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									                                                           Upper Perkiomen Valley
                                                           Chamber of Commerce

                                                           THE CHAMBER EXCHANGE
                                                           The Valley’s Leading Business News and Information Source                   July/August 2011

 In this issue:                                            New Members
                                                           Say-Creative Studios, LLC, 693 Daisy Lane in Pennsburg,
  Chamber Board and Staff ............... 2                is a local professional photographer and graphic designer. What
  Chamber Calendar ..........................13            started as a hobby in high school quickly turned into a concentra-
  Chamber Events.................1 & 14-19                 tion area throughout college and has now evolved into a true pas-
  Chamber Mission ...........................11            sion for Sophia. She loves capturing those special moments and details that are priceless
                                                           and will be cherished by everyone. She specializes in turning those images into something
  Chamber News .................................. 8        creative to share, or to invite your friends and family, or just say thank you. She works with
  Event Recap .....................................11      her clients to preserve their memories and create images they will treasure forever. She
  Golf Outing Registration ........ 16-19                  provides a custom experience - something special, something worth investing in. Chamber
  Leadership Invite............................... 7       Representative: Sophia Young, 610.787.0186,
  Meet the Committees .....................12              Walnut Woods, 35 N. Walnut Street in Boyertown,
  Member News ................................... 9        offers independent retirement living with lovely, affordable
  Member Renewals ...........................12            apartments in a warm, friendly, family-like atmosphere.
  New Members ................................... 1        Three delicious, chef-cooked meals are offered daily, a dedicated staff delivers the finest in
                                                           hospitality services, and managers live on site. Spacious apartments are available in a
  Submission Info. ............................... 9       variety of sizes and floor plans, including studios and one- or two-bedrooms. There’s
  Sponsors ..........................................2-6   plenty of attractive open space on all floors for fun-filled activities, entertainment, fireside
                                                           chats, spiritual pursuits, or preferred solitude. Residents bring their own furniture and
 Brought to you by the                                     decorations for a personal touch. Enjoy life to the fullest every day with peace of mind,
 following sponsors:                                       security, independence and freedom to choose. Chamber Representative: Laura Crossan,
 Astro Tent Rental
                                                           610.367.6616,                                               
 Gillespie Electric, Inc.
                                                           Upcoming Events – See registration flyer for dates, times, and costs
 PPL Corporation                                           The Legislative Affairs Committee has scheduled an informative session with Pennsylvania
                                                           legislators in August. The Legislative Affairs Breakfast is designed to keep you in the
 See Page 2 to 6 for More Details
                                                           know and will include a Q&A period. A continental breakfast will be served.
           Advertisers                                     Get outdoors with us this September. See the enclosed 11th Annual Golf Outing flyer
  Astro Tent Rental ....................... 13             for more information about registering a foursome or sponsoring this popular event. Or
  Family Caregivers                                        register separately for the post-outing Clambake via the event registration form.
  Network, Inc. .............................. 12
                                                                                      In October, we will “Dine by Design” at this year’s Evening
  Harleysville Savings Bank ......... 13                                              with the Chamber. Come mingle in the Knoll Museum – a
  Meinzer Law Offices ....................7                                           historic showcase of the innovative furniture design company,
                                                                                      Knoll, Inc. Enjoy fabulous food paired with
  Senator Bob Mensch ....................7
                                                           beer and wine tastings as well as activities that will make this a truly enjoyable evening.
  Montgomery County                                        Free factory tours will be offered (at a future date) to anyone who attends.
  Community College ................... 12
  The Partnership TMA                                      Also in October, we will repeat Beverly Pierson’s popular “Mystified by Microsoft
  of Montgomery County ........... 10                      Excel?” Business Education Seminar. As the owner of Smart Accounting, Beverly will
  QNB................................................7     share her valuable knowledge with those who want to learn the basics of this important
                                                           spreadsheet program.
             BUSINESS CARD AD
             DRAWING WINNER                                Silent auction items are needed for both the Clambake and the Evening with the
                                                           Chamber. Call Dina at the office today to talk about how your donation will get the
  Tri County Area Federal
  Credit Union .................................7          best exposure for your business.                                                    
The Chamber Exchange                                215.679.3336            Fax: 215.679.2624              July/August 2011
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               Chamber of Commerce
                Executive Committee
                                                                                               Astro Tent Rental
          Fran Leskowicz, Chair of the Board
           Upper Perkiomen School District
                                                                                            is a full service tent and party rental company.
                Kim Licata, 1st Vice Chair                                                  They provide tents and equipment for weddings,
                Harleysville Savings Bank
                                                                                            graduations, birthday parties, corporate events,
                Doug Delp, 2nd Vice Chair
                  The Delp Group, Inc.                                                      and family reunions. They offer a wide variety
                Scott Orzehoski, Treasurer                    of tents from a 10x10 EZ-up, to a 40x100 foot wedding tent. They also
                          QNB                                 offer tables, chairs, lighting, dance floors, and heating to complement the
                 Trevor Smith, Secretary                      tents. They offer a free site consultation to prospective clients. Their
                  Horizon Engineering
                                                              party rentals include popcorn machines, hotdog rollers, slushi machines,
         Kathryn Frazier, Immediate Past Chair
                   PPL Corporation                            moonbounces, and more.
              Luanne B. Stauffer, President

