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2Host a ChamberMixer in 2012If your business is looking for a greatway to showcase your facility andpromote your products and servicesto area business people, a great optionavailable to members is to host a WestShore Chamber Mixer. Networkingmixers provide opportunities formembers to meet other business peopleand potential customers. Mixers takeplace at the host’s place of businesswhere the business is showcased toattendees. There is one exclusiveafternoon and/or evening networkingmixer per month.Every month more than 100members look forward to spendingtime networking with fellow businessmen and women at Chamber Mixers.These events provide members with aforum to do business with one another,build relationships, and receive advice.Mixers are free to the membershipand are some of the Chamber’s mostpopular events.As a mixer host, you provide thefacility, hors d’oeuvres, beveragesand parking. You are able to choosethe date, time and theme of yourliking and the Chamber will providehelp in planning and executing yourevent. The Chamber will promoteyour event in press releases, Chambernewsletter, events flyer and online.Additionally, the Chamber will handleevent registration before and duringthe event. After the event, the mixerhost receives a detailed attendee listfor post-event marketing. If you areinterested in learning more about beinga mixer host or would like reserve amixer date, contact Leigh-Ann Reitzeat 761-0702. Mixer dates are set on afirst-come, first-served basis.Annual Meeting CelebratesMember SuccessChairman Bill DeVore presented the Chamber’s highest honors during the AnnualMeeting & Luncheon on December 7 - the George C. Hoopy Award, the Les GinanniBusiness & Community Connection Award, and the Inspiring Business Award - tothree outstanding members.Inspiring Business Award winner Chris Frampton of the Frampton KimmelGroup,was recognized as a member who lives the Chamber’s brand of “InspiringBusiness.” Through his active Chamber participation he is proud of the manypartnerships with his fellow members.The Les Ginanni Business & Community Connection Award recipient, Judith A.Walter of Zimmerman’s Automotive Service, Inc. has continuously contributed to thecommunity both personally and professionally. She is an avid community sponsorand feels it is her duty to give to others.The George C. Hoopy Award was presented to Jennifer L. Buehler of BuehlerWealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors. Jennifer fully embraces herChamber membership by attending a multitude of events and being involved innumerous committees.Photo by Camera BoxPhoto by Camera BoxChamber President & CEO Kathleen Mangan Fey recognizes Immediate PastChairman Bill DeVore’s contributions to the Chamber during his two termChairmanship.

3Outgoing Directors Recognized& New Directors ElectedThe West Shore Chamber of Commerce membership approved the election of seven newDirectors for terms ending December 31, 2014, during their recent Annual Meeting &Luncheon. They are: Salvatore V. Fazzolari, Metro Bank; Dr. William Harner, CumberlandValley School District; Geir Magnusson, Super Spray Car Wash; Gary Scicchitano, VisitingNurse Association of Central Pennsylvania; Erin Schutter, HDH Group; Lynn Stickler,Central Penn Business Journal; and Steve Thomas, Capital BlueCross.The Board thanked the outgoing Directors whose terms expired December 31,2011. The four outgoing Directors had kind words to say about the Chamber andtheir fellow members.Autumn Lang, Capital BlueCross - “I am so pleased to have had the opportunity toserve on the West Shore Chamber’s Board of Directors over the past three years. It hasbeen rewarding to be a part of an organization where the members are so enthusiasticabout enhancing central Pennsylvania’s business culture. Whether serving on theboard or participating on a committee, the excitement of our members is contagiousand I am proud to have been a part of such a dynamic group!”Jeian Rauchut, Centric Bank - “I am grateful for serving two terms on the Boardof the West Shore Chamber of Commerce. I have been a part of a great group ofcommunity business leaders who share a common mission, believing the Chamber’srole of continuing to promote and help local businesses to be visible in the community.I am pleased to have met and been associated with a diverse group of our localcommunity members.”Phil Shenk, Shenk Athletic Equipment Company - “Being on the West ShoreChamber Board has been a rewarding and educational experience. I have met somegreat people who truly are concerned about the community in which they live. Thefuture looks bright for the Chamber.”Kipp Stecher, AmeriChoice Federal Credit Union - “When I was asked to serveon the Board six years ago, I had no idea what to expect. However, my two terms ofinvolvement with the Chamber have allowed me to meet so many new people andbusiness leaders that I never would have met otherwise. Moving one’s businessforward is a goal we all strive for and I encourage all businesses