The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce recently held a retreat at Fort Ticonderoga to brainstorm and plan for the future. Attending were Bruce Tamlyn, Matt Courtright, Joe Hoell, Robin McGrath, Pam Nolan, Shana Macey, Scarlette Merfeld, Karen Hennessy, Allison Kaupelis, Beth Hill and Joe Orta.
The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce is changing.
Realizing that fact, chamber leadership recently held a retreat at Fort Ticonderoga to brainstorm and plan for the future.
“The focus of the day-long session was on creating a new mission statement, creating a vision statement for the chamber as well as defining key areas of focus with goals under each for the next few years,” said Matthew Courtright, chamber executive director. “The session also included a leadership/personality styles activity.”
The session was facilitated by Bruce Tamlyn from Leadership For Life, LLC.
A new mission and vision statement will be finalized at the next chamber board meeting.
“The chamber has gone through great change and growth over the last couple of years,” Courtright said. “We plan to continue to grow and expand our services and programs, offer expanded benefits to our members, as well as our marketing efforts by retaining and increasing membership, maintaining, strengthening and creating new partnerships and continuing to create a committed chamber team with staff, board members, ambassadors and volunteers to serve, market and promote our members and the Ticonderoga area as a whole.”
The chamber staff includes Courtright and Molly Bechard, visitor & member services representative.
Chamber officers are
President Pamela Nolan of Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union; Vice Presidents Susan Rathbun of Rathbun Jewelers Karen Hennessy of Sugar Hill Manor B&B Scarlette Merfeld of Denton Publications/Times of Ti and Allison Kaupelis of Best Western Plus Ticonderoga Inn & Suites; and Treasurer Starr Pelerin of Upstate Agency.
Directors are Steve Braun of International Paper Company, Beth Hill of Fort Ticonderoga, Joe Hoell of Lake Champlain Inn B&B, Joe Orta of Christopher Chevrolet, Starr Pinkowski of Glens Falls National Bank, Shana Macey of Bridge Point Communication/CPTELCO, Robin McGrath of Sugar & Spice Country Shoppe and Jan Trombley of Wal-Mart.
Ambassadors are Norm Swift of Swift Maintenance, Joyce Martin-Barker of The Martin Agency, Lena Robetoy of Champlain National Bank, Alexander Shmulsky of Alexander Shmulsky Attorney at Law, Maria Burke of Literacy Volunteers of Essex and Franklin Counties, Heather Myers of Pyrofax Energy, Karen Laundree of Best Western Plus Ticonderoga and June Curtis of Ticonderoga Heritage Museum.
Regular volunteers are Lori Ross of Silver Bay YMCA Ann Morette.
“In addition, other volunteers assist the chamber on projects and events throughout the year, volunteering their time and talent,” Courtright said. “The chamber also hosts an intern each semester from North Country Community College. Students typically are in the business program at NCCC.
“Without the dedication of so many volunteers including our board, ambassadors, regular volunteers and other volunteers throughout the year we would not be able to do all we do and accomplish what we have been able to,” he added. “We are truly lucky to have such support for the chamber and our dedication to the Ticonderoga area.”
For more information on the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce visit its office in downtown Ticonderoga, go online at www.ticonderogany.com or call 585-6619.
The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce serves, markets and promotes the Ticonderoga area including, Ticonderoga, Crown Point, Hague, Moriah and Putnam. The TACC plans and hosts free community events, events that draw area visitors, assists area organizations with their events and projects, provides small business support and resources and business referrals, answers community and visitor questions and requests via phone, Email and mail, sends visitor area information upon request, keeps an online calendar of events, as well as an array of benefits for its members.
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