Archive for Thursday, February 5, 2004

Chamber sees change with office personnel

February 5, 2004

There's someone new sitting at the corner of Eighth and High streets waiting to help Baldwin visitors.

Sandy Cardens has taken over at the Baldwin Chamber of Commerce office, filling the vacancy left by Sharole Prahl.

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"It'll take me a long time to be as proficient as she was," Cardens said of Prahl. "But I think this will be an interesting place to be."

Prahl, who worked at the chamber office part time for more than five years promoting Baldwin and helping visitors, recently resigned to take a full-time job in Baldwin.

"I always intended to start working full time after the kids were grown," Prahl said.

Though she's excited about her new job, she said she will miss the chamber office.

"I really enjoyed all the years I did it," she said. "I will miss it, but I'm sure I left them in good hands.

"We couldn't have asked for a better replacement for myself," she said of Cardens. "She'll really be a plus for the chamber."

That's because, Prahl said, her replacement is no stranger to Baldwin.

Cardens, who has lived in Baldwin several years, has been active on a number of committees including the Baldwin City Arts Council, the Maple Leaf Festival and the downtown beautification. She has also been instrumental in the Lumberyard Arts Center project.

"We get a lot of questions in here about a lot of those things," she said of her committees. "So that just makes it easier for me to come in here and be able to answer those questions."

Diane Niehoff, vice-president of the chamber, said Prahl will be missed at the chamber.

"We appreciate everything she's done for us over the years," she said.

But Niehoff believed Cardens would be a good replacement for Prahl.

"She has such an outgoing personality," she said. "She really meets people well. I felt like this would be ideal for us."

Cardens said the chamber job should also be ideal for her.

"I like interacting with the public," she said. "With my involvement in everything, I know Baldwin City. I love Baldwin."

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