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August 20, 2014 www.copperarea.com Superior Sun [ 11 / By Mila Besich-Lira Superior Sun On Friday, Aug. 15, just about every park- ing space on Main St. was filled with cars. For many years that was an unusual sight, especially in the evening. But that was not the case last week when the Superior Chamber of Commerce celebrated the grand opening of their new headquarters. Community leaders, chamber members and supporters of the Chamber from throughout the region attended the celebration. Speeches were short and heartfelt, but the remarks cap- tured the hard work of the Chamber over the past six years. Sue Anderson, President of the Chamber commented that six years ago when a few people got together to revive the Chamber there was at best a few hundred dollars in the bank, but with hard work and commitment the Chamber now owns a building. She thanked the previous presidents and board members over the past six years for their leadership and those that had been instnunental in the refur- bishing of the building. One of the highlights in the building is the local art showing in the meeting room. An- derson explained that a new group has formed called the Superior Artist Alliance, the Alliance is open to artists who live or own property in Superior. Their art is on display in the Cham- ber office and is also available for sale. Interim Superior Town Manager, Margaret Gaston spoke and congratulated the Chamber for their successes. "It is a wonderful ac- complishment," she said. She thanked the Chamber for their dedication to the community and explained that she enjoys working with the Chamber. She is hoping to invite members of the Copper Basin Chamber to attend some of the meetings and chamber events to get ideas for the Kearny, Hayden and Winkelman areas. Mayor Jayme Valenzuela also spoke and con- gratulated the chamber for their accomplish- ment. He thanked the Chamber for keeping the Town on their toes, and for being involved in the community. "I appreciate what you (the Chamber) do for the community," he said. Mark Siegwarth, Director of the Boyce Thompson was also invited to speak. Ander- son commented that the Arboretum is one of the Chamber's strongest supporters. Siegwarth commented on an experience in his life where he was volunteering to build a fence, he had no help, at first he was discouraged then after two days on the project he looked back and saw what he accomplished, then looked forward and saw possibility. He explained that at first he was a bit skeptical of the Chamber's vision, but he was glad to be part of it, and looks for- ward to what the future will bring. Anderson explained to the crowd that as they began to refurbish the building, there were many repairs that had to be made, most of which cost $1o,ooo each. The board began to worry what they will do if they run out of mon- ey. Fortunately Resolution Copper partnered with the Chamber and provided much needed financial assistance to the project. Andrew Tapfin, Project Director for Resolution Copper spoke during the ceremony. "This is just the tip of the iceberg of what we can do when we work together," he said. "We are not just here Continued on page 12 Attendees to the Superior Chamber of Commerce Grand Opening enjoy the new meeting room. Mila Besich-Lira I Sun Robert 'Veto' opening. Cervantes and Sue Anderson celebrate the Providing ExoeUent Healthoare Beoause You Matter Most! Chamber's grand Mila Besich-Lira I Sun '=qlL