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The Women of Vista Outdoor – Lewiston Edition

Say “Board Member,” and three employees at the CCI/Speer facility will respond affirmatively.

Employees in Lewiston, Idaho have a long history of community involvement and volunteering. Within the past year, three employees have taken community involvement to a new level when they were named Board Members for three local organizations. Congratulations to Jeanette, Katie and Michelle for providing leadership and continued support for local businesses and the community.

Jeanette LaVance joined the Lewis Clark Chamber of Commerce Board in May 2017. The ability to help the community with supporting and volunteering at events was a major factor in her decision to join the Board. In the first couple of months, LaVance has enjoyed helping with events and being involved in discussions regarding local legislation. She has attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new business in town, worked on planning for the Lewis-Clark Manufacturing Day, and has also worked on planning for the upcoming sessions of Lewis Clark Valley Leadership classes. LaVance is excited about her new role with the Chamber and looks forward to giving the company and employees a voice in community events and partnering with other local leaders.

Katie Deibel was voted onto the Twin County United Way Board in May 2017. Deibel had been looking for an opportunity to get involved with an organization in her community, and it did not take much convincing when approached by two United Way Board Members. Deibel was already familiar with the United Way through her role at Vista Outdoor as Site Coordinator for the annual campaign. She had also worked with the local Twin County United Way as a Loan Executive, which promotes the United Way to businesses in the community. Her first couple of months on the board have been busy, and she states the most rewarding part is doing site visits at organizations that receive United Way funds. It has provided her an opportunity to see the impact the United Way has on people living in the community.

After having been a member of the Lewiston Golf and Country Club for three years, Michelle Garrison noticed there was a decrease in memberships, and the company was facing financial hardship. The Board had a strong desire to have a woman represent a seat on the Board of Directors and approached Garrison to join in November 2016. She has participated in past Vista Outdoor fundraisers, such as Relay for Life, United Way, Lewiston Round-up Parade and the Festival of Trees. Garrison embraced this opportunity and has not looked back since. She has enjoyed meeting new people and being an avenue for women to express concerns and suggestions.

Pictured L to R: Jeanette LaVance (Programs and Contribution Administrator) – Lewis Clark Chamber of Commerce Board Member; Katie Deibel (HR Business Partner) – Twin County United Way Board Member and Michelle Garrison (Program Administrator) – Lewiston Golf and Country Club Board Member.

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