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If you missed the Chamber’s First Cash Mob, we visited with Bill Pelkey at The Dog House Drive-In on Route 7 in Newport on July 10. What a great time with great food and great company! We like to think we gave Bill’s business a boost, possibly doubling his attendance for his weekly Classic Car Cruise-In on Tuesdays. And we know we introduced some great food to a few Chamber members who hadn’t yet tried Bill’s classic fare.
Check out the photos on our Facebook page and in our Gallery, too.
For six years, the Sebasticook Valley Chamber of Commerce has hosted its “united” fundraiser inPalmyra, but for 2012 that venue will change to the Moosehead Trail Motor Lodge, Route 7 in Dexter, on Nov. 3.
Over the six years, the combined effort of several non-profit agencies collaborating with the Chamber has returned about $78,000 in funding to the region. This year’s effort will include Sebasticook Family Doctors (dental program), the Sebasticook Valley FCU’s Ending Hunger inMaine, the Corinna Bicentennial Committee, CRD Warriors (Corinna athletic team),NewportCulturalCenter’s Friends of the Library, Newport Woman’s Club (scholarship fund), Stetson Historical Society,HartlandConsolidated School’s Teachers-on-the-Run and thePalmyraCommunity Center.
These groups will be gathering sponsorship ads and auction donations that are presented in “the party you don’t want to miss!” annually on the first Saturday in November for the largest fundraiser of its kind in centralMaine.
The corporate sponsor for the event in recent years is Skowhegan Savings Bank, and will be again this year.
The application period for Sparkle participants has ended and the kick-off committee meeting for planning was held Tuesday, June 19. Area businesses who have supported Sparkle in the past can expect to hear from committee members as they begin soliciting for donations. New sponsors are always welcome and will be sought out to help support the effort.
Annually several businesses have donated food products for the hors d’oeuvres and a caterer will be selected soon. Sponsorship ads can range from $50 for a simple listing to a $500 page in the program booklet. All proceeds are shared between the Chamber and the participating non-profits, with the largest portion shared equally among the smaller groups. Lastly, each group is expected to sell a designated number of tickets to the event, at $35 per person or $60 for a couple. Early ticket buyers are entered into a drawing for a free ticket to next year’s event.
The Chamber’s Steering Committee recently visited the Moosehead Trail Motor Lodge for a very successful Business After Hours hosted by the Lodge.
For more information on Sparkle, any Chamber event or membership, please visit the Chamber website at www.ourchamber.org or friend them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.
Checkout our newest campaign here: http://myemail.constantcontact.com/A-special-request-from-Sebasticook-Valley-Chamber-of-Commerce.html?soid=1102909337069&aid=o_wm4PBrG84
or on Facebook, too.
The Chamber has been fortunate to welcome several new members since the beginning of the year and we need to take time to welcome and introduce them to you.
Among our newest members are:
R.H. Foster’s Newport Apex at 81 Elm St. is our newest member this year. They recently completed a renovation at their Elm St. facility and will host a ribbon cutting and grand opening at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 26. We hope more Chamber members will join us to welcome them to the Chamber and celebrate the changes at the store. If you stop in say hi to Manager Jennifer Boyd who is coordinating events and made arrangements for their Chamber membership. You can find them on line at www.findafosters.com or www.rhfoster.com or by phone at 368-4324.
The Advertising Specialists of Maine, Inc., of Bangor, have long been a supplier for some of the Chamber’s logo items for various events. They recently joined our ranks as a supporting member as well. They supply promotional products such as cups, shirts, bags and a variety of business logo items to promote businesses You’ll want to welcome Stephani Berkey to membership if you call. They can be reached at 990-6022 or at www.tasom.com
Aberdeen Stove & Chimney Co. is also Aberdeen Fence & Landscape Design Company located at 735 Hammond St., Bangor, with Ken Crump as the contact. Ken was doing some work in the area and dropped in for some information. He found himself participating in the May Chamber Trade Show and joining the Chamber. He can be reached at 941-2128 or at Aberdeencompany@aol.com with a web address of www.AberdeenCompany.webs.com
Simply Said is a national company selling vinyl lettering for homes & businesses individually or on a party plan. Local consultant Kathryn Ladd participated in the May Trade Show in Dexter. She can be reached at 944-6948 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit her website at www.mysimplysaiddesigns.com/900 to see the many items available.
Penobscot Executive Search, LLC is a national executive search firm based in Dexter, specializing in recruiting and placement. President Paul Mosley visited with the Chamber at the May Trade Show and found himself a new member. He can be reached at email@example.com and at 270-6070
The Baker’s Table is located on Route 7,44 Newport Road in Corinna, a bakery operated by Autumn Seaney and Joanne Whitney. The duo catered our last Golf Scramble and are looking forward to do it again Sept. 8 at the Palmyra Golf Course and Campground. If you haven’t yet tried their great food, you’ll want to and may get to with some other upcoming Chamber events. They can be reached at 278-2253.
Spring Street Greenhouse, Route 7 in Dexter, joined out ranks this year. Tim and Wendy Underhill donated the centerpieces this year for our Annual Banquet and Awards in February; perhaps you were one of the lucky winners that got to take home a beautiful arrangement in a Bangor Savings Bank mug provided by our sponsors. Tim and Wendy are “Your Extra Touch Florist!” Check them out at www.springstreetgreenhouseandfloral.com or give them a call at 924-7102.
