Chamber lunch Monday an interactive survey for strategic planning

Dr. Shirley W. Hastings
Dr. Shirley W. Hastings

The Dickson County Chamber of Commerce is seeking input from members to help create a strategic plan that will guide the chamber into the future. To facilitate that conversation, Dr. Shirley Hastings, strategic planning director for the University of Tennessee Extension, will conduct an interactive survey at next week’s monthly chamber membership luncheon. The lunch will be at noon Monday, March 21, at GreyStone Golf Club. The cost is $13 for chamber members and the deadline to RSVP is today. A native of Oklahoma, Hastings has served as professor and associate dean for the University of Tennessee Extension Family Consumer Sciences and was the 2012 recipient of the Distinguished Service Ruby Award. Across a 40-year career in five states, Hastings has been a county educator, specialist and administrators, gaining a national reputation for her ability to set visionary goals, tackle difficult tasks and achieve landmark results. Her efforts shaped the national direction and strengthened recognition of the fields of Youth Development and Family and Consumer Sciences. Growing up on a farm/ranch in Oklahoma, she was active in 4-H, participating in projects ranging from Beef and Horse to Clothing and Fashion Revue and was a national 4-H scholarship winner in Foods and Nutrition. Hastings will facilitate an interactive survey with chamber members to help identify goals for the short-term and long-term future of the chamber as well as measures to work toward those goals. Chamber President Joey Graves said chamber member input will be critical in forming the strategic plan. For more information or to RSVP for Monday’s chamber luncheon, call 615-446-2349.