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 January 2009
Tri-Boro Area Chamber New for January 2009

Happy New Year!

Thank you to all of you who attended our annual Christmas party. We said goodbye to 2008 and are now looking ahead to 2009. Help us make this year our best yet!

This months meeting...

We would like to invite all our members and their guests to our monthly chamber meeting. This month we welcome Captain Kevin Murphy from the National Guard who will discuss Iraqi Refugees (Two Families who are living in Passaic County).

Interested in joining the Tri-Boro Area Chamber and want to see what its all about?
Who says there is no such thing as a free lunch?

New Chamber Members: Suburban Trends - Kinnelon, NJ - view website, Cotroneo and Reenstra, LLC - PO Box 230 - Riverdale, NJ - view website, York Motors, Inc. - Butler, NJ

Reorganization of Committees to take place in 2009

In 2009 we are reappointing comittee chairmen for all our active committees.

Two new programs to be implemented in 2009

In an effort to increase networking opportunities and create more of a forum for our members and their businesses we have created two new programs. These will help our members gain exposure, liven up our meetings, and create new opportunities for all our members to network with each other.

Business Survival Skills
We will begin a new program at this meeting where we will hold a two minute drill where we can hear about some important business survival skills for our businesses.

Toot Your Own Horn
3 members will be selected each meeting to give a 2 minute commercial to our attendees about their business.  We will begin this program by selecting the members from the business cards we will collect from all the members in attendance.

In addition to these two programs, we will give all new members the opportunity to tell us about their business when they attend their first meeting. 

 February 2009
Tri-Boro Area Chamber New for January 2009
Captain Kevin Murphy of the NAtional Guard
Captain Kevin Murphy - NJ National Guard

Thank you for attending our January meeting!

We would like to thank Captain Kevin Murphy and the New Jersey National Guard for taking time to speak with our members about the Iraq Refugees program, specifically, two families currently in need, living in Passaic County.

We realize in this tumultuous economy its difficult for any of us to
give to charity. However, if you are wiling and able to volunteer
your time or make a donation, please feel free to follow up with
Captain Murphy's presentation and read more about The List
Project here
.

This month

We would like to invite all our members and their guests to our monthly chamber meeting. This month we welcome Matt Fagan, the editor of Suburban Trends Newspaper.  They are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. Our meeting will be held at Lina's Restaurant.

We've added a new EVENTS CALENDAR to the website. This calendar will enable us to post events months in advance. It will also allow our members to post events their businesses are involved in that would be of interest to the other chamber members. It is our hope that everyone uses this tool to allow more interaction between our members and further strengthen our business network.

Interested in joining the Tri-Boro Area Chamber and want to see what its all about?
Who says there is no such thing as a free lunch?

Annual Golf Outing - Tri-Boro Area ChamberDate Set for Chamber Golf Outing

Please mark your calendars for May 18th, 2009. This will be our Annual Golf Outing and our biggest fundraiser. The tournament will be held at Wallkill Country Club and will be here before we know it! Therefore, we will need all the help from our members as we can muster.

All proceeds from this event will benefit our scholarship fund, which provides aid to local high school students who are preparing for college.

Thanks to the success of last year’s outing, four one thousand dollar
scholarships will be awarded to students from the four towns we serve: BLOOMINGDALE , BUTLER, KINNELON, and RIVERDALE.

Please Click Here if you want to learn more about the Annual Golf Outing for the Tri-Boro Area Chamber of Commerce to learn more about the event and to print and return the registration form to the chamber.

Minutes for the January Meeting

At Lina’s Restaurant
January 14, 2009

In Attendance

Jerry Vinci                                 President                      Acu-Data Business Products Inc           
Jim Murasko                             V. President                  Allstate Insurance
Karen Austin                             Secretary                      Valley National Bank
Denise Brewster                        Treasurer                       Bloomingdale Chiropractic
Howard Ball                              Trustee                         WGHT
Lina Pagliarulo                          Trustee                         Lina’s Restaurant
Bill Stanton                               Trustee                         Columbia Bank
Dave Warfield                           Trustee
Deb Arena                                                                    Insurance & Financial Ser. State Farm
Lisa Bendel                                                                   Lia Sophia Jewelry
George Brewster                                                           Bloomingdale Chiropractic
Michael Hauck                                                               Air Expo, LLC
Gail Mulvihill                                                                  NY Life Insurance Co
Kevin Murphy                                                                NJ Army National Guard
John Napolitano                                                            Pry Automotive
Sal Pagliarulo                                                                Lina’s Restaurant
K. C. Smith                                                                   Suburban Trends
Linda Lee Sokerka                                                         Coldwell Banker
Vivian Vinci                                                                   Acu-Data Business Products Inc
Beverly White                                                                Valley National Bank
Al Zor                                                                           Al’s Contractors Inc

GENERAL MEETING

The general meeting of the Tri-Boro Area Chamber of Commerce was called to order by Jerry Vinci at 12:15 with a salute to the flag.  Four officers and four trustees were present.

A motion to accept the minutes from the November 12, 2008 meeting was made by Howard Ball and seconded by Dave Warfield.

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP

Since our last meeting, we received three new applications for membership:

Petrie, Cotroneo & Reenstra LLC – Kenneth Petrie, Esq.
Suburban Trends – KC Smith
York Motors – Ward Straffin

A motion was made by Howard Ball to accept the new members.  It was seconded by Dave Warfield.

 TREASURER’S REPORT

Checking Account -            $2,201.03
Money Market -         $4,997.83

A motion was made by Karen Austin to accept the Treasurer’s report and seconded by Howard Ball.

BILLS AND COMMUNICATIONS

OLD BUSINESS

Jerry Vinci reminded attendees to take advantage of the member to member discounts available on our website wwwtriborochamber.org

Two new additions will be made to our monthly meeting agenda:  The Chamber Member Spotlight and Business Survival Skills.

The Chamber Members to be spotlighted at the February meeting will be Karen Austin, George Brewster and Gail Mulvihill.

NEW BUSINESS

The committees for 2009 are as follows:

Membership – Karen Austin - Chairperson; Executive Board committee members
Fundraising – Jim Murasko – Chairperson
Scholarship – William Stanton – Chairperson
Program & Publicity – Howard Ball – Chairperson
Good & Welfare Committee – Vivian Vinci- Chairperson
Nomination
Election
Arbitration
Website Development

FUND RAISING - The Annual Golf Outing will be held on May 18, 2009 at Wallkill Golf Club.

EVENTS – The March 11th meeting will be held at Pizza King in conjunction with their Grand Opening.

 ADJOURNMENT

A motion to adjourn the meeting at 1:30 pm was made by Howard Ball and seconded by
Bill Stanton.

