Chamber director talks relaunch

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October 4, 2018 - 11:27 AM

Mary Benningfield began work Monday as executive director of the Iola Area Chamber of Commerce, which soon will relocate to the Bowlus Fine Arts Center.

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a bigger cheerleader for the Iola area than Mary Benningfield.

A relative newcomer — she and her family moved to Iola about two years ago from her native Tulsa — Benningfield compares Iola to a Norman Rockwell scene.

“Walking around, seeing the old Victorian houses, older folks on their porches in rocking chairs with lemonade,” she said. “It was not a hard decision to come to Iola.”

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