to get involved withthe Chamber to do just that. I have found that as a member of the Chamber, the moreyou give the more you get back. I am proud to have been a part of the Chamber Boardand can think of no other volunteer position that would have been more fulfilling forme or more productive for my business.”Photo by Camera BoxOutgoingBoardMembersIncomingBoardMembersThe bolded businesses in Business Newsare Chamber members. If you would like tosubmit business news, send your 20-wordannouncement to businessnews@wschamber.org by the first Friday of every month.Business NewsKenneth & Co announces stylist Drea Nollis celebrating his 10 th year with the designteam. To schedule an appointment withDrea, call 763-8700.Debbie Smith-Voight of SmithCustom Framing & Fine Art Galleryis proud to announce the release of her firstCD, “Christmas Legacy” a compilation of 14holiday songs. Performing with the highlyacclaimed Bill Ingraham on piano and thetalented Dan DeLong on percussion, the CDwill also feature the voices of local performerStuart Landon and Aiden and Noah DeLong.To purchase your copy of the CD for $15,contact Debbie at 774-4301.Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureauannounced the recipients of the 2011 FallTourism Grant Program. Included was TheArmy Heritage Center Foundationwhich received a grant for the production,labor, installation, space leasing and permitsfor a directional sign off Interstate 81.Allenberry Resort Inn & Playhousewon the Cumberland Valley VisitorsBureau’s 2012 Best in the Valley Award in thecategory of Best Attraction on November 9.Cornerstone Coffeehouse & CulinaryKitchen announces free music everyweekend. It’s the perfect evening out for you andyour friends. Along with Cornerstone’s regularfare, delicious salads and light menu itemsare also available for purchase. RememberBYOB. For more info, call 737-5206 or visitwww.thecornerstonecoffeehouse.com.Jackson Siegelbaum Gastroenterologyannounces that Dr. F. Wilsonwas recently elected to a four-year termas a Medical Specialties Trustee atthe Pennsylvania Medical Society BoardAnnual House of Delegates meeting, held onOctober 15-16 in Hershey, Pa.Army Heritage Center Foundationannounces a partnership with Diamond6Strategy and Leadership to develop learningdevelopment seminars. Diamond6 will alsohelp to promote the educational efforts ofUSAHEC and the Foundation and furtherits mission of delivering insightful, energeticleadership workshops that address thechallenges America’s leaders confront dailyin all sectors of the nation.Photo by Camera Box

7Taste of the Chamber to BenefitTwo Nonprofit Chamber MembersThe Chamber’s first-ever Taste of the Chamber event, taking place on March 29 at SunMotor Cars Mercedes-Benz, will be a delectable evening where member food businesseswill showcase their specialties to attendees eager to sample their best fare. After carefulconsideration, the Women in Business Roundtable Committee selected two local membercharities to benefit from a portion of the event’s proceeds - New Hope Ministries and UnitedMethodist Home for Children.For over ninety years, the United Methodist Home for Children has provided a caring environment for Central Pennsylvania’s childrenin need. Originally a home for orphans, today the Home is a refuge for children who are the victims of a negative social environment.Each year, UMHC programs provide emergency shelter and residential treatment for hundreds of children on their beautiful 56 acrecampus in Cumberland County. Children are referred to the Home primarily by county children and youth agencies and family courts.The children, for a variety of reasons, are unable to live with their families or within foster care placements in the community.New Hope Ministries is a Christian social service agency that reaches out to at-risk children and young people in our communitieswith the goal of providing structured, constructive programs and positive adult role models. Through recreational programs andmentoring, New Hope Ministries help these youth develop character, learn to make thoughtful decisions, make healthy lifestyle choices,improve social skills and attain a positive self-image. They also provide Emergency/Crisis Assistance support for low-income families.Their clients include the working poor, senior citizens on fixed incomes, people with disabilities or illnesses, victims of job loss orspousal abandonment and people in crisis. They provide client’s assistance with basic needs, such as food, rent/mortgage, utilities,transportation, medical needs and referral services to alternate assistance providers.This Taste of the Chamber event is made possible through sponsorship support from F&M Trust, The Patriot News, Sun MotorCars and Universal Media Inc. The Chamber invites all culinary members to exhibit at no cost. To reserve your space today, contactLeigh-Ann Reitze, Program Director at 761-0702 or Leigh-ann@wschamber.org.U P C O M I N G E V E N T SMembers can register to attend Chamber events through the online Events Calendar at www.wschamber.org. 1/16 - Capital Region Council of Governments (COG) Annual Meeting & Dinner, 5:30 - 8:00 p.m., Park Inn by Radisson HotelHarrisburg, 5401 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg - This event offers Chamber members the opportunity to network with the area’s localelected officials. The cost to attend is $35/person. 