GUEST SPEAKER 

Captain Kevin Murphy of the NJ Army National Guard was the featured speaker.  He presented information on two not for profit organizations.  He informed the group of The List Project www.thelistproject.org which was founded for the purpose of helping Iraqi refugees resettle in the United States.  He, also, discussed The Checkpoint One Foundation www.cponefoundation.org which serves to benefit via support and relocation to the U.S. “courageous citizens of Iraq and Afghanistan who have voluntarily assumed great risk to life and limb by assisting U.S. Armed Forces in theaters of operation. “

Captain Murphy made attendees aware of persecution faced by citizens of both nations who assist the U.S. Armed Forces.  He urged Chamber members to provide assistance by helping these individuals integrate into society.

In 2009 we are reappointing comittee chairmen for all our active committees.

 March 2009
Tri-Boro Area Chamber New for March 2009
Matt Fagan
Matt Fagan - Editor of the Suburban Trends

Thank you for attending our February meeting!

We would like to thank Matt Fagan editor of the Suburban Trends Newspaper for his insightful presentation.

On February 11, 2009, Matt Fagan, addressed the membership of the Tri-Boro Area Chamber of Commerce at their monthly meeting luncheon.  Matt presented an interesting background of the Suburban Trends in our area and the importance of a local newspaper for our residents and businesses.  The Chamber's members that were in attendance all agreed that the Suburban Trends is the best advertising vehicle for our local businesses and has a positive influence on our local communities. It still remains our best choice to receive the local news for our communities.

This month

We would like to invite all our members and their guests to our monthly chamber meeting. This month we welcome Vito Spano, from New York Life. Also, our chamber member spotlight speakers will be Erica Gittin from Servpro of Wayne and KC Smith from Suburban Trends.  Our meeting will be held at Lina's Restaurant.

Interested in joining the Tri-Boro Area Chamber and want to see what its all about?
Who says there is no such thing as a free lunch?

Senator Richard J. CodyMark your Calendars

Wednesday, May 13th Senator Richard J. Codey will be our guest speaker for our Monthly Chamber Meeting. Reservations are required for this meeting so please contact us for more information. The meeting will be held at Lina's Restaurant.

Annual Golf Outing - Tri-Boro Area ChamberDate Set for Chamber Golf Outing

Please mark your calendars for May 18th, 2009. This will be our Annual Golf Outing and our biggest fundraiser. The tournament will be held at Wallkill Country Club and will be here before we know it! Therefore, we will need all the help from our members as we can muster.

All proceeds from this event will benefit our scholarship fund, which provides aid to local high school students who are preparing for college.

Thanks to the success of last year’s outing, four one thousand dollar
scholarships will be awarded to students from the four towns we serve: BLOOMINGDALE , BUTLER, KINNELON, and RIVERDALE.

Please Click Here if you want to learn more about the Annual Golf Outing for the Tri-Boro Area Chamber of Commerce to learn more about the event and to print and return the registration form to the chamber.

RIVERDALE
Community rallies around family burned out of home

(by Leslie Scott - Staff Writer - February 17, 2009)

PHOTO BY CHRIS BURLEW
The Pompton Lakes/Riverdale First Aid Squad and the Riverdale, Pompton Lakes, Pequannock and Bloomingdale fire departments all assisted to put out the fire that broke out on Feb. 10.

RIVERDALE - The community has been asked to come to the aid of a family during a time of need. Friends and the Pequannock Rotary both started funds to assist the Negrini family, who lost their home due to a house fire on Feb. 10.

Fire Chief Mike Norton said that the house was left unlivable.

Although the cause of the fire is still under investigation, Norton said it originated in the kitchen and spread to the second level of the home.

“The whole home received damage. Part of the home was fire damaged, the whole home was smoke and heat damaged and there was quite a lot of water damage,” said the chief.

To initially help out, a clothing drive was started the night of the tragic fire. Within hours, residents from Riverdale and Pompton Lakes sent lots of clothing and household materials to the Riverdale Community Center.

“We got an overwhelming response for the clothes,” said friend of the Negrini family, Pan Sylvestri. “It took us an entire day to go through everything.”

Sylvestri said the family couldn’t express enough gratitude towards the response from the community.

Monetary contributions are also being accepted. Friends got together and established a fund at the Lakeland in Bloomingdale and the Pequannock Rotary also set up a separate fund for the family.

Sylvestri said the family is doing well. “They are holding it together as best as can be expected.”

They are currently living in an apartment in the borough. “They wanted to be able to keep the kids in their everyday routine,” said Sylvestri.

The homeowners, Symone and Fab Negrini, have four small children. None of them were at the house when the fire broke out.

Riverdale Police Captain John Peine said there were 12 pets inside, three dogs, four cats, three birds and two ferrets but only two of the dogs survived.

The fire chief credited the FIT-5 device for saving the lives of the two dogs, Judge and Chaos.

When thrown into a room, “It dramatically reduces the temperature in a structure, within a couple seconds you can dramatically see the difference in the change of the smoke color and the flames dissipate for a little while,” said the chief.

Norton said when the FIT-5 was first tossed inside the house, one dog (Judge) was found immediately.

Family friend Judy Grecco said, “Judge had burns and smoke inhalation and Chaos, who was found an hour and half after the fire started, she was found in the basement swimming in the water. She did not suffer from any burns, but she did get hyperthermia and smoke inhalation. Both dogs are still hospitalized.”

Peine said both the Riverdale and Pompton Lakes police departments responded to the site within minutes and the Riverdale Fire Department was there not long after.

The Pompton Lakes Riverdale First Aid Squad along with the Pompton Lakes, Pequannock and the Bloomingdale fire departments all responded to the fire.

The firefighters did encounter some difficulty on the second level of the home, but they were able to get the fire under control within 50 minutes, the chief said.

“On the second floor, the firefighters felt it was unsafe because some of the flooring had holes in it (from the fire). So with the fire still going and the smoke condition, it was pretty bad. We weren’t able to put the firefighters where we really needed to have them, so we had to work most of the fire from outside the structure and that did make it difficult for us,” said Norton.

Those interested in giving a monetary contributions can send them to either: the Pequannock Rotary, C/O Borough of Riverdale, P.O. Box 6, Riverdale, NJ 07457 and note ‘Negrini’ on the check; or send it in care of the ‘Negrini Family Fire Fund’ to the Lakeland Bank, 28 Main St., Bloomingdale, NJ 07403.

