ES Chamber Newsletter winter 2010 by xuyuzhu


									                          Chamber News
                                                                                                           WinTer 2010
                                                                                                                 no. 1

                  This publicaTion is provided as a member service by The easTern shore of virginia chamber of commerce

                                  Board and Staff Meet with an Eye to the Future
december                         Members of your Board of Directors and the Chamber staff met on October
           Dec. 4                27 at Shore Financial Headquarters in Onley. The all-day meeting, facilitated
26th annual Festival of Lights   by Karen Terwilliger of Terwilliger Consulting, Inc., proved to be a very
  Hosted by the Riverside        enlightening exercise in planning. We talked about ways to increase
 Shore Memorial Hospital
                                 revenue, plans to attract new members, restructuring dues, and increasing
 Riverside Shore Memorial        member services.
   Hospital - Nassawadox      It had been nearly five years since the last strategic planning session, and
                                 this session addressed issues facing chambers of commerce across the
          Dec. 4                 country.
 14th annual Cape Charles
   Holiday Sampler and           We left in late afternoon with a sense that we were unified in the knowledge
  Progressive Dinner Tour
     Sponsored by the
                                 that in order to stay viable as
   Northampton County            a chamber we must be able
  Chamber of Commerce            to react to our members’
      (757) 678-0010             needs and at the same time
                                 continue to make sound
          Dec. 5                 business decisions keeping
Chincoteague Old-fashioned       your Chamber a leading
     Christmas Parade
                                 membership organization on
     Sponsored by the
 Chincoteague Chamber of         the Eastern Shore of Virginia.
 Commerce - Chincoteague         As your board develops a final      strategic planning document
      (757) 336-6161             with action plans, it will be
                                 posted at our Web site,
          Dec. 12       Look
  Christmas in Onancock          for this in early 2010.
  Homes Tour & Concert
To Benefit Foodbank on the
 Eastern Shore - Onancock       Advertise to Chamber members and the public
                                 The committee for our Essentials resource guide is gearing up for another
                                 issue. Previous year advertisers have been contacted, and advertising will
          Jan. 23                open up to other Chamber members in mid-December. Please keep in mind
 Bowen McCauley Dance            that this is the only printed listing of Chamber members available to the
   Presented by the Arts
Council of the Eastern Shore     public. Most of our advertisers come back year after year because of the
Nandua High School - Onley       returns they see.
                                 If you are interested in advertising, please contact Amy Savona. We even
                                 have graphic artist Shirley Deeds at our disposal to design an ad for you,
                                 should you need her assistance.
                  Willie L. Holland, Jr., to be honored
Longtime Chamber member Willie L. “Bill”
Holland, Jr., will be honored later this
month at the Chamber’s December board
meeting as the board proudly grants him
lifetime membership status. This honor is in
recognition of more than three decades as a
dedicated member, committee(s) member,
director, and officer.

Additionally, Bill has received awards from
several past board chairs recognizing his
many contributions. Bill also was selected as
the Outstanding Citizen of the Year in 1992;
this award is given annually by the Chamber
to a person who has demonstrated excellence
in professional and community leadership.
Bill will be just the third member upon whom
lifetime membership has been conferred.

October 7, festival day, started out with a bang. Rain and wind threatened to challenge all the hard
work of our food booth captains and our scores of volunteers. As we surveyed the grounds about 8:30
that morning, tent walls were flapping and workers were scurrying. We thought it was going to be a
very long day.
Suddenly about 10:30, the wind shifted, the clouds headed out, and blue skies emerged. Patrons
began sampling the chowder and chicken wings, and Harvest Festival 17 was off and running.
This year’s festival was dedicated to the memory of Ray Haynie, one
of the festival’s original co-chairmen. Ray passed away in June after a
valiant battle with cancer. Ray’s widow, Sandra, and son Sean were
there in a hospitality tent sharing memories and greeting many of
Ray’s old friends and others who just wanted to stop by and say hello.
The tribute culminated with the presentation to Sandra and Sean
of a proclamation recounting Ray’s contribution to this festival by
longtime friend David Parker and Virginia’s governor, Timothy Kaine.
The food was great and one of Hampton Roads’ favorite bands,
Butter, rocked the afternoon. All in all, it was another great year.
On behalf of all of the staff here at the Chamber and the entire
festival committee, thanks for coming and making this another
success. We’ll see you May 5, 2010, at the Seafood Festival at Tom’s
Cove Campground on Chincoteague.
        WeLcOme neW memberS
  Mid Atlantic Aquatic Technology                                          Dave’s Autocool
       Clarke J. Morton, MD                                              Mr. David L. Moore
 34247 Bradfords Neck Rd., Quinby                                            3487 Main St.
        328 Hillside Terrace                                                 P.O. Box 571
  Newport News, VA 23602-7574                                             Exmore, VA 23350
      Phone: (757) 442-4740                                             Phone: (757) 442-6547
        Fax: (757) 299-8077                                                                                                         Category: Auto Repair and Service
       Category: Aquaculture
                                                                      Value Place Chesapeake
        Ms. Melody Scalley                                         137 Kempsville Rd., Chesapeake
          P.O. Box 1005                                               8651 E. 21st St., Ste 250
        Eastville, VA 23347             John F. Baxter, Inc.              Wichita, KS 67206
      Phone: (757) 678-7200                Ms. Staci Foos                  4153 Main St.                 Chincoteague, VA 23336          Category: Accommodations
    Category: Individual/Retiree      Phone: (757) 336-6536
                                        Fax: (757) 336-1887          Anthem HealthKeepers Plus
        Mr. Bruce Brinkley             Ms. Tresserlyn L. Jones
         307 Harbor Ave.           11870 Merchants Walk, Ste. 200
            P.O. Box 8                  Category: Insurance            Newport News, VA 23606
     Cape Charles, VA 23310                                             Phone: (757) 875-5784
      Phone: (757) 331-1962               Mr. Peter Lalor                 Fax: (757) 875-5785
       Fax: (757) 331-1962                 P.O. Box 249               Quinby, VA 23423         
    Category: Individual/Retiree      Phone: (757) 442-7656               Category: Insurance
                                    Category: Individual/Retiree

