President’s Message – February 2022

February 10, 2022

Dear Merchants, Business Owners, and Fellow Members:

Well, here we are only 41 days away from Spring, and we are looking forward to better weather and feeling well after the second round of COVID. Let’s all hope this is the end, and we can move on in a positive note for the future and our own welfare.

Let me begin by thanking Board Member and Event Co-Chair Lucrezia Falacara for the great job that she did at the Christmas Tree Lighting and Hanukkah Celebration, and for jumping in to keep all things organized as she always does.

Our January General Meeting was at Mario’s Pizzeria Restaurant. We had a great turnout of our business members, and all enjoyed each other’s company.

The February General Meeting will be held at Sal’s Place, and we will once again honor the local volunteer firefighters from the Massapequas who proudly serve in those positions. Visit our website or call the office and sign up for what promises to be a great afternoon.

The March General Meeting will be a breakfast at CenterPoint Church. Thanks to our co-Chaplain Chris Merz, we will have a great meeting at a nice venue. The Guest Speaker for this meeting on March 24th will be Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder to update us all on law enforcement and keeping our county safe. We hope to see many of our members at this breakfast meeting.

Upcoming programs include our Scholarship Program chaired by Second Vice President Karen Gawrych; our Nominations Report chaired by Past President Patty Orzano; our Random Act of Kindness Award chaired by Past President Gary Slavin; and our Member Benefits Roll-Out chaired by First Vice President Robert Zabbia. In addition, we will continue our involvement with the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce and their initiatives, led by their President Frank Camarano Jr. We are proud to have Gary Slavin representing our Chamber at these meetings. We will have an update shortly on the meetings being held, and their work with the new County Executive as well.

Congratulations to our member J.P. Scarisbrick on his recent award from the Specialty Advertising Association of Greater New York (SAAGNY) for his very successful promotional products business. His items are second to none, and this was most deserving on his part.

Please keep our Chamber Chaplain Father Tony in your prayers, as he recently was relocated to a facility in Ronkonkoma for retired clergy. He is doing well there.

That’s it for now. We will catch up at Sal’s Place this month. Happy Valentine’s Day to all.

Keith Wilson, President
Massapequa Chamber of Commerce