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May 2016 Letter from the Director’s Office

Hello from High Street,

I am pretty sure this is our busiest time of the year! We may not have the influx of tourists yet, but the staff and board are working hard on several upcoming events.  Our Annual Meeting is May 19 at the Big Cat’s Event Center.  We have a lot to celebrate this year including 60 years of Board Presidents! Many of our Past Presidents will be returning for the meeting and a special salute to their service. Our 60th year President Jeff Clark will be stepping down from the Chair and the board as he terms off after 9 years of service to the Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce. I will truly miss Jeff’s dry wit and timely advice.  Two other long time board members will also be stepping down, coincidentally they have also both served as Board Presidents.  Buddy Saunders will leave the board after 9 years and the chairmanship in 2013 and 2014.  Buddy’s easy going laugh and ‘people personality’ has been a true asset to the chamber.  Natalie Knox will be stepping down after two separate terms on the Chamber Board, she served as Board Chair in 1990. She is just finishing up 9 more years with us and we know this caring dedicated woman will get swept up into someone else’s great project or idea.  I will miss all three of these past Board Presidents, they have gone above and beyond for our Chamber of Commerce and I look forward to honoring them at the Annual Meeting.

Besides Annual Meeting, we will be graduating 16 more participants from our Leadership Hancock County program on May 11. This will be the sixth graduating class of this wonderful program offered by the chamber for in depth leadership study.

June marks “Membership Month” at the Chamber.  We are kicking it off with a big Member Breakfast hosted by Rudman Winchell and The First.  Keynote speaker will be Senator Susan Collins.  We will be offering a big “presale” on the 2017 Maine’s Best Regional Guide, and 5 half price Class One Memberships each sponsored by another member to encourage new small businesses to join the chamber and enjoy the benefits at a reduced rate for a year. There will also be website upgrades for members who bring in another member during the month of June.

So get on your party clothes and join us at one of our upcoming ‘big’ events.  Its celebration season, and we are celebrating the people and businesses that make our community and chamber so great!

 

Gretchen

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