Best Wishes For A Happy Holiday Season & A Joyous New Year!

Holiday greetings from the LRCC Board of Directors and Staff.

We wish you a merry Christmas, a happy Hanukkah and a New Year filled with joy, health, happiness and peace. Thank you for a great year in 2016; we look forward to helping you grow in 2017.

The First Annual Member Business Meeting Reception scheduled for January 18 has been cancelled. The Board of Directors made the decision to cancel until such time as an Executive Director is hired. We will keep you up-to-date as to when, and if, the Annual Member Business Meeting Reception will be rescheduled.

The Annual Chamber Celebration Dinner and Awards Evening is scheduled for March 1, 2017 at the Stoweflake Resort and Spa. Mark your calendars and join us for this grand event! Click here to register.

Board of Directors Update

Adam Lory submitted his letter of resignation as Board Chair effective immediately due to the requirements of his new position with Union Bank. He will continue to serve as a director.

At the December 15 Board of Directors meeting, the board approved the 2017 slate of officers.

Mary L. Collins will now serve as Chair of the Board of Directors.
As always, if you have questions or comments, please contact the Chairman of the Board, Mary L. Collins at mary@shinecommunications.org or by phone at 802-730-0289.

Executive Director’s Report

My last day as Interim Director of the Lamoille Region Chamber of Commerce will be December 31, 2016. An active search has begun for a permanent Executive Director with interviews now being scheduled.

I am proud of this organization, its members, its Board of Directors, its Committees and its staff and feel it was an honor to have lead the organization for almost three years. We have accomplished much, and there is much to be accomplished. I am confident that new leadership will propel the Chamber to new heights and purpose within Lamoille County and beyond.

I respectfully ask that you support the new Executive Director, our programs, and our commitment to grow not only your business, but to enhance the economic sustainability of our beautiful region. The continued success of the Chamber will depend, in part, on your engagement in Chamber programs and initiatives. I encourage you to get involved … serve on a Committee, be a Chamber Ambassador, stop in and visit, share your ideas and concerns with the Executive Director.

The recent Chamber Member survey saw an awesome response.. 25 percent of the membership took time to answer our questions and share their thoughts. The responses clearly stated that the Chamber must continue to provide the services it does.

The Board took into consideration the results of that survey, together with studying our current financial situation and has identified and approved an option which it believes will assure the Chamber’s growth and sustainability. More on that later – once the details have been worked out, the membership will be notified.

To grow one must take risks … it is my hope that you, as a Chamber member, will support the direction of the Board of Directors.

Making Connections

From Mary Skeleton of Hobble Inn and The Loft at Hobble Inn: Thought you’d like to know that I met Jerry from Over and Above Photography at the mixer at Stowe Bowl last month. I had been planning to hire a photographer to take better pictures of the interior of Hobble Inn than my iPhone could provide. I contacted him shortly after the Mixer and we arranged for a photo shoot today! He and Caroline just left. We had a nice hour together, and I’m looking forward to upgrading his professional photos on my website and on all the booking channels I use. Thanks for all the networking opportunities!

With thanks, cheers, and a message of “Onward”,

Max Neal
Interim Executive Director