The next member we welcome to our office on a monthly basis. Pat Murphy of Guardian Accounting Services also serves as accountant to the Chamber, updating our books and reports before each board meeting. She can provide similar services for your business or organization or perhaps just that helping hand you need occasionally with your accounting. She is recognized as a QuickBooks expert and from this vantage point, she knows her business well. Give her a call at 938-3473 or reach her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. She is located in St. Albans at 118 Corinna Road.
The next member to join our forces does so with mouthwateringly good food at Vittles at 107 Main St., in Pittsfield. Bob Phelan is recognized for a decidedly different menu “that offers healthful alternatives, prepared fresh.” Vittles also provides catering for many local businesses, organizations and individuals. They can be reached at 487-8181 or by email at email@example.com Their website is still pending.
The board recently welcomed Adam Temple and the Plymouth Store to Chamber membership. The Plymouth Store is THE store at the intersection of Routes 7 and 69 in Plymouth center, a well-known stop along the Moosehead Trail for many years. Known as the local convenience store, Adam also offers a cafe, pawn shop and self-storage. He cane reach at 257-2134 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The latest member to be welcomed to the Chamber is Ashley Dupont, a Massage Therapist you may have met at our spring Trade Show in May. She not only offers massage services, but is also a talented artist. Some of her paintings also were displayed at her booth, that she shared with her mother’s business Moosehead Trail Boarding Kennel. Ashley can be reached at 416-5635 or by email at email@example.com or you can also check her out at www.artfulglidings.massagetherapy.com and find her artwork at www.FineArtAmerica.com
We hope in the Chamber spirit you will frequent our newest Chamber members and try their services, and let them know you learned about their membership here on the Chamber website. The stop back at the website next month, when three more new members will be added to the rolls!!
Check out the activity at this year’s Chamber Trade Show & Community Fair.
You may remember that admission was a donation to the Dexter Community Food Closet that resulted in several boxes of donated food products as well as a $250 check. [slideshow id=4]
We try to keep you up-to-date with Chamber and local events through our website, but you should also check us out at Facebook…http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sebasticook-Valley-Chamber-of-Commerce/165660120110861
PALMYRA – The Sebasticook Valley Chamber of Commerce has a new partner for this year’s Annual Golf Scramble.
Held each year, the golf fundraiser not only raises money for the Chamber, but the proceeds also are shared with another non-profit partner.
This year’s event planned for September 8 at the Palmyra Golf Course and Campground will be shared with Sebasticook Family Doctors.
Working in partnership with the Chamber, SFD will have the opportunity to give back to our communities that they serve by raising money to purchase dental equipment. According to SFD planners, “the practice is located in a Federally Designated Health Professional Shortage area for dental care and we will continue to look for opportunities to remove these barriers to care.”
SFD, a long-time member of the Chamber, has offices in Pittsfield, Newport and Dexter in Sebasticook Valley and also in Canaan and Dover-Foxcroft. The group has been a regular participant in the Chamber’s annual Sparkle fundraiser and the Annual Trade Show and Community Fair. They will again participate in this year’s 16th Annual Trade Show to be held in Dexter at the Ridge View Community School from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 5.
Solicitations for sponsors of the annual event were sent out recently. Sponsorships and tee sign sponsorships are available at a number of different levels. More information will be available on the Chamber website, www.ourchamber.org in the coming months.
There is still time to register for the Annual Trade Show as well. Registration forms also are available on the website.
This year’s recipients for the 2012 Business of the Year were Steve and Mike Fendler of C.M. Almy and Sons, Inc., of Pittsfield, suppliers of church vestments and related materials. The duo and the company were honored for the numerous contributions of the family and the business have made to Pittsfield, local schools, local recreation and the surrounding region over many years of being in Pittsfield.
The Chamber’s own George and Linda Lougee were the recipients of the Joyce Packard Community Spirit Award for their many contributions to the area serving on the town budget committee, school board, community center and with the Chamber. George is a past president of the Chamber. But chief among their contributions is the creation of “Sparkle,” the premier fundraisng event of the Chamber’s annual line-up. In six years of Sparkle, the Chamber has given back $78,000 to the participating non-profits of the region. George used the occasion to enlist aid to top “six figures” with another year of the event this fall.
The annual meeting every two years is the bi-annual seating of new officers of the Chamber, this year electing Angel Quick as president who succeeds Michael Wiers. Mindy Nyman has taken the role of vice president, Mickey Young as secretary and Judi Young as treasurer.
The Chamber issues a monthly email bulletin that appears to miss some of our mailing list, occasionally. If you missed a recent copy, checkout the link at Facebook or Twitter. Or try this link http://myemail.constantcontact.com/SV-Chamber-NEWS–January-2012.html?soid=1102909337069&aid=MQgcGjbq7hU for our January bulletin…and join our mailing list.
OUR NEW email address: On Friday, July 29, The chamber’s Internet provider changed and along with it our email address. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make a correction in your contact list.
It’s a barbecue for a Business After Hours with the Chamber. Come and meet our hosts Beth McCann and Don Cloutier and see their facility. Join your fellow Chamber members for a social evening and networking.
Learn what’s new with the Chamber or tell the Chamber what’s new with you or your business.
Skowhegan-Canaan KOA campground
U.S. Route 2
Canaan, ME 04924
Wednesday August 10, 2011 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM EDT