New Chamber president: Glenn Wagner (left), of the
waters of Duneland, has turned over the gavel to the new Chesterton Duneland
Chamber of Commerce board of directors president Charles Lukmann. Lukmann
will preside for 2005. (Tribune photo by Margaret L. Willis).
New Chamber Board Members: Two new members of the
Chesterton Duneland Chamber 2005 board of directors were named at Friday’s
banquet. Pictured are Jim Anton, of Anton Insurance and Joel Sutlin, of
Signature Products. (Tribune photo by Margaret L. Willis)
Special recognition: In a year of transition for the
Chesterton Duneland Chamber of Commerce, many people stepped forward to
volunteer their time and expertise. One in particular was recognized at
Friday’s awards banquet for “service above and beyond.” Jane Delligatti, of
Arnell Auto Group, volunteered countless hours and provided her
organizational expertise through a difficult time for the organization. Her
time and energy were duly noted with a Special Recognition award. Delligatti
is pictured here (left) receiving her award from Chamber executive director
Chamber executive board: The Duneland Chamber Executive
Board members were announced at Friday evening’s chamber banquet, held at
Sand Creek Country Club. Left to right are treasurer Linda Ramsey, of
Horizon Bank; member-at-large Greg Fox, Kramer and Leonard; immediate past
president Glen Wagner, the waters of Duneland; incoming president Chuck
Lukmann, Harris Welsh & Lukmann; vice-president, president-elect Tim Winey,
Winey Insurance and secretary Jane Delligatti, Arnell Auto Group.
(Tribune photo by Margaret L. Willis)
By MARGARET L. WILLIS
While change can be traumatic and difficult, said outgoing Chesterton
Duneland Chamber board president Glenn Wagner, it can be positive.
“This last year, we asked people to get involved,” Wagner told Chamber
members gathered Friday at Sand Creek County Club, “and they have.”
Wagner said he sees a revitalized Chamber, with more interest and
involvement. “The groundwork has been laid,” for progress he said, “through
After a sumptuous meal at Sand Creek Country Club, both the outgoing and
incoming chamber presidents spoke, followed by awards and honors.
Wagner said his year as president was “interesting, challenging and a
Of it being over, he said “Wow. Now it’s back to the real world.”
Incoming president Charles Lukmann told those gathered that the Chamber
mission is something he believes in and he urged more local business people
to get involved.
“We should take pains not to lose sight of those goals,” Lukmann said.
The chamber is charged with serving its members, stimulating business growth
and enhancing the quality of life in the community.
There are tangible benefits from involvement, he said; noting particularly
the Public Policy Committee, which maintains regular communication with
state legislators and the Partners in Education committee, which strives to
improve the quality of life through educational improvement.
Lukmann said helping others also enhances the quality of life and noted the
current tsunami relief and sister-city effort to aid tsunami victims in
“There’s a lot we can do,” he said, urging every business person to become a
member and every board member to become active on a committee. “We can grow
through working with each other.”
The transition from one executive director to another, while maintaining
membership interest, committee work and daily office functioning, was
successful this year at the Chesterton Duneland Chamber, due in large part
to one volunteer.
Many Chamber members volunteered and helped during the months of change. One
in particular went “above and beyond,” said new executive director Bonnie
Trout in awarding a Special Recognition Award to volunteer Jane Delligatti.
Delligatti gave a great deal of her personal time, Trout noted, and her
employer Arnell Auto Group was supportive of that.
“We thank them.” Trout said.
Delligatti, obviously surprised and a bit overcome, said she enjoyed working
with her fellow chamber members and was surprised by the special
Trout, as executive director, told the gathered members she plans a new
“Feet on the Street” campaign, to visit and talk with all Chamber members
and survey their needs. She hopes to meet with each member by July.
Trout also said she’d like to see a Chamber Member Advantage program to
encourage members to do business with one another.
This year being the Chamber’s 50th anniversary, Trout said she hopes the
Chamber can host a party in Thomas Centennial Park. “Let’s have some fun and
enjoy that beautiful park,” she added.
She thanked all those in attendance for coming and said she is looking
forward to the coming year. “I hope it is our best year ever.”