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Letter from the Director, from April 2017

 Hello from High Street!

As I write this, the calendar has turned to Spring.  I am not sure it looks or feels like it but we in Maine will take a sunny day, any day! I am also hurriedly trying to get work done so I can leave town for few days for a family funeral.  Times like this remind me of the wonderful staff, board and community I work with, as they all pick up the pieces for me so I can travel. It’s been a year since I took the Executive Director position here at the chamber and I still love this job.  If I haven’t contacted you personally, as a member, this past year, thank you for all you do to make my job successful, and quite frankly enjoyable.

We have so much going on this time of year.  Planning for Annual Meeting in May at the new Acadia Events center, several Business After Hours, a Member Breakfast on the Route 3 Maine DOT project, Drug Take Back Day and much more.  We hope you can attend at least one of the wonderful member events coming up in the next few weeks. Check out our website at www.ellsworthchamber.org for the latest on our calendar of events.

Our office staff has grown a bit with the addition of Rebecca “Becky” Pease as our new Membership Coordinator.  Becky comes to us from Hospice of Hancock County.  Please give her a warm welcome, when she stops by.  Kristy has now taken on a part time position in the office managing our website and marketing materials.  We hope this new staffing will provide you with better service, and marketing for your chamber membership dues.  Give the staff or myself a call before the busy summer season hits if you have questions about what the chamber can do for you.

Voting for our member business awards will take place on line at the end of the month.  Anyone in the community is given a” vote a day”, for our New Business, Revitalization and Customer Service Awards.  The top three in each category were chosen from the ballots received back from our membership. On line voting, will determine the final winner, but the top three in any of these categories is already “a winner” in our books. And speaking of “Top” I would also like to congratulate our Top Drawer Award Winners the folks from Wallace Events.  Wait until you see how they will transform the Annual Meeting event space.

Our Citizen of the Year is also a deserving and exceptional honoree, as anyone who has been on the receiving end of his time and talents will tell you.  Congratulations Donald Clark of Lamoine.

I look forward to getting out of the office now that Spring is in the air, and visiting with members. I hope I see you all soon, if not stop in, pick up a new Guidebook and say hello.

Happy Spring,

Gretchen

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