloit area organizations. Interested groups must parallel the purposes of both the club and Chamber.

Criteria

  • Has 501c/3 status
  • Be a Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce Member
  • Helps promote a prosperous business environment in the Stateline area.
  • Supports activities that enhance the quality of life in the Greater Beloit community.

About

The Ambassador Club will award four, $500.00 grants.

Completed forms must be submitted to the Chamber by Monday, November 6th at 5pm.

Applicants will be notified of the results after Monday November 13, 2017

The purpose of the Ambassador Club is to communicate and promote the mission, goals, and programs of the Greater Beloit chamber of Commerce to area business and professional people.

The organization is part of the structure of the Greater Beloit chamber of Commerce, securing its authority for operation from the Chamber’s Board of Directors.

Any questions please contact Aimee at [email protected] 

A Brief History

The Ambassadors Action Club was started in 1967 and was the brainchild of chamber executive Art Swindell. Art felt that a way was needed to show business people that their presence was appreciated. Larry Raymer was handed the task of organizing the club and recruiting like-minded friends to wear the red blazer and be cheerleaders for the good happenings in the business community. The Ambassadors Action Club was an all male, informal affiliate of the Chamber. The club held monthly meetings at the former Rocco’s Supper Club on Gardner Street in South Beloit. Meetings were held at this location for 31 years. Faithful and long-time Ambassador Roy Barraco named the meeting place the Ambassador Room which included assorted club memorabilia.

In 1972 three energetic women decided that the men should not have all of the fun and glory of being a red coat. Marge Van Galder, Marie Babler and Christie Thomsen formed the Diplomats which was the all-female counterpart to the Ambassadors Action Club. The Diplomats worked on beautification projects, organized Rural Urban Days, cooperated with Rock County Homemakers and conducted orientation festivities for new teachers in the community in cooperation with Beloit College.

The Chamber affiliation of both groups was informal. It was felt the groups should be an “arm” of the Chamber and to effectively accomplish this a merger of the two groups was necessary. After “gentle persuasion” failed, the Chamber leadership decided that the merger was not optional. A joint committee rewrote bylaws and set a time table for the merger.

The new club was formed in 1999 and took the name the Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Club as it is known today. The purpose of the new Ambassador Club is to communicate and promote the mission, goals and programs of the Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce to area businesses and professional people and to help in the planning and hosting of Chamber events.

(Historical information in this booklet was made possible from BDN archives and several Ambassador members. Thanks to all.)

DateAmbassador of the YearChairVice ChairSecretaryTreasurer
2018Jim and Donna Spude
2017Chuck WilsonNikkie Chadwick
2016Jeff VohsJim Spude
2015Shannon AhrensJeff VohsErin PatchTrisha RoseMichelle Matthys
2014Marcy Berner ReedyJeff VohsErin PatchLinda LockSara Burns
2013Shannon AhrensShannon AhrensJeff VohsLinda LockSara Burns
2012Nicole MorganAileen MaeltzerCheri AdairNicole MorganWill Parker
2011Lois HoweDave PeltierAileen MaeltzerNicole MorganWill Parker
2010Cheri AdairTerry MeyersDave PeltierAileen MaeltzerPaulette Christensen
2009Aileen MaettzerNancy HeidtTerry MeyersAileen MaeltzerPaulette Christensen
2008Steve KinkadeMichelle MatthysNancy HeidtP. ChristensenTerry Meyers
2007Paulette ChristensenSteve MitchellMichelle MatthysMarilyn ShowenTerry Meyers
2006Terry MeyersP. ChristensenSteve MitchellBeth GrabowskiDave Peltier
2005Marilyn ShowmenLinda LockP. ChristensenNancy HeidtDave Peltier
2004Dave PeltierMike DuffyLinda LockJoe KobylkaMarilyn Showen
2003Joe KobylkaSteve KinkadeMike DuffyJoe KobylkaMarilyn Showen
2002Jere CrouseJan RusterSteve KinkadeJoe KobylkaJere Crouse
2001Sue DrevdahlSue DrevdahlJan RusterJoe KobylkaJere Crouse
2000Glenda BakerGlenda BakerSue DrevdahlJoe KobylkaJere Crouse
1999Rick Nelson & Dee NyreRick Nelson & Dee NyreGlenda BakerJoe KobylkaJere Crouse
1998
1997Jerry Elliott
1996Dick Gerhard
1995Dr. Daniel Green
1994Jere Crouse
1987Walter Knight