Minutes of the Tri-Boro Area Chamber of Commerce
At Lina’s Restaurant
February 11, 2009

In Attendance

Jerry Vinci                                 President                      Acu-Data Business Products Inc           
Jim Murasko                             V. President                  Allstate Insurance
Karen Austin                             Secretary                      Valley National Bank
Howard Ball                              Trustee                         WGHT
Lina Pagliarulo                          Trustee                         Lina’s Restaurant
Bill Stanton                               Trustee                         Columbia Bank
Dave Warfield                           Trustee
Deb Arena                                                                    Insurance & Financial Ser. State Farm
Phil Azzolino                                                                 Group Tours
George Brewster                                                           Bloomingdale Chiropractic
Jodie Bross                                                                  Glenwild Garden Center
Lucille Brule’                                                                  Blue Realty
Gloria Carelli                                                                 Riverdale Food Pantry/Borough of Riverdale
Matt Fagan                                                                   SuburbanTrends
Michael Hauck                                                               Air Expo, LLC
Erica Gitin                                                                     Servpro
Jane McCarthy                                                              Bloomingdale Borough Clerk
Gail Mulvihill                                                                  NY Life Insurance Co
Sal Pagliarulo                                                                Lina’s Restaurant
K. C. Smith                                                                   Suburban Trends
Linda Lee Sokerka                                                         Coldwell Banker
Vivian Vinci                                                                   Acu-Data Business Products Inc

GENERAL MEETING

The general meeting of the Tri-Boro Area Chamber of Commerce was called to order by Jerry Vinci at 12:15 with a salute to the flag.  Three officers and four trustees were present.

A motion to accept the minutes from the January 14, 2009 meeting was made by Mike Hauck and seconded by Howard Ball.

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP

TREASURER’S REPORT

Checking Account -            $1,924.68
Money Market -         $4,999.27

A motion was made by Howard Ball to accept the Treasurer’s report and seconded by Karen Austin.

BILLS AND COMMUNICATIONS
Bills to be approved for payment were as follows:

A. Postage     $84.00
B. Biennial Permit renewal application to be paid to Legalized Games of Chance $100.00

A motion to pay the bills was made by Lucille Brule’ and seconded by Bill Stanton.

OLD BUSINESS

Jerry Vinci reminded attendees to take advantage of the member to member discounts available on our website. One featured discount to members is the ½ price gift certificate offered by Lina’s Restaurant.

Two new additions were made to our monthly meeting agenda:  The Chamber Member Spotlight and Business Survival Skills. 

Gloria Carelli of the Riverdale Food Pantry was the first to speak in the Spotlight.  She made attendees aware of the newly formed Food Pantry.  In addition, she called members’ attention to the needs of the Negrini family of Riverdale who had lost their home the day prior to fire.  Donations to benefit either the Pantry or the Negrini family are to be sent to the Riverdale Borough Hall, P. O. Box 6, Riverdale  NJ  07457, Attention:  Linda Roetman.  Donations for the Food Pantry are to be made payable to the Borough of Riverdale with a memo on the check saying “Food Pantry”.  Donations to benefit the Negrini Family are to be made payable to the Pequannock Rotary Club and the memo on the check should state “Negrini Family”.

Second in the Spotlight was George Brewster of Brewster Chiropractic.  He informed the attendees of the benefits of chiropractic care and offered members a gift certificate for a “Preventative Health Screening” at no charge.

The final Spotlight was held by Gail Mulvihill of New York Life.  She spoke of NY Life’s reputation for conservative money management and offered attendees a “Free Financial Analysis”.

NEW BUSINESS

The Chamber Members to be spotlighted at the March meeting will be Erica Gitin of Servpro and KC Smith of The Suburban Trends.
Jodie Bross of Glenwild Garden Center and Karen Austin of Valley National Bank are slated to speak at the April Meeting.

The committee reports are as follows:

Membership – Jerry Vinci reminded attendees to forward names of prospects to Karen Austin, Chairperson, for follow up.

Fundraising – Jim Murasko, Chairperson, made members aware of the upcoming Annual Golf Outing to be held on May 18, 2009 at Wallkill Golf Club. Both golfers and sponsors are needed.

Events –   Howard Ball, Chairperson, informed the group the special speaker for May 13th will be Senator Richard Codey.  The meeting will be held at Lina’s Restaurant.  Reservations are required due to anticipated heavy attendance.  The speaker for the March will be Vito Spano of NY Life.   The Chamber meeting to coincide with the Grand Opening of  Pizza King on Route 23 in Butler has been postponed to April when renovation of the site is due to be finished.

Website Development – Jerry Vinci spoke about progress made on upgrades to the site such as interactive calendar.  In addition, visitors to the site will be able to search, directory style, for a business category.  This process is almost complete.  

ADJOURNMENT

A motion to adjourn the meeting at 1:30 pm was made by Dave Warfield and seconded by Lucille Brule’.

GUEST SPEAKER 

 Matt Fagan, the editor of Suburban Trends Newspapers addressed the membership.  His presentation reminded attendees of the importance of a local newspaper to area residents and businesses as a source for news and resource for advertising.  

 April 2009
Tri-Boro Area Chamber New for March 2009
Vito Spano
Vito Spano - New York Life

Thank you for attending our March meeting!

We would like to thank Vito Spano from New York Life for speaking at our monthly meeting.

On March 11, 2009, Vito Spano, addressed the membership of the Tri-Boro Area Chamber of Commerce at their monthly meeting luncheon. He stressed the importance of cultivating referrals as a business survival strategy.

This month

Our guest speaker will be Bill Beardslee, a consulting engineer, who will speak about: "How New Jersey Environmental regulations have reduced your useable property".  Bill is an expert in the field and the presentation is very interesting.

Also, our chamber member spotlight speakers will be Jodie Bross from Glenwild Garden Center and Karen Austin from Valley National Bank.

Help Support Our Troops!

Rebecca Dollaway of the Riverdale National Guard Family Readiness  Group  is designing a Tee shirt which will honor the troops deployed in Iraq. The proceeds will benefit families left to fend for themselves when the NJ National Guard was deployed. They are asking for a $100 donation.Your name will be placed on the back of the shirt and in the hearts of the FRG. Call Rebecca at 973 850 7888. The men and women of 2nd Bn 113th Infantry may be home as early as May. This is the second deployment for many of the soldiers.

Interested in joining the Tri-Boro Area Chamber and want to see what its all about?
Who says there is no such thing as a free lunch?

Senator Richard J. CodyMark your Calendars

Wednesday, May 13th Senator Richard J. Codey will be our guest speaker for our Monthly Chamber Meeting. Reservations are required for this meeting so please contact us for more information. The meeting will be held at Lina's Restaurant.

Annual Golf Outing - Tri-Boro Area ChamberDate Set for Chamber Golf Outing

Please mark your calendars for May 18th, 2009. This will be our Annual Golf Outing and our biggest fundraiser. The tournament will be held at Wallkill Country Club and will be here before we know it! Therefore, we will need all the help from our members as we can muster.