              UPVCC Board of Directors                                                             Gillespie Electric, Inc.
                   Steve Blommer
              Blommer Chocolate Company                                                       is a full-service electrical contracting company
                                                                                              known for its reliability and “can-do” attitude.
                     Ed Buchinski
                   The Grand Theater                                                          Specializing in industrial and commercial ac-
                      Kim Detwiler                                                            counts, Gillespie services smaller accounts with
          Univest National Bank and Trust Co.                 equal excellence. Gillespie has grown in the Upper Perkiomen Valley for 35
                      Frank Falk                              years and is preparing to grow again, entering the solar and energy solutions
         Falk Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc.
                                                              market, promising the same quality and safe work our clients have come to
                      Keith Gonyo
                 Brown Printing Company                       expect. With a construction department, service department, automation and
                     Don Grandmont                            controls department, and now a sustainable energy department, Gillespie is your
                       Knoll, Inc.                            one stop electrical contractor.
                    Brad Hendershot
               Bradley Hendershot Studios
                Suzanne Holloman
        Montgomery County Community College                                                    PPL Corporation
                  Gerald Mullaney, Sr.
                  Mullaney Law Offices                                                   PPL rebates make lighting upgrades affordable. Small
                        Ed Nawrocki                                                      commercial customers of PPL Electric Utilities can
              St. Luke’s Quakertown Hospital                                             now get lighting and refrigeration upgrades at a frac-
                      Brian Nester                                                       tion of the normal cost through the E-power Direct
                   Nester Brothers, Inc.
                                                              Discount rebate program (see enclosed flyer). Approved Direct Discount con-
                     Joseph Procak
              Brode & Brooks, Inc., Realtors                  tractors provide a free energy assessment and handle all the paperwork. Rebates
                                                              cover 75% of the average job costs and are paid directly to the contractor.
                  Christopher Tompkins
                  The Perkiomen School
                                                              If you’re looking to replace your outdated lighting or refrigeration equip-
                     UPVCC Staff                              ment but can’t afford the upfront cost, this is your chance. Find a local Direct
            Luanne B. Stauffer, President                     Discount contractor online at Funding is
       Dina Corrado, Member Services Director                 limited, so act quickly!
       Amanda Fitser, Communications Director
     Karen Mauer, Membership/Event Coordinator
              Kathy Fitser, Bookkeeper

          Michele Fillippo, Project Coordinator

                                                                   The Chamber Exchange reaches over 600 area business and community leaders. Call the Chamber
                                                                   office to learn how you can promote your business through sponsorship and advertising opportunities.

                      Karen Schultz

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a leading authority in energy consulting, to administer
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     • Anti-Sweat Heater (ASH) Controls
                                                                                                  • Minimum time required of business
     • Electronically Commutated Motors (ECM)

* Incentive percentages, actual savings and payback periods will vary depending on                • Pre- and post-installation inspections to
  several factors including equipment installed, customer operation and age of existing
  equipment. Offer subject to change without notice and limited to PPL Electric Utilities
                                                                                                    ensure quality and verify energy savings.
  customers. Some restrictions apply. Rebates not to exceed purchase price.
                                                                                                  • Average payback of less than one year.
** KEMA Services, Inc., and its service providers are not certified by, endorsed by or
   affiliated with PPL Electric Utilities or its affiliates (collectively, “PPL”). PPL does not
   warrant the services of KEMA and its service providers and in no event is PPL liable
                                                                                                  • Long-term savings through reduced energy
   for the services of KEMA and its service providers. No contractual obligations of any            consumption and monthly operating costs.
   kind are created between PPL and you as part of this program. PPL is not responsible
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      E-power Direct Discount is open to PPL Electric
      Utilities customers on a GS1 or GS3 rate schedule
      and whose annual electricity usage is less than
      400,000 kWh.
      • Improvement project must result in a permanent
           reduction in electrical energy usage (kWh).

      • Equipment must meet certain specifications.

      • Pre- and post-inspection may be required.

      Ineligible projects
      •	 Additions, expansion or first-tenant improvement.

