The Monthly Board of Directors Meeting

Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce


February 23, 2021


The regular meeting of the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Director’s was held on Tuesday, February 23, 2021, at noon, via conference call due to Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

Kevin Thomas, President, presided over the meeting.

The following directors were present: Rick Beckwith, Richard Biery, Sabrina Bubeck, Michael Charles, Marsha Chesko, Kevin Connelly, Linn Macensky, Charlie Messina, Kim Miller, Thomas Putnam, Al Quimby, and Leslie Wishard

Members: Natalie Kennedy, Tioga Publishing; Marie Van Ess, PA College of Technology; Susan Graver, Visit Potter Tioga; Ellen Bryant, The Penn Wells; and Rachel Preble, Animal Care Sanctuary.

Staff: Julie Henry, Executive Director; Sharon Hazelton, Events Coordinator & Member Specialist; Jane Shumway, Administrative Assistant.

Minutes: Minutes of the January 2021 meeting were reviewed. A motion to approve the minutes was made by Marsha Chesko, seconded Charlie Messina, and the motion carried.

Treasurer’s Report (Mike Charles): The year to date dues income shows we are a bit ahead than we were last year. We currently have a healthy cash balance. There were no questions or concerns voiced. A motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report by Kevin Connelly, seconded by Charlie Messina and carried.

Committee Reports:
Chamber Administrative Report (Julie Henry): Winter Celebration was scaled back to only the ice sculptures this year due to safety issues requiring social distancing. The ice sculptures are quite costly and Julie voiced her appreciation and thanks to the private benefactor(s) who make it possible each year. We are moving forward with this year’s Laurel Festival planning. There are currently 29 schools sending candidates for the scholarship program. Adaptations are being made as we cautiously move forward. There may be vendors on the side streets to help thin out the crowds on the Green. Dickens of a Christmas applications will be mailed out next week. The Spring/Summer editions of EXPLORE Wellsboro is being sent out to print today. Our second dues mailing and AAA distribution will also be happening next week.

Enhancement Committee Report (Julie Henry): Meeting tomorrow at the Borough Office at 10:00 am.

Wellsboro Borough (Julie Henry): Crews have spent a lot of time over the past month moving snow. There is no update on Woodland Park. The project remains paused for weather, most if not all, Park and Rec programs are on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new police vehicle has arrived and is in service. The sewer plant project, a $500,000 upgrade to the screening equipment and valves, is out for bid and is being financed by the Wellsboro Municipal Authority.

HARB Committee Report (Terry Bryant): No report

GROW Report (Shawn Bryant): No report

Retail/Tourism (Charlie Messina): Flags were not put out for President’s Day due to snow blocking access to the parking meters. There are still 25 brackets that need to be updated. The committee has some new flags that will be put out for Memorial Day. Rotary is holding a National Rotary event in Wellsboro during the month of June. They would like to assist in obtaining a maintenance kiosk for the Rail Trail. This would offer air for tires, tools for fixing a flat, etc. The committee is working on a brochure to be sent to bus companies. The option of staying overnight will be highlighted. The committee is looking at details for a charging station for electric cars. Ellen Bryant, stated the Penn Wells Lodge will be installing a unit for 2 cars to charge. Completing the charge, will take about four hours.

Other exempt Organization Updates:

Deane Center (Kevin Connelly): The theme for 2021 is “Get Your Shot and See a Show”! The Outside Summer Concert Series is scheduled July 2 through September 10. The calendar is also full of inside shows and events. The National Rotary Conference will be sponsoring the Neil Young Tribute, “Like a Hurricane”.

Green Free Library (Leslie Wishard): The Friends of the Library are providing free materials on the porch of the library. Donations are appreciated. The Read Across America Event will include a contest in which riddles will need to be solved. The library remains closed on Mondays for extensive cleaning. Curbside service is still available and browsing is available by appointment only.

Hamilton Gibson (Thomas Putnam): Zoomed Staged Readings are being offered for free. They started this past weekend and will continue for 7 more weeks. Performances are 30 minutes and there is an opportunity to participate in a talk back session following each production. Information is available on Face Book as well as HG’s website.

PA College of Technology (Marie Van Ess): There will be a Practical Nursing information session tomorrow at 6:30 pm.
Rotary (Jim Tutak): Meetings are Thursdays at noon. You can attend via ZOOM. The Laurel Festival Fundraiser, which is a dinner held at the Penn Wells, is not something that can be done. Rotary is working on ideas for an alternative fundraiser.
A motion to adjourn was made by Charlie Messina, seconded by Kevin Connelly, and carried.

Next Chamber meeting will be held on March 23, 2021 at Noon via conference call.


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