Kristi McMorris loves community – the Lodi community – and is putting her love of her neighbors to use as the new executive director of the Lodi & Lake Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce.

Hired in September, McMorris has more than 15 years of experience in event planning and office management, as well as a background in digital marketing.

“I also have a ministry background,” she said. “I’m a people person. I love people, and my passion is our community.”

She and her family have lived in Lodi about 18 months. Her husband, Matt McMorris, recently launched Grace Valley Church.

McMorris’ community involvement also includes time as a softball and volleyball coach at Lodi High School.

All of those qualities drew her to seek out the chamber positon, which has been vacant for several months.

“Our chamber has a lot to offer the community and surrounding communities,” McMorris said. “Building relationships is key. People really don’t care how you much you know until they know how much you care.”

The chamber coordinates several community events, usually one every month, McMorris said. Of course, Susie the Duck Days reigns as the most significant community event, and it’s McMorris’ favorite as well.

“It brings out the best in Lodi,” she said.

Upcoming chamber-sponsored events include business trick-or-treating, the wine walk and shop, Christmas by the Creek, the Christmas parade and the chamber’s annual meeting.

Like any community organization, the chamber and its programs don’t happen without an army of volunteers.

“I’m just very excited to play an active role in my community,” McMorris said. “If you have the opportunity to volunteer, we will welcome you with open arms.

“Lodi takes care of their own, and people here give back to Lodi and the surrounding communities. I’ve never seen such genuine, genuine people like I do here. It’s awesome, and it’s great to be part of it.”

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