      •	 Changes in building function.

      •	 Fuel switching.

      •	 Changes in operational and/or maintenance
           practices or simple control modifications not
           involving capital costs.

      •	 On-site electricity generation, including
           renewable energy generation.

      •	 Projects involving gas-driven equipment in place
           of or to replace electric equipment.

      •	 Projects focused primarily on power factor

      •	 Projects that involve peak-shifting and not
           kWh savings.
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                                                             Choose a Direct Discount contractor from our
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                                                             assessment today.


                                                             For more information about the incentives avail-
                                                             able, contact us at:

                                                             Phone: 1-866-432-5501
                                                             Fax: 1-866-372-3978
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A Personal Invitation for You
Professional, ethical, dedicated, conscientious, and concerned.         common goal. A good leader never does it all by him
Does that sound like you? If it does, you are a leader and you          or herself.
are needed ... everywhere.
                                                                        In order to develop community leaders to meet the challenges
Leadership is not reserved for royals or warriors; it is a skill        of its changing rural communities, Pennsylvania has created a
that can, and should be, learned. Most leaders are average              state leadership program called RULE. Its participants come
people who simply care. It is true that some people are des-            from all walks of life including farmers and homemakers
tined to lead, but it is also true that anyone with a few good          as well as executives and elected officials, but they all share
qualities can jump to the head of the line. Many people wait            a common commitment to solving the problems of rural
for a personal invitation to lead. Consider this yours.                 Pennsylvania. As the RULE Website says, “If you want to
                                                                        make a difference in yourself and in your community, consider
There are all kinds of leaders. A mother can lead the house-            the Pennsylvania Rural Leadership Program.”
hold, a pitcher will lead the baseball team’s offense, and a
conductor leads the musicians in an orchestra. The need for             You can learn more at or by contacting
leadership is as varied as the skill required.                          Luanne at the Chamber office. You can also lead by example,
                                                                        lead by volunteering, and lead by speaking up.
Kirk Walters of The Walters Group LLC is the recent
recipient of our Wallace H. Bieler Distinguished Leadership             As a rural community, the Valley treasures it leaders. They
Award. When asked about leadership qualities, Kirk said “I              shape our towns and set the tone for all who live, work, or
think there has to be a cause or a purpose one really believes          visit here. Are you ready to accept your invitation to lead? 
in coupled with the innate ability to see the big picture and
envision the dream becoming a reality at some point. Once
the commitment has been made, there has to be a discipline
and perseverance that must emerge where failure is just not
an option, and one will keep looking for opportunities to
move forward in the success direction.”

The Chamber celebrated Kirk and other community lead-
ers at the Community & Commerce Breakfast (See Page 11).
Award acceptance speeches included acknowledgement of,
or thanks to, other individuals. That’s because a good leader
inspires others to put in the hard work necessary to achieve a

                  Senator Bob Mensch
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                  Paid for by Friends of Bob Mensch

                                                                                     CHRISTOPHER H. MEINZER
                                                                              OFFERING ALL CHAMBER MEMBERS
                                                                                   DISCOUNTED FEES ON
                                                                                 WILLS AND LEGAL SERVICES

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                               News From Inside the Chamber Office
                                                                                                                 Scholarship Winners Announced
            A Look Inside...                                                                                     Congratulations to our 2011 Educational
        Explore, experience, enjoy . . . our valley – the theme of our new magazine captures the spirit of       Scholarship recipients.
        what we love about the Upper Perkiomen Valley. We are delighted with this beautiful and infor-
        mative publication. A project of this scale involves many people but “The Karens” championed                                 Lindsey Manferdini
        this one: Thank you Karen Mauer and Karen Schultz. In addition to our advertisers, we thank                                  – a graduate from
        Roy Andersen, Andersen Communications, and Bruce Pedersen, Tiger Printing Group, LLC,                                        The Perkiomen
        for helping us produce such a high quality product. We are working on distribution - copies will                             School – will be
        be available at all of our local municipal offices and other key locations including the Chamber                             attending Franklin
        office. Give us a call or stop by for your personal copy.                                                                    and Marshall
        It feels good to wrap up a big project but there’s always something creeping up on the horizon                               College and is in-
        to keep us active. Whether or not you run or walk distances, you can support the PerkUp Half                                 terested in econom-
        Marathon scheduled for August 28. Visit the Website and sign                                      ics, business, and
        up as a volunteer. If you’re more inclined to stay out of the heat, consider joining us for the          communications.
        Legislative Affairs Breakfast on August 19 with Rep. Charlie Dent, Sen. Bob Mensch and Rep.
        Marcy Toepel.                                                                                            Lindsey Nolen –
                                                                                                                 a graduate from
        This newsletter has two months of news so please take a little extra time to catch up on news and        Upper Perkiomen
        think about getting involved. We’ve got some great events planned for the fall. There are only a
                                                                                                                 School District
        few openings for the Golf Outing so if you’re interested in playing, don’t wait to register. If you’re
        not a golfer, join the fun at the Clambake later in the day. We’ll share details next month but we
                                                                                                                 – will be attend-
        are really excited about our “Evening with the Chamber - Dine by Design” event at the Knoll              ing North Carolina
        Museum on October 20 . . . so save the date.                                                             State University
                                                                                                                 and majoring in
        In the meantime, enjoy the summer and try to stay cool.                                                  communications/business.