All proceeds from this event will benefit our scholarship fund, which provides aid to local high school students who are preparing for college.

Thanks to the success of last year’s outing, four one thousand dollar
scholarships will be awarded to students from the four towns we serve: BLOOMINGDALE , BUTLER, KINNELON, and RIVERDALE.

Please Click Here if you want to learn more about the Annual Golf Outing for the Tri-Boro Area Chamber of Commerce to learn more about the event and to print and return the registration form to the chamber.

Minutes of the Tri-Boro Area Chamber of Commerce
At Lina’s Restaurant
March 11, 2009

In Attendance

Jerry Vinci                                 President                      Acu-Data Business Products Inc           
Jim Murasko                             V. President                  Allstate Insurance
Karen Austin                             Secretary                      Valley National Bank
Howard Ball                              Trustee                         WGHT
Lina Pagliarulo                          Trustee                         Lina’s Restaurant
Bill Stanton                               Trustee                         Columbia Bank
Dave Warfield                           Trustee
Lisa Bendel                                                                   Lia Sophia Jewelry
Brandon Ciercieli                                                           Suburban Trends
Helyne Czajkowski                                                         The Health Center at Bloomingdale
Erica Gitin                                                                     Servpro
Bill Jablonski                                                                Outback Steakhouse
Gail Mulvihill                                                                  NY Life Insurance Co
Sal Pagliarulo                                                                Lina’s Restaurant
Joe Ragno                                                                    The Ragno Law Firm
K. C. Smith                                                                   Suburban Trends
Linda Lee Sokerka                                                         Coldwell Banker
Vito Spano                                                                   NY Life
Robert Stack                                                                 Robert Stack, Esq.
Vivian Vinci                                                                   Acu-Data Business Products Inc
Isabel Young                                                                 Local Ad Link, Kinnelon

GENERAL MEETING

The general meeting of the Tri-Boro Area Chamber of Commerce was called to order by Jerry Vinci at 12:15 with a salute to the flag.  Three officers and four trustees were present.

A motion to accept the minutes from the February 11, 2009 meeting was made by Dave Warfield and seconded by Howard Ball.

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP 

One new honorary membership application for The Riverdale Food Pantry was submitted for approval.  A motion was made by Howard Ball to accept the member. A second was placed by Gail Mulvihill.

TREASURER’S REPORT

Checking Account -   $3,467.73
Money Market -         $5,000.61

A motion was made by Howard Ball to accept the Treasurer’s report and seconded by Gail Mulvihill.

BILLS AND COMMUNICATIONS
Bills to be approved for payment were as follows:

A. Postage                                                                 $            42.00
B. Stationary (Letterhead & Envelopes)              $          150.00
C. Certificate Paper for Member Certificates      $           60.00
D. Frames for Membership Certificates              $          100.95

A motion to pay the bills was made by Bill Stanton and seconded by Lina Pagliarulo.

OLD BUSINESS

Jerry Vinci reminded attendees to take advantage of the member to member discounts available on our website www.triborochamber.org

NEW BUSINESS

The committee reports are as follows:

Membership – Jerry Vinci reminded attendees to forward names of prospects to Karen Austin, Chairperson, for follow up.  Karen Austin will be visiting 2009 Chamber Members to deliver framed membership certificates.

Fundraising – Jim Murasko, Chairperson, made members aware of the upcoming Annual Golf Outing to be held on May 18, 2009 at Wallkill Golf Club. Both golfers and sponsors are needed.

Scholarship – William Stanton, Chairperson    Proceeds from the upcoming Golf Outing will be used to fund scholarships for local HS graduates.

Program & Publicity –   Howard Ball, Chairperson, informed attendees the special speaker for May 13th will be New Jersey State Senator Richard Codey.  The meeting will be held at Lina’s Restaurant.  Reservations are required due to anticipated heavy attendance. 
Bill Beardsley will speak at the April Meeting.  In September Jerry Speziale, Passaic County Sheriff will be our guest speaker.

Website Development – Karen Austin announced the work on the upgrade to the membership directory was complete. Visitors to the site will soon be able to search, directory style, for a business category. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

The Grand Opening of “Pizza King” is scheduled to coincide with the April 8th meeting.

CHAMBER SPOTLIGHT

The first spotlighted speaker of the day was Erica Gitin from Servpro of Wayne.  She distributed helpful literature and spoke of her company’s expertise in the areas of fire and water cleanup and restoration.  She can be contacted at 973-546-4977.

Second in the Spotlight was KC Smith of the Suburban Trends.  He made the membership aware of a special offer to Chamber Members in the form of an “Advertorial” feature.  He can be contacted at 973-283-5607 for further details.

Jodie Bross of Glenwild Garden Center and Karen Austin of Valley National Bank are slated to speak at the April Meeting.

BUSINESS SURVIVAL SKILLS

First to speak in this new category was Jerry Vinci who made attendees aware of ways to save money on postage. 

ADJOURNMENT

A motion to adjourn the meeting at 1:00 pm was made by Howard Ball and seconded by Gail Mulvihill.

GUEST SPEAKER 

 Vito Spano of NY Life was the guest speaker.  He stressed the importance of cultivating referrals as a business survival strategy.

 May 2009
Tri-Boro Area Chamber New for May 2009

Thank you for attending our April meeting!

We would like to thank William E. Beardslee of Beardslee Engineering for speaking at our monthly meeting.

On April 8th, William E. Beardslee of Beardslee Engineering spoke about how “New Jersey Environmental regulations have reduced usable property” in the State of New Jersey.

Senator Richard J. CodyThis month

Wednesday, May 13th Senator Richard J. Codey will be our guest speaker for our Monthly Chamber Meeting. Reservations are required for this meeting so please contact us for more information. The meeting will be held at Lina's Restaurant.

Interested in joining the Tri-Boro Area Chamber and want to see what its all about?
Who says there is no such thing as a free lunch?

Annual Golf Outing - Tri-Boro Area ChamberChamber Golf Outing

Please mark your calendars for May 18th, 2009. This will be our Annual Golf Outing and our biggest fundraiser. The tournament will be held at Wallkill Country Club and will be here before we know it! Therefore, we will need all the help from our members as we can muster.

All proceeds from this event will benefit our scholarship fund, which provides aid to local high school students who are preparing for college.

Thanks to the success of last year’s outing, four one thousand dollar
scholarships will be awarded to students from the four towns we serve: BLOOMINGDALE , BUTLER, KINNELON, and RIVERDALE.

Please Click Here if you want to learn more about the Annual Golf Outing for the Tri-Boro Area Chamber of Commerce to learn more about the event and to print and return the registration form to the chamber.

