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Marysville Tulalip Chamber celebrates return of Caldie Rogers July 18

Caldie Rogers, president and CEO of the Greater Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce. - Courtesy photo.
Caldie Rogers, president and CEO of the Greater Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce.
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MARYSVILLE — The Greater Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce will be celebrating the return of one of its most-missed members on Wednesday, July 18, as its Regional Visitor Information Center hosts an evening in honor of Chamber President and CEO Caldie Rogers from 5-7 p.m.

Area business owners, elected officials, Naval personnel and representatives of the city of Marysville, the Tulalip Tribes, Snohomish County and the state of Washington are all expected to attend, and the general public is invited as well.

"Caldie has meant so much to the success of our Chamber, and I am very grateful for her improved health and return to the office," Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring said. "I look forward to a continued partnership with Caldie and the Chamber for the betterment of the Marysville Tulalip community."

Don C. Brunell, president of the Association of Washington Business, noted that Rogers has been active on the AWB Board of Directors for 18 years.

"Last fall, when we heard about the seriousness of her illness, we were not sure we would see her again," Brunell said. "She is family to us. She fought through some real bad times and is here today. She has tons of fight and courage, and we thank God she is on the road to recovery."

"I am very happy to see Caldie looking great, feeling good and regaining her health," Snohomish County Council member John Koster agreed. "There is nobody more dedicated to the Marysville Tulalip Chamber, the mission of the Chamber or the well-being of the community than Caldie Rogers."

Rogers' return drew further praise for her hands-on work with the Chamber, as well as her fighting spirit in overcoming her serious illness, from Janet Duffy of Windermere Real Estate, Dr. Kim Kron and Sherry Vernal of Marysville Vision Source, and Mark Lovell of Precision Collision Auto Body, the latter of whom also complimented Chamber Board Chair John Bell for stepping up to meet Rogers' responsibilities.

"The challenges of directing the operations of the Chamber during Caldie's absence were exceeded only by my pride in our Board of Directors, whose faith in Caldie's return and whose support for my decisions were crucial in keeping the Chamber vital, relevant to the business communities of Marysville and Tulalip, and moving in a direction of growth and value for our communities," said Bell, who's already been working with Rogers to ensure that she's fully informed about all aspects of the Chamber's activities during her absence.

"Since Caldie has been back, I understand why the Chamber held her position," said Maureen DePuy, who credited Rogers' energy and direction with enhancing DePuy's new role as the Chamber's business development representative.

Chamber Office Administrator Sylvia Johnson and Visitor Information Center volunteers Peter K. and Ingrid Schneider likewise described Rogers as "exciting and inspirational," as well as a "dynamic, well-focused leader."

"Caldie Rogers is the heartbeat of the small business community," said David Chin of Go Small Biz. "We are so fortunate to have her back."

The Greater Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce Regional Visitor Information Center is located in Suite C at 8825 34th Ave. NE in Tulalip.

The evening celebrating Rogers' return will feature light hors d'oeuvres, fruit rum punch and summer fruit punch, and a selection of wines from Bell's Willis Hall Winery.

The event is hosted by HomeStreet Bank and supported by Windermere.

Please RSVP at 360-659-7700 or Admin@MarysvilleTulalipChamber.com.

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