GOSHEN — Nick Kieffer grilled hot dogs under a sunny sky for the Goshen Chamber of Commerce’s 60th Birthday party Thursday.
“We turned 60 this year and decided to throw a little picnic for Chamber members. The official paperwork for the Chamber dates back to 1954 even though there was an organized group in the 1890s,” said Kieffer, Chamber vice president. “We try to do something fun and thank members for their support. We are a staff of four and follow their directive.”
The birthday party took place outside at the Rieth Interpretive Center, 410 W. Plymouth Avenue, and Kieffer volunteered to be the chef.
“I like being behind the grill,” he said. “We have 500 hot dogs, The first 100 are down and I’ll go by the crowd and see how it develops as to how many more to grill. We have no idea how many to expect. We put out emails and told them to come out, enjoy some birthday cake and eat a hot dog or two.”
The Chamber staff had rented the pavilion at Rieth Interpretive Center, “just in case, but this is just gorgeous out,” Kieffer said. “We picked a pretty nice day for an outing.”
Chamber members filled their plates with hot dogs, chips, cake, and a serving of potato salad by President David Daugherty.
“This is looking like a pretty good turnout,” Daughtery said, observing the picnic tables spread around the grounds, filled with Chamber members.
For 60 years, the Chamber of Commerce has been meeting the diverse needs of the business community and been the voice of business in Goshen, Daughtery added.
“The Chamber has been committed to continually improving the ability of our members to meet their business goals,” Daughtery said. “We are committed to building a better community and put money into projects to make it happen.”