                                                                                                                 Each will receive $1,000 towards college
                                                                                                                 and was chosen based on their ranking
                                                                                                                 in pre-defined criteria.
     Magazine Copies Ready                                     Networking in a Flash
     We are delighted to announce the                          Be on the look out for information                The students, their families, and the
     release of the Our Valley magazine, a                     about an upcoming flash mob                       UPVCC are grateful to the following
     regional quality-of-life publication of                   event! “Like” us on Facebook to                   contributing members who made the
     the Upper Perkiomen Valley Chamber                        stay informed.                                    awards possible:
     of Commerce. It includes a map,
                                                                                                                     Buck Enterprises Landscaping
     informative articles, and listings of local               Vacation Destination
                                                                                                                    Custom Processing Services LLC
     essential and non-essential services and                  Sadly, we don’t have room to publish
     recreational opportunities. Stop by the                                                                              Douglas K. Atno, DMD
                                                               all the press releases we receive from
     Chamber office to pick up your copy.                                                                             East Greenville Fire Company
                                                               area restaurants, golf courses, and more.
                                                               The Valley has a lot to offer! One way to                 Entrance Systems, Inc.
     Two Expressions of Thanks                                 learn about what is available is to visit             Frederick Mennonite Community
     We want to extend a warm thank you                        the Chamber Membership Directory at                          The Grand Theater
     to Josie Elias our returning summer              You can find                         Harleysville Savings Bank
     intern for all she did: creating signs,                   members by category and most listings                Mann-Slonaker Funeral Home, Inc.
     handling event registration and basi-                     include links to Websites that often
     cally anything and everything we asked                                                                       Joseph Procak Real Estate Appraiser
                                                               include menus, staycation ideas, special
     of her. Frankly, we think she’s just                      events, and fantastic deals.                              Stauffer Glove & Safety
     awesome.                                                                                                               Town and Country
                                                               For instance, go to the event page on              Tri County Area Federal Credit Union
     We also want to thank Don                                 Bear Creek Mountain Resort and
     Grandmont, Mike Maggio, and Dean                                                                              Univest National Bank and Trust Co.
                                                               Conference Center’s Site (www.bcmoun-
     Johnson from Knoll, Inc. for their                                                                                 Upper Perk Family Dental
                                                      to learn more about their
     valued work installing the white board                    free, Thursday-night, outdoor concert                     Valley Auto Group, Inc.
     in the Chamber board room.                                series. That’s just one example of the                 John R. Young and Company
                                                               many summertime happenings offered                       Youth and Family Services
                                                               right here in the Valley.                                           
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                                                                                         Member News
Yours is a Vibrant Library                   Play & Learn Celebrates 30th                Red Bicycles Spotted
When kids packed into the library to         Anniversary with 30% Discount.              Valley residents now have an alter-
signup for the Summer Reading Club,          Established in 1981 by a team of early      native to the automobile for getting
it was a stark reminder that reading         educators and psychologists, Play &         around the Valley. The Partnership
-- and going to the Upper Perkiomen          Learn Centers provide high-quality          Transportation Management
Valley Library -- really is fun. The         early education for children ages six       Association of Montgomery County
total numbers aren’t in yet since the        weeks through school age. All loca-         (PTMA), the organization that estab-
program is still going, but last year, 361   tions, including Green Lane Play &          lished the Upper Perk Coaster, has
children participated.                       Learn, is committed to providing its        launched a pilot Bike Share Program.
                                             children with the most up to date learn-
In conjunction, the staff announced a        ing environment and experiences.            Ten, bright red, cruiser bicycles are
“Where in the Valley is Wilbur?” pro-                                                    stationed at two Valley locations: the
                                             Celebrate the center’s anniversary          YMCA of the Upper Perkiomen
gram. Each week children are given
                                             by enrolling before Sept. 30 to take        Valley in Pennsburg and Univest
a clue to find the infamous character
                                             advantage of 30% off tuition rates for 6    National Bank and Trust Co. branch
from the book Charlotte’s Web. Those
                                             months. For info. call 215.643-4142 or      in East Greenville. To use a bike, in-
who find him sitting on the counter of
                                             visit                 dividuals just have to go a rack, secure
an area business will get their “pass-
port” stamped. At the end of the             Grab Your Running Shoes                     a bicycle, ride it at their own risk and
summer, each child with eight stamps                                                     then return the bike to the rack before
                                             Join us on Aug. 28 at the Inaugural
will receive a free, mini version of the                                                 dark. PTMA executive director Peggy
                                             PerkUp Half Marathon (13.1
stuffed toy to take home.                                                                Schmidt said, “I encourage everyone
                                             miles) starting and finishing at The
                                                                                         to use the bikes to visit the trail or run
The library has also earned a Best Buy       Perkiomen School. The race begins
                                                                                         some errands.”
$1,000 Tag Team Award after em-              at 8am and will loop around the Valley.
ployees from the electronics retailer        Registration and information can be         Funding was received from the Public
volunteered for the library’s Rock Band      found at        Health and Health Services Block
Fundraiser in April.                                                                     Grant funds and State Women’s Health
                                             Not a runner? Walkers are welcome!          funds. For more info. call 866.507.4857
And that’s just the beginning. Stop by,      Or become a volunteer and help              or visit
call, or visit to learn   out a great cause – The Delaware
more about what your library is doing.       Valley Chapter of The National              Silent Movies Return
Don’t overlook this community gem.           Hemophilia Foundation. All pro-             The Grand Theater has announced its
                                             ceeds raised from the event will help       2011 Silent Film Series. Step into the
                                             more than 2,000 local families affected     past in this historic theater to hear an
HSB Received Multiple Awards
                                             by hemophilia.                              authentic, silent-film-era theater organ
Harleysville Savings Bank has been                                                       being played by a professional silent-
named one of the top 100 community           Do you own your own business?
                                                                                         film organist during these rare shows.
banks in the nation by US Banker.            Consider attending or displaying at our
Rankings of roughly 5,000 community          EXPO on Sat., Aug. 27 to promote            $10 advance tickets are now on sale,
banks were based on a three-year aver-       your business. There is no charge for       or you can buy all three shows for $25.
age return on equity as of Dec. 31.          the EXPO. The EXPO will also be             Find the line up at www.thegrandtheater.
Ron Geib, President and CEO of the           held at the school. Questions? Contact      org/silents/ or call 215.679.4300.   
Bank, said “This achievement is an
honor for our team who works hard            Vendors Wanted                               Want to have your news included
every day. . . . The reported data also
                                             St. Luke’s Quakertown Hospital will          here? Submit your 50-word-or-less story
confirms the benefit we have of oper-
                                             be hosting a HarvestFest at the Upper
ating in the strong economic environ-                                                     to
                                             Perkiomen Outpatient Center on
ment of Montgomery County.”                                                               by the 15th of the prior month. (NOTE:
                                             November 5 from 10am to 3pm. They
Also, the bank received the Corporate        are looking for local arts and crafts and    September’s Deadline is August 8.)
Community Service Award from the             food vendors to attend.                      Please include the copy within the body
North Penn United Way for its ex-
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             Ride On UPV Bike Share Program

