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Spilker, Graham to take seats on chamber board

Posted: August 12, 2011 2:03 p.m.
Updated: August 15, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Two new members will be joining the ranks of the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, President Robbie Powers reported at Thursday’s meeting.

Dr. Brian Spilker with Veterinary Medicine and Surgery was recently appointed to replace board member Gary Brown, who was with Morningside of Camden. Also, Spencer Graham, who is employed with the Target Distribution Center in Lugoff, was recently appointed to replace board member April Jones, a former employee of the distribution center.

Powers said the seats became vacant after Brown accepted a job outside of Kershaw County and Jones left her position at the distribution center.

“Partners of Education is a program that was started by the Target Distribution Center through the Chamber,” Chamber Executive Director Liz Horton explained. “So (Graham) will now serve as vice president of education for the chamber.”

During the meeting, Vice President Dennis Stuber also presented the board with the 2010-11 year-end financial report. With the chamber’s assets totaling $1.6 million last year, coupled with $7,100 worth of liabilities, Stuber said the chamber’s equity is a “little over $1.5 million.”

Prescription help

Horton said nearly 1,000 free prescription drug cards have been given away during the past several years. The drug cards, which are part of a chamber affinity partnership with United Networks of America, allows its users to save up to 75 percent on the cost of generic medications and as high as 50 percent on name brand medication.

“When we started out we had about 26 prescriptions on average a month being filled through the program. Now, as of May, we have 351 prescriptions being filled using that discount card,” Horton said. “At Fred’s Pharmacy, the pharmacist calls us when they run out of cards and we take the new ones. He automatically uses that when someone fills a prescription but doesn’t have insurance.”

Horton said the drug cards also gives the chamber a slight revenue stream, as it receives a small reimbursement from United Networks of America for each prescription that is filled and allowing it to “continue  to do the many programs that we offer.”

Visitor inquiries

The chamber received 2,459 visitors to its website during July, Horton told the board.

“And 2,100 of those were actually unique visits with 84 percent in new visitors to the site altogether, so that was very exciting. We’ve had 7,000 page views, we’ve had 852 business directory searches during the last month .. and 649 calendar of event searches on our website from that same time period,” she said, adding there was a good mix of hits came from direct searches and search engines. “So we’ve had a lot of activity.”

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