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January Chamber Meeting
Dear Rivertowners,
 
I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your commitment and support over the past three years.
 
This is an exciting time in the history of our Chamber. This week we inducted a new Board and celebrate a new President!
 
With this celebration, I would also like to take a moment and reflect on all of the successful firsts we have had over the past three years.
 
As a Board, we have had a vision of expanding the Chamber membership to the point where we could have a complete Executive Board, with Village representatives in each of the four Villages we encompass. For the first time in our history, I’m proud to say we’ve accomplished that!
 
We have also had an idea to bring the Villages together with a coordinated calendar of events, where you could travel from town to town on a trolley, and while it’s not an everyday event yet, we’ve been able to host two Holiday trolleys where neighbors can shop and dine while traveling from Village to Village on shop small weekend.
 
We sponsored the first Pride event in the Villages, where folks could ride from town to town on the trolley to shop, dine and enjoy time with friends, family and loved ones.
 
We partnered with the Rivertowns Public Market to host the first large scale premier foodie event in the Rivertowns, and we worked with On-the-Line and Westchester County government to help combat food insecurity during the first, and hopefully only, pandemic in our life time.
 
We were also able to hire our first Executive Director, which has been a long term goal of ours over the past three years.
 
To the current Board, I say thank you for all of your time and commitment, because without you, none of this is possible.
 
To the incoming Board, I say congratulations, and I look forward to working with you to further expand the Chamber with the vision our new President, Michelle Adams, has going forward.
 
And to our new President, Michelle, I say congratulations and thank you for all of your support over the past three years. You are going to do an amazing job! It has been an honor and pleasure working with you and getting to know you, and I’m glad to pass the gavel to you in 2021.
 
Yours in business,
 
Nick

Nicholas P. Campbell
Immediate Past President, Rivertowns Chamber of Commerce
JANUARY CHAMBER MEETING RECAP

On Wednesday, January 27th, we held our January Chamber meeting via Zoom. In case you missed it, you can watch the replay here:
Watch the January Chamber meeting replay here

January Meeting Highlights:

Dobbs Mayor Vincent Rossillo was represented by Dobbs Trustee Christy Knell as our guest speaker
. She gave us updates on the new interim Dobbs Village Administrator who looks forward to collaborating with the Chamber. She also shared updates on downtown retail spaces. 

Shari Rosen Ascher, Director of Policy and Programs for Small Business and the Chambers of Commerce for Westchester County, shared latest news related to COVID-19 vaccines and reminded us that The Catalyst - Westchester County Economic Development continues to share helpful information and events for small businesses. Check out Westchester Catalyst here.

Nick Campbell, Chamber Immediate Past President, introduced and led the approval process confirming the new 2021 Chamber Board, and handed off the President role to Michelle Adams.

Michelle Adams, Chamber President, walked us through the Chamber's 2021 Vision for how the new board and committees will work towards helping the Chamber and our members' businesses with economic recovery. Read the Vision here.

Access the Chat file here for members' shares of their business info.
Meeting minutes available here.
Watch the video replay here.

2021 CHAMBER BOARD VOTED IN BY MEMBERSHIP

Expect to hear more from board and committee co-chairs soon. Interested in joining one our committees? Reach out!

Help us fill remaining open positions -- send us your recommendations or nominations at info@rivertownschamber.com.
 

PRESIDENT Michelle Adams  St. George Bistro and Harper’s
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT Nicholas Campbell Insurance-on-Hudson Agency
VICE PRESIDENT open  
TREASURER Dina Fleischman Oilladi
SECRETARY Kate Sonders Solomon Kate Sonders Solomon, Cooking Instructor
ARDSLEY VILLAGE REP 1 - GOVT AFFAIRS/ECON DEV Heather Rhyu Club Pilates
ARDSLEY VILLAGE REP 2 - COMMUNITY open  
DOBBS VILLAGE REP 1 - GOVT AFFAIRS/ECON DEV Kristin James  Then Leap Creative Strategies
DOBBS VILLAGE REP 2 - COMMUNITY Padraic Steinschneider Gotham Design and Community Development Ltd
HASTINGS VILLAGE REP 1 - GOVT AFFAIRS/ECON DEV Joanna Prisco Good Witch Coffee Bar
HASTINGS VILLAGE REP 2 - COMMUNITY Ellen Sledge Penny Lick Ice Cream
IRVINGTON VILLAGE REP 1 - GOVT AFFAIRS/ECON DEV open  
IRVINGTON VILLAGE REP 2 - COMMUNITY Janet Kovacs Houlihan Lawrence
     
     
COMMITTEES CO-CHAIRS  
Young Professionals (under 40) 1 - Sasha Marie Badillo 
2 - Chris Gomez
Sasha Marie Interiors
Climbing Wolf
Tourism 1 - Laura Plunkett 
2 - open
Mercy College
-
Women in Business 1- Oleksandra Stelmah 
2 - Elissa Hecker
Stelmah Photo
Law Office of Elissa D Hecker
Minority-Owned Businesses 1 - Ramona Cedeno
2 - Tony Kim
Fibrick
GoSu
membership 1 - open
2 - open
We're preparing to send out 2021 Membership Dues renewal invoices over the coming days.

Thanks to those of you who have proactively reached out to pay your dues already -- the Chamber appreciates your support.

For those of you who are unable to pay at this time, we understand and we invite you to remain a member during this time of hardship. if you are unable to pay your invoice, when you receive it please respond to us
at info@rivertownschamber.com to let us know this is the case so we can accurately note this in your account.

If this is the case, in lieu of your membership dues, you will be asked to volunteer on one of our committees in exchange for your 'working' membership.

For any businesses who are in the fortunate position of being able to pay their full dues, we appreciate you and thank you!
Welcome new members!

Katelyn Rogerson, Eyes on Hudson

Kristin James, Then Leap Creative Strategies

Melinda Chappalear, Corcoran Legends Realty

Fabienne Beard-Wright, Lift Off Special Programming

Monica Taylor, Monica Taylor Coaching

Edward Clough, Edward Clough Esq.

Sara Davidson, Picture Book 

Save the date: Our next Monthly Chamber meeting is Wednesday, February 24th! 
Register now here
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