             How does it work? Go to one of the Bike Share Bike
             Racks (located at the Upper Perk YMCA and Univest
             Bank, East Greenville). Take one of the Bike Share red
             cruiser bikes and use it throughout the day to go
             shopping, visit a restaurant or ride the Perkiomen
             Trail. Before sunset, return the bike to the rack
             where you picked it up.

             What else do I need to do? Make sure that you use
             your bike helmet when riding. Obey all the rules of
             the road because a bicycle is a motor vehicle. Remem-
             ber that you ride the Bike Share bike at your own risk.

             Any questions? This is a pilot program administered
             by the Partnership TMA of Montgomery County. If
             you have any questions, call the PTMA at 215-699-
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                                Our Vision: The most trusted strategic partner for the Upper Perkiomen Valley

                                 Our Mission: Providing leadership and vision to foster economic vitality and
                                               enrich the quality of life in the Upper Perkiomen Valley.
                           14th Annual Community & Commerce Breakfast Recap
On June 16, the Chamber held an event to “acknowledge the                instrumental in bringing the workforce development
value of businesses and individuals in our community,” said              opportunities to the Valley. Karen then acknowledged her
Luanne Stauffer in her opening remarks.                                  team – Susanne Holloman and Brook Hunt – for their work.

At Parent’s Hall on the grounds of The Perkiomen School,                 Liz Herman of Univest then
the Community & Commerce Breakfast began when 1st vice                   introduced the Outstanding
chair, Kim Licata of Harleysville Savings Bank, stood at the             Small Business Award recipient:
podium. She thanked the municipal leaders for their attendance,          Gillespie Electric, Inc. Liz
the school for hosting the event, Alan Kern of Sodexo - The              said, “Building and maintaining
Perkiomen School for the breakfast buffet, and the day’s                 relationships is a cornerstone
sponsors (QNB, Univest National Bank and Trust Co.,                      for their business. I wish I     Carmen Italia, Luanne Stauffer, Liz Herman,
Walmart Supercenter, and Wells Fargo) for their support.                 had the time to tell you all the Bill, Bonnie, and Rachael Gillespie.
The Valley Choral Society then sang the National Anthem                  community organizations Bill and Bonnie are involved in.”
before Doug Delp of the The Delp Group, Inc. acknowledged
the presence of two new members: Ann Furbacher of Take                   With Wallace Bieler’s widow present, Michael Tannous of
Shape For Life and Laura Crossen of Walnut Woods.                        Freedom Valley YMCA introduced the Wallace H. Bieler
                                                                         Distinguished Leadership Award recipient: Kirk Walters of The
After breakfast, Luanne took a moment to congratulate Carmen             Walters Group LLC. Michael de-
Italia of the Montgomery County Economic Development                     scribed how Kirk has donated to the
Corporation because he recently announced plans to retire.               Valley an “untold and undocument-
Luanne said she felt as if Carmen, “crafted the term ‘relationship       ed amount of time” in a “delight-
building.’ He has really supported us, including serving in a            fully serious way.” Kirk is involved
leadership position for PerkUp.”                                         in various community groups, but
                                                                         Michael was specifically referring to
Before the winners rose to accept their awards, the nominators           Kirk’s role (both as a volunteer and Michael Tannous and Kirk Walters.
introduced them with a brief explanation                                 a paid consultant) with the Upper
of why they were chosen. Pennsylvania                                    Perkiomen Valley Community Services Coalition when he
Senator Bob Mensch introduced the                                        said, “The Valley has yet to feel the economic impact of
President’s Award for Education recipient:                               Kirk’s work.”
Dr. Karen Stout of the Montgomery
County Community College. “There                                         “This award validates all our work,” Kirk said as he accepted
are certain people you meet in life                                      the award, speaking to everyone involved in the Coalition. The
that make you say, ‘This is an agent of    Dr. Karen Stoudt and          thoughtful sentiment seemed to apply to the event as well.
                                           Senator Bob Mensch.
change,’ ” Bob said of Karen. She was                                    When we acknowledge the contributions of others, we all win.