Minutes of the Tri-Boro Area Chamber of Commerce
At Lina’s Restaurant
April 8, 2009

In Attendance

Jerry Vinci                                 President                      Acu-Data Business Products Inc           
Jim Murasko                             V. President                  Allstate Insurance
Karen Austin                             Secretary                      Valley National Bank
Denise Brewster                        Treasurer                       Brewster Chiropractic
Howard Ball                              Trustee                         WGHT
Lina Pagliarulo                          Trustee                         Lina’s Restaurant
Bill Stanton                               Trustee                         Columbia Bank
Dave Warfield                           Trustee
Debbie Arena                                                                State Farm
Lisa Bendel                                                                   Lia Sophia Jewelry
George Brewster                                                           Brewster Chiropractic
Jodie Bross                                                                  Glenwild Garden Center
Brandon Ciercieli                                                           Suburban Trends
Helyne Czajkowski                                                         The Health Center at Bloomingdale
Frank Davis                                                                  Finishing Touch Landscaping
Michael R. Hauck                                                          Air Expo LLC
John Napolitano                                                            Pry Automotive
Dona Monfelt                                                                Space Stor Self Storage
Bernice C. Oberndorf                                                     The Health Center at Bloomingdale
Joe Ragno                                                                    The Ragno Law Firm
K. C. Smith                                                                   Suburban Trends
Jessica Ragno Sprague                                                 Petrie Cotroneo & Reenstra LLC
Vivian Vinci                                                                   Acu-Data Business Products Inc
Isabel Young                                                                 Local Ad Link, Kinnelon

 

GENERAL MEETING

The general meeting of the Tri-Boro Area Chamber of Commerce was called to order by Jerry Vinci at 12:21 with a salute to the flag.  All four officers and four trustees were present.

A motion to accept the minutes from the March 11, 2009 meeting was made by Howard Ball and seconded by Dave Warfield.

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP 

Two new membership applications were submitted for approval. 
Frank Davis from Finishing Touch Landscaping and Isabel Young from Local Adlink were the applicants.  A motion was made by Howard Ball to accept the members. The motion was seconded by Vivian Vinci.

TREASURER’S REPORT

Checking Account -            $3,746.53
Money Market -                  $5,002.14

A motion was made by Mike Hauck to accept the Treasurer’s report and seconded by Lina Pagliarulo.

BILLS AND COMMUNICATIONS
Bills to be approved for payment were as follows:

A. Postage                                                                 $58.20
B. Tri- County Chamber of Commerce Dues              $250.00
C. Tri-Boro Little League (sign at field)                      $150.00

A motion to pay the bills was made by Howard Ball and seconded by Bill Stanton.

OLD BUSINESS

Jerry Vinci reminded attendees to take advantage of the member to member discounts available on our website.

Three items of note are half price gift certificates offered by Lina’s Restaurant to Chamber Members, Tri-Boro’s interactive website and the Suburban Trends “Advertorial” feature.

NEW BUSINESS

The committee reports are as follows:

Membership –    Karen Austin, chairperson, has delivered most of the membership certificates and will continue to distribute them over the next month.  Membership was urged to contact Karen with the names of new prospects.

Fundraising – Jim Murasko, Chairperson, reminded the group of the upcoming Annual Golf Outing to be held on May 18, 2009 at Wallkill Golf Club. Both golfers and sponsors are needed.

Scholarship – William Stanton, Chairperson    Proceeds from the upcoming Golf Outing will be used to fund scholarships for local HS graduates.  Bill has already sent letters to the Guidance Departments of local High Schools.  KC Smith of the Trends has offered to make the community aware of the availability of the scholarships.

Program & Publicity –   Howard Ball, Chairperson, informed attendees the special speaker for May 13th will be New Jersey State Senator Richard Codey.  The meeting will be held at Lina’s Restaurant.  Reservations are required due to anticipated heavy attendance.  Our June meeting, at which our Scholarships will be awarded, will be held at the Outback in Butler.  Howard indicated there may be a “surprise guest speaker” for the event.  In September, Passaic County Sheriff, Jerry Speziale will address the group.  In October, Sandra Rostek, VP of Intercounty Mortgage Network will speak about reverse mortgages. November will, once again, bring our annual elections.  In lieu of a December meeting, the Chamber will hold our Holiday Party.

Website Development – Jerry Vinci reminded attendees of the interactive calendar available on the website.

UPCOMING EVENTS

The Chamber will join Sal and Lina Pagliarulo to celebrate the Grand Opening of “Pizza King” on Route 23 in Butler. More information will follow. 
The May 13th meeting will have a Special Guest Speaker, NJ State Senator Richard Codey.
The Golf Outing is scheduled for May 18 at Wallkill Golf Club.
On June 10th, we will meet at the Outback in Butler to award our Scholarships.

CHAMBER SPOTLIGHT

The first spotlighted speaker of the day was Jodie Bross from Glenwild Garden Center.  She spoke of her long time devotion to community service which has helped build a loyal customer base.  Jodie directed the attendees to her website www.glenwildgardens.com where special events, such as seminars, are listed. Those who sign up can expect monthly emails and special offers.  Her discount to Chamber Members is 10%. Some of the items available at Glenwild Garden Center include organic vegetable and herb seedlings, annuals, perennials, bulk stone, mulch and topsoil.  They also refill of propane tanks. Jodie can be reached at 973-838-0174 or by email at Jodie@glenwildgardens.com.

Second in the Spotlight was Karen Austin of Valley National Bank in Butler.  She spoke of business relationship banking and Valley’s Small Business services.  Being IRA season, she let the group know about the safety and flexibility of Valley IRAs.  Finally, Karen mentioned Valley’s low cost $499.00 (all inclusive) residential mortgage refinance product for New Jersey Homes.  She can be contacted at 973-838-8310 for further details.

 

BUSINESS SURVIVAL SKILLS

Jim Murasko spoke of the importance of cultivating and rewarding business referrals.  He mentioned the importance of sending a “Thank You” together with a gift card to someone referring him new business.  Mike Hauck discussed success found in building a database by holding a raffle.  Finally, Isabel Young mentioned the use of voice mail broadcast in order to spread the word to existing and potential clients.
 
ADJOURNMENT

A motion to adjourn the meeting at 1:00 pm was made by Dave Warfield and seconded by Bill Stanton.

GUEST SPEAKER 

 William E. Beardslee of Beardslee Engineering was the guest speaker.  He spoke about how “New Jersey Environmental regulations have reduced usable property” in the State of New Jersey.

