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 Ambassadors of the Washington Chamber of Commerce 

The Chamber Ambassadors serve as representatives of the Chamber and goodwill ambassadors welcoming new businesses to the area and making our special events possible. 


Join the Washington Chamber Ambassadors and show your support for the local businesses and organizations. 

Has your business hosted a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony or an Alive After 5? We would appreciate your feedback. CLICK HERE to take a quick survey. 

Do you know of a business or organization that has an upcoming landmark, anniversary or achievement that should be noted? Let us know, email Jaime at



 Ribbon Cuttings: FAQ - Click this link to find out more information about ribbon cuttings.

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 What is a Chamber Ambassador?

Ambassadors are special people! They represent the Washington community and the surrounding area and are goodwill "ambassadors" for the local Chamber of Commerce. Ambassadors are usually the most outgoing, pro-active employees in their company. They project a positive image for the company they represent and for the Chamber. Ambassadors perform a wide variety of duties in the communities the Chamber promotes (see suggestions below), but their main function is to help promote the Chamber of Commerce and make the Chamber events successful and enjoyable for everyone!

Why Become a Chamber Ambassador?

It is an opportunity for you and your employer to be in the spotlight. The local newspaper photographs each ribbon cutting for new businesses. This gives your company publicity as a supporter of new businesses coming to the area and of your Chamber of Commerce. It is a great opportunity to have a few minutes of fun and network with other movers and shakers in the community. By volunteering at Chamber events and attending the quarterly luncheons as an Ambassador, your business is always involved and kept up to date on what is going on within the community and surrounding area. The luncheon programs are informative and helpful to you as a business person. It takes teamwork to help create jobs and bring new business to the community. By serving as an Ambassador, you are showing you are a part of that team to infuse new life into the local economy and make our Chamber and its members successful!

What is Required of a Chamber Ambassador?

Chamber Ambassadors are asked to promote the Chamber in the community, help the Chamber Board and staff host special events, attend periodic ribbon cuttings for new businesses throughout the year, attend Ambassador Planning Luncheons, attend the Alive After 5 events, if at all possible, volunteer with their time and enthusiasm at the Chamber fundraising events and annual community special events.

How Do I Become a Chamber Ambassador?

Complete the short form below and return it to the Washington Chamber of Commerce, 205 West Main Street, Washington, Iowa, 52353. Fax it to 888-833-3529. Or, e-mail the Chamber office at, or call us at 319-653-3272.

Ambassador Application CLICK HERE

2018 Chamber Ambassadors 

President: Janelle Johnson- Hills Bank and Trust Company 

Vice President: Ashley Fowler- Elliott Realty

Treasurer: Angela Langstraat - Hills Bank and Trust Company

Adam McLaughlin - LJ Roth Restoration

Becky Patterson- Mercy Hospital

Beth Dillon - Washington State Bank

Brittany Gavin - Washington State Bank

Caleb Miller- Community 1st Credit Union 

Candace Fulton - Pearl Valley Rehab and Healthcare Center

Casey Peck- KCTC

Charla Howard- Golden Crest Realty

Connie Larsen-  HOME Team Advantage Realtors

Diana Rich- UP Home

Erik Buchholz- Washington High School

Erin Drahota- UP Home 

Fred Stark- Retired/Lion's Club

Genie Davis- Advanced Employment Services 

Heather Fedler- Custom Impressions 

Heather Marek- Golden Crest Realty

Isabella Santoro- Dodici's Shop

Jan Stauffer- CBI Bank & Trust 

Janelle Escher- Federation Bank

Jaron Rosien- Mayor of Washington

Joe Nichols- KCII

Julie Scott- The Washington Evening Journal

Kaitlyn Love - US Bank

Kelly Grout - KCTC

Kim Linnenkamp- HOME Team Advantage Realtors

Marty Beenblossom- Jones Eden Funeral Home

Matt Bryant- The Washington Evening Journal

Matt Greiner- Greiner Buildings

Melissa Andrew-AllenMitchelle, LLP

Melissa Myers- CBI Bank & Trust Company

Merril Mason- Retired

Mike Kramme - Washington Preservation, LLC

Pat Smith- Community Medical Supply

Pete Bell- Bell Realty

Rachel Fishback - Greiner Buildings

Rhonda Reed- VTI, LLC

Rick Peoples- Peoples Capital Managment 

Rob Gavin- US Bank

Sarah Grunewaldt - Main Street Washington

Shauna Orr -Community 1st Credit Union 

Shirley Brown - Don's Jewelry & Design

Susan Wellington-Halcyon House 

Tammy Burlingame-WCDC, Inc. 

Terry Engelken - Washington State Bank

Tsalika Rich- Cafe Dodici

Vance LaSala-iTech