President’s Message – April 2022

April 11, 2022

Dear Merchants, Business Owners, and Fellow Members:

As I write this message, I am looking out my window and see overcast skies. I hope that Mother Nature knows that we want sunshine and flowers soon, which I am sure that we will get.

Your Chamber Board and membership have been busy planning some upcoming events, like our scholarship presentations; Installation Ceremony in June; Street Festival on Sunday June 5th; and more networking events. We hope that all will attend and assist with these events as they come up and are announced.

We held two Ribbon Cutting ceremonies in March – one for Vida Restaurant in Massapequa Park in the Southgate Shopping Center, and one for Sage N Selenite Holistic Spa and Boutique in Massapequa on Merrick Road. We welcome both businesses to the Chamber and look forward to their participation in our programs and General Meetings.

Our March breakfast meeting was hosted by CenterPoint Church at their beautiful facility in Massapequa, and it went very well. The food and atmosphere were great, and our guest speaker – Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder – was a great addition to our program. He really highlighted all that we need to be aware of in regards to law enforcement in our area. Special thanks to CenterPoint Church and our Associate Chaplain Chris Merz for hosting us and donating the breakfast for all to enjoy.

Our April luncheon meeting will be held on April 28th at the Corner Galley Restaurant, and it will begin at 12:00 Noon. Rusty and Gerry always do a great job as our hosts. Special Guest Speaker for this meeting is Pete Fasulo from Sandler Training, and he will be speaking on professional presentations and time factors of such for your business meetings. Thanks to Rob Zabbia for setting up this speaker. We look forward to seeing all at this April luncheon.

Our Nominating Committee, headed by Past President Patty Orzano, will present the proposed slate of nominees for the 2022 – 2023 Chamber administration at the April meeting. Please attend and see who the committee has proposed to run the Chamber for the next fiscal year. My thanks to that committee for putting together the proposed slate for the next Executive Board and Board of Directors.

I have appointed Past President Gary Slavin as the Bylaws Review Committee Chairman, and he and the committee will soon present their recommendations to the Board and members for approval, so stay tuned for that as well.

At this time, I would also like to extend my gratitude to two individuals who consistently assist our Chamber. My thanks to our legal counsel Mike Venditto for being there whenever we need him for advice and counsel. He does a great job and is an asset to our Chamber. Thanks also to the Massapequa American Legion Post 1066 Commander Joe Clark for hosting our monthly Board Meetings. The Legion does a great job for us, and we truly appreciate it.

Finally, please keep the following in your thoughts: Denis Monette; Carol Monette; Marie Polito; Al Zabbia; Howard Ritzer; Patty Orzano; our Chamber Chaplain Father Tony Heinlein, and anyone else that needs our good wishes and prayers.

Keith Wilson, President
Massapequa Chamber of Commerce