        Two Additional Events: Business After Hours and Chamber Open House
                                 Two May events provided informal opportunities to connect            Joy Klein and
                                 with Chamber members. The first, on May 18 was the                   Tracy McGovern
                                                                                                      poured wine for
                                 Business After Hours event held at Country Creek Winery              the guests.
                                 and sponsored by Arbour Square of Harleysville. Food was
                                 provided by Pizza Como PC Pub, The Valley Café, The
                                 Grand Subway and Tastefully Simple including an amazing
                                 chocolate fountain from Arbour Square.
                                                                                                      Some lingered
                                 The second event was the Chamber offices open house and              outside on the
                                 the showing of the Valley’s 1966 promotional film at The             deck at Country
                                                                                                      Creek Winery.
                                 Grand Theater (not pictured). The historic film highlighted
                                 various benefits of locating a business in the Valley, many
Guests mingle inside the barn    of which still remain. It ended with this fitting thought:
at Country Creek Winery
                                 “Whatever comes, the charm of the area is sure to prevail.” 
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                  The following members have renewed their
                commitment to the community for another year:
                                 Aqua Pennsylvania
                          Blommer Chocolate Company*
                                     Celtic Spirit
                       Kathy Clancy State Farm Insurance*
                      CzarStar Division of Kriebel Security Inc.
                         East Greenville Flowers and Gifts
                               Goettner Development
                         Good Shepherd Physical Therapy
                 Hereford Estates Manufactured Home Community
                                   JAF Lawn Care
                                   Jim Landis Inc.
                                 LifeSpan Day Care
                                Meinzer Law Offices
                                   John Membrino
                      Montgomery County Community College
                             Red Hill Christian School
                      St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
                        Stout, Tacconelli & Associates, Inc.
                                Teamwork Wins Ltd.
                Upper Perkiomen Chiropractic Center / The Center for                  Meet the Committees
                               Nutrition and Wellness
                    Upper Perkiomen Valley Ambulance Assn.
                                                                                  Various committees work to strengthen your Chamber’s
                   Upper Perkiomen Youth Baseball Association
                                                                                  effectiveness. We will highlight one committee each month, and
                                                                                  invite you to join any that interest you. This is an excellent way
                              Urwiler and Walter, Inc.
                                                                                  to get involved, serve the Chamber organization, share your
                              Valley Soccer Club Inc.
                                                                                  professional talents, and gain recognition as a community leader.
                                      Wells Fargo
                                                                                  More details about each (including a list of existing members) is
      *Contributor to the 2011 UPV Chamber Educational Scholarship Fund          available via the link under UPV Chamber at www.upvchamber.
                                                                                  org. This month we look at Program Development chaired by
            “The Center for Workforce                                             Ruth Heil of The Write Beat. Ruth said,
             Development gave us the                                                    “In an effort to further the Chamber’s mission, Program
             right training at the right                                                Development plans events and then evaluates each one to
             times.”                                                                    see if it was well done. The principles that guide us include
                                                                                        increasing membership value through marketing exposure,
                                                                                        networking opportunities, and knowledge sharing.
                                                                                        “As a result of my service, I’ve gotten to know the Valley’s
                                           Charlie Lauer
                                           Charlie Lauer                                business leaders much more closely than just by shaking
                                           Manager of Training and Quality
                                           Manager of Training and Quality              hands and saying hello at networking events. With time,
                                           Brown Printing, East Greenville
