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The Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce makes a tremendous contribution to the community and without it the business climate wouldn't be quite the same.

With that remark, D.N. "Nick" Rose, president and chief executive officer of Mountain Fuel Supply Co., ended his term as chairman of the chamber's board of governors Tuesday evening in the Salt Lake Hilton during the organization's 86th annual membership banquet.Rose, who turned over the chairmanship to Wm. James Mortimer, Deseret News publisher, on July 1, was honored during the banquet for his leadership in a year the chamber focused on gaining memberships. Six other retiring board members also were honored.

"This brings to an end, officially, what at times has been a very demanding but mostly a very enjoyable and rewarding year in my life," said Rose. Sometimes chamber members don't realize what the organization does and what it can do for the members and he encouraged the members to get involved and make the chamber a success.

Rose, who served three years on the Board of Governors, received an engraved mantle clock and family season ski passes for Snowbird from Mortimer on behalf of the chamber.

Mortimer praised Rose for his efforts as board chairman at the same time he was serving as chairman of the board of the fledgling Utah Economic Development Corp. Mortimer said UEDC was a cooperative effort with the chamber and until last April the organization was without a president so "Nick was it."

Other retiring board members honored with plaques were Rodney H. Brady, president and chief executive officer of Bonneville International; G. Garth Campbell, president of Diamond Lil's Restaurant; June M. Morris, president of Morris Air Service; Robert L. Rice, president and chief executive officer of Rice-Melby Enterprises; University of Utah President Chase N. Peterson; and William C. Vriens Jr., president of Modern Display Co.

All but Peterson, who was out of town attending a meeting, received plaques in person from


The banquet featured a video presentation outlining the chamber's activities between July 1, 1987, and June 30, 1988. It was narrated by Fred S. Ball, president, who said because the chamber exists the community is much better off.

Ball pointed to work of the UEDC; study of forming a Small Business Investment Corporation; the Small Business Advisory Council; completion of studies on education and transportation; a Regional Urban Design Assistance Team study; Utah Business Week; Business After Hours programs; Women in Business Committee; Leadership Utah; and monthly seminars on business-related subjects as examples of chamber activity.

The banquet and reception were hosted by the Kahler Corp., Rochester, Minn., which owns an equity interest in the Hilton and owns the University Park Hotel in Research Park at the U. of U. Harold W. Milner, Kahler president and chief executive officer, said he plans to renovate the Hilton's guest rooms.