I have been a member of the East Dallas Chamber of Commerce for about eight years. I also am a member of the Lakewood, Garland and Wylie chambers.

There are many benefits to chamber membership – social functions, political strength and business connections.

But in order to make the membership pay for itself, you must participate. Attend the monthly luncheons, which usually cost about $15, and print your and your company’s name clearly on your name tag.

Meet people, hand out business cards. Introduce yourself by name and company: “Hi, I’m Bob Booker with D/FW Roofing & Repair Service.”

Attend ribbon cuttings and, if practical, have one at your business. You meet more people – those business contacts – and get your name and picture in the chamber newsletter.

Pick a committee and participate. Recruit new members for the chamber. These things get your name before other members.

By being involved in the chamber, you make friends, generate business for yourself and make your community a better place to live.

Heck of a deal.

If you are interested in joining one of the chambers, call me at 503-7663. I would be glad to help.