By Caleb Stento
At the Ouray Chamber Resort Association (OCRA) board of directors meeting on Tuesday morning a warm welcome was given to the board’s two newest members, Heather Clark and Michelle Hanes.
Clark is owner/operator of the Goldbelt Bar and Grill and the Ouray Laundromat. She has lived in Ouray for over 30 years and has spent about five months as an interim board member and chair for the board’s Restaurant Committee. “In this time, I have begun to understand OCRA's mission regarding economic growth and marketing of our beautiful community,” said Clark. “I am excited to continue to support OCRA, its mission, and members, by contributing my time and effort in expanding our local economy.”
Hanes works for Citizens State Bank of Ouray in a dual role as VISA programs and online banking manager and also as the bank’s customer relations representative. “I have a profound love for Ouray and would love to be able to give back to this amazing city. I am proud to be a part of a community that can maintain, sustain and grow even in the current economic conditions,” stated Hanes. “I very much look forward to making a positive impact in this community and making that difference as a member of the OCRA board.”
“Heather has been with us for a few months. Her desire to continue with the board and her connection with the restaurant community is going to be invaluable. Michelle comes with a great deal of enthusiasm and we’ll see a lot of involvement from her, which the rest of us are excited to have,” said Brandy Ross, president of OCRA’s board.
“I think what’s really exciting about the new board too is that basically two non-tourism based members makes it a really good reflection of what our community is. I think we have every sector really well represented,” stated Kat Papenbrock, OCRA operations director.
In other business the board welcomed two new members to the chamber: Caldera Mineral Resources and the Ouray Jeep Club. The board also discussed the possibility of designating a portion of profits from the annual Jeep raffle to additional scholarship opportunities and community grants. The OCRA board will discuss these items further at their board retreat on Jan. 22.