Thursday, November 20, 2014

President's Message | November 2014

Hello Fellow Chamber Members:

This month we had one of our most informative general meetings. Our two guest speakers included the Floral Park-Bellerose Schools Superintendent and our own Event Planner, member and our 2014 Business Person of the Year, Eileen Dolan.  Our committees made their reports showing progress on many of our efforts. We were reminded of the Chamber Holiday Party on Monday December 8 at 6pm at Crabtree's Restaurant. We expect a really enjoyable party with our DJ, One Sound Label and other fun activities. Please sign up early and register online.  

The Chamber is collecting for Long Island Cares - The Harry Chapin Food Bank
We ask that you bring a non-perishable item or 2 either to the party, or drop off at anytime in LI Cares Box at The Keats Agency - Nationwide, 299 Jericho Turnpike, as they too collect every year.
The chamber had representation at the Floral Park Memorial Homecoming Parade in support of our schools. Wonderful to see and be part of such a strong school spirit!  I was also called upon to do a short presentation on our behalf at the United Methodist Church on Verbena.  It was fun interacting with the congregation and reminding them of the work we do for our members and the community.  

Meeting Report
Superintendent Opiekun spoke of a program called STEP which offers our members the opportunity to offer their business wisdom to our children.  Nice right, well you probably wonder how does this help my business. Think about it this way, possibly we could do a quick video of you for posting and SEO, a photo for the paper with a short piece about your effort, and an opportunity to speak about it to the chamber at one of our general meetings. Additionally, how nice is it just to do something meaningful for our kids. Contact the Chamber if you have interest in this program by leaving a message on the chamber phone at 516-641-1200.

Eileen Dolan did a splendid job with her presentation on the Impact of Effective Communication and Relationship Skills - The 4 Basic Personality Types. She certainly has me thinking more about each person I interact with each day, staff and clients.  I will say I had quite a few people say how pleased they were with the presentation.

We ended with the 2014 Business Person of the Year Crystal Plaque awarded to the same, Eileen Dolan. She truly earned the recognition.

There continues to be much going on. Soon the renewals for our 2105 membership will be out. We are currently working on a system to improve upon this very important chamber activity with more efficiency and accuracy. Please do watch for it.

See you at the Holiday Party on the 8th!

Your Prez,

Ron Keats 

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