                                           Brown Printing, East Greenville              I’ve gained a better understanding of the issues facing the
                                                                                        Valley, and as a result, I’m better prepared to be effec-
            For Brown Printing, the right time might be 10 pm for the 3rd shift.        tive in both the administration of my business and in the
            The right training programs could be as diverse as Welding, English         servicing of my clients.
            as a Second Language, Supervisory Training or Business Writing –
            all customized and delivered at the customer’s site by the Center for
                                                                                        “I’ve heard it said that accomplishing anything by commit-
            Workforce Development (CWD)
            to accommodate their 24-hour                                                tee is difficult, but that is not the case here. Every idea is
            shift needs.                                                                considered, every piece of feedback evaluated, and every
                                                                                        contributor cherished for their willingness to speak up. In
            For customized employee training                                            truth, it is the Chamber staff that puts in the hard work to
            programs at your site, contact                                              make our events happen, but they act with the confidence
            Brook Hunt in the CWD at
            215-641-6331 or email at
                                                                                        that comes from knowing they are supported by a commit-
                                                                ted collection of thoughtful members.”

                                                                                      Thank you, Ruth, for your service to the Chamber.        
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UPV Chamber Calendar
Meeting in the Chamber board room unless otherwise noted.

8/8 ............September Newsletter Deadline
8/10 ..........Golf Outing Meeting, 12pm –
               Macoby Run Golf Course Inc.
8/16 ..........Ambassadors Council, 11:30am – to be announced
8/19 ..........Legislative Affairs Breakfast, 8-9:30am –
               The Carriage House
8/22 ..........Program Development Meeting, 8:30am
8/31 ..........Board Meeting, 8am

                           SAVE THE DATES

9/22 ..........11th Annual Golf Outing, 11am start time –
               Macoby Run Golf Course Inc.
9/22 ..........Annual Clambake, 5-8pm –
               Macoby Run Golf Course Inc.
10/11 .......Business Development Seminar,
             “Mystified by Microsoft Excel?”, 8-10am
10/20........Evening with the Chamber “Dine by Design”,
             5:30-8:30pm – Knoll Museum

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                                                     See next page for registration form.
       August Special Breakfast:                                        Business Development Seminar:
       Legislative Affairs Breakfast                                    “Mystified by Microsoft Excel?”
      When:     Friday, August 19, 2011, 8-9:30am                      When:      Tuesday, October 11, 2011, 8-10am
      Where:    The Carriage House                                     Where:     Chamber Board Room
                745 Gravel Pike in East Greenville                                300 Main Street in East Greenville
      Cost:     $15 for members & $30 for non-members                  Cost:      $30 for members & $45 for non-members
      Program: Update from your Pennsylvania Legislators with a        Program: Beverly Pierson of Smart Accounting will unravel
               question-and-answer period.                                      the fundamentals and show you how to create
                                                                                and format spreadsheets, formulas, charts, and
      Menu:     Continental breakfast                                           worksheets.
      Sponsored by:                                                    Sponsored by:

                                                                        October Special Event:
                                                                        Evening with the Chamber
                                                                       When:      Thursday, October 20, 2011, 5:30-8:30pm
                                                                       Where:     Knoll Museum at Knoll, Inc.
       September Special Event:
                                                                                  1235 Water Street in East Greenville
       11th Annual Golf Outing
                                                                       Cost:      $50 for members & $65 for non-members
      See additional form for Golf Outing details                      Program: We’ll start our “Dine by Design” evening with
      and to register.                   Premier Sponsor                        butlered hors d’oeuvres, a signature cocktail, fun
                                                                                photo ops, music, and a silent auction within the
      Clambake included in fee.                                                 museum that showcases the history of Knoll, Inc.
                                                                                For dinner, we will enjoy food stations while we
      Sponsorships are still available.                                         continue the silent auction bidding. Attendees can
                                                                                sign up for factory tours to be held at a later date.

