Board Meeting Archives

July 2021

Happy August! The Chama Valley Chamber had its July board meeting on Wednesday, July 13th. We are excited to inform you that the Chama Valley Visitor Center is now open seven days a week from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm! We are currently seeing approximately 100 visitors to the visitor’s center every day, and we would like to encourage all businesses to make sure they have their current business information in the visitor center. 

Just as a reminder, the visitor center is available to all businesses, not just Chamber members. If you have a brochure or pamphlet that you would like made available to visitors, please bring them by. Our Adopt-A-Mile Clean-Up will be held on August 16th. We encourage all Chamber Members to participate in this event. We will meet at the visitor center at 5:15 pm, and every participant will be supplied with safety equipment and the supplies for the clean-up. If you are not a Chamber Member but would like to participate in this activity, we would love you to join us. While this is a Chamber-sponsored event, we should all do our part to help keep our village clean and beautiful! 

Chama Days is right around the corner, and the Chamber is looking for more Parade Participants. The parade will be held on August 14th and is a great advertising opportunity for businesses and a fun community event. If you or your company would like to be a part of the Chama Days Parade, you can find more information and an application at chamadays.com or contact Alcorn Insurance Agency at 575-756-2197.


August 2021

The Chama Valley Chamber had its August board meeting on Tuesday, August 10th. We continue to see a large group of tourists coming into the Northern New Mexico Welcome Center, with a continued average of 100 visitors per day. While we have had some businesses bring in new brochures and business cards, we would like to encourage all businesses to make sure they have their current business information in the welcome center. 

Just as a reminder, the visitor center is available to all businesses, not just Chamber members. If you have a brochure or pamphlet that you would like made available to visitors, please bring them by. Our Adopt-A-Mile Clean-Up was held on August 16th and was a success. We had eight individuals participate, and we accumulated eight trash bags of litter off the highway leading towards Chama West. We want to thank Chris Gallegos and his team for helping pick up the trash bags after we were finished and providing safety vests and trash bags for the clean-up. 

The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad’s 50th Anniversary Celebration took place August 21st-August 29th and provided activities each day of the celebration. We are proud to support and celebrate the CTSRR in this incredible milestone! The CTSRR’s Local Appreciation Days are back this year. The Local Appreciation Day’s dates started on August 31st but will continue through September 7th. Locals who wish to book on the upcoming trains can book their coach seats either by phone or by visiting the ticket booth at the depot. Locals will receive 50% off their entire trip. Don’t let this opportunity to enjoy our very own Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad experience pass you by!

September 2021

The Chama Valley Chamber had its September board meeting on Tuesday, September 14th. Tourist season is beginning to wind down, but it is far from over. The Northern New Mexico Welcome Center continues to see a high volume of travelers and we want to encourage all the Chama Valley businesses to bring in their business cards and brochures so we can help connect these travelers with you. The visitor center remains available to all businesses, not just Chamber members. If you have a brochure or pamphlet that you would like made available to visitors, please bring them by. 

The Chamber was proud to be a part of the Chama Valley Art Center’s Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on September 4th! After three years of work and renovations on the historic former parish hall and parochial school, the art center was able to complete its renovation project and is now fully open. Executive Director, Anita Massari, is doing an incredible job developing art programs for the Chama Valley, and we can’t wait to see what she will do next!I had the pleasure of attending the second ROCE workshop on September 18th. For those of you who may be unaware, the Rural Community Assistance Corporation in conjunction with Monika Varn is holding workshops at the Senior Citizen Building each month to help with economic development of the Chama Valley. They are also presenting information on financial assistance and developing business strategies to help your business grow. Additionally, the workshop speaks to the Chama Valley Community as a whole and how we can work together to create a vibrant and thriving community where we all succeed. There are two more workshops, so if you would like more information, contact Monika Varn at 225-390-7047.

October 2021

The Chama Valley Chamber had its board meeting on Tuesday, October 12th. Train season is officially over, although we are already receiving inquiries for next year’s train season. The hours of the Northern New Mexico Welcome Center have also changed formally. We are now open Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM. However, there is the possibility that we may be opening later or closed if the weather is awful. We will do our best to make sure that we open back up as soon as possible and cause the community as minor inconvenience as possible. Please don’t forget, the visitor center remains available to all businesses, not just Chamber members. If you have a brochure, pamphlet, or flyer that you would like made available to visitors, please bring them by. 

The Chamber also provides a monthly newsletter. If you would like to receive our newsletter, please send an email to info@chamavalley.com. We will be happy to add you to our list to ensure you receive all updates and current information. The Chamber’s new website will be launching soon! It will have a complete make-over to showcase our unique businesses. If you aren’t following us on social media platforms, we encourage you to! It’s another excellent way to get updates and see what is going on with the Chamber. Follow us on Facebook at Chama Valley Chamber of Commerce and Welcome Center and Instagram at visitchamanm. We are also happy to share your content, including job postings and event information. If there is something you would like us to share with the community, please email us at info@chamavalley.com or message us on our social media platforms. 

November 2021

The Chama Valley Chamber had its board meeting on Tuesday, November 9th. The Chamber has officially launched its new website! We are excited for this digital make-over where we can showcase our members beautifully. We have also released some new benefits for our members! These include a few additional free benefits, as well as some low-cost additions to help promote our members’ businesses. Our new website also provides news and updates, upcoming events, and job postings. If you want to see our new website or find out more information about what the Chamber can do for you, please visit http://www.chamavalley.com. 

If you haven’t heard, Chama will be having its very own Christmas Village on December 11th. The Chama Valley Rotary Club, in conjunction with the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad and the Chama Valley Arts Coalition, will be presenting the “2021 Beary Merry Christmas”. Children and adults can enjoy a visit with Santa, craft stations, caroling and live musical performances, a stationary light parade, Christmas stories, lots of delicious food and beverages, craft vendors, and a tree lighting ceremony with Santa! Be on the lookout for more information from the Chama Valley Rotary Club to learn more about this incredible event! I can’t wait to see you all there; it will be fun for the entire family!

Do you receive our newsletter? If you would like to receive our newsletter, please send an email to info@chamavalley.com. We would love to add you to our list to ensure you receive all updates and current information. If you aren’t following us on social media platforms, we encourage you to! It’s another excellent way to get updates and see what is going on with the Chamber. Follow us on Facebook at Chama Valley Chamber of Commerce and Welcome Center and Instagram at visitchamanm. We are also happy to share your content, including job postings and event information. If there is something you would like us to share with the community, please email us at info@chamavalley.com or message us on our social media platforms. 

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