The Monthly Board of Directors Meeting

Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce


May 25 2021


The regular meeting of the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Director’s was held on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, at noon, via conference call due to Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.


Kevin Thomas, President, presided over the meeting.


The following directors were present:, Sabrina Bubeck, Michael Charles, Marsha Chesko, Deborah Cram, Barney Farnsworth, Tim Gooch, Linn Macensky, Charlie Messina, Al Quimby, Nancy Stamilio, Terry Bryant, Thomas Putnam, Shawn Bryant, and Leslie Wishard.


Members: Natalie Kennedy, Tioga Publishing; Jim Tutak; Rotary, Susan Graver, Visit Potter-Tioga; Chelsea Brought, Trehab; Mary DeBockler, Deane Center.

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


Minutes: Minutes of the April 2021 meeting were reviewed. A motion to approve the minutes was made by Charlie Messina, seconded by Tim Gooch, and the motion carried.


Treasurer’s Report (Tim Gooch): The treasurer’s report for May was reviewed. Membership dues are on a positive trend and ahead of where they were last year at this time. There were no questions or concerns voiced. A motion to approve the treasurer’s report was made by Charlie Messina seconded by Sabrina Bubeck, and carried.

Committee Reports:


Chamber Administrative Report (Julie Henry): After recreating the event several times, we are now well on our way to presenting a much more traditional Laurel Festival! This year’s theme is “Nessmuk”. Family Day will be held June 12. There will be no rope walk, bounce house, balloon tying, or face painting, as they are direct contact activities. The Pet Parade will be held on June 13 with masks for the children being strongly encouraged. The parade on the 19th will be as close to traditional as possible. Groups are working on floats, some of the bands are willing to come, and volunteers are calling to offer help with hauling floats and driving dignitaries. Sadly, Blue Ridge Cable will not be available to film and broadcast the parade this year. Plans and activities for the Queen’s Scholarship Program are coming together nicely.


Enhancement Committee Report (Julie Henry): The committee did not meet. Planning continues for the Charleston Street Project which will include cleaning up the area, sidewalk repair, and installation of gas lights. This will complement the upcoming Rail Trail work to be done in that area of town and also help make that area look more like the rest of the town.

Wellsboro Borough (Julie Henry): Woodland Park – Work is complete except for some railing and gaslight installation - the contractor will be demobilized off-site today. The BBQ pit will be open for the Lions Club Memorial Day chicken BBQ. The park’s full opening is scheduled for the Monday after Laurel Festival, depending on grass growth. Bryden Street will remain closed until the park is completely open. Packer Park Pool is set to open on June 9th. Borough crew is focused on road grading and ditch cleaning where needed. Municipal Authority approved $112,000 electrical contract and is now set to start the Headworks and CSO project at the wastewater treatment facility. The project is a $530,000 investment by the authority into the facility with the project being funded by gas royalty monies.

HARB Committee Report (Terry Bryant): The committee approved a new 1 car garage at 20 West Avenue and temporary sign at 80 Main Street for the Wellsboro Historic Glass Association pop up display May 28-June.


Retail/Tourism (Charlie Messina): Flags will be up for Memorial Day. There are 40 new flags! No meeting in June.

GROW Report (Shawn Bryant): A mailing for financial support recently went out to many businesses and individuals.


Other exempt Organization Updates:


Green Free Library (Leslie Wishard): The Friends of the Library are providing free materials on the porch of the library. Donations are appreciated. The group has decided not to hold a Book Sale during Laurel Festival. Staff is gearing up for the Summer Program to be held outside utilizing the porch and the lawn. June 1st the library will be open and unmasked. The staff will all be fully vaccinated.

The Deane Center (Mary DeBockler): Mary reviewed several upcoming shows to be held in the Coolidge Theatre in June. There are also some great outside performances scheduled. Check out the website for details.                        


Hamilton Gibson (Thomas Putnam): The first live audience performances were held the past two weekends. The next production, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, will be held June 4, 5, & 6 and 11, 12, &13. The group is exploring new ideas of how to safely place the pianos back on the sidewalks to be utilized by the community. Storefronts with awnings are needed.

Christmas on Main Street (Shawn Bryant): Rack cards have been sent out to print.

Guthrie Health (Terri Hepp): No report

PA College of Technology (Marie Van Ess): No report.

DCNR (Tim Morey); No report.


Wellsboro Johnston Airport: No report. Julie told the group the Fly-In Breakfast will be happening Memorial Day weekend on Sunday 8 am to 12 pm.


Career Link/Trehab (Chelsea Brought/Diana Edler): No report

Rotary (Jim Tutak): Rotary has been requesting donations for this year’s Laurel Festival, due to the fact they were unable to hold the annual Rotary Dinner Fundraiser. The total raised was $12,000!

Memorial Day Parade will begin on the Green at 10:30 am with a ceremony to follow at the Wellsboro Cemetery.

A motion was made to adjourn by Charlie Messina, seconded by Mike Charles, and carried.


Next Chamber meeting will be held on June 22, 2021 at Noon via conference call.



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