The Apalachicola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce members elected a new board of directors for the 2014-15 fiscal year on June 4 at the monthly business luncheon in Apalachicola. 

The board and membership welcome Karen Rudder, general manager of the St. George Island Plantation Home Owners’ Association; Bonnie Fulmer with Apalachicola Bay Animal Hospital; Craig Gibson with Weems Memorial Hospital and the Apalachicola Volunteer Fire Department; and Ira Mittleman, owner and chef of Ira’s at the Gibson Inn to this year’s board.

Continuing for another term are Mike Koun, owner of the Gibson Inn, Brenda Ash, with Centennial Bank and an Apalachicola city commissioner; Donna Duncan, attorney with Sanders and Duncan; Jean Ulrich, a real estate agent with Century 21 Collins Realty and owner of Ulrich Construction; Bud Hayes, with the Franklin County Humane Society and the ABC School; Bev Hewitt, with the Apalachicola Seafood Grill, the Soda Fountain, and the BackStreet Trading Company; Kristin Anderson, owner of; attorney Michael Shuler; Jerry Hall, with Seafood Grill, The Soda Fountain and BackStreet Trading Company; Ginny Griner, with Weems Memorial Hospital; and John Solomon, owner of Alle Cat Charters, president of the Florida Seafood Festival and president of the Weems Memorial Healthcare Foundation.

Officers for this year are Donna Duncan, president; Bud Hayes, vice-president; Kristin Anderson, secretary/historian; and Jerry Hall, treasurer.

We would like to thank our retiring director Ouida Tartt, owner of the House of Tartts, a guest cottage in downtown Apalachicola, for her service and support over the years. Tartt is leaving the Forgotten Coast to live with her daughter in New Zealand.

The election was held during the Chamber’s annual meeting at the Apalachicola United Methodist Church fellowship hall and catered by members of the UMC congregations of Apalachicola and St. George Island.

During the same meeting members discussed and passed some minor changes to the bylaws.

The Apalachicola Chamber was started in the early 1830s. Among its many presidents were ice machine inventor John Gorrie, and David Raney, builder of the Raney House, who made his fortune in cotton and served two terms as Apalachicola’s mayor. In the 1980s, the chamber expanded its membership area to include Apalachicola Bay including Eastpoint and St. George Island. It currently has 390 members.