Wednesday, April 15, 2015



(Left to right) Ohio House Representative Jim Buchy (R) District 84, Legislative Committee Chairman Jeff Kniese-Greenville Federal, Legislative Committee Member Jim Ward-Fry & Company C.P.A.’s, Darke County Common Pleas Court Judge Jonathan Hein, Legislative Committee Member Kathy Daniels-CenturyLink, Chamber President Sharon Deschambeau (front), Chamber Chairman Matthew Aultman-Keller Grain & Feed, Ohio House Representative Steve Huffman (R) District 80, Ohio Senator Bill Beagle (R) District 5, Legislative Committee Member Wayne Deschambeau-Wayne HealthCare, and Ohio Senate President Keith Faber (R) District 12.
Columbus, OH – The Ohio Chamber’s Chamber Action Alliance (CAA) awarded the Darke County Chamber of Commerce the 2015 Best Advocacy Campaign Award for its extraordinary efforts and commitment to an advocacy campaign centered on a single issue: drugs in the workplace. This is the second year in a row that the Darke County Chamber has been recognized for its outstanding efforts in the area by the Ohio Chamber and CAA.

The CAA is the state-wide grassroots advocacy coalition of Ohio chambers of commerce coordinated by the Ohio Chamber. The CAA determines state-wide policy issues facing the business community, educates and empowers probusinesses advocates to take action, and champions a business-friendly climate throughout the state of Ohio. Every year the CAA selects one local chamber that has done outstanding work on a single issue to recognize.

“Under the leadership of President Sharon Deschambeau, the Darke County Chamber of Commerce has continued to expand its efforts around the important issue of combating drugs in the workplace,” Keith Lake, Vice President of Government Affairs at the Ohio Chamber. “The Darke County Chamber has led the fight against drugs in its region, bringing stakeholders from across the community and state together, even modeling methods for the rest of the state to follow in terms of fighting this epidemic. Drugs continue to not only affect employers, but also communities and families across the state of Ohio. The Darke County Chamber is a true asset to its community and both the Ohio Chamber and CAA are lucky to regularly work with Sharon Deschambeau and her chamber.”

“It was truly an honor to accept the Ohio Chamber’s 2015 Best Advocacy Campaign Award on behalf of the Darke County Chamber Board of Directors and our membership,” stated Sharon Deschambeau, president of the Darke County Chamber. “The award signifies the time and commitment that many people have already put forth to combat the issue of drugs in Darke County.”

“This is a grassroots effort among many entities including businesses, law enforcement, schools, healthcare, courts, churches, local elected officials and state legislators,” Deschambeau said while explaining that the Darke County Chamber has gone from focusing on drugs in the workplace, to drugs in the county. “We discovered in our strategic planning process that drug abuse is a health issue--physical health, mental and behavioral health, and spiritual health.”

According to Deschambeau, chamber member representatives and community members are becoming educated and are now involved in the Coalition for a Healthy Darke County.

Senate President Keith Faber, Sen. Bill Beagle, Rep. Jim Buchy, and Rep. Steve Huffman also presented commendations to honor the Darke County Chamber for its efforts and winning the Best Advocacy Campaign Award.

The Ohio Chamber of Commerce is a champion for Ohio businesses so that our state enjoys economic growth and prosperity. With over 8,000 members, we have been Ohio’s premiere business advocate since 1893.

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