From the Director’s Desk
What a whirlwind February was! Twenty of us enjoyed the Chamber’s 5th annual all-inclusive tropical vacation! This year we travelled to Cancun, Mexico. We enjoyed breathtaking sunsets, delicious food, walks on the beach, fun excursions, the swim up bars & most importantly made new friendships & lifelong memories! Thanks to Amy Rectenwald, Largay Travel Advisor, for planning our first 5 amazing vacations for us!!! Be sure to watch your newsletters for trip # 6! We would love for you to join us!
Special thanks to everyone who helped to make our first Annual Chocoholic Frolic a sweet success! Our Chocolatiers went above & beyond! The table displays were awesome too! Be sure to look inside for all our winners! Special thanks to Memory Lane Jewelers & Roberts Jewelers for donating the chocolate diamonds & diamond jewelry! Congratulations to all of our winners! Special thanks to my Chamber Board, The Foundation Steering Committee, the Crawford County Career & Technical Center & a few businesses who donated items for our amazing auction!! Not only was this a successful and fun event, we raised thousands of dollars for The Chamber Foundation’s Crawford County K-12 Career Education Alliance program which will benefit thousands of children in our 3 local school districts as well as for our Chamber Leadership Meadville Program.
March is very busy at the Chamber and our community. The Leadership Meadville class is busy finalizing the 10th Annual Chili, Chowder and Soup Cookoff for the 21st at the ICC. Be sure to get your ticket to the “hottest event” in town. This event brings several local restaurants together with their favorite recipes to be judged. There is a little friendly competition among the parties involved. There is a great auction with donations form LM Alumni, the community and local merchants. Part of the proceeds of this event fund the Leadership Meadville program and also help out with scholarship for future classes.
Another fun community event this month is the Annual Jack Curtin St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Celebration, which will be on Saturday, March 16th. Eileen Mullen has done a tremendous job carrying on her father’s legacy of this family and community tradition, which gives so much back to various organizations through the candidates’ fundraising efforts. Be sure to vote for your favorite Grand Leprechaun contestant! This day is also the Judith’s Jig race in downtown.
We are currently planning our Diamond Awards Dinner for Wednesday, April 24th at the Pampered Palate banquet facility in Saegertown. There are many sponsorship opportunities available and you will want to make your reservation early, as it fills up annually with a waiting list! Be sure to nominate a deserving business or organization for the business of the year, a non- profit agency for any outstanding accomplishments and achievements in our community or someone for the emerging leader award. There is also the opportunity to nominate someone you feel is deserving of the Raymond P. Shafer award, which recognizes someone for their community support and volunteerism.
Our Chamber committees are meeting to plan fun summer events for you. We are planning the Women’s Golf Outing and Caddy Auction in June with a fiesta theme this year, so break out your sombrero & other fun themed items. I know we will see some fun decorated golf carts with this theme. We will have fun cocktail stations set around the golf course for you to try some margaritas & more!
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to stop in the office, call or email me at any time. I look forward to seeing you at any of our many upcoming events.
"Today’s Chamber is a vital networking source to help develop my business. I can’t imagine being a business owner in Meadville without being an active member of the local Chamber. "
-Dan Crandall, owner of Fine Print Commercial Printers
YOUR CHAMBER, YOUR VOICE
The Meadville-Western Crawford County Chamber of Commerce is the third oldest chamber in the nation and has supported the businesses and communities of Western Crawford County and beyond for over 200 years! We offer several programs, events, and services to help your business and assist in the renaissance of this great region.
The links below will take you to some of these events and services.