Community and business leaders arrived by hearse, ambulance, and some came in on Harleys. It's a rally of sorts, aimed at pepping each other up before they head out all over Tyler to recruit more members. Chamber leaders, like Walter Wilhelmi, encourage other businesses to join the chamber and promote Tyler.
He said, "It's not just making phone calls. It's having events like today, which is the kickoff with a lot of excitment, a lot of promotion, and it's just a fun thing for the community to be a part of."
The Tyler Chamber of Commerce holds the national record for the most memberships in a drive and they are hoping this year will be the most sucessful yet. Recruiting starts next month.