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The Ephrata Area Chamber of Commerce held its 2016 Annual Dinner at Foxchase Golf Club, Stevens, recently. The formal gathering, sponsored this year by Wellspan Ephrata Community Hospital, afforded the 275-plus members the opportunity to network with fellow business leaders, enjoy a delicious dinner and then move into the annual business meeting where a “State of the Chamber” review was given for 2015 and the goals and objectives were defined for the new year.

Dinner music was provided by talented members of the Tri-M Music Honor Society of Ephrata High School and the evening ended with a comedy improv performance.

 

Two individuals were elected to the 2016 Board of Directors and include: Mark Thompson, Ephrata National Bank, and David Boland, The Groves. Following an election by the board of directors, the following individuals were named to the executive committee: Erin Treese, President (Members 1st Federal Credit Union); Cindy Mellinger, Vice President (Blue Ridge Communications); Pam Leh, Treasurer (Weinhold, Nickel & Co. LLP); and Jennifer Deck, Secretary (WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital). Two outgoing board members, Michele McHenry (outgoing president) and Paul Wenger (outgoing board member), were recognized for their years of service to the board. Michele McHenry was also honored for her eight years of service and leadership to the board, three of which she served as board president.

This year, the Ephrata Area Chamber of Commerce celebrates 94 years of service to the business community. The longevity is a testimony to their membership and the importance of their organization in Northern Lancaster County. While they serve both large and small businesses, small businesses and entrepreneurs comprise a large portion of the membership they serve. They have always been an industrious, hardworking, enterprising community. With this focus in mind, the Ephrata Area Chamber of Commerce continues to expand educational services to bring valuable resources to the small businesses and entrepreneurs of Northern Lancaster County.

New for 2016, the Ephrata Area Chamber of Commerce will also launch a Young Professionals initiative for members between the ages of 21 and 40. The Northern Lancaster County Young Professionals group will empower the next generation of leaders in Northern Lancaster County by offering unique networking opportunities in a casual setting, by providing access to continuing education opportunities that are catered to the needs of those beginning their professional careers and by highlighting the tools needed to succeed in the 21st century.

The Ephrata Area Chamber is dedicated to the local communities they serve. They will continue in 2016 to work with area organizations, businesses and non-profits to plan events and initiatives that will drive traffic to local businesses and the visitor center downtown. The Ephrata Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to facilitate making connections that matter to their members going forward.

For more information about the Ephrata Area Chamber, please contact 717-738-9010.

Shown in the photo, from left to right, are (front) Erin Treese, President (Members 1st Federal Credit Union); Cindy Mellinger, Vice President (Blue Ridge Communications); Pam Leh, Treasurer (Weinhold, Nickel & Co.); and Jennifer Deck, Secretary (WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital); (back) Penny Talbert (Ephrata Public Library), Kurt Gardner (Gardner & Stevens), Jim Summers (Ephrata Rec Center), Mark Thompson (Ephrata National Bank), David Boland (The Groves), Greg LoPiccolo (Ephrata Area School District), Chief William Harvey (Ephrata Borough Police Department) and Dave Lloyd (EARS), missing from photo.

Last Updated (Tuesday, 09 February 2016 14:46)

 
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