Hayden chamber votes to become inactive

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— After three years as the president of the Hayden Chamber of Commerce, Karen Fox decided it was time to step down. She gave the board her resignation in January.

With her position empty, the chamber and the community waited for someone else to take on the responsibility. But no one did.

Months passed.

"We begged for new officers," Fox said. "We bribed, but no one wanted to be the next chamber president."

The realization slowly came over Fox and other members of the chamber board that there was no interest and probably would not be anytime soon.

At their last meeting on July 25, the board voted to become "inactive."

Until that meeting, the chamber operated out of Attorney Mark Fischer's office on West Jefferson Avenue. As an inactive organization, the chamber will continue to keep its insurance and other necessities in place but will no longer hold meetings or be involved in advertising events. The chamber bank account will go on hold.

Fischer still has hopes for the chamber's future.

"If you let something go leave a hole," he said, "something else might show up to fill it.

"Karen and I and others have been keeping it afloat for a while now," Fischer said. "Now it's time for someone else to step up to be a leader."

The chamber was responsible in part for such events as Hayden Appreciation Days, Hayden Clean-up and Colorado Days. The only thing left this year is the Christmas tree lighting, which will be left in other hands.

A notification letter has been sent to all chamber members.

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