2010-05-20 / News

Chamber Chatter

By Peter Brockmann
I am pleased and honored to report this ‘Chatter’ as the newly elected Jamestown Chamber of Commerce president. I look forward to an eventful, fun and productive year.

On behalf of the officers, board and members of the Chamber, I want to thank our out-going president, Annie McIntyre, for her services.

The Jamestown Chamber may be the state’s smallest chamber, but a lot has been going on lately and the next few months will be no exception. We recently announced Arlene Petit as our new executive director. Many of you know Arlene as the recently retired Town Clerk – we are extremely fortunate to have her on the team.

The Quononoquott Garden Club, as recipients of last year’s Night At … Chamber event, put the money toward replacing the planters in Veteran’s Memorial Square. Thank you to all who attended and donated to that event, and to the garden club for spending the money so beautifully.

Last month’s After Hours event was held at the new home of the Jamestown Arts Center (www. jamestownartcenter.org), where more than 50 people enjoyed milling about the organization’s spacious new location at 18 Valley St.

This month’s After Hours event is tonight, Thursday, May 20, at 6 p.m. at the Cathryn Jamieson Salon at 16 Narragansett Ave. These events are great opportunities for Chamber members to network with fellow businesses owners, as well as relax and socialize with friends.

The final installment of the Chamber’s breakfast series will be held next Thursday, May 27, at 7:30 a.m. at the Narragansett CafĂ©. If you’re interested in how to save money on energy costs, you’ll want to hear about the benefi ts of “pooling” business energy purchases.

Finally, mark your calendars for June 3 for an After Hours wine tasting hosted by Jamestown Liquors, and for June 17 for the always-popular annual CMS ferry cruise (Book early, as space is limited).

The community at large – and the merchants in particular – should be especially grateful to the town for finally constructing nice, ample public restrooms adjacent to the recreation center. The Chamber fully supported this project, which is now just about complete.

The Chamber also wants to thank Bruce Keiser and the Town Council for recently agreeing to return a portion of the meals and lodging tax revenue collected by the town to the merchants in the form of a grant to the Chamber to reimburse it for half of the cost of the restoration of the three “Welcome to Jamestown” signs.

Next time you drive by one of the signs, slow down and admire the great craftsmanship of the restorer, Sachuest Construction. This is the first time the town has provided the Chamber with a grant – we are very appreciative of this collaboration as we strive to promote our local commerce on a limited budget.

We are also pleased to announce that, from more than three dozen proposals, the Chamber has chosen local artist and website designer, Jane Lee (www. janeleedesign.com), to redesign and construct the Chamber’s new website. There were other strong proposals and we thank all those who responded to our RFP.

Over the next couple of months, we can all look forward to a new, more informative, attractive and user-friendly Chamber home on the Web.

Lastly, if you are not yet a Chamber member, I encourage you to consider becoming one. We may be the smallest Chamber in little Rhody, but as the hundred or so other members can attest, we are active, enthusiastic and fun. Check out our website at www.jamestownrichamber.com for more information, including a calendar of upcoming events.

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