The Clearwater County Chamber of Commerce hosted the November General Membership meeting Happy Hour at the Ponderosa on Wednesday the 1st. The meetings are offered via zoom or in person, usually on the first Wednesday of the month. The Happy Hour at 4pm has been well attended this past year, with a few exceptions. Past President Ashley Steinbruecker called the meeting to order at 4:12pm. Chamber Director Erica Holland gave a financial report, event updates and reported on happenings over the past month. This meeting is held annually to nominate Chamber Board open positions for the coming year. At this time, there are two members who were appointed to fill vacancies in 2023. These members are Robert Meade of Weippe and Lahni Ireland of Orofino, who have agreed to remain if elected. Elections will be held at the Dec. 6, 2023 meeting. This will take place at Noon in the Ponderosa banquet room. If you have a nomination, please contact the director or President Malia Erlewine.

Director Holland attended ICORT (Idaho Conference on Recreation & Tourism) Oct 16-18 in Lewiston and reported many new connections were made with state and regional representatives. The information shared and gathered will be used toward future endeavours.  New members welcomed recently are the Elkhorn Tavern in Weippe and Healing Harvest Homestead in Orofino. OHS Homecoming was well supported by the community with many members decorating their businesses with Maniacs and balloons. Orofino Rotary Club hosted their fun run/walk, Big Canyon Acres held their Fall Fest and reported many new to the area and out of town visitors attended and Clearwater Valley Health hosted a documentary video at the Rex called My Ascension, aimed at suicide prevention. The Chamber continues to support the 988 hotline in this effort. Trick or Treat Rockin’ the Street Orofino was a great success with over 400 kids and parents attending. Thank you again to all of our businesses and organizations for participating!

Announcements: CVH will be hosting a Ladies Night Out. More info to come. Clearwater Ridgerunners Snowmobile Club is hosting a fundraiser on Nov. 11 at 5pm in the BW Lodge at River’s Edge conference room. ISP is presenting Alcohol Beverage Seller/Server Training at the Orofino Police Dept on Nov 13 11:30am-5:30pm with 2 class times of 3.5 hours. Registration is open at Free lunch/raffle prize was drawn and awarded to Dru Zolman of EQUUS.

The annual Orofino Old Fashioned Christmas Parade & Lighting Festival is being organized. Volunteers are needed! The first day of hanging lights was a very wet Saturday Nov. 4th. Pierce Idaho Youth Challenge sent 12 cadets to assist from 8am to noon. Thank you to Kim Johnson-Board & Coleman/SunsetMart, Warren and Andrew Campbell-Redout
Tactical & Surplus, Dave Holland-Debco, Lyle Hendricks-Clearwater Cabin Rental, and Terri & Dan Kiele-US Bank for helping Director Holland. Twin Oaks Building Solutions donated the use of their high lift Genie also. You are very much appreciated! Lunch and cookies were provided by the chamber. If you would like to help decorate please give the Chamber a call. No other committee reports were available at the time of the meeting.

Upcoming events:

Tom’s Tavern Pool Tournament continues through April; the Wild Hare Shop Hop Extravaganza Nov 2-4; Veterans Day meals at Flame Bar in Pierce, Orofino VFW and Tom’s Tavern Elk River; OJSHS Honoring Veterans Nov 9th at 8am on the OHS Track; KLER Stuff the Bus food drive Nov 17-18; Pierce Community Center Holiday Bazaar Nov 18;
OES Shop for Schools Nov 18; and Shop Small Biz Saturday Nov 25th. The meeting was adjourned at 4:41pm with discussions and networking opportunities following.

Please feel free to reach out to the Chamber by phone/text 208-476-4335 or email We love hearing from you!

Thank you,

Erica Holland, Director
Clearwater County Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 2346, Orofino, ID  83544