 

 June 2009
Tri-Boro Area Chamber New for June 2009
Cedar Crest Representative Diane Pezzuti

Congratulations to our 2009 Scholarship Winners! All four students received $500.00 scholarships at the June Meeting.

From left to right:
Gerald Vinci (Chamber President);
Jill Miller (Butler); Melanie Rivera (Kinnelon), Casey Flynn (Riverdale);
Bill Stanton (standing in rear, Chamber Scholarship chairman and trustee); and Brittany Duffy (Bloomingdale)

Minutes of the Tri-Boro Area Chamber of Commerce
At The Outback Steakhouse
June 10, 2009

In Attendance

Jerry Vinci                                 President                      Acu-Data Business Products Inc           
Jim Murasko                             V. President                  Allstate Insurance
Karen Austin                             Secretary                      Valley National Bank
Denise Brewster                        Treasurer                       Brewster Chiropractic
Howard Ball                              Trustee                         WGHT
Bill Stanton                               Trustee                         Columbia Bank
Dave Warfield                           Trustee
Joan Antonelli                                                               Antonelli Jewelry
Debbie Arena                                                                State Farm
Lisa Bendel                                                                   Lia Sophia Jewelry
George Brewster                                                           Brewster Chiropractic
Brandon Ciercieli                                                           Suburban Trends
Erica Gitin                                                                     Servpro
Bill Jablonski                                                                The Outback Steakhouse
Jack Pezzutti                                                                 Cartridge World
Elizabeth Sebrowski                                                      Boro of Kinnelon
K. C. Smith                                                                   Suburban Trends
Linda Lee Sokerka                                                         Coldwell Banker Real Estate
Vivian Vinci                                                                   Acu-Data Business Products Inc
Isabel Young                                                                 Local Ad Link, Kinnelon

Scholarship Award Recipients and Family Members

Brittany Duffy                                                               Bloomingdale Scholarship Recipient
Kira Duffy                                                                     Guest of Brittany Duffy
Brendan Duffy                                                              Guest of Brittany Duffy
Jill Muller                                                                      Butler Scholarship Recipient
Toni De Marco-Muller                                                     Guest of Jill Miller
Melanie Rivera                                                               Kinnelon Scholarship Recipient
Maria Rivera                                                                  Guest of Melanie Rivera
Casey Flynn                                                                  Riverdale Scholarship Recipient
Raymond J. Flynn                                                         Guest of Casey Flynn
                                              

GENERAL MEETING

The general meeting of the Tri-Boro Area Chamber of Commerce was called to order by Jerry Vinci at 12:15 with a salute to the flag.  All four officers and three trustees were present.

A motion to accept the minutes from the April 8th, 2009 meeting was made by Howard Ball and seconded by Dave Warfield.

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP 

Since our last meeting we received three new membership applications:
Antonelli Jewelry, 1516 Route 23, Butler, NJ -Allison Kirchdoerffer and Joan Antonelli Space Stor Self Storage,112 Route 23N., Riverdale NJ - Steve and Donna Montfelt    Hone Your Website, 619 Mountain Rd., Kinnelon NJ - Cathy Gill
A motion was made by Howard Ball to accept the members. The motion was seconded by Bill Stanton.

TREASURER’S REPORT

The Treasurer’s Report was presented by Denise Brewster.

Checking Account -            $1,793.60 (After Scholarships)
Money Market -                   $5,002.97

A motion was made by Bill Stanton to accept the Treasurer’s report and seconded by Howard Ball.

BILLS AND COMMUNICATIONS
Bills to be approved for payment were as follows:

A. Postage                                                         $     88.00
B. Wallkill Golf Club                                             $   250.00
C. Sports Authority – Golf prizes for outing       $   299.93
D. Scholarship Awards                                        $4,000.00

A motion to pay the bills was made by Jim Murasko and seconded by Howard Ball.

OLD BUSINESS

Jerry Vinci reminded attendees to take advantage of the member to member discounts available on our website www.triborochamber.org

 Two Chamber members received special recognition. Howard Ball, Program & Publicity Chair was thanked for all his hard work in lining up a stellar group of special speakers.  For example, Howard arranged for New Jersey State Senator Richard Codey to speak at our May gathering.  In addition he has filled the September slot with Passaic County Sheriff, Jerry Speziale.  Bill Jablonski, Manager of the Outback Steakhouse, was thanked for extending his hospitality by hosting the Scholarship Award meeting. 

NEW BUSINESS

Chamber President, Jerry Vinci, awarded the 2009 Scholarships.  This year’s recipients were:

Bloomingdale – Brittany Duffy
Butler – Jill Muller
Kinnelon – Melanie Rivera
Riverdale – Casey Flynn

The committee reports are as follows:

Membership –    Karen Austin, chairperson, welcomed the new members in attendance.

Fundraising – Jim Murasko, Chairperson, reported to the group in regard to our recent  Golf Outing held on May 18, 2009 at Wallkill Golf Club. The Chamber netted approximately $2500.00 from this year’s event.  Jim, also, reminded the group of our 50/50 raffle to be held in the fall.  The proceeds of the raffle will be used to fund next year’s scholarships.

Scholarship – William Stanton, Chairperson, extended his congratulations to this year’s recipients.

Program & Publicity –   Howard Ball, Chairperson, informed attendees the special speaker for our September 9th Meeting will be Passaic County Sheriff, Jerry Speziale.  The meeting will be held at Lina’s Restaurant.   Howard indicated there may be a “surprise guest speaker” for the October meeting.
 
Website Development – Jerry Vinci reminded attendees of the Member Discount feature on the website.  In addition, he asked for volunteers from the group to help further develop the site.

UPCOMING EVENTS

On September 9, 2009, our Special Guest will be Passaic County Sheriff, Jerry Speziale.  The meeting will be held at Lina’s Restaurant in Bloomingdale.

CHAMBER SPOTLIGHT

 Due the Scholarship Awards being given, the Chamber Spotlight portion of the meeting was not presented. This feature will return in the fall.

BUSINESS SURVIVAL SKILLS
Due the Scholarship Awards being given, the Business Survival Skills portion of the meeting was not presented.  This feature will return in the fall.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion to adjourn the meeting at 1:00 pm was made by KC Smith and seconded by Howard Ball.

 

 July 2009
 
 August 2009
 
 September 2009
Tri-Boro Area Chamber New for September 2009

Welcome Back Tri-Boro Members!

Its been a few months since our last meeting and we would like to welcome you all back. We're looking forward to a productive fall, so get ready!

Our first meeting after the summer break kicks off September 9th at Lina's Restaurant, starting at 12pm. Our Guest Speaker will be Passiac County Sheriff Jerry Speziale.

