President’s Message May 2017

Be A Quorum Buster–We Need You for May 17th Elections!

As we grow and as our members become more involved, it’s critical for the Chamber to be ever more engaging and embrace the new energies and ideas from our members. I am blown away by this year’s interest in our Board elections. On May 17th we’re having elections for Chamber Board positions. A total of 6 seats are up for election; 2 of the 6 seats have recently been created in order to expand the Board to allow for more participation. Andy Bader, who has ably served on the Board for two years, has decided not to run for re-election, so a 3rd “empty seat” is up for election. Nine people are running for the 6 seats, which is AMAZING and vividly demonstrates how vibrant the Chamber is. Based on the candidates’ ideas and presentations, the Chamber will be in GREAT hands following the election.

In reverse alphabetical order, the following members are running for election: Larry Weiss, David Weinstein, Ned Marzigliano, Lisa La Macchia, Andrea Goldman, Alan Goldberg, Marcia Finkelstein, Gary Epstein and Laura Avital. Read all about them and why they want to be elected.  

Quorums are critical to the orderly running of society. Baseball teams must field 9 players; football teams can’t have more than 11 on the field and basketball teams need 5 players on the court. Chaos would rule without quorums. My favorite research resource, Wikipedia, states that in Ancient Greece a quorum of 6,000 was required for ostracism and for grants of citizenship. Under Jewish tradition a quorum of 10 male adults is necessary for Jewish communal prayers. The United States Constitution provides that a quorum for the House of Representatives and the Senate is a majority.Sound complicated? What does our Chamber require for a quorum? Our By-Laws require that 25% of members in good standing constitute a quorum. Since our Chamber has grown by leaps and bounds to 188 members, our quorum requirement is now 47 people (which is up from last year!)

Mark the date, May 17th at Somerset Gardens! We’re going to have a great meeting, an election for Board members and a sumptuous breakfast spread (not just muffins…..) hosted by Pam Winter and her staff at the senior living facility. Each of the candidates will have an opportunity to make a presentation, followed by voting. The largest vote-getters get elected!

Check out the Chamber Calendar for upcoming events: Come march in the Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 29th (great T-shirts to be given to all marchers!). Don’t forget the June 8th free networking event hosted by Mark Hemmerdinger of Crestwood Day Camp & School and our annual BBQ at Haypath Park on Tuesday, June 21st!. The Fair Committee chaired by Fred Morante is hard at work planning the Sunday October 1st event, which promises to be new, fresh, exciting and sunny! Watch out for opportunities to participate with sponsorships, vendors and advertising in a Journal Ad. Don’t forget our upcoming August 17th Golf Outing with the Westbury-Carle Place Chamber of Commerce; the event is being chaired by Howard Rosenthal and his committee is hard at work. Space is limited, so if you’re a golfer CLICK HERE TO RSVP and tee up! Kudos to the Membership Committee, chaired by Marianne Plummer and Alan Goldberg, for working hard to engage new and existing members and brainstorming with new ideas to make our Chamber even better!  Jodie Feist of Spectacular Eyewear hosted a wonderful networking event on May 1st, regaling all with her personal success story and showcasing her wonderful business.

These are great events and provide terrific opportunities to connect and do business with each other. We want you to get involved and participate. Just say the word and you’re in!

Looking forward to seeing you on May 17thBe a Quorum Buster and come on down to the meeting and vote. Remember, you “gotta be in it, to win it!”

Elan Wurtzel, Esq.