President’s Message – October 2021

October 12, 2021

Dear Merchants, Business Owners, and Fellow Members:

The foliage is alive and well on our trees as the Fall really takes hold on our lives this month. I hope for all a cool, rain-free season and hopefully an easy winter as the months move on.

Speaking of the months moving on, we are gearing up for the October Luncheon at Mercato Kitchen and Cocktails in Massapequa Park on October 28th. We will be treated to a visit from Kristine O’Brien – the Massapequa Olympian who placed fourth in her contest. Ms. O’Brien will be on hand to tell our members about what she experienced during her time at the competition. We look forward to seeing her at the luncheon.

The October meeting will also be dedicated to the honoring of CenterPoint Church in Massapequa, represented by Pastor Chris Merz. They have provided yeoman service to the Chamber, especially during the Festival. We had recently appointed Chris as one of the Chamber Chaplains, and he has now been appointed to the Board of Directors as well. We are grateful for the efforts of CenterPoint Church, and hope that you can attend in support of the well-deserved appreciation that we will show to Chris and his team.

Our Third Vice President Robin Hepworth is planning our Holiday Craft Fair on November 13th at the American Legion in Massapequa. More details will be sent out as we get closer to the event. Sponsors and raffle baskets will be needed, so please step up if you can.

Please mark your calendars for November 18th for our monthly luncheon at Smokin Al’s. The December Christmas / Chanukah Party will be at Zona on Merrick Road on the 9th of December. Please try to attend both functions.

I have formed a sub-committee for the purpose of recommending a way to honor our past Town Supervisor – the late John Venditto. Supervisor Venditto was very supportive of the Chamber for many years, and we are trying to show our appreciation by memorializing him in some way. Stay tuned for the committee’s recommendation and enactment of their decision.

Past President Patty Orzano will be starting the Food Drive and Toy Drive for Toys for Tots, along with assistance from Past President Phyllis Doria and our Board. We appreciate your support of these programs.

I have also appointed Second Vice President Karen Gawrych as our new Scholarship Committee Chairperson for the springtime awards that we give to local senior students. The awards will be $250 each as last year, and our local high schools and members are the benefactors of this fine program.

Lastly, a reminder that Chamber dues renewal notices will go out in November. The dues will be $130 annually and $200 if you want to add the website advertisement that we offer for the additional $70. Please remit as soon as possible when you receive the invoice in the mail.

I look forward to seeing all at the next meeting.

Keith Wilson, President
Massapequa Chamber of Commerce