It’s not just about business at the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce, it’s about community, as well. Many chamber staffers and board members are actively involved in our community, and proud to serve.
For Chamber Programs and Events Manager, Tracy Mathews, all the world’s a stage! While she has been involved with Chuckle for Charities and Gillette Community Theatre in the past, her most recent theatre endeavor is with the Gillette Drama Guild, a newly-formed club that works with students from the local junior high schools, high schools, and Gillette College.
“I had been asked many times to work with the CCHS Drama Department through friends that are dedicated to that program. I just didn’t want to work with kids,” Tracy said. “I didn’t feel I was ‘role model’ material.”
Nonetheless, she was brought on board to mentor youth on marketing, in an effort to teach them how best to sell ads and earn money to keep the big name theater shows coming to Gillette. Tracy broke down business models and ideas with the students, doing mock sales pitches and teaching them the importance of asking for what’s needed.
“You have to be verbal. If you don’t ask, then the answer is always no.” – Tracy
Over the summer, Tracy worked to educate students on the importance and impact of 1 percent funding for our community. With Tracy’s help, the students sold more ad space than ever before.
The best part of being involved with the Gillette Drama Guild? “Now, when I go to the school, the kids treat me like I’m a rock star! And, who doesn’t want that?” Tracy said.
Production photos courtesy of Jeffery Lee Photography.