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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, www.say-creative.com 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, www.walnutwoodsofboyertown.com 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 www.upvchamber.org 215.679.3336 Fax: 215.679.2624 July/August 2011 2 rs ge uto Pa rib t on This Publication is Brought to You by... C UPV 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. www.astrotent.com Luanne B. Stauffer, President UPVCC 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. www.gillespie-electric.com 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 www.pplelectric.com/e-power. Funding is Dina Corrado, Member Services Director limited, so act quickly! Amanda Fitser, Communications Director Karen Mauer, Membership/Event Coordinator Kathy Fitser, Bookkeeper PerkUp Michele Fillippo, Project Coordinator Volunteer 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. 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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 www.rule.psu.edu 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 MLO MEINZER LAW OFFICES 404 Main Street ASSOC 516 MAIN STREET • PENNSBURG, PA 18073 Pennsburg, PA, 18073 215-679-4554 • FAX: 215-679-0500 Office: 215-541-2388 Fax: 215-541-2387 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.SenatorMensch.com Paid for by Friends of Bob Mensch CHRISTOPHER H. MEINZER ATTORNEY-AT-LAW OFFERING ALL CHAMBER MEMBERS DISCOUNTED FEES ON WILLS AND LEGAL SERVICES The Chamber Exchange www.upvchamber.org 215.679.3336 Fax: 215.679.2624 July/August 2011 8 r ge be Pa am s h w C Ne 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 www.perkuphalfmarathon.com 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 www.upvchamber.org. 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 tainresort.com) 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. Pa em ws M Ne ge be 9 r 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 www.playandlearn.com. 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 www.perkuphalfmarathon.com. 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 www.ptma-mc.org. call, or visit www.upvlibrary.org 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. email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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- There is a $25 vendor fee that includes of the email. We reserve the right to edit traordinary service to the community. an 8-foot table. For more information materials for length and content/ Visit www.harleysvillesavings.com for more info. or to sign up, please call MaryEtta at publication is not guaranteed. 215.538.4846. 10 er s ge rti r Pa ve ye d l A F 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- 2733. Ch & E Pa ber t R am ve ge Mi eca 11 ssio p Strength Through Connections n Our Vision: The most trusted strategic partner for the Upper Perkiomen Valley n 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.” The Chamber Exchange www.upvchamber.org 215.679.3336 Fax: 215.679.2624 July/August 2011 12 & s ge als ee Pa ew itt en m R om Happy C Anniversary 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- email@example.com. ted collection of thoughtful members.” Thank you, Ruth, for your service to the Chamber. The Chamber Exchange www.upvchamber.org 215.679.3336 Fax: 215.679.2624 July/August 2011 Pa m d C a le ge be ar ha n C 13 r 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 The Chamber Exchange Please Circulate PRESORTED Upper Perkiomen Valley Chamber of Commerce STANDARD 300 Main St., East Greenville, PA 18041 U.S. Postage PAID Red Hill, PA CHANGE SERVICE REQUESTED Permit No. 52 Thank you for receiving your newsletter electronically. 14 t ge en r Pa Ev ye Fl UPCOMING CHAMBER EVENTS 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 Sponsor 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. Pa Ev tra R eg ge en tio is 15 Event Registration Form t n 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. 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