With more than 1,300 members, the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce relies on volunteers to help it reach out to the business community it serves. In January of each year, the Chamber distributes information to member businesses as part of "Mission Appreciation." This volunteer opportunity gives employees of Chamber-member businesses a chance to network with other members while thanking them for investing in the organization.

"We would not be able to do everything we do for our members without our generous volunteers," said director of membership development Whitney Cummings.

Although Mission Appreciation is an endeavor that happens only once a year, the Chamber has a group of dedicated volunteers called Ambassadors that represent it at various functions year-round. Ambassadors serve as official hosts on behalf of the Chamber at ribbon-cuttings. They also help with member retention. In 2013, the Ambassadors attended 61 ribbon-cuttings, made more than 900 phone calls to Chamber member businesses and delivered more than 300 goodies as a thank-you to renewing members.

The 2013 Chamber Ambassadors are as follows:

Aaron Leach, Metropolitan National Bank; Adam Davis, Adam Davis Farmers Insurance; Alicia Page, Acxiom; Arthur Ingram, Acxiom; Branden Stroth, Metropolitan National Bank; Brian Zimmerman, Metropolitan National Bank; Bridget K. Williams, Kimberly-Clark Corporation; Carly Stephens, Microtel Inn & Suites; Charles Browder, Metropolitan National Bank; Debbie Plopper, First Service Bank and Conway EcoFest Inc.; Eleise Wood Myers, Conway Corporation; Frank Maree, Acxiom; Heather Currie; Salon Bliss; Janetta Fuqua, Simmons First National Bank; Jennie Marvel, Kimberly-Clark Corporation; Jennifer Harrison, First Security Bank; Jennifer Prince, Simmons First National Bank; John Scherrey, Centennial Bank; Jon Ross Henderson, First Security Bank; Josh Linden, Centennial Bank; Justin Story, Payroll Vault of Central Arkansas; Karl Justice, Crain Buick GMC; Keith Jones, Acxiom; Leia Morshedi, Leia Morshedi LLC; Lisa Garner, Independent Living Services; Marilyn Battles, First Service Bank; Michael Mayo, Central Baptist College; Mitzi Anthony, Acxiom; Nola Hensley, Davidson Law Firm; Patricia Hepner, Faulkner County Realty Inc.; Rebekah Eades, First Service Bank; Rikki Wyzgoski, Conway Healthcare and Rehab; Robert Newman, Legacy Realty, Inc.; Shirley Kimbrell, Family Heritage Insurance; Stephen Ardeneaux, Amazing Grace Cleaning Services LLC; Steven Richards, Valued Merchants; Tanya Malcolm; Centerpoint Energy; Thomas Straight Jr., Acxiom; Tracy McGinnis Fulcher, Marco’s Pizza; Tracy Robbins, CrossFit Conway; Toby Hart, Take the Lead Academy; Valerii Dychok, Acxiom; Wendy Shirar, Acxiom Corporation; and Wilma Turner, Acxiom.

To learn more about the Ambassador program or the Mission Appreciation volunteer opportunity, contact Whitney Cummings at Whitney@ConwayArkansas.org.