Dear Fellow Members,

“The beat goes on,” as the expression goes. This is my thinking as the coronavirus fatigue begins to get to me as this pandemic seems to not want to end. This time of year, the days get shorter and daylight lesser, which seems to make people unhappy. I start off like this as we all need to know and acknowledge that we are in this together, and we need to pray for each other and hope that all stay well and safe, as we will beat this eventually.

We honored Father Tony Heinlein at our last meeting, and he was gratified that we recognized him. My thanks to all that supported this day, and we look forward to always working with him as our Chaplain. If any of our members have other clergymen that would like to be Associate Chaplains, please let me know and I will consider that appointment.

We look forward now to some happy times with family and friends as we get busy with Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukah, and the coming of 2021. Alleluia as 2020 comes to an end.

We have some business to wrap up as a Chamber, with our monthly meeting in November at Sergio’s Italian Restaurant at 12:00 Noon honoring our veterans and their sacrifices. They deserve all that we can do for them, on Veterans’s Day and always, as they gave their all for us on their tour of duty and we will never forget. Please note that this November meeting is a week early on November 19th (due to the fourth Thursday being Thanksgiving.) If you would like to attend, please visit www.massapequachamber.org to register. Next month, we will be holding our raffle drawing, as well as our Christmas and Hanukah celebration. Details are forthcoming. We ask that all try to attend our meetings and events for the good of the Chamber.

We welcomed two new businesses with Ribbon Cuttings to Massapequa this month – Healing Hearts Holistic Wellness and Sweet Simplicity Boutique and Craft Bar. These businesses will enhance our community, and we look forward to these folks participating in the Chamber. We wish them well!

A reminder that 2021 dues notices are out, and we ask all to remit as soon as possible for our needed programs. If you know of a business that is not a member, please ask them to join. We also ask all to contact Patty Orzano at (516) 659 – 6452 or reach out to the Chamber office for the purchase of our Super Raffle tickets, as we need to sell them all to give away the prizes as promised. Patty is also leading the Food and Toy Drive, along with Phyllis Doria and Karen Gawrych, and they have collection boxes placed in various stores and businesses. If you would like to donate, please bring food or a new toy to our November General Meeting, or you can contact our office for a list of participating drop-off locations.

On a business note, one of our Past Presidents, Susan Martin, submitted her resignation to the Board. We thank her for her dedication during all the years that she served. We are accepting résumés for her replacement. If interested, you can forward your résumé to Shelley at the Chamber office (e-mail masscoc@aol.com) by November 15th. We will appoint Susan’s replacement at the December Board Meeting.

I wish for all a Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families. Above all, stay safe and healthy. If you need us, just call me at (516) 633 -1435.

 

 

Keith Wilson
President, Massapequa Chamber of Commerce