             Conserving resources and costs
In this day and age, businesses are doing everything they can to watch expenses and be
environmentally sensitive. The Chamber is no different. The Chamber’s board has decided
the newsletter that you are currently reading will be the last print edition. Beginning in 2010,
we will start producing an electronic newsletter. Those of you who have taken advantage of
newsletter inserts as one of your member benefits, have no fear. We are working on offering
advertising for a nominal fee similar to what we have done with the inserts. You will hear
more from us on this as we get particulars sorted out.

In addition, as print editions quickly become out of date and advertisement sales have
waffled, the Board of Directors has decided to no longer produce a printed business
directory. An online business directory searchable alphabetically or by business category is
available at Provisions also will be made for members to request a
pdf of the directory information that can be e-mailed to them after the first of the year.
BOArD OF DIrECTOrS           E-mail your fellow members with great offers
      Steven Belote
                             Do you have a sale you would like to promote? Have you expanded your
      Will Chaffins
                             services? Is your organization sponsoring an event? The Eastern Shore
   Jeannette Edwards
                             of Virginia Chamber of Commerce is here to help you get the word out.
     Niall Finnegan
                             For a $50 fee, the Chamber will e-mail its membership on behalf of your
      Rusty Gowen
                             business. The Chamber accepts reservations from as many as five member
      Lou Hickman            businesses each month. All that is required of you are the following steps:
       Jim Hopkins
        B.W. James           1. Call (757) 787-2460 or e-mail to reserve a spot in
       Annie Jones           the month of your choice. Someone from the Chamber will confirm receipt
     Terris Kennedy          of your reservation.
     Josh Lattimore
         Lisa Lentz          2. After you receive confirmation, send the text you would like the
     Willie Randall          Chamber to use; a staffer will then place it in one of the various
 Linda Thomas-Glover
                             templates he or she has available.
      David Turner           3. Gather electronic visual elements you would like to appear in the
        Adair Tyler          e-mail. Please limit this to no more than three. Logos or photos are
    George Ann Way           acceptable and must be jpgs.
  John T. Williams, Jr.
                             4. The Chamber must receive the text and visuals at least five business days
      Kristin Webb
                             prior to the date you would like the e-mail sent.
          STAFF              5. A proof will be e-mailed to you. Upon receipt of your approval, the
        Jeff Davis           e-mail will be sent and you will be billed $50.
      Amy Savona
      Vice President
      Trish Doiron
  Administrative Assistant
     Virginia Evans
                                                        Java talkin’
     Accounting Clerk
                             Have you recently joined the chamber and are looking for a way to quickly
                             expose your business to other members? Network in a relaxed atmosphere
                             during Business Before Hours. The unintimidating crowd size, generally
                             40 or so, is perfect for some one-on-one introductions and small-group
                             conversation. Hosting one of the morning events couldn’t be easier. We
                             have dates available in 2010. The host business is responsible for providing
                             the refreshments. The Chamber takes care of everything else. If you’d like to
                             be on the list to host, please call (757) 787-2460.

    The Eastern Shore
        of Virginia
 Chamber of Commerce
      P.O. Box 460
  Melfa, Virginia 23410
     (757) 787-2460
   Fax: (757) 787-8687

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