1/31- A.M. Eye Opener, 7:30 - 9:00 a.m., Conference Center at Central Penn College, 600 Valley Rd, Summerdale - This inauguralevent of 2012 is a great way to join fellow members and enjoy excellent networking over breakfast while learning more about a varietyof educational topics from the event’s sponsored speakers - AmeriChoice Federal Credit Union, Gemini 5 Designs and LunchingLives. The cost to attend is $20/member and $30/non-member.C H A M B E R S H O R T Sn The Public Relations & Marketing Committee reminds members to “like” the Chamber on Facebook and connect with other friendly,principled, connected and professional members! Facebook updates will provide you with event news, membership opportunities andplentiful online networking.n Has your business card changed? If so, remember to update the “Wall of Fame” in the office lobby with your most up-to-datebusiness cards. Cards may be dropped off or mailed to the Chamber at 4211 Trindle Road, Camp Hill. Remember to stop by and replenishyour cards often.n Would you like to do business with the Chamber? The Chamber periodically solicits proposals for goods and services valuedat more than $1,000 through a Request for Proposals (RFP) process, by posting them at www.wschamber.org/rfp.shtml. The servicessought throughout the year include printing and mailing services, event speakers, payroll services, event locations and more. Proposalswill only be accepted by email and mail from Chamber members.n The West Shore Chamber Street and Road Map is a popular resource for businesses, visitors, tourists, residents, newcomers andmilitary installations. Maps are available for $4.00 each. For 10 or more maps the cost is $3.50 per map. Maps are available for pick upat the Chamber office, located at 4211 Trindle Road, Camp Hill, or if you would prefer the map mailed to you, the cost is $5.00 per map.n The Chamber is please to announce the 2012 Opportunities Catalog publication is now available. This publication is a guide tosponsoring, marketing, and partnering with the West Shore Chamber of Commerce. If you would like a copy, please call Mary Claytonat 761-0702 or email mary@wschamber.org.n Congratulations to Chamber Office Manager Aretta Landis-Perdigo on celebrating 10 years of employment with the Chamber.

Inspiring BusinessWest Shore Chamber of Commerce4211 Trindle Road, Camp Hill, PA 17011www.wschamber.orgPresortedStandardU.S. PostageP A I DPermit No. 762Harrisburg, PAN E W S L E T T E RConnections is published monthly by the West ShoreChamber of Commerce, 4211 Trindle Road, Camp Hill,PA 17011. The Chamber reserves the right to edit andevaluate all materials submitted for publication.Phone: (717) 761-0702 ⏐ Fax: (717) 761-4315Email: wschamber@wschamber.orgWebsite: www.wschamber.orgD I R E C T O R SGary Scicchitano, Chairman of the BoardGary Scicchitano, Vice Chair of AdministrationJennifer Hipp, Esq., Vice Chair of Community &Economic DevelopmentTom McKee, Vice Chair of Member ServicesAndrea Dietz, Vice Chair of ProgramsRhonda Hubbard, Vice Chair of Public Relations &MarketingAaron Grumbling, TreasurerBill DeVore, Immediate Past ChairGeorge Book, Jr.Donna DavidsonMark DuffieSalvatore V. FazzolariDr. William HarnerJennifer Hipp, Esq.Rick LaVantureGeir MagnussonRobert ManbeckTom McKeeErin SchutterKerwin StetlerLynn SticklerSteve ThomasKathleen M. Mangan Fey, President & CEOChamber Members Took Care ofBusiness at Half-Day ConferenceArea professionals networked and gainedinsight from some of the most respectedexperts in the area on November 10 atTaking Care of Business: A Professional Development Conference. Thishalf-day business conference kicked off with Representative Scott Perry,who shared leadership advice gleaned from his extensive military career.During his presentation, Perry shared insights and lessons he learnedthrough leadership training with the National Guard.After the morning keynote presentation, registrants attended theirchoice of two of six 45-minute breakout sessions that covered a variety oftopics, such as sales, business owners groups, fraud prevention, networking,marketing, and electronic communications. Following the professionaldevelopment sessions, attendees enjoyed lunch while hearing more fromLucia Murphy, Ph.D. “Doctor Murph” provided tips and tricks to inspireorganizations and employees by collectively leveraging their uniquestrengths and talents.This event was made possible by main event sponsor United ConcordiaDental and supporting sponsors Central Penn Business Journal andComcast Spotlight. The Chamber would like to thank all sponsors, speakers,and attendees for making this event possible.Editor: Mary Clayton

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