Times they are a-changin’

Bob Dylan starts that song off singing

Come gather ’round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown

I’ve had the great pleasure to first volunteer at the Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce and then work as communications director.  I’ve met many fine people in the community, enjoyed various events and activities, helped bring many ‘firsts’ to the area and worked with amazing people every day.

I’ve also grown with the waters rising and the opportunity to stretch my wings and lead a Chamber has arrived.  I said yes to becoming the Chamber Director for Webster City, Iowa!  I leave soon – March 4 – and it’s been a whirlwind here.  Finishing projects, making sure the paperwork makes sense for the next person, training others on some of the things I do are just a few things I’m doing.  Also packing and house hunting are on the agenda! (If you know anyone renting a house in Webster City, I sure want to talk to them.)

I’ll be leaving organizations that are very dear to me — Franklin County Historical Society and the Old Stone House Project, DAR judging every January, Main Street friends locally and statewide, Marketing/Promotion Committee work — to name a few.  My close friends will stay in touch (God bless the internet) and visit I’m sure.  But I’ll miss dropping in to Orange Possum to see what’s new and check out Kelsey’s new look.  Or visiting with the girls at CellTech Inc. while they show me their new, cool toys.  I won’t be taking pictures in Greater Franklin County, driving down gravel roads looking for the perfect sunset picture.  My ag friends will be missed – we’ve created some pretty cool things like the bloggers tour.  I hope they rise up strong at the Chamber and create an Ag division.  I’ll miss Hope Polk at the front desk teasing me (and vice versa).  I’ll miss Brook – he’s been a champion, a friend and a great boss.

Yet …. yet …. the fun in store is so exciting!  What kind of wonderful things can we do in Webster City?  Think of all the people I don’t know.  I get to meet them all.  They’ve got some amazing historical buildings I can’t wait to walk into.  The shops downtown are funky, fun and a new experience for this girl.  I’ve had coffee and found a place you’ll often see me at – free wifi, cinnamon rolls and chili and great conversation. Plenty of places to grab a bite or sit, eat and linger.  There are forward thinking people who can’t wait to get started on ideas and projects.  We’ve got an opportunity in Webster City to become a well known place on the map and to tell our story. 

And that’s what I’ll be doing — listening to the stories, visiting the people, and finding ways to bring people together to make a real difference in a lot of lives.  

Thank you Greater Franklin County for all you’ve given me and Hello Webster City! 


  1. Sara Broers on February 19, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Congratulations- This is awesome!

  2. Erin on February 19, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    My dear friend Deb who spread her wings and left us in Chicago is doing it again and I for one am thrilled. The timing is perfect and I hope Webster City has some idea of just how gosh darn lucky they are to have her coming.

    Best of luck on this next journey!

  3. Spashionista (Alicia) on February 19, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    Congratulations, Deb! You seemed ready for a big change when we met. I think it’s here 😉

  4. Doris on February 20, 2013 at 12:18 am

    Congratulations, Deb! Hampton will miss you. Webster City will be the better for your presence.

  5. Denise on February 20, 2013 at 12:59 am

    Look out Webster City! You have one of the best coming to your town. Deb will be missed in Hampton but Webster City will benefit her presence.
    Good luck my dearest friend. We will still see each other often. I can’t wait to see what you can do.

  6. Pamela on February 20, 2013 at 1:06 am

    Hampton/Franklin County’s loss is Webster City’s gain. Best wishes, Deb. See you on the trail someday soon!

  7. Jeanne on February 20, 2013 at 1:43 am

    Thank you Hampton for giving up Deb Brown and thank you Webster City Area Development Chamber of Commerce Board for giving her a chance in our wonderful community! We are very excited to experience “Deb Fever” and are hoping it’s as contagious as everyone says!!

  8. Deb on February 20, 2013 at 2:47 am

    Thank you everyone, such kind words! I will miss Hampton and I am so very excited to be going to a new, exciting place. You all have touched my heart.

  9. Val - Corn, Beans, Pigs & Kids on February 20, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – Congratulations Deb! We’ll miss you in Franklin County but some how I know that we’ll stay in touch. I don’t know if you knew this, but I grew up in Hamilton County – south of Stanhope. Be sure to go to Watermelon Day this summer and check out the updated library!

  10. Deb on February 20, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    I will Val!