       September Special Event:
                                                                       Sponsored by:          Premier Sponsor
       Annual Clambake                                                                                                   Entertainment
      When:     Thursday, September 22, 2011, 5-8pm
      Where:    Macoby Run Golf Course Inc.
      Cost:     $45 for member & $60 for non-member
                                                                                                                         Host Sponsor
      Program: Silent auction, microbrew tastings from
               Weyerbacher Brewing Co., Inc.
               and wine tastings from Country Creek Winery.
               Music by Celtic Spirit and Red Hill Band.
      Menu:     Manhattan clam and/or chicken corn chowder              Silent Auction Items Needed
                followed by a dozen steamed clams and Proven-
                cal Salmon with fresh tomato-basil sauce plus your      We are accepting donations for two upcoming silent auctions:
                choice of Bourbon Street New York strip steak or                      Annual Clambake - September 22
                rosemary, thyme & garlic-roasted chicken half. Sides
                include creamed cabbage, potatoes, corn on the cob                 Evening with the Chamber - October 20
                and gourmet brownies & dessert bars
      Sponsored by:                                                     If you have an item that you think would bring about some
                                                                        competitive bidding, call Dina at the Chamber office. She will
                                                                        help you decide which auction it would best benefit and give
                                                                        you the most exposure. These auctions not only help to gen-
                                                                        erate funds to support our mission, they are also designed to
                                                                        entertain the audience. It’s fun to bid on the items that serve
                                                                        as conversation pieces too. When you contribute, your busi-
        Two sponsorships still available. Call office for details.      ness name will be listed in the event program and, as always,
                                                                        your donation will be greatly appreciated.

                                                                                                  See next page for registration form.
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 Contact: _____________________________________________________________ Check if contact is also attendee 

 Other Attendee Names and Details: _____________________________________________________________________


 Business: _______________________________ Phone: ___________________ Email: __________________________

   Event Name ()                                         # of People      x Cost                                Total Cost

    Legislative Affairs Breakfast (August 19)                ________     $15 member/$30 non-member $_______.00

    11th Annual Golf Outing including Clambake (September 22)             $140 per golfer                  See golf
                                                                           $20 VIP Advance Tickets          registration form

    Annual Clambake without golf (September 22)              ________     $45 member/$60 non-member $_______.00

    “Mystified by Microsoft Excel?” Seminar (October 11)     ________     $30 member/$45 non-member $_______.00

    Evening with the Chamber (October 20)                    ________       $50 member/$65 non-member $_______.00
      Check if interested in factory tour (future date t.b.a./no additional charge). Please provide name, phone number,
       and/or Email address of each person interested: ______________________________________________________


                                   *Less $10 Business Education Seminar Discount for additional attendee
                                       from one company or organization. Call Chamber office for details.      ($_______.00)

                                                                                         Total Payment: $_______.00

   Payment Information
    Check Enclosed (Payable to UPV Chamber of Commerce, 300 Main Street, East Greenville, PA 18041)
    Visa or Mastercard                                                                                  Please inform us of dietary
                                                                                                 restrictions at time of registration.
       Name on Card: _______________________________________________
                                                                                         Unless otherwise noted, registration opens
       Card Number: __ __ __ __ - __ __ __ __ - __ __ __ __ - __ __ __ __                 15 minutes prior to published start times.
                                                                                                 We regret that we must invoice for
       3-digit Security Code: _____ Expiration Date: ___ /___ /___                       cancellations not received within 24 hours.

       Zip Code of Billing Address: _________                                                                   Fax, mail, or email
                                                                                                           your registration today.
       Cardholder Signature: __________________________________________

UPV Chamber of Commerce     300 Main St., East Greenville, PA 18041       215.679.3336      Fax: 215.679.2624
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                                                             
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                                                        
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                                     
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                            
                              
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                                                                       
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                             
                                                                   
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                                                 
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                                                                            
                                                                        
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                                                                                    
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                                                                             
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                                              
                                            
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                                                                                   
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                               
                     
                    
                               
                                                                                               
                           
                                             
                                                           
                                              
                                              
                                              

                                                       

 
 

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                      

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