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Wyalusing Chamber Holds Bi-Annual Meeting

The bi-annual meeting of the Greater Wyalusing Chamber of Commerce was held on Thursday, July 22 at 7 p.m. at the chamber office The evening started with a social hour and for viewing the artwork at the Blue Heron Gallery's show of paintings by William Keeler.

This year, the chamber hosted a dessert meeting with wine instead of the usual bi-annual dinner meeting. Tasty treats and coffee were provided by Frank and Belinda Kinney, owners of Bittle J's Sweet Temptations and the Ram Zone, both Wyalusing businesses.

The meeting was called to order by President Leslie Wizelman. Brian Keeler gave a short talk about the recent Everhart Retrospective Exhibit and the current Blue Heron Art Gallery show of the artwork of his father. He thanked all the individuals and area businesses that contributed to the exhibit and book. He explained about the book being a project of the Wyalusing Community Corporation and encouraged everyone to consider buying the books as gifts—as the sales help the WCC's mission.

The treasurer's report was given by Sherri Shreier. The director's report, given by Wendy Gaustad, reviewed the many accomplishments that the GWCC has accomplished this year. They are continuing to grow, with membership now at 149 members—up 17 percent since last year. The chamber web site and the North Branch web site continue to get many hits each month, both of which promote Wyalusing and its businesses.

A presentation of plaques was made to new GWCC members, who were present at the meeting, including Smith's Personal Care Home of Front St., Wyalusing, Hagadorn Custom PC and P&G Credit Union.

Election of new board members was conducted by president-elect, David Buck. Karl Snyder nominated Joan Abrey and was seconded by Leslie Wizelman.

David Buck then awarded a gift to the outgoing president, Leslie, who has served in this capacity for the past two years. Leslie gave a short farewell speech. She felt that the chamber had a great deal to be proud of, especially for the fact that they now have 149 members in a town the size of Wyalusing. She encouraged all current members to tout the benefits of membership and actively seek new businesses, individuals and farms to join the GWCC.

Mike Kilmer gave a presentation about the WCC and updated membership in regards to the current interior renovations and facade restoration. He also informed the members about various grants the WCC is seeking and the current fundraising campaign. He also shared some of the ideas for the WCC's vision for the garage area of the building, which includes making it into a community room.

Dave Davidson reported on the Triathlon and said the committee is actively planning for the upcoming event as part of the North Branch Arts Weekend on Saturday, Oct 9th. He said the committee is anticipating as many as 250 participants this year, as the event was so successful last year. He asked for volunteers to step forward to help with this huge endeavor. People are needed for various tasks like registration and assisting at checkpoints along the course.

Davidson nominated Rich Gaustad to head up the GWCC kazoo band as director for the upcoming firemen's parade.

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