Grate Spends Summer at Area Chamber

Arkansas Tech student Lydia Grate is spending her summer interning at the Russellville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Grate, a senior at Arkansas Tech, is working with the Chamber of Commerce throughout the summer on a variety of communication tasks.

She added, “I’ve called over 260 new Chamber members to update and verify their contact information, handwritten about 100 thank you cards for Chamber members that helped recruit the new members and most recently, created and printed a flyer that will be distributed to over 7,000 children in the area.”

In the coming weeks, she’ll also be contacting current members to verify their contact information, and she’ll be working on communication pieces about the annual business expo.

Through her internship Grate says she’s learning “the most about the real world.”  She added, “I’ve always considered myself a people person, but I’m learning the importance building and maintaining relationships. This is definitely something I want to implement more in my life because you never know which people might resurface later in life.”

Additionally, Grate says she’s also learning about the important role a Chamber of Commerce plays in a community, and she says she never realized how much the Russellvile Chamber does for its members and the community.

Grate says she hopes to continue interning at the Russellville Area Chamber of Commerce through May, when she’ll graduate with degrees in speech communication, history and political science and journalism.