Few individuals rise to the level of “institution” in a community but we believe that Donald Harney, executive director of the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce, reached that esteemed category through his position as the leader of the business organization for the past 13 years.
Harney was a visible and personable leader of this outstanding organization that has been a vital part of our city for decades. From his desk at the Chamber offices on Broadway to welcoming guests to the Chamber breakfasts to enjoying the events with his wife, Geraldine, Donald Harney has helped guide the organization to its greatest heights in its long history.
Donald Harney never sought the spotlight for his efforts and was always a team player. He worked with some dedicated and energetic Chamber presidents during his reign as executive director.
So many people young and old have been affected in a positive way by the Chamber’s outreach and special events – such as the enormously popular Breakfast with Santa each December.
Donald Harney has been so much a part of the Chamber’s development into one of the city’s most vibrant and important organizations.
We know that it will be an emotional moment when Donald Harney is introduced as the executive director for one of the final times Friday night at the installation of officers dinner. This would be an ideal moment for the Chamber membership to say, “Thank you, Donald Harney, for all that you have done to make our organization bigger, better, and stronger.”