Sunday, April 5, 2015

Presidents Message | April 2015

Happy Spring to All  

We are all getting ready to head back outside, start planting and enjoying the sunshine. The winter was nasty but your chamber of commerce folks never rested. We are in the middle of multiple projects for our members and village.

Mildred Tassone of The Island's Home Team has been working with our webmaster, Stephanie Larkin of Red Penguin Solutions to prepare our new administrative/finance/membership and web back end system for full functionality. This is a huge undertaking and a very important one for our members. It will allow for more effective communications, better invoicing, streamlined membership administration and so much more. We are extremely grateful for their work and especially Mildred's tireless and daily efforts to get this done.

Currently, it is now connected to our website and needs additional modification for a complete data transfer from the old system. Our intern from Floral Park Memorial, Jenny Seuling is helping us amend that data and the web will be up to date shortly.

Chamber Scholarships

Each year our chamber sponsors a High School Scholarship program and Elementary School Essay contest. This year we will be awarding two $500 scholarships to Student residents of the Village of Floral Park. We will also be awarding one student from each of our elementary schools for the top essay in that school. Terry Whalen of The Sterling Sign Company chairs this program and has sent out the applications to our schools.  The applications are also available on our website at

2015 Belmont Stakes

We are all looking forward to our 2015 Belmont Stakes Festival and Street Fair.  Stephen Wickes of One Sound Label is organizing the event with the support of our friends at NYRA and the Village of Floral Park. Please note that this year's event will take place on Sunday June 7 from 2 PM to 7 PM on Tulip Ave. 

Consider being a VENDOR at the Fair and get your business exposed to our neighbors. Contact Stephen at 516.351.2350 today as space is limited.

Surely, it will once again be a feast and fun fest for all ages with plenty of food, music, entertainment, vendors and rides. Join us as we celebrate our village and the fabulous Belmont Stakes.

It is membership time.  If you haven't yet sent in your membership renewal, please do.  If you are not yet a member, contact me and we can talk about why you may want to be.  We do appreciate your support.

Have a wonderful Spring.

Ron Keats, President, Floral Park Chamber of Commerce
(516) 641-1200

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