By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes
Marlene Quinn has one less thing on her plate.
The plate is still plenty full, however.
Quinn stepped down as treasurer of the Keizer Chamber of Commerce Foundation on Monday. She had been a member of the foundation through the Keizer Parks Foundation for years, then became a regular member when she became an American Family Insurance agent in 2013.
“I helped for years, then when I had a business I became a member,” Quinn said. “I have to drop out of something and the chamber foundation was it. I can’t keep doing this. It took too much of my time.”
Quinn, a longtime city volunteer, was one of the first KPF members and is staying involved with that. She became a Keizer City Councilor last year and is chair of the Community Build Task Force.
She’s also involved with Keizer Rotary and is still involved with the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce.
On top of that, she’s a grandma. She had 3-year-old granddaughter Raegan with her most of Saturday while daughter Heather Weathers helped with the Keizer Iris Festival as an employee of the Keizer Chamber of Commerce.
“I have too much on my plate,” Quinn said. “I wanted to get through the Iris Festival. Now I can focus on the master planning process (for Keizer Rapids Park) and the Big Toy project.”
Quinn explained why she’s still part of the Salem Chamber but not Keizer’s.
“The Salem Greeters on Fridays have 150 people,” she said. “The monthly luncheons in Keizer have 25 people. It’s a bigger bang for the buck (in Salem) because it’s bigger. Plus there’s another insurance person in my company in there, so we can partner up and maybe host a Greeter’s.”
While getting ready for council meetings takes plenty of time normally, that will be especially be the case in the months ahead as councilors and city staff work through the master plan process.
“With all of the meetings, with the whole master plan process, something had to go and it was the Keizer Chamber,” Quinn said. “I was doing too much.”