by Peter Jakey–Managing Editor
The man with the jovial demeanor, booming voice and calming influence retired earlier this month from his long run as Posen Chamber of Commerce president.
Randy Idalski served 24 years on the chamber board, 18 as the president.
“It feels good,” said Idalski with his familiar laugh. “It was time. I put in a lot of years and worked with a lot of great people. It is time for someone else to take over and keep the ball rolling.”
His departure comes as no surprise, as he told those in the community at last year’s Posen Potato Festival, he would step down when officers were re-elected.
Board member Jimmie Hentkowski tried to keep him on the board and threw his name in as a nominee for trustee.
Idalski reiterated that it was time to move on.
Idalski said he would still be interested in serving as master of ceremonies during the Miss Posen Pageant, as well as the parade.
Outgoing member Dennis Goupell said Idalski took on a lot of responsibilities. “He made phone calls looking for carnivals and getting things lined up.”
He said Idalski’s ability to “communicate and delegate” would be missed.
Andrea Konwinski, who had served as secretary for a number of years, has been voted in as new president.
“He was a good leader,” said Konwinski. “If something did not go as well during the festival, he would say, ‘don’t worry about it, we’re doing the best we can.’ Randy did a real good job and I am really glad he stuck with it all those years.”
Konwinski is excited to take over, having served on the board for 16 years. “I wanted to take on a new challenge,” she added.
(Full version of this article is in the Feb. 18, 2016 edition of the Advance)