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Maynard announces resignation as Chamber Director

By Erin Smith

The Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber of Commerce will soon be searching for a new Executive Director as Dawn Maynard officially submitted her resignation to the Chamber’s Board of Directors on Tuesday.

Maynard said her resignation will not become effective until July 1, 2019.

“I have offered to stay on part-time to make the transition smoother for my replacement and to work on the two summer concert series,” said Maynard.

The Chamber is not accepting applications for the Executive Director’s position at this time, according to Maynard. She said this a good time for the Chamber’s Board of Directors to review the responsibilities of the position and consider the possibility of making it a full-time position.

Maynard said anyone who is interested in applying for the position can leave their name, telephone number and email address and when the Chamber Board of Director’s is ready to begin accepting applications, you will be notified. The Chamber office can reached by calling, 910-862-4368.

“We are so grateful for all that Dawn has done for our community. We have some great shoes to fill!” said Chamber President Ashley Dowless.

Maynard said the transition is one that is bittersweet for her. She began working at the Chamber office 12 years ago and has seen the number of events offered by the Chamber grow over the years. The Chamber currently offers the Summer Sounds Concert Series in Elizabethtown, the Sunset Jams Concert Series at White Lake, the Fourth of July Fireworks show at Goldston’s Beach at White Lake, the Elizabethtown Christmas Parade and the White Lake Water Festival. The Chamber also assists towns and other groups in promoting their events and businesses.

Maynard also said attendance for the annual Chamber banquet has grown over the years to 150 attendees every June.

She said of her tenure at the Chamber, “It’s a very bittersweet time in my life.”

Maynard added she is looking forward to attending many of the Chamber’s events in the future simply as a citizen of Bladen County.

When asked about her future plans, Maynard said that she is moving back to Emerald Isle where she has many family members but she also plans to reside in Bladen County on a part-time basis. Her husband, Alan Maynard, has not yet retired and will continue to practice law in Bladen County.

She said she is looking forward to spending more time with her family in the future and spending time with her grandchildren.

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