December 18, 2019

Dear Friends,

     Happy Holidays!! This time of year tends to be quite frenetic for our businesses. From endless shopping, decorating, and eating at our finest restaurants, it is generally a time for great celebration! On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of the Chamber, we hope that you are all enjoying the very best of what the season has to offer, and equally important…that your business is thriving!

     But, let’s not forget what this celebration is truly about. Regardless of your religious or political beliefs, hopefully this is a time when we all can take a moment to celebrate those things in life that bring us joy and happiness…that we can celebrate friendships and family, no matter what they look like.

     Hopefully, it is a time when conversations might happen, that we open ourselves up to new opportunities, that we perhaps take a risk on someone or something that we might have neglected or put aside for far too long. Owning, working, or operating a business - big or small - can bring with it so many different types of stressors, and stress can impact on our very core. So, if you are reading this message, I would invite you all to just take a deep breath and find a way to pamper yourself...even if it’s just a small gesture....every choice can make a difference!

     This month’s President's Message will be short and sweet to ensure that you can devote your time to that To Do List that we all have created! We thank those of you who have supported our Chamber, from food drives, to toy drives, to participating at our wonderful Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting event. We are grateful for those of you who are able to generously sponsor our amazing Street Fair, and those of you who month after month attend the general business meetings. We are appreciative of our elected officials who represent our needs and concerns and who support all of our community events! And, we are so very grateful for our restaurants who offer us delicious food at our meetings, and for our other businesses who donate raffle prizes so that we can prosper! A special expression of gratitude to Shelley Mordowitz who ensures that the day-to-day operations of our Chamber are carried out with organization, thoughtfulness, and kindness for everyone she engages with, and of course, a very special note of thanks and appreciation for my fellow Board Members who devote their time and efforts as volunteers to ensure that our Chamber is strong and responsive to the needs of our community. We hope that you will all continue your membership with our Chamber as 2020 is just around the corner!!

     And most of all, on behalf of us all, we wish you health, happiness, and success in all your endeavors. It is an honor to be able to represent this extraordinary community. Happy Holidays to you all!!!

Warm Regards,

Jamie E. Bogenshutz, LCSW
President, Massapequa Chamber of Commerce