Cheney Chamber elects new officers


By Paul Rhodes

CHENEY – Members of the Cheney Chamber of Commerce are ready for a new year serving their community, and they kicked off 2022 by electing new officers for the year.
With only a little bit of discussion, Chamber president Ryan Runnells agreed to lead the Chamber for another year, and moved to elect the slate of officers as it was presented to the Chamber’s general membership at their January meeting. The meeting was held last Tuesday at D’Mario’s restaurant.
Elected as officers were president Ryan Runnells; vice president Dustin Hague; treasurer Marcia Kampling; secretary Melissa Olthoff; and board members Jami Viner, Greg Rosenhagen, Lacy Thome, John Riggins and Brad Crow.
In a treasurer’s report, president Runnells noted a balance of $4,019.79 with payouts for student lunches, bidding fees for Festival of Trees, trophies for the Chili Cook-off, and Cheney Bucks purchase for a Cheney Police Department Prize. Profits from this year’s Come Home for Christmas Auction were reported to be $660.
Cheney High School principal Greg Rosenhagen reported that January is Board Appreciation Month. At the recent board meeting dinner was provided by staff and students in the Middle School, with some entertainment from staff and students in the Elementary School. Brandt Ditgen stepped down from the Board of Education, and Cody Ast has joined the board. There is still one open Board position, with 3-4 candidates being considered for the appointment.
In the next two weeks the school has many basketball tournaments scheduled. Both wrestling and bowling are underway. Rosenhagen also gave the Chamber an update on superintendent David Grover, who suffered a stroke in December (See last week’s TSnews for a story). Rosenhagen also touched base on their Community Service Day coming in May.
City Report: Cheney Fire Department will host Firehouse Flapjacks every Saturday morning in January. This is a free will donation. The pool committee has a raffle, $50 per ticket with a total of 200 tickets to sell with nine chances to win. Drawing for Raffle is Jan. 29. Construction has started on the Basketball Court in the South Main Complex.
Church Reports: Travis McKee reported that local pastors are working to keep the nursing home staffed on Sunday and to still get to provide those services. Good News Club and Town are starting back up this week. The Trinity United Christian Church is still offering streaming of its services.
In other business:
• Received Fliers and Pamphlets for the Cheney Lake Association if anyone is interested in joining.
• John Tiemeyer with the Cheney Recreation Commission touched base on some of the upcoming programs, some of which include gymnastics, corn hole, the weight-loss challenge and co-ed volleyball.
• John Riggins introduced Kirkham Michael’s newest employee, Ethan Teague.
• Noted that the gravel track bicycle race formerly held at Cheney Lake is moving to Cheney. Sponsors are being sought.
• The proposed pool project in Cheney is still being reviewed. City officials said more information should be available in a month or two, but did note that cost estimates are going up.
• Meeting adjourned at 12:42 p.m. Next meeting is Tuesday, Feb. 8 at noon at D’Mario’s.