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Chamber names new director

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ARLINGTON Sharon Shaw announced recently that she will be leaving her position as executive director of the Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce June 30.
The chambers board of directors executive committee then hired her assistant, Jennifer Shaw, to take over the management position, with plans to hire a new part-time assistant after Sharon leaves.
Im not going anywhere until the phone directory is done, Sharon Shaw said.
The telephone directory is a major fundraiser for the chamber and this years edition is due to go to press soon.
I wouldnt leave that in Jennifers lap.
The Shaw family has many connections with the local chamber. Sharon was treasurer for the former Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce when her husband Jim Shaw was a part-time employee. Jim Shaw has served the chamber well, too, offering many services for free or at discounted rates from his business, Timeout Officical Supply.
Sharon and Jim are planning to retire in Republic, Wash.
After 30 years working at Warm Beach Conference Center, Sharon Shaw retired from that position to become executive director of the new Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce after the two chambers consolidated in January 2006.
Sharon recruited her daughter-in-law to do some volunteer work in the office in the middle of the year and, in December, she suggested to the board they hire her assistant on a part-time basis.
Sharons roll in the merger has been huge, said chamber president David Boulton, Shes held our hands through this merger process and Jennifer has been trained well. Ive seen Jennifer wrap her arms around the whole chamber business, Boulton said.
When we asked her to seek job descriptions from other chambers, she came back with a lot of good information. She took it upon herself to attend seminars and she is very excited about the job. You can see that shes got the energy.
The chambers vice president, Jim Lonneker, agreed.
Jennifer has been very responsive to every request weve made. She has shown a great deal of initiative and she is very outgoing with a great smile.
Jennifer Shaw married Scott Shaw in 1995. Scott is a custody officer at Snohomish County Jail.
Jennifer graduated from Arlington High School in 1992 where she was a member of Jazzmine and active in the music program. After high school she started a nursing program at Everett Community College. Now she is within 25 credits of finishing a bachelor degree in business.
She and Scott have three children, Ethan, Elayna and Gracie and they also take in foster children when the opportunity arises. Since last summer, they have had six babies in their care.
She said she is excited about the opportunity to step into her mother-in-laws shoes, working in her own hometown.
I love the chamber. It offers a lot of challenges and room for growth, she said.
Arlington is my home. Its a great place to live, and I believe its doing a great job of offering what it needs to offer to newcomers as well as long-time residents.

SIDEBAR:
The Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce has presented scholarships to three graduating seniors this year, after raising $5,000 specifically for scholarships at its annual auction banquet in January. The $5,000 was divided in half between Lakewood High School and Arlington High School and the scholarship committee found two qualified candidates from Lakewood and one from Arlington. LHS students Jim Cheesman and Jennifer Overman received $1,250 and AHS grad, Jennifer Scott, gets $2,500.
It was decided the total scholarship fund would be divided between the two school districts, Boulton said. The scholarship committee found two qualified candidates at Lakewood and one in Arlington.
The criteria for the chambers scholarship is good business sense and service to the business community. Both Cheesman and Overman volunteered to help at the chambers auction and other chamber events through the years.

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