President’s Message – Summer 2024

President’s Message – Summer 2024

This message is overdue! And I have the best excuse — we have been busy with so many events and projects at the chamber these past few months. Let’s catch up and look ahead!

SpringFest 2024 — Of course, SpringFest took center stage with its months of planning. It was a big success despite being delayed to its rain date on May 19th.  A big shout out to our loyal and generous sponsors, without them this amazing event would not be possible. Check out the video and photo gallery from the big day and plan to be part of next year’s excitement.

Next year’s SpringFest will be on Sunday, May 4th and we are looking for more volunteers as our event keeps growing in size and scope.  Board member Shoshana Ellihou Cellers has stepped into the ringmaster’s role and will be leading the charge for 2025. Former chamber president Andrew Lamkin, will co-chair. If you are interested in being on one of the many committees, there are jobs big and small available. It’s an excellent way to deepen your ties with the chamber and the community. Please email shoshana@sassygalmedia.com if you are interested in finding out more.

Charity Partner – On June 19th I had the pleasure of presenting our charity partners with a check for $3,000. This could not be possible without you, our generous chamber members who participated, time and time again, in our raffles at networking events and holiday party. It’s been a pleasure working with Brad Becker, Elizabeth Klein and Gale Paul from Ariella’s New York Friendship Circle. Please keep them in mind for the future. Our charity committee will be selecting a new charity partner over the summer. If you know of a local deserving organization, please email charity chair Michael Chad   michaelchadcpa@gmail.com or Cheryl Dender cheryl.dender@gmail.com.

Board Changes — After ten years of loyal service, board member Michael Chad stepped down this past May during the chamber’s election period. Michael joined the chamber in 2014 and quickly became a board member. A CPA, Michael served as our treasurer for two years and only recently fully handed the reins over to board member Ted Kramer. He has also been instrumental on the charity committee for many years and will continue to chair it going forward. We will miss you on the board Michael, thank you for your contributions over so many years!

Networking — Although the chamber slows down a bit for summer (hopefully we all can!), we have a big networking event to look forward to on July 24th. The Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber has invited us and two other chambers to gather at The Wine Line, a recent opening in their charming town. Space is limited, so please register soon if you can make it.

By the way, networking also happens at chamber meetings, ribbon cuttings, member events and when we pick up the phone and invite someone from our list of 128 members for coffee or to lunch. It’s all about interacting and building relationships that can lead to productive new business.

Future Feedback – I have been spending a lot of time talking with our board and members about how we can ensure that current members are getting the value they seek from membership and how to attract new members as we move forward. We need your help to make the most efficient changes. This also includes member engagement on our diverse committees. Please take a few minutes to complete this simple Google form and help us be the best we can be! 

We are all in this together and can only make a stronger organization if we all reach for the same goals. I can’t wait to hear from you.

Happy Summer!

David Weinstein, Chamber President