2009-10-29 / News

Chamber Chatter

By Vicki de Angeli
The Jamestown Chamber of Commerce is proud to report that its annual fundraiser, “Night At…,” which this year was titled, “Dig It,” was a great success. Although the total attendance number was lower than in previous years, everyone agreed it was a fantastic night. The food was delicious and plentiful, and people enjoyed dancing to top-notch entertainment.

The Chamber is very happy to announce that a donation of $3,000 was made to the Quononoquott Garden Club, a worthy recipient indeed. The Garden Club was founded 60 years ago and has funded many projects that enhance the beauty of our island. The Chamber would like to thank John McCauley for all his efforts in chairing this wonderful event, as well as the many volunteers and donors that contributed to its success.

Chamber of Commerce annual memberships expired Sept. 30. Although many businesses have renewed, there are still many more businesses on the island that need to send in their renewal memberships. There are currently 115 members, with at least another 200 possible business members in Jamestown that have yet to join. If you have not already done so and would like more information or need a form, visit the Chamber website at www. jamestownRIchamber.com. The Chamber receives many inquiries all year for recommendations and referrals, and along with your membership, your business will be listed on the Chamber’s website. The Chamber also hosts social networking events that are only open to Chamber members.

It is with great sadness that the Chamber says “goodbye” to its executive director, Donna Olney Kohler. Donna has worked very hard for the Chamber over the past years and we would like to thank her for a great job in keeping us all on track and keeping the communications flowing smoothly. Donna, her husband, Greg, and their two beautiful daughters will be moving south to operate a bed and breakfast in a new location. We wish them all the best and thank Donna for her wonderful years of service.

The Chamber’s latest “After Hours” was held at the Narragansett CafĂ© on Wednesday, Oct. 21. These monthly get-togethers are a wonderful opportunity to network with fellow Chamber members and enjoy light refreshments. This event had a large turnout, with everyone getting a chance to meet and discuss important issues with the candidates for Town Council, as well as some School Committee candidates. Our state representative, Deb Ruggiero, was also there to speak with individuals about issues that concern them.

In thinking ahead to the holidays, the Chamber will once again hold a Chamber Check day, where the public can purchase Chamber Checks at 10 percent off and then redeem them at many downtown member merchants. Further details will be in the Jamestown Press in November.

The annual Chamber Christmas party will be held on Thursday, Dec. 3, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Trattoria Simpatico. More information about this event will be sent out next month.

In the past, the Chamber of Commerce has hosted two holiday events, the Teddy Bear Tea and the Polar Express. This year, the Chamber has decided to focus on those events that are central to its mission, and will therefore not be hosting these events. If there is another organization in Jamestown that would like to pick up these events, contact the Chamber via phone or email.

For more information about the Jamestown Chamber of Commerce, visit www.jamestownRIchamber. com or call 423-3640.

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