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As we complete the membership renewal season, I’d like to take a moment to say THANK YOU to all of our businesses, organizations and individuals who have continued their support of the chamber with both their membership dues and their time and effort. We look forward to sharing our membership directory in our new marketing brochure that is due to be completed in early March.
Although 2019 has thrown an unusual amount of weather challenges at us recently, I’m feeling confident that spring will be here soon and I look forward to watching Chesaning come alive with great outdoor festivals, fundraisers and family activities. We look forward to helping our members promote their events!
Speaking of events, we know that there are questions in the community regarding the fate of our annual Candlelight Walk event. Our ballot survey of the chamber business members only had a 15% response rate and the voting was mixed about whether to continue Candlewalk, change it into a different type of holiday event or cancel it completely. The biggest challenges are these: we need to find a new location for the Festival of Trees raffle, we have declining volunteer participation, and public feedback of the event indicates that the festival is not what it once was back when there were many participating shops along the boulevard and downtown. Our board is still tackling the tough evaluation of Candlewalk’s future and will make our final decision in the coming month. If you have any suggestions, please contact Bobbi McIntyre, myself or the Chamber office.
On a more positive note, we have a series of Chamber events to enjoy this spring including our Chamber Comedy Night on March 16 (see the back page for details), the Craft n’ Crop for our more creative friends on April 13 (page 4) and our Chamber Scholarship Golf Outing scheduled for Sunday, May 19. Summer will be here before we know it and it will be time for our Fireworks in Showboat Park on July 3! I encourage you to join one of our event committees to share your ideas and energy to keep our chamber strong.
Gregory C. Bruff
Board of Directors President
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