We will also be holding our 200 Club Raffle Drawing at 1PM during this meeting. You can purchase your raffle tickets at the meeting as well. The cost of the tickets are $10.00 each and four cash prizes will be awarded:

  • 1st Place - $500.00
  • 2nd Place - $250.00
  • 3rd Place - $125.00
  • 4th Place - $125.00

We would like to welcome FIVE new members to the Chamber:
- CLIMATE PLUS LLC - BLOOMINDALE, NJ - view website
- BUTLER FAMILY RESTAURANT - BUTLER, NJ
- HONE YOUR WEBSITE - KINNELON, NJ - view website
- SPACE STOR SELF STORAGE - RIVERDALE, NJ
- ANTONELLI JEWELRY - BUTLER, NJ

Interested in joining the Tri-Boro Area Chamber and want to see what its all about?
Who says there is no such thing as a free lunch?

 October 2009
Tri-Boro Area Chamber New for September 2009
Pat Cleary and Howard Ball
Jerry Speziale
Passaic County Sheriff

Tri-Boro Area Chamber kicks off
the fall season!

Thank you for the good turnout our first meeting back
in session after the summer break!

We would like to give special thanks to our September guest speaker Passaic County Sheriff, Jerry Speziale. He informed the group of the “Text a Tip to
Crimes” program to commence on September 24th.  Sheriff Speziale, also,
made a presentation about ATM theft. This was a very informative
presentation for everyone who attended.

This month we return to Lina's Restaurant, October 14th at 12pm for our
October meeting. Our Guest Speaker will be Sandra Rostek who will be speaking in detail about reverse mortgages, a hot topic in a challenging economy.

Interested in joining the Tri-Boro Area Chamber and want to see what its all about?
Who says there is no such thing as a free lunch?

Minutes of the Tri-Boro Area Chamber of Commerce
At Lina’s Restaurant
September 9, 2009

In Attendance

Jerry Vinci                                 President                      Acu-Data Business Products Inc           
Jim Murasko                             V. President                  Allstate Insurance
Karen Austin                             Secretary                      Valley National Bank
Denise Brewster                        Treasurer                       Brewster Chiropractic
Howard Ball                              Trustee            
Lina Pagliarulo                          Trustee                         Lina’s Restaurant
Bill Stanton                               Trustee                         Columbia Bank
Dave Warfield                           Trustee
James Affinito                                                              Climate Plus LLC
Joan Antonelli                                                               Antonelli Jewelry
Lisa Bendel                                                                   Lia Sophia Jewelry
Lucille Brule                                                                  Blue Realty
Joe Cascone                                                                 Climate Plus LLC
Brandon Ciercieli                                                           Suburban Trends
Helyne Czajkowski                                                         The Health Center at Bloomingdale
Erica Gitin                                                                     Servpro
Michael R. Hauck                                                          Air Expo LLC
Jane Mc Carthy                                                             Boro of Bloomingdale
Donna Monfelt                                                              Space Stor Self Storage
Steven Monfelt                                                              Space Stor Self Storage
John Napolitano                                                            Pry Automotive
Bernice C. Oberndorf                                                     The Health Center at Bloomingdale
Sal Pagliarulo                                                                Lina’s Restaurant
K. C. Smith                                                                   Suburban Trends
Jerry Speziale                                                               Passaic County Sheriff
Vivian Vinci                                                                   Acu-Data Business Products Inc
Isabel Young                                                                 Local Ad Link, Kinnelon

GENERAL MEETING

The general meeting of the Tri-Boro Area Chamber of Commerce was called to order by Jerry Vinci at 12:15 with a salute to the flag.  All four officers and four trustees were present.

A motion to accept the minutes from the June 10, 2009 meeting was made by Dave Warfield and seconded by Jim Murasko

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP 

Two new membership applications were submitted for approval. 
Angelo Triantafilos from Butler Family Restaurant and Jim Affinito from Climate Plus LLC were the applicants.  A motion was made by Howard Ball to accept the members. The motion was seconded by Bill Stanton.

TREASURER’S REPORT

The Treasurer’s Report was read by Denise Brewster.

Checking Account -            $2,130.60
Money Market -         $5,009.49

A motion was made by Howard Ball to accept the Treasurer’s report and seconded by Mike Hauck.

BILLS AND COMMUNICATIONS
Bills to be approved for payment were as follows:

A. Postage                                                                 $            28.00
B.  Raffle Permit Fee                                               $            40.00
C. Annual Report Fee - State of New Jersey     $            25.00
D.  Selective Insurance                                          $          385.00
E.  Acu Data  - Printing                                            $           60.00

A motion to pay the bills was made by Lucille Brule and seconded by Erica Gitin.

OLD BUSINESS

Jerry Vinci reminded attendees to take advantage of the member to member discounts available on our website www.triborochamber.org.  In addition, Jerry reported the website has been upgraded to include membership listings by business category.

Jerry, also, read thank you notes from Scholarship Recipients Brittany Duffy and Jill Moeller.

NEW BUSINESS

 Bloomingdale Boro Clerk, Jane McCarthy announced the 8th Annual Candle Light Walk in remembrance of 9/11 to be held on Friday 9/11/09.The line up will be at 7PM at the Butler Park. The step off is at 7:30 PM. The event is a joint venture between the Boros of Butler and Bloomingdale.

President, Jerry Vinci issued a thank you to Bill Jablonski of the Outback Steakhouse for hosting the June meeting.  He, also, informed the group the November meeting will bring our annual elections. Trustee, Lina Pagliarulo will chair the Election Committee.

Additional Committee reports are as follows:

Membership
  
Fundraising – Jim Murasko, Chairperson, distributed raffle tickets to the group to be sold to benefit the Chamber’s scholarship outreach.  The drawing will be held at our November meeting to be held at Lina’s Restaurant on November 11th.

Scholarship

Program & Publicity –   Howard Ball, Chairperson, informed attendees the special speaker for November meeting will be Sandra Rostek, VP of Intercounty Mortgage Network, who will speak about reverse mortgages.
In November we will, once again, have our annual elections.  In December, The Chamber will hold our Holiday Party at Lina’s Restaurant.

UPCOMING EVENTS

CHAMBER SPOTLIGHT

BUSINESS SURVIVAL SKILLS
 
ADJOURNMENT

A motion to adjourn the meeting at 12:45 PM was made by Lucille Brule and seconded by Bill Stanton.

GUEST SPEAKER 

Passaic County Sheriff, Jerry Speziale addressed the attendees.  He informed the group of the “Text a Tip to Crimes” program to commence on September 24th.  Sheriff Speziale, also, made a presentation about ATM theft.

 November 2009
Tri-Boro Area Chamber New for November 2009

Tri-Boro Area Chamber welcomes six new members!

