The Monthly Board of Directors Meeting

Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce


October 22, 2019

The regular meeting of the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Director’s was held on Tuesday, October 22, 2019, at noon, at the Penn Wells Hotel.

Chamber President, Blake Maxson, presided over the meeting.

The following directors were present: Scot Boyce Jr., Shawn Bryant, Michael Charles, Tim Gooch, Linn Macensky, Charlie Messina, Kim Miller, Thomas Putnam, Kevin Thomas and Leslie Wishard.

Members: Craig West, Wellsboro Borough; Dave Williams, GOH; Matt Tusing, Penn E&R; Catherine Shumway, Penn Oak Realty; Pam Steward, Jason Bump and Jess Sandstrom, KC101; Cheryl Clarke, Wellsboro Gazette; Susan Graver, Visit Potter-Tioga; Stevens Lambert and Matt Tavani, Gannon Associates; Roger Bunn, Roger’s Clocks; Jason Wilson and Joel Stauring, Cunningham, Stauring & Associates; Jim Tutak, Rotary.

Staff: Julie VanNess, Executive Director; Sharon Hazelton, Administrative Assistant, Jane Shumway, Administrative Assistant.

Minutes: Minutes of the September 2019 meeting were reviewed. A motion to approve the minutes was made by Linn Macensky, seconded by Charles Messina, and the motion carried.

Treasurers Report (Tim Gooch): Tim Gooch reviewed the treasurer’s report. The Chamber’s year to date income and budget numbers are trending comparatively, but slightly ahead of last year. We are on a positive track with membership dues, however, slightly behind on budget. We will need to keep an eye on this trend in order to keep the balance positive through the end of the year. Tim offered to answer any questions or address concerns, however, there were none to address. Motion to accept Treasurers Report was made by Charlie Messina, seconded by Linn Macensky, and the motion carried.

Committee Reports:

Chamber Administrative Report (Julie VanNess): Saturday, October 26 is the last Saturday the Office will be open for the season. We have been very busy, which is a good problem to have! We are participating in the Fall Festivities on the Green, Saturday, October 26 in conjunction with UPMC’s Halloween Path. There will be games and activities for children as well as treats. The Chamber GROW Breakfast will be held November 7 at the Penn Wells Hotel. Breakfast Buffet begins at 7:30 a.m. with the program following promptly at 8:00 a.m. Tickets are $25.00. Any proceeds from the event will be donated to the Mary Worthington Foundation. Please call the Office to reserve your seat. Payment can be made to the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce. Congressman Fred Keller, Representative Clint Owlett, and Director, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Region 3, Matt Baker will be attending. There will be a brief business meeting with a review of 2019. The Nominating Committee will announce a new slate of nominees to serve on the Board of Directors. The Dickens Costume Workshop will be held November 6 at 7:00 p.m. in the Lobby of the Penn Wells Hotel. Christmas trees have been ordered as well as 10 boxes of LED lights to match the existing lights. The Department 56 Village will go on display prior to Thanksgiving. Volunteers would be welcome to assist with set up. Contact Julie if you can help with this project.

Tourism/Retail Committee (Charlie Messina): The new class, “Whiskey 101” scheduled for October 30 at the Steak House is sold out. The cost is $20 for the class, tasting, and an appetizer platter.

More than ½ those registered are coming from outside of Tioga County. This will be positive exposure for the area. Wine 101 will be held in March with a limit of 30 participants. Everyone is encouraged to purchase tickets early before they are gone. The Committee is in the process of narrowing down the information to be included in the “Ask Me” program. This will not be a business directory. One or two businesses, however, may choose to sponsor the program. The group will be inquiring about pricing for printed material. Charlie and Jim Tutak continue to work on the new flag brackets. Denney Electric is donating hardware and Dunham’s Do It Center is providing nuts, bolts and washers for the project.

Christmas on Main Street Report (Shawn Bryant): The next meeting will be Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. at the Penn Wells. The committee is still looking for participating and sponsoring businesses. Marsha Chesko is the contact person, but you can also reach out to Shawn.

Enhancement Committee (Julie VanNess): The Walking Tour of Wellsboro brochure is being redesigned to include photos of all the buildings listed. The committee is also looking for possible volunteers to assist with guided walking tours for coach busses visiting town.

Wellsboro Borough (Scot Boyce, Jr.): The Halloween Parade will be October 31 at 6:00 p.m. with Trick or Treat to follow 7-9 pm. The parade will begin at Packer Park, proceed on Queen and Main Streets, and end at the Fire Department. Free Holiday Parking will begin November 23rd.  

HARB Committee Report (Scot Boyce, Jr.): Signage for Indigo Wireless moving in the Deane Center Building matching the Red Skillet was approved. Edward Jones at 23 East Avenue had exterior signage approved as well.

GROW Report (Julie VanNess): Tioga Central Railroad continues to have a great season with nearly all trains selling out.

Other exempt Organization Updates:

Green Free Library (Leslie Wishard): Friends of the Library will hold their Annual Meeting on 10/29. Social time will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by a short business meeting at 7:00 p.m. Julie VanNess, Executive Director of the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce, will be the guest speaker. November 2 is International Game Day. The library will have games set up throughout the library for children and parents to enjoy. November 16 will be a Wine & Design event at the library. The project will be a snowman painted on a wooden pallet. November 23 Ellen Williams will present on the history of horse racing in Tioga County.

Rotary (Jim Tutak): The Annual Rifle Raffle is taking place right now. Drawing will be December 8. Rotary held their Pints and Pinot for Polio last night. The Burns Dinner will be held the last Sunday in January (26). Price is $40 for the meal and a poetry slam. Proceeds will be donated to the Wellsboro Food Pantry.

Hamilton Gibson (Thomas Putnam); The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime will be playing in the Coolidge Theatre the first two weekends in November. Now is the time to confirm reservations for New Years Eve. Murder at the Juice Joint is selling out quickly.

Tioga County Commissioner Roger Bunn commented on the 4th Annual Community Economic Summit held on October 18. Six or seven committees were formed to assist in improving Tioga County’s economic situation.

Motion to adjourn was made by Charlie Messina and seconded by Mike Charles.

Next Chamber meeting will be held on November 26, 2019 at the Penn Wells Hotel, at noon.

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