From the Director’s Desk
April was a busy and exciting month! Approximately three hundred Chamber & community members celebrated our annual Diamond Awards at the Pampered Palate Catering & Conference Center, recognizing many of our members’ accomplishments & community service. We celebrated with Gary DeSantis being named the Raymond P. Shafer Award Winner, being recognized by Allegheny College, the Shafer Law Firm and the Chamber. We also surprised Allegheny College President Dr. James Mullen and his wife Mari with a special Chamber and Community Partner Award, this being their final event with us, before they leave Meadville. I truly want to congratulate all the nominees, as well as our winners. Each category was filled with very community-minded, giving and deserving individuals or businesses. Congratulations to this year’s award recipients:
Chamber Ambassador: Marie Feltz, Decorating Den Interiors
Emerging Leader, Female: Victoria Soff, Bethesda Lutheran Services
Emerging Leader, Male: Dave Astry, Bush investment Group
Small Non-Profit: French Creek Valley Conservancy
Large Non-Profit: Bethesda Foundation for Children
Small Business: Cool 101.7
Mid-Size Business: Marquette Savings Bank
We aren’t slowing down now that our Awards night is completed; this month we are in full event mode at the office! Be sure to mark your calendars with the many events & educational seminars we have planned for you! Here are just a few of the next ones to look for.
On Friday, May 10h join us for our Leadership Meadville 9 Class Graduation & Celebration at Smith’s Country Gardens. Be sure to join us for the Leadership luncheon, where our featured speaker is one of the Leadership Meadville’s favorite speakers, Jerry Alonge, CEO of Vantage Healthcare. Be sure to register now or get an application to a representative from your company or organization for our 10th Anniversary Year of Leadership Meadville. Leadership Meadville 10 will begin in August!
One of the most fun golf events of the year is almost here! Be sure to join us for the Caddy Auction & June Business After Hours on Tuesday, June 25the at the Italian Civic Club! This year’s fiesta theme will surely be an amazing time, with some fun music, bright decorations, a pinata, margaritas, mojitos, delicious food & more. See who bids on which caddies, who goes for the highest bid and see the friendly competition. Take advantage of the fantastic basket auction and have a fun evening after work with fellow business colleagues & friends! Our Annual Women’s Golf Outing is set for June 26th at Whispering Pines. Ladies get your teams ready for a fun day!! We will award the best decorated golf cart, most unique fiesta theme golf attire for the ladies & the caddies! So break out your fiesta theme decorations, bright clothes, sombreros, maracas & more! There will be margaritas, fabulous fiesta buffet & a fun filled day for all!
I wish the mothers reading this a very special Mother’s Day. If you are blessed to have your mother in your life, I ask you to be sure to tell her what she means to you! On this Memorial Day, remember those who have gone before us ensuring our freedoms. Enjoy a safe, and relaxing Memorial Day weekend.
If you ever have any questions or would like to schedule a one on one meeting with me, I welcome this opportunity. Please stop in, call or email me at any time. I look forward to seeing you soon.
"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.