Thank you for the great turnout and welcoming all our new members!

We would like to give special thanks to our October Guest Speaker Sandra Rostek of Retiring in Comfort, who discussed the positive and negative aspects of reverse mortgages. This presentation was very interesting and full of useful information.

This month we return to Lina's Restaurant, November 11th at 12pm for our November meeting.

We would like to welcome SIX new members to the Chamber:
- WERNER REALTY - HEWITT, NJ - view website
- HIGHLANDS THRIFT & GIFT CONSIGNMENT SHOP - KINNELON, NJ - view website
- SCHNEIDER & ASSOCIATES - BLOOMINGDALE, NJ
- GRISWOLD SPECIAL CARE - PASSAIC COUNTY OFFICE - POMPTON LAKES, NJ - view website
- THE HEALING CENTER - BLOOMINGDALE, NJ - view website
- GROWING KIDS / RENEWAL- RIVERDALE, NJ

Interested in joining the Tri-Boro Area Chamber and want to see what its all about?
Who says there is no such thing as a free lunch?

Minutes of the Tri-Boro Area Chamber of Commerce
At Lina’s Restaurant
October 14, 2009

In Attendance

Jerry Vinci                                 President                      Acu-Data Business Products Inc           
Jim Murasko                             V. President                  Allstate Insurance         
Denise Brewster                        Treasurer                       Brewster Chiropractic    
Lina Pagliarulo                          Trustee                         Lina’s Restaurant
Bill Stanton                               Trustee                         Columbia Bank
James Affinito                                                              Climate Plus LLC
Joan Antonelli                                                               Antonelli Jewelry
Deb Arena                                                                    State Farm Insurance
Lisa Bendel                                                                   Lia Sophia Jewelry
Jodie Bross                                                                  Glenwild Gardens
Lucille Brule                                                                  Blue Realty
Brandon Ciercieli                                                           Suburban Trends
Charlie Cimiglia                                                             DAB Surveying
Elisa Colombo                                                              Highlands Thrift & Gift
Helyne Czajkowski                                                         The Health Center at Bloomingdale
Jennifer Ellis                                                                 Werner Realty
Elaine Gordon                                                               Griswold Special Care
Donna Monfelt                                                              Space Stor Self Storage
Steven Monfelt                                                              Space Stor Self Storage
Janis Nelson                                                                 Growing Kids/Renewal
Krissy Nelson                                                                Growing Kids/Renewal
Bernice C. Oberndorf                                                     The Health Center at Bloomingdale
Lindsey Sass                                                                The Healing Center
K. C. Smith                                                                   Suburban Trends
Vivian Vinci                                                                   Acu-Data Business Products Inc
Isabel Young                                                                 Local Ad Link, Kinnelon

GENERAL MEETING

The general meeting of the Tri-Boro Area Chamber of Commerce was called to order by Jerry Vinci at 12:20 with a salute to the flag.  Three officers and two trustees were present.

A motion to accept the minutes from the September 9, 2009 meeting was made by Vivian Vinci and seconded by Lina Pagliarulo

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP 

Six new membership applications were submitted for approval. 
Janis & Krissy Nelson, Growing Kids/Renewal
Jennifer Ellis, Werner Realty
Lindsay Sass, The Healing Center
Elaine Gordon, Griswold Special Care
Karen Dellaripa, Schneider & Associates
Elisa Colombo, Highlands Thrift & Consignmant Shop
A motion was made by Lucille Brule to accept the new members and seconded by
Bill Stanton.

TREASURER’S REPORT

The Treasurer’s Report was read by Denise Brewster.

Checking Account -            $1,577.60
Money Market -         $5,010.93

A motion was made by Lucille Brule to accept the Treasurer’s report and seconded by Bill Stanton.

BILLS AND COMMUNICATIONS
Bills to be approved for payment were as follows:

A. Postage                                                                 $28.00

A motion to pay the bills was made by Jim Murasko and seconded by Lucille Brule.

B. Communications
Columbia Bank will be hosting a business card exchange on November 2, 2009 from 5:00-7:00 PM at the Kinnelon branch.

C. Committee Reports
Fundraising – Jim Murasko spoke to the new members about our two main fundaisers, the November raffle and the golf outing.

D.  Nominating Committee – Lina Pagliarulo did not hear from anyone interested in becoming an officer. Nominations will be held at the November meeting.

OLD BUSINESS

Jerry Vinci reminded attendees to take advantage of the member to member discounts available on our website www.triborochamber.org.  In addition, Jerry reported the website has been upgraded to include membership listings by business category.
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ADJOURNMENT

A motion to adjourn the meeting at 12:50 PM was made by Jodie Bross and seconded by Elaine Gordon.

GUEST SPEAKER 

Sandra Rostek of Retiring in Comfort discussed the positive and negative aspects of reverse mortgages.

 December 2009
Tri-Boro Area Chamber New for November 2009

Happy HolidaysTri-Boro Area Chamber Rings in the Holiday Season with 5 New members!

Get ready for our annual Christmas
& Holiday Party!

Our Christmas Party will be on Wednesday, December 9, at 12:00 noon at Lina's Restaurant in BloomingdaleReservations are required, The price is $ 15.00 per person and all members are encouraged to bring their guests and employees.  Please respond to Vivian Vinci at (973)838-5678 or triborochamber@aol.com.

We would like to welcome Five New Members to the Chamber:
- N2 PUBLISHING - KINNELON, NJ
- FRED'S TOWN GARAGE- BLOOMINGDALE, NJ -
view website
- RETIRING IN COMFORT - HAZLET, NJ - view website
- GCS CONSULTANTS AND COMPUTER REPAIR CENTER - KINNELON, NJ - view website
- HOME ENERGY MATTERS, INC. - KINNELON, NJ - view website

We also wanted to take a moment and just say thank you to all of our members for helping to build up the chamber in 2009. We've acquired 21 new members this year alone! Keep up the good work and lets keep building this into an even greater organization.

Interested in joining the Tri-Boro Area Chamber and want to see what its all about?
Who says there is no such thing as a free lunch?

Updates From November:

- 2009 Officers have been re-elected for the Tri-Boro Area Chamber FOr 2010:
  • Gerald Vinci - President
  • James Murasko - Vice President
  • Karen Austin - Secretary
  • Denise Brewster - Treasurer

- 2009 Trustees have been re-elected for the Tri-Boro Area Chamber FOr 2010 & 2011:

  • Howard Ball
  • William Stanton

- Our Raffle Drawing was held at the November Meeting and Our Four Winners Were:

  • David Austin - $ 500.00
  • Lucille Brule' - $ 250.00
  • Lindsey Sass - $ 125.00
  • Walter Bott - $ 125.00
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